This seat has been discontinued, but we still see it for sale online. Here is an archived review.
Price: $200-290. extra base: $80-100.
Limits: 5-30 lbs., 30”
NHTSA ease of use rating: Four out of five stars.
Pros: Side impact protection, auto harness adjustment, improved canopy, luxe fabrics.
Cons: Price. Newer model (4.35) might be better bet.
Comments: Peg Perego has had much success with this seat, despite the its high price tag. Some of that success can be chalked up to Peg’s slow but steady improvements to the Primo Viaggio. In recent years, the company has added side impact protection, an automatic adjustable harness and a better canopy to the seat, which now works up to 30 lbs. and can be used with or without the base.
Of course, a big part of Peg’s mojo here is their Italian fabrics and style—plus the fact this seat mates with many of Peg’s fashionable strollers. The luxe Italian fabrics are sharp, but most of Peg’s competitors have caught up in the looks department in recent years.
As for ease of use, most of our readers give the Viaggio good marks, although not quite as high as the Graco SnugRide. Negatives include a bulky, heavy carrier that clocks in at 11.1 lbs. That said, the majority of the reader feedback on this seat is very positive.
Obviously, the price of the Viaggio is its biggest drawback—Peg has let the retail price of this seat creep dangerously close to $300. While it is a well made, safe infant car seat, it’s hard to justify the nearly 50% price premium over similar seats from Chicco and Graco.
We should note that we occasionally see the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 discounted online under $200. And there are many bargain Primo Viaggio seats from past years sold online in the $170 to $200 range. Be aware, however, that many earlier models only work to 22 lbs. and omit the side impact protection.
As for the latest crash tests, the Primo Viaggio scores in the middle of the pack in Consumer Reports’ latest tests—above average crash (“better”) protection but only fair fit to vehicle using a safety belt. The government gave this seat a four-star rating for ease of use.
FYI: In the past year, Perego rolled out a new version of the Primo Viaggio, dubbed the 4.35. The SIP 30-30 continues to live on, but the new seat’s improvements make it a more attractive buy. Rating: B+