TVS iQube ST 5.1kWh vs Ather 450 Apex vs Ola S1 Pro vs Bajaj Chetak Premium vs Vida V1 Pro: Specification Comparison

  • May 21, 2024
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Here’s how the TVS iQube ST 5.1kWh fares against its rivals, on paper

The TVS iQube range has just been expanded and the deliveries of the ST variant have started. The top-end models of other EV makers - Ather 450 Apex, Ola S1 Pro, Bajaj Chetak Premium and Vida V1 Pro have just got a new competitor. Here’s how the TVS iQube ST (5.1kWh) fare against its rivals on paper:

Motor And Performance

Specifications

TVS iQube ST (5.1kWh)

Ather 450 Apex

Ola S1 Pro

Bajaj Chetak Premium

Vida V1 Pro

Battery Capacity

5.1kWh

3.7kWh

4kWh

3.2kWh

3.94kWh

Peak Power

4.4kW

7kW

11kW

NA

6kW

Peak Torque

140Nm

210Nm

58Nm (at the motor)

22.7Nm (at the motor)

25Nm (at the motor)

Claimed Top Speed

82kmph

100kmph

120kmph

73kmph

80kmph

Claimed Range

150km (Economy Mode), 110km (Power Mode)

110km (Smart Eco and Eco Mode), 95km (Ride), 90km (Sport), 75km (Warp+)

180km (Eco Mode), 143km (Normal Mode)

126km

110km

Charging Time

0-80%: 4h 18min (950W charger)

0-80%: 4hr 30 min (700W charger)

0-100%: 6.5 hours (750W charger)

4hr 30 mins (800W charger)

0-80%: 5hr 55min 

On paper, the Ola S1 Pro provides the best mix of performance and practicality with the highest top speed and claimed range output. In terms of claimed top speeds, the TVS iQube ST is one of the slower scooters in this comparo, with the Chetak being the slowest. But as family-oriented scooters, it is adequate as the iQube ST and the Chetak make it up with good claimed range outputs of 150km and 126km respectively. 

What helps the iQube’s case even more is its charging time, which is the fastest amongst the five. It also has the most powerful charger, because of which it’s able to charge the quickest despite having the biggest battery. In fact, the iQube’s battery is the largest amongst all electric scooters in India.

Underpinnings

Specifications

TVS iQube ST (5.1kWh)

Ather 450 Apex

Ola S1 Pro

Bajaj Chetak Premium

Vida V1 Pro

Frame

Tubular 

Tubular 

Tubular

NA

NA

Front suspension

Telescopic fork 

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Trailing link suspension

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension

Dual shock absorbers

Monoshock

Monoshock

Monoshock

Monoshock

Front brake

Disc brake 

Disc brake

Disc brake

Disc brake 

Disc brake

Rear brake

Drum brake

Disc brake

Disc brake

Drum brake

Drum brake

Front tyre

90-section with 12-inch wheels

90-section with 12-inch wheels

110-section with 12-inch wheels

90-section with 12-inch wheels

90-section with 12-inch wheels

Rear tyre

90-section with 12-inch wheels

100-section with 12-inch wheels

110-section with 12-inch wheels

90-section with 12-inch wheels

100-section with 12-inch wheels

Theoretically, the Ola S1 Pro and the Ather 450 Apex get the most sophisticated suspension setup compared to the other three, with the telescopic fork and monoshock. But whether the performance of the dual shock absorbers in the iQube ST and the single shock absorber in the Chetak Premium and the V1 Pro is inferior, can only be determined when we test them back to back. For braking, the 450 Apex and the S1 Pro get disc brakes at both ends, which should provide better stopping power compared to the front disc and rear drum brake setup in the other three scooters. 

The 110-section tyres at both ends in the S1 Pro should result in better straight line stability but it won’t tip into corners quite easily compared to the thinner tyre setup in the other scooters. We’ve already experienced how good the tyres on the Ather are. They’re skinny, but have lots of grip and will inspire confidence when leaning into corners. 

Dimensions

Specifications

TVS iQube ST (5.1kWh)

Ather 450 Apex

Ola S1 Pro

Bajaj Chetak Premium

Vida V1 Pro

Wheelbase

1301mm

1296mm

1359mm

NA

1301mm

Ground clearance

157mm

170mm

160mm

NA

155mm

Seat height

770mm

780mm

805mm

NA

780mm

Kerb weight

129.7kg

111.6kg

116kg

134kg

125kg

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The better straight line stability of the S1 Pro should also be enhanced by the longest wheelbase among all the scooters in this comparison. But the Ather 450 Apex with the shortest wheelbase makes for a scooter that’s delightfully agile and feels super light. It also gets the highest ground clearance, making the scooter very suitable for Indian road conditions. Shorter riders might find the Ola S1 Pro’s 805mm seat height a bit inaccessible. The Bajaj Chetak’s metal body panels makes it the heaviest scooter in this lot. Now while it’s not heavy enough to make it a dealbreaker, it definitely doesn’t feel as light on its feet as something like, say the Ather 450X. 

Features

 

TVS iQube ST (5.1kWh)

Ather 450 Apex

Ola S1 Pro

Bajaj Chetak Premium

Vida V1 Pro

Instrument Console

7-inch TFT 

7-inch touchscreen TFT

7-inch touchscreen TFT

5-inch TFT

7-inch touchscreen TFT

Smartphone Connectivity

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Navigation

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Riding Modes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

All five scooters have quite an extensive list of features with smartphone connectivity, navigation, riding modes and more. The Chetak, with the launch of the Premium variant, now has the required features like turn-by-turn navigation, music control, call alerts and display themes to put up a better fight against its competitors in this category. But those features are only with the TecPac package, which costs an additional Rs 9,000 over the scooter’s price.

The Ather 450 Apex and the Ola S1 Pro are the most feature-packed scooters with full-fledged map based navigation, hill hold, regen braking and a lot more. The Ola S1 Pro and the TVS iQube ST have the best underseat storage space (34 litres and 32 litres respectively), which is great because such big underseat storage capacities are often quite handy when you go out shopping or need to carry a few bags with you while riding. 

Price & Verdict

TVS iQube ST (5.1kWh)

Ather 450 Apex

Ola S1 Pro

Bajaj Chetak Premium

Vida V1 Pro

Rs 1,85,373

Rs 1,94,998

Rs 1,29,999

Rs 1,47,243

Rs 1,49,900

(all prices ex-showroom Bengaluru)

The Ather 450 Apex might be a fun, sporty scooter with a great features list but a price tag of almost Rs 2 lakh means it’ll be bought only by enthusiasts. ANd while the TVS iQube ST scores high on practicality too, its Rs 1.85 lakh price tag seems quite steep as well. It gets quite a good range output and a decent list of features but the price tag doesn’t do justice to what it offers. All in all, it is the Ola S1 Pro, which on paper, offers the best value for its price tag. Important thing to note here is that the EMPS 2024 subsidy (Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme 2024) is applicable on the S1 Pro, which is a main factor for Ola Electric being able to keep the costs in check. 

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