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PEUGEOT SATELIS 500 (2007-on) Review

Published: 17 July 2009

Updated: 21 November 2014

"Maxi-scooter that keeps small-scoot size and manoeuvrability"

Peugeot Satelis 500

"Maxi-scooter that keeps small-scoot size and manoeuvrability"

  • At a glance
  • 491cc  -  38.9 bhp
  • 61 mpg  -  207 miles range
  • Insurance group: 9 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (784mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • New: £4,699

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Unlike most big scooters which aim for open road cruising ability as well as town prowess, the Peugeot Satelis maxi-scooter keeps small-scoot size and manoeuvrability. That means high speed corners and bumps are a bit hairy – but as a swift and practical commuter it’s pretty good.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The small-wheel design means scything acoss down through small gaps and tight turns is easy, but the pay-off is a twitchy, wobbly feel at speed and a tendency to crash over bumps and potholes. The suspension quality is OK, but can’t mask the fundamental handling issues caused by a rearward weight bias (common to most scooters in fairness). Ride it gently and it’s OK though. The exhaust and centre stand stick out past the wide engine – it’s easy to catch them in narrow gaps, so be aware.

Engine 4 out of 5

Scooter engines will always be uninspiring thanks to the CVT transmission which makes power delivery completely flat, but for commuting the Satelis 500’s fast pick-up and acceleration are ideal. It’s smooth and quiet at motorway speed too, though using the throttle hard makes the fuel gauge drop quickly.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Peugeot scooter reliability is generally pretty good. The build quality of the Satelis 500 is quite good too – the panels fit well, the dash is well designed and the seat covering feels nice too. The seat mechanism opens automatically by unlocking it using the ignition barrel, but has to be closed precisely to get it to stay down.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The Satelis is the cheapest maxi scooter you can buy by some margin, but it doesn’t feel like it. Only the engine-in-swingarm design costs the Satelis in the handling stakes compared to engine-in-frame designs. Find a Peugeot Satelis 500 for sale.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

Whoever was the first person who was described as ‘couldn’t get wet if it rained’ probably rode a Satelis. The enveloping bodywork and screen keep the worst of the weather off the rider, and despite being more compact then many large-capacity scooters there’s enough room for our 6ft tester. The pillion seat is spacious, and the underseat storage will take a full-face helmet (if you lie it on it’s side). There’s a locking cubby hole in the fairing too. A fuel gauge and clock are useful features on the classy-looking dash. Compare and buy parts for the Peugeot Satelis 500 in the MCN Shop.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued -
New price £4,699
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £66
Annual service cost -
Max power 38.9 bhp
Max torque 31 ft-lb
Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 61 mpg
Tank range 207 miles
Engine size 491cc
Engine type Four-valve, liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke. CVT transmission.
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 784mm
Bike weight 213kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload only
Front brake 260mm twin discs, Nissin two-piston sliding calipers
Rear brake 240mm disc, single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70-14
Rear tyre size 150/70-14

History & Versions

Model history

Introduced 2007. Unchanged since.

Other versions

Peugeot Satelis 125 – Looks identical, but with a 125cc learner-legal engine. Acceleration is good, but feels breathless out of town.
Peugeot Satelis 250 – Sits in the middle of the range offering 33bhp riders more power than the 125, or a cheaper alternative to the 500. Performance is, predictably, halfway between the two.

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