Quality on the Vespa has improved a lot since it initially launched in our market, but it isn’t as far ahead as its price might suggest. The Aprilia feels quite ordinary when it comes to touch and feel, but we’ll forgive it that, considering its price point. The Vespa’s chrome is really attractive, especially the bits like the front suspension. The Vespa appeals via the lovely shade of blue; the Aprilia, thanks to the snazzy graphics that adorn it and the two-tone seat.
The Aprilia’s instrument cluster is bare basic, and has a fuel gauge, speedo, odometer, a turn indicator, high beam indicator and a pass light switch. The Vespa, on the other hand, shows all of these (the fuel gauge is a digital one, as is the odometer) and there’s a low fuel warning lamp and a trip meter, but no pass light switch. There is a back rest on the 70th Anniversary Edition; there are grab rails on the SR 150. The rear seat of both vehicles isn’t very large, and the Vespa now offers pillion footpegs that fold out. We do so love the way the Aprilia’s footpegs fold up and away into the bodywork, though.