With so many e-scooters on the market, it can be difficult to know which brands and models will work best for you. Carrera and Xiaomi are two of the best brands on the market, but with each having multiple models under their belt, you might not be sure which will best suit your needs.

Luckily, we’ve got the full breakdown of the specs, and with Carrera launching two new models – the is-1 2.0 and the is-2 2.0 – we thought it was the perfect time to compare all the features that Xiaomi and Carrera have to offer, so you can make an informed decision. Let the battle begin!

We’ll be comparing five models, spanning a range of price points. We have Carrera’s new models, the is-1 2.0 (an upgrade to the is-1) and the is-2 2.0, while from Xiaomi we have the Xiaomi Mi Essential, the Xiaomi Mi 1S, and the Xiaomi Mi Pro 2.

The specs can be a lot to wrap your head around, especially if this is your first time buying an e-scooter, so we’re going to break down each group of features and how they’ll impact the overall performance of each electric scooter.

Getting you moving: power, speed, and range

The driving forces behind any electric scooter, the motor and battery are two components to really take a look at. They’ll determine the range, speed, and climbing capabilities of your e-scooter, so it’s important to weigh up the specs that each model has to offer.

Speed and motor

The top speed for all five models is set to 15.5mph in line with the legal speed limit for e-scooters, so there’s not much to compare on speed alone. However, the strength of the motor is still important to consider, even if every scooter reaches the same speed, as this will impact how well you can handle hills and steep gradients, as well as how quickly you can reach this top speed.

The verdict

The Carrera is-2 2.0 takes this category, closely followed by the is-1 2.0. Although both have a huge 350w motor, the is-2 2.0 has a higher-powered controller, giving it access to more power than the is-1 2.0. The motor size of both Carrera models means they’re capable of tackling gradients that would leave other e-scooters struggling, making them a great choice if your average route includes several hills and inclines.

Falling short of the Carrera’s power, both the Xiaomi Essential and the Xiaomi 1s have a 250w motor, the lowest wattage of the five e-scooters. The Xiaomi Pro 2 ups the ante with a 300w motor, giving you an extra push up those hills, but this still doesn’t match either of the Carrera models.

Battery and range

The range of an electric scooter is determined by the capacity of the battery. Generally speaking, the higher the capacity, the longer the range – or distance that can be travelled – on a single charge.

It is important to note, however, that the range an e-scooter achieves day to day is dependent on a lot of factors, and the maximum range is calculated on the basis that the scooter is ridden in optimal conditions. Things like the weather and surface conditions, rider weight, and how many hills you ride up will influence the range that an e-scooter achieves.

The verdict

It’s a tie on batteries, with both the Xiaomi Pro 2 and the Carrera is-2 2.0 boasting a 12.8ah battery. They’re set apart only by maximum range: the Xiaomi Pro 2 can reach a maximum of 28 miles on a single charge, while the Carrera is-2 2.0 hits a maximum of 22 miles.

The best runner-up for battery and range is the Carrera is-1 2.0, with a 7.8ah battery giving a range of 18 miles before you’ll need to recharge. The Xiaomi 1s matches the Carrera is-1 2.0 with a range of 18 miles, but it has a less powerful battery at 7.6ah.

Once again, it’s important to remember that these ranges are a best-case scenario, and the range you achieve in reality may differ depending on riding conditions.

Improving your journey: wheels, waterproofing, and extra features

While the motor and battery are what get your electric scooter going, a lot of other features are important in keeping you moving comfortably and conveniently. Let’s break down the features that will impact your ride quality and user experience.

Wheels

As the only part of your e-scooter to actually touch the ground, it’s important that your wheels are resilient and will give you a comfortable ride.

The verdict

The clear winner for wheels is the Carrera is-2 2.0, boasting a 10” anti-puncture pneumatic tyre. The increased size offers an even smoother riding experience since the larger surface area helps to better distribute the impact of any bumps, which when combined with the pneumatic tyres, softens the journey.

All three Xiaomi models and the Carrera is-1 2.0 have 8.5” pneumatic tyres, giving a smooth ride on both flat roads and more rugged surfaces, but with a smaller tyre. However, the is-1 2.0 has the added bonus of anti-puncture tyres, giving you the confidence to ride freely without worrying about a puncture slowing you down. This is a feature that the Xiaomi models don’t offer.

Water resistance

Since they’re battery-operated, it’s important to consider waterproof grading when purchasing an electric scooter. This takes the form of an IPX rating, which is used to evaluate how resistant products are to environmental conditions. The scooters are graded between 0 and 8, with a higher number indicating more water resistance. Each numerical level also has a description, to properly define what each grade is capable of. If you’re likely to be riding through puddles and showers – which isn’t uncommon in the UK – then a higher rating will offer you more protection and reassurance.

The verdict

The Carrera models have the highest resistance ratings, with both models rated IPX5, which is defined as the scooters being protected against water jets from any angle. This means that the Carrera scooters are safe to be ridden both through puddles and in light showers, so you can handle the British weather.

The Xiaomi models fall one grade below, at IP54. This means that the scooters are protected against water splashing from any angle. Based on this definition, the Xiaomi scooters are safe to be ridden through puddles, but it’s not advisable to ride in sustained rainfall.

Keeping you riding: safety and security

When it comes to keeping both you and your scooter safe, there are plenty of features to consider. From powerful braking and lighting to secure locking systems, it’s important to weigh up the features that will keep you on two wheels and out of trouble.

Brakes

First, let’s talk brakes: there are a few different types of braking system, each with their own benefits. Xiaomi and Carrera do differ in the types they use, so let’s break it down.

The verdict

Carrera edge the brake category with disc braking on both the front and rear wheel of both models, compared to the electric brakes of the Xiaomi models. Generally, disc brakes have more stopping power than electric brakes, and have less brake fade and better heat dissipation.

Carrera’s dual disc system offers high braking efficiency in both wet and dry conditions to make sure that every time you need to stop, you can do so in plenty of time. Plus, the efficiency of disc brakes and the concentration of force means that you only need to use light pressure to brake. This saves you from any muscle fatigue or excess pressure.

The Xiaomi models use a dual braking system, mixing both physical and electrical braking. The front wheel has an electric brake while the rear wheel sports a large disc brake – the two systems will engage at the same time, combining to shorten your braking distance. The Xiaomi models do get a bonus point for the E-ABS anti-lock brake system, which prevents the wheels from seizing, but it doesn’t outweigh the reliability of dual disc brakes.

Locking

It’s not just rider safety that you’ll be considering: we know that once you have your chosen e-scooter, you’ll be keen to keep it safe, so a secure locking system is as important to us as it is to you. Xiaomi and Carrera each approach security slightly differently, so it’s best to go over each system and decide which is going to give you the best peace of mind.

The verdict

Offering double security and peace of mind, Carrera are our pick for locking. Both models use two different types of locking mechanisms, to keep your e-scooter safe and your mind at ease. Not only is there an in-built electronic locking system, but an additional cable lock provides an extra layer of protection and a visible deterrent. The cable lock can easily be pulled out, wrapped around a secure object, and then locked in place using the combination barrel to deter opportunistic thieves and keep your scooter safe.

For the Xiaomi models, security takes the form of the Mi App, which also handles much of the scooters’ connectivity capabilities. The Xiaomi scooters don’t come with any physical locking mechanisms, but instead can be locked digitally – just connect your scooter to your phone via Bluetooth, and you can operate the remote locking system right from your mobile using the Mi App. From here, you can also activate cruise control, view rider stats like remaining mileage and current speed, modify various personalized settings, and update firmware.

The final results

So, we’ve weighed up all the features – who’s come out on top?

For us, the Carrera is-2 2.0 offers the widest range of features, with long-lasting tyres, a powerful motor, and secure brakes. However, the best scooter for you will depend on the types of journeys you’ll be making, and the five we’ve looked at span a wide range of needs and budgets, so give the full specs a read to help you make an informed decision:

Xiaomi Essential Xiaomi 1s Carrera is-1 2.0 Xiaomi Pro 2 Carrera is-2 2.0
Speed 15.5mph 15.5mph 15.5mph 15.5mph 15.5mph
Maximum range 12.4 miles 18 miles 18 miles 28 miles 22 miles
Battery 5.1ah 7.6ah 7.8ah 12.8ah 12.8ah
Motor 250w 250w 350w 300w 350w
Hill climb Average hill climbing ability Average hill climbing ability Excellent hill climbing ability Good hill climbing ability Excellent hill climbing ability
Wheel type 8.5″ Pneumatic 8.5″ Pneumatic 8.5″ Anti-puncture pneumatic 8.5″ Pneumatic 10″ Anti-puncture pneumatic
Brakes Electronic front and rear disc Electronic front and rear disc Dual disc Electronic front and rear disc Dual disc
Waterproof rating IP54 – splash proof IP54 – splash proof IPX5 – rain and puddle proof IP54 – splash proof IPX5 – rain and puddle proof
Multifunctional display
Speed modes 3 modes 3 modes 4 modes + walking assist 3 modes 4 modes + walking assist
Cruise control
Pin Lock
Cable lock
App connectivity

 

All five electric scooters we’ve looked at are available at Halfords.com, so whichever one you go for, you can be sure that we’ll be there every step of the way.

Looking after your e-scooter

Once you’ve made your decision, it’s time to start thinking about caring for your e-scooter long-term. Here at Halfords, we’ve got the perfect package to make sure your e-scooter stays in tip-top condition for the whole year.

Our E-scooterCare package gives you everything you need to stay on two wheels, and comes with loads of benefits to keep your wallet happy too!

For just £40 for the year, you’ll get:

  • Puncture protection service
  • Innertube replacement fitting service
  • Unlimited brake adjustments
  • 10% off parts and accessories
  • Free accessory and parts fitting
  • Unlimited free safety checks
  • Tyre inflation and pressure checks

With all this included, you really can’t go wrong. Plus, we’re on hand to keep you moving after your purchase with our individual e-scooter services too, including a Free E-scooter Health Assessment, tyre/tube replacement, brake service, and brake pad replacement.

Whether you’re just keeping up with routine maintenance, or your e-scooter runs into some technical trouble, you can be sure that one of our experts is on hand to help.

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Whichever model you choose, you can be sure that here at Halfords we’ll be with you every step of the way, from expert advice and Klarna finance options, to our E-scooterCare package to keep you on two wheels long-term. You want to go electric, you want Halfords.

Legal Warning

It’s currently illegal to ride a privately owned e-scooter on a public road, pavement, cycle lane or bridleway. Privately owned e-scooters can only be ridden on private land with the permission of the landowner.

Customers should be aware that if they use a private e-scooter illegally, they could face a fine and penalty points on their licence, and the e-scooter could be impounded.