Features: Adjustable handles; lockable front swivel wheels; adjustable hood; seat unit converts to pram mode; removable bumper bar; chest pads provide added comfort; includes infant car seat to form a travel system; free two year guarantee
Accessories: Coordinating cosytoe; weathershield®; shopping basket; pram apron and liner
Age range: Suitable from birth to 15kg (approx three years). Car seat suitable from birth to 13kg/29lbs (approx 12/15 months)
Colours: Plum/Black; Royal Blue/Black
Weight: 9.5 kg
Dimensions: (folded) D: 61cm x W: 34cm x H: 106cm (open) D: 72cm x W: 47cm x H: 107cm
The Best Bits: Amazing value for money. Very easy to swap between components. Easy to steer and manoeuvre up kerbs and through doorways.
Room For Improvement: There are only two colour options – a pink (described as ‘plum’) and a blue – they could do with a gender neutral option. The button to collapse the main base is fiddly, as is the release button for the straps on the car seat, which could be more obvious. The instruction manual would be easier to read if it had words as well as pictures! It would also be nice to have a secure base for the car seat.
Our daughter Elsie is 11 weeks old so we have been using the Xpedior Pram and Pushchair Travel System in both pram and car seat mode. The pram is actually very roomy so we will be able to push her around in deep sleep mode for a good while. Although roomy, it’s very well protected against the elements with a cosy quilted liner and a smart hood to protect her – she seems very content in there anyway!
The car seat is fantastic and is very lightweight in comparison to some of the others we’ve looked at on the market. It’s easy to fit in the car and Elsie fits snuggly in at 4kg so we’re not convinced she’ll still be in it at 15 months like the product spec states – I think it’ll last a year if we are lucky.
Switching between the components is very simple thanks to its universal fittings on the base, and the system is very lightweight which is important when you are trying not to pull yourself too much in the early weeks after having a baby.
My husband and I put the various elements together mainly using our intuition, using the manual only to confirm we’d put them together correctly. The manual is not the easiest to understand as there are very few English words in it to describe how it’s assembled – it relies on step-by-step pictures which are not all that clear.
We mostly prefer to use the car seat on the chassis in town as it makes for a nippy compact buggy. I think this system looks really smart and modern and I like the fact that the Mothercare branding on it is subtle. It is so easy to push thanks to its front swivel wheels and larger back ones – even my 83-year-old father-in-law could manoeuvre it up and down the kerbs on a recent walk with ease – I think he was very impressed.
The brake clip is a highly visible red and gives a reassuring click when you set and release it. The shopping basket underneath is quite large and we’ve found it very useful. Folding down the chassis is easy in theory with just a button to release as you pull up on a couple of side clips. However, my husband has to do this for me as I find it quite tricky.
The base would fit into most car boots I should think, although the larger back wheels might need removing in very small cars.
The £250 price tag for this system is fantastic value for money. It’s a quality system with lots of extras included which will last Elsie until she’s 3-4 years old. My only small criticism is that we opted for the Plum colour online for our baby, thinking a purple colour might last us for baby number two even if it’s a boy. However, it turns out ‘Plum’ is actually more of a raspberry pink so I think Mothercare could do with a third colour option such as a yellow, orange or green – I’m not sure mums would ideally put their little boys in this colour.
MumStreet Verdict: I would highly recommend this travel system for all mums – it does everything all the more expensive systems do for half the price and without compromising on quality.