Gotrax Xr Elite Review

GOTRAX Xr Elite electric scooter
Xr Elite Cockpit and LCD
GOTRAX Xr Elite deck coated with rubber and has GOTRAX logo
Man standing next to GOTRAX Xr Elite electric scooter
Man crouched next to the Xr Elite electric scooter
Close-up of the GOTRAX Xr Elite Tires
Xr Elite rear disc brakes
GOTRAX Xr ELITE
GOTRAX Xr Elite electric scooter
Xr Elite Cockpit and LCD
GOTRAX Xr Elite deck coated with rubber and has GOTRAX logo
Man standing next to GOTRAX Xr Elite electric scooter
Man crouched next to the Xr Elite electric scooter
Close-up of the GOTRAX Xr Elite Tires
Xr Elite rear disc brakes
GOTRAX Xr ELITE

GOTRAX Xr Elite

We reviewed the GOTRAX Xr Elite electric scooter, a value-priced electric scooter introduced for 2020 by GOTRAX. The Xr Elite offers a new option for riders looking for a budget electric scooter with the longest range and durable enough to stand up to daily use.

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 14.5 mph*
Tested range: 16.6 mi*
Weight: 32 lb
Max rider weight: 220 lb
Water resistance: IP54

Highlights

Great build quality for price
Long ranged budget scooter
Good ride quality
IP54 water resistance
Top speed under 15 mph

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

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Our Take: One of the Best Budget Scooters of 2021

GOTRAX released the Xr Elite last year, and it we ranked it one of the best budget scooters you could buy thanks to its incredible price-to-range ratio. The scooter costs around $409, but offers 16.6 miles of ESG tested range thanks to its 281 wh and electron-sipping motors.

The XR Elite is similar to the Xr line, but has an upgraded folding mechanism, larger deck, larger 8.5-inch tires, an upgraded kickstand, powered LED taillights, and tons of retro-reflectors for visibility.

For these reasons, we think the Elite is one of the best electric scooters in this price range.

However, take note: at the time of writing, GOTRAX post-purchase support is nonexistent. A phone call to their support number refers you to their website, which in turn, refers you to a phone number. The Elite itself is fantastic, but we recommend that buyers purchase from large retailers with generous return policies in case you have an issue with the scooter.

Best Alternatives and Competitors

Model Top Speed** Range** Weight Price
GOTRAX Xr Elite 14.5 mph 16.6 mi 32 lb $369
GOTRAX Xr 14.6 mph 9.1 mi 26 lb $299
GOTRAX G4 20.0 mph 14.6 mi 36 lb $499
Xiaomi Mi M365 16.7 mph 14.6 mi 26 lb $499

** Based on our independent testing, which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.

GOTRAX Xr Elite Review

Performance Summary

Results below are based on our independent performance testing and not data provided by the manufacturer.

Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)7.6 seconds
Top speed14.5 mph
Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)14.9 feet
Range16.6 miles
Hill climb23.9 seconds

Acceleration

GOTRAX Xr ELITE

The GOTRAX Xr Elite accelerated to nearly 15 mph (14.5 mph) in 7.6 seconds with a 165 lb rider.

You can compare the performance of the Xr with others we’ve reviewed on our performance page.

Hill Climb

The XR Elite completed our 200 ft, 10% grade hill climb test with a 165 lb rider in 23.9 seconds with an average speed of 5.7 mph.

Top Speed

We tested the top speed of the GOTRAX Elite to be 14.5 mph on the flat, with a 165 lb rider.

Range

The Xr Elite had a tested range of 16.6 miles, based on our real-world range tests.

We tested the scooter on a test loop with hills, stops, and other terrains that simulate a typical urban commute. The scooter was ridden by a 165 lb rider in the fastest (least conserving) mode and as quickly as was safe.

Thie range test provides a realistic assessment of the typical range that one would expect and is typically less than that claimed by the manufacturer under ideal conditions.

You can compare the tested range of this scooter with others on our real-world testing page.

Braking

Xr Elite rear disc brakes

The Xr Elite has both a mechanical disc brake (rear) and an electronic (regenerative) brake in the front.

We tested the 15 mph stopping distance to be 14.9 feet. This is a good result — we considering anything under 20 feet to be excellent.

Ride Quality

The Xr Elite has large 8.5 inches pneumatic (air-filled) inner-tube tires and no suspension. The air-filled tires give a very comfortable ride on smooth, paved roads. On rougher roads, you’ll notice more vibrations, though the pneumatic tires do provide some cushioning.

Compared to other GOTRAX scooters, the Elite has the largest deck — making it the most comfortable of the GOTRAX scooters for riding.

GOTRAX Xr Elite Features

Portability

GOTRAX Xr Elite in folded configuration

The Elite tips the scales at 32 lbs and folds down to a compact 41-inches long by 17 inches wide by 16 inches tall.

Like its predecessors, the Xr Elite is a very portable scooter and should be easy to carry up stairs or lift into the back of the car.

The Xr Elite features the upgraded GOTRAX folding mechanism with an additional locking pin for safety.

Cockpit

Xr Elite Cockpit and LCD

The Xr Elite has a simple handlebar/cockpit area with a large, bright central display and simple controls.

One change, compared to other GOTRAX scooters, is that the Elite has no “gears,” meaning that the speed is uncapped, and you won’t have to switch it over to Gear 2 every time you hop on to ride. We typically ride scooters as fast as they go; not having to mess with the gear settings is nice.

The cockpit also features nice handgrips, a quality thumb throttle, a smooth brake lever, and a handy bell for alerting others.

Lights

The Xr Elite has a bright white LED headlight, as well as a rear LED light on the fender. The rear fender LED is an upgrade over previous models that just feature a reflector.

The Elite is also fitted with retro-reflectors on the corner of the scooter that improves visibility.

For regular riding at night or in poor visibility conditions, we always recommend additional ultra-bright headlights and a taillight.

Learn more about staying visible at night.

Tires

Close-up of the GOTRAX Xr Elite Tires

The Elite features 8.5-inch front and rear pneumatic (air-filled) inner-tube tires. Air-filled tires are the best type for performance but run the risk of getting flats.


Fortunately, the Elite tires come pre-slimed, which will reduce your chance of getting a flat.

Deck

GOTRAX Xr Elite deck coated with rubber and has GOTRAX logo

The Xr Elite deck has 19.0 inches by 6.8 inches of standing space and a rubber-coated deck that provides good grip in all weather conditions.

The Elite has 3.1 inches of ground clearance.

Build Quality

The XR Elite has an IP rating (water-resistance) of IP54, meaning that it can be ridden in light rain, but not submerged in water.

The XR Elite (and other GOTRAX models) has fantastic fit-and-finish and has the best quality of any scooter we’ve seen at this price range.

When purchasing a budget scooter like the Elite, it’s important to keep in mind that though it’s suitable for daily use, it is a budget scooter and is not going to be a tank.

GOTRAX Xr Elite: Review Conclusions

Man crouched next to the Xr Elite electric scooter

The newly-introduced Xr Elite is the best GOTRAX scooter yet — but is still competitively priced making it an excellent entry-level model.

Our content is independent, but buying through our links may earn us a commission.

If the GOTRAX Elite doesn’t appeal to you, see our alternative suggestions. You can also check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.

GOTRAX Xr Elite Specifications

Note: These specification are provided by the manufacturer and may differ from our real-world testing.

MakeGOTRAX
ModelXr Elite
Weight32 lb
Folded dimensions41 by 17 by 16 in
Motor power, continuous300 W
Top speed16 mph
Range18 mi
Battery capacity281 Wh
Battery recharge time4 hrs
Max rider weight220 lb
Brake typeRegenerative + Disc
Tire type8.5 in Pneumatic + Pneumatic
Built-in lightsFront + Rear
Water resistanceIP54

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Justin a cofounder of ESG and has a degree in engineering. He writes about the science and technology of electric scooters.

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