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Gotrax GXL V2 Review

Great budget scooter with unique upgrades rivaling higher end models
Gotrax GXL V2
Credit: Gotrax
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Price:   $350 List | $348.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Pneumatic tires - smooth ride, cruise control feature, really solid safety latch
Cons:  Carrying latch failure, not very fast, no extra suspension
Manufacturer:   Gotrax
By Evan Johnson and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jan 6, 2022
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RANKED
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  • Range - 25% 3.9
  • Power - 25% 4.3
  • Ride Comfort - 20% 7.7
  • Portability - 15% 4.1
  • Braking - 15% 9.5

Our Verdict

Grab the Gotrax GXL V2 for a good all-around budget scooter. Gotrax includes E-ABS anti-locking brakes and other features on this model that are often reserved for higher-end scooters. Testing resulted in strong scores for comfort and braking. Air-filled tires and a solid safety latch stood out as impressive, while power and range left us wanting more. We feel it's a great introductory scooter choice at a good price for users in flat areas and if distance range is not a deciding factor.

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Pros Pneumatic tires - smooth ride, cruise control feature, really solid safety latchLots of features, customizable settings, fastest in the test, very smooth ride, long distance range, good headlight, additional lights for enhanced visibilityLithium-ion battery, measured 22 mile range, 350-watt motor, fast and smooth rideFast, front suspension, decent travel radiusSmooth ride, powerful single brake
Cons Carrying latch failure, not very fast, no extra suspensionHeavier weight - more difficult to carry, settings can be confusing - had to look up instructional video, 8hr charge time if you don't use the fast charger (sold separately)Heavier weight, long charge timeCruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lacks redundancySlow, does not fold, limited range
Bottom Line Great budget scooter with unique upgrades rivaling higher end modelsA very comfortable ride that checks all of our boxes and truly impressed us with its speed and rangeA smooth driving, high-end electric scooter with an impressive range and a pep in its stepA relatively inexpensive scooter with a respectable top speed, convenience, and decent travel radiusDespite being a household brand name, this model's poor showing in almost every test category left reviewers struggling to find positive things to report
Rating Categories Gotrax GXL V2 Apollo City Gotrax G4 Hiboy MAX Razor E300
Range (25%)
3.9
8.7
9.0
7.1
1
Power (25%)
4.3
9.1
8.4
7.8
3.0
Ride Comfort (20%)
7.7
9.7
8.0
5.7
7.3
Portability (15%)
4.1
7.3
8.3
6.3
1
Braking (15%)
9.5
8.5
7.7
7.7
7.5
Specs Gotrax GXL V2 Apollo City Gotrax G4 Hiboy MAX Razor E300
Measured Maximum Speed 12.5 mph 22.5 mph 19.8 mph 19.3 mph 12.0 mph
Measured Effective Range 7 miles 23 miles 22 miles 12.2 miles 4.7 miles
Measured Charge Time 4 hours 15 minutes 8 hours 30 minutes 5 hours 50 min 4 hours 30 min 6 hrs 20 min
Brake Type Front regen
Rear disc
Front disc
Rear drum
Rear regen
Rear disc brake and E-ABS braking system Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Rear disc brake
Tire Type Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic Solid rubber Pneumatic
Tire Size 8.5" 10" 10" 8.5" 9"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Screen Yes Yes Yes Yes No
App No No No Yes No
Maximum Load 220 lbs 260 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs
Bell Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Measured Weight 26 lbs 42.8 lbs 37.8 lbs 35.2 lbs 42.5 lbs
Battery Type Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium Sealed lead acid
Motor 250 Watt 600 Watt 350 Watt 350 Watt 250 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

Gotrax makes a full range of electric scooters with the affordable GXL V2 as one of the entry-level models in their lineup. While it didn't necessarily impress us with its power or range, we did enjoy its relatively comfortable ride and solid braking performance. If you're on a budget and range is not a major deciding factor, we feel this is a decent option to consider.

Performance Comparison


Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter - we were less than impressed by this scooter's range. it may work...
We were less than impressed by this scooter's range. It may work just fine for those who don't travel long distances or who just want to play around.
Credit: Laura Casner

Range


The GXL V2 comes up a little short on the range tests, dying early after approximately 42 minutes of run time. Halfway through testing the range, the scooter slowed significantly, so full-speed cruising is depleted early. Charging quickly is a plus, however, with just over four hours for a full charge.

Effective range was measured by traveling at an average of 13 mph, and the GXL V2 fell relatively short at 7 miles. This is significantly shorter than the claimed range of up to 12 miles though not super surprising given the 36V 5.4Ah (187.2 Wh) battery size. Keep in mind that rider size, terrain, and conditions can heavily impact range.

Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter - with a measured top speed of 12.5 mph, the gxl v2 isn't exactly...
With a measured top speed of 12.5 mph, the GXL V2 isn't exactly fast. However, this might be adequate for kids or those who prefer slower speeds.
Credit: Laura Casner

Power


Measuring power on the GXL V2, we take a look at how acceleration feels, hill climb stats, and the overall cruising speed through a range of different landscapes. At half battery, the power started to give out and noticeably reduced available speed. This regulation may dissatisfy some users but could show up less in a flat urban environment or with smaller riders.

Our 3.5% grade hill test didn't pose much resistance. However, at 10.5% the scooter slowed to 3 mph and made it just past the halfway mark with our tester onboard. The Gotrax scooter's top speed hits right around 12.5 mph, which could be adequate for smaller riders but left us wanting more. It is also worth noting that this is a fair bit slower than the claimed top speed of 15.5 mph.

Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter - 8.5-inch pneumatic tires help to give the gxl v2 a relatively...
8.5-inch pneumatic tires help to give the GXL V2 a relatively comfortable ride.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ride Comfort


The GXL V2 came in strong in our comfort category thanks to its pneumatic tires, which glided over most cracks and bumps in the road. While the GXL V2 lost some points elsewhere, it gained some ground in this category.

The 8.5" diameter tires are an adequate size and filled with air, helping to dampen vibration and smooth out the ride.

Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter - with a light weight, the gotrax should be an easily portable...
With a light weight, the Gotrax should be an easily portable scooter, but the latch and carry system failed on our test model fairly quickly.
Credit: Laura Casner

Portability


Riders looking to hop on transit might find the GXL V2 less than ideal. Folding felt sturdy at first, but the latch and carry system failed early on. Folding to stow in a car might work well but long distances or stair sessions might not be an option for the daily commuter. It is fairly lightweight, however, weighing in at just 26 lbs. Lifting and carrying this scooter is fairly easy, assuming the latch system doesn't fail as ours did.

Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter - a front electric brake with abs and a rear disc brake give the gxl...
A front electric brake with ABS and a rear disc brake give the GXL V2 great stopping power.
Credit: Laura Casner

Braking


Stopping in the GXL V2 inspires confidence thanks to the combined front electric and rear disc brake. While this electric and disc combo is becoming the norm, the GXL V2 adds ABS activated in the front, even when braking in the rear. With its high-tech and advanced set of braking features, the quality felt more than budget.

Value


The GXL V2 is among the least expensive models we've tested, and that is apparent in its below-average performance. We feel it's still a decent value if a comfortable ride and braking performance are higher priorities than speed, range, and portability.

Conclusion


The GXL V2 could be an ideal gift for smaller riders. If traditional commuting isn't your goal, then prioritizing comfort and braking over speed or carry-ability could make the GXL V2 a great fit.

Gotrax GXL V2 electric scooter - a comfortable ride and good braking performance were the highlights...
A comfortable ride and good braking performance were the highlights of the GXL V2, though its limited range and power were not that impressive.
Credit: Laura Casner

Evan Johnson and Austin Palmer

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