Suzukis new sporty scooter, the Avenis is available in two trims - the base Standard variant costs.Rs. 86,700 (ex-showroom price, Delhi) and the Race Edition variant that is priced at Rs. 87,000. The body panels and apron layouts are slightly reminiscent of the TVS Ntorq, but thats as far as it is. It shares its underpinnings with the maxi-scooter, Burgman Street. But with a small light body that is aggressively styled, the Avenis tries to carve a name for itself in a competition that also includes the Aprilia SR 125.
Initial impressions of the newly updated 2021 SR 125 might leave you satiated. For it doesnt overwhelm you with its uniqueness as it did during its debut. Theres a new muscular front apron with a new V-shaped all-LED headlight, and an all-digital console derived from the bigger SXR160. The newly updated scooter has managed to address some of the critical points. So, all in all, Aprilia has bettered an already good scooter, but the question is, has it worked?
Is the Aprilia SR125 the better scooter on paper, or has Suzuki got their breakthrough?
Despite sharing the same underpinnings of a maxi scooter, the Suzuki Avenis has a lean body. Both the front and rear fascias get aggressively tapered edges. The door panels are comprised of hard plastic in gloss and matte finish with dual colour. The console head unit gets a small integrated fly-cover that extends into a sort of knuckle guard, that integrates the indicators. The front apron with the all-LED headlamp at the bottom and the twin-LED taillamps at the edge of the seat with aggressive grab rails, along with a sporty exhaust muffler further amplifies the true intention of the scooter.
The new Aprilia SR 125 comes with some very obvious design changes in the form of a new V-shaped all-LED headlight unit. The front fascia now looks less cluttered but more muscular at the same time. The aerodynamic cowl has a distinct sharper design that carries all the way up to the rear. Speaking of which, the new rear boasts of a new X-shaped taillight design with broader grab rails. But the most unique design change has to the split seat configuration. No other scooter in this segment gets a split seat design and this makes it unique.
|Dimensions||Suzuki Avenis||Aprilia SR 125|
|length*width*height||1895*710*1175 mm^3||1985*806*1261 mm^3|
|Wheelbase||1265 mm||1365 mm|
|Ground Clearance||160 mm||155 mm|
|Fuel Capacity||5.2 Liters||6 Liters|
|Kerb Weight||106 Kg||118 Kg|
The Aprilia SR 125 has bigger dimensions that make it heavier by 12 kgs more than Avenis. Performance figures get affected and the ride quality of the Aprilia also becomes cumbersome.
The Suzuki Avenis is powered by the same 125 cc engine available with the Burgman Street and Access 125. This BS6 compliant unit produces 8.7 Ps and 10 Nm of torque, mated to a CVT transmission. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic fronts and a single swing arm suspension for the rear wheels. Both the Standard Avenis and Race Edition Avenis ]ride on 12 alloy wheels at the front and 10 alloy wheels at the rear.
|Engine Units||Suzuki Avenis||Aprilia SR 125|
|Power||8.7 PS @ 6750 rpm||9.92 PS @ 7700 rpm|
|Torque||10 Nm @ 5500 rpm||9.7 Nm @ 6000 rpm|
|Suspension Front||Telescopic||Front Fork|
|Suspension Rear||Single Rear Shock Absorber||Mono Shock absorber|
|Tyres||12 front, 10 rear||14 front, 14 rear|
Mechanically, the Aprilia SR 125 has mechanically remained the same as well, since the engine was BS6 complement already. The 124.45 cc engine in the SR 125 produces 9.92 Ps and 9.7 Nm of torque. It rides on new CEAT 14 radial tyres both front and rear, with the combi brake system. Suspension duties are similarly handled by fork suspensions at the front but a mono-shock spring absorber for the rear wheels.
The larger wheels on the Aprilia SR 125 does give it an engaging ride quality. It also produces more power than the Avenis. But with a heavy kerb weight of almost 12 kgs more, the 2021 Aprilia SR 125 feels at a bit of a disadvantage.
Both the SR 125 and Avenis come with fully digital instrument clusters. The LCD screen on the Aprilia is borrowed from the SXR160, whereas, the Avenis shares the same found in the Burgman street. However, the Aprilias cluster does not get Bluetooth connectivity as standard, whereas the Avenis gets it as part of its standard features list. Aside from these two main differences, there are a few other differences as well.
The standard features list is available with the Suzuki Avenis. The standard Bluetooth connectivity supports call/message alert, turn-by-turn navigation with distance to destination, and an ETA indicator Theres also a USB charging port nicely tucked in behind a cubby hole at the front. Besides the extended fuel-filler cap, and the LED headlights and taillights, are the design features that stand out in the Suzuki Avenis.
On the other hand, the optional Bluetooth connectivity is available for an additional Rs. 2000. With the connectivity, it does give you call/message alerts but it doesnt show turn-by-turn navigation. The SR 125 does get a USB charging unit but it's located inside the under-seat storage along with a boot light. Aside from that, the Aprilia SR 125 does get an all-LED headlight, but the fuel-filler cap is accessible below the seat.
The Aprilia SR125 is definitely an improvement over its last iteration with the full-digital instrument cluster, but the Suzuki Avenis packs in more information, fused with practicality.
As mentioned before, the Suzuki Avenis is available in two variants. The base Standard variant is priced at Rs. 86,700. Whereas, the Race Edition is priced at Rs. 87,000 (ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
However, prices for the single-variant Aprilia SR 125 has been raised by Rs. 10,045, and the updated model costs Rs. 1,07,595.
Both the Suzuki Avenis and Aprilia SR 125 are modern sporty scooters with two different approaches to the segment. The SR 125 with its 14 bigger radial tyres will make you feel like riding a motorcycle. Combined with Aprilias extensive motorcycling experience, the premium quality on offer with the SR 125 is reflected in the new scooter. The Avenis on the other hand is a lucrative product with an impressively long list of features as well. But its exterior body will remind you of the TVS Ntorq, which comes across as a much more reasonable proposal than the Suzuki. The Avenis rides and feels like a scooter, but the refined 125 cc engine that we have experienced in the Access 125 and Burgman Street, should make the experience more enjoyable.
However, since we havent road-tested both the above scooters. To come to a solid conclusion would be unfair. Until then, well hold on to our conclusions and let the updated scooters bask in their latest glitz.
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