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Piaggio Vespa LX50
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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The easiest way in to Vespa ownership is a slow-going affair, but it looks great and is a reasonably practical machine.


MCN rating rating is 1
Owners' rating rating is 0

The entry-level Vespa is powered by a 50cc two-stroke twist-and-go engine that isn’t exciting or very fast – it has the virtue of being learner friendly and that’s it. It should sip petrol though. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Vespa LX50 deals with bumps better than most small scooters – the design is chunkier and more cosseting. It’s still manoeuvrable at low speed, and large bumps or holes will still upset the small wheels though.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Decent underseat storage, a cubby hole in the leg shield, a pull-out bag hook and a fuel gauge make the LX50 practical for the fashionista about town. The seat is comfy and there’s plenty of room for all sizes of rider. Compare and buy parts for the Vespa LX50 in the MCN Shop.

Piaggio Vespa LX50 (2005-current)

Detail Value
New price £1,958
Dealer used prices
£1,590 (2011) - £1,700 (2011)
Private used prices
£1,430 (2011) - £1,530 (2011)
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Engine size 49 cc
Power 3.3 bhp
Top speed 30 mph
Insurance group 2 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 0
Engine rating is 1 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 0
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 0
Value rating is 3 rating is 0

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The painted enclosed body is nicely finished and the chrome looks OK, but underneath the metal parts suffer at the hands of road much, water and salt. The iconic body shape is vulnerable in a crash- even dropping will damage everything on one side. 


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

As a purely practical purchase, there are cheaper scooters doing the same job. But the Vespa is about image – it’s not silly money, and there’s fewer more chic 50cc scoots out there. Find a Vespa LX50 for sale.


Insurance group: 2 of 17

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Model History

launched 2005.

Other Versions

LX4 50 – The same proposition, but with an even slower four-stroke engine. Buy the two-stroke, it’s safer.


Top speed 30 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 3.3 bhp
Max torque 2.4 ft-lb
Weight 96 kg
Seat height 775 mm
Fuel capacity 8.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 2 of 17
Engine size 49 cc
Engine specification Two-stroke, air-cooled single, CVT transmission
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment none
Front brakes 200mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 110/70-11
Rear tyre size 120/70-10

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 0(0 reviews)

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