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Launched in 2012, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT was well loved by parents. But don’t be deceived by the brand name – this mid-range buggy is not suitable for jogging or running with.
The updated GT2 version has an all-new design with “forever air” tyres (filled with foam, not air) and all-wheel suspension that Baby Jogger claims will provide “uncompromising agility on any terrain”. Other new features for the GT2 include an adjustable leg rest and a one-handed fold. We like it so much we gave it our Bronze award.
Becky Ferguson lives in London with her husband and one-year-old daughter. As an urban mum who loves to be in the countryside, she’s tested this buggy on buses, trains and cars and has pounded both city pavements and country fields.
What were your first impressions of the stroller?
It was very simple to put together and it was easy to learn how to use the brake and adjust the seat.
How is the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 different from the Baby Jogger City Mini?
Aside from the GT2 being at least £110 pricier than the Mini, the main differences are the GT2’s “forever air” rubber tyres and suspension for rugged terrain, while the City Mini is designed for smoother surfaces. The GT2 also has an adjustable handlebar and a hand-operated brake rather than a foot brake. The GT2 is also slightly larger, being 6.5cm taller and just under a kilogram heavier than the Mini.
How does it compare to other pushchairs you have tried?
As Baby Jogger claims, it is very agile, and probably the most nimble out of the pushchairs I have tried, which include the Bugaboo Cameleon (£845), Babystyle Oyster 3 (£499 on Amazon),Babystyle Prestige (£899) and a Babyzen Yoyo (from £375).
It isn’t the lightest nor the smallest, but it is a great option for walking outside in parks and over bumpy tracks and fields.
How does it compare to similar pushchairs?
It’s more expensive than some comparable three-wheel, all-terrain pushchairs, such as Phil and Ted’s Sport (£399), and the Nipper from Out ’n’ About (£377.95).
As with the Nipper, if you buy the separate carrycot (from £209), the GT2 can be used from birth, while Phil & Ted’s Sport has a seat that reclines to horizontal for newborns, with no need for a carrycot.
The GT2 has a wider seat than the Phil & Ted Sport, whose seat is 23cm in both width and depth. And like the Nipper, it has a seat capacity of 22kg – more generous than the Phil & Ted Sport, which only goes up to 15kg.
It’s super easy to fold compared to both the Nipper and Phil & Ted’s Sport. Both of those buggies need two hands for folding, while the Mini GT2 offers a genuine one-hand fold, making it extremely easy to use.
It also folds down to a smaller size than both of the above prams, although it sits in the middle of them weight-wise – at 10.3kg, it’s a touch heavier than the Out ’n’ About Nipper (9.8kg), yet lighter than the Phil & Ted Sport (12.5kg).
What age is the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 suitable for?
If you buy the carrycot (from £209), you can use the GT2 from newborn. However, it’s worth noting that the GT2’s seat unit only faces forwards; there’s no parent-facing option. Its 22kg seat capacity is more generous than most strollers, which only go up to 15kg, so it should last beyond three years or suit a larger child.
Does it come with a carrycot?
As mentioned above, the carrycot is sold separately and comes with adapters to fit to the main buggy frame. It is padded and seems very comfortable for a newborn, plus the mattress pad is machine washable, which is an added bonus.
Its hood offers great sun protection of UPF 50, and it’s very large – a useful feature when you want your baby to sleep and are trying to keep the light out! You can also use the carrycot for occasional overnight sleeping, which is a bonus.
Is the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 comfortable?
Although my daughter is only a year old, the seat seems very spacious – there is clearly plenty of room for her to grow over the next couple of years. The seat is fairly large, measuring 31cm wide and 50cm high (from the bottom of the seat to the top of the canopy) and 22cm deep.
Although the seat is not overly padded, it is comfortable and the adjustable calf rest adds an extra layer of luxury as your child can stretch out flat. The seat also scored top marks with our home tester, who said, “My little boy loved being in the buggy!”
One downside, though, is that the straps are quite fiddly.
How many recline positions are there on the seat?
The recline is a great feature. It’s adjusted using a band at the back, so you can choose from as many recline options as you like between fully upright and almost completely flat. It’s also extremely simple to alter.
Does the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 have a one-handed fold?
Yes, this is one of the best features of this buggy: you fold it with one hand just by pulling on two separate loops on the seat. It’s that simple – a view shared by our home tester who called the fold “super quick and easy”.
However, our home tester disliked that the seat is on the outside when folded, saying, “The fold-down method meant that the inside of the buggy where the baby sits was left exposed externally, so it could easily get muddy/worn when in storage/being taken in and out of car boot and so on.”
How compact is the pushchair when folded and unfolded?
Unfolded, it feels fairly large, measuring L 105cm x W 65cm x H 112.5cm.
It folds down to L 78cm x W 65cm x H 26.5cm, and although our home tester praised the compact fold, it isn’t small enough to fit in our car boot.
A plus point is that once folded it is freestanding, which helps keep it clean, and makes it easy to store.
Does the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 fit in the boot of your car?
Yes, it does fit the boot of our Mazda 2, but only if we remove one wheel. However, our boot is small and we have to remove wheels for most buggies, with the exception of the BabyZen YoYo.
Does it fit in an airplane overhead locker?
No – this stroller is far too large to fit in an airplane locker.
Is the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 a lightweight stroller?
At just over 10kg, the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 is an average weight, feeling sturdy rather than cumbersome. However, I did find it heavy to carry when folded.
How easy is it to push and steer?
Pushing is light work thanks to an adjustable handlebar which allows you to find the most comfortable position, while the all-wheel suspension makes for a smooth and easy ride.
I found the steering very reactive – an opinion backed up by our home tester, who said it was “Exceptionally easy to steer while feeling sturdy as well.”
Having said that, three wheels take a little getting used to, especially when going around corners!
How does it ride on smooth surfaces?
It rides extremely smoothly on all surfaces. It feels very sturdy, but not too heavy.
How does the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 handle more challenging surfaces?
This buggy is made for the outdoors, and the “forever air” tyres, along with all- wheel suspension and three-wheel design mean it is perfect for any off-road terrain, as Baby Jogger promises. It glides across all surfaces, giving your child a smooth ride. Its agility makes it a great option for those who like rugged family adventures off the beaten track.
How did you find it on public transport?
I have found this more cumbersome on public transport due to it being larger overall. It doesn’t fit easily down a bus aisle, but it does feel robust enough to tackle the gap from the pavement or platform onto a bus or train.
How is interacting with your child when in the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2?
There is no parent-facing option, so for some parents that may count against the Mini GT2. However, thanks to the two peephole windows in the hood, it is extremely easy to keep an eye on your child while they are in the buggy.
Is the hood large and protective?
The hood is fantastic and it’s a generous size – the biggest I’ve seen on a buggy! The hood was a hit with our home tester, too, who said, “I love the large, factor 50 sunshade for when out and about”.
The hood’s two peephole windows attach magnetically, and the mechanism to pull the hood down or back is sleek and quiet, so you won’t wake your child if they’re asleep.
What do you think of its wheels?
In short, the tyres are fantastic. They are rubber and filled with “forever air” – which is actually foam rather than air, meaning there’s no need to worry about punctures.
Does the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 have a strong frame?
The frame is very strong and durable. This buggy can take some mileage and withstand some bashing around.
Does the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 have an adjustable handlebar?
Yes, the handlebar is fully adjustable, extending from 109.5cm to 112.5cm. It’s also very comfortable to hold and is a very useful shape to hang your bags from.
Is the brake strong and easy to apply?
As it is a hand brake, it is very flip-flop-friendly! The flip-on/flip-off handbrake is on the right-hand side, and although I found the handbrake a little hard to get used to, its position means there is no chance of kicking the brake by accident while walking along.
Is the basket on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 large and easy to access?
The basket isn’t super easy to access compared to other buggies, but it is large enough to carry a couple of shopping bags.
Can the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 be used as a travel system?
Yes, it’s compatible with several car seat brands – including Maxi-Cosi, Graco, Britax and Cybex, as well as Baby Jogger’s own City Go i-Size car seats. You can buy the adapters for these separately.
Do you like the design of the pushchair?
The overall look is very sleek, and I like it, as did our home tester, who said, “It looks stylish and expensive and I loved the design, including the shiny branding down the side of the buggy.”
It comes in four colour choices which are all very understated: jet, slate, carbon and the barre collection.
What’s in the box?
The buggy frame, the wheels (which you just pop into place), the hood and the instructions.
Are there any additional extras that you need to or can buy?
There is a glaring omission with this stroller and that’s the lack of a rain cover – which I would have expected to be included, especially for a buggy of this price. Instead, you need to pay an extra £24 for it.
Other accessories include:
- Foot muff
- Car seat adapters
- Belly bar
- Child tray
- Carry bag
Is the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 easy to build?
There is little building involved. You just need to pop on the wheels (they just push in) and attach the hood. The instructions are simple to follow and it only took me a few minutes to fully assemble it after taking it out of the box.
What would you have wanted to know before you purchased the pushchair?
I would have wanted to know about the handbrake before I bought this stroller. For some people this is a downside, while for others it’s a real plus point.
What was your favourite feature of the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2?
The wheels and suspension. These make for such a smooth ride and easy push. We love going for big walks as a family and this is the perfect buggy to take anywhere, but especially when we are walking through fields and along bumpy tracks.
Is it worth its price tag?
I think it is worth the £429 price tag and I would absolutely recommend it – as would our home tester, who said “I actually think more could be charged for this – it’s that good!”
Where can you buy the Baby Jogger City Mini GT2?
The Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 stroller is available from Amazon, Pramworld and Kiddies Kingdom.
A value-for-money, three-wheel pushchair with a genuine one-hand fold/unfold. The all-wheel suspension allows you to negotiate any terrain with speed and ease, so it’s great for families who love long, country walks. The downsides are its harder-to-access basket, the lack of rain cover and that your child can only face forwards. Despite these factors, it comes highly recommended.
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