Best Scooters in the Philippines 2020 - 2021
There's a high demand for scooters in the Philippines mainly because they offer an easy-to-operate and practical way of commuting in the traffic-laden urban roads. Leading brands Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki have a perfect range of dependable and affordable scooters on offer in 2020. Find out about these best-selling models in this article.
In a country like the Philippines where the traffic situation can stretch from a 30-minute commute to almost two hours, it is not surprising that the demand for motorcycles is high. And among the hottest motorcycles are the ever-dependable motor scooters. With their distinctive step-through frame and often, a platform for the rider's feet, scooters are widely popular to urban commuters of all ages, genders and professions, mainly because they offer an affordable, easy-to-ride form of personal transportation.
Scooters date back to around 1914 when motorcycles bore some elements of scooter design, but they didn't gain global popularity until after the World War II era when the Italian Vespa and Lambretta models were introduced as an economical mode of transportation. Fast forward to the age of advanced technology, and scooters have come a long way from the post-WWII days, and they remain an important means of conveyance for a big part of the new-gen populace.
It is easy to see why many people prefer scooters over the underbone motorcycles. Aside from their easy-as-A-B-C operation, they come with an automatic transmission making it clutch-free. Start, twist the throttle, and you're off to wherever you plan to go. No hassle of changing gears, too.
Scooters also offer better protection from bad weather. Its front, which is much wider than a motorcycle, can act as shield from strong winds. Scooters with leg platforms can protect the riders' legs and shoes from rain splashes too.
Aside from these, scooters have bigger storage space under the seat, enough to contain small bags, helmets and any other stuff that can fit in there. Leg platforms can also provide extra space for items such as a grocery bag, a lunch box, shoe bag or a backpack.
If you do get stuck in traffic with no space to wriggle in, sitting on a scooter is not uncomfortable as some other motorcycle models.
All these spell convenience and practicality — two important characteristics for a good city commute.
Of course, not all scooter brands and models are the same. There would always be those that will stand out in terms of features and performance. When looking for something that would be your regular companion as you go around Metro Manila or even farther, it is crucial to be inspective. And here's where we, at Priceprice.com, can assist you. In this article, we share with you our list of the top 10 best-selling scooters in the Philippines in 2020.
Best Scooters in the Philippines 2020
1. Yamaha Mio Aerox 155
- Powerful engine
- Chic yet sporty styling
- Loads of nifty features
- Top variant comes with ABS
- Huge-capacity under-seat storage at 25L
- Rear wheel drum brake could be improved to disc
- Stiff suspension setup not good for a harsh long ride
In the Philippines, Yamaha leads the automatic scooter segment where in 2019 it held 62% of the overall market share. The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer's local lineup consists of 43% scooters, which mostly are chart-toppers in their respective classes. The award-winning Mio line of scooters is particularly epic, and among the impressive models is the Yamaha Mio Aerox 155, which is one of the brand's most powerful scooter offerings locally.
Yamaha has combined its racing technology with a dynamic, stylish design to come up with this 155cc beauty whose single-cylinder 4-stroke, 4-valve Blue Core engine spews out a very impressive power output of 18hp and peak torque of 14Nm, delivering on the Yamaha Mio Aerox's tagline of "Lead with speed". At low speeds the Aerox can go for strong torque while at high speeds it can go for more power via the variable valve actuation (VVA) technology. The liquid-cooled fuel-injected SOHC mill is attached to Yamaha's V-belt automatic tranny.
Its suspension system consists of a telescopic fork in front and a unit swing at the rear. Stopping power is provided by a single disc brake in front and a drum brake at the rear wheels. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) feature is available in the top variant.
Looks-wise, the Yamaha Mio Aerox is as sporty as it can get, with dual LED headlights housed nicely in its wide, angular face. The taillight is likewise LED. Completing the chic, sharp look is the super-wide tires wrapping its 14-inch wheels. Other features worth noting are a huge 25L underseat storage, an electric USB port socket, a 5.8-inch digital LED instrument panel, an engine-check warning light, shutter lock and a keyless or push-button ignition.
The 2020 Yamaha Mio Aerox comes in three cool variants: the Standard version retailing at PHP 102,900, the Mio Aerox S which comes with ABS and retailing for PHP 122,900, and the special Mio Aerox S Doxou for PHP 124,900. The S trims are equipped with a stop-and-start system, which when enabled automatically switches off the engine after 5 minutes of being idle, in order to avoid fuel wastage.
Catering primarily to millennials, as represented by the young Filipino celebrities who serve as the Mio line's image models, the 2020 Yamaha Mio Aerox 155 comes in trendy, vivid color schemes, namely Vibrant Orange, Race Blue, Matte Blue, White and Black Raven.
2. Yamaha Mio i 125
- Modern, trendy styling
- Good power-to-weight ratio of 9hp to 92kg
- Ergonomic and easy to ride along city streets
- Lightweight and easy to operate makes it suitable to riders of all ages and genders
- No ABS feature
- Instrument panel is still analog
- Small 4.2L tank not ideal for long-range rides
Another model from Yamaha's best-selling Mio scooter range is the Yamaha Mio i 125. It is lighter and slightly smaller than its brothers and sisters, but it is one of the most popular entries in the local automatic scooter market — much more like a household name. When speaking of the Mio i 125, efficiency, reliability, and practicality, along with a cool, chic look immediately comes to mind.
The latest version of the Yamaha Mio i 125 comes with the Japanese auto manufacturer's standard Blue Core engine technology, which puts emphasis on fuel economy. The 125cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 2-valve, air-cooled fuel-injected SOHC gasoline engine produces sufficient power, at peak, of 9.3hp at 8,000rpm and 9.6Nm torque at 5,500rpm. This power mill is mated to a variable speed (CVT) gearbox.
Like its Mio family, the Mio i 125's suspension setup is made up of a front telescopic suspension and a rear unit swing. Its wheels are fitted with a single disc brake in front and a drum brake at the rear for an adequate stopping power.
This Yamaha scoot's other nifty features are a high-quality analog instrument panel with an eco-indicator that lights up when the ideal speed is achieved, a side-stand kill switch for sudden emergency stops, and a big 10.1L storage space for the rider's helmet or belongings.
This small scooter has an "S" variant similar to the other Yamaha Mio models — the Yamaha Mio i 125S, which boasts of technological features such as a stop-and-start system, an integrated key shutter and an answer-back-key system.
Design-wise, the Mio i 125 is an eye candy especially for the young generation of riders who love to flaunt their fashion and style — making the tagline "For the extraordinary you" well suited to this target audience. It comes in lively colors of Magenta, Yellow and Vibrant Orange, and with neutral colors White, Matte Blue and Matte Black.
The Yamaha Mio i 125 costs PHP 71,900 while the Mio i 125S costs PHP 2,000 more (PHP 75,900).
3. Honda CLICK 125i
- eSP engine that produces a good dose of power and torque for a scooter of its class
- Equipped with a host of Honda's Smart Technologies
- Fuel efficient
- Digital instrument panel
- With built-in voltmeter to monitor battery status
- Small leg platform can be cramped for tall riders and during long rides
- Slim tires tend to lose grip during sudden changes in direction
- Electronic fuel pump is battery dependent
- Lower ground clearance not ideal for heavy back rides
Honda has dubbed the Honda CLICK 125i a "game changer" and it is widely promoted by its brand ambassador — popular young Filipino actor Coco Martin. Compared with its other scooter offerings the Honda CLICK 125i is the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer's first offering to sport the Enhanced Sport Power (eSP) for its Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) engine. This is Honda's very own global mill for its scooters that ensures fuel efficiency, durability and lack of noise. On top of this, the CLICK 125i has been equipped with Honda's Smart Technology suite for enhanced performance, safety and energy saving.
The said engine is a 125cc four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled (the only liquid-cooled engine in the 125cc scooter category), fuel-injected power train that delivers up to 11hp of power output and 11Nm of peak torque mated to a V-Belt automatic transmission. These power figures show that the Honda CLICK 125i can perform better than its rivals in this segment. It consumes 53km per liter of fuel on average, proof of its fuel-efficient quality.
Handling is just about as smooth as most scooters, made possible by the CLICK 125i's front telescopic fork and rear unit swing suspension setup. Its great stopping power is provided by its front and rear disc brakes.
Among Honda's smart technologies that the CLICK 125i has been equipped with is Honda's Combi Brake System in which all the rider needs to do is simply pull the left lever and the brake force will be evenly distributed between the front and disc brakes. Aside from this, the game-changing scooter also has a park brake lock, a battery and change oil indicator, a side stand kill switch and a fully digital meter panel that reads real-time fuel consumption, a trip meter, and a fully digital instrument panel.
The CLICK 125i looks like the average scooter – sporty, pointy though with softness at the edges. It boasts a sporty style muffler with an aluminum cap, bold sporty decals, LED twin headlamps and taillamps, LED position lights and a fully digital instrument cluster. It also has decent capacity 18L storage beneath the seat, which is enough to contain a full-face helmet.
The Honda CLICK 125i can be purchased for PHP 76,900, with a choice of Red, Black, Blue and Orange paint schemes.
4. Yamaha Sniper 150
- Good acceleration
- Affordable price point
- Strong power and performance for a 150cc moped
- Highly versatile
- Could benefit from more safety features
- Underseat storage is quite small
The underbone moped Yamaha Sniper 150 is a good bet for motorcycle enthusiasts looking for a little bit more speed in their ride. Powerful acceleration, good maneuverability and good handling are among this commuter bike's top qualities. A versatile motorcycle which has been roaming Philippine roads for 16 years now, the Yamaha Sniper 150 rolls quite well on both city streets and on the track.
It looks sportier than most scooters and mopeds, with sharp, angled curves and a bold look that seems to spell out speed, agility, performance and practicality. A single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve liquid-cooled gasoline engine is at the heart of the Yamaha Sniper, and this 150cc SOHC motor churns a ceiling of 15hp at 8,500rpm power output and 14Nm at 7,000rpm torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. On speedways, the motorbike can run up to 46km per liter, while on a more congested road, mileage can reach up to 35km per liter.
A front telescopic fork and a rear swingarm make up the bike's suspension system. Single disc brakes are fitted to both its wheels that are wrapped with tubeless tires.
The variants available for the Yamaha Sniper 150 are the standard version for PHP 102,900; the new Sniper 150 MXI which cost as much as the standard version; and the special Doxou edition which retails for PHP 104,900. The MXI variant has a Movistar alternative which sells for PHP 102,800.
Fully LED head-, tail- and indicator lights and digital meters come as standard.
5. Yamaha Mio Sporty
- Less harmful emission
- Fuel efficient
- Has security features
- Colorful paints schemes
- Budget-friendly price
- Rear wheel still has drum brake
- No ABS
From the ever-successful Yamaha Mio scooter range comes the Yamaha Mio Sporty — the smallest of the Mio family but probably the hippest and equally popular to many Filipinos, regardless of gender, age or profession. With its 114cc single-cylinder 4-stroke, 2-valve, air-cooled engine delivering a healthy power output of 7.64hp at 8,500rpm and torque at 7.2Nm at 5,500rpm, this scooter is perfect for a city roundabout. The Euro 3-compliant SOHC engine is mated to a standard variable speed gearbox that comes with CVT.
According to Yamaha, this two-seater underbone scooter aims to deliver "a refreshing design and revitalized efficiency" which makes it a widely popular choice among the younger generations. Being Euro 3 compliant, the Mio Sporty contributes to a clean-and-green environment aside from the big savings on fuel.
Cruising around town is as smooth and comfortable as it can get with the Mio Sporty's telescopic fork suspension in front and a unit swing at the rear. Braking is made easy with a hydraulic single disc brake in front and a mechanical leading trailing drum brake at the rear.
The Yamaha Mio Sporty has a central locking system and a power lock feature for added safety.
If "you're ready for a new you" as the Yamaha Mio Sporty tagline says so, you can choose from among the trendy colors of Purple, Yellow, Magenta, Matte Green, Matte Black and Burgundy and purchase the scoot for an affordable standard retail price of PHP 66,900.
6. Yamaha NMAX
- Blue Core engine with VVA
- Good power output and torque
- Good aerodynamics
- Comfortable ride quality
- Euro 4 compliant
- ABS is on offer
- Nothing stands out in its appearance
- LCD display font is not too reader friendly
Yamaha's maxi scooters are also widely popular, and among these is the Yamaha NMAX, which has a bigger displacement than most of the Japanese motorcycle maker's scooters. It is however the smallest of the MAX scooter series, and it is Yamaha's offering to Filipino riders who are looking for better performance from their scooter.
The 2020 Yamaha NMAX has received some much-needed updates but this latest version hasn't arrived in the Philippines yet. It retains the same powerful 155cc mill of the previous iteration — the single-cylinder 4-stroke liquid-cooled Blue Core SOHC engine — but with the new version now having variable valve actuation (VVA) for improved power and torque response. This doesn't increase or decrease the maximum power and torque outputs though, and the Euro 4-compliant engine still produces the same healthy dose of 15.1hp at 8,000rpm and 13.9Nm at 6,500rpm, respectively. The VVA, however, is able to improve acceleration by delivering ample torque across the rev range. The scooter's transmission system is still CVT.
The new Yamaha NMAX's stability and agility are made possible by its suspension system of telescopic forks in front and two piggyback shock absorbers at the rear. This suspension layout facilitates comfort and provides the rider with a smooth, relaxed road travel. Powerful braking is enabled by the disc brakes fitted to both wheels. ABS is offered, but for an extra price.
The Yamaha XMAX's looks and styling doesn't vary much from its Yamaha Mio scooter cousins, except that it has more sharp edges to it and bolder, sportier lines. Its colorways are also more neutral with Blue, Midnight Black and Gun Metal Gray with a simpler two-tone finish and no decals or graphics. Its lighting system from head to tail are fully LEDs. The non-ABS variant of the Yamaha NMAX has a tag price of PHP 109,000, while those who prefer to have ABS for added safety must pay PHP 10,000 more (PHP 119,000).
The maxi scooter is equipped with a stop-and-start function that turns the engine back on, after an automatic shutdown for being idle, by squeezing the throttle. It also has a keyless entry system, a digital instrument cluster, and the new model will feature the Yamaha app for connectivity.
7. Honda CLICK 150i
- Powerful and efficient engine
- Nice, sporty design
- Full LED lighting system
- Digital console
- No ABS on offer
- Color schemes are limited
Riders who have been enamored by the Honda CLICK 125i's features will appreciate the Honda CLICK 150i even more, especially if they are looking for a bit more power. Nothing beats its efficient performance plus affordable price combination in this segment and category, that's why it is widely popular among Filipino scooter riders in the Philippines.
Similar to its smaller 125cc sibling, the Honda CLICK 150i boasts the eSP technology for its 150cc PGM-FI powertrain. The single-cylinder 4-stroke 4-valve liquid-cooled SOHC engine churns out a max output of 13hp at 8,500rpm and peak torque of 13Nm at 5,000rpm, which is paired with a V-belt automatic transmission. Known mileage is 52km per liter.
It has the same suspension layout as the CLICK 125i: a front telescopic fork and rear unit swing. For a strong road grip, the front wheel is fitted with a hydraulic disc brake, while the rear is fitted with mechanical leading trailing.
The lovable scooter hasn't been updated since 2018 but still possesses good features such as an all-LED lighting system (headlights, position lights, and taillight), a sporty-looking muffler with an aluminum end cap, a digital instrument cluster, an idling-stop system to avoid unnecessary fuel consumption and a lot more.
With Brown, Red, Grey and Black paint schemes, the Honda CLICK 150i retails for PHP 98,900.
8. Yamaha Mio Soul i 125
- Powerful and efficient engine
- Good power-to-weight ratio of 9hp to 96kg
- Suspension system allows for comfortable ride quality
- LED lighting not too powerful at nighttime
- No ABS
- Lack of advanced and safety features
The Mio range is among Yamaha's lineup that has pushed it as the leading brand in the local scooter market. The Yamaha Mio Soul i 125 is a well-liked scooter in the Philippines and has been an instant favorite ever since it was introduced in the country in 2015. This model is consistently seen in many best motorcycles lists including ours at Priceprice.com.
The Yamaha Mio Soul i 125 features an edgy design and comes equipped with LED headlights and wider tires. It is fired up by a 125cc single-cylinder 4-stroke, 2-valve, air-cooled SOHC engine paired with automatic transmission. This engine is capable of a maximum power output of 9.2hp at 8,000rpm, and a peak torque of 9.6Nm at 5,500rpm.
To ensure a no-bump, comfy ride, the Yamaha Mio Soul i 125 has been fitted with a telescopic suspension in front and a swingarm with two shock absorbers at the rear. A single disc brake in front and a drum brake at the rear take care of the scooter's stopping capability.
Fuel efficiency is the highlight of the Mio Soul i 125S with its Blue Core engine and a stop-start system that automatically switches off the engine when it becomes idle for a few seconds. A Diasil cylinder and a forged piston also help reduce power loss and provide better fuel efficiency. Moreover, a green environment is promoted with less harmful emission.
The Mio Soul i 125 has an analog instrument cluster. The S variant is equipped with a cool answer-back-key feature that is useful to riders who often forget where they parked.
The Yamaha Mio Soul i 125 Standard Version comes in Purple, Matte Black, and Vibrant Orange colors and has a price tag of PHP 79,900, while the Yamaha Mio Soul i 125S offers a choice of New Burgundy, Matte Green, and Matte Gray paint schemes for a price of PHP 83,900.
9. Suzuki Smash 115
- Excellent road performance
- Affordable price point
- Fuel efficient
- Comfortable to ride
- Drum brakes could be upgraded to disc brakes
- Lack of refinements
- Lack of speed
- Engine vibrations can sometimes be felt at the handlebars
The Suzuki Smash 115 is a good option for riders looking for an underbone moped but doesn't require much power and speed. Once touted as the number 1 underbone motorcycle by the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association Inc. (MDPPA) back in 2017, the Smash is one of Suzuki's well-loved mopeds due to its excellent road performance and exceptional features. The best part is — this dependable and feature-packed bike comes with a budget-friendly price tag, and the most affordable among the 10 scooters in this list.
The Suzuki Smash 115 sports a 112.8cc 4-stroke, 2-valve, single-cylinder SOHC gasoline engine that pumps out a maximum power output of 8.58hp at 8,000rpm and a peak torque of 9Nm at 4,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 4-speed semi-automatic transmission.
The two-seater moped has a conventional fork for its front suspension and twin shock at the rear enabling a smooth riding experience.
The Suzuki Smash 115 has two variants in terms of its brake system. One offers a hydraulic disc front brake and a rear drum brake, while the other variant comes with drum brakes for both front and rear.
The Smash has awesome features such as the eco-friendly Pulse Secondary Air Injection System (PAIR) and a large oxidation catalyzer that minimizes emission of harmful gases. It also sports a large 100mm muffler that enhances the bike's performance but with low noise.
The Standard variant, which comes with drum brakes on both wheels, of the Suzuki Smash 115 has a PHP 58,900 price tag. Add PHP 3,000 for the Premium variant which has a front disc brake instead of drum. The Standard version comes in a variety of colorways — Black, Gray, Green, Matte Black, Pink, Purple, and Red, while the Premium version comes in Blue only.
10. Yamaha XMAX
- Impressive performance
- Powerful and efficient engine
- Has loads of safety features
- High price point
The Yamaha XMAX is the middle-weight member of Yamaha's maxi-scooter lineup. Its displacement is twice the size of the Yamaha NMAX. Beginner riders who are looking for a bigger bike to maneuver will find this scooter a good model to start with. Arriving in the Philippine market two years ago along with the other members of the Mio MAX lineup, this decent-performing, stylish-yet-sporty looking motorcycle has given Yamaha Philippines a big boost in its 2018 sales.
The Yamaha XMAX's 292cc engine can thump out a powerful 28hp output and an impressive 29Nm of peak torque. This 4-stroke, 2-valve liquid-cooled SOHC powertrain is attached to a CVT for an easier linear shifting. It is worth noting that the maxi-scooter's single cylinder's heat-dissipation capability is boosted by Yamaha's DiASil technology.
The XMAX sits on a front telescopic fork and a rear unit swing suspension layout. Both wheels are equipped with single disc brakes for maximum stopping power.
Appearance-wise, it looks very much like its Yamaha NMAX brother but a lot bigger in terms of dimensions. In spite of its bulky profile, this scooter is easy to maneuver and offers a good ride quality around the metro. It is equipped with an all-LED lighting system, which includes the headlight, taillight, and indicator lights. Its gauges are digital.
The Yamaha XMAX Standard variant is offered in the local market for PHP 249,000, complete with ABS, traction control, and a pass switch.
Rideability- , practicality-, and simplicity-wise, nothing beats the good ol' scooter as a good means of personal transportation, whether in running errands, as a daily commuter, or even just a fun romp in the metro. Yamaha and Honda, the top 2 leading motorcycle brands in the Philippines, clearly know this as they both have a strong arsenal of scooters in their local offerings that cater to Filipino scooter enthusiasts' diverse preferences. Some riders would prioritize speed, which to others might be unimportant. Some may prioritize price, while others might look for safety features. There would even be others who would go take into primary consideration the style and color that will match their personality.
Our list above are the top 10 best ones in 2020 that can give you the best value for your money. They may differ in terms of speed, power, features, style and pricing, but they can provide you with a dependable bike and a good riding experience worthy of their class.
Our piece of advice is for you to always consider your skill level and riding style when choosing a brand and model. Never buy a bike you can't wield, just because you think it looks cool. Choose one that perfectly suits your daily lifestyle and you'll be happier with your purchase.