TVS Phoenix 125 : Road Test
This is the holy grail of the commuter category in the Indian motorcycle world and is the one aspect where the Phoenix loses out to the competition. With TVS endowing the Phoenix with strong low end power and in-town driveability by employing a short geared four-speed transmission, the equation has adversely affected the fuel economy, the bike returning an unimpressive overall figure of 54.7kmpl, despite being the lightest in its class at 116kg. For the record, the Phoenix returned 50kmpl in our in-town test while on the highway runs she clocked 68.8kmpl.
The 12-litre fuel tank gives it a healthy 660km plus operating range but its overall fuel efficiency could have been better. Having a modicum of performance is so very vital otherwise in certain situations in the daily commute the rider tends to flog the bike repeatedly in the higher recesses of its rev range and this impacts the fuel efficiency massively. The short gearing and the lack of a vital fifth cog to spread the torque more effectively in all operating conditions would have helped it in this very vital parameter which so often spells success or otherwise in this class.
TVS claims that its Phoenix delivers 67kmpl in standard test conditions but in the real world against its rivals it doesn’t manage to show up better than them, some of which have a slightly lower fuel efficiency under standard test conditions! The lack of the fifth cog is the most serious impediment for this means it not only runs out of poke but also impacts fuel efficiency.