We were really excited to test the much talked about Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan as we’ve always been impressed with the Mountain Buggy range and their design features. Would the Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan which is their first urban 4 wheel drive, make the grade?
The seat unit has been very cleverly designed. In a matter of clicks it can be changed from a normal shape upright seat into a lie-flat mode for your new born. The Seat can also be made reversible so can face either rear or outward facing, depending if they want to look out. The recline is one-handed and the seat reclines to an almost near flat position (keeping its shape with the footrest) when still in the seat mode. However, when the seat becomes a lie flat bed it reclines fully to flat.
The material of the seat of the buggy feels very soft and of high quality, it’s a denim like material that is available in Turquoise, Chilli and Stone (no plain shades in sight!). It looks sleek with a brushed matt aluminium frame. There is a 5-point safety harness which is tricky for little fingers yet easy for an adult to unclip keeping your child safe.
The Belly Bar opens like a gate so made it very easy to get a child in or out, it is also removable. The Belly Bar is also covered in the same denim material as the seat unit so there’s no chance of foam being bitten off.
The Footrest is height adjustable, which has been “rubberised”. Meaning that it’s easy to clean, becomes less slippery when wet and shows very little signs or wear. We love this feature and found that it’s easy cleaning meant the Cosmopolitan barely looked used after a few months.
The ride is very smooth and has great suspension with the weight evenly distributed. It’s easy to navigate city pavements, up and down kerbs and glide round shopping aisles. This is a stroller built for urban use. The rear tyres are 12 inches and the front lockable swivel wheels are a tad smaller at 8 inches. The wheels are “aerotech” tyres – a blend of EVA and rubber, which simply means puncture proof! The suspension is visible so you know for sure that it’s there, excellent for anything from kerb popping to forest terrain.
The brake is a red one-step foot brake, it is flip flop friendly meaning that you’re not going to catch any toes when trying to stop the buggy during the summer. The Handlebar is un-adjustable, however it sits at a relatively high 40 inches high so is still great for tall or shorter parents.
The two step fold is easy and compact, fitting into any small car boots. Once folded, there is an auto-lock keeping it held in place and it can also stand up. We loved the fact that it could be easily stood up in the cupboard keeping it out of harms way, also taking up less room in a restaurant or on the bus and stopping that lovely denim material getting dirty! Another great feature it that once the stroller is completely folded, you are able to pull it along much in the same style as a suitcase so it’s great for taking on holiday and to airports.
The larger style sun canopy provides full coverage from the sun, there is a hidden extendable darker mesh extension panel (for even more protection) that can be zipped or unzipped depending if it’s needed. The peek-a-book style window has magnetic strips so there’s no usual noise from the ripping of Velcro keeping baby asleep.
The under seat storage is more than large enough for going shopping with and is easily accessible from all sides. It’ is able to hold up to 10kg and so there’s no feelings of having to cram things in, but equally you don’t feel that all your bags are going to fall out! The two metal bars located underneath the storage basket stop a heavy load from dragging; we loved filling it to the brim. On the outside of the basket, there is a plastic foot plate which helps with the opening of the buggy and it’s also perfect for mounting any kerbs as helps with manoeuvring.
If you really want to spoil your newborn then a Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan Bassinet (from £99) to use instead of converting the seat to the lie flat mode is brilliant. The bassinet is more luxurious for your baby, deeper and larger so provides more protection from the weather. A Storm Cover (from £15) and Sun Shield (from £25) to fit the bassinet are great at keeping your little one snug and protected in all weather and a Bassinet Sheet Set (from £15) is extremely handy for any mishaps.
If it’s an older child that you’re wanting to keep warm you could wrap them up and put them in a Mountain Buggy Sleeping Bag (from £59) which is extremely cosy, or even a Cosmopolitan Cosy Toes (from £26) that also matches your colour of stroller!
As for the Cosmopolitan itself, Sun (from £22.50) and Storm Covers (from £16) are available to keep your child safe in any weather. and a Cup Holder(from £10) will allow you to keep any hot drinks safe from spillages.
For a second child, Mountain Buggy FreeRider Scooter (from £62.95) can be attached onto the Cosmopolitan allowing another child to tag along and it also be used as a normal scooter as well!
Mountain Buggy Cosmopolitan: RRP £499.
Most major retailers don’t stock this buggy, so the best price we found was:
To upgrade to a travel system (Cosmopolitan + Car Seat + Car Seat Adaptors):
Prices found as of April 2015.