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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Unlike most big scooters which aim for open road cruising ability as well as town prowess, the Peugeot Satelis maxi-scooter keeps small-scoot size and manoeuvrability. That means high speed corners and bumps are a bit hairy – but as a swift and practical commuter it’s pretty good.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Scooter engines will always be uninspiring thanks to the CVT transmission which makes power delivery completely flat, but for commuting the Satelis 500’s fast pick-up and acceleration are ideal. It’s smooth and quiet at motorway speed too, though using the throttle hard makes the fuel gauge drop quickly.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The small-wheel design means scything acoss down through small gaps and tight turns is easy, but the pay-off is a twitchy, wobbly feel at speed and a tendency to crash over bumps and potholes. The suspension quality is OK, but can’t mask the fundamental handling issues caused by a rearward weight bias (common to most scooters in fairness). Ride it gently and it’s OK though. The exhaust and centre stand stick out past the wide engine – it’s easy to catch them in narrow gaps, so be aware.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

Whoever was the first person who was described as ‘couldn’t get wet if it rained’ probably rode a Satelis. The enveloping bodywork and screen keep the worst of the weather off the rider, and despite being more compact then many large-capacity scooters there’s enough room for our 6ft tester. The pillion seat is spacious, and the underseat storage will take a full-face helmet (if you lie it on it’s side). There’s a locking cubby hole in the fairing too. A fuel gauge and clock are useful features on the classy-looking dash. Compare and buy parts for the Peugeot Satelis 500 in the MCN Shop.

Peugeot Satelis 500 (2007-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,699
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Engine size 491 cc
Power 38.9 bhp
Top speed 105 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Peugeot scooter reliability is generally pretty good. The build quality of the Satelis 500 is quite good too – the panels fit well, the dash is well designed and the seat covering feels nice too. The seat mechanism opens automatically by unlocking it using the ignition barrel, but has to be closed precisely to get it to stay down.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Satelis is the cheapest maxi scooter you can buy by some margin, but it doesn’t feel like it. Only the engine-in-swingarm design costs the Satelis in the handling stakes compared to engine-in-frame designs. Find a Peugeot Satelis 500 for sale.


Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

Introduced 2007. Unchanged since.

Other Versions

Peugeot Satelis 125 – Looks identical, but with a 125cc learner-legal engine. Acceleration is good, but feels breathless out of town.
Peugeot Satelis 250 – Sits in the middle of the range offering 33bhp riders more power than the 125, or a cheaper alternative to the 500. Performance is, predictably, halfway between the two.


Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 38.9 bhp
Max torque 31 ft-lb
Weight 213 kg
Seat height 784 mm
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 491 cc
Engine specification Four-valve, liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke. CVT transmission.
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload only
Front brakes 260mm twin discs, Nissin two-piston sliding calipers
Rear brake 240mm disc, single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70-14
Rear tyre size 150/70-14

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