PIAGGIO X7 250 (2008-on) Review

Published: 09 July 2009

"Halfway between a full-on maxi scooter and a lightweight city scooter"

Piaggio X7 250ie

"Halfway between a full-on maxi scooter and a lightweight city scooter"

  • At a glance
  • 244cc  -  22 bhp
  • 60 mpg  -  222 miles range
  • Medium seat height (790mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • £2,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Piaggio X7 250 ie is halfway between a full-on maxi scooter and a lightweight city scooter, so in theory should offer comfort and a bit of class with some traffic busting ability. It manages it too – it feels substantial and quality but slices traffic like a 50cc scooter.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The X7 250 ie handles very well for a scooter – the rearward weight distribution still means the balance feels very different to a motorcycle, but the light steering is matched with good stability from the larger wheels. It feels safe and confident – it’ll never set the world alight, but it does what’s asked of it.

Engine 3 out of 5

The 250cc single-cylinder engine is used across the Piaggio group, and feels the same here – the CVT transmission makes a fast getaway simple, but anyone used to a geared motorcycle will find the delivery flat and characterless. It’s not an issue here – it makes navigating tricky city streets and traffic fuss free, which is important in a commuter.    

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Piaggios last quite a few years, but they tend to get run in to the ground by owners who use them as nothing more than a tool. Corrosion makes them look shabby quickly without a good cleaning and care routine, and the Italian reliability stereotype is based on some foundation – Piaggios in general can suffer odd problems, but many don’t and there’s a two-year warranty in any case.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

Just under £3000 is a reasonable price for a useful, practical and quality commuter scooter – it’s cheaper than rivals and offers most things a commuting rider will need. Piaggio X7 250 for sale.

Insurance group: 7 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The screen is tall enough to keep the worst of the weather off you, and the dual seat is big enough for two medium sized adults – though anyone around or above the 6ft mark will find themselves forced against the bum stop, which could become uncomfortable after a while. The under seat storage area has plenty of room, but the shape means a full-face helmet could be a struggle to fit in. Compare and buy parts for the Piaggio X7 in the MCN Shop.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued -
New price £2,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 7 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 22 bhp
Max torque 16.2 ft-lb
Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 60 mpg
Tank range 222 miles
Specification
Engine size 244cc
Engine type Four-valve dohc liquid-cooled single-cylinder, CVT
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 173kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Four-stage preload
Front brake 260mm disc
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 14
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 13

History & Versions

Model history

Introduced in February 2008.

Other versions

Piaggio X7 125ie – Same principle as the Piaggio X7 250 ie, but with a learner legal fuel-injected 125cc four-stroke engine. The main difference is straight line performance which limits its ability in national speed limits, but around town it’s not such an issue.

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