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TVS NTorq vs Suzuki Access vs Aprilia SR 125: Road Test Comparison Review


In our NTorq vs Grazia comparison, the TVS proved to be a winner by a big margin. But is it the best 125cc scooter in India right now? We find out

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TVS NTorq vs Suzuki Access vs Aprilia SR 125
 

 

The TVS NTorq clearly proved its worth in our NTorq vs Grazia comparison, almost to the point of having us believe that it is the best 125cc scooter in India today. But then, hot on its heels was the newly launched Aprilia SR 125, which is a detuned version of the properly exciting SR 150. And let’s not forget the family favourite 125cc scooter, the Suzuki Access. So in this new company, does the TVS NTorq do enough to take home the crown?

Design

  • The NTorq’s design is attractive, packed with creases and sharp design lines all around

 

  • The Aprilia SR 125’s design is typical Italian, packed with flair and appeal.

 

  • The Access 125 looks traditional and retro-esque when compared to the two here.

 

TVS NTorq vs Suzuki Access vs Aprilia SR 125

 

125cc scooters need to have a bit more visual flair, considering how they are meant to stand a segment above the 110s. And in the present company, the Access stands as the odd one out. By no means is it a bad looking scooter, but it showcases a more traditional design with a retro touch to it. While there are takers for this kind of design, it's the most elderly looking scooter when parked next to the TVS and the Aprilia. And while the NTorq’s design with chiselled and edgy body lines looks quite attractive, there's something about the SR 125 that is just so appealing. We personally can't put a finger on whether it's the slim profile, the tall riding stance or those big 14-inch alloys. Overall, it just feels like a proper Italian beauty.

 

Features & Practicality

  • The Aprilia SR 125 loses on the features and practicality front by a big margin.

 

  • The Suzuki Access doesn’t score on features but gets a big thumbs up for practicality.

 

  • The TVS Ntorq clearly outperforms its rivals on the features and practicality front, especially with its SmartXConnect instrument console.

 

TVS NTorq vs Suzuki Access vs Aprilia SR 125
 
 
 

The instrument cluster on the SR 125 is a fully analogue setup so there's no trip meter here either. Plus in terms of conveniences, you don’t even get a charging port or a boot light in the underseat storage. And while the dual-halogen headlights do look good, they do a fairly inadequate job of illumination once the sun goes down. 

 

 

TVS NTorq vs Suzuki Access vs Aprilia SR 125
 
 

The rearview mirrors don’t seem to offer much visibility as the stalks are extremely short and can barely be adjusted or moved around.

 
 
Suzuki Access

 

 

The Access too doesn't score much on the outright feature front. Its console includes a digital odo, two tripmeters and a fuel indicator along with an analogue speedo - pretty much par for the course. Illumination from the rectangular headlight is admirable though and rearview mirrors also offer clear visibility.

 

 

TVS NTorq
 
 
 
The NTorq really blows the competition out of the water here. And the credit goes to TVS’ newly introduced SmartXConnect all-digital console with Bluetooth phone connectivity. This pairs with TVS’ own smartphone app (currently for Android only), which can help locate your parked scooter, generate last ride report with distance covered/top speed and also features built-in navigation, courtesy MapMyIndia. The navigation assist feature works flawlessly, with directions popping up on the white-backlit console. You can also search for nearby petrol pumps, hospitals, restaurants and authorised service stations.
 

 

TVS NTorq
 
 
 

Other features include a custom rider name that flashes on the display every time you switch on the ignition. Then there’s a ‘do not disturb’ mode, auto-reply SMS and overspeeding alert, all of which can be accessed in ‘Street Mode’ on the console. The ‘Race Mode’ here allows riders to record top speed and lap times. A bit much? Youngsters might say otherwise. Basic information includes a speedometer, two tripmeters, odometer, fuel gauge, time and engine temperature as well, though there’s no tachometer here. 

 

 

TVS NTorq
 
 

While the cluster scores high points, the headlight itself isn’t as bright as the Access’, although it’s a fair shade better than the SR’s. The mirrors are derived from the RTR 200 and provide excellent rear visibility.

 

 

Aprilia SR 125
 

 

 

The SR’s lack of practicality can be seen with the underseat storage as well, which is the smallest we’ve seen on any scooter. Here, the Suzuki and the TVS are almost at par with each other, with 21.8 litres and 22 litres of storage respectively. 

 

 

Suzuki Access

 

 

The difference though lies in the way space is offered. The Suzuki gets a deeper boot whereas the NTorq gets a longer one, with decent depth on offer.

 

 

TVS NTorq

 

 

Another practical bit in the NTorq’s advantage is that it gets an LED light in the boot - an immensely useful feature in the dark. There’s also an integrated USB charging port.

One thing that both the Aprilia and TVS miss out on is cubby storage behind the front apron, which the Suzuki gets (big enough to fit a 1-litre bottle). There is a DC socket on top of it to charge your devices as well. But this storage compartment isn’t covered. So, while riding, you need to be careful over the very sharp bumps, or else your phone might be destined to get a taste of the tarmac.

The Suzuki Access also gets a remote seat release in the key mechanism, with the fuel filler cap underneath the seat. The NTorq gets the benefit of the remote fuel filler cap. But then again, you will have to step off the scooter to open it as you need to use the same key slot as the seat. The SR is more traditional on this front, as there is neither an easy unlock seat mechanism nor a remote fuel lid.
 

Engine & Performance

 

  • Surprisingly, the SR 125 doesn’t live up to the adrenaline rush that its elder sibling, the SR 150, offers in abundance.

 

  • The Suzuki Access 125 is lighter and thus proves to be quicker than the SR 125. The roll-on times are also quicker by almost 2 seconds.

 

  • The TVS Ntorq proves to be almost as quick as the SR 150, setting a benchmark in the 125cc scooter segment.

 

 

TVS NTorq

Suzuki Access

Aprilia SR 125

Engine Type

3-valve, single-cylinder, air-cooled, OHC

2-valve, single-cyclinder, air-cooled, SOHC

3-valve, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC

Displacement

124.79cc

124cc

124.49cc

Power

9.4PS@7500rpm

8.7PS@7000rpm

9.7PS@7250rpm

Torque

10.5Nm@5500rpm

10.2Nm@5000rpm

9.9Nm@6250rpm

 

TVS NTorq vs Suzuki Access vs Aprilia SR 125
 

The Aprilia SR 150 had set a benchmark for performance scooters in India. So we were expecting a lot from the SR 125. Shockingly though, with 9.71 seconds on the clock, it’s the slowest to 60kmph here. This is down to the fact that not only does its engine make the least amount of torque in this bunch, but at 115kg, it’s the second heaviest of the lot as well. Plus its largest in class 14-inch wheels also mean that the scooter needs to overcome more rolling inertia to get off the line.

 

Aprilia SR 125
 

Once you pick up speed, you need to roll on the gas a lot more here, in comparison to the other two. The same is evident from the 20-80kmph kick-down time of 18.79 seconds, which again is the slowest of the lot. That said, it can manage a true, VBOX tested top speed of 98kmph, with the speedometer optimistically displaying over 120kmph. Despite this, it still isn’t the fastest scooter here.

 

Suzuki Access
 

The second best performer here is the Suzuki Access. Despite the mix of metal and plastic body panels, the Suzuki Access is the lightest scooter here, with a kerb weight of 102kg (same as the Honda Cliq). As a result of this weight reduction, the scooter accelerates to 60kmph in 9.2 seconds. The motor feels stress-free even riding at its maximum true speed of 89kmph. You also need to work the throttle a lot less to overtake vehicles in the city. The same is noticeable in its 20-80kmph roll-on acceleration time of 16.41 seconds.

 

TVS NTorq
 
 
The TVS NTorq, on the other hand, is breathtakingly quick, managing 0-60kmph in 7.65 seconds. This is just less than half a second off the Aprilia SR 150’s time! There’s plenty of mid-range grunt on offer as well, making it the fastest accelerating scooter here even from 20 to 80kmph, in a whopping 11.97 seconds, which is again, just 0.2 seconds shy of the times achieved by the SR 150. It also wins the top speed battle by managing a true VBOX-tested speed of 101kmph, with 106kmph on the display.
 

Ride & Handling

 

  • On the Aprilia SR 125, handling prowess is offered at the expense of ride quality, which is mercilessly stiff.

 

  • Comparatively, the ride quality of the Suzuki Access is very forgiving. But don’t expect it to be a corner junkie.

 

  • The ride quality of the NTorq is clearly unmatched, with no compromise on cornering abilities. You can push it as hard as you can push yourself. Mid-corner though, it doesn’t feel as confident as the NTorq.

 

 

TVS NTorq

Suzuki Access

Aprilia SR 125

Wheelbase

1285mm

1265mm

1365mm

Ground Clearance

155mm

160mm

155mm

Kerb Weight

116.1kg

102kg

115kg

Tyre (Front)

Tubeless 100/80-12

Tubeless 90/90-12

120/70-14

Tyre (Rear)

Tubeless 110/80-12

Tubeless 90/100-10

120/70-14

Brake (Front)

Disc: 220mm Disc

Drum/Disc

220mm Disc

Brake (Rear)

130mm Dia Drum

Drum

140mm Drum

 

Aprilia SR 125
 
 
The Aprilia SR 125 really shines here. It handles almost like a motorcycle, inspiring lots of confidence mid-corner. It does require a little bit of steering effort to get it turning though, thanks to its large 14-inch front and sticky 120-section V-Rubber rear tyres. But once turned in, it just leans and leans. Sadly, this handling prowess comes with a big compromise in ride quality, which is honestly mercilessly stiff. Forget bad roads, even rumble strips can knock the bars out of your hands. Braking isn't the best here, with the SR 125 managing 60-0kmph in 19.63 metres. But the feedback to the rider is immense and you know exactly how the brakes are responding to the pressure applied.

 

 

Suzuki Access
 
 
Get on the Acces after riding the SR 125 and you’re immediately greeted with a ride quality that’s a lot kinder to your spine. Bumps and bad roads are taken care of rather well, without unsettling the rider and the handling isn’t too bad either. Don't expect to tame corners with it though. Otherwise, it feels nimble and is a breeze to ride around in city traffic. In real-world conditions, the brakes on the Suzuki feel quite progressive. In our 60-0kmph brake test, the Access 125 took 20.44 metres to come to halt.

 

 

TVS NTorq
 
 

We already know that the NTorq handles really well. It’s very nimble and changes direction quickly, and the TVS Remora tyres do an admirable job of providing grip. That said, it doesn’t have the same level of mid-corner stability that the Aprilia has, but it’s still better than a lot of other scooters we’ve ridden. That aside, the ride quality offered by the NTorq sets a new benchmark in the segment. While we originally believed that the Access’ plush ride would be the most comfortable amongst the three, after we rode it back to back with the NTorq, it was actually the TVS that came out on top. The way the NTorq handles bad roads is really incredible. Its suspension offers a sense of pliancy that's simply unmatched by any other scooter, yet at the same time, it doesn’t feel wallowy after tackling potholes and bumps.

 

 

TVS NTorq
 
 

What we aren’t big fans of on the NTorq, is the feel from the front brake. The bite-point is quite difficult to judge and the bite itself isn’t very sharp either. But squeeze the lever hard, and deceleration is progressive. The rear drum has a sharper bite and has a tendency of locking up under very hard braking. However, apply the two together and the scooter comes to a stop without any drama or tyre squeal. During our tests, it shed speeds from 60-0kmph in 18.93 metres.

 

Comfort

 

  • Riders below 6 feet may struggle a bit on the SR 125. While the seat looks small, it’s surprisingly roomy enough even for someone on the heavier side.

 

  • The Access gets the longest and widest seat here, a must need for a proper family-oriented scooter.

 

  • The seat height on the NTorq is quite low so it's accessible to a lot more riders. But a short seat means that riders on the heavier side will have the edge of the seat pinching in.

 

 

TVS NTorq

Suzuki Access

Aprilia SR 125

Front Suspension

Telescopic

Telescopic

Telescopic

Rear Suspension

Gas filled, Hydraulic Type, Coil Spring Monoshock

Hydraulic Monoshock

Hydraulic Monoshock

 

Aprilia SR 125
 
 

When it comes to scooters, we often spend plenty of time in the city, which means seat comfort is of utmost importance. So, after thorough testing, we came across some concerns with the Aprilia SR 125. The seat is quite stiff but isn’t uncomfortable, slimming down near the thigh section. I am 6-feet tall and can manage to plant both my feet on the ground without any problem. Relatively shorter people might struggle a bit though. That said, the pillion seat looks small but surprisingly has a decent amount of space, even for someone on the heavier side. But it does miss out on grab rails as standard, with Aprilia offering them as optional accessories instead.

 

 

TVS NTorq
 
 

The NTorq is accessible to a much larger audience as the seat height is quite low and it’s narrow at the front. The seat is plush and comfy, so even longer hours in the saddle shouldn’t be a problem. But as seen in our test against the Honda Grazia, the rear portion is raised, so climbing on is a slight issue for shorter pillions. Even the seat area isn’t too large, so it might not win any brownie points with larger pillions. Average sized people though should be fine.

 

 

Suzuki Access
 
 
It’s no surprise that the most family-friendly scooter here, the Access, gets the longest and widest seat here. Undoubtedly, the Access is the most comfortable one here for both the rider and pillion. The seat is also flat, meaning there’s enough place for two to shuffle around, and there’s room enough for rider and pillion to carry a bag between them as well.

With a pillion aboard, the SR’s ride quality sees a significant improvement, thanks to the rear suspension getting compressed a bit, and the front end getting just light enough to avoid feeling jarring. The Access’ front end, on the other hand, feels a little too light for comfort, with a pillion aboard. TVS’ expertise in suspension really shines through on the NTorq though, as even with a pillion sitting at the back, the scooter maintains the same poise it does with just the rider.

 

 

Ergonomics

 

  • The riding posture on the NTorq is very natural, with the low-set floorboard and the high-set handlebar.

 

  • The floorboard is the smallest of the lot. So the laptop bag goes on your shoulders.

 

  • The floorboard is high-set, which means taller riders will have their knees hitting the handlebar while taking turns.

 

TVS NTorq
 
 
The low-set floorboard of the NTorq combined with high-set handlebars offer a great riding position that should suit riders of all heights, and honestly, it’s the best riding position of the lot here. But when it comes to floorboard space, it takes the middle ground. There’s enough room for a fairly large laptop bag there, but then there’s a good chance that you’ll be left with just the edges of the floorboard to rest your feet.

 

 

Aprilia SR 125
 
 
Compared to the NTorq, the SR 125’s floorboard is set relatively high and is the smallest here. So you can forget about carrying around anything more than a small bag of groceries. If you need to carry a large laptop bag with you, the only place is going to be on your shoulders. The handlebars here are set lower and closer to the rider. Nonetheless, they never dig into the rider’s knees when taking sharp, or U-turns.

 

 

Suzuki Access
 
 
The floorboard on the Access is a lot higher than the SR 125, so you do end up sitting in a slight knees-up position. This is also the reason tall riders will find the handlebars hitting their knees at times. That said, the floorboard is the largest on offer amongst the three and can carry quite a bit of stuff without robbing your feet of resting space.

 

How Thirsty Are They?

 

TVS NTorq vs Suzuki Access vs Aprilia SR 125
 
 
No comparison is complete without answering the all-important question of mileage. And as Suzuki’s new advert points, Access ‘kam peeti hai’. Thanks to its lighter kerb weight and relaxed engine manners, it delivers 51.3kmpl in the city, which is more than the other two. Surprisingly, the TVS NTorq and the Aprilia SR 125 prove to be equally efficient, the SR offering 47.6kmpl followed by the TVS’ 47kmpl. Out on the highway, the Suzuki Access offers 52.7kmpl and the Aprilia SR 125 returns 52.5kmpl. The TVS NTorq, however, wins this round by a small margin, returning 53.4kmpl.

 

 

TVS NTorq

Suzuki Access

Aprilia SR 125

Fuel Tank Capacity

5.0 litres

5.6 litres

6.6 litres


Here’s the catch though. The SR 125 gets the largest fuel tank here, allowing you to carry 6.6 litres of fuel. That certainly will mean lesser fuel stops.

 

Verdict

 

TVS NTorq vs Suzuki Access vs Aprilia SR 125
 
 
So where does the NTorq stand now? Let’s start with the Aprilia SR 125 first. It’s a more fuel efficient and palatable version of the Aprilia SR 150, which still retains the riding dynamics that can be termed as the SR’s DNA. But because it’s lost so much performance in the process of being lighter on the pocket, it’s hard to live with one, thanks to the harsh ride quality carried over from the SR 150. A softer suspension setup would have made it so much easier to live with.
 
On the other hand, the Suzuki Access, the favourite of most families, still remains the most practical scooter in the 125cc space. It offers a decent balance of performance and handling and is the most efficient of the lot. Basically, it’s for someone who wants more grunt over a 110cc scooter without any compromise on practicality a traditional scooter offers. The retro-esque styling also gives it an understated yet timeless look.
 
 
TVS NTorq vs Suzuki Access vs Aprilia SR 125
 
 
Finally, coming to the TVS NTorq, the scooter truly proves to offer the best of all, well at least in most conditions. It’s obviously not as practical as the Suzuki Access but does come close to it. That aside, it’s refined, has impeccable ride quality, handles well, looks striking and is packed with modern day features. Therefore, settling the debate here, the TVS NTorq carries home the crown of the best 125cc scooter in the Indian market.

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