YAMAHA XMAX 400 (2017-on) Review

Published: 20 October 2017

Yamaha XMAX 400 a maxi scooter without a maxi pricetag

YAMAHA XMAX 400  (2017-on)

Yamaha XMAX 400 a maxi scooter without a maxi pricetag

Overall Rating 0 out of 5

Yamaha have updated the A2 licence friendly XMAX 400 for 2018. It has improved handling to make it more agile and responsive around town, while being comfortable on longer journeys. It has the same quality feel and similar performance to it’s big brother, the TMAX, for a fraction of the price.

Ride Quality & Brakes 0 out of 5

The wheelbase has been shortened to make it 50mm shorter than its nearest rival, the Suzuki Burgman 400. Combine this with 15-inch wheels and the Yamaha is agile and manoeuvrable around town.

Fitted with quality Michelin City Grip tyres and traction control. The twin shocks have five step pre-load adjustment.

Handlebars are two-way adjustable, with two fixed positions, 20mm apart. The screen is also manually adjustable and can be fixed in two positions, 50mm apart.

Twin front brake discs and twin piston calipers are powerful, without being grabby and ABS is fitted as standard. There is a handy parking brake, a must when parking big scoots on an incline.

Engine 0 out of 5

The 33bhp engine is Euro4 friendly. It’s responsive and smooth in city traffic and on open roads it doesn’t get left behind and has enough punch for higher speed overtakes.

Build Quality & Reliability 0 out of 5

Yamaha’s MAX range has been around since 2001 and there are no known major issues with reliability.

The XMAX 400 is almost half the price of the TMAX but has the same quality feel and attention to detail. There are nice touches, such as the metal decal on the seat, that gives the scooter a touch of class.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Service intervals are every 6000 miles or 12 monthly, other scooters in this class need servicing more frequently.

We averaged 65mpg during our test, which means the tank range is around 185 miles.

Insurance group: 7 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 0 out of 5

Yamaha have fitted an immobiliser and it has keyless ignition, used in conjunction with a dial on the centre console, operates ignition, steering lock and access to the storage compartments. An alarm sounds if you leave the bike unattended without switching it off, annoying but useful.

Storage space is practical and sizeable. The lit under-seat compartment holds two full faced helmets and there are two glove boxes, one of which is lockable and houses a 12v charging point.

A combination of analogue dials and LCD dash are clear and easy to read. With a quick flick of a switch, you can scroll through the display to reveal useful information, which includes MPG.  

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £5,999
Used price £4,300 to £6,300
Warranty term 2
Running costs
Insurance group 7 of 17
Annual road tax £42
Annual service cost -
Max power 33 bhp
Max torque 26.55 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Engine size 395cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled single
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 210kg
Front suspension 33mm telescopic forms, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Twin shock, adjustable pre-load
Front brake 267mm twin disc with twin-piston calipers
Rear brake 267mm single disc with twin-piston calipers
Front tyre size 120/70 x 15
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 13

History & Versions

Model history

2018 - Euro4 updates, keyless ignition, shortened wheelbase, reduced weight.

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