Recaro to the rescue
Plenty of room in the back for a child seat. But how to choose the right one? By Ben Pulman
HOT ON THE heels of exciting support-car duties at last month’s Sports Car Giant Test, the Arteon and I have returned to a more mundane life, namely going back and forth to Mothercare. First with my wife, where we found our pram. I was sold on the ‘aluminium and magnesium alloy chassis’ and ‘puncture-proof tyres’. Mrs Pulman liked the fact it had a cupholder and came in a fabric that matched her approved colour scheme. As a bonus there was even space for an actual baby. Into the Arteon’s big boot it went, along with countless babygrows.
Then I went back on my own to fuss over car seats. And then I was back again, because so caught up was I in the prospect of a swivelling car seat (to aid loading baby in and out) that I’d forgotten to get a nappy bin. Then I was back again, to bother the sales assistants about car seats once more, and to bore them about how the Arteon’s long wheelbase and correspondingly long doors would make the process of testing the Isofix seats in their car park much easier than usual.
As an expectant father, until baby arrives, this is about the only job I can do. Being rather keen on cars, I took pride in choosing the right seat.
I eventually found one the motoring journalist in me can approve of. It swivels and the baby seat lifts out of the base too, the only one to do so. Better yet, it’s not made by Joie or Maxi-Cosi or any other baby company, but Recaro. A proper car brand. Somehow, I tell myself, this will ignite her interest in what daddy does for a living. Given I’m banned from dressing our imminent arrival in a Liverpool kit, and my choice of name (which would have given her the initials ESP) has been outlawed, this is my chance to foist my passion upon my daughter. It’s either that or I’ll be doing the night feeds in front of NBA games…
Pulman’s child seat combines safety, style and unnecessary techiness. A clear winner