For most of us millennials, our ticket to learning how to ride was an automatic scooter, which also forms a huge part of the two-wheeler industry in India. In some regions, the automatic scooter caught on more than others, for example, Dehradun. Two-wheeler users here mostly prefer scooters over commuter motorcycles. And why not, they have space to carry stuff, space to comfortably place their feet and the ease of gearless riding. Most of us learned to ride from our parents or siblings or even friends. But we'd just gotten off a bicycle and onto a scooter that was much heavier! And so it took a little time getting used to it. After spending a considerable amount of time with the new TVS Wego, it came to me as a great option for a young rider for whom it would be his/her very first set of wheels. It is big on convenience keeping the user happy and covers safety too, keeping the parents content as well.
If compared to other scooters that TVS has on offer, the Wego has quite a younger appeal to it. While the Jupiter seems to be an adult, the Scooty Pep has been honed and marketed more towards female riders. The Wego, however, is not restricted to gender and is rather a peppy design that would also appeal to riders who have just obtained their learning licence.
Although the Wego features AHO (automatic headlight on), the brightness of the headlamp felt slightly lower than appropriate. The tail lamp, however, looks quite tastefully designed. The ride quality is above average. While the Wego feels very light to handle and manoeuvre, the lightness has slightly worked against it when speaking of riding over broken roads. The ability to handle bumps worked better on the Jupiter, aa scooter from the same brand.
Like all TVS scooter offerings, the Wego too has a lot of convenience features, with a very important one being the external fuel filler cap at the back. The storage bin is a bit small and was not able to accommodate a regular open face helmet, however, it will accommodate small shopping bags or backpacks. And if there is more stuff to carry, there's the luggage hook above the floorboard.
The Wego remains composed at straight-line speeds around 80 kph and power comes from its 109.7cc engine that makes 7.8 bhp. But what's best is that it is nippy through traffic at low speeds, thanks to its easy handling. Brakes have an adequate bite in them and the scooter faired well during emergency braking too. Safety is covered by TVS' SBS (sync braking system), which helps distribute braking power between front and back. Even when the rider applies only the rear brake, the system makes use of both front and rear brakes, hence providing stability.
The instrument panel is quite eye-catchy. Unlike most scooters in this segment, the Wego comes with a fully digital instrument console and it also features a clock, which is missing from the competition. Like other TVS scooters, this too has a way of gently letting the rider know when the scooter is consuming more fuel with the Power and Eco mode. Other neat details on the console are service reminder indicator, low fuel, and low battery indicators.
Speaking of Eco mode, the Wego delivers a respectable fuel efficiency figure of 62 kmpl (claimed). Based on your riding style and requirements, it will easily churn out about a 300 km range on one full tank, the capacity of which is 5 litres. It features electric and kick-start, which is assisted by a choke if there's trouble starting it, say, on a cold winter morning.
The Wego comes in nine colour options, with some of them being dual-tone. It is distinguished in two variants - disc and drum. The disc version, priced at Rs 54,000, is only slightly more expensive than the drum version at Rs 51,000 (prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). While the drum brake will perform satisfactorily, customers must always go for the disc brake, ensuring their own safety.
The Wego faces competition within the brand, however, it definitely packs more style than the Jupiter and handles rather very well. This happy little scooter will work great even for first-time users, for example, college goers. It promises value for money with the many convenience and safety features, along with which it makes a fashion statement with its fresh design as well.