At traffic lights, cyclists and pedestrians glare at you and completely miss a design that will please with its codes borrowed from Peugeot sedans, in particular the three-claw lights. The object of the wrath: a noisy engine with too high an idle speed (1600 rpm). It deserves to cut when stationary and vibrate less.
Green light: the Metropolis is the first to scoot, supported by the vigor of its 400 cm³ now meeting the Euro 5 standard. Accelerations are close to those of a maxi-scooter and its main rival, the Piaggio MP3 500. As the next traffic light approaches, we prefer to operate the two brake levers on the handlebars than to trigger the integral braking, which is difficult to control, via the pedal located on the right side of the flat floor. In both cases, the attack on the brakes deserves to be more frank. In town, on cobblestones and in the rain, we appreciate what makes the salt of this three-wheeler accessible with a B license and a 7-hour training course: its great stability and the presence of a pendulum which avoids putting a dismount when stationary.
Easy to use
If the grip is easy, it is still necessary to deal with a high mass of 271 kg empty. When stationary, moving it is not easy. As with other three-wheelers, handling is not its strong point. Everything is in order when you pick up speed but, again, the inertia in the front axle requires anticipating turns. Less comfortable in town to sneak around than a traditional scooter, the Metropolis is more suitable for commuters, those who go from suburb to suburb and who use expressways and highways. Its performance – up to 140 km / h on the clock – but also its heading and its comfort of good quality (except for the passenger who has a firm seat) allow it to hold its place easily. At a high rate, the autonomy melts almost visibly, but we only know this when the gauge lights up because the graph needle is fixed and therefore does not allow real time knowledge of the level of the tank.
This is a significant plus: the 2020 vintage still made in France is accompanied by new instrumentation. The reverse-needle analog dials frame a 5-inch digital screen that can display their phone calls, some of their received text messages and the arrows of GPS navigation after connecting their smartphone via Bluetooth via a specific application. On the other hand, the electronic key did not seem to us to be an improvement because of the slowness of connection to the system and the play in the rotary ignition button. If the space under the saddle is insufficient, the Metropolis has plenty of storage under the handlebars and even a USB socket. Revised and corrected, Peugeot’s tricycle appears more attractive than ever despite a few points of detail to be reviewed. However, it will be necessary to agree to pay € 9,699 to access the high-end Allure version.