TVS iQube S vs Ola S1 Pro: Comparison Review
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TVS iQube S vs Ola S1 Pro: Comparison Review

Reviews by Team Drivio | May 17, 2023

The Ola S1 Pro has a bigger battery and higher range than the iQube S. 

  • Ola S1 Pro is even the faster scooter of the two, by quite a margin. 
  • That said, the iQube is built a lot better than the Ola. 
  • In terms of features though, the Ola S1 Pro is the clear winner. 

Every buyer of a two-wheeled vehicle is now thinking about buying an electric scooter; they are no longer a specialty item. There are many options available, whether they come from established firms like TVS Motor or new entries like Ather Energy and Ola Electric.

Ola Electric presently holds the top spot in the market for electric two-wheelers, followed by TVS Motor and Ather Energy. The Ather 450X, part of Ather's freshly updated portfolio, provides a more cost-effective choice.

We have information for anyone looking to purchase an electric scooter but unsure of which scooter to choose.

TVS iQube S vs Ola S1 Pro: Design & Features

All-LED lighting and a TFT instrument dashboard with smartphone connectivity via the SmartXonnect app are standard on the iQube range of e-scooters. Navigation, geo-fencing, distance-to-empty, charge status, ride statistics, and an overspeed alarm are among its additional features. The S variant has a seven-inch display, compared to the normal variant's five-inch screen. 

Additionally, it has a five-way joystick for menu navigation on the left switchgear. The top-tier ST model includes a joystick and a seven-inch touchscreen display. TVS includes a boot light and USB-charging compatibility as standard features, both of which increase usability. The high-end ST edition receives a larger 32-litre storage area, while the iQube and iQube S have a 17-litre boot.

The Ola S1 Pro has a 36-liter trunk that is roomy enough to accommodate various items, including a full-face helmet. Alloy wheels, flowing monochromatic panels, and dual LED headlights are included as standard features. For the comfort of the pillion, there is also a grab rail, side steps, and sculpted seating.

The Ola S1 Pro has a touch-enabled 7-inch TFT display with support for smartphones, WiFi/LTE, Bluetooth, and GPS, as well as all-LED lighting. Other features include reverse mode, Get Home mode, Take Me Home lights, side-stand down and anti-theft alert, geo-fencing, and a Limp Home mode. 

Three ride moods—Bolt, Vintage, and Eclipse—as well as vacation mode, proximity unlock, faux motor sounds, hill hold, three levels of regenerative braking, Hypercharging (which enables users to extend the battery's range to up to 50 kilometres in just 15 minutes), Bluetooth calling, and key sharing are now included in MoveOS 3.0.

TVS iQube S vs Ola S1 Pro: Motors

Specifications TVS iQube SOla S1 Pro 
Motor4.4kW Hub Motor8.5kW
Top Speed82kmph116kmph
Battery3.04kWh Li-ion Battery Pack4kWh
Range100km170km (Eco Mode)

The TVS iQube Electric standard and S variants are propelled to a stated top speed of 78kmph and offer a claimed real-world range of 100km by a 4.4kW electric hub motor and a 3.04kWh li-ion battery. The larger 4.56kWh li-ion battery pack used in the ST variant gives it a claimed real-world range of 140 km and a top speed of 82 kmph.

All of Ola's riding settings have been rebalanced to offer a sportier ride. In Hyper mode, it feels quick and neither Sport nor Normal mode appear sluggish at all. In fact, compared to MoveOS 2 software, the e-scooter accelerates to 60 kmph in the final two riding modes over a second faster.

Up until each mode's top speed, there is a more even distribution of torque across the board. Although the throttle response is now a little quicker than before, there is definitely room for improvement. 

The time it takes for the scooter to advance or pass another vehicle is still slightly delayed when the throttle is turned. As you swiftly slow down, you'll see that even after you let off the throttle, the scooter continues to go forward considerably. In Hyper and Sport modes, when the motor is receiving greater power, this delay is more obvious.

Thankfully, the scooter no longer entirely cuts off power when you apply the brakes. Even when the motor is receiving much less current, the scooter can still travel forward. The S1 gets easier to control than before when making little U-turns.

TVS iQube S vs Ola S1 Pro: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsTVS iQube SOla S1 Pro 
Front SuspensionTelescopic ForkTelescopic Fork
Rear SuspensionPreload-adjustable Shock AbsorbersMonoshock
Front Tyre90/90-12110/70-12
Rear Tyre90/90-12110/70-12
Front brake220mm Disc Brake220mm Disc Brake
Rear brake130mm Drum Brake180mm Disc Brake

The scooter's underpinnings consist of a telescopic fork and dual shocks in the back. A front disc and a rear drum unit hold the scooter in place. The Jupiter Grande's 12-inch wheels are being used on it. 

Although the Ola's complex front suspension and offset horizontally-mounted monoshock are pretty unique, they generally function quite well. The crashiness over larger obstacles was disappointing, despite the suspension's ability to absorb undulations and minor potholes. Your wrists and back suffer the most of the damage if you strike a large one. With the Ola S1 Pro, you can approach turns with confidence thanks to the suspension, tubular chassis, and large 12-inch tyres.

TVS iQube S vs Ola S1 Pro: Dimensions

DimensionsTVS iQube SOla S1 Pro 
Length1805mm1859mm
Width645mm712mm
Height1140mm1160mm
Wheelbase1301mm1359mm
Seat height770mm792mm
Ground clearance157mm165mm
Kerb weight117.2kg125kg

The TVS iQube weighs more than 119kg, making it a large electric scooter. When manoeuvring the scooter through parking lots, its weight is evident. Thank goodness, TVS equipped the e-scooter with Q-Park assist (reverse mode), which should help you manoeuvre the scooter in confined parking spots. 

But there are some quality issues here. The primary problem is that after riding in the rain, the Q-Park button becomes stuck. You cannot go back to Eco or Power riding modes after engaging them, even after rebooting. 

The city is where Ola's substantial weight is most noticeable. The scooter feels a little less agile on its feet than something like the Ather 450X or even the TVS iQube at that point because of its longer wheelbase. When manoeuvring the bike in confined parking places, you can feel the weight. 

TVS iQube S vs Ola S1 Pro: Price

ModelPrice 
TVS iQube SRs 1,32,454 (On-road Bengaluru)
Ola S1 ProRs 1,20,890 (On-road Bengaluru)

The TVS iQube now comes in two variations: Standard, which has Pearl White, Shining Red, and Titanium Grey as its three colour options, and S, which has Lucid Yellow, Mercury Grey, Mint Blue, and Copper Bronze Glossy as its four colour options. Pricing for the S model is Rs 1,32,454. 

The Ola S1 Pro is available in nine glossy colours, including Gerua, Coral Red, Marshmallow, Millennial Pink, Jet Black, Liquid Silver, Porcelain White, and Neo Mint, in addition to three matte colours (Anthracite Grey, Matte Black, and Midnight Blue). After the recent price cut, it is only offered in one configuration and costs Rs 1,20,890 (ex-showroom Delhi, including FAME II subsidy).

Verdict

The iQube appears to have more conventional controls and a higher build quality. Additionally, it provides a better riding experience and is more comfortable to use as a scooter. In contrast, the S1 Pro has a fantastic, futuristic appearance; nevertheless, some of the plastic panels on our test scooter weren't quite snug enough. The S1 Pro will surely get you there faster and farther now. In addition, it has more features than the iQube. 

The TVS has a more traditional scooter-like feel and would be appealing to people looking for a decent electric scooter to replace their ICE scooter. However, the Ola S1 Pro feels more like a technological wonder, comparable to the most recent iPhone, and you want it because it's cool. Therefore, it stands to reason that the Ola S1 Pro will appeal to scooter enthusiasts who demand the most cutting-edge technology available today.