We had the graco first seat for our son, but at 6 months it began getting a bit too cramped (even though it is supposed to be sufficient until 9 months). We wanted a rearward facing car seat and this car seat enables rearward facing until aged 1yr (we actually believe our son will be approximately 2yrs before he reaches the maximum weight limit for rearward facing). The seat looks more substantial than his first one, however because it does not require an isofix it takes up less room in the back of the car. The seat has 5 positions, however whilst rear facing you can only use one of the positions (position 5). I find that because our car seats are slightly tilted, the graco car seat does not quite recline far enough to avoid my son's head falling forward. This only happens occasionally when he is sleeping. Another 'gripe' is that when the seat is placed rearward facing the seat belt position actually restricts access from the car door - I have found it easier to get into the car from the opposite side and place him in the seat, rather than lifting him over the belt with the possibility of hitting his head on the roof. This problem will disappear once the seat becomes forward facing. I also believe that when forward facing the tilt of the car itself will also solve the head falling forward.In terms of safety which is the main reason for the purchase, this chair won various awards and, as such, I cannot fault this. It's not perfect in terms of design (as per mentioned points), however safety research will show a child is much safer travelling rearward facing up until 2 years old. As such, I am willing to compromise on the above points for to optimise safety for my son.