The Best Step-Through Scooters (2021)

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Step-through scooters define cheap and fast transport, especially in cities where they can weave through traffic and beat most things away from the lights. Whether it's for commuting or deliveries we've picked ten of the best. What is a step-through scooter?

You might also like our top ten A1 Licence scooters, A2 Licence scooters and maxi scooters .

Vespa GTS300

What Is It?

The GTS300 been around since 2008 but received a thorough update in 2015 with dual channel ABS, traction control, a USB charger, a new dash with phone connectivity, LED running lights and a massive storage space under the seat capable of holding two full face helmets.

It may be a bit down on power compared to the SH300i and is notably more expensive, but it's a really popular and stylish way to get around. Just be aware that smaller 12" wheels are likely to give a harsher ride, especially on pothole infested UK roads.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £5,150
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 278 cc
  • Power: 21 bhp / 16 kW
  • Top Speed: 82 mph / 132 km/h
  • Economy: 65 mpg / 4.3 L/100km
  • Range: 140 miles / 225 km
  • Seat Height: 790 mm / 31.1 inches
  • Wet Weight: 158 kg / 348 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.133 bhp/kg

Honda SH350i

What Is It?

For 2021 Honda have evolved the long running SH300i into the SH350i by re-using the capable Forza 350 engine, providing a much needed power boost. It also gets a handy USB Type-C port and the emergency braking indicator flashers.

As before there's LED lighting all round, powerful brakes, full face helmet friendly storage under the seat, keyless ignition and large pothole friendly 16" wheels. It's highly capable in town and quite capable of motorways speeds.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £5,050
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 329 cc
  • Power: 29 bhp / 22 kW
  • Top Speed: 105 mph / 169 km/h
  • Economy: 80 mpg / 3.5 L/100km
  • Range: 160 miles / 257 km
  • Seat Height: 805 mm / 31.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 174 kg / 384 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.167 bhp/kg

Piaggio Medley

What Is It?

The Medley is a classy scooter and has been updated for 2020 with a more powerful engine, a new LED headlight, new wheel design and it now supports optional connectivity with your mobile. Like the Honda SH350i is has large 16" wheels, LED lighting and a fuel saving idle stop / start system.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £3,800
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 15 bhp / 11 kW
  • Top Speed: 70 mph / 113 km/h
  • Economy: 85 mpg / 3.3 L/100km
  • Range: 130 miles / 209 km
  • Seat Height: 799 mm / 31.5 inches
  • Dry Weight: 136 kg / 300 pounds

Yamaha Tricity

What Is It?

It may seem like an oddball choice, because it has an extra wheel at the front, but the Yamaha Tricity three wheel layout does have some advantages and beyond that it's a decent scooter that's well worth a look.

Two front wheels, both of which tilt when cornering, gives you nearly twice the contact with the road for improved cornering, braking and stability. 2017 saw a re-design with a bunch of evolutionary improvements and owners love them.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,150
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 12 bhp / 9 kW
  • Top Speed: 65 mph / 105 km/h
  • Economy: 80 mpg / 3.5 L/100km
  • Range: 130 miles / 209 km
  • Seat Height: 780 mm / 30.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 164 kg / 362 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.073 bhp/kg

Honda SH125i

What Is It?

Setting the standard for 125cc step-through scooters, the Honda SH125i has full LED lighting, keyless ignition and a clever idling start / stop system to save fuel.

It also boasts four generations of evolutionary improvements from Honda since 2001 and for 2020 there's a complete re-design with sharper looks, 50% more storage space, a new zippier engine, new dash and a cool LED headlight.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £3,500
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 13 bhp / 10 kW
  • Top Speed: 70 mph / 113 km/h
  • Economy: 130 mpg / 2.2 L/100km
  • Range: 200 miles / 322 km
  • Seat Height: 799 mm / 31.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 134 kg / 295 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.097 bhp/kg

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Horwin EK3

What Is It?

The Horwin EK3 is a premium A1 licence friendly electric scooter which can upgraded with a range doubling second battery pack for £1,000 extra, putting in the same ballpark as competing petrol scooters. The battery can be removed for charging and doubles as a security measure due to the value of the battery and the non-working nature of the scooter without it.

Equipment levels are excellent with keyless ignition, re-generative braking, cruise control, an alarm and even a 15 mph reverse gear to help parking.

Horwin also offer the AM licence friendly EK1 for £1,200 less but it only has a 3.8 bhp / 2.8 kW peak power and is limited to 28 mph.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £3,800
  • Peak Power: 8.3 bhp / 6.2 kW
  • Continuous Power: 4.7 bhp / 3.5 kW
  • Top Speed: 65 mph / 105 km/h
  • Range: 55 miles / 88 km
  • Battery Capacity: 2.9 kWh
  • Slow Charge: 4.0 hours
  • Seat Height: 780 mm / 30.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 95 kg / 209 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.084 bhp/kg

Super Soco CUx

What Is It?

Super Soco is a new manufacturer dedicated to premium beginner friendly electric scooters and bikes. The CUx can actually be ridden on the AM licence but putting that to one side it's a solid option for commuting in town, even if you have the A1 licence and it's becoming popular with delivery drivers.

The battery is removable for charging and enhanced security plus it can be slow charged from a UK socket over night. There's a USB socket in the open glovebox but not a huge amount of room under the seat so the optional luggage rack is recommended.

At the top of the range is the A1 licence friendly £3,600 CPx with a 4.8 kW motor, a screen, re-gen braking system and the optional to add a range doubling second battery. 

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £2,250
  • Peak Power: 2.8 kW / 3.8 bhp
  • Continuous Power: 1.3 kW / 1.7 bhp
  • Top Speed: 28 mph / 45 km/h
  • Range: 35 miles / 56 km
  • Battery Capacity: 1.8 kWh
  • Fast Charge: 3 hours
  • Seat Height: 770 mm / 30.3 inches
  • Wet Weight: 81 kg / 179 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.049 bhp/kg

Peugeot Django 125

What Is It?

If you want retro cool the Django is well worth a look. It's quite heavy and doesn't make the full 15 bhp allowed by the A1 licence but owners love the unique style and charm.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £3,350
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 10 bhp / 7 kW
  • Top Speed: 65 mph / 105 km/h
  • Economy: 90 mpg / 3.1 L/100km
  • Range: 160 miles / 257 km
  • Seat Height: 770 mm / 30.3 inches
  • Dry Weight: 135 kg / 298 pounds

Lexmoto Titan

What Is It?

The Lexmoto Titan is a solid choice if you want value for money and modern styling but don't mind it being a bit under powered. It has excellent road presence, loads of storage and good brakes.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £1,300
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 7 bhp / 5 kW
  • Top Speed: 60 mph / 97 km/h
  • Economy: 90 mpg / 3.1 L/100km
  • Range: 110 miles / 177 km
  • Seat Height: 780 mm / 30.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 118 kg / 260 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.059 bhp/kg

Lexmoto Echo 50

What Is It?

It only costs £1,400 and for that reason alone the Lexmoto Echo 50 deserves to be on this list. You could buy two of them for the price of the Peugeot Speedfight 4 50 or just one and some decent riding gear.

The engine is previous generation and only produces half the power of the Speedfight but then how powerful does a 50 cc scooter really need to be. 

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £1,400
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 49 cc
  • Power: 2 bhp / 1 kW
  • Top Speed: 40 mph / 64 km/h
  • Economy: 100 mpg / 2.8 L/100km
  • Range: 180 miles / 290 km
  • Seat Height: 730 mm / 28.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 85 kg / 187 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.024 bhp/kg

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How Did We Rank Our Top Ten?

We looked at all the scooters you can buy new and picked the top contenders at each price point taking into account style, power, technology and value for money.

What Is A Step Through Scooter?

What is a scooter?

Traditional scooters tend to have a flat floorboard for your feet and a clean empty space above it to easily "step through" the scooter when you get on it.

Maxi scooters on the other hand fill in much of this space, allowing more storage and generally more equipment to be packed into the machine.

They also tend to be larger overall with a longer wheelbase, much better pillion provision, car style dashboards and better wind protection.

Maxi Scooters vs Step Through Scooters

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