A cornerstone of any respectable motoring blog is the review. Whether it’s consideration of a new car or motoring accessories, it’s worth passing on user experiences to fellow enthusiasts so that they can use products with confidence. Seeing as rainy, greasy late January isn’t a time particularly conducive to the testing out of new performance components, I’m going to have to stretch the boundaries a little here.
This week’s steed comes in two bodystyles (small or large), with four-wheel steering standard across the range. Famed for their no-nonsense approach to construction, the Lidl shopping trolley features a strong steel cage, perfect for fitting groceries into or carting home your inebriated friends at the end of the night.
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Here at motormessenger, we firmly believe that less is more. Opting for the increased agility afforded by the smaller model, I put a pound coin into the dashboard slot and pulled back smoothly in order to disengage the immobiliser (otherwise known as the endless daisy-chain of trolleys). One pound is really the only outlay you’ll have to factor into running costs, as the trolley will run for as long as your feet can stand it and is markedly cheaper than diesel or LPG.
Once positioned at the rear of the trolley, the user enjoys a commanding view of the road ahead. Visibility is also good to the side and the rear, and the lack of cumbersome bumpers mean that anything else you hit, such as vegetables or humans, will likely come off worse than your trolley. Good news for those of you who don’t report accidents to your insurance or have played Mario Kart a little too often.
Our test route for this exercise was my local Lidl, late in the evening when traffic would not be a problem. The smooth, rubberised wheels made light work of the tiled surface, with a flick of the wrists being all that was needed to start a silky-smooth drift past the frozen fish counter. The innately well-balanced chassis is only upset by the placement of groceries within it. Your big juice bottles are best positioned towards the rear of the trolley, with lighter objects stored in the nose for easy manoeuvrability.
Unlike the rusty, battered trolleys of Morrisons or the cumbersome, wonky-wheeled carriers of Sainsbury’s, the Lidl trolley glides over surface imperfections. A sense of Continental European quality pervades the entire experience, making it incredibly easy to push. The brakes are shockingly bad, though, because there aren’t any.