Gearless scooter as a segment has been witnessing fantastic growth. It grew 17 per cent in the first half of this fiscal year compared to just one per cent registered by motorcycle
Features, Pricing, Economy
Looks similar to rivals
A great automatic scooter with telescopic forks, 12 inch wheels and gascharged rear setup, the TVS Jupiter has good low and mid-range grunt too and makes the daily commute effortless.
TVS has to be among the oldest manufacturer to be present in the Indian scooter market. It tasted great success with the Scooty series but given the numbers that the Honda Activa was clocking, it knew that needed a family scooter in its portfolio. For this purpose, it rode in the TVS Jupiter as a rival to the Activa, Hero Maestro, Suzuki Access and Yamaha Alpha. The styling of the Jupiter isn’t radical but it is a striking looking scooter. The scooter looks fresh as well and has sharp edges in all the right places to give it a chiselled and lean look. What sets the TVS offerings from its rivals are it features. The Jupiter gets equipped with 12-inch alloy wheels, pass light (segment first) and LED tail lamp. Also it sports an external fuel filler cap above the tail lamp as opposed to the traditional under seat ones. This feature is extremely useful as one doesn’t need to disembark from the scooter at fuel pump.
Instrument cluster is an analogue unit that is easy to read. It features a special Econometer indicator that urges the rider to ride gently to extract the best possible fuel efficiency. Talking about mileage, the TVS Jupiter is among the most fuel efficient scooter in the market at 54kmpl. This can be credited to the indigenously developed CVT-i engine that displaces 110cc. The air-cooled motor pushes out 8.2PS of power and 8Nm of torque which makes it among the most powerful scooter in its segment. Performance of the scooter is decent with a strong mid-range, the powerplant isn’t highly refined but it does the job well. Seating posture is upright and comfortable whereas the Hosur based manufacturer claims that the Jupiter has the largest leg space in its segment.
Another neat feature is the fact that one can kick start the scooter from the saddle as the kick lever is positioned towards the rider and one doesn’t need to put the scooter on main stand to kick start which is the case in conventional scooter. Under seat storage space is at 17 litres which is good enough to swallow a half face helmet and there is also an option for mobile phone charger. The TVS Jupiter is also very quick on its feet and riding the scooter through traffic is a joy owing to its flickability. The telescopic front forks and monoshock unit at the rear result in a supple ride quality and the scooter handles broken roads with ease. Braking is done via drum brakes that offer good bite and feedback but have a tendency to fade soon. The Jupiter has been priced at Rs 47,339 ex-showroom Delhi which makes it a great deal given the features it has and in our books it’s the best 110cc scooter on sale currently. It’s no wonder that it has clocked sales of over 5 lakh units within 18 months of it going on sale.