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Baby Jogger is the parenting company known for revolutionising the buggy industry with its 3-wheeler, all-terrain jogging pushchairs and fans of the brand include the likes of Jessica Alba, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts and Toby Maguire.
The City Tour Lux is its latest 4-wheeler offering and follows on from the slightly older City Tour pushchair. It is in fact a longer-lasting version of the City Tour, as the Lux can be used with a carrycot, making it suitable from birth.
Like its older version, the City Tour Lux firmly pitches itself against competitors such as the Babyzen Yoyo, Mountain Buggy Nano, Silver Cross Avia and UPPAbaby Minu.
What’s the difference between the City Tour Lux and the City Tour?
The Baby Jogger City Tour Lux is the from-birth version of the City Tour, as it can be used with a carrycot (sold separately for £149), whereas the City Tour is from 6 months only.
Another difference is the weight – the Lux is a respectable 9kg, whereas the City Tour is a lightweight 6.4kg. The City Tour Lux is also slightly wider, taller and longer.
Probably the most striking difference between these two Baby Jogger buggies is that the City Tour Lux was ‘upgraded’ with a hand brake, instead of a foot brake, which I am not a fan of.
How easy is it to put the City Tour Lux together?
The buggy is really simple to put together and only took about 20 minutes. I loved the fact the buggy is light and compact and the carrycot is really comfy, but I was disappointed that you have to buy the bumper bar separately.
How does the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux push?
Despite its small size and light weight, the City Tour Lux feels sturdy and is perfect for mums who are always on the go. It is really easy to push, especially on flat, city surfaces like concrete and feels fine along most roads and on carpet in the house. I did have to avoid cobbles though as I found it was too jerky for my baby.
If you’re a fan of rubber handlebars then you’ll like the one on the City Tour Lux as it’s the most rubbery one I’ve come across. Unlike other pushchairs the handlebar doesn’t adjust, which doesn’t suit my partner who is over 6 foot.
How lightweight is it?
It is very lightweight, which is great and makes it easier to push and pull when crossing the road and walking along the pavement. However, I feel that it could easily roll away with only a little wind and nothing in the seat or basket.
What do you think of the brake?
The brake is a hand brake, rather than a foot brake, and located on the side of the frame which I struggled with. You have to push it in before raising the lever to stop the pushchair from moving. When I was carrying the baby I always had to put her down before putting the brake on, which wasn’t ideal.
How does it fold
It folds quickly and easily, although it’s not a one hand fold as promised – I needed to rest it against my legs to fold completely or lay it on the floor.
Once locked it has a really good auto-lock that’s simple to engage and unlock.
Does the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux fit in the boot of your car?
Yes, it fits in my boot easily and I’d be willing to bet that it fits in all boots as it folds so compactly, especially in the 6 months + mode. There is of course less space with the carrycot attached, but what’s great is the carrycot is also foldable!
How big and easy to access is the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux’s basket?
The basket is small and the middle bit has a dip to it, so it doesn’t offer the most sturdy storage and it’s not easy to get stuff out. As it’s a lightweight pram I also wouldn’t put my bags across the handlebar.
Does the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux fit easily on public transport?
As it’s so light and slim, it’s perfect to use on the bus and on the train.
Does your baby enjoy sitting in the pushchair?
My daughter really loves to be out and about in the buggy – she sits in the pushchair and is just engaged with the world. When she was newborn she happily slept in the City Tour Lux, and was happy to stay in the carrycot until she was 6 months. Now that she’s 8 months she loves the pushchair too. The only problem is you have to buy the bumper bar separately and if you don’t want to spend the money it means you can’t easily add a buggy toy or rattle to the pram.
What do you think of the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux’s hood?
The hood is perfect – it’s strong and reaches far forward enough to keep the sun/rain off the baby.
Who would the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux be most useful for?
It is ideal for those living in the city and using public transport, and also if you have a small car for boot space.
How does it compare to other buggies you’ve used?
Before I had my daughter I got an Uppababy Vista (£895 on Amazon). It seemed like a great idea to get a larger, more robust pushchair for when she was first born to tackle our rough country terrain. When the City Tour Lux came, I couldn’t imagine putting a newborn in the smaller, lighter buggy so for the first few weeks I used the Vista. I went out two times for a walk in the garden and for one visit to the shops, but it was so big and heavy that I mostly used it as a portable cot when doing things around the house.
The next time I had to travel out of the house I took the City Tour Lux and I wish I had taken it out sooner.
What’s in the box?
Buggy frame (complete with a lifetime guarantee)
Any accessories you can/need to buy?
Bumper bar £34.99
Car seat adaptors £29
Does the City Tour Lux live up to this price tag?
The City Tour Lux is at the higher end of the price bracket when compared to other lightweight buggies at £379. If you’re buying it as your only buggy it would be ok, but if you’re buying it for a second buggy I do feel it is very expensive. I also do not like that almost everything has to be bought as extra. Saying that it is good quality and will last so I think it lives up to its price tag.
Where can I buy the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux?
It’s available from Amazon, John Lewis and Uber Kids.
Would you recommend the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux?
Yes, I would highly recommend this pram.
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