In the recent months, the 125cc scooter segment has seen a number of new entries. Aprilia too has entered this market space with the SR125. The scooter lock horns with the TVS Ntorq 125, Honda Grazia and Suzuki Access 125. But how does it put up against its rivals? We find out in this competition check-
One would mistake the Aprilia SR125 for its bigger sibling, SR150 as it carries a design language similar to the latter. However, it differentiates itself from the SR150 with the new blue and silver colour schemes and new decals and badging. The SR125 sports an all-black seat unlike the dual-tone seat on the SR150, and gets a strap for the pillion. It also loses on the split grab rail that is replaced by a single-piece unit.
The Honda Grazia sports an aggressive design language with sharp lines all through the scooter. The scooter, which appears to be a cross between the Dio and the Aviator is Honda’s premium scooter offering. The TVS Ntorq 125 also gets edgy styling that has trickled down from the TVS Graphite concept. It gets elements like faux air intakes in the front and jet thrusters-like design at the rear.
Suzuki has taken the retro approach for the Access 125. A few touches of chrome and the curvy side panels add to its neo-retro look. This design language has helped Suzuki target a wide range of audience. Meanwhile, the Aprilia SR125, TVS Ntorq 125 and the Honda Grazia target young buyers with their styling and modern appeal.
All four scooters get alloy wheels and disc brakes at the front as options. However, the Aprilia sports large 14-inch wheels shod with 120/70 section tyres on both ends. While the Aprilia and the Suzuki miss out on LED lighting, the Grazia gets a full LED headlamp and the Ntorq 125 sports LED DRLs and an LED tail lamp.
The Aprilia SR125 sports an analogue instrument cluster that includes a speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge. The Suzuki Access 125 also sports an analogue speedometer although it gets a small digital unit that displays odometer, trip meter and fuel gauge.
TVS has equipped the Ntorq 125 to the brim. It gets a fully digital instrument cluster that is Bluetooth-enabled and can be accessed via a dedicated app. The instrument cluster displays a wide list of info like navigation assist, top-speed recorder, lap timer, phone battery display, last parked location assist, service reminder, helmet reminder, trip meter along with the basic information.
On the other hand, the Grazia gets a fully digital display divided into two parts. While the lower display shows a clock, fuel gauge, trip meter and odo meter, the upper unit displays speed and also a tachometer. The cluster sports ‘eco lights’ which turn on when you ride 30kmph to 50kmph limit.
Powering the Aprilia SR125 is a 125cc engine that produces the most power in this list at 9.5bhp. However, the torque figure is the lowest among its competition at 9.9Nm.
The Ntorq 125 uses a 124cc engine that produces 9.3bhp and 10.5Nm of torque. The Suzuki Access gets a 125cc engine that produces 8.6bhp and 10.2Nm of torque.
The Honda Grazia sports a 125cc engine, similar to the Activa 125. This unit is the least powerful at 8.5bhp although it produces 10.5Nm of torque, a figure on par with its rivals.
The Aprilia SR125 is the most expensive scooter in this list priced at Rs 65,310. The Honda Grazia on the other hand costs Rs 58,113 for the standard version and Rs 62,505 for the top-spec variant.
The Access 125 continues to be the least expensive scooter here with prices starting at Rs 55,045 and going up to Rs 58,868 for the ‘Special Edition’ disc variant. The Ntorq 125 is the most value-for-money product available at a price of Rs 58,750 with all its features.