MBM test the seven 2.5hp outboards that are on the market today
In reality, the prices are much closer together than indicated, as they can all be found online for much less. So when considering your next purchase it pays to do a little research first.
Most of the engines have something going for them. The Mariner seemed the smoothest, the Yamaha the best specd, the Suzuki the lightest and the Honda has its air-cooled technology.
Theres no doubt the Hidea and the Vector are cheap, but we still feel the quality of these engines is letting them down.
The biggest surprise was the Torqeedo, which we absolutely loved for its ease of use, portability and very quiet running, but its high price means it is unlikely to appeal to the masses. However, its 20-mile range proves that electric outboards can be a viable alternative.
So which petrol outboard is going to take the honours? We were really torn between the Yamaha and the Suzuki. Although the Yamaha is the best engine, in this market price and weight are king, so the Best Buy award has to go to the Suzuki DF2.5hp.