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Five new pushchairs to watch out for in 2014

Which? previews new buggy features and trends

Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 pushchair in blue

The Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 now folds with the seat on

Some of the most popular pushchairs of recent years are getting a facelift for 2014, as Quinny, Mamas & Papas and Babystyle reveal their latest designs.

Visit our pushchair reviews to find out which pushchairs Which? has tested and recommends as Best Buys, or read on for our sneak preview of the latest pushchair features and colours coming to the UK in 2014.

Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 buggy

On to its third major reincarnation, the Zapp Xtra 2 (£275) has moved on from the Zapp’s original simple, lightweight buggy design to become a more flexible travel system. 

The Zapp Xtra 2 has evolved from the Quinny Zapp Xtra. You will now be able to fold the Zapp with the seat on the frame and recline the seat fully. A new inlay is also set to make the reversible seat suitable to use from birth. You also have the option to attach the Maxi-Cosi Pebble car seat.

The Zapp Xtra 2 is expected to hit the shops in January in a range of denim and block colour fabrics. We will be sending it to our lab for testing in January.

Quinny Buzz Extra pushchair

The automatic unfolding mechanism of the Quinny Buzz has long made it one of the most popular pushchairs on the high street. 

The extra chunky all-terrain tyres of the new Buzz Xtra (£450) will extend its reach beyond its previous urban setting, into the great outdoors.  

Expected to be available in four block colours including red and purple, the Buzz Xtra will be released as part of Quinny’s 2014 collection at the beginning of of the year.

Mamas and Papas Sola MTX and Sola City

Mamas and Papas Sola City pushchair

The Mamas and Papas Sola City, for trendy urban babies

Another popular pushchair getting an all-terrain makeover is the Mamas and Papas Sola. Two new versions will be released at the beginning of 2014. 

The all-terrain MTX will have chunky 10-inch pneumatic back wheels, reversible seat and front and rear suspension for a smooth and comfy ride over rough ground.

The Sola City (£300) is designed for urban life and has a similar seat but different frame to the Sola. It folds up smaller than the Sola to make it easier pop in the boot of the car and has a large shopping basket for mums about town. 

The reversible seat can be replaced by a carrycot (£120) or Aton child car seat (£135) and used with a newborn seat liner (£20) to make it suitable from birth. 

Silver, cyan, pink and yellow hood and seat liner packs are available for £50 as well as a wide range of vivid accessories including parasols, liners, footmuffs and changing bags.

Babystyle Oyster 2 pushchair

The Babystyle Oyster 2 pushchair for release in 2014

Set to be released in February 2014, and exclusive to John Lewis, the Oyster 2 (£299), is based on the best-selling Babystyle Oyster. Coordinating hood and apron packs (£70) are sold separately, so you can change the colour of your Oyster 2 if you want.

The Oyster 2 carries over several features from the Oyster, including four-wheel suspension, leatherette handle and a narrow chassis. But it has been given a new hood canopy design and restyled shopping basket, which Babystyle claims will provide more storage space.

The reversible seat will now lie-flat seat so that it can be used from birth, although it is also compatible with the Oyster carrycot (£115) and selection of car seats including Maxi-Cosi, Britax, BeSafe & Cybex seats when you buy the Oyster adaptors.

The hot new colours for 2014 are grape purple and ocean blue, but black, lime and tomato red versions are also available.

We hope to test all these pushchairs when they become available in the UK.

More on this…

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