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Yamaha Aerox 155 vs Aprilia SXR 160: Battle Of India’s Sportiest Scooters


Can Yamaha India’s most premium scooter prevail over Aprilia’s flagship offering?

If you’re in the market for a maxi-style scooter, the time has never been better. Yamaha has launched the much-praised Aerox 155 at competitive prices, and it is in the crosshairs of the SXR 160, Aprilia’s flagship scooter in the country. We can’t help but wonder which is the better scooter of the two. So, here’s a number-based spec comparo for you to find out:

Engine

Specifications

Yamaha Aerox 155

Aprilia SXR 160

Engine

155cc, single-cylinder, 2-valve engine

160cc, single-cylinder, 3-valve engine

Power

15PS @ 8000rpm

10.9PS @ 7100rpm

Torque

13.9Nm @ 6500rpm

11.6Nm @ 6000rpm

Yamaha Aerox 155 Launched, Prices Start At Rs 1.29 Lakh

Up until the Aerox 155’s launch, the Aprilia SXR 160 proudly bore the “most powerful scooter in India” tag. This is no longer the case as the Aerox puts out a healthy 4PS and 2.3Nm more than the SXR 160, despite the 5cc smaller engine. In addition, since the Aerox’s engine is drawn from the YZF-R15, it also features variable valve actuation, which should make it quite punchy even at crawling speeds.

 

The SXR 160 might fall short of the Aerox, but by no means is it a slouch. During our test ride, we thoroughly enjoyed its motor, and it even became the fastest BS6-compliant ICE-powered scooter to reach 80kmph. However, whether it can hold its performance advantage is something we can verify only after testing the Yamaha Aerox 155. 

Underpinnings

Specifications

Yamaha Aerox 155

Aprilia SXR 160

Front suspension

26mm telescopic fork

30mm telescopic fork

Rear suspension

Dual shock absorbers

Adjustable monoshock

Front brake

230mm disc brake

220mm disc brake

Rear brake

130mm drum brake

140mm drum brake

Front tyre

110/80-14

120/70-12

Rear tyre

140/70-14

120/70-12

Both scooters have their pros and cons here. The Aprilia SXR 160 has a more premium suspension setup with a beefier 30mm telescopic fork and an adjustable monoshock. On the other hand, the Aerox has a 26mm fork and conventional dual shock absorbers. But it has a bigger front disc, wider rear tyre, and bigger alloy wheels. The SXR160 impressed us with how its handling, and given the sporty intentions of the Aerox 155, we are sure that the Japanese scooter won’t be a slouch.

Dimensions

Specifications

Yamaha Aerox 155

Aprilia SXR 160

Wheelbase

1350mm

1353mm

Ground clearance

145mm

160mm

Fuel tank capacity

5.5-litres

7-litres

Seat height

790mm

775mm

Kerb weight

126kg

129kg

Here, the Aprilia SXR 160 shines. With 15mm more ground clearance and a 15mm lower seat height, the SXR 160 is clearly the more accessible scooter between the two. Flat-footing wouldn’t be too hard on the Aerox either, but it’d be easier on the SXR 160, especially for shorter riders. Moreover, the Aprilia can hold 2.5-litre more fuel, meaning lesser fuel stops and better range.

However, thanks to its smaller tank, the Aerox weighs 3kg less than the SXR 160. This should make it easier to maneuver in tight traffic.

Features

 

Yamaha Aerox 155

Aprilia SXR 160

Digital instrument cluster

Yes

Yes

ABS

Yes

Yes

Smartphone connectivity

Yes

No

LED illumination

Yes

Yes

Underseat storage

24.5-litre

21-litre

Cubby storage

Yes

Yes

Multi-function key

Yes

No

External fuel filler cap

Yes

No

USB port

No

Yes


The feature list is the Yamaha Aerox 155’s trump card, and the SXR 160 is no match for it. Both scooters share ABS, an informative LCD instrument cluster, and LED illumination. But, additionally, the Aerox gets an external fuel filler cap (positioned between the handlebar and seat), a multi-function key hole, and most importantly, smartphone connectivity through Yamaha’s Y-connect app. Not only this, you also get more underseat storage on the Aerox, which can be opened just by pressing a button.

However, the Aerox misses out on a USB port, which comes standard on the SXR 160. 

Price & Verdict

Yamaha Aerox 155

Aprilia SXR 160

Rs 1,29,000

Rs 1,27,384

(all prices ex-showroom Delhi)

Yamaha Aerox 155 Launched, Prices Start At Rs 1.29 Lakh

The Aprilia SXR 160 undercuts the Yamaha Aerox 155 by roughly Rs 2,000. This is quite a fine margin, and it becomes irrelevant when you consider what the Aerox has to offer over the SXR 160. Hence, if you’re in the market for a sporty maxi scooter, we suggest you put down money on the Yamaha Aerox 155. And stay tuned to ZigWheels for our first-ride impressions on Yamaha’s most premium scooter in India.

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