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Xiaomi M365 Mijia Electric Scooter – Black UK Version

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7.6Expert Score
Xiaomi M365 Reviiew

Price
8.5
Range
7
Ease of use
9
Speed
7
Reliability
6.5
PROS
  • Affordable
  • Easy to ride
CONS
  • Prone to punctures
  • A bit weighty to carry

The Xiaomi M365 Mijia electric scooter is to the scooter World what the Nokia 3310 was to mobile phones – everyone has one, it does what it needs to do, and for double the price you don’t really get to much more. In short, you get a decent bit of bang for your buck.

Price

At an average UK market price of £399, whilst still feeling the hole in your pocket, the Xiaomi M365 is actually one of the value electric scooters on the market, and for the amount of scooter you get at this price, it represents good bang for your buck.

There are other e-scooters around for this sort of budget, but none have the specs of the Xiaomi M365. Xiaomi have made a clever, market share hoovering move with the M365 ( or Mijia as it sometimes referred to ) by over loading the scooter with quality and under cutting it in its price.

Imported versions are available for even cheaper – but we would recommend steering clear. The UK stock of these scooters comes with a 2 year warranty from the likes of Pure Scooters, and whilst they are a decent machine, things can go wrong.

The market itself is domimated by the M365, and it’s not unusual to see the leading UK retailers price cut the Xiaomi in an effort to be competitive. Use our price watch table above to find the best deal – we update the table twice daily.

Ride

The pneumatic tyres give the M365 a smoothness that makes you feel like you’re gliding when riding on flat road. When ridden over cobbles, uneven surfaces or parkland, you do feel the vibrations, but never a loss of stability.

One note of caution would be if you live in a hilly area – it doesn’t like hills. Gradual inclines? Not a problem- you’ll go slower, but you’ll tackle them. Anything over a 10 degree incline and you’re going to really start to struggle.

Cleverly theough, there is a solution – give the scooter a bit of a punt along, as you would a traditional kick scooter, and it sort of powers the scooter up and you momentarily pick up speed and momentum. I guess this flaw in the Xiaomi, or rather, just lack of power, is what makes it ideal for flat city commuting, but not the golden egg when it comes to the more gradient challenging locations.

This aside, during testing, I rode the Xiaomi Mijia for long periods and  didn’t suffer anything other than excitement and exhilaration. The beauty of this e-scooter as with most of them are their simplicity. It has a brake like a normal bike, so nothing new to learn there, and you have a thumb throttle which becomes second nature within moments of using it.

Functions

Essentially with all electric scooters, you turn them on, you accelerate, and you brake….what more could there be to it? You may be surprised! Let’s cover the basics of what else you get with this machine – some of the functions may save you a lot of headache and stress on day 1!

Kick Off – when you turn the scooter on, and press the accelerator down with your thumb and nothing happens – don’t worry, it’s not broken. It’s a safety feature of the Xiaomi M365. For it to work , you kick off as if on a normal scooter, and then press the accelerator and BOOM, you’re off.  EVERYONE makes this mistake first time out!!!

Eco Mode – suddenly lost power? Can’t get to those heady speeds you used to? Scooter about to go back to the shop you bought it from? Hold on a second cowboy – sounds like you’re in Eco Mode – a mode that helps you get longer out of a single battery charge by reducing the pull on the battery, in exchange for depleted performance.

The way to tell if Eco Mode is engaged is simple – just look at those 4 dots on your centre console, if one of them is green, it means you’re inEco. To get back to normal, double tap your power button, and you’ll be back to the normal performance you’re used to.

Lights – The Xiaomi M365 has from and rear lights – to engage them just tap the power button once. Turn off? Do the same again. The brake light flashes madly every time you pull the brake lever – and that’s all there is to it. Cool hunh?

Who’s it for?

Anyone who’s considering an electric scooter as a first mile / last mile mode of transport basically. This scooter is great for commuting, and if you’ve been to a major UK city in the past 6 months, you will have undoubtedly seen them. However, these are not just a toy for the workers – they are a great way of getting around for just about any adult – the real beauty of an electric scooter like the Xiaomi is that it is so simple to use, very little can go wrong with it, it can go at the pace you feel comfortable, and it can save you a shed load of time on your daily schedule.

Parents who have to normally walk their children to school, and then walk back – take the scooter! Save time. Need to pop to the shop? Take the scooter! The uses are almost limitless – just be sure to remember to use the app to lock it, and double up with an actual lock as well.

Availability

We had no problem getting hold of a Xiaomi Mijia M365. It feels like it’s the most widely available model on the market. We’ve mentioned it elsewhere in this review, but the one thing to look out for are imports. Some retailers make it obvious that’s what they sell, and others make it a little less so. The price can differ, but look to pay between £350 and £400 and go with a trusted retailer. The pricing table we have at the top of the page gives you all the info you need, and the retailers we feature have been vetted and tested by us, and all of them supply UK verified stock.

Design

Design in many ways is subjective, but for me, the Xiaomi does a decent enough job of looking cool – I don’t feel amazingly cool when I ride it, but I don’t feel self conscious either. The matt black finish is a nice touch and makes it feel like it’s a quality product. There are graphics kits available for it that make it into an entirely different beast altogether, and we’ll cover those in a separate review.

My one gripe with the design is the old fashion bell – for an e-scooter that is pretty hi tech, the bell stands out from an aesthetic pov as being out of place and just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the scooter in my opinion. It’s necessary to have some kind of warning system – I just think Xiaomi have overlooked the options when they came up with the bell.

Summary

Overall a solid contender in the electric scooter market. It’s a best seller for those who stock it for good reason – the price makes it affordable, and it’s one of those rare occasions when what you get for your money actually surpasses what you pay. It might not be for everyone, and I can see that a number of people will upgrade over the years, but having ridden plenty of e-scooters, I must admit, for those short trips where I just want to hop onto a scooter and get to where I need to be, I keep coming back to my faithful M365.

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Technical Specs

 

Specification: Xiaomi M365 Mijia Electric Scooter – Black UK Version

Charge Time ( hours)

4

Motor Power (watts)

250

Range (miles)

15

Speed (mph)

15

Weight (kg)

12.5

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Expert Score 7.6
Price
8.5
Range
7
Ease of use
9
Speed
7
Reliability
6.5
PROS:
  • Great value for money
  • Easy to ride
CONS:
  • Prone to punctures
Xiaomi M365 Mijia Electric Scooter – Black UK Version
Xiaomi M365 Mijia Electric Scooter – Black UK Version

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