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The NIU MQi GT Evo, the latest sporty scooter from the Chinese brand, matches the performance of a 125cc scooter at a similar price point.

Overall Experience

  • Rating: 3 out of 5
  • Author: Ben Clarke
  • Published & Updated: Yesterday

The NIU MQi GT Evo is designed for pragmatic, inner-city travel. It doesn’t stir the soul like petrol scooters but excels as a functional commuter vehicle. The twin batteries offer around 60 miles of city riding. Charging options include a 5-hour bike plug-in or a more convenient battery removal for indoor charging.

Design and Utility

While the batteries consume most under-seat space, limiting storage, NIU offers a top box solution for this. The scooter’s urban appeal is heightened by its comprehensive security features, addressing the prevalent issue of city scooter theft.

Ideal User Profile

The NIU is a solid choice for those committed to electric power and primarily riding in urban settings. However, for those seeking pleasure rides or extensive non-urban use, other options might be more suitable.

Ride Quality & Brakes

  • Rating: 2 out of 5

The NIU’s agility in traffic, courtesy of its 14″ wheels and CST tyres, makes city navigation a breeze. However, its leaning capabilities are limited. The center stand tends to scrape on the ground during even moderate cornering, a notable drawback for a scooter of its quiet nature.

Engine Performance

  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Powered by a 5kW motor, the NIU offers sufficient speed for urban traffic, with a top speed of around 70mph. Its instant acceleration contrasts with the gradual power delivery of traditional 125cc scooters. The one-button cruise control is a thoughtful addition for urban commutes.

Reliability & Build Quality

  • Rating: 4 out of 5

NIU impresses with its build quality, featuring modern styling and a customizable TFT dash. It includes a SIM card for software updates and GPS tracking, and its keyless system, though initially clunky, works efficiently. The simplicity of its design and a two-year warranty promise good reliability.

Value vs Rivals

  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Priced at £4099, the NIU is costlier than some petrol scooters like the Honda PCX. However, in the electric scooter market, it stands on the affordable end, making it a competitive option for those specifically looking for an electric scooter.


  • Rating: 4 out of 5

The NIU boasts an impressive array of features, including a customizable display, alarm system, phone notifications, location tracking, and tyre pressure monitors. The only drawback is the limited storage space compared to other electric scooters.

Model Variants

The MQi GT Evo is a more powerful version of the NQi GTS Pro.

For a more in-depth analysis and additional details, check out Ben Clarke’s full review.

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