Last week, my cousin was complaining about the ever-increasing traffic during peak hours. Often, it takes her more than an hour to commute to her office, which is not much more than 10 km from home. After discussing all the alternatives to minimize travel time, she finally decided to buy the latest scooter, which would be both a convenient and an affordable choice for her. When I researched about scooters in India, I found that they have become the most popular and ideal option among women professionals.
According to an article in The Economic Times, in the five years to 2017, the share of scooters in the overall two-wheeler market in India has risen from 20% to 33%. With an increase in urbanization, improved infrastructure and the rise of women buyers, scooter sales have surged. Moreover, a scooter provides a better ride in the heavy traffic of both tier I and tier II cities of India.
There is wide range of scooters from leading brands, such as Honda, Hero MotoCorp, TVS, Suzuki, Mahindra, Yamaha and more on offer. Also, there are electric scooters, which are environment-friendly as well as cost-effective. Given the increase in traffic congestion, it proves to be a convenient intra-city vehicle, weaving its way between the larger cars.
10 Best Scooters Available in India
Here is a list of best scooters in India…
Honda Activa 5G
Honda Activa is one of the largest selling scooters in India today. However, that doesn’t stop the Japanese automobile manufacturer from constantly working to improve the design. The latest Honda Activa 5G has a combination of attractive design and premium features. The 5th Generation Activa has a 109.19cc engine, giving mileage of 60km/l. It comes with features like LED headlight, digital speedometer and much more. Activa is an ideal scooter for both urban and rural roads.
According to an article on NDTV.com, TVS Jupiter is the second best-selling scooter in India, after Honda Activa. Its amazing features, such as telescopic suspension, USB port for charging smartphones and external fuel-filler, are the main reasons for its popularity. It draws its power from a 109cc engine that offers 8 bhp and 8 Nm torque and an amazing mileage of 62km/l. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective scooters available today.
Honda Grazia comes with a superbly sporty and muscular design. It has made a name for itself not just for its muscular design, but also its superb performance due to the 124.9cc engine. It comes with special features, such as a disc brake in the front, digital speedometer and LED headlight. With its “motor scooter” look, Honda Grazia is particularly popular among youngsters.
Hero Maestro Edge
Hero Maestro Edge is an important step for Hero Motocorp, since it is the first scooter that Hero manufactured after its split with Honda. The scooter draws power from a 110cc engine that offers 8bhp and 8Nm torque. Its single-cylinder, air-cooled engine is what makes it light and efficient, particularly for women riders. It claims mileage of 52km/l and weighs up to 109kg.
Suzuki Access 125
Are you a working woman looking for an efficient scooter? Then, Suzuki Access 125 can be an ideal option for you! With improved features, such as a new frame, optional disc brake and more, it offers enhanced performance, fuel efficiency and added protection. It comes with a 124cc engine and offers amazing mileage of 64km/l, which provides a comfortable and smooth ride. Moreover, it comes in elegant and sleek designs.
With Honda Dio’s classic design, it can be said that it is targets the youth of India. According to an article on Drivespark.com, the Dio is one of the best-selling scooter models for Honda in India. Are you looking for a scooter to enjoy long ride with friends? With a 109cc engine and of 66km/l mileage, Honda Dio is one of the best options for you! It has greatly evolved since its inception and now comes in super-attractive colours and the efficient Honda CBS feature.
Yamaha Cygnus Ray ZR
This two-wheeler has a quirky and muscular design and comes in bold colours. It is Yamaha’s attempt to attract the Indian youngster. Its dynamic and fluid design gives a next-generation look. The scooter is available in exciting colours, such as Matt Green, Rooster Red, Armada Blue and many more. It is powered by a 133cc engine that provides torque of 7bhp and 8Nm with help of a CVT gear box. It offers mileage of 66km/l.
TVS Scooty Zest 110
TVS takes pride in the fact that its Scooty Zest 110 primarily targets female riders. The two-wheeler draws its power from a 110cc engine, providing torque of 8bhp and 9Nm, with mileage of 62 km/l. Weighing in a 98kg weight, it the one of the lightest scooters in India. It has a perfect balance of style and efficiency.
Another great choice for women is Yamaha Fascino. It is available in various attractive colours and appealing design. It is powered by a 113cc engine and offers mileage of 66km/l. Its single-cylinder, air-cooled engine offers 7bhp and 8Nm of torque. This make it an easy and comfortable ride for working women. Yamaha Fascino comes with a neo-retro design, making it appealing for riders of all age.
Mahindra Gusto 125
Mahindra vehicles are known for their robust build and quality. The Gusto 125 is powered by a 124.6cc engine, which produces 8.5bhp and 10Nm of torque. It comes in exquisite colours and a stylish design. Mahindra Gusto 125 ensures that you enjoy a comfortable ride with its unique height adjustable seat. It offers mileage of 51km/l and weighs up to 119kg.
Data shows that 1 in every 3 two-wheelers sold in India is a scooter. Scooters are very efficient and gender-neutral, and this one of the major reasons why buyers are inclined towards scooters. However, before buying a scooter that suits your need and budget, make sure to check the specs and features and read customer reviews.