There are a lot of bad, cheap scooters out there so if you’re on a budget, you need to make sure you pick one that has the quality to go with that affordable price tag.
It can sometimes feel like you need to sell your soul to bag a scooter that can deliver the goods, but luckily for you, the GoTrax brand is synonymous with awesome budget scooters. These guys are famous for producing affordable commuting solutions that always perform well above the price you pay. If you’re looking for great value for money, there’s no brand I’d rather recommend.
We’ve ridden a bunch of GoTrax models and can confidently say that they have the best range of budget scooters.
Below, you’ll find a list of the best scooters that GoTrax has to offer, for both adults and children alike, so you can find the perfect one for your needs.
Best For Adults & Teenagers:
The G4 is the best commuter scooter in the GoTrax range. It delivers a great top speed, excellent range, and great rider comfort all for under $500. If you want pure value for money without compromising on the snazzy features, this commuter scooter is a great option.
GoTrax XR Elite
The XR Elite is a natural choice if your budget sits at the $400 mark. It has the highest range of any decent scooter under $400 and the second-highest range after the G4. Its top speed of 15.5 mph is ideal for beginners and inner-city riders.
GoTrax XR Ultra
Costing just $359.99, this scooter is excellent value for money, especially because it (almost unbelievably) features a high-quality LG battery. In addition, it hits all the commuting criteria thanks to its portability, decent top speed, and durable build quality.
A new addition to the GoTrax line, the Apex answers the need for a mid-range budget scooter. With an upgraded handlebar display, thicker tires, and an all-new color combination, the Apex combines all the good stuff GoTrax is known for with some newer, more impressive elements
GoTrax GXL V2
The best budget scooter under $300. There’s a reason why the GoTrax GXL V2 is the best-selling cheap scooter – it has everything a beginner needs. With a sturdy build, decent speed, and well-rounded rider comfort, the V2 is built to take the stress out of the short journeys.
Best For Kids:
The GKS is guaranteed to bring a smile to your child’s face thanks to its zippy (but safe) top speed of 7.5 mph and five vibrant color combinations. Move over pedal bikes and push scooters — at $99.99, this is the gadget every kid will want.
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Best For Adults
‘Budget’ doesn’t always equal boring, basic, or bleugh. Don’t believe me? Check out the GoTrax G4, the crowning glory of the GoTrax budget scooter range.
The G4 is the most complete GoTrax scooter you’ll find for under $500, and it has both the power and the range to satisfy those of you who are looking for a solid machine to get from A to B without compromising on all those little luxuries that make models like the Ninebot Max such a firm favorite.
This is the only GoTrax scooter to break through the 15.5 mph speed barrier, reaching a maximum pace of 20 mph. The 350W motor dishes out a pretty high level of torque for a machine that only costs $499 and allows riders to manage hills with a 15% incline grade.
As the fastest GoTrax scooter, the G4 is ideal for more experienced riders or those who plan on venturing onto quicker roads. Be warned, though: like it’s slower siblings, the G4 is a kick start scooter, so immediate acceleration won’t be as fast as you might like, although once you get going the G4 can more than hold its own.
Like other models in the GoTrax range, the G4 comes with a dual braking system made up of a rear disc brake and regenerative brake. Although these are good enough to slow you down and perform pretty well, they aren’t as good as if both wheels were fitted with their own brake. All of the stopping power is directed towards the rear wheel.
A faster scooter requires a sturdier base, which is why the G4 comes with all-new and improved pneumatic 10-inch tires. These will keep you stable no matter the speed at which you’re riding whilst also making up for the lack of suspension and absorbing shocks from road obstacles. Air-filled tires also fare better in wet weather because they generate more traction. This, alongside the G4’s IP54 waterproof rating, means that riding in light rain won’t be a problem.
Pneumatics are my preferred tire option but they are still at risk of flats. Impressively, the G4’s tires come pre-lined with tire slime. This means that if you roll over something sharp and get a small nick up to 6mm, the tire slime will activate into action and seal it up without any messy intervention from you. The reason why this is so impressive is that tire slime is only seen on models that are far more expensive, like the Ninebot Max which costs $350 more.
It’s not just great speed and increased comfort that sets the G4 apart from the rest of the GoTrax range. Another standout improvement is its improved battery that boasts 25 miles on a single charge. While testing the scooter we were only able to get 15 miles from it while riding at top speeds. If you ride more economically you can expect a few more miles. Whilst the range didn’t quite reach the quoted specs, it can be considered to be extended compared to other GoTrax models. Plus, it only takes around 5 hours to recharge.
Part of the G4’s attraction comes from the fact that it’s more full-featured than the other scooters available in the GoTrax range. For example, it comes with inbuilt security features, such as a digital lock, which its siblings lack. This is controlled with a number combination and acts as an anti-theft measure. Saying this, I’d still recommend a bike lock just to be extra safe because, after all, the scooter is light enough to be picked up and carried away.
The digital lock can be enabled from the LED display panel which is located at the top of the handlebars. From here you can also operate the cruise control function, as well as keeping an eye on your speed and battery life. The only downside here is that the battery reader could be better – it can be misleading at times. When we turned the scooter on, the battery was three-quarters full. After riding it for a few miles it suddenly dropped to one-quarter and stayed there. When we got back to the testing studio we let it stay on for a minute and the battery level then moved up to halfway. I think this is an issue with the technology behind the LED display not reading the battery voltage properly. One sure way around this is to make sure you fully charge the G4 before you take it out to give you the confidence to know that the battery is juiced up.
There’s also a button that allows you to switch the headlight on and off.
The G4 has a pretty sweet lighting setup and comes with a rear light that blinks when you pull on the brakes, not to mention the six different reflectors on its frame for optimal visibility.
At 36 lbs, the G4 is the heaviest scooter in the range, but it’s still portable. Lifting and carrying it won’t pose any issues, especially because it comes with one of the fastest and sturdiest folding mechanisms. Collapsing the G4 to take on public transport, throw in your trunk, or tuck away under your desk will be a breeze.
Everything about this scooter is bigger and better than those that have come before it, from the speed and battery to the self-healing tires and extra features. Plus, it delivers on the good stuff GoTrax is known for – value for money and decent build quality. The G4 is ideal if you’re looking for a full-featured electric scooter that doesn’t break the bank, especially if you want to be out for longer and go further.
A great alternative to the GoTrax G4 is the Turboant X7 Pro. It delivers 30 miles on a single charge, a top speed of 20 mph, and is 3 lbs lighter. Best of all, it only costs $499.98.
Second-in-line to the G4 is the GoTrax XR Elite. Viewed as one of the best budget scooters under $400 and a firm favorite amongst scooterists everywhere, the Elite is ideal for medium commutes, as well as leisurely pursuits, and is well-known for its top-notch reliability at a quality price.
The XR Elite’s strength lies in the range it has to offer. Before the coming of the G4, the XR Elite was the GoTrax scooter of choice for those who had further to go thanks to its top mileage of 18.6 miles. It also sports a charging time of between 3 and 4 hours, which is shorter than that of the G4. It might not be able to go as far as its newer sibling, but for $140 less, it’s a great alternative if you need to make longer journeys and can’t afford for your budget to inch up to $500.
The Elite’s 300W motor allows for a top speed of 15.5 mph and offers a generous rate of acceleration, despite it being a drop from the G4’s 20 mph limit. The slower speed is ideal if you’re a new or nervous rider as it’s more manageable for beginners. Alternatively, it’s well-suited to busy inner-city environments where navigating pedestrians and road-users will limit the chance to go faster anyway. Plus, it still has enough power to deal with 15% hills.
Like the G4, you can control your speed with the dual-brake system. Arguably, the setup is better on the Elite because each wheel is fitted with a brake. A disc brake is located in the rear with an electronic brake in the front. Because of this, the Elite can come to a fast stop as braking power is being directed at both wheels rather than just one.
I’m a fan of big, air-filled tires. Why? There are many reasons, but the most important ones are that they help to give you better balance and a more comfortable ride whilst absorbing the impact of any pesky surface obstacles. The XR Elite comes with 8.5-inch pneumatic tires that do a great job of this. Sure, they’re not the largest tires on the market (the G4 has the biggest tires out of all GoTrax scooters) but they do a pretty admirable job on a scooter that costs less than $400 and has no suspension.
The XR Elite has a lot going for it in terms of rider comfort and stability for a budget scooter. It comes with a fairly wide 6.6-inch deck which makes finding a comfortable riding stance easy as well as boasting a durable, well-built frame that can easily deal with everyday riding. It also has a waterproof rating of IP54 so you don’t need to worry about being caught in an unexpected shower.
It’s clear that GoTrax has invested time into making sure the XR Elite ticks all the right safety boxes. It comes equipped with a bright headlight as well as a rear light and 6 additional reflectors, similar to the G4. It also comes with a smart battery management system so you can enjoy your ride without worrying that your battery is going to burn out on you unexpectedly.
The cockpit is simple but functional, featuring a bell alongside a smart display that allows you to monitor your speed and battery light as you ride. Similar to the G4, the Elite also has a cruise control function that enables you to let go of the throttle and relax your thumb while maintaining a constant speed.
At 31.8 lbs, the XR Elite is light enough to carry and lift, which is part of what makes it such an excellent commuter option. The speedy one-step folding mechanism makes it simple to take on public transport or store under your desk.
Although it might not have the same range and speed as the more powerful G4, the Elite is a great budget option that will suit you if you don’t want to spend a fortune but need to travel a bit further than other models like the GoTrax XR Ultra and Apex. It’s perfect for commuting or running errands and the slower speed will appeal to beginners and those living in inner-cities alike.
Now, you might be tempted to look at the XR Ultra and say ‘Well, that’s the same as the XR Elite but with less range’, and you would be right. However, you’re also wrong. There’s a lot more to this scooter than meets the eye.
That’s because the biggest difference is on the inside. The XR Ultra has a range of 16 miles, which isn’t too far off that of the Elite, but it has something its big brother doesn’t: an LG battery. What’s so great about this? Quite a lot. Not only is LG one of the biggest tech companies out there but their batteries are pretty much the best you can hope for on any scooter, let alone one that costs a mere $359.99.
As a result, you can guarantee that the XR Ultra will keep going for many rides to come. Even if you might not always reach the full 16 miles (especially if you like your scooter rides fast and furious), you’ll get pretty darn close and your battery won’t feel like it’s going to keel over from the effort. I really can’t overstate how amazing it is to see a battery of this caliber on a scooter this cheap. If you want value for money, the Ultra should be right up there at the top of your list.
Like the battery choice, the rest of the XR Ultra is more than up to the task of taking on the everyday commute. Its aluminum frame is extra durable and boasts the same water-resistant rating of IP54 as other GoTrax scooters do. Its solid build has the kind of reliability you want in a scooter you’re planning to ride every single day and the quality outperforms the price that you pay.
You might expect that having a better battery would increase the weight of the scooter. Happily, this isn’t the case. The XR Ultra only weighs 26.4 lbs, which is around 5 lbs less than the XR Elite. Despite the reduced weight, it can still support riders up to 220 lbs and you’ll be able to lift it with ease, especially once you operate the super quick folding mechanism, collapsing it down to half the size. This makes it the perfect partner.
As with every budget scooter, there are compromises to be made to drive the price down. Similar to the XR Elite, the XR Ultra has a top speed of 15.5 mph. This won’t do much for those of you who are experienced riders, but it’ll suit beginners perfectly. The 300W motor might not be the most powerful but it still dishes out a satisfyingly zippy acceleration rate whilst also being able to handle small slopes. Nevertheless, 15-16 mph is the standard out-of-the-box speed for the majority of budget scooters, so you’re not missing out.
The XR Ultra features the same brake setup as the XR Elite, with a front regenerative brake and a mechanical disc brake on the rear. As I mentioned previously, this is great to see on a budget scooter as it means one squeeze of the brake lever will apply pressure to both wheels to bring you to a controlled stop.
The 8.5-inch air-filled tires also come in handy here. Pneumatics famously generate more traction than their solid rubber counterparts and this will prove useful when you’re trying to slow the scooter down. Additionally, these will help to deliver a more comfortable ride quality thanks to their ability to absorb shocks from lightly textured surfaces. The lack of suspension means that you’ll still feel some bumps on heavily pockmarked roads, but for the most part, the tires will keep you protected from overly jarring rides.
Like other GoTrax models, the XR Ultra comes with a smart display with full visibility over your speed and battery. This is also where you’ll be able to initiate cruise control or switch between different speed settings. The sufficiently bright headlight and rear reflective light will keep you visible after dark too. As with most scooters, I’d still recommend purchasing extra lights to be on the safe side.
The Ultra doesn’t pretend to live up to the likes of the GoTrax G4 or other more expensive models, but it does offer a great all-around package that will make getting to and from work a breeze or simply be an enjoyable toy for weekend rides. Plus, the inclusion of an LG battery makes this one of the most attractive options in the GoTrax line, especially because you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for it.
GoTrax has a ton of tried and tested budget scooters in its catalog, but if you fancy trying something that’s brand new, take a look at the GoTrax Apex. This is the most recent addition to the brand’s line and comes with some nifty updates and improvements that will make it more appealing to young, modern riders who don’t want to break the bank.
You spoke and GoTrax listened. As a result of customer feedback, the Apex features a new and improved handlebar display screen. Its new angular shape channels a futuristic vibe that matches the scooter’s black and green paint job, but whilst it’s bigger than other models, it is a little dark and can be difficult to read in full sunlight.
It also features a brighter front headlight than on previous models, as well as a rear light that blinks when you apply the brakes. Both of these are vital if you plan on riding in the dark and tick those baseline safety requirements. However, I’d recommend investing in additional lighting if you can. You can never have enough lights on an electric scooter if you’re going to do a lot of nighttime riding.
Like the XR Elite and Ultra, the Apex can hit a top speed of 15.5 mph and its 250W motor is more than capable of taking on 14% hills. Despite the smaller motor size, it can still put out some impressive torque but the improved battery means that it remains efficient, conserving power whenever possible. This is helped along by the kick-start, which also functions as an extra safety measure for beginners or younger riders.
With a 15-mile range, the Apex sits at a similar level as the Ultra, although it lacks the bonus of an LG battery. Saying that its Li-ion unit comes with a stellar battery management system to help protect it and extend its shelf life. You’ll experience a 35-40% shorter range if you plan to ride the scooter at maximum speed but it promises a relatively quick charging turnaround of 4 hours, so you won’t need to wait long between journeys.
Unlike the Ultra and the GXL V2, the Apex’s battery is stored in the foot deck. This might seem like a trivial design feature to mention, but it goes a long way towards delivering a more stable and balanced ride as it shifts the scooter’s center of gravity. This also helps when coming to a halt, something you do by pulling the handbrake to activate the scooter’s rear disc brake and anti-lock braking system. In fact, the braking felt surprisingly more responsive than GoTrax’s most premium model, the G4.
The Apex features 8.5-inch pneumatic tires, similar to those seen on the XR Ultra and Elite. I’ve mentioned the benefits of pneumatics many times before, however, those on the Apex have an extra edge because they’re been fitted with a thicker exterior. This means they’re able to absorb shocks from uneven terrain more easily and have a better ability to withstand the majority of punctures. However, after riding the Apex, the difference in ride comfort between the Apex’s thicker tires and the thinner ones found on the rest of the GoTrax range is minimal. If you’re not an electric scooter connoisseur, then you’re not likely to feel the difference.
At 32.1 lbs, the Apex is the second heaviest scooter in the GoTrax line, however, it’s still easily portable. The frame folds down with a simple click, making it effortless to carry on public transport with you. Even though the handlebars don’t fold, it’s compact enough to store at your home or office.
This is a very sleek, good-looking scooter and it’ll definitely appeal to young professionals and students thanks to its modern, urban aesthetic. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a scooter to take on short journeys or incorporate it into a multi-transport commute. Its biggest selling point is that you get a decent electric scooter for a ridiculously cheap price of $299.99. Like all GoTrax models, it outperforms its price tag.
Last but by no means least in the GoTrax lineup is the GXL V2. This guy is all about portability, safety, and style, making it the perfect scooter if you want something no-nonsense to get you from A to B.
The most important thing to know about the V2 is that it’s been designed to ride shorter distances. This is because its maximum range tops out at 12 miles, with a recharge time of 4 hours. If you’ve got a long way to go and you want to do it all on your scooter, take a look at the G4 or the XR Elite. However, if your planning on riding around your neighborhood or your commute is local, the GXL V2 is a good fit.
At 26.4 lbs, the GXL V2 is up there with the lightest adult scooters, beaten only by the more expensive Unagi Model One. This is particularly important for riders on the go. Who has the muscle to heft a tank of a scooter up and down subway steps? Not me and certainly not you. Luckily, the GXL V2’s lightweight frame and folding frame means you can collapse and carry the scooter in mere seconds.
Running late to meet a friend? Can’t afford to miss the next bus? Don’t sweat it. The GXL V2 can reach a top speed of 15.5 mph, cutting your travel time down significantly and getting you where you need to go with minimal hassle. Sure, it’s not quite as fast as the G4, but it’ll suit the majority of riders, especially if you’re investing in a scooter for the practicality of it rather than the prospect of a thrilling, adrenaline-filled ride.
Plus, just because it’s not a speed-driven scooter, doesn’t mean there isn’t some excitement involved. The GXL V2’s acceleration isn’t whiplash-fast, but it is fairly quick and the motor puts out enough torque to get you up 14% hills, although inclines at the upper range do pose a bit of a challenge. If you prefer a more relaxing ride, the GXL V2 also comes equipped with a cruise control function that will allow you to set and maintain your ideal pace so you won’t need to hover over the throttle for the entire journey.
Cruise control can be operated from the cockpit of the GXL V2, where you’ll also find a digital display. The central location of this makes it easy to see your speed and battery level. Alongside this, you’ll also see a red button where you can change your gear and switch on your headlights.
Like other models in the GoTrax range, the GXL V2 comes with a fairly bright headlight which is perfect for lighting up dark roads, however, it sadly doesn’t feature a rear light. Instead, it has a rear reflector. If you’re considering choosing this scooter and you know you’ll have to do some nighttime riding, make sure to invest in an additional light so you’re extra visible to cars and other road users.
Although the lights might be lacking, this isn’t the case when it comes to the GXL V2’s brakes. This scooter features both a rear disc brake and a front regenerative brake which are strong and dependable when used together. Disc brakes are more efficient than other braking systems that rely on just electronic braking, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to slow the scooter down smoothly whilst also giving your battery a boost thanks to the regen brake.
Like the majority of GoTrax scooters, the V2 scores quite highly when it comes to rider comfort, despite the fact it doesn’t come with any inbuilt suspension. This is down to the fact that it is fitted with 8.5-inch air-filled tires. These babies provide a good level of damping on uneven urban rides so you won’t feel like your bones are being shaken all over the place. This being said, you’ll still feel the impact of larger obstacles, so avoid those big potholes if you can.
The sturdiness of the GXL V2’s frame also helps to keep you stable if you do have to ride across uneven terrain and the ample foot deck gives you a good amount of space to find your balance. There’s no question that this is a well-built scooter and despite its low price, it can support riders of 220 lbs with no problems. Like its siblings, it also comes with a waterproof rating of IP54, so it can be ridden in light rain too – although I wouldn’t recommend it.
The GXL V2 is one of the best-selling scooters on the market and for good reason. It might not be the fanciest or most advanced option, but it’s perfect for beginners who want to test out the possibilities of electric scooters without spending a fortune. At $269.99, you can bag yourself a reliable, well-built scooter with everything you need to reach your destination comfortably.
Best For Kids
Hey, it wouldn’t be fair if only the grownups had all the fun, would it? That’s why GoTrax has also released the GKS. Available in 5 jazzy color combinations including pink, blue, and green, this scooter is guaranteed to bring the fun and will keep your child occupied for many playtimes to come.
Pedal bikes and push scooters are so last year — nowadays, every kid wants a scooter they can cruise on that can drive itself, especially if it can hit a thrilling (but very safe) top speed of 7.5 mph. This is thanks to the 150W motor. It’s ideal for children between the ages of 6 and 12, particularly if they’re new to riding. The GKS is a safe and controlled introduction to the world of electric scooters.
This is largely down to the scooter’s safe-start technology. As you may be aware, riders control a scooter’s speed by pushing on the throttle, with some of them requiring a kick-start before the motor engages. The GKS is a little different. Instead of a throttle, you’ll find two button-like pressure sensors on the deck. To make the scooter move, your child must place their foot on the front button and kick to start. Once they’re moving, they can then engage the motor by placing their foot on the rear button. Voila — they’re away.
The biggest benefit of this system is that the scooter will never start unexpectedly before your child is ready. For it to work, riders must be balanced and stable upon both pressure points, so your child won’t be caught by surprise and take an accidental spill.
Plus, it makes braking quick and easy. Riders need only lift their back foot off the sensor to kill the motor and the scooter will begin to slow immediately. There’s also a rear fender brake, so if they need a more abrupt stop, applying pressure here will stop them completely.
The GKS is a great alternative to a manual scooter, especially if you’re planning on taking lots of family trips in your local area. Smaller children will easily be able to keep up with adults riding slowly on bikes or other electric scooters and the maximum range of 4 miles means there’s plenty of power to explore or head out to your favorite picnic spot. Sadly, the GKS does take between 5 and 7 hours to recharge, however it can also operate as a manual scooter if your little ones can’t wait to get back out on the road.
If your adventures are likely to involve visiting the local park or cruising along neighborhood sidewalks, the GKS can easily deal with small vibrations thanks to its 6-inch solid rubber tires. These are also wear-resistant and completely flat-proof so you won’t need to worry about any fiddly wheel changes or inconvenient punctures.
One of the standout features of the GKS is that it can support riders up to 154 lbs, which is much heavier than other children’s scooters. This means that the GKS can stay with your child as they get older.
However, we all know that children can be fickle about their toys. If they’re likely to get bored easily, take a look at the brand-new GKS Lumios. This scooter is very similar to the GKS but with a few notable differences. On a practical level, it has a more powerful 200W motor and an increased range of 4.8 miles which is 20% more than that of the normal GKS. It also comes with an adjustable stem to account for growth spurts too, but that’s not the best part. The best part is that the Lumios comes with a glowing front LED wheel so your child will feel like they’re on a fairground ride as they glide around the neighborhood.
Sadly, neither the Lumios nor the standard GKS are foldable which could make storing them tricky if you’re limited on space. However, with a weight of 17.8 lbs, it’s easy for small hands to lift and maneuver when out and about.
The GKS is an awesome kids’ gadget that is sure to get them out of the house and bring a smile to their faces. At $99.99, its price is wallet-friendly, although it’s worth pointing out that the Lumios costs around $50 more, retailing at $149.99. Regardless of which model you opt for, this is an investment that will grow with your child, keeping them entertained for many years to come. They’ll be the envy of their friends and there won’t be a single kid on the block who won’t want to have a go on their new GoTrax GKS.
By Type (Cheap, Foldable, Fast etc)
Foldable, Light & Portable
- GoTrax G4 – The ultimate budget scooter for riders who want to go further and faster, this is the jewel in the GoTrax crown.
- GoTrax XR Elite – Perfect for medium-length commutes thanks to its 18.6-mile range and portability.
- GoTrax XR Ultra – Has a top-quality LG battery that will power it through many commutes to come – a scooter you can rely on.
All adults models can support up to 220 lbs.
What is the Best Gotrax Scooter?
The best GoTrax scooter for adults is the G4. It has the longest range and fastest speed out of all the scooters in the range. It also comes out on top for rider comfort thanks to its large, plush 10-inch pneumatic tires.
For kids, the GKS ticks all the right boxes. It has a fun top speed whilst being safe for younger riders thanks to the safe start technology. Plus, it comes in five awesome color combinations that give it an extra dose of awesome.
Are Gotrax Scooters Good?
In a word, yes.
They aren’t the most full-featured scooters, but they’re excellent value for money when you consider what they offer. They all come with a decent top speed and a range that’s ideal for short-medium adventures. Plus, each scooter is fitted with a dual-braking system and shock absorbing pneumatic tires. Ultimately, it depends on what you need your scooter to do. If you want something to run errands, to use on your commute, or simply cruise at the weekends, GoTrax scooters are a solid choice if you are on a budget.