What is the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2, the most high-end electric scooter in the Xiaomi catalog? We tested it for ten days over sixty kilometers.
In July 2020, the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi decided to renew its range of electric scooters by drawing three new models: the entry-level "Essential", positioned below the "1S", all dominated by the "Pro 2".
The latter is none other than the new iteration of the M365 Pro (released in summer 2019) given its relatively identical characteristics. If their price is similar, is a new purchase justified and legitimate? Is it worth more than a "1S" sold for 50 euros cheaper? We tested it to answer these questions.
This test was carried out with a Xiaomi Pro 2 which was loaned to us by Boulanger Opéra. A 10% reduction is offered in this shop to Frandroid readers.
Xiaomi Mi Scooter Pro 2 technical sheet
Design: conservatism (or almost) at all costs
If you are used to Xiaomi electric scooters, then you will find on the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 the same aesthetic philosophy implemented since 2017. At the writing, three devices of the Chinese brand are arranged side by side: by taking a look at it , it is not easy to differentiate them from each other. And yet, they all belong to a different range. Only a few small details distinguish them.
But let's come back to our sheep: the Pro 2 plays the card of aesthetic caution with minimal changes compared to the previous generation. Like the "Essential" and "1S" models, side reflectors are added to the front and rear wheels at the expense of reflective stripes. A way here to offer better passive lighting that can improve your visibility.
At the rear, the mudguard grows longer to fall closer to the ground. This change will help protect you from splashing in wet conditions and in inclement weather. In fact, the system is effective. This same mudguard accommodates a headlight also equipped with a reflector, but above all placed horizontally against a vertical positioning on the previous generation.
The rear lights also function as a brake light, flashing at regular intervals when the brake is applied. Once dangling and shaking, the mudguard – again – is gaining strength and stability thanks to a fastening system connected to the rear structure. As a result, this component remains fixed during a journey and in the process benefits from a probably extended service life.
Formerly red in color, the visible cables abandon this signature to adorn themselves with black and be slightly more discreet. They therefore no longer come out with the red arch placed in the front wheel, nor even the end cap which conceals the charging port. As such, the latter retains its usual place on the front and left side of the scooter.
The handlebars did not undergo any change: the non-slip TPR Grip handles are present again, just like the bell attached to the left part. The screen is always so pleasant to look at (even in direct sunlight) to consult the main information of the machine: the driving mode, the speed and the remaining range represented by a system of horizontal bars.
Note that “Eco” mode is replaced by a walking pedestrian icon. To switch from one driving mode to another, two presses of the one and only button on the screen are enough: nothing new, in short. As mentioned in the "Essential" test, adding the time and an estimate of the remaining mileage (which is therefore more accurate) would have been interesting for the user. Nothing serious, but let's underline it all the same.
For its part, the front lighthouse gains in power: 2 W against 1 W on the Xiaomi 365 Pro. We will talk about it later in this test, but this light intensity was most pleasant. The non-slip deck measures 15 centimeters wide (compared to 14.4 centimeters on the "1S") and 60.2 centimeters in length. Unfolded, the scooter claims 1.18 meters in height and 1.13 meters in length, against 49 centimeters when folded (the length does not change).
Overall, the size of the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 is decent, but will be less versatile than an "Essential" or "1S" in tight spaces. Its weight of 14.2 kilos (identical to the "Pro 1", 12.5 kilos for the "1S") also tarnishes its technical sheet: admittedly, I am not the most robust of the editorial staff, but the reactions have were unanimous in wearing it: the two-wheeler weighs its weight.
The folding and fastening systems reflect Xiaomi's immobility even more: they do not change, but are still very easy to understand and use. In just a few seconds, your scooter will fold or unfold. All of this description applies to the mid-range Mi Electric Scooter 1S, with a few exceptions noted in parentheses.
You will understand: the firm from the Middle Kingdom is taking no risk here in terms of design by maintaining from one generation to another a generally winning formula.
The Xiaomi Pro 2 in everyday life
Acceleration and power
For those who like to start off with a bang and quickly reach 25 km / h, the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 is here to serve you. Like the 365 Pro model, this next-generation machine guarantees a great sense of speed and powerful acceleration, which could almost have been a bit more linear. You only need a few seconds to reach 20 km / h, then gradually approach 25 km / h.
This maximum speed complies with European standards imposed on manufacturers. But in reality, the Pro 2 will generally remain stuck at… 24 km / h. The model tested here only very rarely allowed me to reach 25 km / h on the flat, without a rational explanation. To start, a simple kick propelling you to 5 km / h will allow you to take off and to cap the cyclists at your side.
Does its motor rated at 300 W and maximum power of 600 W (compared to 250 W and 500 W on the "1S") allow it to hit the hill? It depends. On a slight uphill slope, the Pro 2 has no problem dragging you to the top at a great pace (at least 23 km / h).
On an incline of 4.4% – Avenue Gambetta along the Père-Lachaise cemetery was my guinea pig – the matter is much more delicate: spinning at 25 km / h at the start, the scooter gradually lost of its superb to drop to… 15 km / h. Rest assured: this type of drop is not very common either, and your two-wheeler will fulfill its role very well in the majority of cases.
Also, the top speed of 24 km / h is still achieved despite a low remaining range. On the other hand, acceleration is meant to be less nervous and more gradual. This nice performance was done with the "Sport" mode, which you will use the majority of the time to get around and pass other road users with ease.
With “Standard” mode, the maximum speed is limited to 20 km / h. It is immediately less swift, even almost frustrating: the majority of cyclists easily pass you. But an electric scooter ride is not a race against time. While not catapulting you to 25 km / h, this mode at least saves several kilometers of range while adopting a more careful, because slower driving.
Finally, the "Walk" mode is, as its name suggests, intended for walking. Just push down on the throttle after reaching 5 km / h to feel a slight impulse from the machine. A way here to walk on the sidewalks without special effort and especially without representing a danger for pedestrians.
Balance and handling
The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 benefits from very good handling that allows you to squeeze in everywhere. This is the whole point of an electric scooter, which is necessarily less bulky than a bicycle. And with the added speed, it's always nice. For balance, I favored a square back foot position which seemed perfect to me.
Be careful, however, to hold it well with both hands: when I put my glasses back on for the first time on the road, the handlebars started to shake, because they were not maintained enough. It’s just a helping hand. But overall, the Pro 2 fulfills its role very well.
Wheels and comfort
From one iteration to another, the size of the wheels has not changed: 8.5 inches. Xiaomi assures that " puncture resistance and tire pressure have been improved ", Just like" anti-burst tire performance ". Their durability would also have been multiplied by three. The group is reassuring here in view of the numerous punctures observed on its first models.
In fact, the wheels of our Pro 2 held up well: but it is difficult to corroborate the words of the Chinese firm on a ten-day test. In the long run, seeing what really gets in their stomach. Still, the company has once again turned its back on the shock absorbers, which would add smoothness to the overall experience. On cobblestones or other roughness, the result is not necessarily ideal.
The non-slip TPR Grip grips are comfortable, but the doorbell placement deserves a review … at least for little fingers. My thumb did not fall perfectly on it, the said bell being located a bit too far to the right. For larger fingers, this shouldn't be a problem.
Another highlight is the Pro 2's headlight. Now more powerful (2 W against 1 W previously), the projector perfectly illuminates your path for at least three or four meters. Pleasant, but also and above all practical to signal its presence to motorists and other road users.
Did you say bite? Absolutely. The brakes of the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 ensure strong braking thanks to a powerful rear disc brake and an adjustable front regenerative brake. On dry ground, I had no difficulty in stopping quickly if necessary, without any wheel lock.
In wet conditions, the rear wheel locks up slightly – and slipsde facto– when you fully depress the brake levers. But you really have to want it. As for the regenerative brake, three powers are available:
- low: still need to brake to stop;
- medium: ideal for slowing down gradually by pressing the brakes only at the last moment;
- strong: be careful when letting go of the accelerator.
Shortly before the end of the test, a small technical anomaly appeared in the rear brake: a friction noise was heard at very low speed, without the disc itself being involved. If the famous noise then disappeared, I had to push slightly harder on the brake levers to feel their original bite.
As mentioned above, the screen is bright enough to be visible under all circumstances. Its shape and location have not changed. However, I would like to point out a very small flaw: I accidentally turned on the headlights without wanting to when changing my driving mode.
So remember to press twice in a very short time toswitchfrom one mode to another without turning on the lights. It's okay, but I still wanted to share it.
Xiaomi Home: go home
If you are used to reading our reviews of Xiaomi electric scooters, then you probably know that the Xiaomi Mi Home mobile app is not the most useful for a two-wheeler of this type. For others, we are happy to teach you. Let's try to explain again why.
As on the "Essential", the scooter beeped constantly when first turned on. Without any valid reason. Its power is also limited to a few km / h. You must therefore pair it with your smartphone using a Bluetooth connection. Once your account is created, a video relating to the rules of conduct to be respected is broadcast. You can't go to the next step without watching it.
The application then asks to associate your product with a room in your home. For other connected devices of the Xiaomi brand, this manipulation is essential. For an electric scooter, it is completely useless. The Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 then appears on the application: click on it to link it to your smartphone, while pressing once on the single button on the screen of the scooter.
The app then makes it possible to manage several features of the scooter: the cruise control, the always-on taillight or the energy recovery force. Options that can be configured for the first use … without generally changing them afterwards. Accessing all the information about your battery (percentage remaining, state, voltage, current, nominal capacity) is also possible, as is your mileage.
In short: once the configuration is done, Xiaomi Home will become an application without much utility lost in the middle of your interface. The ergonomics, it is greatly improved. Should the pairing still work. After a day of use, connecting my phone to the scooter was simply impossible. Even when restarting the scooter, the application (reinstallation) or my smartphone. So I was forced to use another editorial mobile device to achieve my ends.
Easy on autonomy
The battery life of an electric scooter is one of the cornerstones that can tip the scales from side to side. Let's kill the suspense right now: the range of action of the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 is good, and obviously better than that of the "1S". Officially, the 12,400 mAh battery for 446 Wh can travel up to 45 kilometers, according to the brand.
But beware, this result was obtained according to a strict test protocol: load of 75 km, 25 degrees, no wind, flat road and constant speed of 15 km / h. "Actual results may vary due to differences in temperature, load, wind speed, road conditions and other factors», Indicates the group. Obviously, a user will clearly not respect the above conditions.
In fact, what is the Pro 2 worth? In "Sport" mode only, I was able to cover 24 kilometers ("average" regenerative brake) before falling to one remaining range bar, out of five in total. So I estimate the range of this electric scooter to be around 30 kilometers while driving almost constantly at 25 km / h with my weight of 63 kilos while wet. This is therefore 10 km more than the "1S".
In "Standard" mode, I was able to cover 8.5 kilometers before losing a bar of range. If you are approaching the breakdown and want to switch from “Sport” mode to “Standard” mode, here you have an idea of the number of kilometers you can still cover. More generally, if your place of work is 10 kilometers from your home, you will not have any particular problems making the round trip in a single charge.
According to Xiaomi, the 3 kilo battery takes between eight and nine hours to recharge to 100%: a fair amount of data, which therefore prompts you to plug in your vehicle overnight or at work.
Where to buy the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2?
The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 is available on the manufacturer's official website at 499 euros. An identical price on merchant sites. Several accessories are supplied with: a power adapter, a hex key, an extended nozzle adapter, five screws, a spare tire and a code lock.
And of course, you can find this scooter in the Boulanger store in Paris Opéra, with a 10% reduction saying that you saw the test on Frandroid.