Xiaomi M365 Pro Review: Overview
This Xiaomi M365 Pro Review is a data-driven, in-depth look at an upgraded version of the original Xiaomi M365. Slightly larger and a few pounds heavier than its younger brother, the Pro packs in 70% more range and a beefed-up motor. Overall it’s a worthy step up from the original.
|Tested top speed: 16.0 mph*|
|Tested range: 25.1 miles*|
|Weight: 31 lbs|
|Max rider weight: 220 lbs|
|Water resistance: IP54 (splash)|
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
|Long real-world range|
|Availability and pricing inconsistencies|
The Xiaomi M365 Pro, also called the Mijia Pro, is an upgraded version of the venerable Xiaomi M365, the world’s most popular entry-level scooter. It has recently become available in North America.
Though it looks nearly identical to the original, the Pro is slightly larger all around and now has a bright LED information display built-in. The larger size affords more room on the deck, making the scooter more comfortable, and providing extra space to pack in a 474 watt-hour battery pack.
The larger battery pack gives the M365 Pro a remarkable 25.1-mile range during our tests. The more powerful 300 W motor (600 W peak) resulted in a quick 5.3 second 0 to 15 mph acceleration time and 15.6 seconds 200 ft, 10% grade hill climb time.
The new information display addresses gripes that owners had about the original version. It shows the essentials: speed, battery capacity, mode, lights, Bluetooth connection, and error status. Much of the original M365 design, including the accelerator, tires, brakes, and folding-mechanism, remains the same.
Though we love the increased range and power, both will cost you in terms of money and weight. The M365 Pro is 31 lbs, 15% heavier than the original, and costs 30-40% more. However, given the motor upgrade and 70% increase in range, we think it’s totally worth considering if you’re deciding between it and the less expensive M365.
Other Scooters to Consider
- To keep it simple, check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters
- Better ride: The Fluid FreeRide Horizon has a dual suspension and better ride quality
- Longer range: The Ninebot Max has a similar design, but even longer range
- Less expensive: Th Xiaomi Mi M365 is less expensive
|M365 Pro||16 mph||25.1 mi||31 lb||$550|
|Horizon||25 mph||25 mi||42 lb||$799|
|Ninebot Max||17.8 mph||28.1 mi||40 lb||$799|
|Mi M365||16.7 mph||14.6 mi||27 lb||$400|
** Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
Xiaomi M365 Pro Review
Results below are based on our independent testing and not data provided by the manufacturer. Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter performance testing page.
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||5.3 seconds|
|Top speed||16 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||15.3 ft|
|Hill climb test||8.7 seconds|
The M365 Pro has no zero start mode, meaning you must kick to start. It does have good acceleration on flat terrain thanks to the electric motor that produces 300 watts of continuous power and 600 watts peak.
Launching under max throttle delivered a 0 to 15 mph time of 5.4 seconds. This is faster than the original version and just a bit slower than the swift EMOVE Cruiser, which recorded a 5.1 second time.
You can compare the performance of the Pro with others we’ve reviewed on our performance page.
The M365 Pro has better hill climbing than other entry-level scooters, including the original M365. The Pro recorded a 15.6 second hill climb time (200 ft, 10% average grade, 165 lb rider). This is better than nearly every scooter under $600 we’ve tested. It’s also within striking distance of the more powerful Fluid FreeRide Horizon electric scooter.
What this means practically is that most hills in most cities will not be a problem for the Pro. Very steep hills will slow down the scooter — yes, but only the steepest hills will stop it.
The Xiaomi Pro is capped to a max speed of 16 mph (26 kph). This doesn’t sound terribly fast, but it is a good pace. Firmware hacks can unlock this to higher speeds.
We tested the Xiaomi Pro and found it had an incredible 25.1-mile range thanks to a 474 watt-hour lithium-ion battery. Considering its meager 31 lb weight, the M365 Pro has the best range per pound of any scooter we’ve tested so far.
The range is about 70% more than the original, which was already quite good. Keep in mind that we range test all scooters on the same urban track, which has many stops, hills, and rough terrain. The ride is designed to simulate a real, fast urban commute.
You can compare the tested range of this scooter with others on our real-world testing page.
The scooter has front regenerative brakes and a rear mechanical disc brake. We performed a braking test and were able to bring the scooter to a stop from 15 mph in just 15.3 feet — an excellent result.
Both braking systems are activated by a single brake lever. Despite being cable-controlled, brake activation is smooth due to well-designed cable routing. The strength of the regenerative braking can be adjusted through the Bluetooth-connected app and is substantial when placed in the maximum setting.
The Xiaomi Pro is a nimble scooter thanks to its combination of reasonable weight, pneumatic tires, and geometry.
Carving on the Pro’s 2-inch wide tires feels natural. They have enough size and grip to keep you confidently in control. The deck is 2 inches (5 cm) longer and 0.4 in (1 cm) wider than the original. The handlebars are 0.4 in wider and 0.4 in higher. Altogether, the upsized geometry gives the rider more comfort and stability than the original.
Despite lack of an integrated suspension, the large 8.5” pneumatic tires give it decent ride quality. On pavement — even in rough patches — the tires can soak up much of the punishing road vibrations. If you encounter large potholes or steps — you’re definitely going to feel it. However, the Pro will take some of the sting out.
If you’re consistently riding on really terrible roads, you’ll probably want to look at scooters with dedicated suspensions or at least larger tires. The pricier Horizon is one such scooter.
Xiaomi M365 Pro Features
Overall, the Pro is modestly portable, though not nearly as good as the Glion Dolly, which is completely optimized for portability.
The scooter weighs in at 31 lbs (14.2 kg) and folds to a compact 45″ x 17″ x 19″ — only 2″ longer than the original and just a tad wider. The folding-mechanism, which was functional but imperfect, remains identical. The folding mechanism is a single lever that is unlocked by pulling it down and locked by lifting it up. There is also a rotating plastic safety collar that prevents it from accidentally being pulled while riding.
When folded, the stem locks into the rear fender for easy carrying. The 31 lb weight makes it a little harder to move around than the 27 lb original, but it is a small enough of a difference that most will not notice.
Finally, though the stem folds, but the handlebars do not. Though folding significantly reduces its size, its 17-inch handlebars remain somewhat wide. This can make it more challenging to bring on public transportation.
At the center of the cockpit is the LED information screen, which is a welcome addition, compared to the original, which had four useless dots. The display screen is bright and reveals speed, battery, mode, Bluetooth connection, lights. Like the previous version, changing modes, switching lights on/off, and powering the scooter on/off are all controlled by a single central button.
The scooter has three modes, which limit top speed to 9 mph (Eco), 12 mph (Standard), and 16 mph (Sport). The display dims when lights are turned on to be more adapted for night riding.
Either side of the handlebars feature familiar controls that are identical to those found on the original Xiaomi M365: brake lever, bell, accelerator, and quality grips.
For those that have never experienced an M365 before, it is worth noting that both the accelerator and brake lever feel solid and premium. The mechanical action of the aluminum brake lever is crisp. The lever is wide and feels good on your hand.
The accelerator control is made from thick plastic and has a rubberized thumb pad. Its mechanical action is smooth, and the motor response feels appropriate with its action.
Finally, the grips feel substantial and are dotted with rubber nubs. Though many seem small, it’s these little touches that set the Xiaomi aside from an average scooter that just feels cheap.
The Xiaomi Pro is Bluetooth-enabled and has an accompanying smartphone app. Like the original, the app isn’t terribly useful. However, it does provide scooter health information and allows setting regenerative braking strength.
The scooter has a handlebar-mounted front LED headlight and rear taillight. The rear LED taillight activates when you brake. The high-mounted headlight is an appreciated feature that helps to project light further ahead, improving visibility.
However, neither light is particularly bright. Given the importance of watching the road for potholes and other scooter hazards, we recommend additional ultra-bright lights.
The Xiaomi features front and rear 8.5-inch x 2-inch pneumatic (air-filled) inner tube tires. The supple rubber provides the best performance in wet conditions while the air helps to cushion your ride.
Unfortunately, air-filled tires are also prone to flats. We actually experienced one while testing the Pro. Despite this drawback, we still favor pneumatic tires due to their performance and safety benefits. Additionally, most flats can be prevented or repaired with tire slime.
The deck is a good size and covered in a rubberized layer for traction. If you’ve ridden the previous version, you’ll notice the Pro is 2-inches longer and 0.4-inches wider. The increased size gives more space for feet placement and thereby improves comfort.
Warranty / Post-Purchase Support
The Xiaomi Mi M365 Pro has a one year warranty offered by the manufacturer. However, we don’t have direct experience with Xiaomi’s customer service. Depending on who you purchase from there may be additional protections offered by the seller.
Whereas the high-performance beast scooters we love to review are manufactured on a smaller scale, leading to variations in quality, the Pro is mass-produced and benefits from streamlined production. The Xiaomi M365 Pro has a water resistance IP rating of IP54, meaning that it can tolerate water splashes.
The overall assembly, fit and finish, packaging, and quality are excellent. This is reflected in parts that feel tightly assembled and mechanicals that move smoothly. Surfaces are nicely finished.
On the other hand, due to the lower price-point of the scooter, the parts themselves and construction tend to be lighter weight and less durable in the long-run than the hand-assembled beast mode scooters. This is evidenced by issues such as an aluminum tab in the folding mechanism that would fracture on older M365s from repeated loading. Our understanding is that it’s since been resolved, but issues like this tend to occur due to lighter construction.
Despite these issues, the Pro’s build quality is about as good as scooters get at this price and weight.
Xiaomi M365 Pro: Review Conclusions
Overall, the new Xiaomi M365 Pro is a great scooter and welcomed improvement on the original. The upsized frame gives it a more comfortable ride. The increased battery capacity extends the Xiaomi’s already best-in-class range. Finally, the upgraded motor improves hill climbing and provides more pep on the flat and for heavier riders.
Surprisingly, the main drawback of the Pro, at least for North American buyers, is availability and pricing.
Though it is available now through two retailers: Gearbest and Amazon, prices can fluctuate by several hundred dollars. We think the Pro is a steal under $550 — if you can snag it for that, it’s a strong buy. Above that, you’ll also want to look at the Fluid FreeRide Horizon — though both are very competitive.
Xiaomi M365 Pro Compared to Other Scooters
Upgrade from M365 to M365 Pro
If you already own an M365, should you upgrade to the Pro? If you need the extra range or a bit more oomph, definitely. If you’re satisfied with the M365 already, then the modest improvements aren’t worth it.
Xiaomi M3655 Pro Technical Specifications From Manufacturer
Note: This may differ from our tested specifications.
|Folded dimensions||45 by 17 by 19 inches|
|Motor power, continuous||300 watts|
|Top speed||16 mph|
|Battery capacity||474 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||6 to 8 hours|
|Max rider weight||220 lbs|
|Brake type||Regenerative + Disc|
|Tire type||8.5-inch Pneumatic|
|Built-in lights||Front and Rear|