The Scooty doesn't get any mechanical changes, so its riding ergonomics and comfortable seat remain to be the highlights. The riding position is relaxed and the perfectly padded and broad seat only make the commute even more comfortable. Thumb the starter and the engine starts with a little rumble in the shiny exhaust. It then settles into a quiet purr.
The 109.77cc single cylinder engine churning out 8bhp of power and 8.7Nm of torque might seem mediocre on paper. However, it is a very potent engine, which also does duty in the Jupiter and the Wego. The Scooty not only serves the need of the urban commuter, but it is also lighter than the other models of scooters. Pick-up is good, which means you can literally zip from the starting line. It is also potent enough to help the scooter climb fly-overs with conviction, even with a pillion along for the ride. However, taking it out on the highway is still inadvisable, because quick though this scooter maybe, but it isn’t as speedy as the other vehicles in the fast lane.
The engine comes mated to a CVT gearbox, which is fairly smooth. It provides a seamless experience coupled with an impressive motor. That said, this Scooty doesn’t make very quick progress like the BS-III variant. The previous one felt peppier. In terms of fuel efficiency, the BS-IV variant doesn’t impress either, as its fuel economy remains as low as the BS-III trim. We managed to get a fuel efficiency of 49.38kmpl on our fuel run tests. It is considerably lower than what TVS claims (62kmpl). The small five-litre fuel tank is another let-down as it automatically lowers the range of the scooter.
The Scooty scores good points on the handling part as well. It is very agile and this helps in cutting through traffic easily. The well-balanced chassis also helps the Scooty move around swiftly. The ride feels plush as the suspension soaks up bumps and undulations well. Sure, at high speeds on patchy roads you might feel jittery, but at slower speeds it is definitely less stressful. The 10-inch wheels grip well even while taking corners. And even if the Scooty comes equipped with drum brakes (110mm up front and 130mm rear), these do their duties well with good bite and progression. Still, it will require more than two fingers to give the brake lever a pull and stop the bike while riding down a flyover at high speed – especially if two people are astride the scooter at that time.