Let's talk about an extremely interesting product that was launched in India last month. And that is the Yamaha Aerox 155. Now given Yamaha’s track record in India, you know by keeping us away from the enticing international products and offering, commuter-friendly, efficiency-focused products, little did we expect the Aerox to make its way here. It seemed like Yamaha made up for all the internet backlash it received for not bringing the XSR 155. But now that the scooter is here, let us detail the top 5 reasons you should consider buying the Aerox 155.
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Most powerful scooter in India
Powering the Aerox 155 is the same 155cc, single-cylinder engine from the R15. Yes, you heard that right. The engine is liquid-cooled- a first for any scooter in India and also gets the Variable Valve Actuation Technology like the R15. While it might not have the same power output, it is capable of churning out 14.79bhp and 13.9Nm, making it the most powerful scooter in the country. In comparison, the Aprilia SR 160 produces 10.8bhp and 11.6Nm.
So the Aerox 155 features a proper sporty-scooter styling. It is aggressive and sharp and would certainly appeal to the demographic it aims to target which is young riders. The twin, LED headlamp offers a distinctive look at the front while the step-over chassis and upswept tail section give character to the rest of the scooter.
While looks are subjective, we think the Yamaha Aerox 155’s design is extremely cool. And most of the folks we’ve asked felt the same too.
Largest boot space
Now, not only has Yamaha focused on its engine and styling but since it is positioned as a maxi-scooter, the Aerox 155 also has some utilitarian features. To begin with, it sports an impressive 24.5-litre under-seat storage compartment that is capable of holding a full-face helmet and more. And this is the largest boot offered in any scooter available in India, only followed by the Suzuki Access 125 that offers 21.8-litres of storage.
Apart from the storage under the seat, the Yamaha Aerox 155 also gets a storage compartment on the front apron that is enough to store your phone or wallet. However, it is not lockable.
Good list of features
Beside the large boot space, Yamaha is also offering some more utilitarian features with the Aerox 155. There is a multifunction key slot that also has buttons to open the seat or the fuel lid. Now, unlike most other scooters that have their external fuel behind the seat, the Aerox’s fuel lid is fitted between the rider’s thigh making it much more accessible and convenient.
Then you also get an LCD instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity. Once connected the display shows call and text alerts and phone battery status. On the other hand, the app shows a host of information like a fuel consumption tracker, last parked location, and maintenance recommendations. Moreover, the app can also display information that would otherwise be shown on the instrument cluster like the engine rpm, amount of throttle opened, rate of acceleration and real-time fuel consumption.
Other than this, the list of features on the Yamaha Aerox also includes a full-LED headlamp and tail lamp, side-stand cut-off switch, ABS, and a chunky 140 section rear tyre.
The final reason to consider the Aerox 155 is the reliability that Yamaha promises to offer with its two-wheelers. Not only that, as compared to its rival brand, Aprilia, Yamaha also has a larger service network and reach.
Now we have given you five good reasons to buy the Aerox 155, but if you still aren’t convinced, let us make one last point. The Yamaha Aerox retails at Rs 1.29 lakh, ex-showroom. Now, comparing it to the Aprilia SXR 160’s pricing, the Aerox costs around Rs 1,600 more. But for the additional money, you get a scooter that offers much more performance, looks unique, has great aspirational value, and would not be a headache when it needs to be serviced.
And if you are young, the Aerox 155 would definitely appeal to you. However, since we are yet to ride it, the only con we found was the lack of floorboard space or a hook on the front apron. And we Indians, just love our utility hooks to hang our grocery bags don’t we?