TVS is the third largest two-wheeler maker in India and has been doing exceedingly well in with most of the products. One of the popular products from the company, the Jupiter scooter, was first launched in September 2013 and has been almost a parallel alternative to the Honda Activa.
With just a year since the launch took place, the TVS Jupiter was named the ‘Scooter of the year’ by NDTV and also got the same epithet from BBC Top Gear India. However, despite getting nominated for many prestigious nomenclatures, there are quite a few things that can still be notable as drawbacks to the otherwise feature-rich scooter.
Business marketing has reached a level where companies and brands focus so much on the positives that the negatives are often hidden until you experience the flaws personally. In this article, the center of discussion will be the subtle negatives sides of the TVS Jupiter which might force you to think twice before buying.
TVS Jupiter comes with drum brakes, even for the front wheel. Disc brakes are available, but only for the top end model, which is priced higher than what you would spare for a scooter. Considering that it has 12-inch wheels and a good amount of power at the riders’ disposal, disc brakes would have been a great package to be included as a standard feature in all the variants.
Vibrations at Higher Speeds
The TVS Jupiter has a very smooth and finely tuned engine, which works great in city traffic as is peppy and pleasant. However, it is not very comfortable when it comes to riding at top speeds. The maximum speed the scooter will offer is around 85 kmph. However, once you cross 75 kmph, the engine starts to lose shape, sending down unwanted vibrations and annoying sound. And behind this is the inferior engine which makes marginally lesser power than some of the competitors.
Nothing Fancy in Design
The TVS Jupiter does not look bad from any angle but the design is not special either. The scooter has little or no defining character design or decals that would entice the way it looks. In a generation where scooter like the Maestro and RayZR have been extremely edgy and Vespa has been exceedingly classical, the Jupiter follows a more simplistic approach. Moreover, the seats are on the softer side which benefits short rides, but long rides are a little uncomfortable as the rider and pillion sinks too much into the soft seat soam.
The TVS Jupiter is peppy, you would argue. Of course, it is. It can zoom across and busy road with ease. But as the engine makes a maximum power of 7.8 bhp and peak torque of 8 Nm, the throttle punch goes missing when you need it the most. It is around half-a-bhp less powerful than the Honda Activa and Hero Maestro. Hence, the lack is pretty much evident whenever you try to accelerate beyond the 60 kmph mark.
Low Under-Seat Storage Capacity
A scooter is built to be more focused toward being high in utility. The under-seat storage comes in handy in almost all the rides. TVS Jupiter does have a good capacity under-seat storage (17-litre), but it seems to be lower than many of the other scooters in this price bracket. One of the important features of the two-wheeler is under seat storage capacity. Some of the competitors offer a bigger figure in this front, some of them being Hero Maestro Edge (22-litre) and the Yamaha Fascino (21-litre).
Average Fuel Consumption
We know that there is always a gap between the mileage claimed by the company and the mileage actually provided, with the latter one being low in most of the cases. The TVS Jupiter is claimed to deliver a fuel efficiency of 62 kmpl and has a fuel tank capacity of five liters, which mean a riding range of 310 kms on a full tank. On the other hand, scooters like the Honda Activa 4G and the Hero Maestro Edge have a bigger capacity fuel tank, which increases the overall riding range higher (on a full tank).
Still a Good Buy?
Often we find that buyers don’t really pay much heed to things like the engine quality and all they look for is a higher power. But the truth is, the way an engine is tuned speaks a lot about what you are going to face with the scooter. The TVS Jupiter is still a very good scooter in its range and turns out to be the first choice of many first time buyers. However, these are the subtle features on which the scooter lags behind when competing against its competitors.