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Varla Pegasus Electric Scooter Review

The Pegasus is an affordable dual-motor scooter. It has decent performance but the build is heavy.

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Varla Pegasus electric scooter
7.8
Our Rating
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9
Speed
7
Acceleration & Hills
7
Range
6
Portability
8
Ride Quality
8
Build Quality
8
Safety
7
Features
10
Value

Our review score is based on thorough real-world testing and is always held up against comparable models.

How We Test
Key Specs

Values marked with '*' are based on our independent testing and may differ from those specified by the manufacturer.

Top Speed
27.75 MPH*
Range
18.3 miles*
Motor
1000 W
Battery
748 Wh
Tires
8"
Weight
66 lbs
$899.00 USD
$1,299.00 USD
-30%
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Bottomline
The Varla Pegasus brings a lot of value to the table. It is good at many things but doesn't excel in any particular area. It falls victim of its own weight and solid tires.
What we like
  • checkmarkGreat value
  • checkmarkLarge, bright display
  • checkmarkDecent range
  • checkmarkGood top speed
  • checkmarkComes with free gifts
What we don't like
  • crossRequired tuning before riding
  • crossSolid tires impact ride quality negatively
  • crossUnderwhelming acceleration
  • crossHeavy

We conducted an extensive performance evaluation of the Varla Pegasus, covering 250 miles spanning 3 months. Here's our in-depth analysis of this electric scooter.

The Varla Pegasus looks like the dream for riders who want premium performance at a fraction of the cost. Varla promotes its impressive speed and range, complemented by a dual spring suspension and robust disc brakes.

We put their claims to the test. We benchmarked acceleration, speed, range, braking, hill climb ability, and more. Join us as we unveil our findings and compare the Varla Pegasus with other mid-range scooters to determine if it is a good purchase.

Note

We tested the 8" solid tire version of the Pegasus. All tests and comments made relate to that version of the scooter. There is a 9" pneumatic tire version that effectively addresses many of the ride issues we proclaim.

Varla Pegasus At A Glance

These are the main technical specifications and features of the Pegasus.

Motor Power2x 500W
Battery48V, 15.6Ah = 748Wh
Weight66 lbs (29.9 kg)
Max Load280 lbs (127 kg)
Tires8" solid (other options available)
SuspensionDual springs
Brakes2x disc brakes
Weather ResistanceIP54

Speed & Motor Performance

Dual motors on Varla Pegasus

The Varla Pegasus has two 500W motors with 25 Nm torque. Together they peak at 1,920W with an advertised top speed of 28 MPH (45.1 KMH).

Top Speed Test

We tested the top speed of the Pegasus using high-precision GPS gear. All tests were completed by a 175 lbs (77 kg) rider.

We recorded a top speed of 27.75 MPH (44.7 KMH). This is a fraction lower than what Varla advertises, but reaching 28 MPH in optimal conditions for a slightly lighter rider is possible.

ModelTop Speed$/Speed
Varla Pegasus
$899 USD
27.75 MPH
(44.7 KMH)
$32.4/MPH
Splach Twin
$999 USD
28.6 MPH
(46 KMH)
$34.93/MPH
Apollo City Pro
$1699 USD
32.3 MPH
(52 KMH)
$52.6/MPH
Apollo Ghost
$2099 USD
36.3 MPH
(58.4 KMH)
$57.82/MPH
Emove Cruiser S
$1199 USD
31.3 MPH
(50.4 KMH)
$38.31/MPH

The Pegasus doesn't quite keep up with the peak mid-range scooters, but interestingly, it offers some of the best speed-to-cost value, only surpassed by the Splach Twin.

At the end of the day, 27.75 MPH (44.7 KMH) is around as fast as you wanna go on a solid tire scooter. It'll be ample speed for most riders not looking for a hyper-scooter.

Acceleration Test

Acceleration POV footage of Varla Pegasus
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We tested the acceleration of the Varla Pegasus at max settings and with zero start. After running the test ten times, these were our results.

IntervalAverageBest
0-15 MPH (24 KMH)4.57 s4.47 s
0-20 MPH (32.2 KMH)7.45 s7.03 s
0-25 MPH (40.2 KMH)11.1 s10.53 s
0-27.75 MPH (44.7 KMH)16.95 s16.57 s

The Pegasus averages 15 MPH in 4.57 seconds and reaches its top speed in 16.95 seconds.

Model0-15 MPH0-20 MPH0-25 MPH0-30 MPH
Varla Pegasus4.57 s7.45 s11.1 s-
Splach Twin2.33 s4.4 s6.46 s-
Apollo City Pro2.33 s4.6 s7.41 s12.4 s
Apollo Ghost2.82 s4.3 s6.23 s9.22 s
Emove Cruiser S4.12 s7.2 s9.32 s15.3 s

Comparing the results to other mid-range models, we can see that the Pegasus definitely isn't the fastest electric scooter on the block.

The Splach Twin and Apollo City Pro 2022 outperform it throughout the acceleration curve, and the single-motor Emove Cruiser S follows suit (although it is a closer comparison).

Despite this, the Varla Pegasus still feels responsive and should also be able to pull heavier riders at speed.

Hill Climb Test

We tested the Varla Pegasus electric scooter on a 250 ft (76 m) hill with an average incline of 8% and clocked its time and speed. It completed the climb in 8.19 seconds.

ModelTimeSpeed
Varla Pegasus8.19 s20.8 MPH (33.5 KMH)
Splach Twin7.6 s22.4 MPH (36.1 KMH)
Apollo City Pro7.1 s24 MPH (38.6 KMH)
Apollo Ghost6.9 s24.7 MPH (39.8 KMH)
Emove Cruiser S8 s21.3 MPH (34.3 KMH)

Once again, the Pegasus falls short of most competitors. However, with only a 17% difference up to the immensely powerful and more expensive Apollo Ghost, the difference isn't big.

The Pegasus is undoubtedly geared for conquering hills in the 10% to 15% territory for most riders.

Varla Pegasus
Varla Pegasus
$899.00 USD
$1,299.00 USD

Range & Battery Performance

Varla Pegasus battery

The Varla Pegasus has a 48V 15.6Ah battery with an effective capacity of 748 Wh. Varla claims a maximum range of 28 miles (45.1 km).

The battery pack has 78 18650 lithium-ion cells. 18650 cells are commonly used across the industry as they have solid energy density and a high discharge rate, improving performance output.

The scooter comes with a 2.0A charger. Based on our tests, charging the scooter fully takes just over 7 hours. This is not as fast as the City Pro 2022 but on par with the similarly priced Splach Twin.

Battery Capacity Comparison

Let's take a look at the battery capacity in relation to the cost and compare it to other mid-range scooters.

ModelBattery Capacity$/Wh
Varla Pegasus
($899.00 USD)
748 Wh
(48V, 15.6Ah)
$1.20/Wh
Splach Twin
($999.00 USD)
748 Wh
(48V, 15.6Ah)
$1.34/Wh
Apollo City Pro
($1,699.00 USD)
960 Wh
(48V, 20Ah)
$1.77/Wh
Apollo Ghost
($2,099.00 USD)
946.4 Wh
(52V, 18.2Ah)
$2.22/Wh
Emove Cruiser S
($1,199.00 USD)
1560 Wh
(52V, 30Ah)
$0.77/Wh
Based on current best prices (updated every 24 hours)

While not the biggest battery in the mid-range, it offers better battery value than many competitors. The Emove Cruiser S reigns as the king of battery capacity in this price class.

Range Tests

Battery capacity and actual range don't always go hand in hand. Factors like scooter weight, efficiency, and battery quality can result in surprisingly large differences.

We conducted three range tests at varying speeds to better understand the Varla Pegasus' mileage capabilities.

Test (#)RangeAvg. Speed
#1: Speed Priority15.6 miles
25.1 km
24.2 MPH
38.9 KMH
#2: Regular18.3 miles
29.5 km
19.8 MPH
31.9 KMH
#3: Range Priority21.8 miles
35.1 km
15.2 MPH
24.5 KMH

In the initial test, we focused on speed, achieving 15.6 miles (25.1 km) of range with an avg. speed of 24.2 MPH (38.9 KMH).

During the second test, we kept a consistent cruising speed, offering the closest real-world range reflection. The average speed here was 19.8 MPH (31.9 KMH), and the distance covered was 18.3 miles (29.5 km).

The final test was centered on optimizing range. With an average speed of 15.2 MPH (24.5 KMH) we managed a range of 21.8 miles (35.1 km).

Range Comparison

Let's hold our range test results up against the competitors.

#1: Speed Priority

ModelRangeAvg. Speed
Varla Pegasus15.6 miles
(25.1 km)
24.2 MPH
(38.9 KMH)
Splach Twin22.4 miles
(36 km)
23.4 MPH
(37.7 KMH)
Apollo City Pro24.7 miles
(39.8 km)
24.4 MPH
(39.3 KMH)
Apollo Ghost20.3 miles
(32.7 km)
27.6 MPH
(44.4 KMH)
Emove Cruiser S40.2 miles
(64.7 km)
24.3 MPH
(39.1 KMH)
Test #1 (Speed Priority)

#2: Regular

ModelRangeAvg. Speed
Varla Pegasus18.3 miles
(29.5 km)
19.8 MPH
(31.9 KMH)
Splach Twin25.7 miles
(41.4 km)
20.4 MPH
(32.8 KMH)
Apollo City Pro29.8 miles
(48 km)
20.5 MPH
(33 KMH)
Apollo Ghost27.3 miles
(43.9 km)
21.1 MPH
(34 KMH)
Emove Cruiser S46.7 miles
(75.2 km)
20.1 MPH
(32.3 KMH)
Test #2 (Regular Speed)

#3: Range Priority

ModelRangeAvg. Speed
Varla Pegasus21.8 miles
(35.1 km)
15.2 MPH
(24.5 KMH)
Splach Twin29.8 miles
(48 km)
15.3 MPH
(24.6 KMH)
Apollo City Pro34.6 miles
(55.7 km)
15.1 MPH
(24.3 KMH)
Apollo Ghost32.2 miles
(51.8 km)
14.6 MPH
(23.5 KMH)
Emove Cruiser S52.1 miles
(83.8 km)
15.6 MPH
(25.1 KMH)
Test #3 (Range Priority)

It makes the most sense to compare it to the Splach Twin as it has the same battery capacity. Despite the similar batteries, the Varla Pegasus averages 33% less range.

By no means are the results of the Pegasus bad. There are just better alternatives if it comes down to range only. At the end of the day, none of the above scooters will match the Cruiser S on range value.

Portability

Varla Pegasus electric scooter in a folded position

Despite folding at the stem, the Varla Pegasus is a big scooter. It weighs 66 lbs (29.9 kg) and has wide handlebars, making it less portable than some competitors.

Weight & Dimensions

When folded, the Pegasus measures 20.9 x 20.5 x 50.4 in (63.7 x 62.5 x 153.6 cm). It measures 20.9 x 50.4 x 50.4 in (63.7 x 153.6 x 153.6 cm) when upright.

The dimensions are on the larger side. Although this makes for a comfortable ride, it poses storage challenges.

ModelWeight (lbs)Weight (kg)
Varla Pegasus66 lbs29.9 kg
Splach Twin52 lbs23.6 kg
Apollo City Pro65 lbs29.5 kg
Apollo Ghost66.1 lbs30 kg
Emove Cruiser S56 lbs25.4 kg
Based on our own high-precision weight measurements.

The Pegasus is without a doubt on the heavy end of mid-range scooters. There are lots of options that are more lightweight or pack more specs at the same weight.

On the positive, much of that weight can be attributed to its beefy and reliable construction.

Foldability & Carrying

Stem hook on the Varla Pegasus

The Varla Pegasus folds at the bottom of the stem. Just below the LCD display, a hook connects to a pin at the rear of the deck to make it easy to carry.

The weight is evenly distributed when carrying, which is a benefit. However, its overall heaviness can make it challenging to transport. For those frequently navigating stairs, the Pegasus might become wearisome over time.

Ride Quality

Testing the suspension on the Varla Pegasus
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The Varla Pegasus has excellent suspension, an awesome display, and highly performant brakes. However, its solid tires provide no cushioning.

It has a max load rating of 280 lbs (127 kg) so it'll support heavier riders with ease. Its dual motor setup will ensure you can still handle some hills even if you're edging close to the max capacity limit.

Tires & Suspension

Solid tires on Varla Pegasus

The Varla Pegasus is equipped with 8" x 3" solid tires. A major benefit of these tires is their maintenance-free nature. However, they come with a significant downside in terms of ride quality.

Solid tires don't offer vibration absorption or cushioning, leading to a noticeably rougher ride. While cruising in a straight line might not present much of a difference, turns and leans are considerably more uncomfortable compared to pneumatic ones.

Moreover, solid tires generally underperform on wet surfaces compared to air-filled ones. They offer reduced traction and increase the likelihood of hydroplaning. Although the Pegasus's solid tires are relatively wide, providing some traction, turns can still feel a bit unstable.

If you're set on a scooter with low-maintenance solid tires, the Pegasus is a great option as these particular tires have plenty of deep thread and a wide contact surface with the road. On ride quality, it beats the similar Splach Twin which only has 2.5" of tire width.

Spring suspension on Varla Pegasus

A 28 MPH scooter would be rough with zero suspension. Luckily, the Varla Pegasus has a dual spring setup that admittedly performs very well.

These beefy springs are some of the best we've experienced on a solid tire scooter in this price class. They do make the Varla Pegasus a decent ride, but it won't match a spring + air tire setup.

Braking

Braking on the Varla Pegasus
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The Varla Pegasus has some of the best braking ability of any mid-range scooter. With two substantial disc brakes and smooth brake levers, we managed to come to a stop from 15 MPH in just 9,73 feet.

ModelBraking Distance
Varla Pegasus9.73 ft (3 m)
Splach Twin11.6 ft (3.5 m)
Apollo City Pro11.1 ft (3.4 m)
Apollo Ghost10.5 ft (3.2 m)
Emove Cruiser S10.2 ft (3.1 m)
Braking from 15 MPH (24.2 KMH).

In our tests, it beats numerous competitors on braking distance - including some much more expensive models. It is safe to say that the Pegasus will bring you to a full stop better than most.

Deck

Deck on the Varla Pegasus

The Pegasus has a rather unique deck with an upward curve at the back that acts as a footrest. The spacious deck measures 23.6" x 6.5" (59.9 cm x 16.5 cm) which is large enough to accommodate both small and large riders alike.

The scooter has 5.1" (13 cm). This is decent but not great. Larger tires would inevitably increase ground clearance, but it isn't an issue unless you're riding up and down steep curbs.

The deck is covered with a rugged silicone surface with plenty of grip. It provides a bit of cushioning to make longer rides more comfortable, and it is fairly easy to clean.

Cockpit

Handlebars and cockpit on Varla Pegasus

The Varla Pegasus has a beautiful handlebar setup that measures 24.4" (62 cm). The deck-to-handlebar height is 39.9 inches (101 cm). The sizable cockpit and height make the Pegasus a solid ride for bigger riders.

The grips are highly comfortable and ergonomically shaped to put minimal strain on the hands for longer rides. The handlebar itself is curved, allowing you to angle it to your liking. We typically prefer curved handlebars for bigger rides.

Left handlebars on Varla Pegasus

The left handlebar holds a mechanical bell, a brake lever, and a mode control. Every component can be positioned and angled to accommodate riders of varying sizes.

The mode control lets you move up and down through the gears, manage dual/single motor mode, and enable/disable lights. This effectively gives you six different speed modes to explore.

The buttons could be more tactile, but they get the job done well.

Right handlebar on Varla Pegasus

The right handlebar features another brake lever and a thumb throttle. The throttle is responsive and has minimal dead space. It accelerates smoothly and making small adjustments without the ride jolting is easy.

Display on the Varla Pegasus

The M5 LCD display is the star of the show. It is one of the best displays we've seen on a mid-tier electric scooter.

It is large and bright (even in direct sunlight) and can be angled to your preference. Most non-luxury electric scooter displays lack brightness in direct sunlight, but that isn't the case here.

By default, it shows battery level, speed, speed mode, odometer, and everything is easy to visualize at any given moment due to its sheer size.

Varla Pegasus
Varla Pegasus
$899.00 USD
$1,299.00 USD

Build Quality & Safety

Front view of Varla Pegasus

The Pegasus is a well-built electric scooter, but it required a bit of tweaking out of the box to optimize the ride quality.

The frame is constructed from aluminum and magnesium alloy. The frequent appearance of aluminum alloy in the electric scooter domain is attributed to its formability and superior strength-to-weight ratio.

Despite that, the build is fairly heavy, posing an issue for riders with lightweight needs.

The scooter needed some tweaking out of the box before it was safe to ride. The steering column needed to be tightened for the front wheel to move with the handlebars. It took several tries to get it right, so have an appropriately sized Allen wrench ready.

Fenders

Fenders on Varla Pegasus

The scooter has sturdy plastic fenders with multiple contact points with the frame to increase their solidity. Its jagged design strengthens it further.

They do a good job of redirecting water from the tires.

Kickstand

Kickstand on Varla Pegasus

The Pegasus has a generic kickstand. Like most kickstands, it feels flimsy, but it is positioned quite well to handle the scooter's weight at an angle.

It gets the job done but may be one of the first components needing replacement.

Folding Mechanism

Folding mechanism on Varla Pegasus

The folding mechanism is easy to use and feels reliable. It has a safety pin for added reliability.

The mechanism can be tightened and loosened, and when properly set up, there is no stem flex or wobbling from it.

Weather Resistance

The Varla Pegasus has an IP54 weather resistance rating. This means it is protected against damaging levels of dust and water splashes from any direction.

In the real world, this means it should be able to handle light rain and wet surfaces without causing damage to electronic components.

However, there is always a risk when riding in the rain. Water damage is not covered by any warranties either (this goes for the entire industry).

Also, solid tires perform much worse in the rain than pneumatic tires. They can't disperse water as fast thus increasing the chance of aquaplaning. On the other hand, the tires are very wide, so they'll handle rain a bit better than scooters like the Splach Twin.

If you plan to ride in the rain on the Pegasus, always use due caution and remember to wipe the scooter dry after each use. You're more prone to accidents in the rain, and solid tires do not help that fact.

Lights & Visibility

Varla Pegasus low light

The Varla Pegasus has an adequate lighting system. It features a prominently bright, low-situated headlight, paired with a tail light on the rear fender.

The scooter also has orange reflector stickers on both sides of the deck which will increase side visibility to other road users.

Headlight visibility of Varla Pegasus

We typically favor headlights that are mounted higher with a gentle downward tilt. While the current headlight allows other road users to spot you, its reach in illuminating the road ahead is somewhat limited.

The taillight emits flashes at three distinct intensity levels when you engage the brakes, signaling to those behind you that you're decelerating.

To deem the Pegasus truly commute-friendly, we would have preferred it to feature turn signals and a headlight mounted higher up.

Verdict - Who Should Buy The Varla Pegasus?

The Varla Pegasus is for riders that seek a mid-tier scooter option at an affordable price point. It features non-pneumatic tires, eliminating the need for frequent air checks and potential punctures. Equipped with dual motors and disc brakes, it offers consistent performance and stopping power.

However, potential buyers should note that its design leans more towards durability and less towards lightweight portability. This scooter is suited for individuals who prioritize function and durability in their daily commutes.

There are scooters that feel better to ride and there are scooters that weigh less and perform similarly, but very few achieve it at this price point. For what the scooter is, the ride quality is great - it only suffers slightly under the solid tires.

Varla Pegasus
Varla Pegasus
$899.00 USD
$1,299.00 USD

P-Settings & How To Use Them

The Varla Pegasus has several settings that can be changed to customize your ride. To access the (P) settings menu, do the following:

  1. Long press UP and DOWN simultaneously to enter the P settings menu
  2. Press the M button to cycle through P settings
  3. Use the UP and DOWN buttons to adjust the value for the current P setting
  4. To save settings, wait 8 seconds for the display to timeout or long press UP and DOWN together
SettingFeatureNote
P1Tail light brightness1 = low
2 = medium
3 = high
Default: 1
P2Speedometer units0 = kmh
1 = mph
Default: 0
P3Battery voltage (do not change)24V to 60V
Default: 48V
P4Auto off timer0 = disabled
60 = 60 min
Default: 5
P5Gear number0 = 3 gears
1 = 5 gears
2 = 9 gears
3 = 4 gears
4 = 6 gears
Default: 0
P6Rim size (do not change)0-50
Default: 8
P7Motor magnets (do not change)Default: 15
P8Power level1 = slowest
100 = fastest
Default: 100
P9Start mode0 = zero start
1 = kick start
Default: 0
P10Running mode (do not adjust)0 = only PAS
1 = only electricity
2 = PAS and throttle
Default: 2
P11PAS sensitivity (do not change)1 = lowest
24 = highest
Default: 3
P12PAS strength(do not change)1 = weakest
5 = strongest
Default: 1
P13PAS sensor type (do not change)5/8/12
Default: 12
P14Controller limit (do not change)10-20
Default: 20A
P15Controller voltage protection
(do not change)
Default: 40
P16Lifetime odometer resetHold UP for 6 s
P17Unused
P18Unused
P19Unused
P20Unused

Full Specifications

Our Tests

Top speed27.75 MPH (44.7 KMH)
Acceleration
0-15 MPH
Avg: 4.57 s
Best: 4.47 s
Acceleration
0-20 MPH
Avg: 7.45 s
Best: 7.03 s
Acceleration
0-25 MPH
Avg: 11.1 s
Best: 10.53 s
Acceleration
0-27.75 MPH
Avg: 16.95 s
Best 16.57 s
Hill climb
250ft @8%
8.19 s
Range (speed priority)15.6 miles (25.1 km)
Range (regular)18.3 miles (29.5 km)
Range (range priority)21.8 miles (35.1 km)
Handlebar Width24.4" (62 cm)
Deck-to-handlebar39.9" (101 cm)
Unfolded size20.9 x 50.4 x 50.4 in (63.7 x 153.6 x 153.6 cm)
Folded size20.9 x 20.5 x 50.4 in (63.7 x 62.5 x 153.6 cm)
Ground clearance5.1" (13 cm)
Deck23.6" x 6.5" (59.9 cm x 16.5 cm)

Manufacturer Specifications

BrandVarla
Top speed28 MPH (45 KMH)
Motor power (nominal)500W x2
Motor power (max)960W x2
Torque25 Nm
Range28 miles (45 km)
Battery48V 15.6Ah
Battery capacity748 Wh
Charging time7.5 hours
IP ratingIP54
Weight66 lbs (29.9 kg)
Max load280 lbs (127 kg)
Tire typeSolid
Tire size8" x 3"
SuspensionDual springs
BrakesDual disc brakes (120 mm)
Throttle typeThumb throttle
LightsTaillight, headlight
DisplayM5 LCD display

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