So the much-anticipated Bugaboo Donkey² trots steadily into the premium pushchair market this month, and fans
will be delighted to see that none of the changes have altered its
In response to parent feedback, the new Bugaboo Donkey² features a wealth of improvements and additions but at heart it is the same distinctive, stylish but practical pushchair. As ever with Bugaboo, it's been a methodical and well thought-out evolution. The original Bugaboo Donkey was launched in 2011 to huge hype and acclaim, and the adjustments have arisen from the experience of everyday use over time - as well as an updated colour palette, giving some stand-out new shades and patterns to choose from.
Foam-filled tyres have replaced the air tyres to eliminate any risk of punctures, while a new four-wheel suspension system ensures the ride for your little one is smoother than ever, even on rough terrain. The front wheels can still be locked for off-road adventures and switched in an instant to swivel, giving a surprisingly tight turning circle and manoeuvrability for nipping around town.
generous storage that has always been such a hit with parents is still
there, but with little extras to make it even more user-friendly. The
side luggage basket now features handy internal pockets to make it
easier to put your hands on exactly what you need, and a zip-up cover to
keep everything safe. This comes in the same range of colours as the
other fabrics on the pushchair so you can create a coordinated feel or
go for a contrasting combination.
The Bugaboo 2018 colours give you a full spectrum of options, so your Bugaboo Donkey² can have a style all of its own. The chassis is available in aluminium or a black finish, the base seat, carrycot and side basket units come in classic black, smart grey melange or an attractive blue melange that, with its denim look, is definitely more unisex than traditional blue. Then finish it off with fabrics in a bold, solid colour, including a deep, grown-up Ruby Red, vibrant Sunrise Yellow and sweet Soft Pink among several others, melange shades or one of two prints - a funky wave pattern or beautiful botanicals on a blue background.
The variety of colours - and the ability to choose and change them, now and in the future - is integral to the Bugaboo Donkey's enduring appeal as a pushchair that adapts to meet the evolving needs of your family. Suitable from birth with a carrycot in place, the Bugaboo Donkey², like its predecessor, can be used in a multitude of configurations as your children grow.
In Mono mode, the chassis bears the carrycot or pushchair seat (or a compatible car seat with adaptors) and the side luggage basket, which can now take up to around 10kg of shopping or baby necessities, in addition to the 28-litre capacity of the deep underseat basket. We all know it is impossible to overestimate the sheer volume of paraphernalia you need just to leave the house with a young child, but the Bugaboo Donkey², as its name suggests, carries it all with ease.
With twins or two small charges the same age, the Bugaboo Donkey² in Twin mode allows you to clip two carrycots, two pushchair seats or two compatible car seats side-by-side to the chassis. Giving you a plethora of possibilities for every trip, the Bugaboo Donkey² Twin simply comes with two of everything - and the side basket too, for those occasions when you might be out with just one and want to go Mono.
If a little brother or sister comes along, moving to Duo mode is as simple as opening three switches - on the front, central and rear bars of the chassis - and extending the whole frame sideways. Close the switches, remove the side luggage basket, and there is now room for the carrycot side-by-side with the pushchair seat. Pop the buttons and the seat can be reversed, so you can watch your newborn while your toddler looks out at the world, or have the buggy element parent-facing too. It also reclines fully for those precious nap times.
There are upgrades to materials within the chassis alongside Bugaboo's innovative central joint on the Donkey², making the process and the pushchair at its most extended feel sturdier and more stable than ever. The overall size remains unchanged, designed to negotiate standard doorways without a hitch, even in Bugaboo Donkey² Duo or Twin mode, and no weight has been added in the updated version.
Incredibly light to push for such a substantial pram, including one-handed, the Donkey² has great ground clearance, even with a fully laden basket. Add in small but much-appreciated details, like the fact that the redesigned brake is not only absolutely solid but very accessible, smooth and flip-flop friendly too, and we were very excited to put the Bugaboo Donkey² through its paces.
Read our in-depth Pushchair Expert review here.