Motocaddy S3 Digital Electric Trolley Review

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  • At a glance

  • TG Rating 5 out of 5
  • Owner Rating 4 out of 5
  • RRP £599.99

What we say...


In terms of setting up and assembly, this trolley has been completely idiot proof. I’ve played once a week, but I haven’t had to contact the manufacturer about any problems, which speaks volumes for the build quality and the engineering involved. The life in the lithium battery has proved to be excellent and the unit has never failed me yet.

I love the fact there are so many features on the unit, but the only one I really use with any consistency is the yardage marker. You can see how it may appeal to a golfer who likes lots of functions though. It’s also very powerful, even up hill. The only slight gripe, and this is a very minor thing, is the size – folded down, it still takes up a fair bit of space so you will need a decent-sized boot. I’d certainly recommend it.

Ratings (out of 5)

Ease of use: 4.5
Reliability: 4.5
Battery: 5.0
Functions: 4.5


Tester: Stuart Page, HCP 16

Pros: This really performed well in every category; it was straightforward to assemble, taking a matter of minutes and the instruction manual quickly navigates you around the numerous functions. The most useful one of these was the one that allows the golfer to accurately measure the yardage of a certain shot, although this did highlight my 280-yard drives were more realistically 240 unfortunately!

Cons: To be very pedantic, the speed control could be easier to use, and the position of the button is a bit awkward when you are moving – these are very slight criticisms, though. The other thing I would look at is the size – it’s a bulky unit, and although it does fold down neatly you will still need to own a car with a pretty large boot to transport it.

Conclusion: Easy to use, loads of functions and a cinch to assemble. Slightly on the muscular size in terms of storage, but this is a minor gripe – it’s highly impressive and there’s a new update on the market too now, namely the equally impressive S3 Digital Pro.

Ratings (Out of 5)

Looks: 5
Ease of use: 5
Ease of assembly: 4.4
Functions: 4.9
Performance: 5
Reliability: 5


We thought it was going to be tight between the S3 Digital and Freeway II, and so it proved with the Motocaddy just edging it in this particular test.

Like the S1 Digital, the S3 version has a stunning-looking frame and the range of bags that go with it really do help in the aesthetics’ department. Ian awarded it full marks across the board, and paid particular attention to the two-handed grip which he felt gave him good control over the device.

Fergus was also suitably-wowed by the overall quality of the S3 Digital, and said he found it very responsive and easy to use. One area where the Motocaddy did particularly excel in was in the functions category – the display shows the speed you are travelling as well as the distance covered too – you can reset this if you want to measure a particular shot-distance too.

There’s also a lifetime reading that can’t be reset – essentially like in your car! This shows you just how many miles your S3 Digital has racked up. It also features an Adjustable Distance Control device – this allows you to send the cart of to a distance of up to 60 yards in 5m increments – which came in pretty handy during the test. And for all of you who love an “app” on your iphone, the S3 Digital is even fitted with a USB port for you to plug your device into – and we aren’t joking.

Ultimately, the fact that this is £100 cheaper than the FW II gave it the edge – the average value rating was higher and this meant a deserved overall win.

What we like: Not only is it greatlooking, stylish and easy to use, it’s packed full of innovative features such as battery meter, speed settings and a USB charging port. The S3 Digital can also be fully customised through Motocaddy’s brilliant and creative MyCaddy online system.

What we don’t like: When we started to assemble it, the catches were very stiff. Obviously you’d expect this to change over time but our man will have to report back on that. Again, price is an issue – nearly £600 for the lithium version is very top end, but you do get a great product.

Ratings (out of 5)

Looks: 5.0
Ease of use: 5.0
Ease of assembly: 4.8
Functions: 4.8
Performance: 5.0


The Motocaddy S3 Digital Golf Trolley features an exciting new multi-functional screen design, giving the trolley a fresh new look and making it incredibly easy to use.

The improved digital display panel not only controls the cart but also gives the user an impressive array of features including adjustable distance control (ADC) which allows the user to set the trolley to travel any distance between five and 60 yards/metres, speedometer, time, an improved battery meter plus distance readings that can be reset at any time, allowing you to measure the distance of your drives, how far past a yardage marker your ball is, or even measure how far you've walked during your round.

In a first for an electric golf trolley, the S3 Digital also comes complete with a security feature allowing the user to set a pin code, rendering the trolley useless to would-be thieves. The new S3 Digital also features an exclusive USB port to allow a mobile phone or GPS unit to be charged from the trolley battery while on the course.

The S3 Digital features brand new ergonomic S-Series handle grips, which coupled with the new low-profile tyres creates a sportier look for the 2010 season. It is powered by a small, lightweight Panasonic battery which can easily handle 18 holes on even the hilliest of golf courses.

An even more powerful extended range battery is also available for those golfers who like to tackle more than one round a day or the Motocaddy lithium battery offering a super-lightweight, stylish and efficient alternative to the standard battery range.

The Motocaddy S3 Digital trolley is available in three finishes – black, titanium or the new alpine white – and features an attractive lightweight S-shaped aluminium frame and a highly efficient, whisper-quiet 200w motor.

Battery options: 18-hole battery £399.99, 36-hole battery £429.99, 36-hole lithium battery £599.99.
Weight: 8.4kg.
Warranty: 2 years

Tel: 0845 058 9818

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Motocaddy Electric Trolleys User Reviews

  • 3 out of 5 Lithium Battery : motocaddy

    By Traveller bazza

    I purchased the S3 in 2009 with the original Lithium battery Been out about twice a week . The Trolley has held up well , with only a couple of button & switch replacements since then. these items are Not of a design that is robust The battery was advertised as 36 holes . now down to 18 in the winter & 27 in summer. The battery is now taking 6 hours to charge and a strange electrical smell from the unit looks like it is on the way out. A new one is only fully guaranteed for two years & 50% off in year 3. Year 4 & 5 " guarantee"not worth a light However it is a lot lighter and compact than a 36 hole lead acid.

  • 3 out of 5 ISSUES

    By Roamin

    In general the trolley works carrying your bag around .. but so do other trollies. But this trolley does have issues, namely its very difficult to see whether the motor drive is on or off. The 2mm thick 1cm diameter dark blue circle against a black background with just one SMALL segment rotating when on power is almost impossible to see in daylight. Gives rise to interesting issues such as chasing your trolley downhill when it 'walks off' by itself. Been a close thing a few times with close water. The same knob being used for both changing speed and switching drive on/off is a major part of the problem .. its very sensitive and easily switched on/off whilst changing speed .. These issues just shouldn't be there with such an expensive trolley. It does JUST get around 36 holes on a recent full charge (new battery) .. but heck .... the batteries are EXPENSIVE!!!!

  • 5 out of 5 great trolly


     won this in comp and god is it good, got the  lithium battery, charge my iphone with golfbuddy, if you r going to buy a trolly then go for this one and you wont be disapointed.   

  • 5 out of 5 so far so good

    By clay

     not had this long but early impressions are really good... always had powakaddys befo re but this seems better thought out and better build quality than the more recent PKs...