My husband and I don't drive, so choosing a pram that would be easy to manage on public transport was a must. I also wanted a pram with a large basket so I could carry some shopping home. The Sola2 definitely fits both my requirements. We used the carrycot until our son was four months - he wasn't particularly large at birth, but he's a long baby and definitely needed to move up to the pushchair part at four months. All parts of the pram - carseat (if you buy it), carrycot and pushchair - all clip on and off the frame very easily.
The pushchair part says it's suitable from birth and it does lie flat in a reclining position, but the leg part doesn't go completely flat, so the baby's legs would still potentially be raised, and of course, they'd have to be strapped in. Not so comfortable for a newborn. The carrycot part was brilliant since it offered a completely flat mattress base. The only downside is that it can't be tilted on a slight incline like some other pram manufacturers offer. This would have been good as our son had reflux, so it would have been useful to have him slightly inclined. Instead, we bought a reflex cushion and that fitted the carrycot perfectly underneath the mattress.
The pushchair can be used rear or forward facing (same for the carrycot). The hood has a viewing window, which is brilliant if you choose to have your child facing outwards as you can use it to take a peek and see if they're asleep. It goes in three positions; fully upright, flat, and in-between the two.
The pram frame is very easy to fold. I haven't yet tried folding the entire thing with the pushchair attached, as there's been no need, but I believe it's possible to do this if the pushchair is forward-facing. The frame is sturdy and well-made, but still light enough to lift one-handed when it's folded. The handle has three positions. I'm 5'6 and find it easiest to push on the highest position, which also suits my 6'1 husband. I can easily fit two full carrier bags of shopping in the basket underneath, as well as the raincover. Three bags of shopping at a push. It's easier to get shopping underneath if you're using the carseat or the pushchair, rather than the carrycot. I bought extra hooks and use those to secure a changing bag across the front of the pram to free up basket space underneath. It's still very easy to push the pram even with a large bag suspended across the front - it doesn't interfere in any way.
The whole thing is very easy to steer. No issue whatsoever on long walks, or going up and down curbs. All fabric used in the carrycot and pushchair is high quality. Mamas and Papas offer a two year guarantee, which was important to me, but hopefully there won't be any issues.
The pram I had with my eldest son was the iCandy Cherry and I'd buy the Sola2 over that any time, despite the iCandy being more expensive. We have the red version, with the very busy, bright pattern on the inside. My son absolutely loves it and happily chats away to the inside of the pram! I think it offers excellent value for money, especially if you manage to go during sale time. The other pram system we were considering was the Venicci mini demin, but it doesn't hold a candle to the Sola2.
The only issue we had was with the carseat. It's not immediately obvious if you've put the car seat in wrong. It's possible to have it inclined too high, which is dangerous as baby's head can flop forward, but somehow the seat looks 'right' in the position even though it's not. I would say just be very careful and tip the seat back further than you think in the car.
If you don't drive and need a reliable pram to use day in, day out, that's no issue on trains or buses and has space underneath for some shopping - buy this. Buy the optional cupholder too, it's fantastic to stash a travel mug of coffee in!