TVS NTorq vs Hero Xoom: Tough Ask, Which Premium Scooter To Go For?
Article by Drivio | 16th Jun 23
We found both scooters extremely impressive when we first rode them.
- Hero has priced the Xoom at a mouth-watering Rs 69,099 onwards.
- TVS, meanwhile, has priced the NTorq quite a bit higher than the Xoom.
- Both scooters boast of an aggressive design and sharp lines.
The scooter market in India is highly competitive, with several prominent players vying for the top spot. On one hand, there are established options like the Honda Activa, known for their reliability and safety. On the other hand, there are scooters such as the TVS Ntorq, which aim to inject more excitement and fun into the riding experience.
Recently, the Hero Xoom entered the market, taking a similar approach to the Ntorq. With its eye-catching design and attractive price point, it immediately grabs your attention. The question arises: does the Hero Xoom possess the features and capabilities to rival or even surpass the Ntorq? To determine the answer, we took both scooters for a test drive.
TVS NTorq vs Hero Xoom: Design & Features
|Features||TVS NTorq 125||Hero Xoom|
In the battle of features, it's no surprise that the NTorq 125 emerges as the clear winner in this segment. It is undoubtedly the most feature-packed petrol-powered scooter in the country, leaving no stone unturned. With its comprehensive set of features, ranging from Bluetooth connectivity to a fully digital console and even riding modes, the TVS NTorq 125 takes the lead.
When it comes to features, the Xoom 110 holds its ground, competing with some 125cc scooters. It offers a fully digital instrument panel, smartphone connectivity, and call/SMS alerts. Surprisingly, the Xoom 110 even incorporates cornering lights, which may seem excessive for a 110cc scooter. Additionally, it includes an LED light in the underseat storage and a USB charging port in the open glove box on the apron. However, one notable omission is the lack of an external fuel-filler cap.
Overall, while the NTorq 125 reigns supreme in terms of features, the Xoom 110 manages to offer a compelling package with its youthful design and a host of features that can rival some higher-displacement scooters in its category.
TVS NTorq vs Hero Xoom: Engines
|Specifications||TVS NTorq 125||Hero Xoom|
|Engine||124.8cc air-cooled single-cylinder||110.9cc engine|
The Xoom 110 showcases the liveliness expected from a 110cc scooter. Its throttle response is quick and crisp, allowing the scooter to reach its indicated top speed of 90kmph.
In terms of performance, the Xoom 110 offers a modestly sporty experience, making it enjoyable for beginners. Surprisingly, our V-box data reveals that it not only outperforms most other 110cc scooters in terms of speed but also comes close to matching some 125cc scooters.
On the other hand, the 124.8cc single-cylinder 3-valve engine in the NTorq has undergone extensive development. The latest iteration boasts improved breathing and combustion processes, resulting in an additional 0.82PS of power and 0.3Nm of torque. As a result, the NTorq has become the fastest it has ever been, surpassing the 2020 BS6 model by over a second in the 0-60kmph acceleration test.
TVS NTorq vs Hero Xoom: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes
|Specifications||TVS NTorq 125||Hero Xoom|
|Front suspension||Telescopic fork||Telescopic Fork|
|Front brake||220mm Disc||130mm drum/ 190mm disc|
|Rear brake||130mm Drum||130mm drum|
|ABS||NO, but CBS (Combined Braking System) available||No|
The Xoom is equipped with 12-inch alloy wheels and features a telescopic front fork and a monoshock at the rear. However, Hero has opted for a firmer suspension setup for the Xoom, resulting in a sporty but somewhat uncomfortable ride. The scooter tends to shudder and bounce when encountering speed breakers, rumblers, and undulations on the road. As the speed increases, these vibrations and tossing sensations become more noticeable.
On the other hand, the NTorq 125 showcases its sporty nature even in its suspension setup, which is tuned slightly on the firmer side. However, it is important to note that the firmness does not translate into a stiff or harsh ride. Instead, it provides a balanced firmness that enhances stability and agility, particularly noticeable when taking corners. The NTorq offers an enjoyable experience when carving through corners, thanks to its planted feel and responsive handling.
TVS NTorq vs Hero Xoom: Dimensions
|Dimensions||TVS NTorq 125||Hero Xoom|
|Fuel tank capacity||5.8-litres||5.2-litres|
Fortunately, the Xoom 110 boasts 12-inch wheels on both the front and rear, contributing to an exceptionally stable and secure ride, which is particularly advantageous for novice riders. The MRF rubber used in the scooter offers ample grip, ensuring reliable traction. Despite being slightly heavier compared to its counterparts in the same class, the Xoom 110 remains surprisingly nimble and responsive, making it a joy to maneuver and steer.
The difference in actual feel and dimensions between the two scooters is minimal. Both scooters maintain a compact and agile profile, making them highly maneuverable and enjoyable for city riding. Nevertheless, the Xoom holds a visible advantage in terms of weight, being noticeably lighter than its TVS rival, especially at lower speeds. This lighter weight contributes to the Xoom’s enhanced maneuverability and ease of handling.
TVS NTorq vs Hero Xoom: Price
|TVS NTorq 125 Variant||Price (Ex-showroom Delhi)|
|Race Edition||Rs 92,891|
|Super Squad Edition||Rs 94,941|
|Race XP||Rs 96,491|
|Hero Xoom Variant||Price (ex-showroom Delhi)|
|Xoom LX||Rs 69,099|
|Xoom VX||Rs 72,299|
|Xoom ZX||Rs 77,199|
The NTorq 125 offers an extensive range of six trims, whereas the Xoom 110 is available in three variants: LX (Rs 69,099), VX (Rs 72,299), and ZX (Rs 77,199), with all prices mentioned being ex-showroom Delhi. Additionally, the Xoom 110 is offered in five attractive color options: Matt Abrax Orange, Black, Sports Red, Polestar Blue, and Pearl Silver White.
Choosing between the two scooters can be a challenging decision as it needs to cater to the preferences of different individuals. Until now, I haven't discussed the pricing of these scooters, but there is a significant disparity between them. The scooters shown in the pictures have a price difference of approximately Rs 20,000.
Opting for the regular Disc-brake version of the Ntorq will cost you around Rs 13,000 more than the top-spec Hero Xoom. These price variations are quite substantial when considering a scooter purchase. With this in mind, the Hero Xoom offers almost everything one would expect from a scooter, except for long highway journeys. It provides an excellent value-for-money proposition, with an attractive price point.
For the average consumer, the Hero Xoom will fulfill all their scooter needs and even make a stylish statement. Choosing the Xoom also means saving a significant amount of money upfront, not to mention the potential for better fuel efficiency due to its smaller engine. In the long run, these savings can add up. Ultimately, the Xoom offers a cost-effective choice that doesn't compromise on performance.
On the other hand, the TVS Ntorq is targeted towards those who are not limited by budget constraints and are willing to invest more for a refined product. It offers a superior riding experience, and the different Marvel and Race editions add to its appeal for certain individuals. The Ntorq is designed for riders who crave the excitement and thrill of motorcycles, even when opting for a scooter. In this aspect, the Ntorq excels, but it comes with a higher price tag.