Ather Rizta vs Ola S1 Air vs TVS iQube: How Rizta Fares Against The Leaders

Ather Rizta vs Ola S1 Air vs TVS iQube: How Rizta Fares Against The Leaders

Reviews by Team Drivio | 11 Apr 2024

In terms of outright design, the Ather Rizta definitely stands out in this lot

  • While the Ola S1 Air looks quirky, its looks might be a bit too polarising for someone who wants a family-friendly electric scooter 
  • Till now, the TVS iQube had been our go-to recommendation for anyone who wanted a family-friendly electric scooter 
  • Despite its relatively affordable price tag, the Ola S1 Air packs equipment that sounds quite decent, at least on paper 

For those in the market for an economical electric scooter, the landscape has expanded beyond the familiar choices of the Ola S1 Air and the TVS iQube with the introduction of the Ather Rizta in India. Now faced with three compelling options, determining the ideal choice can be a daunting task. Let's delve into the comparison to identify the most suitable option among these affordable electric scooters.

Ather Rizta vs Ola S1 Air vs TVS iQube: Designs & Features

In the realm of design, the Ather Rizta adopts a refined approach, diverging from the bold styling cues of its 450-series predecessors. Opting for a more understated aesthetic, the Rizta features a front apron housing a horizontally oriented headlight cluster complemented by integrated DRLs and turn indicators. The seamless integration of the side and tail panels underscores Ather's commitment to blending form and function seamlessly.

Distinctive to the Rizta's design is its tail-light, echoing the bar-style shape of the headlight and seamlessly integrating into the overall bodywork. This cohesive design philosophy is aimed at appealing to a diverse demographic, catering to individuals across various age groups. In essence, the Ather Rizta strikes a harmonious balance between sophistication and utility, ensuring it resonates with a broad audience.

The Ola S1 Air adopts a utilitarian approach in its design, catering primarily to daily commuters. Featuring a level floorboard, sleek black body cladding, and a single-piece pillion grab rail, the S1 Air exudes a practical aesthetic within the Ola S1 range. The TVS iQube, however, falls short of expectations in terms of its futuristic appeal as an electric vehicle. While its boxy design is executed well and avoids appearing outdated, it lacks the eye-catching aesthetics of its competitors like Ola and Ather.

Ather Rizta vs Ola S1 Air vs TVS iQube: Motor & Range

Specifications  Ather Rizta Ola S1 AirTVS iQube 
Motor4.3kW4.5kW4.4kW Hub Motor
Top Speed80kmph90kmph82kmph
Battery2.9/3.7kWh2.98kWh3.04kWh Li-ion Battery Pack
Range123-160km (IDC range)125km (Eco Mode)100km

On the performance front, the Ola S1 Air is propelled by an electric hub motor with a rated power output of 2.7kW and an impressive peak power of 4.5kW. Drawing energy from a 3kWh battery pack, the scooter boasts an official range of up to 125km and a top speed of approximately 90kmph.

In contrast, the core of the iQube electric scooter lies in its robust 4.4kW motor, leveraging the instantaneous torque characteristic of electric vehicles. With ample power, particularly at lower speeds, the iQube delivers strong acceleration and responsiveness, making it well-suited for urban commuting.

In the domain of advanced technology and convenience, the Ather Rizta lineup introduces two distinct variants packed with cutting-edge features. The Ather Rizta S boasts a sleek 7-inch LCD instrument console equipped with Bluetooth connectivity for seamless integration with smartphones, along with turn-by-turn navigation for enhanced navigation capabilities. 

Meanwhile, the Ather Rizta Z raises the bar with a 7-inch TFT instrument console, offering enhanced clarity and functionality. Notably, it incorporates Google Maps navigation, setting it apart from the Ather 450X with its unique layout.

Both variants introduce a suite of innovative functionalities tailored to modern riders. From AutoHold to Reverse Mode and MagicTwist for regenerative braking, the Ather Rizta ensures a dynamic and intuitive riding experience. Notably, it introduces several industry-first features, including integrated WhatsApp for effortless communication on the go and the ability to manage calls with preset messages directly from the instrument console. 

Additionally, integrated Alexa capabilities add a futuristic touch, enabling hands-free access to a range of services.

Ather Rizta vs Ola S1 Air vs TVS iQube: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsAther RiztaOla S1 AirTVS iQube 
Front SuspensionTelescopic forkTelescopic ForkTelescopic Fork
Rear SuspensionMonoshockDual Shock Absorbers Preload-adjustable Shock Absorbers
Front Tyre12-inch wheels110/70-1290/90-12
Rear Tyre12-inch wheels110/70-1290/90-12
Front brakeDisc brakeDrum Brakes220mm Disc Brake
Rear brakeDrum brakeDrum Brakes130mm Drum Brake

The Ather Rizta lineup caters to a range of commuting needs with its versatile battery options. The Rizta S and one variant of the Rizta Z are equipped with a 2.9kWh capacity battery pack, boasting a claimed IDC (Indian Driving Conditions) range of 123km. Charging convenience is ensured with a 350W portable charger, offering a swift recharge from 0-80% in just 6 hours and 40 minutes.

In contrast, the alternate variant of the Rizta Z features a larger 3.7kWh capacity battery pack, providing an extended IDC range of 160km. Paired with the robust 700W Ather Duo charger, charging time is significantly reduced to 4 hours and 30 minutes for a 0-80% charge cycle, ensuring minimal downtime and maximum convenience.

Regarding hardware, the latest iQube retains the same reliable suspension and braking components as its predecessor. The dual shocks offer a comfortable ride, capable of handling various road conditions with ease.

Ather Rizta vs Ola S1 Air vs TVS iQube: Dimensions

DimensionsOla S1 AirTVS iQube 
Seat height792mm770mm
Ground clearance165mm157mm
Kerb weight108kg117.2kg

In terms of weight, the S1 Air tips the scales at 108kg, achieving a noticeable reduction compared to its counterpart, the S1 Pro. This difference translates into enhanced agility and manoeuvrability, making the S1 Air a nimble option for navigating city streets.

The Ather Rizta delivers an exceptional ride experience with its well-engineered suspension system. Comprising a telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear, the Rizta offers a balanced and smooth ride over varying road surfaces. The braking performance is equally reliable, thanks to the combination of a 200mm front disc and a 130mm rear drum, further enhanced by the CBS (Combined Braking System) for optimal stopping power and control.

Ather Rizta vs Ola S1 Air vs TVS iQube: Price

Ather RiztaRs 1,09,999 onwards (Ex-showroom Bengaluru)
Ola S1 AirRs 1,19,999 (Ex-showroom Bengaluru)
TVS iQube Rs 1,36,628 (Ex-showroom Bengaluru)

Ather introduces the Ather Rizta with two enticing variants: the Rizta S and the Rizta Z, catering to diverse consumer preferences. The entry-level Rizta S variant is priced at Rs 1,09,999, offering an attractive blend of affordability and performance.

Meanwhile, the Rizta Z variant offers additional flexibility with two battery pack options: 2.9kWh and 3.7kWh. Priced at Rs 1,24,999 and Rs 1,44,999 respectively (all introductory prices and ex-showroom Bengaluru), the Rizta Z addresses varying usage requirements with ease. Notably, these prices incorporate benefits under the Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme 2024 (EMPS), enhancing the value proposition for consumers in Bengaluru and beyond.

With recent adjustments in FAME 2 subsidies, the Ola S1 Air is now priced at Rs 1,19,999 (ex-showroom prices accounting for the FAME 2 subsidy). Available in four appealing colour options, the S1 Air presents an attractive value proposition for prospective buyers.

Meanwhile, the TVS iQube electric scooter offers two variants catering to different preferences and styles. Priced competitively, the standard variant presents a cost-effective option for those embracing electric mobility. For enthusiasts seeking additional features, the iQube S variant is available at a slightly higher price of Rs 1,36,628.


 In conclusion, while the Ola S1 Air may seem enticing due to its lower price point, it's essential to consider its drawbacks. For those seeking an affordable electric scooter, alternatives such as the TVS iQube S or the Ather 450S may offer a better balance of affordability and features.

The TVS iQube S, in particular, stands out as a family-friendly option, boasting practical features and versatile performance. Despite its slightly lower range and top speed compared to competitors, the iQube S prioritises comfort and usability, making it an ideal choice for riders of all ages and skill levels.