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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.    

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Piaggio X7 250ie (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,999
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Engine size 244 cc
Power 22 bhp
Top speed 80 mph
Insurance group 7 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

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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.


Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 22 bhp
Max torque 16.2 ft-lb
Weight 173 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 7 of 17
Engine size 244 cc
Engine specification Four-valve dohc liquid-cooled single-cylinder, CVT
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Four-stage preload
Front brakes 260mm disc
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 14
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 13

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