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TVS has recently launched the all-new TVS Jupiter 125. However, as we found out, it is not just a TVS Jupiter with a 125cc engine. The engineers at the TVS Motor Company have built an all-new vehicle from the ground up.
Even though TVS is already having the TVS Ntorq in its product portfolio as a 125cc scooter, it is aimed at a completely different target audience. With the new TVS Jupiter 125, TVS is aiming to capture family buyers in the 125cc scooter segment.
Now, TVS has launched the TVS Jupiter 125, its biggest competitors will be the Honda Activa 125, the Suzuki Access 125, and the TVS Jupiter itself.
For this comparison, we shall look at three parameters; Design, Features &Convenience, Powertrain, and Price.
Design is clearly subjective, what we think looks better may not be your choice. Starting with the Honda Activa 125, it is clear that Honda has not taken an ambitious route while designing the Honda Activa 125.
The 125cc version of Honda Activa uses an evolutionary design of the 110cc version of the Honda Activa with splashes of chrome at the front and sides for added premiumness compared to the standard model.
The Suzuki Access 125 definitely looks the most apart in this company with its big and upright headlamp and thick chrome surround. One cannot mistake the Suzuki Access 125 for any other scooter in India. Overall, the design looks unique and docile in comparison to other scooters in this segment.
Finally, the TVS Jupiter 125. The design of the TVS Jupiter 125 looks inspired by the Honda Activa 125 yet it retains the silhouette from the 110cc version of the TVS Jupiter.
Clearly, TVS has used Honda's formula and some more. For starters, the TVS Jupiter 125 uses chrome at the front apron and a glossy black panel on top of the headlight to mimic the presence of a visor.
Moreover, it also uses some chrome elements on the sides to balance the overall design. However, instead of the silver instrument console surrounds used in the Honda Activa 125, the TVS uses more premium looking body-coloured panels.
2. Features & Convenience
This is one of the crucial areas that must be carefully analysed before buying any vehicle. However, it is often overlooked by many buyers while making their purchase decision.
All three scooters come with features such as telescopic front suspension, part digital instrument console, LED headlamps, external fuel filling, fuel injection, USB charging, two trip meters, a clock, front storage, one-click start, and many more.
However, Honda offers a bit more features over the Suzuki Access 125 by offering additional features such as side stand engine cut-off, instantaneous fuel efficiency, auto start/stop function, and external fuel filling with remote lid opening.
Moreover, the digital display in the instrument console of the Honda Activa 125 also displays average fuel efficiency, instantaneous fuel efficiency and distance-to-empty.
Being the newest, the TVS Jupiter 125 almost knocks the competition out offers even more standard equipment with features such as bigger 220mm disc brakes at the front, gas-charged rear shocks, 12-inch tyres at both front and back, front fuel filling, an all-in-one key slot and a massive 33-litre underseat storage.
The Suzuki Access 125 claws back the lost ground in this department. The 125cc 2-Valve single-cylinder SOHC BS6 petrol engine in the Suzuki Access 125 produces the most power at 8.58 bhp at 6,750 rpm and puts out 10 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.
Moreover, it is the lightest in this group with a kerb weight of just 103 kg (Alloy wheel variant) and 104 kg (Steel wheel variant).
Next is the Honda Activa 125. The 125cc BS6 petrol engine in the Honda Activa 125 produces 8.18 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 10.3 Nm at 5,000 rpm. However, it is also the heaviest at 111 kg.
Finally, coming to the TVS Jupiter 125, TVS has used a new 2-valve setup instead of the 3-valve set up from the TVS NTorq. This means the TVS Jupiter 125 produces a leisurely 8.04 bhp at 6,500 rpm, the least in this group.
However, the 125cc engine in the TVS Jupiter produces the most torque at 10.5 Nm and it produces it low down in the rev range at just 4,500 rpm.
Pricing plays a crucial role in the buying decision of many people. No matter what features the scooter may have, to be successful in India, the manufacturer must price its product competitively and it must be said that all three scooters here are priced within a few hundreds of each other.
The Suzuki Access 125 starts from Rs 76,017 (ex-showroom, Bengaluru) for the base Drum Brake variant and goes all the way up to Rs 81,417 (ex-showroom, Bengaluru) for the Special Edition Disc Brake variant.
The Honda Activa 125 on the other hand starts from Rs 76,095 (ex-showroom, Bengaluru) for the base Drum brake variant. While the top-end variant with Disc Brake and Alloy Wheels cost Rs 83,267 (ex-showroom, Bengaluru).
However, it is the TVS Jupiter that has the lowest starting price at Rs 76,000 (ex-showroom, Bengaluru). However, its top-end variant is the priciest at Rs 84,300 (ex-showroom, Bengaluru).
Thoughts About Suzuki Access 125, Honda Activa 125 And TVS Jupiter 125
Equipment-wise the Suzuki Access 125 somewhat lags behind both its competitors, but it quickly regains the lost ground with its punchy powertrain.
Moving to the Honda Activa 125, it offers everything that a customer looks for in a premium scooter at competitive pricing.
Being the newest, the TVS Jupiter delivers the most space, most features and comes at an attractive pricing package. Credit must also be given to engineers at TVS for the massive 33-litre underseat storage space.
You will be happy with any scooter in this comparison list, but it is the new TVS Jupiter 125 that delivers the most for your money.