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GoTrax XR Elite vs. GXL V2 Review: Overview
We have concluded our review of the GoTrax XR Elite vs. GXL V2. These are the most current scooters from GoTrax in their affordable line. Both of these scooters are affordable and incredibly functional. They both have a little something different to offer the rider. The GXL V2 focuses on a reliable option for the beginning rider, while the XR Elite brings a larger deck and more extended range.
They both offer reliable durability and folding capability, but the GXL V2 offers slightly less power and features to make it a more affordable option. Either of these models is a great option providing reliable construction and water resistance to last you a long time.
GoTrax XR Elite vs. GXL V2 Side-by-Side Comparison
Here want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect from both scooters. We dig in a little deeper than what you can generally expect to receive from the manufacturer. It is our hope you like our in-depth review of the GoTrax XR Elite vs. GXL V2.
There are some differences between the two electric scooter models. The GXL V2 comes with a standard motor that has 250w, but the XR Elite has a little more power with its 300w motor. Boasting a larger motor, the XR Elite has a top speed of 15.5 mph while the GXL V2 reaches a slightly lesser top speed of 14.5 mph. These are actual speeds on a flat surface. Of course, the manufacturer says the speed for both units is 15.5 mph, but we didn’t find that to be the case.
Another difference between the two is how far they can go on a full battery. The GXL V2 can go as far as 10.1 miles with a full battery, while the XR Elite can go about six more miles with a 16.5-mile range on a full battery. Keep in mind, electric scooters don’t perform close to these performance specs when it’s cold. I had no idea that operating an electric scooter in the cold would make a difference but it dramatically reduces speed and range. So, keep that in mind when you are choosing what model to ride.
On the XR Elite, the tires are bigger too but there’s not much of a noticeable difference. However, in general having larger tires will provide you with a smoother ride. The bottom line is this, if you have the choice of two scooters (and all other things are created equal), we recommend going with the scooter that has the larger tires.
I would say the biggest difference for me was the deck. The XR Elite has a wider deck and, for an adult, is more comfortable to ride.
GoTrax XR Elite /GXL V2 Review
Overall Riding Experience
Overall both electric scooters come with an affordable price tag. They both have quality, functional brakes, lights, and sturdy tires. These are all the essentials needed for a safe ride. Each model provides an adequate amount of balance with a lightweight and excellent features.
Both of these scooters are great entry-level options that are great for your everyday commute. You will not find better options at this price point. However, if you want to step up a bit in price, you should definitely consider the GoTrax G4.
Both electric scooter models come with a dual braking system as they have a disc brake in the rear and a regenerative electronic brake in the front. It is unusual to find disc brakes at this price point, but GoTrax has added disc brakes to both of these models.
The XR Elite has a stopping distance of 14.9 feet when moving at 15 mph. In general, this stopping distance is considered great braking power, as anything under 20 feet is excellent. The GXL V2 has a stopping distance of 16.7 feet when operating at 14 mph.
The rear brake of the XR Elite and the GXL V2 is operated by a hand lever that is incredibly easy to use. Just like brakes on a bike the lever position provides a natural ride. Obviously having the brake on the left side of the handlebars and the throttle on the right side is safer as your left hand can always be ready to squeeze the brake.
GoTrax claims the GXL V2 has a range of 12 miles on a full battery. Our tests show that it goes about 10.1 miles on a full battery. This test is with a rider that is 165 pounds. The test was done in an urban area that included small hills, many starts and stops, and even some rough terrain.
The test is realistic as we go as fast as possible while staying safe. We want to mimic real conditions during the tests. We used the least energy-conserving mode during the test. If you run out of battery power while riding this scooter, you can switch over to a kick scooter because it is so light.
GoTrax claims the XR Elite has a range of 18 miles on a full battery. Tests show that it can go for 16.5 miles on a full battery. The same conditions were used for the XR Elite and the GXL V2 tests. The rider on the GXL V2 was also under 165 pounds. Both scooters have the same 187-watt hour lithium-ion battery.
GoTrax states that both of these scooters have a top speed of 16 mph. The GXL had a top speed of 14.5 mph on a flat surface, and the XR Elite had a top speed of 15.5 mph on a flat area. Both tests were done with a rider that is 165 pounds. A lighter rider may be able to get closer to 16 – 16.5 mph. This is a lower top speed than a typical electric scooter but is common among budget level scooters. This is probably fast enough for someone scooting around an urban area, but some may feel that it is too slow.
The GXL V2 has a 250-watt motor. Most scooters in this price range do not have a motor more powerful than 250 watts, but the XR Elite has a motor that is 300 watts. Even at 250 watts, the GXL V2 has a somewhat fair acceleration.
The GXL V2 does not have a zero start motor, which means you have to kick scoot it until the scooter gets up to about two mph. It took the GXL V2 about 10 seconds to get to its top speed. While this may seem fast for many, it may not be fast enough for others. The XR Elite takes 7.6 seconds to get to 14.5 mph. Both of these acceleration rates are with riders that are 165 pounds. Personally, I like to go as fast as possible in the given budget. Both of these scooters allow you to ride at a decent speed without breaking the bank.
Hill Climbing Ability
The hill-climbing performance for both of these scooters was with a rider that was 165 pounds. These numbers will decrease with a heavier rider. The GXL V2 climbed 200 feet with a 10 percent grade and reached the top in 20.9 seconds. The GXL V2 had an average speed of 6.5 mph. While this is a good performance, the scooter will move slower up steeper hills. You can help the scooter up the hill by kicking up the hill.
The XR Elite went 200 feet up a hill with a 10 percent incline, and it took 23.9 seconds to get to the top. The scooter had an average speed of around 5.7 mph.
GoTrax has continued to manufacture the quality products that we are used to. The GXL V2 has a minimalistic approach to its control. There is nothing that is not needed, as it has not been overly designed. It has a solid mechanism for folding, and when it is unfolded, it is well constructed. The GXL V2 is easy to assemble, and the tools are included. The fenders are reinforced, so they will not break even though they are plastic. It is solidly constructed especially considering the price of the scooter.
The XR Elite can be ridden in light rain with its water-resistance rating of IP54. It should not be submerged in any water. This scooter has a shiny finish and perfect for everyday use.
The GXL V2 weighs in around 26 pounds and is the one of the lightest scooters you can find. It folds quickly and locks into place. No surprise here but the handlebars will not fold. However, it still fits in the car or under a table. When folded, it measures 39 inches long by 17 inches wide by 14 inches tall.
The XR Elite is much heavier at 32 pounds. It folds down into a compact size of 41 inches long by 17 inches wide by 6 inches tall. Despite being a little heavier, it is still easy to carry once folded. It has an upgrade of a locking pin keeping it safely in place when folded.
The price difference between these two electric scooters is about $170. The GXL V2 comes in around $248, while the XR Elite is around $420.99.
GoTrax XR Elite
GoTrax GXL V2
Display and Cockpit
The display of your adult scooter presents you with all the information you need to know about your scooter, including battery, speed, mode, and any errors that are happening.
The GXL V2 has a bright LED display that is minimal in details. It has battery and speed displayed. The lever brake control is on the left side of the handlebars. You can operate the accelerator with a knob on the right side. The GXL V2 has superior control, and you will not accelerate by mistake. One easy button on the center controls the lights, power, and gear. The handlebars are narrower than most.
The XR Elite also has a simple cockpit with a bright and large display. The XR Elite does not have gears, so you do not have to switch gears. You can get a nice and comfortable grip on the handlebars. The controls are easy to use in the cockpit. It has a brake lever, accelerator, and even a bell.
Neither of these scooters have additional features. They are both considered budget-friendly entries in the scooter realm. They both have pneumatic tires and lights but no exceptional features.
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Last words of recommendation
Those are the complete features for both the GoTrax GXL V2 and XR Elite. Now, you can determine which one is the best for you. The GXL V2 is one of the best of the affordable electric scooters available. I would say it is probably the best entry level scooter and ideal for beginning riders. If you are new to the world of scooters, this may be the option for you. Even though it is a more affordable model, it is durable and should last you a long time. If you want a VERY slightly faster model that is also affordable, then the XR Elite may be the better option for you. I think the wide deck makes the XR Elite worth the upgrade. One final note. If you’ve got a little extra cheese laying around, you definitely need to look at the GoTrax G4. It’s incredible and blows both of these models away in my opinion.
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|Model||Gotrax XR Eite||Gotrax GXL V2|
|Speed*||15.5 mph||15.5 mph|
|Range*||18 mi||9-12 mi|
|Weight||31.88 lbs||26.4 lbs|
|Tires||Pneumatic 8.5”||Pneumatic 8.5”|
|Brakes||Electric + Disc||Electric + Disc|
|Max weight||220 lbs||220 lbs|
|Size||43 in x 17 in x 14.5 in||43.3*16.7*44 in|