As running costs of pretty much everything motorised is going upwards every other month, affordable and economical means of transportation is becoming increasingly essential. And for those looking for a machine to meet these rudiments, one only needs to turn towards the enormous range of fuel-sipping scooters currently available in the market.
Mahindra, a relatively young name in the two-wheeler space, has a formidable range of scooters in its portfolio but there’s a catch - they all belong to the 125cc segment which is not exactly observed as the fuel efficient driving force for the mass market. Finally the home-grown UV giant is about to make some noise it in the high volume 110cc scooter segment with the all-new Gusto.
On paper this family-friendly scooter checks all the right boxes and it certainly looks the part, with chiselled yet conservative looks, and a handful of practical features. But moving beyond what’s apparent, how well does the Gusto behave in the real world and more importantly, is it a worthy competitor to the Hero Maestro, TVS Jupiter and the crowd favourite – the Honda Activa? A brief ride over the deserted roads of Jodhpur suggests it just might be.