Ola S1X Review: Honda Activa 6G Killer?
Article by Drivio | 3rd Oct 23
The S1X’s prices start from Rs 89,999 and go up to Rs 1.09 lakh
- It is available in three variants: 2kWh, 3kWh and S1X+
- Ranges for the scooters start from 95km and go all the way to 151km
- The S1X features a lot of design changes over its other siblings to make it more affordable
Now while Ola scooters have always promised market-leading features and range, what they have always been are also quite expensive scooters. In fact, the S1 Pro, the top-of-the-line Ola scooter has been one of the most expensive electric scooters in India. So when Ola finally introduced its most affordable scooter at a mouth-watering price, India obviously sat up and took notice of the same.
But now that Ola has finally launched it and we have ridden it as well, is when the question arises. Is it actually a good Ola scooter or does it feel like one in which costs have been cut in major ways? Well, we had the chance to ride the scooter around for a while, and here’s all that we liked and disliked about this electric scooter:
Ola S1X: Design & Features
The Ola S1X stands out in the S1 range with its sleeker design, notably featuring a smaller headlight cowl. The apron and side panel design closely resembles the standard S1. Visual distinctions also include a telescopic fork and blacked-out steel wheels.
In terms of features, the Ola S1X offers a wide array, including multiple riding modes, a reverse mode, a side stand alert, an LCD instrument cluster, Bluetooth connectivity with navigation, and even cruise control. However, it's important to note that the specific features may vary depending on the variant. For a detailed breakdown of the feature differences, please refer to the Variants section. This provides a clear overview of the distinct offerings within the Ola S1X line-up.
Ola S1X: Motor& Range
The Ola S1X electric scooter features a hub motor with a continuous power output of 2.7kW and a peak power of 6kW across its three variants. In the S1X and S1X+, the top speed is 90kmph, while the 2kWh variant reaches 85kmph. All versions offer Eco, Normal, and Sports riding modes. Acceleration from 0-60kmph takes 5.5 seconds for the S1X and S1X+, and 7.9 seconds for the 2kWh variant.
The motor is paired with a 3kWh lithium-ion battery pack in the S1X and S1X+, while the 2kWh variant is equipped with a 2kWh battery pack. Charging from 0-100 percent using the home charger takes approximately 7.4 hours for all three variants. This efficient electric scooter provides various performance options to suit different types of riders.
Ola S1X: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes
|Front Suspension||Telescopic Fork|
|Rear Suspension||Dual Shock Absorbers|
|Front brake||Drum Brakes|
|Rear brake||Drum Brakes|
The Ola S1X, S1X+, and S1X 2kWh variants boast ARAI-certified ranges of 151km, 151km, and 91km, respectively. In Eco mode, the real-world range extends to 85km for the 2kWh variant and 125km for the other two models.
Charging from 0-100 percent with a home charger takes 7.4 hours for all three variants. Notably, the S1X and S1X+ come with a 500W portable charger, while the 2kWh variant is equipped with a 350W unit. These features ensure a versatile and efficient charging experience for Ola's electric scooters.
Ola S1X: Dimensions
The S1 X impressively weighs in at 108kg, marking a substantial 13kg reduction compared to its sibling, the S1 Pro. This weight disparity becomes evident immediately in the riding experience.
The scooter displays enhanced agility, responding more quickly to changes in direction, and navigating corners becomes notably more effortless. This is largely attributed to the smaller battery pack in the S1 X, effectively eliminating the sense of bulkiness associated with the S1 Pro and offering riders a lighter and more nimble journey.
Ola S1X: Price
|S1X 2kWh||Rs 89,999|
|S1X 3kWh||Rs 99,999|
|S1X +||Rs 1.09 lakh|
The S1X’s prices start from Rs 89,999 and go all the way up to Rs 1.09 lakh, both prices ex-showroom.
The S1X might have a really good price but where it falls short once again, are typical Ola areas. The scooter could’ve been finished better and the paint scheme looks a bit hastily done. As attractive as it looks from a distance, close scrutiny reveals major side panel gaps that are extremely uneven and honestly quite unsightly to watch. We wish Ola did work on it because we’re sure those very panels would start bouncing and rattling just a few months into owning the scooter.
And along with these, there are still some technical issues in the scooter too. So if you have a budget of just under Rs 1 lakh, we’d advise you to overlook the S1X and consider the Activa 6G or the TVS Jupiter.