TVS Jupiter Vs Suzuki Access 125: Battle Head-on
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TVS Jupiter Vs Suzuki Access 125: Battle Head-on

Reviews by Team Drivio | Apr 26, 2023

Both the TVS Jupiter and the Access 125 strike a good balance between performance and practicality, the latter does a bit better job at it though. 

  • The Jupiter’s 124.8cc engine makes 8.3PS and 10.5Nm. 
  • Suzuki, on the other hand, has tuned the Access to make a peppy 8.7PS and 10Nm. 
  • The latter’s engine tuning is definitely made towards the more peppy size. 

The 125cc scooters are no longer the specialised sub-segment they once were. The Suzuki Access 125, the class leader, is now one of the country's best-selling scooters, selling over 40,000 units every month. This is a segment in which TVS has also entered, although the sporty NTorq, as entertaining and feature-rich as it is, isn't for everyone. 

So the wonderful people at Hosur came up with the Jupiter 125, a new 125cc family scooter meant to give the Access a run for its money. Let’s see how the two pair up against each other: 

TVS Jupiter vs Suzuki Access 125: Design & Features

FeaturesTVS JupiterSuzuki Access 125
LED HeadlampYesYes
Fully-digital ConsoleNoNo
LED indicatorsNoNo
Riding modesNoNo
Alloy wheelsYesYes
Split seatsNoNo
Bluetooth connectivityNoNo

The Jupiter 125 includes LED headlights/tail lamps/DRLs, as well as halogen bulbs for the indicators. The scooter also includes an informative semi-digital instrument console that displays mileage, fuel level, distance to empty, and Eco/Power indicator. 

The Suzuki Access 125 BS6 has an analogue speedometer with a digital insert to provide odometer readings and fuel level. There is also an Eco Assist Illumination surrounding the speedometer lettering that illuminates based on the user's riding style. 

TVS Jupiter vs Suzuki Access 125: Engine & Gearbox

SpecificationsTVS JupiterSuzuki Access 125
Engine124.8cc air-cooled engine124cc air-cooled engine
Maximum Power8.15PS 8.7PS
Maximum Torque10.5Nm10Nm
TransmissionAutomaticAutomatic

One of the numerous advantages of the Access is its versatility. And the engine exemplifies this all-around ability. Sure, it's marketed as a practical family scooter, but its 125cc engine can compete with some of the more'sporty' 125cc scooters. It feels grunty and powerful, but it's also very smooth and refined, with scarcely any vibrations transmitted to the rider. The cherry on top is its exceptional fuel efficiency, and the Access' motor checks most of the boxes that Indians look for in family scooters.

On paper, the Jupiter appears to have a comparable engine to the Access. Yes, it has less power, but it has greater torque and does it at lower RPM than the Access. But, on the other hand, it's bearing a little more weight. In the real world, the Jupiter keeps up with the Access at city speeds quite well. It's just as quick to seize gaps in traffic, due to CVT settings that favours acceleration.

TVS Jupiter vs Suzuki Access 125: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsTVS JupiterSuzuki Access 125
Front suspensionTelescopic ForkTelescopic Fork
Rear suspensionDual Shock AbsorbersDual Shock Absorbers
Front tyre90/90-1290/90-12
Rear tyre90/90-1290/100-10
Front brake220mm Disc BrakeDrum/Disc Brake
Rear brake130mm Drum BrakeDrum Brake
ABSNoNo

Both have typical scooter handling characteristics, such as light steering and a modest top-heaviness. When leaning over, the Access feels unnervingly imprecise, but the Jupiter is far more communicative and sure-footed through corners. Its brakes feel better and work better.

TVS Jupiter vs Suzuki Access 125: Dimensions

DimensionsTVS JupiterSuzuki Access 125
Length1852mm1870mm
Width681mm690mm
Height1168mm1160mm
Wheelbase1275mm1265mm
Ground clearance163mm160mm
Kerb weight108kg103kg
Fuel tank capacity5.1-litres5-litres
Seat height765mm773mm

Both scooters feel extremely light and nimble in the city. Changing directions is a breeze and commuting on them is a lot of fun. The Access 125 is a bit more fun in that aspect, given its more peppy engine. 

TVS Jupiter vs Suzuki Access 125: Price

PriceTVS JupiterSuzuki Access 125
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 83,605 onwardsRs 79,400 onwards

With all these things, both scooters are reasonably priced. The Jupiter's base variant (Rs 83,605) is marginally more expensive than the Access' (Rs 79,400). 

Verdict

Even today, it's clear why the Access has been such a hit in the Indian market. It continues to provide a near-perfect blend of performance, practicality, and efficiency that Indians continue to flock to. It features one of the smoothest, punchiest engines on the market and is a better choice for taller riders. It appears, however, to have met its match in the TVS Jupiter 125. The newcomer is as swift as the city Access, as fuel-efficient as the city Access, rides better, and has a greater practicality quotient.

If you are a tall rider or spend the most of your time at comparatively faster speeds, the Access may still be the best choice for you. If not, the Jupiter's advantages should be enough to persuade you to join team TVS.