PEUGEOT VIVACITY 125 (2010 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£40|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Classy styling, nice attention to detail and a list of handy well thought-out features make the Vivacity 125 look like a charming city commuter package. Overall it strikes a tempting balance between quality and price. The only slight let down is its performance.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The Vivacity is very stable for a small-wheel scooter and the ride is unintimidating and confidence-inspiring. Fuel is stored under the floorpan which lowers the centre of gravity for better balance. The brakes are a little weaker than other 125cc scooters – including Peugeot’s own cheaper Tweet 125 – but they’re more than acceptable for town use.
EngineNext up: Reliability
This is the weak point. It zips up to 40mph nicely, but the Vivacity’s 4-stroke motor is only good for around 60mph in a market where other 125 scooters manage 65 or even 70. If you ride in the city it won’t matter, but out of town those extra 5-10mph are crucial.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Vivacity is nicely put together – nice enough to inspire some joy of ownership even. The seat has stylish white stitching around the edges, the lines of the bodywork and the light clusters show thought and the general fit and finish is neat.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
At £1999 the Vivacity 125 is nearly £600 cheaper than Honda’s PS125 and nearly a grand less than the very desirable yet less practical Vespa LX125. It sits nicely in the middle of the market with a good balance between quality and price. Find a scooter for sale.
Everything you could want in a city scoot – 12v power socket to charge your mobile, fuel gauge, comprehensive half-digital clocks and a hook for your shopping. Alongside a 22-litre underseat storage bay big enough to take my full-face lid, there’s a clever 13-litre storage bay built into the front of the Vivacity. It opens via a concealed button under the handlebars that you can't access when the steering lock is on. Compare and buy parts for the Vivacity 125 in the MCN Shop.
|Engine type||4-stroke 2v single|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||7.5 litres|
|Front brake||200mm disc|
|Rear brake||130mm drum|
|Front tyre size||120/70-12|
|Rear tyre size||120/70-12|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||48 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£21|
|Annual service cost||£40|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||8 bhp|
|Max torque||6.5 ft-lb|
|Top speed||60 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||80 miles|
Model history & versions
Peugeot Vivacity sixties - special edition 60s-style version with a tan-coloured seat and a choice of ivory or sky blue retro pastel paint.
Owners' reviews for the PEUGEOT VIVACITY 125 (2010 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their PEUGEOT VIVACITY 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£40|
Version: Jet In
Annual servicing cost: £40
Cheap running costs. This one I have had been used and abused as a winter 'commuter hack'. Yet it soldiered on. A PX125 Vespa would be in a lot of trouble subjected to this abuse.
A reasonable commuter with good storage space (and unlike the MCN review the fuel tank is high at the rear NOT under the floor)! Impressive carrying capacity.
If used as a commuter nike in towns etc it's good. Lacks top end speed but that's not its design parameter!!!!
After 9 years of hard use and 19k miles the plastics get brittle on what is fundamentally a Chinese scooter under the skin. Tabs to hold bodywork can break.
Minimal money spent. It just keeps on going despite being used for many years as a tool........
Storage for items and the general 'hop-on and go' ability.
Buying experience: Private purchase
Bought the scoot for under 2K 16 months ago, just to get on two wheels again after giving up my last ever bike, a from-new 4 year old Blackbird. No comparison, of course, but I didn't want to get, say, a CBF500 because that would have been comparison too near the bone. So, something completely different, the Peugeot Vivacity 125. Slightly girly in vanilla, but nice enough looking, with room for a full face under the seat and a handy boot on the front for raingear etc. A comfortable upright seating position that works with the steady ride. It took a few hundred miles to unglue the reluctant engine though it was pretty obvious from the off that I wasn't going anywhere fast. 5000 miles later and the engine is sweet, and smooths up to 50+ . . . but really, that's it. I have done 60 but it needs all the right conditions and in any case there are other scoots with sportier performance (for rather more money). The little Pug isn't so much disappointing as occasionally annoying, but only when you should have taken the car. I had a couple of goes at chucking it about but frankly it's pointless. Apart from you looking a right tit hanging off it. The scoot will go at it's own pace, which is faster than a speeding pullet. It took a while but I've decided I like it. Sure, the engine is a plodder, but hey, I'm a pensioner, plodding is what I do. It says here. I recommend it to anyone who wants a safe , smooth, sexy ride. All right I lied about that last one, but the reliable, economical Vivacity does its job quietly and well. It's a keeper.