List Of 150-200cc Bikes That Need Least Refuelling
Article by Drivio | 22nd Mar 23
While the 150-200cc segment might be a performance-oriented one, one could always do with saving some moolah if the bike’s mileage is good.
- Hero MotoCorp has the least number of bikes in the segment.
- Bajaj, being the segment leader, has as many as six bikes in this segment.
- TVS and Honda, meanwhile, both have four bikes each.
Buyers who choose a 150-200cc bike seek for a perfect balance of performance and fuel efficiency. This segment may not be as large as the commuter, but there are a number of bikes that have sold well, particularly in recent years. So, which of them achieves the best balance of performance and fuel economy? Let’s find out by what options the four major brands: TVS, Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj and Honda have for us:
|Specifications||Apache RTR 160||Apache RTR 160 4V||Apache RTR 180||Apache RTR 200 4V|
|Engine||159.7cc air-cooled engine||159.7cc air-cooled engine||177.4cc oil-cooled engine||197.75cc oil-cooled engine|
|Maximum Power||15.8 BHP @ 8750 rpm||17.31 BHP @ 9250 rpm||16.9 BHP @ 9000 rpm||20.5 BHP @ 9000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||13.85 Nm @ 7000 rpm||14.73 Nm @ 7500 rpm||15.5 Nm @ 7000 rpm||17.25 Nm @ 7250 rpm|
|Fuel Efficiency||45.06 kmpl||47.61 kmpl||45 kmpl||47.61 kmpl|
TVS has a majority of its bikes in this segment. So if it’s aiming for this segment so hard, it should also deliver on all fronts right? Yes, and well…no. You see, the TVS bikes here do deliver on performance. The 160 2V and the 180 sure feel a bit dated, but the 160 4V and the 200 4V are undoubtedly fantastic bikes.
But what that extra bit of performance does, is have its effects on fuel efficiency. While none of the bikes are fuel-guzzlers, the fact that not even one could cross the 50 kmpl mark in our tests is kind of disappointing. The fact that they are high-strung engines that love to be revved to the redline is what affects their mileage.
|Specifications||Xtreme 160R||Xtreme 200S||XPulse 200 4V & 200T|
|Engine||163cc air-cooled engine||199.6cc oil-cooled engine||199.6cc oil-cooled engine|
|Maximum Power||15 BHP @ 8500 rpm||17.8 BHP @ 8000 rpm||18.9 BHP @ 8500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||14 Nm @ 6500 rpm||17.1 Nm @ 6500 rpm||17.35 Nm @ 6500 rpm|
|Fuel Efficiency||55.47kmpl||54 kmpl||51.59 kmpl|
Hero MotoCorp has, over the years, always been a commuter-centric company. That said, it has slowly gotten into the enthusiast side of things and these three bikes are proof of it. Agreed, none of them has performance that’ll wow you but it’s definitely enough to keep you entertained.
Among these, unsurprisingly, the Xtreme 160R ranks first, returning nearly 56 kilometres ever litre. Interestingly, the Xtreme 200S is second and the Xpulse twins come after the sportbike.
|Specifications||Pulsar 150||Pulsar P150||Pulsar N160||Pulsar NS160||Pulsar NS200||Pulsar RS200|
|Engine||149.5cc engine||149.68cc engine||164.82cc engine||160.3cc engine||199.5cc engine||199.5cc engine|
|Maximum Power||13.8 BHP @ 8500 rpm||14.3 BHP @ 8500 rpm||15.8 BHP @ 8750 rpm||17 BHP @ 9000 rpm||24.2 BHP @ 9750 rpm||24.2 BHP @ 9750 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||13.25 Nm @ 6500 rpm||13.5 Nm @ 6000 rpm||14.65 Nm @ 6750 rpm||14.6 Nm @ 7250 rpm||18.74 Nm @ 8000 rpm||18.74 Nm @ 8000 rpm|
|Fuel Efficiency||50 kmpl||51.54 kmpl||59.11 kmpl||40.6 kmpl||40.84 kmpl||35 kmpl|
Bajaj is hands down the leader of this segment and it shows in the brand's extensive portfolio. The Pulsar 150, P150 and the N160 are all incredibly frugal engines. Interestingly, the largest engine of the lot, the N160, gives the highest mileage. It can be attributed to its relaxed and tractable nature which allows you to carry lower speed in higher gears.
Where the fuel efficiency starts taking a hit is with the NS160, NS200 and the RS200. These bikes are on the performance side of things and hence their efficiency isn’t up to the mark.
|Engine||162.7cc air-cooled engine||162.7cc air-cooled engine||184.4cc engine||184.4cc engine|
|Maximum Power||12.74 BHP @ 7500 rpm||13.7 BHP @ 8000 rpm||17 BHP @ 8500 rpm||17 BHP @ 8500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||14 Nm @ 5500 rpm||14.7 Nm @ 5500 rpm||16.1 Nm @ 6000 rpm||16.1 Nm @ 6000 rpm|
|Fuel Efficiency||40.6 kmpl||50 kmpl||57.35 kmpl||40 kmpl|
The Honda bikes, unfortunately, lie somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. Their bikes have returned average fuel efficiency while not even being exciting to ride. The Unicorn’s 40.6 kmpl is particularly low, given it’s a simple 162.7cc engine.
The Hornet does stand out, wearing the 57.35 kmpl badge proudly but then again, it comes at the cost of good performance.
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The Pulsar N160 wins this bout with its solid 59.11 kmpl mileage figure. Its 164.8cc engine is a torque-driven one, meaning you can lazily putter around in the town without giving the gearbox much of a workout. It, hence, hits the perfect balance between performance and mileage.