Updated for 2020, this is the top 10 50cc scooters available new in the UK! 50cc scooters are great options for local commuter bikes, capped at 30mph you won’t be getting anywhere in record time, though you’ll definitely do it at a low cost.

50cc scooters are a great option as a cheap way to get around town - especially for commuters – and are favourites for 16 year olds who are getting their first scooters (licence restricted to 50cc). They are cheap to run, cheap to buy and insure (usually) and loads of fun. A 50cc scooter in the UK is typically restricted to around 30mph, and will quite often get incredibly far on a full tank – so all in all, perfect for commuting.

Some scooters couldn’t make the list, some that I really like (like the Honda Zoomer/Ruckus) as you can’t buy them brand new in the UK in 2020 – but let us know what your favourites are in the comments!

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10. Sym Mask 50

Kicking off the list is the Sym Mask 50. It’s a symple approach to a 50cc scooter that can be relied upon for excellent economy of 100+mpg from the 5.2L tank, good storage (fits a full face helmet under the seat) and reliability.

From new the Mask 50 comes with a 3 year warranty as standard, and shares the same air cooled engine and CVT auto transmission as the best selling Jet 50. It’s on the market for £1599.

Engine: 4 stroke cylinder air cooled
Transmission: Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height: 800mm
MPG (approx..): 100+ mpg (5.2L tank)
Brakes: Front disc and rear drum
Weight: 107 kg

9. Piaggio Zip 50

Next up, a legendary 50cc from Piaggio, the Zip 50. Another favourite for zipping around the city streets (sorry), the Zip 50 is all about comfort and known as an iconic utility scooter. A new 4 stroke motor replaces the 2 stroke from a few years ago, providing improved economy and lower emissions.

You will still find an adjustable seat on the Zip (with 3 heights), and a spacious underseat compartment for a helmet. The Zip 50 is £1929!

Engine: 4 stroke single cylinder air cooled
Transmission: Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height: 750/765/780mm
MPG (approx..): 100 mpg (6.6L tank)
Brakes: Front disc and rear drum
Weight: 95 kg

8. Peugeot Speedfight 50

Another favourite of ours (and plenty of budding 50cc riders), the Speedfight 50. Now this one does have a few different model variants – mostly colour options - we’re looking at the Speedfight 4 50cc. With 13inch wheels, that in the words of Peugeot’s website are “well stable”, Belt driven and air cooled, the motor is also “well fast” as it’s a 2-stroke single cylinder yet still Euro 4 compliant.

You’ll still top 30mph, but at least have a great time getting there. Comfort is no issue either, an 800mm seat and 104kg wet weight means it’ll feel sturdy on the road, and stopping power provided by shuricane discs. Alongside the digital dash is smartphone-holder-support, and a USB socket! Speedfight 4 is £2499. Available in “mad black” also. Wicked!

Engine: 2 stroke single cylinder air cooled
Transmission: Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height: 800mm
MPG (approx..): 134 mpg (8L tank)
Brakes: Front disc and rear disc
Weight: 104 kg

7. Sinnis Encanto 50

A stylish little scooter from Sinnis, the Encanto 50 is #7. At an incredibly good price at £1299, this little scoot will come with 12 months warranty, front and rear disc brakes, and a super low weight of 80kg.

Whilst the under seat storage may not fit a full size helmet, you could get a top box as additional storage to make this the perfect local commuter – Sinnis say this will comfortably return over 120+MPG comfortably from the 4.7L tank, and I don’t think you will be far off that! Encanto is Spanish for “Charm”, and the price of this scoot certainly is charming - £1145.

Engine: 4 stroke single cylinder air cooled
Transmission: Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height: 730mm
MPG (approx..): 120+ mpg (4.7L tank)
Brakes: Front disc and rear disc
Weight: 80 kg

6. Aprilia SR 50 R

Heavily influenced by the sportsbikes of Aprilia, the SR 50 R is a great looking little 50cc scoot – and is quite advanced for what could be on the top of a load of rider wish-lists. With a 2 stroke liquid cooled engine, the SR 50 R remains Euro 4 compliant thanks to a electronically-operated carburettor with dedicated control unit and “snakebite” exhaust.

Twin discs brakes, 13” low profile wheels and top ergonomics, if there was ever a purely sports-focused 50cc then this would be it – expect to pay around £2400.

Engine: 2 stroke single cylinder liquid cooled
Transmission: Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height: 795mm
MPG (approx..): 115 mpg (7L tank)
Brakes: Front disc and rear disc
Weight: 108 kg

5. Direct Bikes DB 50 QT-11

A scooter that is high up on the list due to selling so well, and going in to 2020 is very likely to keep on going in top lists – I’d imagine due to the price being so low at £1199 (or £949 on sale at time of writing).

They do keep this scooter nice and simple, the styling is that of a classic 50cc scooter and again for this price you can’t go wrong for an economical 50cc runner with a 5.4L tank (to get you comfortably over 120+ MPG). If you want to be on the road but with a strict budget, consider this one!

Engine: 4 stroke single cylinder air cooled
Transmission: Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height: 715mm
MPG (approx..): 120+ mpg (5.4L tank)
Brakes: Front disc and rear drum
Weight: 80 kg

4. Lexmoto Nano 50

Doing well in 2019, so a good shout for 2020, is the Lexmoto Nano 50. If you’re looking for a 50cc scooter to get you around comfortably and on a budget, this could be the one for you. With digital display, usb charger, luggage rack and underseat storage (not enough for a helmet, but it is a small scooter!), the Nano 50 is a perfect consideration as a cheap local commuter.

The Nano weighs just 93kg, has a low 760mm seat and has a 6.2L tank – all for a ridiculously low £1299!

Engine: 4 stroke single cylinder air cooled
Transmission: Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height: 760mm
MPG (approx..): 100 mpg (6.2L tank)
Brakes: Front disc and rear drum
Weight: 93 kg

3. Yamaha Aerox 50

One of the go-to scooters for younger riders and 50cc commuters alike, the Aerox 4 is a great option for those looking for a reliable Japanese scooter with some sports styling (squint and you’ll think it’s an R1).

Of course, practical and economic benefits of a normal 50cc are to be expected, but there’s loads of storage for a helmet, tubular frame and hydraulic suspension for top “sports” handling on the road; the Aerox 4 50cc is a scooter that has inspired many of the competitors on the list – so deserves to be near the top. Expect to pay £2699.

Engine: 4 stroke single cylinder liquid cooled
Transmission: Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height: 817mm
MPG (approx..): 130 mpg (6L tank)
Brakes: Front disc and rear disc
Weight: 97 kg

2. Peugeot Kisbee 50

The Kisbee is a great seller for Peugeot, and in 2020 comes in a few different variants – we’ll look at the standard 4 stroke model although other than the colour I can’t see any mechanical differences other than the RS getting “shuricane discs”.

As you’d expect, this scooter will be a stylish way to get to work and commute around the town with an accessible 760mm seat, light running-weight of 90kg and smooth economic 4 stroke air cooled motor. It’s only £1649 (for the cheapest model variant).

Engine: 4 stroke single cylinder air cooled
Transmission: Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height: 760mm
MPG (approx..): 150 mpg (6.5L tank)
Brakes: Front disc and rear drum
Weight: 90 kg

1. Lexmoto Echo 50

At the top of our list is the Lexmoto Echo 50, a great option for 50cc riders who are looking for an economical, reliable and fun way to get around. There’s two Echo models: the normal and the plus (which has slightly bigger 12” wheels and slightly heavier). Both air cooled 4 strokes, with estimated MPG of 140 from the 5.8L tank.

The Echo keeps it comfortable & simple, is one of the top sellers from 2019, and is no doubt going to do extremely well again in 2020. It will cost you just £1099 to buy new!

Engine: 4 stroke single cylinder air cooled
Transmission: Automatic (twist and go)
Seat Height: 760mm
MPG (approx..): 140 mpg (5.8L tank)
Brakes: Front disc and rear drum
Weight: 83 kg

Think we missed one on the top 10 list? Make sure to let us know your favourite 50cc scooter in the comments section below or on social media.

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