In 2020, UPPAbaby released the latest version of the UPPAbaby Cruz.
With tons of new and improved features, the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 saw the Cruz model firmly upgraded from compact city pushchair to a fully fledged all-rounder travel system.
The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 has been my pushchair of choice for my fourth baby.
Bay is now approaching one year old, and we’ve been using the Cruz V2 since birth – meaning we’ve really been able to put the pushchair through its paces throughout all types of weather, every season, and every baby stage from newborn to almost-toddler.
It’s difficult to get a good idea of a pushchair when it’s reviewed straight out of the box. You want to know how well it handles on different surfaces, with a buggy board, with multiple older children’s bags and water bottles in the basket on the daily school run, how easy it is to fold and shove in the car boot when you are in a rush, how the pushchair holds up after a year of daily use.
If you are looking for a comprehensive ‘real life’ review of the UPPAbaby Cruz V2, read on to find out what we make of the V2.
What I love about the UPPAbaby Cruz V2:
Let’s get the surface stuff out of the way first – the colourways. I love the latest colours and style options for the Cruz V2. We chose the Emmett green, but I was ummming and ahhhing over the green / blue Finn colourway for a good while, too. Combined with the leather handle trim, the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is a good looking pushchair, there’s no doubt about that.
Always with his feet up on the bumper bar : )
UPPAbaby Carrycot / Bassinet
The bassinet is extremely roomy, it will last the biggest of babies a good while (Bay was on the 95th centile, and still had loads of room in the bassinet by the time we switched to the seat unit).
UPPAbaby’s carrycot clicks on and off the pushchair chassis really easily with a one handed button on the top handle near the hood – far more convenient than the two handed manoeuvre required with some pushchair brands.
The UPPAbaby carrycot is well ventilated and suitable for overnight sleeping – meaning you don’t have to pack an additional sleeping solution for trips away with your young baby.
Nothing better than that ‘Pushing my brand new newborn in their pram for the first time’ feeling
UPPAbaby carrycot sunshade
One feature that I really love about the UPPAbaby carrycot is the extendable UVA 50+ sunshade. It extends to a 180 degree angle, providing excellent sun coverage for your baby without you having to faff around with large muslins or sunshades that interrupt the ventilation flow.
Because the sunshade is attached to the hood of the bassinet, it is always there – you can’t lose it or forget to bring it out with you!
UPPAbaby Cruz V2 carrycot sunshade in action
UPPAbaby Cruz V2 pushchair basket
UPPAbaby really do make the best pushchair baskets. I was delighted to find that the Cruz V2 basket is exactly the same as the UPPAbaby Vista basket – as I wasn’t sure I could go back to a different basket type after discovering the UPPAbaby Vista with my third baby.
We’ve used many a different pushchair over the years with our four children – So, why is the UPPAbaby basket so good? To put it simply: It fits a huge amount of stuff (up to 13kg of luggage), nothing ever seems to fall out, and it’s easily accessible from both the front and back of the pushchair.
Our Uppababy Cruz V2 happily carrying a 10 litre tub of paint (plus various other bits) in the basket.
UPPAbaby Cruz V2 fold
We don’t tend to fold our UPPAbaby Cruz V2 often, because I use it twice a day on the school run. But when we do need to store it away, we love that the Cruz V2 folds with the seat on (I hate having to fish out different parts of a pushchair from different locations under the stairs), and we also love that the Cruz V2 stands on it’s own when folded – this makes it much easier to store.
UPPAbaby Cruz V2 seat unit
There are many intuitive design features to the main seat unit of the UPPAbaby Cruz V2.
The invaluable inbuilt sunshade in the hood of the seat. The ability to slide the hood up and down on the pushchair frame, lending a vital few extra inches of headroom for older toddlers, at a point when they would start to grow too big for many of the travel systems on the market.
UPPAbaby buggy board
UPPAbaby’s version of a buggy board is called a ‘Piggyback board’. I previously used the Vista version of the Piggyback Board and found it the smoothest of all buggy board’s that I had previously tried.
I was very pleased to find that the Cruz V2 Piggyback board is no different – it folds up and out of the way with one click (easy to do with a one-footed movement), and is smooth to manoeuvre even with my four year old.
I have found the UPPAbaby Piggyback board well worth using over third party buggy boards that I have owned in the past – they just weren’t as easy to push.
My four year old mostly walks, but occasionally uses the buggy board when we are in a rush to get to school. The UPPAbaby Piggyback board is a comfortable push even with children past the toddler years.
UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Off-roading capabilities
We’ve taken our V2 on many a dog walk on uneven ground, through fields and woods. Whilst it’s not the easiest push in these circumstances, I’ve been impressed with how well it can handle uneven or muddy terrain.
The only time I had a problem was in extremely boggy mud, and deep snow – when I found that the front wheels got clogged in the space between the wheel and the wheel casing, making it tough to push.
The V2 isn’t really built with this usage in extreme weather in mind, but that’s a compromise I am fine with, because if the front wheels were any bigger, the compact frame size would be lost and would no longer fit well in my car boot.
Is there anything you don’t like about the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 / Anything I need to know before buying?
The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 extendable handle is possibly on the short side for tall people. I am 5 foot 6 and find the handle comfortable either on the shortest setting or the next one up. However, my husband is 5 foot 10 and finds the handle most comfortable when it is fully extended. So if you are taller than that, you might want to try out a Cruz V2 in a shop to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
Should I buy an UPPAbaby Vista or Cruz V2?
Until the 2020 update, I wouldn’t have considered the UPPAbaby Cruz pushchair. This is because I like a travel system and decent suspension for the day to day needs of our family life. It’s also vital that any pushchair of ours can handle the woods and mud reasonably well.
The old version of the UPPAbaby Cruz that I knew, was much more of a compact city pushchair that wouldn’t fair well on a bumpy dog walk, and had less options for bassinets and car seats. However, with the 2020 V2 update, the new UPPAbaby Cruz is now a fully fledged travel system, with all the must-have features I need.
Now, the only difference between the UPPAbaby Vista and the UPPAbaby Cruz V2, is that you can turn the UPPAbaby Vista into a double pushchair – all the other features are the same with both pushchairs.
I had a four year age gap between my youngest two children, so wouldn’t be needing double pushchair options. So, this time round, with a fourth baby on the way and the dog and pushchair competing for boot space in the family car, I much preferred the idea of a slightly less heavy, slightly more compact pushchair that would fit better in our car boot.
Our car packed for a weekend away. The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 fits behind my eight year old’s seat in the third row of our Ford S Max, leaving room on the left for the dog. If the chassis were any bigger, we wouldn’t be able to fit dog, child, and pushchair in the boot all at once.
If you need a double travel system or might at some point in the near future, the UPPAbaby Vista is the one to go for. However, if you only need a single travel system, the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 has all the same features and functionality as the Vista, but is slightly less bulky.
As a mum of four, I have used numerous pushchairs in the past. And, as an old-time blogger, I’ve also had many opportunities to try out pushchairs. It’s rare that I don’t have at least one niggle about a pushchair feature or a point for the ‘cons’ list. But in my opinion, UPPAbaby have really thought of every practicality with both the Vista and Cruz V2.
For me, UPPAbaby continue to lead the way in making travel systems that tick every box.
If you are interested to read more about the UPPAbaby Vista, we used our Vista extensively with my third baby, and loved it as a double pushchair for a baby and toddler. Click here to read my review of the UPPAbaby Vista.
Thank you to UPPAbaby for providing our Cruz V2 for the purpose of this review.