Xiaomi M365 Pro 2 Review – The Newest Commuter by Xiaomi
Xiaomi (Mi) scooters have been dominating the small commuter market for a long time. If you’d like to jump on the bandwagon and get your hands on your own Xiaomi electric scooter, the Xiaomi Pro 2 might be the best option.
The Xiaomi Pro 2 is miles ahead of the popular Xiaomi M365 in virtually every aspect, as it offers more range and better features at a reasonably close price.
Compared to the 2019 Xiaomi M365 Pro model, this newest version doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. Instead, it is a model that focuses on improving the smaller flaws that are encountered in the Pro version.
If you already own a Mi Pro a scooter and you’re considering whether you want to upgrade to a Pro 2, I’ve made a section at the end where I compare both scooters side to side.
As the scooter is finally being released to the Australian markets, some of you are probably wondering whether the Pro 2 is the right scooter to buy. Let’s try to find that out:
Handling and Comfort
First thing we notice is that the Pro 2 borrows a lot of the design elements from the Xiaomi M365.
Its minimalist, “less is more” approach makes it very easy for anyone to get started. All you do is kick the scooter forward and push the throttle down. All the main functions are controlled with one button, and the more advanced ones can be accessed from the Mi Scooter app.
Now, don’t let this simplicity deceive you. Every element on the scooter has been well thought-of, and all the key features are there. The Pro 2 has great geometry, allowing you to easily maintain balance while taking up the least room possible on the road. It comes with two types of brakes and several speed settings to help you quickly adapt to any road situation.
Just like other Mi scooters, the Pro 2 remains a strictly urban vehicle due to its lack of any suspension. Trust me, you don’t want to ride on gravel on this thing. There are third-party suspension modules that can be bough and installed on the scooter, however those void the warranty and aren’t guaranteed to work as intended.
If you know you will be riding on poor quality roads, the E-Twow Booster S3 GT and the Dualtron Mini are two options you might want to consider instead.
The Xiaomi Pro 2 comes with the classic regenerative and disk brake combo. Regenerative brakes are the best choice when you want to slow down gradually and get some of the battery charge in the process.
When that’s not enough, the rear disk brake is here to quickly stop the scooter. The Pro 2 has a braking distance of up to 11 meters.
The M365 Pro 2 is shipped with 8,5-Inch inflatable tires. For a scooter with no suspension module, inflatable wheels are an important addition.
The scooter also comes with a spare tire and air tube, which is a welcome addition seeing how common flats are. For this scooter, it’s important to monitor tire pressure weekly to reduce risk of flats. Some users also prefer to get airless tires – high quality airless/solid tires provide almost the same amount of cushion and traction.
For a commuter, the Xiaomi M365 Pro 2 offers just enough motor power to get you to your destination as fast as possible. The scooter is shipped with 300W (600W peak) hub motor.
Now, since this model was tailored for the European market, the scooter comes with a speed limit of 25km/h (15.5 mph) from factory. In theory, it is possible to remove it but you’d have to install unofficial firmware, which has its risks. The German version is even slower as it comes hard capped at 20 km/h (12.4 mph).
The Pro 2 features three speed modes:
- Turbo: 25km/h (15.5 mph)
- Eco: 18km/h (12 mph)
- Pedestrian: 5km/h (3 mph)
These modes make it very easy for you to control your speed based on the situation. Switching to Eco mode will allow you to get the most out of your battery without the need to constantly monitor your speed. And if you get to drive in a crowded sidewalk, you can quickly switch to Pedestrian mode and not worry about accidentally pressing the throttle harder than needed.
For the money, the Pro 2 offers great range. In optimal conditions, the scooter can drive up to 45 km (28 Mi) in one charge thanks to its 38V, 12.8 Ah battery.
It comes with a 1.7A power adapter, enough to charge your scooter overnight or during a work day (charge time from zero to full is 8,5 hours).
It’s a good idea to let the battery cool down before you charge it, which is why I always try to let my scooter rest for at least 30 minutes before I plug the charger in.
Tipping the scale at 14,2 kg (31 lbs), I can’t say the Xiaomi Pro 2 is exactly the most lightweight scooter in this price category. It’s heavier than the Turboant X7, the E-Twow Booster S3/V, and the Xiaomi M365.
The folding mechanism is the same as on the M365 with all its drawbacks and benefits – It’s easy to use, it’s safe, but it also can get a bit wobbly over time unless modded.
All that said, it’s still a model I would recommend as a last mile solution.
The Mi Pro 2 is small rugged scooter that requires very little maintenance.
Its aluminum frame can take a beating and its only weak spot is the folding joint. I didn’t see any design improvements that would prevent it from getting vobbly over time like it happens in other Xiaomi models. On the bright side, you can install a vibration damper to fix that.
Compared to the previous version, the Xiaomi M365 PRO 2 has now a bridge that holds the rear fender in place and prevents it from flapping. The tires are supposed to be more durable, too.
On the outside, the Xiaomi M365 Pro 2 looks almost exactly like the Mi Pro, what sets them apart is that the former doesn’t have any colored external cables. The Pro 2 also comes with a different set of lights.
While not especially designed to be a scooter you can ride in total darkness, the Pro 2 comes with a fairly good set of lights. To give you a point or reference, it has twice as powerful headlights than the Mi Pro (2W for the Pro 2 vs. 1W for the Pro), as well as bigger and brighter brake lights.
This is a very welcome improvement since powerful headlights might help you see any road imperfections at night and potentially avoid getting a flat, while as bright brake lights might prevent a road incident.
Unlike the previous version, the Pro 2 also comes with a set of reflectors on the back and sides. While certainly helpful, I would still suggest you using reflective clothes for your night rides.
The M365 Pro 2 features the same display as the previous model – it shows battery life, current speed and which one of the three speeds you are using right now.
The button under the display lets you power the scooter on and off, change speed modes and switch the headlight on and off.
To make up for the lack of an actual screen, the scooter comes with its own mobile app. Once linked to your scooter via bluetooth, it allows you to monitor realtime speed, battery levels and travel distance.
As it happens with other Xiaomi scooters, the Xiaomi M365 Pro 2 doesn’t have an established price. Each reseller sets their own price tag.
Xiaomi scooters are also known for having the occasional availability issue, though those never last for longer than a few days before new stock arrives.
Xiaomi M365 PRO 2 vs. Xiaomi M365 PRO vs. Xiaomi M365
|Xiaomi M365 PRO 2||Xiaomi M365 PRO||Xiaomi M365|
|Max. Speed||25km/h (15 mph)||25km/h (15 mph)||25 Km/h (15 mph)|
|Range||45 km (28 Mi)2||45 km (28 Mi)2||30 Km (18.6 Mi)|
|Weight||14,2 kg (31 lbs)||14,2 kg (31 lbs)||12.5 kg (27 lbs)|
|Carrying Capacity||100 kg (220 lbs)||100 kg (220 lbs)||100 kg (220 lbs)|
|Charging time||8,5 h||8,5 h||5 hours|
|Motor power||300W (600W peak)||300W (600W peak)||250W (500W peak)|
|Tires||8,5″ air tube tires||8,5″ air tube tires||8,5″ air tube tires|
|Brakes||Regenerative + mechanical (disc)||Regenerative + mechanical (disc)||Regenerative + mechanical (disc)|
|Gradeability||20% (12°)||20% (12°)||15%|
On paper, both the Pro and the Pro 2 share the exact same numbers. In reality though, the Pro 2 has better headlights, better taillights, a bridge that prevents the mudguard from flapping, a license plate holder, and reflectors all around the scooter.
The charging port also seals better in the new model thanks to stronger magnets. The display, brakes and tires received some very minor improvements, too.
One thing worth considering is that the Pro 2 won’t function until you link your phone to it via the app. Mi created a set of small tutorial videos that show you how to set up and operate the scooter when you launch the app for the first time.
Compared to the Xiaomi M365, the Pro 2 is better in all aspects except for weight and suspension. The Pro 2 is about 2 kg or 5 lbs heavier than the M365. Suspension-wise, neither model has one.
Xiaomi M365 PRO 2 Specs
- Max Speed: 25km/h (15 mph)
- Max Distance: 45 km (28 Mi)
- Battery: 38V, 12.8 Ah
- Battery rated power: 474W
- Motor Wattage: Single hub motor rated 300W (600W peak)
- Max Load: 100 Kg (220 lbs)
- Gradeability: ~20%
- Tires: 8,5″ air tube tires
- Suspension: None
- Brakes: rear wheel hub disk brake + electric regenerative brakes (both can be used at the same time)
- Lights: 2W LED headlight + Brake lights
- Dashboard: LED dashboard
- Charge time: 8.5 hours
- Weight: 14,2 kg (31 lbs)
- Dimensions (unfolded): 1130 x 430 x 1180 mm (44 x 17 x 46 Inches)
- Dimensions (folded): 1130 x 430 x 1180 mm (44 x 17 x 19 Inches)
- Material: Aviation grade aluminum forging alloy
Where to get it
The Xiaomi M365 Pro 2 is one of the most interesting commuters in its price range. It features good balance between speed, battery and weight. If you enjoyed riding a Xiaomi M365, you will certainly love this new model.
Now, if you already own a Mi Pro, I would suggest you waiting for the Pro 3, or a model that has enough new features that would make the upgrade worth it.
In any case, I hope you found this review useful! Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments down below: