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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Famous Italian motorcycle brand Garelli is back with a new range of scooters and mopeds. The XO is effectively their flagship model and benefits from sharp looks, stable 16” wheels and decent disc brakes. It’s a stylish and perfectly adequate town run-around - the only drawback is a slightly lacklustre engine.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2

The performance from the XO 125’s 125cc air-cooled single is fit for city use, but a little uninspiring compared to the competition. Top speed is around 55-60mph, but you might see 70 if you can get a decent slipstream going! Performance at town speeds is fine but above 50mph the XO 125 starts to struggle.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

The XO fits into the big wheel scooter category thanks to its 16” rims. As such it’s very stable and easy to handle from walking pace all the way up to its top speed. The XO stops brilliantly thanks to disc brakes front and rear – a lot of similar scoots have a drum on the back.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Garelli XO 125 has a sturdy luggage rack designed to take an optional top box, flush-fit indicators and cool LED spotlights in the front fairing – plus they deserve points for giving us that rear disc brake. But the underseat storage bay is way too shallow to take my full-face helmet and the cubbyhole in the leg-shield is a nice thought but oddly shaped, limiting it’s usefulness. Compare and buy parts for the XO in the MCN Shop.

Garelli XO 125 (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,199
Engine size 125 cc
Power bhp
Top speed 60 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3
Engine rating is 3 rating is 2
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

Although Garelli is an Italian company, the XO is actually made in China then shipped over to Italy for the finishing touches and quality control. Garelli’s UK distributors Granby Motors assure us that parts and backup won’t be a problem, but it’s unlikely to be on par with more major brands - something buyers should consider before parting with their cash.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

At £2,199 the Garelli is pretty much mid market – cheaper than most of the Japanese or Italian offerings but a lot more than the unknown Chinese scooters out there. The XO appears to be reasonable quality but it’s still an unknown quantity, so it’s hard not to be tempted to spend a little more for a big-brand scooter from the likes of Suzuki or Yamaha. In fact, Honda’s brilliant new PCX125 costs almost the same at £2,270. Find a scooter for sale.


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Model History

Introduced 2010

Other Versions

Garelli XO 150 – 150cc version sounds appealing but makes less sense here in the UK.


Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power bhp
Max torque ft-lb
Weight 121 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 6 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 125 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke air-cooled single
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment none
Front brakes 240mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 100/80-16
Rear tyre size 120/80-16

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3(1 review)

  • I'm not sure on the quality front


    Average rating rating is 3

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    Pros 1. Beautiful design; 2. Large wheels; 3. Reasonably economical; 4. Ease of use; 5. Kick start also provided; 6. It has both side and centre stands. Cons 1. The 125cc is a bit underpowered; 2. No rev counter; 3. Small tank with consequential limited range; 4. Deceiving fuel gauge - does 175 kms on a full tank but does not budge from FULL for 130 kms. Over the remaining 40 kms it goes from FULL to EMPTY; 5. The underseat storage does not even take a jet helmet; 6. This scooter rattles like 100 rattlesnakes amplified by the latest BOSE sound equipment in an empty cave.

    06 June 2011


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