New TVS Jupiter review: Honda Activa alternative just got even better

TVS Jupiter now comes in more colour options and has been equipped with a safety feature - SBS (Sync Braking System)

By: | Updated: July 14, 2017 6:20 PM

India is the largest two-wheeler market in the world as it is a large country with a lot of people, most of whom require an affordable and reliable mode of transportation. Hence, the two-wheeler is a very popular mode of transportation here. As much as we would like to see performance motorcycles and scooters run on our roads, the fact remains that it is the 100-110-125 cc scooters and motorcycles that make up the most of the sales. Customers in the 110cc scooter segment have come to be incredibly easy and equally difficult to impress. While several brands offer similar practicality on their scooters with similar power figures, somehow Honda Activa has been the apple of their eye to a majority of the customers in this segment. Why does a scooter equally powerful and equally comfortable, which is not an Activa, not impress as much? It is a matter of loyalty, which I think the TVS Jupiter can build for itself too since this scooter is pretty good.

The Jupiter is rather very comfortable to be on, to ride, even through the rough patches on roads. It looks like a well-built machine. The fit and finish are impressive, and the seat is pretty sizable and will keep the pillion happy as well. The floor board is large and if you happen to carry luggage, there will still be enough space for your feet. And when the sun sinks below, the headlamp is aptly bright and features AHO (Automatic Headlight On) too.

Speaking of a comfortable ride, the Jupiter accelerates effortlessly from stationary and remained quite composed at speeds above 80 kph too. The 109.7cc engine produces 7.88 bhp, which is lower than an Activa by a tiny margin but has barely affected the performance.

Now that we are on the subject of speed, braking is all the more relevant. The Jupiter features the sync braking system (SBS), which is a new inclusion. Similar to Honda's Combi Brake System (CBS), which works rather very well, the SBS automatically manages the braking between the front and rear by applying both brakes. The system automatically activates the front brakes even if the rider applies only the rear brake. This provides better stability and of course, better braking.

Such a scooter is mostly meant to deliver great practicality and ease of handling so riders of all sizes and experience levels can ride it. The Jupiter has got these aspects covered. It gets two hooks above the floor board to carry bags, which can also be folded away when not in use. The storage bin under the seat is quite large, however, it will not accommodate a full face helmet.

The most relevant convenience feature on the Jupiter though, is the external fuel filler cap, something that is a blessing for new riders who have trouble handling the weight of the scooter every time they get off it. And of course, if you have a backpack on and another on the floorboard, you wouldn't want to get off.

Fuel efficiency figures of the Jupiter will have the customers satisfied as it delivers a claimed mileage of 62 kmpl and has a five-litre tank. Depending on your riding habits, it can deliver a range of about 300 km. The instrument console has two indicators – power and eco, that tell when the engine is using more fuel.

The tyres provide acceptable grip for a scooter at this price-point and having said that they are meant for civilised riding. If you happen to go Moto Cross on it, then the scooter will perhaps not be at fault.

In terms of pricing, the Jupiter offers good value-for-money. About Rs 50,000 for the base variant and the prices go up to Rs 55,000 for the disc version. In the interest of safety though, I would suggest going for the disc variant as no price can be more valuable than your life. Also, the Jupiter is available in 10 different colours, of which the Volcano Red, in particular, is striking.

There are many scooters cheaper than the Jupiter in the market, however fishing out some extra money for better quality seems like a good plan. Not just cheaper than the Jupiter, there are also those which are priced higher but in no way did the Jupiter feel like it lagged behind them considerably from a practical perspective.

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    Murad FARID
    Jul 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm
    I like Jupiter👍 ZYADA KA FAYDA
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      Soumya Mukherjee
      Jul 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm
      Have been riding the Jupiter since 2014 and now we have 2 of them. Class mileage of more than 62kmpl. Very happy with its performance. It screams value for money and have won many drags with Activa. Pickup and suspensions are smooth and not like Activa , continuous bobling and harsh effect. Only demerit are the 90/90-12 TVS tyres and after s needs some improvement.
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        Pritesh
        Jul 16, 2017 at 10:15 am
        What about current customer which does not have sinc braking system? I am not indeed happy with my available ordinary brakes.. Within one year of running, I needed to change my liners.
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          T srinivas
          Jul 16, 2017 at 6:23 am
          Pick. Up. Not satisfied
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            Sandy
            Jul 16, 2017 at 12:01 am
            How it is in a long journey? Please let me know.
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              Subhendu Kumar Das
              Jul 15, 2017 at 8:09 pm
              Finance
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                Subhendu Kumar Das
                Jul 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm
                Financial
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                  Vinod Sharma
                  Jul 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm
                  Indeed Jupiter is a superb scooter, I bought one for my daughter last year and she is very happy riding it. Even I also used to ride sometime, it is so balance vehicle. As far as mileage is concerned it is not giving more then 45 to 50 kmpl. It should be improved better, otherwise Jupiter is perfect. I want to give it full marks 100 out of 100
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                    Dhanabanta
                    Jul 15, 2017 at 7:55 pm
                    In scooter segment without any doubt Honda activa is the number one choice of ride in all categories of people.
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                      Amol
                      Jul 15, 2017 at 7:48 pm
                      Suzuki Access 125 is better looking and more powerful
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                        SUDEEP
                        Jul 15, 2017 at 7:35 pm
                        Petrol leakage was a big headache in my Jupiter and body was not strong like Activa. I have purchased in 2014 and last 3months back I sold it because of this problem needs lot of improvements I don't know still why they are not giving importance.
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                          Rk
                          Jul 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm
                          Luxuary class riding
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                            Rk
                            Jul 15, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                            Yes the center stand perfect soooo easy .best in class
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                              Pankaj gaikar
                              Jul 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm
                              My favourite scooter in my life good looking forever good price i like Jupiter.
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                                mohammad hoda
                                Jul 15, 2017 at 8:44 am
                                Though the features are now enhanced in Jupiter but the fact is Honda engine is far better than others, that's why Honda activa segment are number one sellers in india,
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                                  Jay
                                  Jul 14, 2017 at 10:37 pm
                                  TVS JUPITER IS A BIG WINNER all THE WAY.
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                                    Narayan nath
                                    Jul 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm
                                    Ohh yes
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