TVS has launched the BS IV Zest 110 with new colour options of matt blue, matt red, matt yellow and matt black. This colour scheme was first offered on the bigger Jupiter. Sharing the engine with the Jupiter, the Zest 110 is priced at Rs 50.5 ex-showroom Mumbai.
Modern and smart
Flaunting a new 3D logo, the Zest 110 may look a little compact in the company of other trendy scooters like the Honda Dio and the Yamaha Ray, but is no less modern or smart. In terms of styling, the scooter, having grown out of the Scooty, does convey certain design traits, for example, the lack of mudguard attached to the fork tubes like in the Dio or the Ray.
Making for a comparison with the Dio particularly because the two are priced close to each other, the Zest 110 has the front panel extending further and out to mimic a mudguard, which is laced with LED daytime running lamps. Other than the generous 19-litre under seat storage space, the Zest 110 featured a storage at the back of the front panel which is good enough to store newspapers or knick-knacks. There’s also a mobile charging point.
The flow of the panels of the scooter may hint at a connection with the Scooty and contribute towards a trendy appearance. The young looking scooter strikes a good balance between space, ergonomics and features. An example is the instrument console, which is easy to read. Claimed to provide a mileage of 62kmpl, the Zest 110 is comfortable to ride. The riding position is upright, and the seat height should make it comfortable for riders of varying heights. The seat itself is done in dual tone.
The 85PS, 109.7cc single cylinder air cooled engine is mated to a CVT transmission. Acceleration is brisk, and power delivery is linear. An interesting scooter to ride, the Zest 110 can do with more refinement. Not the most refined when compared to the Dio or the Ray, the scooter is fun to ride.
A good power to weight ratio means the Zest 110 does not take long to acquire good speeds. Any difference between the BS III Zest 110 and the BS IV Zest 110 is not noticeable. Speeds rise into the region of 60kmph with ease. Feeling almost as quick as the Dio, the scooter overtakes slow moving vehicles in the city with ease. On open roads it seems to lack a bit of zest when the need to quickly overtake arises.
Agile and responsive in terms of handling, the Zest 110 seems to want to negotiate corners rather often. Featuring telescopic forks at front and a mono shock absorber at rear, the scooter handles well. The tyres, 90/100-10 at front and 90/90-10 at rear, display good grip and inspire confidence. Delivering a good ride over a variety of surfaces, the scooter exhibits good stability. The brakes, cable operated drums at either end, exert good pressure to retard speed. The feel of the brakes is progressive and linear.
The Zest 110 comes across as a trendy, young scooter for the growing young generation in India. Achieving a good balance of styling, convenience, performance, efficiency, and ride and handling, the Zest 110 makes a solid case for those who are looking at a scooter which costs less than many mainstream scooters, and is almost as capable.