Ather 450 Apex vs Bajaj Chetak Premium: Motors
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Ather 450 Apex vs Bajaj Chetak Premium: Motors

Reviews by Team Drivio | Jan 23, 2024

Specifications  Ather 450 ApexBajaj Chetak Premium
Motor3kW (peak)4kW
Top Speed100kmph63-73kmph
Battery3kWh2.9-3.2kWh
Range157km113-127km

Maintaining the 3.7kWh battery capacity, the Apex elevates performance with a peak power increase from the 450X's 6.4kW to 7.0kW. The introduction of the Warp Plus mode allows the Apex to achieve a top speed of 100kmph. Software and algorithmic revisions to the Ather drive controller (ADC) contribute to a 30% improvement in 40-80kmph acceleration, a 2.9-second 0-40kmph acceleration time, and consistent acceleration up to 80kmph.

In Warp Plus mode, the Apex delivers a range of 75km, matching the standard Warp mode. The Magic Twist regenerative braking system claims to handle nearly 75% of braking duties in the city, offering enhanced efficiency and control.

Bajaj Chetak's performance maintains consistency, offering a responsive throttle in both Eco and Sport modes. While the difference between modes is marginal, Sport mode provides a higher top speed. Effective braking, coupled with gradual regenerative braking feedback, upholds the scooter's user-friendly nature.

Key changes include an upgraded 3.2kWh battery pack, extending the range to 126km (as per IDC cycle) and approximately 115km in real-world conditions. Charging time has increased to 4 hours 30 mins for a full charge from the 800W onboard charger. The top speed has been raised to 73kph, addressing previous concerns, with revised gearing for improved performance.

Ather 450 Apex vs Bajaj Chetak Premium: Suspension, Tyres and Brakes

SpecificationsAther 450 ApexBajaj Chetak Premium 
Front SuspensionTelescopic forkTelescopic fork
Rear SuspensionMonoshockDual shocks
Front Tyre90/90-1290/90-12
Rear Tyre100/80-1290/100-12
Front brakeDisc brakeDisc brake
Rear brakeDisc brakeDrum brake

In real-world conditions, maintaining speeds of 40-50kmph, and disengaging the throttle triggers a progressive and swift deceleration of the scooter. The Magic Twist feature exhibits enhanced effectiveness, offering a smoother and more controlled deceleration process compared to conventional regen braking systems.

While the Magic Twist feature demonstrates notable advancements, relying solely on it may pose a degree of risk unless riders thoroughly familiarize themselves with its nuances. A cautious approach is recommended to ensure a safe integration into one's riding style.

The Chetak delivers a firm yet absorbent ride, catering to both city and highway use with its improved top speed. The permanent magnet motor produces a peak output of 4.2kW and 20Nm, ensuring linear acceleration. Natural throttle response and effective regenerative braking enhance the overall riding experience.

Ather 450 Apex vs Bajaj Chetak Premium: Dimensions

DimensionsBajaj Chetak Premium 
Length1890mm
Width725mm
Wheelbase1330mm
Seat height760mm
Ground clearance160mm
Kerb weight133kg

The Apex demonstrates robust performance on the track, showcasing brisk acceleration and strong motor pull, particularly during corner exits. Replicating stop-and-go scenarios on a traffic-free road reinforces the scooter's agility at speeds under 70kmph. The Magic Twist regen system, initially challenging on the track, promises efficient braking in urban environments.

Practicality sees improvements with a reprofiled underseat boot, offering a flatter floor and increased capacity from 17 to 21 litres. While unable to accommodate a full-face helmet, it comfortably houses a half-face helmet. The 5.5-litre front glove box retains the charging cable, and a convenient luggage hook remains.

Ather 450 Apex vs Bajaj Chetak Premium: Price

ModelPrice (Ex-showroom)
Ather 450 ApexRs 1.89 lakh
Bajaj Chetak PremiumRs 1.15 lakh onwards

Ather has priced the 450 Apex at Rs 1.89 lakh, ex-showroom, excluding FAME 2 subsidy. The brand hasn’t applied for FAME 2, and given that the subsidy will soon cease to exist, it makes sense for the brand not to be dependent on it.

The 2023 Bajaj Chetak is available in Premium and Urbane variants, each with Standard and Tecpac sub-variants. The Premium variant is priced at Rs 1,35,463 and Rs 1,44,463 (ex-showroom Bengaluru, including FAME 2 subsidy) for Standard and Tecpac, respectively. Colour options include Hazel Nut, Indigo Blue, and Brooklyn Black.

The Urbane variant is priced at Rs 1,15,000 for Standard and Rs 1,23,001 for Tecpac, with colour options including Cyber White, Matte Coarse Grey, Indigo Metallic, and Brooklyn Black. While Bajaj's pricing for the TecPac is reasonable, considering the features, there's a sentiment that these features should have been standard, aligning with most competitors.

Verdict

Priced at Rs. 1.89 lakh (ex-showroom), the 450 Apex commands a premium of around Rs. 30,000 over the 450X Gen3 with Pro Pack (varies based on state subsidies). Ather scooters, known for their likable features, prompt acceleration, and advanced technology, position the 450 Apex as an enticing limited-edition choice. However, considering the incremental benefits, the 450X Gen 3 with the Pro Pack remains a compelling alternative for those seeking a high-performance e-scooter without the premium price tag.

With an upgraded battery pack and extended riding range, the Bajaj Chetak aims to provide enhanced value. Priced at Rs 1.35 lakh (ex-showroom), the base model lacks ride modes and connectivity features. Accessing these tech features requires an additional Rs 9,000 investment in the 'TecPac.' This positions it competitively against the Ola S1 Pro and slightly above the TVS iQube S.

While not as feature-rich as some competitors, the Bajaj Chetak appeals to those seeking a straightforward electric scooter. It boasts a credible claimed range, comfortable ergonomics, spacious design, and plush ride quality, offering a pleasant experience for both rider and pillion. Though the performance may not be exhilarating, the Chetak compensates with practical aspects.

In conclusion, the improved range and other enhancements significantly contribute to the Chetak's overall value. With distinctive styling, commendable build quality, and a pleasant riding experience, the Bajaj Chetak stands out as a noteworthy option in the electric scooter market.