Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3 Review: penalised by its app

7/10

Editor's rating

Where to buy at the best price ?
£ 439.99 on Amazon
GOOD POINTS
  • Comfortable
  • Efficient on climbs
    (battery > 50%)
  • Finishes
NEGATIVE POINTS
  • App not very useful
  • Loss of power (battery < 50%)
  • Need for space when folding
  • Risk of puncture

Summary

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    Source: Selectos

    Design and comfort

    8

    True to its philosophy, Xiaomi presents here a scooter with a well-known design that has been present on the brand’s products since the famous Mija 365.

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    Xiaomi presents a scooter with a familiar design | Source: Selectos

    Fortunately, the latter is an asset, as it allows the scooter to be quite visually pleasing while presenting a high quality of finish and proven assembly. Here, only a few touches of blue mark the difference.

    The whole thing is IP54 certified, so you can take it out in the rain without too much fear. Just avoid deep puddles.

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    The set is IP54 certified, so avoid deep puddles | Source: Selectos

    The handlebars are quite comfortable to hold, with a good grip and enough width to keep a good balance, even with one hand. The integrated display is easy to read in all circumstances and contains all the essential information. Its brightness automatically adjusts when the headlights are on.

    The platform, the area where you place your feet, is spacious enough to allow you to place your feet side by side without too much trouble. Only larger feet may feel cramped.

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    The platform is spacious enough to accommodate feet side by side without too much trouble | Source: Selectos

    The wheels are fitted with an inner tube tyre system. This is good for comfort, but there is a risk of punctures.

    Security and transport

    7

    Xiaomi’s design has one notable flaw for people taking public transport: its folding system. Indeed, while it’s convenient to use, it doesn’t really reduce the Mi Scooter 3’s footprint. It also doesn’t help with moving it around as it doesn’t allow it to roll comfortably on the front wheel.

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    Its folding system is, in our opinion, a notorious flaw | Source: Selectos

    So all you have to do is use your arm strength, grab the stem and lift the 13.2 kg of the machine. Fortunately, this weight is within the average of the market.

    The safety side of things is well taken care of. The front and rear lights are strong enough to make you visible in the dark. The braking system is efficient and easy to adjust. It combines a rear disc brake with energy recovery at the front (adjustable in 3 stages).

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    The front and rear lights are strong enough to make you visible in the dark | Source: Selectos

    On the other hand, the handling of the Mi Scooter 3 is mixed. At cruising speed, it is precise enough to avoid holes and other road damage. At low speeds, however, the turning radius is a little too long to comfortably navigate between pedestrians.

    Performance and battery life

    8

    The motor of the Mi Electric Scooter 3 is its main differentiator from other models of the brand.

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    Its 300 W motor allows a maximum speed of 25 km/h and a maximum theoretical range of 30 km | Source: Selectos

    The 300 W motor is capable of a maximum speed of 25 km/h and a theoretical maximum range of 30 km.

    In reality, the maximum speed is easily reached in Sport mode thanks to the engine’s liveliness. The other two modes limit the speed to 5 (Pedestrian) and 20 km/h (D) respectively. The pedestrian mode is not very practical in use, as it simply prevents the engine from starting.

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    Top speed is easily achieved in Sport mode | Source: Selectos

    On hills, two modes can be used: the Standard mode is sufficient for most light hills and the Sport mode is the most suitable as soon as the slope becomes steeper.

    The range is, as you would expect, less than the advertised value. This is not surprising, as it is common for all electric vehicles to lose 25 to 30% of their range compared to the theoretical value.

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    A full charge takes approximately 5h30 | Source : Selectos

    For example, a 6 km trip at an average speed of 20 km/h, with a temperature of 16 °C and a 95 kg rider consumed 30% of the battery. This represents a maximum of about 20 km. A full charge takes approximately 5h30.

    App

    6

    The App is the part where the Mi Electric Scooter 3 disappointed us the most. Indeed, if at first sight, the application looks good, we quickly realised that it was incomplete and could be improved.

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    This is the app that disappointed us the most | Source: Selectos

    Between the limited functionalities and the translation mistakes, the result is rather disappointing. It does, however, have a dashboard that allows you to consult the scooter’s data (mode, speed, range, average speed, distance travelled on the current route).

    The setting options are also limited, with the intensity of the energy recovery, the continuous activation of the rear light, the locking of the vehicle or the creation of a password to secure the whole.

    Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 3
    App screenshots | Source: Selectos

    A main shortcoming was the lack of cruise control, an option that is particularly useful when driving several kilometres in one go, but this option has since been added with a software update.

    Conclusion

    7/10

    All in all, if we disregard the risk of a puncture and the absence of a speed regulator, the Mi Electric Scooter 3 is one of the most attractive models in its range for small urban journeys.

    However, remember that its range is relatively limited and it is not one of the most practical when it comes to transporting it.

    GOOD POINTS
    • Comfortable
    • Efficient on climbs (battery > 50%)
    • Finishes
    NEGATIVE POINTS
    • App not very useful and can be improved
    • Loss of power (battery < 50%)
    • Need for space when folding
    • Risk of puncture
    Where to buy at the best price ?
    £ 439.99 on Amazon

     

    Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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    2 comments

      • Hi Bruno, it seems like that option has indeed been added since our review was published.

        I’ve updated the article to reflect this, thanks for the feedback!

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