GARELLI XO 125 (2010 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Power: 10 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.1 in / 790 mm)
Weight: Low (267 lbs / 121 kg)


New £2,199
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Famous Italian motorcycle brand Garelli is back with a new range of scooters and mopeds. The XO is effectively their flagship model and benefits from sharp looks, stable 16” wheels and decent disc brakes. It’s a stylish and perfectly adequate town run-around - the only drawback is a slightly lacklustre engine.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The XO fits into the big wheel scooter category thanks to its 16” rims. As such it’s very stable and easy to handle from walking pace all the way up to its top speed. The XO stops brilliantly thanks to disc brakes front and rear – a lot of similar scoots have a drum on the back.


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The performance from the XO 125’s 125cc air-cooled single is fit for city use, but a little uninspiring compared to the competition. Top speed is around 55-60mph, but you might see 70 if you can get a decent slipstream going! Performance at town speeds is fine but above 50mph the XO 125 starts to struggle.  

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Although Garelli is an Italian company, the XO is actually made in China then shipped over to Italy for the finishing touches and quality control. Garelli’s UK distributors Granby Motors assure us that parts and backup won’t be a problem, but it’s unlikely to be on par with more major brands - something buyers should consider before parting with their cash.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

At £2,199 the Garelli is pretty much mid market – cheaper than most of the Japanese or Italian offerings but a lot more than the unknown Chinese scooters out there. The XO appears to be reasonable quality but it’s still an unknown quantity, so it’s hard not to be tempted to spend a little more for a big-brand scooter from the likes of Suzuki or Yamaha. In fact, Honda’s brilliant new PCX125 costs almost the same at £2,270. Find a scooter for sale.


3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Garelli XO 125 has a sturdy luggage rack designed to take an optional top box, flush-fit indicators and cool LED spotlights in the front fairing – plus they deserve points for giving us that rear disc brake. But the underseat storage bay is way too shallow to take my full-face helmet and the cubbyhole in the leg-shield is a nice thought but oddly shaped, limiting it’s usefulness. Compare and buy parts for the XO in the MCN Shop.


Engine size 125cc
Engine type Four-stroke air-cooled single
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 6 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 121kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension none
Front brake 240mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 100/80-16
Rear tyre size 120/80-16

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 82.5 mpg
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost -
New price £2,199
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term 12 months unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 10 bhp
Max torque 2.3 ft-lb
Top speed 60 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 110 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

Introduced 2010

Other versions

Garelli XO 150 – 150cc version sounds appealing but makes less sense here in the UK.

Owners' reviews for the GARELLI XO 125 (2010 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their GARELLI XO 125 (2010 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your GARELLI XO 125 (2010 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Engine: 2 out of 5 (2/5)
Reliability & build quality: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
3 out of 5 I'm not sure on the quality front
06 June 2011 by censuwine

Pros 1. Beautiful design; 2. Large wheels; 3. Reasonably economical; 4. Ease of use; 5. Kick start also provided; 6. It has both side and centre stands. Cons 1. The 125cc is a bit underpowered; 2. No rev counter; 3. Small tank with consequential limited range; 4. Deceiving fuel gauge - does 175 kms on a full tank but does not budge from FULL for 130 kms. Over the remaining 40 kms it goes from FULL to EMPTY; 5. The underseat storage does not even take a jet helmet; 6. This scooter rattles like 100 rattlesnakes amplified by the latest BOSE sound equipment in an empty cave.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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