This comprehensive Xiaomi Mi M365 review covers everything you need to know about this legendary electric scooter. Read on to learn why the M365 is the consistent #1 entry-level electric scooter.
Xiaomi Mi M365 Review Summary
The Mi M365 was the most popular electric scooter among owners in the 2018 r/ElectricScooter Survey.
It is not surprising that the M365 ranked so highly. It is regarded by owners to have excellent durability. It has outstanding features including: rear disc brake, pneumatic tires, and is bluetooth enabled for ride and performance tracking.
Additionally, it is used by the scooter sharing service Bird, which is a testament to its excellent value and decent quality.
- Range: 19 miles
- Top speed: 16 mph
- Weight 27 lbs
- Max rider weight: 220 lbs
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The Xiaomi Mi M365 has a rear disc brake. This is the best type of braking system, and an unexpected feature in this price range. The M365 also has a front regenerative brake, which provides some stopping power. This is an excellent design and we feel all scooters should have redundant braking systems.
Read more about electric scooter brakes.
The Xiaomi Mi M365 is powered by a 250W motor brushless DC motor that has 500W peak power output.
Top Speed and Acceleration
The motor provides sufficient power for the Mi M365 to reach a top speed of 16 mph. Acceleration, top speed, and hill climbing capability can be increased with a simple a firmware modification. This modification may also shorten the range and decrease the battery lifetime. However, most users report that the reduction in range is ~10%, minor compared to the significantly increased performance.
Under ideal circumstances, the scooter can achieve a 19 mile range. According to our data, most users achieve a realistic range of 13 miles.
We did our own Mi M365 range test (160 lb rider, frequent starts and stops, and full throttle when possible) and achieved 14.6 miles (see embedded video).
You will achieve closer to the quoted range by driving more conservatively in the lower powered mode.
Full time for charge from 0 to 100% charge is 5.5 hours.
The M365 has good ride quality afforded by the 8” pneumatic tires. While we would have liked to see a suspension, it is not expected in this price range and would also increase weight and complexity. Don’t expect to go off-roading on the M365, but it will be able to handle moderate bumps in the road without rattling your feet and knees too badly.
Design and Build Quality
Overall, the Mi M365 is one of the most elegant and well-designed scooters available on the market today. Its frame has beautiful welds, simple controls, and a sturdy non-slip deck. The M365 folds easily and at joint slightly higher on neck of scooter. This design feature prevents a folding joint from being a weight bearing weak-point.
Though the M365 has no built-in display, one is provided via bluetooth-enabled smartphone app. One consideration for this scooter is that ground clearance is < 4″ due to the deck sitting a bit below the tire axle. The rider needs to be aware of the possibility of bottoming out when riding over high curbs or ledges.
The Mi M365 features both front and rear lighting. The front light is mounted high, helping to throw light further and increase visibility. The rear light is low mounted and tiny. Neither are very powerful. For regular night riding, we recommend additional lighting to improve visibility and safety.
The cockpit is clean and well-designed. The right handlebar has an thumb-controlled twist accelerator. The left handlebar has a handbrake that controls both the regenerative motor brake and the mechanical disc brake. A “watch out scooter rider zipping by” bell is also on the left and thumb-triggered. The thumb trigger also serves as a latch for locking the scooter in the folded position. In the center, four LEDs indicate battery life. A power on and off button also controls the lights.
Speed, distance traveled, and other scooter vitals are available through the Xiaomi (and other 3rd party) smartphone apps. This is a cool feature, but perhaps a little unnecessary and requires your phone to be out, in a holder, and the battery to be draining. We would have liked to have seen a simple display with speed, odometer, and a finer scale battery monitor.
The Xiaomi Mi M365 is about as portable and light as scooters get. It is light at 28 lbs, especially considering its decent range. To help with transporting the scooter, it folds to a rather compact 43″ x 17″ x 19″. Unfortunately the handlebars do not fold, which could help to further reduce size. You will have no trouble loading the Xiaomi into the back of a car, bringing into a train or bus, or storing under your desk. It is light enough to carry up a flight of stairs (or more), depending on your physical condition.
The folding mechanism is quick and easy to use. You simply pull up on a latch then rotate around an additional safety mechanism that prevents the latch from accidentally being pulled down during riding.
Once locked into place, this mechanism feels very solid. We have had no problems with it during extensive testing, but others have reported that an aluminum tab in the mechanism can fail — a problem associated with pushing forward on the handlebars hard, particularly when coming to a stop. Some updated models have a steel rather than aluminum tab that prevents this failure mode and you can easily replace yours to prevent this from happening.
The scooter has front and rear 8” pneumatic (air-filled) tires. Pneumatic tires are prone to getting flats, but the major benefits of performance and ride quality greatly outweigh this.
There are a few inexpensive ways to prevent electric scooter flats including proper tire inflation, tire slime, and tire liners.
Overall, the Xiaomi Mi M365 is a solid scooter and great value. It is a perfect entry-level model for a <10 mile round trip commute and should hold up to frequent use. You can’t go wrong with the Mi M365.
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Looking for something different? Check out some of the alternatives to the Mi M365 below.
Best alternative to the Xiaomi Mi M365
Cheaper alternative to the Xiaomi Mi M365
Not ready to shell about the money for the M365, but still want an electric scooter?
The Gotrax GXL Commuter is your next best bet. Although it does have a bit less range and power, it still has pneumatic tires and a disc brake. It is well built and a great way to start if you’re not ready for the M365. We consider rate it the best cheap electric scooter.
Alternative to the Xiaomi Mi M365 with higher weight capacity
In the same price category, the Swagtron Swagger 5 is less expensive and rated for a higher 330 lb weight capacity.
Longer range alternative to the Xiaomi Mi M365
At this price range, no electric scooter has a longer range than the Mi M365. If you need more range, you will have to go up to the next price range. The Zero 8 is the next best option and offers a manufacturer-claimed range of 28 miles.
|Weight||27 lb||12 kg|
|Folded dimensions||43 x 17 x 19 in||109 x 43 x 48 cm|
|Motor power||250 watts|
|Top speed||16 mph||25 kmh|
|Range||19 mi||30 km|
|Battery capacity||280 watt hours|
|Battery recharge time||5 hours|
|Max rider weight||220 lb||100 kg|
|Brake type (front / rear)||Electronic w/ABS||Disc|
|Tire type (front / rear)||Pneumatic||Pneumatic|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|