Josh Testing the Unagi Voyager
Unagi Voyager Dual Motors in Action Unagi Voyager On Pavement Unagi Voyager Solid Rear Tire Unagi Voyager Sleek Chassis Unagi Voyager Display Unagi Voyager Folded Frame

Unagi Voyager Review

$1,490.00

6/10 (Expert Score)

DATE

May 29, 2023

Price When Reviewed: $1190.00

The Unagi Voyager is a polarizing scooter. Some people love it, while others can’t let its flaws slide. In this review I’m going to lay it all on the table – the good, the bad, and how it compares to the current market of electric scooters.

 

Unagi is the Apple of electric scooters. Fashion-conscious fans buy its models because of the brand – and I don’t blame them. The Model One was the most elegant, sharpest-looking scooter that I ever laid my eyes on – and now the Voyager has taken to the catwalk to woo us all over again.

 

One criticism leveled at the brand is that it favors style over performance. So, is this true of the Voyager? It looks like it could journey to the outer edges of the solar system – but can it walk the walk? Well, while it’s a nippy urban accomplice with perhaps the best ergonomic controls that I’ve ever tested, it does drop the ball quite unceremoniously when it comes to ride quality.

 

Ultimately, if aesthetics and design are valuable commodities to you, it’s a certified show-stopper. But, if it’s the sheer joy of the ride that whets your appetite, you may be left hungry.

Unagi Voyager Review: Space-Age Aesthetics, But Does It Have Stratospheric Performance?

The good and the bad

Who we recommend it for

Is it worth its price tag?

Look, feel, and functionality

Results from our tests

Other scooters to consider

The Good and The Bad

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • iPhone-esque frame and cockpit
  • Possibly the best looking scooter, especially with the cobalt blue paint job
  • Throttle is super smooth
  • Cockpit controls have been very well-designed
  • It's the lightest dual-motor model
  • Excellent build quality
  • One-click folding mechanism
  • Integrated mobile app
  • Extremely low maintenance
  • Available on a subscription
  • IPX4 water-resistance rating


CONS:

  • Overpriced
  • Similarly-priced and cheaper scooters outperform it
  • Ride quality is poor as a result of its solid tires

Unagi Voyager Sleek Frame

Is It Right For You?

Who It's Best For

Unagi knows exactly who it’s targeting with its range of scooters: young urbanites and fashionistas who have grown up with Instagram. And who can fault this strategy when it’s executed so well? The Voyager shimmers with a modern chic that’ll impress even the glummest of city-dwellers as you glide past on your way to campus or your hip digital ad agency’s office.

Josh With the Unagi Voyager

With its new mobile app integration, space-age cockpit, and dual motors, it'll also appeal to commuters and riders who appreciate tech. After all, it prioritizes a lightweight, portable, and low-maintenance build to make it the perfect accessory for fast-paced modern city life.

Is It Worth Its Price Tag?

Value For Money

Whether the Unagi Voyager represents good value for money is a matter of perspective.

If you want to get the most bang for your buck with chart-topping speed and range, as well as a scooter that caresses the streets as it glides from A to B, it won’t be for you.

But, if technology, style, and portability all float your boat, I’d be hard-pressed to recommend another scooter ahead of it. It really is that polarizing.

Unagi Voyager Sleek Chassis

For $1,190, you’d be quite right in expecting more power, yet there’s no denying the allure of the Voyager when unboxed. It’s an undeniable feast for the eyes.

Besides, there’s another option if you don’t want to part with all those dollars (Unagi’s subscription plan).

Unagi Voyager Motor

Further Information:

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Pay Per Month

Unagi’s Subscription Model

In what’s a first for the electric scooter industry, you can rent a pre-owned Voyager for $69 per month – or, for an additional $10, you can get a brand new model.

To subscribe, you’ll also need to buy theft insurance for an additional $5 a month; alternatively, you can purchase a $300 security deposit that’s refunded when the scooter is returned.

Unagi Voyager 16-Inch Handlebars

All told, a new model on the subscription plan will cost you $84 per month, indefinitely. There’s no end date, meaning you pay for it every month until you no longer want it. You can cancel the subscription at any time.

It's also worth noting that for the duration of the subscription, servicing is free of charge, while you'll also receive a replacement scooter if yours becomes damaged.

Look, Feel & Functionality

Design & Features

Cockpit

While the handlebars aren’t the widest at 16 inches, they are still sufficient to ensure you feel stable when riding at the scooter’s relatively tame top speed.

Unagi Voyager Handlebars

You’ll soon forget about their width when you clock the cockpit, though. Retaining the iPhone vibes first exhibited by the Model One, it’s a tour de force in ergonomic design (dare I say, it’s the best I’ve ever tested?) Why? Let’s start with the thumb throttle and electronic braking paddles, each of which are super smooth.

Unagi Voyager Display

Above each paddle sit little buttons; the one on the left sounds your horn, while the one on the right controls your ride settings. Tap once for key stats, and twice to change riding mode (1,2, or 3).

And that’s not all. At the center of the handlebars, you’ll find the display, which is bright enough to read even in direct sunlight. Here you’ll also find another button: tap once to turn the lights on/off, and double tap to remove or add a motor.

Unagi Voyager Cockpit

Frame

Stunning frames are Unagi’s thing, as demonstrated by the Voyager. It’s built from the same carbon fiber used on Elon Musk’s Space-X rockets, which is a hugely convincing detail if you ask me. I’m also a massive fan of the deep cobalt colorway, though you can also purchase the scooter in matte black, cool mist (green), or latte (white) if blue isn’t your vibe.

Unagi Voyager Frame

Unagi revels in proving that simplicity is beautiful; there are no unnecessary trimmings or flourishes. No, the brand lets its expert craftsmanship do the talking. Lightweight and durable, it channels everything that I loved about the Model One to deliver a design fine-tuned for modern needs and tastes.

Of all the scooters that I've tested, it has the most unique silhouette of all.

Unagi Voyager iPhone-esque Handlebars

Deck

The deck is on the narrow side at just 5.25 inches, but its length of 18.5 inches provides more than enough room for your fashionable footwear to find a stable home.

Unagi Voyager Grippy Deck

It’s also coated in grippy rubber that artfully incorporates the brand name. Very smooth, Unagi.

Tires

Now, here’s where things start to get a little complicated. So far I’ve waxed lyrical to convince even the most seasoned of riders to give the Voyager a go – but its tires are a huge letdown.

Unagi Voyager Front Solid Tire

You’d expect better than solid tires from a scooter that’s priced over $1,000, yet here we are. While their puncture-proof, low-maintenance credentials fit Unagi’s subscription model like a glove, the scooter’s ride quality is left in the mud. You feel every shock and vibration from the road. This is a massive misstep, as air-filled tires would elevate the Voyager several levels higher in the ride quality stakes.

Unagi Voyager Solid Rear Tire

Portability

Weighing in at 29.6 lbs, it’s the lightest dual-motor electric scooter around. You’re able to carry it up a flight of stairs or two, and you can even sling it over your shoulder like a jacket for a short stroll down the sidewalk.

Unagi Voyager Folded Frame

One of the features I'm a big fan of is the one-click folding mechanism. Unagi knows how to design things, and this contraption is proof; simply press down on the buttons at the base of the stem, and the stainless steel hinge folds with ease. There’s even a satisfying click as it locks into place.

Unagi Voyager Stainless Steel Folding Joint

Load

The Voyager has a load-bearing capacity of 220 lbs, which is in line with what you can expect from a scooter weighing less than 30 lbs.

But fear not if you’re a heavier rider and want a lightweight scooter: a better bet may be the Mosquito, which can support up to 265 lbs.

Unagi Voyager Deck in Motion

Lights

The Voyager comes with a headlight and taillight. The headlight is reasonably bright, but I would suggest purchasing an additional clip-on or helmet light if you want to guarantee your safety on darker suburban streets.

Unagi Voyager Lights

The taillight, meanwhile, pulses when the brakes are applied, which is a nice safety feature.

Mobile App

One of the big upgrades that the Voyager has over the classic Model One is the integration of a new mobile app. Unagi’s in-house software team developed it so that you can manage your subscription, track all of your key riding stats, remotely lock and unlock the scooter, switch between single and dual motor modes, and cap the top speeds of each riding mode.

Unagi Mobile App

The distance-to-empty feature is super useful, too. By entering your weight and whether you’ll be riding on flat or hilly terrain, it calculates how many miles you can ride before the battery conks out.

Build Quality

Build quality to Unagi is what playing gangsters is to Al Pacino. It simply thrives in this area. This is a brand that employs talented designers and uses only the finest ingredients.

Unagi Voyager Logo

From the invisible cable management and stainless steel folding mechanism to the futuristic cockpit and one-piece carbon fiber stem: everything about the Voyager screams premium.

Unagi Voyager Deck and Chassis

Possibly its only shortcoming is the solid rubber tires. Although Unagi states that they developed the air-pocketed tires to absorb shocks, they don't live up to this claim.

I also noticed that after accelerating and pulling back on the handlebars repeatedly that the stem began to wobble back and forth a little.

Unagi Voyager Stem

Results From Our Tests

Performance Report

Performance Report Summary

CategoryResult
Top Speed20 mph
0-15 MPH4.4 s
Max Range (Riding Slow)25 miles
Max Range (Riding Fast)14 miles
Braking3.7 meters
Max Incline15 degrees
Optimal Incline9 degrees

Performance has never been Unagi’s strongest suit. That may sound harsh, but this will become more clear as we make our way through the performance report.

Unagi Voyager in Motion

Top Speed

Equipped with dual 250W motors that can produce a top speed of 20 mph, the Voyager is nippy for a lightweight scooter.

There's also the additional 200W of peak power (1000W in total) that it holds over its predecessor.

Josh Riding the Unagi Voyager

Top Speed vs Price

Compared to the 15 other scooters within its price class, the Voyager is at the bottom of the pile with its sibling, the Model One.

This comparison may not be the best, though. The leader of the pack – the SPLACH Titan – can reach 37 mph thanks to its dual 52V 1000W motors. The Titan, however, serves an entirely different purpose to the Voyager as an entry-level all-terrain performance scooter. Nevertheless, this comparison does demonstrate what a similar budget can get you.

ScooterPriceTop Speed
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
37 mph
EMOVE RoadRunner
$1,395
34 mph
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
33 mph
Fluid Vista
$1,199
31 mph
SPLACH Twin Plus
$1,099
28 mph
SPLACH Twin
$999
28 mph
Varla Pegasus
$899
28 mph
Apollo City 2022
$1,399
28 mph
Widewheel Pro
$1,099
26 mph
SPLACH Turbo
$699
26 mph
Mosquito
$899
25 mph
NIU KQi3 Max
$899.98
24 mph
Varla Falcon
$699
22 mph
Apollo Air 2022
$899
21 mph
Unagi Voyager
$1,490
20 mph
Unagi Model One E500
$990
20 mph

Elsewhere in the rankings, there are cheaper scooters that promise higher top speeds.

The reality is, you’re paying a premium for the Unagi brand and this is evident from its price tag which is commonly associated with more powerful scooters. Whether this is worth it is up to you.

And there is, of course, an elephant in the room: Unagi’s subscription model. This makes it even harder to compare the Voyager to other models.

Unagi Voyager Front Motor

Top Speed vs Weight

Switching our attention to other scooters that fall within the same weight class, the Voyager can be compared to 23 models. Here, it shares fourth place with 5 other scooters.

ScooterPriceTop SpeedWeight
EMOVE Touring
$799
25 mph39 lbs
Mosquito
$899
25 mph29 lbs
Horizon 13
$799
23 mph42 lbs
Horizon 10.4
$729
23 mph40 lbs
Apollo Air 2022
$899
21 mph38.5 lbs
INOKIM Light 2
$699
21 mph30 lbs
Unagi Voyager
$1,490
20 mph29.6 lbs
Turboant X7 Max
$449.98
20 mph34 lbs
Turboant X7 Pro
$399.98
20 mph33 lbs
GoTrax G4
$449
20 mph36 lbs
Turboant M10
$359.98
20 mph29.8 lbs
Unagi Model One E500
$990
20 mph28.5 lbs
Cityrider
$399
18 mph28 lbs
NIU KQi2 Pro
$559
17 mph41 lbs
NIU KQi3 Sport
$649.98
17 mph41 lbs
AnyHill UM-1
$599
16 mph29.8 lbs
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
16 mph30.9 lbs
SPLACH Swift
$599
15.5 mph34 lbs
GoTrax XR Elite
$349
15.5 mph31.8 lbs
GoTrax XR Ultra
$349
15.5 mph26.4 lbs
NIU KQi1 Sport
$499
15.5 mph34 lbs
NIU KQi1 Pro
$329.98
15.5 mph34 lbs
GoTrax Apex
$299
15.5 mph32.1 lbs
GoTrax GXL V2
$279
15.5 mph26.4 lbs

If weight is a big factor in your decision-making – which it most likely is – then the cheaper Mosquito is an attractive option. It has a single 500W motor which puts out a peak of 700W and a top speed of 25 mph. It’s also ever so slightly lighter and far more compact thanks to its foldable handlebars and telescopic stem.

Again, it comes down to how big a factor the Unagi brand is for you.

Rear of the Unagi Voyager Chassis

Acceleration

While it may not have the raw speed to placate the more adventurous among us, it does boast a zippy acceleration rate.

Armed with those dual motors and responsive throttle, it can hit 15 mph from a standstill in just 4.4 seconds, outstripping the likes of the Mosquito and Horizon in the process.

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH
Unagi Voyager
$1,490
4.4 s
Horizon 13
$799
4.7 s
Mosquito
$899
5.0 s
Turboant X7 Max
$449.98
6.9 s

Mileage

A notable upgrade that the Voyager brings to the table is its bigger, longer-lasting battery.

While the Model One had a maximum range of 12 miles, the Voyager now has 25 miles – or 14 miles under realistic conditions.

Josh on the Unagi Voyager

Mileage vs Price

Measured up against the 15 rivals in its price class, it comes fourth from last.

Again, this may not be the best comparison, but it does show that scooters in the same price bracket outperform it.

ScooterPriceMax Range
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
62 miles
EMOVE RoadRunner
$1,395
53 miles
Fluid Vista
$1,199
45 miles
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
44 miles
NIU KQi3 Max
$899.98
40 miles
SPLACH Twin Plus
$1,099
35 miles
SPLACH Twin
$999
35 miles
Apollo Air 2022
$899
31 miles
Widewheel Pro
$1,099
30 miles
Varla Pegasus
$899
28 miles
Unagi Voyager
$1,490
25 miles
Apollo City 2022
$1,399
25 miles
Varla Falcon
$699
25 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
22 miles
Mosquito
$899
22 miles
Unagi Model One E500
$990
12 miles

The winner of this lineup is the dependable EMOVE Cruiser S. Sporting a battery that’s 4.3 times larger than the one in the Voyager (1560Wh vs 360Wh), it promises a 62-mile maximum range under best-case riding conditions (or 38 miles according to our real-world tests).

If we switch our focus to scooters that are cheaper than the Voyager, the likes of the NIU KQi3 Max (40 miles), SPLACH Twin (35 miles), and Apollo Air (31 miles), all outstrip it for mileage. Though, it must be said that these models are significantly heavier and far more bulky.

Unagi Voyager Being Ridden

Mileage vs Weight

Measured up against the backdrop of the scooters in its weight class, the Voyager fares much better. Similar to the speed vs weight comparison, it places fourth alongside 3 other models.

ScooterPriceMax RangeWeight
EMOVE Touring
$799
32 miles39 lbs
Turboant X7 Max
$449.98
32 miles34 lbs
Apollo Air 2022
$899
31 miles38.5 lbs
Horizon 13
$799
30 miles42 lbs
Turboant X7 Pro
$399.98
30 miles33 lbs
Unagi Voyager
$1,490
25 miles29.6 lbs
GoTrax G4
$449
25 miles36 lbs
NIU KQi2 Pro
$559
25 miles41 lbs
NIU KQi3 Sport
$649.98
25 miles41 lbs
INOKIM Light 2
$699
24 miles30 lbs
Horizon 10.4
$729
23 miles40 lbs
Mosquito
$899
22 miles29 lbs
AnyHill UM-1
$599
18.6 miles29.8 lbs
SPLACH Swift
$599
18.6 miles34 lbs
GoTrax XR Elite
$349
18.6 miles31.8 lbs
Turboant M10
$359.98
18 miles29.8 lbs
GoTrax XR Ultra
$349
16 miles26.4 lbs
Turboant M10 Lite
$299.98
15.5 miles30.9 lbs
NIU KQi1 Sport
$499
15.5 miles34 lbs
NIU KQi1 Pro
$329.98
15.5 miles34 lbs
Cityrider
$399
15 miles28 lbs
GoTrax Apex
$299
15 miles32.1 lbs
Unagi Model One E500
$990
12 miles28.5 lbs
GoTrax GXL V2
$279
12 miles26.4 lbs

Yet there’s no shying away from the fact that all of the scooters ranked above it are considerably cheaper with the EMOVE Touring and Turboant X7 Max ruling proceedings. The X7 Max is the lighter one of the two and it has the advantage of a detachable battery pack. By purchasing another battery you can double its range from 32 to 64 miles (or 18 to 36 miles under real-world riding conditions) for a total cost of just $720.

Unagi Voyager Front Tire

Hill Climbing

Pound for pound, the Voyager is the best hill climber among lightweight electric scooters.

But don’t get it twisted, while it may be the best in its category, it’s important to remember that each motor puts out just 250W, while they peak at a combined 1000W. Consequently, the Voyager isn’t made for San Francisco's peaks, but rather for city streets with moderate undulations.

Unagi Voyager On Pavement

Shock Absorption

I’ve already derided the Voyager for its use of solid tires, which severely hamper its ability to absorb shocks and vibrations. The lack of a suspension system compounds this further, meaning it scores extremely low on our shock absorption scale.

To get the best riding experience you need to stick to smooth roads and sidewalks.

Unagi Voyager Tire

Braking

Armed with dual electronic brakes and a rear stomp fender, the Voyager will bring you to a stop from 15 mph in 3.7 meters. This is impressive for a scooter that doesn’t have any mechanical brakes, such as discs or drums.

Unagi Voyager Electronic Brake Paddle

Its performance also stands up to its most fierce rivals where it beats both the Mosquito and Horizon by over one meter, equating to a stopping distance that’s 24% shorter.

Unagi Voyager Taillight

Ride Quality

If you stick to smooth roads, the combination of the ultra-grippy handlebars, aerodynamic frame, and comfortable deck unite to deliver good handling, while the ergonomic cockpit ensures exceptional control. Although, it must be noted that with a deck-to-handlebar height of 38.5 inches, the Voyager is a little too short for tall riders over 6 ft.

Josh Riding Fast on the Unagi Voyager

I also can’t ignore the lack of shock absorption, which is the scooter’s greatest downfall when it comes to ride quality. I hope Unagi choose to equip their next scooter with pneumatic tires or a suspension system since this would completely transform the riding experience.

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Turboant X7 Max

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Post-Purchase Support

Warranty

The Unagi Voyager comes with a standard one-year warranty. This does not cover wear and tear, accidental damage, or misuse.

Unagi will replace your scooter if a malfunction is reported within the first three months after purchase, and any faults recorded after this will be repaired at the brand’s discretion.

If you become an Unagi subscriber, a replacement scooter will be sent out to you should there be any issues with the one in your possession.

Unagi Voyager Kickstand

Manufacturer Specs

Specification Sheet

Specification: Unagi Voyager Review

Brand
Brand

Unagi

Type
Terrain

Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

29.6

Rider Weight (lbs)

220

Tire Size (inches)

7.5

Tire Type

Solid (Honeycomb Rubber)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

20

Max Range (miles)

25

Charge Time (hours)

3

Suspension Type

None

Brake Type

Electronic, Stomp Fender

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Lights, Mobile App, Water Resistance Rating, Dual Motors

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

15

Water Resistance Rating

IPX4

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Specification: Unagi Voyager Review

Brand
Brand

Unagi

Type
Terrain

Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

29.6

Rider Weight (lbs)

220

Tire Size (inches)

7.5

Tire Type

Solid (Honeycomb Rubber)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

20

Max Range (miles)

25

Charge Time (hours)

3

Suspension Type

None

Brake Type

Electronic, Stomp Fender

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Lights, Mobile App, Water Resistance Rating, Dual Motors

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

15

Water Resistance Rating

IPX4

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