TVS Jupiter review: A worthy 110cc challenger
Focusing on the male segment of automatic scooter buyers in India, TVS Motors has introduced the new Jupiter 110 cc automatic scooter in India. Though late to the party, TVS is set to make its mark in the automatic scooter segment with new launches, and the Jupiter is one such example.
Styling and ease of use: Based on TVS Wego, the Jupiter is launched to rival the segment leader, Honda Activa. Jupiter is not exactly a sporty or flashy looking bike. But never the less it boasts about a classic look which many of the buyers in the segment would prefer. It is a scooter that can be handy for one and all. Be it for youngsters going to college, or working men/women commuting to office. TVS Jupiter is easy to use for all in the family.
Looking very similar to the Honda Activa from front, the Jupiter offers very good plastic quality upfront, while the major body work is in steel. It also has a superior finish overall. In the front, it has a wider headlight area with two pilot lamps (35W). Speaking about the side design of TVS Jupiter, you can clearly relate this to that of TVS Wego. The rear cluster reminds of Suzuki Access, but this one seems to have a more stylish finish, which is kind-of ruined by the fuel cap.
Yes. TVS Jupiter does not have fuel cap under its seat, but at the rear, above the tail lights. This is probably ‘the most outstanding’ feature of TVS Jupiter. In order to refuel, you no longer need to lift your seat, which strangely is very irritating to me.
Headlights of Jupiter not only provides a superior vision in the dark, but also comes with a high beam switch, making maneuverings much more exciting. One added feature is LED tail lights which gives the bike a neater rear appearance.
The leg space of 375 mm is fairly good, best in the segment says TVS. This adds to the comfort of the rider. The seat is capable enough to provide ample seating space for two. However the storage compartment for the helmet is not sufficient for the full sized helmet, but is adequate for a half helmet.
Instrument Cluster and other features: TVS Jupiter features easy to use and understand instrument cluster. Just like other TVS scooters, this one too has the eco indicator, which reflects in green and shows that you are going at a speed which is saving fuel. When the power indicator turns on, it means that you are not riding in economy mode and will not achieve best possible mileage, which is about 50 kmpl.
The other indicators are the standard turn indicators and the high beam indicator. However the fuel indicator keeps reflecting from the time you get into the low fuel mode, a very intelligent feature added to the bike, considering that the bike uses a small 5 litre capacity fuel tank. Dimensions of TVS Jupiter stand at 1834mm long, 650mm long and 1115mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 1275mm. Braking is decent and swift with 130mm drum in front and rear.
Handling and ride quality: Compared to the Wego, Jupiter feature softer suspensions, which is a pleasant change. It uses an advanced telescopic suspension for the front and hydraulic gas filled suspension for the rear, which works out just about perfectly in most of the present city riding conditions and saves your back. In addition to this, Jupiter features 12 inch tubeless 90/90 tyres.
Not only was riding Jupiter light (108 kgs) and comfortable, at the same time it also was sturdy and stable. The seat height (675mm) is just about right to tackle you through the city traffic. It has the right ground clearance (150mm) to take on bumpy speed-breakers or the potholes for that matter. On an open road, Jupiter accelerates well. TVS claims that it is the fastest in the segment to reach 60 kmph, in about 7 seconds.
Conclusion: Overall the bike is perfect for the purpose its made for. Providing direct competition in the 110cc segment to Honda Activa, TVS has tick marked all the right boxes, more affordable, more fuel efficient, better suspensions, better braking, and offering more features. TVS Jupiter is easily the best value for money proposition in the 110cc segment currently. Price of TVS Jupiter can be found here.