YAMAHA XMAX 300 (2017 - on) Review


  • A2-legal maxi scooter
  • Great for an urban commute
  • Built well, cheap to run

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £120
Power: 28 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.3 in / 795 mm)
Weight: Low (395 lbs / 179 kg)


New £4,599
Used £3,300 - £4,600

Overall rating

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

What is it about scooters that UK commuters don’t understand? Take the Yamaha XMAX 300 mid-size scooter. You can get incredibly low PCP deals on one of these A2-legal machines and basically kiss goodbye to your public transport woes, not to mention save a stackload of cash in the process.

For a suburban commuter, the XMAX 300 makes total sense. It’s practical, has the full package of safety aids, will easily cruise at 70mph and delivers 80mpg. How does that not make sense?

2023 Yamaha XMAX 300

2023 Yamaha XMAX 300

Yamaha have unveiled new tech updates for their XMAX 300. The top-of-the-range Tech Max version gets a new 4.2in colour TFT dash with smartphone connectivity that’ll also run Garmin sat nav functionality if you have the right app. The standard model gets a new version of the LCD unit that you can still hook your phone up to.

Along with the new dashes, the bikes also get tweaks to the styling including X-shaped LED head and tail lights. The seat has been reshaped for styling but also to make getting your foot down easier. The Tech Max version is now also available in black paint.

The new standard XMAX 300 is due in March 2023 while the Tech Max version will follow in May. Yamaha will announce the prices in December 2022.

Yamaha XMAX 300 cityscape

Ride quality & brakes

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

Despite appearing physically large, the XMAX soon reveals itself as a surprisingly light and agile commuter. Carrying its 179kg weight very low helps it flick effortlessly from side-to-side and it’s narrow enough to zip through gaps.

The seat is comfortable, the screen and fairing are effective and it can almost hit 100mph flat-out. Should you need to anchor up quickly, while the brakes lack some feel, the ABS is excellent in catching any lock-ups and the traction control certainly worked on wet cobbles.

The suspension, however, could be a little better. Over particularly poor surfaces the XMAX’s twin shocks felt a little harsh and under-damped, jolting the rider in an unpleasant way. On smoother roads they were up to the job, but if you own an XMAX it’s best to avoid potholes wherever possible.

Yamaha XMAX 300 open road


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

With a top speed nearing 100mph, the 292cc single in the XMAX is probably more powerful than most will need it to be.

The A2-compliant 27.6bhp motor is plenty for zipping around the city and won't intimidate fresh converts to two wheels, either.

Reliability & build quality

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

Yamaha are famous for the reliability of their thumping singles in bigger bikes, and there's no reason to think the power unit in the XMAX should be any less bullet-proof.

Yamaha XMAX 300 rear

Our Yamaha XMax 300 owners' reviews show a few little niggles to be aware of after some time with the bike. We have reports of leaking fork seals, a substandard alternator that allows the battery to flatten when using heated kit, and a seat that needs two hands to operate, meaning you need to put your luggage down in order to load it.

Value vs rivals

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

How does 80mpg all day long sound? On paper the XMAX is every suburban commuter’s dream mode of transport, and the ride doesn’t disappoint either.

A low monthly PCP cost makes the XMAX a viable alternative to public transport, and its £5199 price tag puts it on a par with Honda's Forza 300 (£5099) and cheaper than the Suzuki Burgman 400 (£6499). The Kawasaki J300 comes in at £4599, but is not so well-equipped.

The £5299 Kymco DTX360 is another rival, and so we pit the Yamaha, Suzuki and Kymco against one another in our mid-size scooter mega test.

Yamaha XMax 300 clocks


5 out of 5 (5/5)

If you are yet to be converted to two wheels and are worried about safety, the XMAX even helps quash this fear. Alongside ABS, Yamaha’s new 292cc single-cylinder machine comes with traction control as standard, which although a little unnecessary on a 27.6bhp twist-and-go is still reassuring when it starts to rain.

Add to this keyless ignition and disc brakes front and rear and the XMAX goes a long way to justifying its £5199 tag. And then there is the practicality side.

Pop up the XMAX’s seat and underneath is a vast 45-litre storage area (which is helpfully lit by an LED light) that can happily swallow up two full-face lids with room to spare. In one of the two gloveboxes (the one that locks) there is a 12V power source so you can charge a phone while on the go and both the screen and bars are height adjustable.

Yamaha XMAX 300 storage

In a slightly odd move, Yamaha haven’t equipped the bigger XMAX (or any XMAX model for that matter) with a parking brake, meaning you do need to be wary when parking up on any kind of slope.

But this a small irritation on what is otherwise a thoroughly sorted, and well-specified, maxi-scooter that – if tried – would certainly win over a few public transport-weary commuters.


Engine size 292cc
Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves
Frame type -
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 179kg
Front suspension Telescopic forks 110mm travel
Rear suspension Unit Swing 79mm travel
Front brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø267 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø245 mm
Front tyre size 120/70-15
Rear tyre size 140/70-14

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 80 mpg
Annual road tax £55
Annual service cost £120
New price £4,599
Used price £3,300 - £4,600
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 28 bhp
Max torque 21.4 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 264 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

The XMAX 250 first arrived in the UK in 2005, the 300 and 400 versions were launched in 2017.

Other versions

As well as the XMAX 300 and 400, the A1 licence friendly XMAX 125 is also available.

Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA XMAX 300 (2017 - on)

5 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA XMAX 300 (2017 - 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 YAMAHA XMAX 300 (2017 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Equipment: 3.4 out of 5 (3.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £120
4 out of 5 Traded down from TMax and was not disappointed
31 May 2024 by Teach2

Year: 2023

Annual servicing cost: £170

Still a fantastic bike, still has the same 'niggles' - the split seat is exactly the incorrect size for average height European if doing long miles, the light is abysmal (the high beam light on the dashboard is actually brighter than the high beam itself: duct tape to the rescue!), seat need two hands, brakes are still terrible. Good bits 95mpg+ on premium fuel, 85mpg on E10.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Ride is bumpy; suspension is very soft so avoid potholes or develop a stronger scaphoid. Brakes definitely needed revision between versions and haven't been touched. Still flicks around and I don't miss my TMax too much. Easy to ride in traffic.

Engine 4 out of 5

1500miles after oil change it gets rough...tiny oil filter. Pulls reasonably with rider and bags at +100kg. It's a 300 that loves to cruise at 70mph with only minor buffeting from lorries.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Just getting to first make service @6000miles, half of which I've added myself in the last couple of months. Becomes rough 1500miles after any oil change but one needs to see the filter to understand why.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I think.... it's actually today

Equipment 2 out of 5

It's the UK ; heated grips, tall screen and decent lights should be standard but aren't.

Buying experience: Bought from Yamaha Norwich - dealer was excellent

4 out of 5 Great Commuter plus (Daylight) Touring
01 January 2021 by Michael Evans

Year: 2018

Great city commuter, watch the side panels going through tight gaps. Quick off the line. Headlights are abysmal, main beam makes no difference. I would hate to ride on unlighted roads out of town,. Brakes only just good enough. Seat a little tall ( but the under seat storage is amazing ) enough power to leave most things at lights including swarms of 125 delivery scooters!

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Back brake pretty effective, but front needs a good squeeze, feels a little dead. After the disc and pad change it was much better, the pins had been properly lubed. Front end not bad, but be aware most weight is on the rear, so watch it in the wet. Rear suspension seems very soft, and floaty and soon bottoms over big bumps. But cruising on traffic free roads, feels good, upright position behind the screen ( on its tallest setting) is comfy for 100 mile plus. Can cruise 70+mph but watch it drink fuel, buffeting does get worse at high speed

Engine 5 out of 5

Pulls well from starting and mid range, just slower at top end - it is only 28bhp! Vibration only shows a little at tick over, mirrors always clear.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Well built, no rattles. but lower bolt holding swing arm seized and its into the engine case...so changing the back tyre was a challenge. Front disc seriously scored and a little warped and replaced under warranty at 7K. Main switch can be fiddly, if you get it wrong, the filler cap opens when you are trying to lock the steering! ( plus it has no illumination)

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Fuel is good around town ( considering its stop start all the way) and 95+ mpg on open roads. back tyre needed changing at 7500 miles.

Equipment 4 out of 5

MPG and temperature easily viewed on screen. I fitted a 113db horn because pedestrians are morons in London. Michelin City Grip tyres are great in town, I had them on a previous scooter, stick with what you know

4 out of 5 Great bike
05 September 2020 by James jackson

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £100

Great scooter, only the suspension letting it down, don't let this put you off as this is an excellent machine

Ride quality & brakes 2 out of 5

Ride quality is far to firm, brakes have a slightly vague feel to them although stop you ok.

Engine 5 out of 5

Sublime engine, can't fault it

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Very well made

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Very cheap to run, great mpg 95mpg....v belt at 12k

Equipment 4 out of 5

Michelin city grip tyres are good

4 out of 5 Fantastic storage, cruises easily at motorway speeds. Few niggles.
23 January 2020 by Matt74

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £100

It's a great workhorse for commuting with all the storage you need. Mine gives 95mpg and will do 95mph indicated.. so I hear :-) It's extremely functional, if not the most engaging scooter I've ridden. Looks pretty sharp especially with the matt paint. A few niggles.. chiefly the rear ride comfort and it can be a bit of a stretch for shorter riders.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

The rear suspension is a bit of a let-down. Even replacing it for something a little more plush doesn't greatly improve matters. The issue is one of suspension travel and you'll need to grit your teeth a bit over the harsher roads. I found this a limiting factor on roads out of town.

Engine 5 out of 5

The engine is it's best feature. Smooth acceleration all the way up to max speed and great mpg. Also it's very smooth whilst your ticking over (which cannot be said for the 400). Enough power at motorway speeds to overtake easily. Impressive for only 300cc.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

It's never broken down exactly in 8000 miles however I have run the battery down twice. The alternator does not produce as much juice as I need and a few hours wearing a heated jacket & gloves in city traffic will send the battery flat. This isn't true of all scooters btw, my old Honda PCX 125 would cope without raising a sweat. It took more than a few calls to Yamaha to establish the cause and yes, the design amp output couldn't keep up. This likely won't affect most people but I like to stay toasty.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Pretty low service costs as you'd expect. Had to replace the front disc but that's my fault as I forgot about my disc lock :-/

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Michelin city-grip tyres that come as standard don't seem the same quality as those you'd buy as Retail. That's common of course but worth swapping these out. Touring screen useful for motorway speeds but cut it down to the height you need.

Buying experience: Bought it from new

4 out of 5 Better than any motorbike
21 August 2019 by Teach

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £100

Long distance commuter. Lightweight with decent power. Needs better brakes. Massive storage. Flickable. Tops out before "losing licence automatically" speeds😉 No major issues just a couple of "spoilers". Tyres let go suddenly in the damp. Leaning right turn rams something into floor very early compared to leaning left turn.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

After 7000 miles there seems to be a steering issue that only I can feel apparently. Brakes are weak for a bike that can cruise at motorway speeds. Seat uncomfortable after 200miles or so, and the little "bum stop" really is a pain in the arse for anyone over 5'6"...at 5'9" there is too little leg room to stretch cruiser style and too little to bend upright style. A large screen is a must but why haven't they made hand guards?! Regularly cover 250 miles a day and guards are required in winter.

Engine 5 out of 5

Tops out on a track *innocent look* at 97mph with a 92kg rider. Shame it hasn't got a tad more acceleration (0-60, 9s)...and as I said the oil seals or similar went at 1000miles despite very careful run-in for 700 miles (

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Seat issue and oil seals went. Oil seals should have been fixed for free as far as I'm concerned. Seat issue seems minor but is bloody annoying: need to press button AND pull seat or it didn't unlock therefore one has to put down (often in the wet) what needs to go under the seat. Yamaha can't fix it.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Oil deals required replacing after just 1000 miles despite obeying full run-instructions. Disappontingly was charged for it.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Should be shipped with tall screen and handguards. Tyres seem OK but can "let go" suddenly in the damp or wet so real care needed in those conditions. Loads of underseat storage, large laptop bag plus helmet or shopping... Although my seat no longer releases without two hands which is a pain that yamaha couldn't care about. "we don't know how to fix it, but it can still be opened so just put up with it", direct quote from dealer

Buying experience: Dealer: 5299 interest free

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