The Luggie Mobility Scooter
I took a test ride on the Luggie mobility scooter at a recent Naidex show in Birmingham. As a piece of engineering I thought it was slick and well made. Extremely easy to fold down, just as easy to unfold so it can be ridden.
I’m only able to compare it against the Travelscoot. Each mobility scooter has its good points and bad points.
The Luggie Mobility Scooter
So what did I really like about the Luggie mobility scooter? The seat is comfortable and it feels stable. There is an LED display that gives an accurate indication of the remaining charge in the battery and it has a range of 12 miles. There is plenty of space for a suitcase under the seat.
I like the innovative design of the Travelscoot. I never feel that I am driving a mobility scooter that is designed for the disabled. It turns on its own length There is a very useful canvas basket that really comes into its own when out shopping. The cup holders for walking sticks are a very smart afterthought.
The width of the Luggie mobility scooter handlebars, are significantly less than on the Travelscoot and combined with the Luggie’s double front wheels make turning corners more difficult. Overall the Luggie is about two thirds the width of Travelscoot but it does not feel less stable.
Weight and cost comparison
To my mind there are two factors that make the Luggie less attractive. First of all the basic model costs £800 more than the Travelscoot (this figure is dependent upon exchange rates). Also it weighs 5 Kg more than the Travelscoot. I could only just lift the Luggie, I would be unable to lift it up and put it into the boot of a car. I can easily lift the Travelscoot into a train compartment but I would need someone else to lift the Luggie onto a train. Both cost and weight are deal-breakers as far as I am concerned.
Umm, which is better?
The Luggie feels more robust and secure. There will be no problems driving it through slush or decomposing leaves. Both of these caught me out in the old model of the Tracvelscoot with the drive belt. These issues are definitely not applicable in the new model where the motor is in the rear wheel. The brakes on both are equally impressive. An important difference is that you cannot freewheel down a hill on the Luggie
The Travelscoot is a more basic mobility scooter, it is cheaper and it is lighter. The Luggie has no rough edges, has a better finish but it is not as much fun to ride. A Travelscoot is ideal for my requirements.
Could you lug a luggie?
The Luggie is aimed at the disability market yet none of the manufacturer’s adverts feature a disabled person. Also would a disabled person be able to pull a Luggie whilst walking with a stick, I certainly couldn’t.
The Luggie looks slick and easy to use but remember the Luggie video is shot with somebody who has no obvious or visible disabilities. Call me a cynic but I know I could not pack it after use or unpack it with out falling over.