Mileage or fuel economy has always been a top priority in affordable segments, regardless of vehicle category
Along with demands for better designs and latest features, scooter buyers highly prioritise fuel efficiency. India is a country where fuel economy or “mileage” (actually stands for ODO reading in miles) plays a major role in the success of any vehicle form in its respective affordable range.
The Indian automotive industry has shifted to BS6 emission norms and as a result, most scooters come with an FI system to cut down emissions. Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) can also help attain maximum fuel economy without compromising too much on performance.
Though the scooter segment is witnessing a growing interest in EVs, petrol-CVT models have not lost their market. Here are the top 10 fuel-efficient scooters in India and their ARAI-rated fuel economy figures:
TVS Scooty Pep Plus (Fuel Efficiency: 55km/l)
The TVS Scooty Pep Plus scooter is offered in 2 variants priced at Rs 52,554 and Rs 54,131, respectively. The 87.8cc BS6 engine offers 5.43hp @ 6,500rpm and 6.5Nm @3,500rpm. This is an increase of 0.43hp and 0.7Nm over its BS4 compliant engine. At 93kg, the scooter is quite light.
TVS Jupiter (Fuel Efficiency: 62km/l)
The TVS Jupiter BS6 is presented in three variants: Standard, ZX and Classic, priced at Rs 62,062, Rs 64,062 and Rs 68,562, respectively. It is powered by a BS6 109.7cc FI engine good for 7.4hp @ 7,000rpm and 8.4Nm @ 5,500rpm (0.51hp less than its BS4 version).
Honda Activa 125 (Fuel Efficiency: 55km/l)
The Honda Activa 125 was the first scooter in India to become compliant with BS6 emission norms. It is offered in Standard, Alloy and Deluxe variants. They are priced at Rs 68,997, Rs 71,542, and Rs 75,042, respectively. It is powered by a 124cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine that makes 8.29hp @ 6,500rpm and 10.3Nm @ 5,000rpm. In BS6 format, the Activa 125 is 13 per cent more fuel-efficient.
Yamaha Fascino (Fuel Efficiency: 58km/l)
The Yamaha Fascino is available in Drum and Disc Brake variants at Rs 67,230 and Rs 69,730, respectively. At a kerb weight of 99kg, it is the lightest 125cc scooter on sale in India. The Fascino 125 BS6 is powered by a 125cc FI engine generating 8.2hp @ 6,500rpm and 9.7Nm @ 5,000rpm. Yamaha Motor India claims that it has become 16 per cent better on fuel economy.
Honda Activa 6G (Fuel Efficiency: 60km/l)
The Honda Activa 6G, the company’s highest-selling model and one of the best-selling two-wheeler in India, is offered in two formats: Standard and Deluxe; at Rs 65,419 and Rs 68,000, respectively. The BS6 Activa 6G is powered by a 109.51cc engine packing 7.6hp and 8.79Nm.
Honda Dio (Fuel Efficiency: 55km/l)
In BS6 format, the Honda Dio is priced at Rs 60,542 (STD variant). Its higher DLX variant comes in at Rs 63,892. The scooter is powered by a 109.51cc fuel-injected engine capable of 7.76hp @ 8,000rpm (0.16hp less) and 9Nm @ 4,750rpm.
Suzuki Access 125 (Fuel Efficiency: 53km/l)
The Suzuki Access 125 carries a price tag starting from Rs 64,800 (drum variant) and touching Rs 69,500 for its ‘special edition’ with front disc brake. It is powered by a 124cc FI single-cylinder engine good for 8.7hp @ 6,750rpm and 10Nm @ 5,500rpm.
Hero Destini 125 (Fuel Efficiency: 51km/l)
Offered in two variants (LX and VX) priced at Rs 66,620 and Rs 70,367, respectively, the Hero Destini comes with optional front disc brake. It gets a 124.6cc engine making 9hp @ 7,000rpm and 10.4Nm @ 5,500rpm.
Hero Pleasure Plus 110 (Fuel Efficiency: 60km/l)
Hero MotoCorp’s Pleasure Plus 110 shares its engine with the Maestro and Duet. The 110cc motor offers 8hp @ 7,500rpm and 8.7Nm @ 5,500rpm. Prices start at roughly Rs 55,600 ex-showroom.
TVS Ntorq (Fuel Efficiency: 47km/l)
The TVS Ntorq comes in three formats (including a Race Edition) with prices ranging from Rs 67,000 and Rs 74,000, approximately. It is equipped with a 124.8cc engine good for 9.4hp @ 7,000rpm and 10.5Nm @ 5,500rpm.