The Hero Maestro was marketed by the company with a catchy initial caption “It’s such a boy thing”. But over the period while the scooter was on sale in India, the popularity grew to the female buyers as well. Moreover, the new Hero Maestro 2017 has even been a worthy upgrade over the standard Maestro scooter.
And indeed, it stands out among the present generation of scooters in terms of the designing. The present scooter market is growing to be flamboyant and placed at par with motorcycles as far as the sale and preference are concerned. In fact, we have even had news that the southern part of India, along with some other states, records good sale rate of scooters.
There is a wide range of options available in the market that are equally attractive and feature-rich as the Hero Maestro 2017, maybe more. This calls for a detailed analysis, especially if you are in the market for your next pair of wheels. So let’s find out about all the options that are available and can be paralleled with the Hero Maestro.
Honda Activa 4G
The Honda Activa range is one of the most successful brandings in the Indian scooter range. The latest Activa 4G is one of the popular ones among the contemporary. However, it is not as attractive in design as the Hero Maestro mostly because it has the regular and common round-ish design. The Maestro, on the other hand, is edgy and sharp at every corner. It features a lot of those bold body lines which entices the sharpness further.
The Jupiter is at present the best-selling scooter from the house of TVS after the Scooty range. The TVS Jupiter isn’t all that attractive as some of the scooters in the market but is widely known for its utility. It has a bigger seat along with under seat storage, which makes it high in utility. It even clocks high on the fuel gauge. However, despite being a 110 cc scooter itself, the Jupiter has lower power production than the Maestro and produces just 7.8 bhp power and 8 Nm of torque.
Suzuki Access 125
The Suzuki Access is one of the very few scooters that have an engine displacement of over 110 cc. The Access is a popular product for Suzuki India but could not make a big impression in the market that is already inflated with quality scooters already. The scooter is powered by a 124 cc engine which is capable of producing a maximum power of 8.4 bhp along with a peak torque of a massive 10.2 Nm.
Aprilia SR 150
The Aprilia SR 150 is born with the true racing blood among all the scooters in India. It is presently the most powerful commuter scooter in India and has a 154.8 cc engine which can make a peak power of 10.25 bhp along with a maximum torque of 11.4 Nm. However, the scooter is a little on the expensive side. Moreover, due to the big capacity engine, it offers lesser fuel efficiency than the Maestro. The Hero Maestro presently offers around 65 kms per litre mileage, which is considered to be great in the segment.
The Yamaha Fascino garnered a lot of craze among the youth and has been highly successful till date. The Fascino is an all-stylish scooter, the only fact that has taken it that far. However, in terms of the engine, the Fascino is a little laid back. The 113 cc engine can make just a 7 bhp of power and 8.1 Nm of torque. The Maestro is more powerful, if not better looking. Moreover, the Fascino is a little on the expensive side and costs more than most of the commuter scooters sold in India.
Why is the Hero Maestro better?
The Hero Maestro 2017 is like a jack of all trades. It has been given some feature or the other which puts at a better position any time of a day.
It has got good looks compared to that of the Activa series, Aviator and the Jupiter. Similarly, if the Aprilia SR 150 and the Fascino are better in terms of styling, the Maestro pounces back with a better economy and a price tag that will barely pinch your pocket much. It is very much in the league of the most budget-friendly commuter scooters in India. Even the top end VX trim is priced at Rs. 50,700 exclusive showroom price as in New Delhi. The base variant costs just a little over Rs. 43,000 only (exclusive showroom of course).