REVIEW: SEAT eXS KickScooter
Every day, the demand for electric mobility in urban areas is growing more and more. SEAT, in association with Segway, have spotted this demand and have decided to launch their first electric scooter., the SEAT eXS KickScooter. Is it any good? What’s the battery and range like? Read on to find out in our review of the SEAT eXS KickScooter.
Taking a look at the general build quality of the scooter, SEAT, or more so Segway, have done a great job of making a sturdy, well built electric scooter. Having previously tested and reviewed the Xiaomi M365 Electric Scooter, we’re pleased to see the eXS is just as robust and user friendly as its competitor. One thing we wish was slightly altered is the width of the handle bars as, for some, they may be a little on the narrow side. The handles themselves are coated in high quality rubber so you can be sure of a secure grip when riding along.
Also, the two control levers are well placed and feel smooth and intuitive to use. The left lever (in red) controls the front mounted regenerative brake while the right lever (in blue) controls the acceleration of the scooter. There is also a fairly bright LED light on the front of the handlebars too along with red LEDs along the bottom back edge of the standing platform.
Right up front at the centre of the handlebars is the digital display and a single large button. The screen can display your current speed, remaining battery and the particular mode you’re in. It can also inform you if the scooter is connected to the official app via Bluetooth as well, which is handy.
The large single button is used for 3 main actions; turning the scooter on and off, turning the LED lights on and off and controlling the mode you want the scooter to be in (Eco, normal or ‘Sport’ mode which is the fastest.) You can expect to get up to about 17km/hr on the Eco mode, 23km/hr in normal and 27km/hr in ‘Sport’ mode.
When folded up, the front stem of the scooter has a locking mechanism using the rear breakpad. It’s in this front stem section that the battery is located as well along with the charging port.
The standing platform itself is sturdy and wide enough to accommodate two feet comfortable. The wheels, which are an impressive 8 inches in diameter, are reliably chunky and were more than capable of taking on the less well maintained streets of Dublin. There is also suspension on both the front and back tires but this only offers so much when it comes to shock absorption.
The entire scooter weights 12.5kg which is fairly hefty but being able to fold it down makes it that bit easier to carry. One thing we would have like to have seen included is a bell/horn of some sort, either a physical or electronic/speaker-based one to help notify nearby passersby or other road users of your presence.
Now, let’s focus on how the scooter gets on with every day use. Having used the scooter on and off for a week, we have to say, we enjoyed our time with it. Like we mentioned above, there are 3 speed modes. We spent most of our time in the normal mode to get a decent balance of range and speed. We were also supplied with a helmet during our review period and it’s something we highly recommend picking up as well if you’re planning to use the scooter throughout busy urban areas for that little bit of extra protection.
Like any scooter or e-scooter, given its design, there’s always a sense of vulnerability when using them on the roads with other road users and, especially when around much larger buses and trucks. We made sure to keep to the bike lanes as best we could and with the top speed of around 21km/hr we didn’t feel we were causing too many hold ups or inconveniences when making our way around the city. If you do want that little bit extra acceleration from the lights, you can switch it into Sport mode but this will reduce your overall range.
There’s a 300W motor powering the device which is pretty impressive and something you can really feel kicking when using the Sports mode. As we also previously mentioned, the range is something that’s affected by the driving mode you’re in.
From a full charge and in Normal mode, we were getting around 25km in range on average. this is pretty impressive and, even though we charged the scooter each night, we were confident in knowing we could skip a night of charging and still get to and from work the next day without issue.
Having used the scooter on some of Dublin’s more uneven and cobblestoned streets, the SEAT eXS KickScooter could definitely do with slightly better suspension but, like the Xiaomi M365, it’s a problem facing all e-scooters with this form factor.
When it came to charging, we were able to get the scooter up to a full charge in about 3 hours with a ‘quasi-fastcharge’ feature allowing you to fill the battery to 50% with one hour’s charge.
The Smartphone App
In it, you control various aspects such as the name of the scooter, a password for it to protect against theft, cruising speed, energy recovery and speed limitation.
You can also put a speed limit on the application that will be activated when used in the “Eco” mode, that is, to save even more battery if you really need to. By default, this feature has the Eco mode set to 17 km/hr maximum.
The app also provides data regarding the current speed, the remaining and current mileage, the average speed, the current usage time, the total mileage of the vehicle and its temperature.
A difference between the Android and iOS application, is that, in the latter, you can control the ambient light located under the platform . It is a series of RGB LEDs that we can change to our liking.
As we mentioned at the start of the review, one of the key features of this app is that it allows you to update the scooter’s firmware.
In the end, if you’re in the market for an e-scooter in Ireland, you really only have two options, the Xiaomi M365 e-scooter or the SEAT eXS KickScooter, both have their merits but, we have to say, we prefer the eXS KickScooter.
Yes, its €600 price tag is €150 more than Xiaomi’s offering but you really are getting a fantastic all round electric scooter for getting you from A to B.