TVS Zest 110 Test Ride review
About the Scooty
TVS Motors has launched the new Scooty Zest 110 Matte series in the Indian two-wheeler market. The overall styling of the scooter remains the same as its predecessor but now gets minor changes which prove to be quite practical and segment first in its class. Features like the 3D logo, under the seat storage light, Silver oak interior panels and trendy new dual tone seat covers make the scooter look stand out from its competition. The Zest 110 Matte series gets the same BS-IV compliant 110 cc engine, which is also seen on the TVS Jupiter.
Design and Styling
The TVS Zest 110 is a very lightweight and trendy looking scooter. TVS has now come up with a matte color scheme for their Zest 110 which looks quite good and just fits into today’s modern styling amongst various vehicles. TVS as a brand constantly doing something or another to attract more and more customers towards itself is a proof of how the brand is trying to get involved in grabbing the attention of new buyers. The scooter weighs only 97 kgs which is a plus point for short riders as well as new female riders taking their first step towards riding. Talking about the looks the scooty is quite sleek as a scooter should be. The front gets a LED light which looks attractive and is something new to scooters it also helps in providing a good amount of light and visibility for the rider as well as oncoming pedestrians or vehicles. Coming to the rear the scooty gets a very sharp looking tail section with LED taillamps and side indicators shaped perfectly well giving it a sporty look. TVS has given the scooty beige plastics that not only look better but give a premium kinda feel too. The brown tan seat cover also gives the scooty a superior feel.
The scooty gets a 109.77 cc single cylinder engine which churns out 8 bhp of power and 8.7 Nm of torque which performs very well and is a potent power mill. Being a lightweight the scooty has a good pick up and helps you to zip easily around in traffic conditions with an ease. The engine feels smooth and doesn’t strain even when climbing uphill roads that too with a pillion. However, taking it out on the highway is a bit questionable due to its lightweight and lower speeds Scooty’s are meant to be ridden in the cities and so does the TVS Zest does its job well in urban areas. The engine comes mated to a CVT gearbox which is smooth enough. The BS-IV variant doesn’t feel as peppier as its older sibling which was bs-III compliant. The small five-liter fuel tank is another issue as it lowers the range of the scooter and would be a pain to stop at fuel stops every time if one has to go long distances. Overall the tiny two-wheeler feels good and joyful to ride.
Ride and Handling
The riding position is relaxed and the perfectly padded broader seat make the ride even more comfortable. Thumb the starter and you are ready to go. The Zest 110 score good marks when it comes to the handling part as it is very agile and this helps in cutting through crowded places quite easily. The chassis is well balanced and one can feel that while taking sharp turns into the corner which helps to move around swiftly. The suspension does its job very well as all the bumps and undulations are soaked up completely. The 10-inch wheels are very grippy and give you a good amount of confidence when in corners or in the wet patch. The scooty comes equipped with drum brakes which do their duties in stopping the scooty well with good amount of bite and progression. Still stopping it from higher speeds or when double seat can be an onerous task sometimes.
The Zest gets a big under-seat storage that manages to fit a full face helmet in it. The best part is that now it comes with a charging socket for your smartphone and a LED light which allows you to find your stuff easily when there’s no light available. The floorboard is large enough to give you plenty of legroom and ride with comfort. There are two hooks to hold your shopping or grocery bags which adds a bit more practicality to the Zest. In addition, the Zest gets an open front glove-box compartment, which carries a good amount of space and one can carry the extras easily in it. The instrument console is the same old simple speedo found on its predecessor. Also, the addition of the DRL upfront by TVS is a good leap from the manufacturer.
Should you get one?
Yes, of course, if just being in a car isn’t a status symbol for you. The scooty is a better option for use in daily traffic conditions and can help you reach your destination in time and with a lot more ease. The Scooty Zest 110cc is overall a great package of compact and zippy wheels with good practicality to ride around urban areas with joy.