The Vivacity is very stable for a small-wheel scooter and the ride is unintimidating and confidence-inspiring. Fuel is stored under the floorpan which lowers the centre of gravity for better balance. The brakes are a little weaker than other 125cc scooters – including Peugeot’s own cheaper Tweet 125 – but they’re more than acceptable for town use.
This is the weak point. It zips up to 40mph nicely, but the Vivacity’s 4-stroke motor is only good for around 60mph in a market where other 125 scooters manage 65 or even 70. If you ride in the city it won’t matter, but out of town those extra 5-10mph are crucial.
The Vivacity is nicely put together – nice enough to inspire some joy of ownership even. The seat has stylish white stitching around the edges, the lines of the bodywork and the light clusters show thought and the general fit and finish is neat.
At £1999 the Vivacity 125 is nearly £600 cheaper than Honda’s PS125 and nearly a grand less than the very desirable yet less practical Vespa LX125. It sits nicely in the middle of the market with a good balance between quality and price. Find a scooter for sale.
Everything you could want in a city scoot – 12v power socket to charge your mobile, fuel gauge, comprehensive half-digital clocks and a hook for your shopping. Alongside a 22-litre underseat storage bay big enough to take my full-face lid, there’s a clever 13-litre storage bay built into the front of the Vivacity. It opens via a concealed button under the handlebars that you can't access when the steering lock is on. Compare and buy parts for the Vivacity 125 in the MCN Shop.