Now, it’s not hard to understand why the 50cc scooter is such a long-time favourite. They’re cheap and cheerful, economical and fun to ride and can be ridden from the age of 16 in the UK, making them ideal for the novice or younger rider.
But it’s not just the youth of today these small capacity scoots appeal to, they’re the perfect fit for anyone looking for an affordable way to beat the commute or just get around the city conveniently.
With that being said, I think it’s about time we explored our top 10 50cc scooters for 2022, don’t you?
AJS’s Firefox is your typical 50cc scoot. It’s small and compact with enough power to nip you around town and has a sprinkling of practicality for everyday use, including under-seat storage space and rear luggage rack. With the bold graphics and sharp styling, it certainly looks sporty so is set to gain a hell of a lot of teenage kudos! I personally, think it looks best in the Cobalt Blue – anything in that colourway gets my vote!
Known as a Chinese-built but British-born brand, any offering from AJS is going to be easy on the wallet, and with a £1,899 pocket money price tag, their Firefox is no different, hence why it’s starting our 50cc list off at #10!
|Engine||50cc, 3.2 hp, air-cooled|
Making a name for themselves in the small-capacity two-wheel world, the offering we have from Sinnis is their vintage-inspired Encanto.
With retro styling from front to back, the Encanto is not only charming by name but charming by nature too. It’s available in two different colourways (Onyx Black and Café Cream) and, I’ve got to say, both give it a classic silhouette but, it’s the Café Cream that’s favoured here! It looks like what you’d ride to your local bakery on a lazy Sunday morning when you’re in need of an almond croissant and flat white!
For those wanting something retro and, on a budget, the Sinnis Encanto might well be for you! Being compact and lightweight with low running costs and those classic lines – I just adore it!
In a list of mainly sports and modern scooters, the Encanto offers that something different and I really like it…I really, really like the £1,599 price too!
|Engine||49.6cc, 2.8 hp, air-cooled|
Lexmoto Echo 50 E5
As a budget brand known for producing learner and pocket-friendly Chinese-made machines, the scooter we’re shining the spotlight on today is the Lexmoto Echo 50.
With a total weight of 78kg, it’s an extremely nimble and feather-light, the lightest of our picks today actually, and, therefore, an excellent way for beginners to boost their confidence, experience and independence on those urban roads.
In addition to that, the sporty styling is shouty and loud just like your mates when they hear you secured it for just £1,549.99! That low price makes this a great option for those youthful scooterists on a tighter budget or anyone looking for an alternative to being packed in like a sardine on the tube.
Did I mention that it’s the cheapest on our list? With a good level of spec still offered makes for comfortable commuting around town and I can say confidently that the big selling Lexmoto Echo is well-deserving of a place on our list!
|Engine||49cc, 3 hp, air-cooled|
|Brakes||Front and rear disc|
Kymco Super 8 50
It’s an exciting time for Kymco’s Super 8 because this beginner-friendly scoot has received significant upgrades.
With the 2-stroke model being so popular, Kymco has stayed close to the original by using a similar sleek and racy design but made sure to give it a good dose of modernity through the now Euro 5 compliant engine.
There is good reason the Super 8 has been around as long as it has, it’s from a reputable manufacturer and looks great! The £2,399 price may not be the cheapest on today’s list, but it’s an affordable run-around and cheaper than a bus pass!
Through that new 2022 styling and updates, the Super 8 really is a super pick for our #7 spot!
|Engine||49.4cc, 3.2 hp, air-cooled|
Peugeot Kisbee 50
Paying one of two visits to the French manufacturer, Peugeot, the Kisbee has been a huge seller for a long time.
With a few changes from its past 2-stroke self, the Kisbee houses an air-cooled engine that reaches 3.4 hp which is more than enough to get you across the city with ease! Other equipment that will make your journeys easy are the under-seat storage, front disc brake and 12” wheel, whilst these are rather standard figures, it still makes this a great entry-level scooter.
An added bonus is it keeps hold of its strong and modern design that made it such a hit!
|Engine||49.9cc, 3.4 hp, air-cooled|
Piaggio Zip 50
With three entries from the Piaggio group on the list, our first stop is with Piaggio themselves. At #5, say hello to the nifty little Zip 50.
Designed with practicality in mind, the Zip is small and compact and features ample storage space and Piaggio’s signature i-get engine. Appropriately named, this little guy will have no problem zipping you around town and we think it will make the perfect day-to-day companion.
Style-wise, though it might be basic I think it still looks subtly smart. Traditional in colourways (meaning you have the choice of Black or White) and the red detailing, it’s got that classy and slightly formal feel most Italian scooters have. I like the White (AKA Bianco Ottico) because it gives it a touch more personality.
Something to note, if you are looking for something with a little more stability, then you may want to check out the Zip’s sibling, the Liberty 50. None the less though, the Zip remains a great option for those wanting a great city commuter from a very well-known and respected brand!
You may want to un-Zip that wallet because it can be yours for £2,150!
|Engine||49cc, 2.8 hp, i-get, air-cooled|
Sym Jet 14 50 E5
Just by looking at Sym’s Jet 14, you can see it’s significantly bigger than the others and, at 119kg, it’s also a little on the porky side. This isn’t going to cause any problems though, it’s just slightly heavier when compared against the others and actually means it will likely offer slightly better stability.
Whatever angle you look at it, you can appreciate its strong set-up. From the larger-looking wheels, muscular body panels and stare from those LED lights, it’s got the look of a mini maxi-scooter, and this is what will set it apart from its competitors.
The Taiwanese brand have been established for a while now and has gained a reputation for their competitive prices and build quality so is it any wonder, they sell so many scooters? At £2,499, this is another scoot that mixes sports styling and modern amenities well. It’s definitely one of the more premium finished on our list and hopefully, you agree that this deserves to be in our top 5.
|Engine||49cc, 3.4 hp, air-cooled|
Vespa Primavera 50
Stacked full of heritage, history and good looks, the Primavera is arguably the most famous on today’s list and kicks off our top three.
Reliable and smooth with sure-footed handling, it was born for the cobbled, narrow and congested city streets and carries the set-up of a true commuter – and looks good whilst doing it!
We all know riding a Vespa is a statement and it’s because of that chic and simplistic Italian styling that makes it such a big one. They’ve been designed to tug at the heartstrings of the younger generation, and with a range of colours that are very on-trend, they provide an option for even the most style-conscious teenager. Riding one is a pleasure and one of their colourways is actually called ‘Verde Relax’, so, c’mon you know you’ll enjoy riding one of these!
At £3,550, it’s a premium choice that won’t be accessible for all, but you’ve got to remember that Vespa is a brand recognised in every corner of the world so you’re paying for that well-respected badge of honour and Italian styling that we all absolutely amore!
|Engine||49.9cc, 3 hp, air-cooled|
Just missing out on the number one spot and taking up second is the ever-popular Peugeot Speedfight. A scooter that’s again steeped in history, the Speedfight is as iconic as they come and a sports scooter that’s pushing the performance and spec for a 50cc machine.
It’s been around for a long time – 20 years in fact – and keen to keep its popularity, Peugeot has brought it bang-up-to-date through aggressive and angular looks, a digital dash and smartphone connectivity.
It’s also the only liquid-cooled option on the list today and this reflects in its power. 5.2 hp is still nothing to scream about but it’s a significantly higher number of ponies when compared to the others (its sibling the Kisbee, in particular) and is enough punch to get you away from the lights and ahead of traffic comfortably.
The Speedfight has been a hit from the word go and its premium features plus that reputation may be able to justify the £3,109 price and tempt those teens from their savings.
|Engine||49.9cc, 5.2 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front and rear disc|
Aprilia SXR 50
Aprilia’s SXR 50 is an exciting one as it’s not only new for this year but is also the brand’s first Euro5 compliant 50cc bike.
We think it looks great! It’s super sporty and mixes Aprilia’s sports heritage with the realities of urban mobility, this includes using an advanced instrument panel with LCD screen, USB port, full LED lights, and that popular Piaggio i-get engine.
The only bogey is that rear drum. From a brand of this stature, we thought all components would have been high spec, but this seems to be the case with 50cc scoots and their rear brakes.
As a whole though, the SXR 50 is Italian so you’ll instantly feel cool riding one of these, but you’ll also be expecting a higher price and that today is £2,600. However, that price does reflect the premium Aprilia DNA running through its veins making it such a good and competent commuter scooter – and that’s why it’s taking the #1 spot today.
Aprilia themselves state the SXR 50 “marks the beginning of a revolution among 50cc scooters”, the question is, will you be joining? For me, it’s those Aprilia looks, good spec and still competitive price that results in the SXR 50 taking the number one spot!
|Engine||50cc, 3.2 hp, air-cooled|
The last stop
Who runs the urban world? It looks like scooters do. And with things like COVID, they only seem to be getting more popular. I want to know what 50cc scooter you currently ride or if you’ve just passed your CBT and have your eye on one, which is it? Drop your comments below!