When you ride the Vespa VXL 150 and the SXL 150, it feels different. Unlike the other scooters available in the market, VXL 150 and the Vespa SXL 150 (also the 125cc siblings) have lot of leg space and doesn’t feel cramped up. The overall ride quality is good and the credit goes to the monocoque chassis and the single-sided front shock and mono shock at the rear. The ride quality is not stiff, at the same time, it isn’t very soft. The scooters eat up the potholes and bad roads pretty well. They are the lightest scooters available and their city worthiness is proved by the comfortable riding position.
Both the scooters are powered by a 150cc single-cylinder engine. This engine produces 1.4bhp more than the 125cc sibling at 11.4bhp at 7000rpm and just 0.09Nm peak torque more at 11.5Nm at 5500rpm. While we appreciate Piaggio’s efforts in bringing in the new engine, we would have been happy if the company worked more on the engagement time of the CVT gearbox. This would have made the scooter really fun to ride.
There isn’t a huge increase in the power delivery. In fact, you will hardly notice the increase in acceleration and speed, thanks to the wider Maxxis tyres at the both front and rear. However, they offer very good grip, also on the wet roads. Team this up with the incredible 200mm disc brake at the front and 140mm drum at the rear and you get unbelievable stopping power. There is more than enough bite on the levers to come to this judgement.