PEUGEOT SPEEDFIGHT 3 50 (2009 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 2.5 out of 5 (2.5/5)
Power: 4 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.5 in / 800 mm)
Weight: Low (214 lbs / 97 kg)


New £1,899
Used N/A

Overall rating

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

When it comes to scooters, there’s none more iconic and successful than the Peugeot Speedfight.

The French runabout has been around since 1996 and still appears in Peugeot's scooter range today having sold well over half a million units around the world. For 2009 Peugeot redesigned it from the ground up, bringing it firmly into the 21st century. The all-new Speedfight 3 features fully-revised chassis and ergonomics and a choice of two different engines/specs.

Peugeot celebrate 20 years of the Speedfight

Peugeot Speedfight 50cc 20th anniversary edition

In 2017 Peugeot launched a special edition Speedfight 50cc to celebrate 20 years of production. The scooter had shifted over half a million units and was in its fourth incarnation. The special edition got a cosmetic makeover with a black double-stitched seat with a removable pillion cowl, aluminium footboards, plus a Snakebike sports exhaust system.

Peugeot Streetfight 50 Total Sport

Peugeot Speedfight Total Sport

In April 2016 Peugeot unveiled a special 'Total Sport' edition of their new Speedfight 4, coinciding with the model's 20th year of production, and marking the manufacturer's two decades of partnership with oil giant Total.

Based on the fourth generation of the Speedfight scooter, the Total Sport featured a liquid-cooled two-stroke engine, fed by a Dell’Orto carburettor, which delivered 5% more power and 15% more torque than the previous model. An inverted 32mm fork and a remote reservoir rear shock absorber, combined with the 12-inch alloy wheels, low profile tyres and the fuel tank location under the foot-board, all combined to deliver improved stability and sharper handling.

The Speedfight's styling was claimed to be inspired by Peugeot’s ‘Exalt’ concept car, with twin helicoid headlights, separated by the distinctive grille and aviation-style fuel cap.

Complementing the Total racing livery and matt black bodywork were highlighted inserts in the air intakes, aluminium footrests, pearly saddle-cover, micro lamp crystal turn indicators, a rear spoiler and inverted sports silencer. The dashboard had both USB and 12V sockets and accommodated a RAM X-Grip smartphone holder.

The Speedfight 4 Total Sport was priced £2099.

Ride quality & brakes

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

Chassis-wise, the biggest change with the new Peugeot Speedfight 50 is the switch to 34mm telescopic forks, which replace the old trademark, single-sided swinging arm. In addition the new versions has 13-inch wheels in place of the old bike’s 12s, to improve stability.

The redesign has also added a whopping 120mm to the overall length of the Peugeot Speedfight3, plus 30mm to the wheelbase, altered the floorboards and resculpted the legshields.

Overall, the changes are welcome. The bigger wheels make it feel more planted, the new forks are an instant improvement over the old awkward and heavy single sided front arm and the new, radially-mounted front brake is stonking.


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

For the 2009 Peugeot Speedfight 50, two new engines are available – either air or liquid-cooled. Both are Euro 3 compliant two-strokes and both feel fairly nippy, although we preferred the liquid-cooled version. It sounded as sweet as a nut and would produce another 500rpm over its air-cooled stable mate – essential extra power on a 50!

The UK's 50cc scooter and moped market is dwindling in the 2020s with many young people opting not to ride or choosing electric alternatives, which can make far more sense than electric leisure bikes. A short hop to work or college followed by a long opportunity to charge is ideal electric bike territory, especially with running costs as low as 1p per mile!

Sadly, the Peugeot Speedfight's original two-stroke engine has made way for a less powerful four-stroke unit - something that will infuriate the purists of the genre but gets the bike through Euro5 regulations.

Reliability & build quality

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

Peugeot quality and reliability has always been among the best in the scooter class and the Speedfight3 maintains that tradition. They’re generally robust, refined, and well built.

Value vs rivals

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

Peugeots have always happily occupied the upper middle-ground, offering quality machine with decent spec at reasonable prices, and the new Speedfight3 is no different – that’s why they’ve proved so popular.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

The new Peugeot Speedffight3’s seat height is unchanged at a comfortable 800mm but the seat has been reshaped and the fuel tank repositioned to lower the centre of gravity and help gain storage space beneath the seat. The result is there’s now enough space to accommodate a full face lid – or the optional Peugeot stereo system which plugs into the 12v socket and includes an iPod dock, sub and amp. The speakers mount into the dummy air intakes on the side of the rear panels. It also has handlebar-mounted controls. Cool or what?

Styling-wise Peugeot’s baby still looks like a Speedfight but the panels have been sharpened up, lights and indicators redesigned and the paintjob refreshed. The instruments are all new, too.


Engine size 49cc
Engine type 2-stroke single-cylinder
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 8.1 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 97kg
Front suspension Telescopic fork, none
Rear suspension Single shock
Front brake 215mm disc
Rear brake 110mm drum
Front tyre size 130/60 x 13
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 12

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 77 mpg
Annual road tax £25
Annual service cost -
New price £1,899
Used price -
Insurance group 1 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 4 bhp
Max torque 1.2 ft-lb
Top speed 30 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 162 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2009: Peugeot Speedfight3 introduced

Other versions

Peugeot Speedfight3 LC: Liquid-cooled version, £2049
Peugeot Speedfight3 RS: Higher spec version, £2099

Owners' reviews for the PEUGEOT SPEEDFIGHT 3 50 (2009 - on)

2 owners have reviewed their PEUGEOT SPEEDFIGHT 3 50 (2009 - 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 PEUGEOT SPEEDFIGHT 3 50 (2009 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 2.5 out of 5 (2.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.5 out of 5 (3.5/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
3 out of 5
25 June 2016 by Herman Fausa Olsen

Version: Speedfight 4 iceblade

Year: 2016

I brought a brand new Peugeot speedfight 4 Iceblade 2 months ago and i'm already experiencing many issues with the bike. It's a great bike when it's up and running perfectly, but the reliabilty is a real letdown.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Speedy 3 Iceblade
15 September 2013 by mrglove02

Really nice bike, never let me down. Its got plenty of power for a 50cc, but mainly, the reliability is amazing! Simple features like the spoiler and the black 13" wheels make it stand out from the crowd. However the speaker system you can get under the seat seems pointless to me, I think that Peugeot let the speedfight down a bit there, but still a fantastic bike, they don't loose value like the Chinese competitors, and certainly a lot more reliable than its rivals. I bought mine with 1800 miles, full service history for under £1300, some AC versions around £1200 but the LC versions - (Iceblade, Darkside) versions' engines seem a bit better to me :)

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