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BMW C 400 GT (2019) review

BMW C 400 GT (2019) review

We’ve taken BMW’s all-new C400GT maxi-scooter for a quick spin, is their ‘Grand-Turismo’ worthy of the £7050 price tag?

Details
Manufacturer:
BMW
Category:
Maxi Scooters
Price:
£ 7050
Overall
4
If you’re not perturbed by the price and want a premium, attractive mid-sized Maxi-scooter, then look no further, you won’t be disappointed.
Styling, comfort, TFT display
A tad pricy, non adjustable screen

With the heated grips and seat set to maximum we ventured out into the cold and pretended to be cosmopolitan and fashionable.  Immediately the BMW’s quality shines through. Your eyes are instantly drawn to the TFT 6.5 full-colour screen, it’s very impressive and not too dissimilar from their own top spec R1250GS. This is where the BMW gleams over the competition. The GT oozes quality, the fully integrated dash keeps you entertained, and it’s all changeable on the fly. The Maxi-scooter even comes with BMW’s unique navigational wheel on the left bar, which current BMW owners will be familiar with. There’s more fingertip information than you’ll ever need, and it comes with Bluetooth connectivity, enabling you to listen to music and make calls, if you wish. Comparing the BMW clocks to the competition is like comparing an iPhone to a cuckoo-clock.

BMW C 400 GT (2019) review

Once you’ve stopped playing with the clocks you start to appreciate the Beemers other qualities; comfort. Comfort is class leading, the non-adjustable screen is more than large enough; the seat has the same levels of comfort as a well-worn Chesterfield sofa in a working mans club. The GT has increased leg room over the X, it’s roomy, which means it shouldn’t be an issue for taller riders.

BMW C 400 GT (2019) review

I was expecting to feel a little deflated by the 350cc performance but the Beemers turn of pace is impressive, darting from a standstill, it’s punchy out of the blocks, perfect for commuting. But, why call it a 400, when it’s a 350. Maybe this is the same reason why I lie about my age and tell everyone I’m 5’11. Despite my discrepancy about the label, BMW’s new GT performance is hard to fault, and it will happily cruise along safely at 80mph, even 90mph if you’re willing to hold it against the throttle stop. Even at these high motorway speeds it doesn’t feel unsettled, stability is excellent and it’s not vibrating to bits. The thought of touring on a maxi-scooter might seem laughable, but I’d happily take on a longer motorway journey on the GT. It’s roomy, comfortable and is happy cruising at legal motorway speeds, if not a little more and retains excellent mpg. I managed to average just over 65mpg during our test ride and the 12.8l fuel tank equates to theoretical tank range of 220miles.

BMW C 400 GT (2019) review

The conventional ABS non-linked brakes are impressive for a bike in this class, the 265mm twin discs do an excellent job of stopping proceedings and are backed up by excellent Pirelli rubber, which are impressive wet or dry. The handling is more conventional, more upright than a ‘normal’ scooter, it’s light and nimble. And as mentioned despite the small wheels, 15in front 14in rear, it’s planted and stable. Some maxi-scooters with relatively small wheels start to feel unstable at speed, but the GT doesn’t. The suspension is supportive, has decent levels of control, is tapping on the shoulder of sporty, but not too firm to knock your back teeth out over cobbles.

Styling, comfort, TFT display
A tad pricy, non adjustable screen