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Comparo: Hero Maestro Edge vs TVS Jupiter

Rishaad Mody  /
21 Jan 2016 17:57:05 IST

The TVS Scooty Zest is our current favourite in the scooter market thanks to its deliciously sharp and nimble chassis, strong engine and powerful brakes. However, quite a few folks find that the terrific little Zest is too compact for their liking. It's the reason why TVS finds that the bigger Jupiter is generating more sales than the Zest. Meanwhile, Hero's new Maestro Edge impressed us to the point that it decisively won our latest Scooter of the Year award. The question was clear - the Edge may be the best of 2015 but how does it fare against the TVS Jupiter, our current champ in the larger 110cc segment?

Design and style

Hero Maestro Edge vs TVS Jupiter (10)The Hero Maestro Edge has a more edgy and flamboyant design compared with the reserved TVS Jupiter

This is where the Hero draws first blood. The TVS Jupiter is a rather handsome machine but takes a more subtle and thereby anonymous approach. In a sea of automatic scooters, it pays to stand out from the crowd without resorting to quirkiness. Hero has managed to do exactly that with the Edge. It looks bigger in the flesh and on a closer look there are plenty of interesting touches like the faux air intakes on the front apron and the little windscreen that sits above the headlamp.

Hero Maestro Edge vs TVS Jupiter (9)

While the TVS uses a chunky front mudguard, Hero has gone for a much smaller but sleeker design. The Hero's side profile also generates more interest through the use of lines and creases in the bodywork. However it's the rear section that is the best angle on the Maestro Edge, with an interesting and unique looking LED tail lamp. The Hero also sports an excellent looking exhaust heat shield whose curvy titanium finished form will put many motorcycles to shame. The mirrors on the Edge also look funky but don't offer as much vision or adjustability as the Jupiter's more simple units.

Both scooters offer the convenience of external fuel filler caps that reside above the tail lamp. The Edge takes it a step further with a plastic cover that hides the actual fuel cap. We also like the fact that Hero has neatly integrated the fuel filler cap and boot lock into the main ignition slot itself so the key never has to come out. The Jupiter releases its fuel filler cap from the side mounted boot release keyhole. The Jupiter offers a safety sliding cover for the ignition that can only be opened by using a small plastic extension integrated into the plastic key fob.

Both scooters have external fuel filler caps but the Hero's is covered and can be accessed via the ignition key slot while the TVS lid opens via the boot key slotThe Jupiter gets an external fuel filler cap that sits above the tail lamp. It can be opened via the boot release key slot

The Maestro Edge also has an external fuel filler cap but it is covered and can be opened from the ignition key slot which is convenientThe Maestro Edge also has an external fuel filler cap but it is covered and can be opened from the ignition key slot which is convenient

The Jupiter uses a conventional analogue instrument gauge that has a speedometer, fuel gauge and what TVS calls an Econometer. This is basically two small lights, one red and one green that work based on throttle position. Be gentle with the throttle and the green light comes on, get aggressive and it turns red. The Edge gets a simple but comprehensive instrument display with features normally seen on motorcycles.

More traditional dials on the Jupiter can't match the Hero in terms of information displayedMore traditional dials on the Jupiter can't match the Hero in terms of information displayed

Simple but detailed dials on the Maestro EdgeSimple but detailed dials on the Maestro Edge show time,trip and service due information.

The speedo is analogue but a small digital screen has a bar type fuel gauge, a trip meter, and a digital clock. The Hero also has a service due indicator and a side stand down warning light.Both offer seven colour options and a couple of matte shades each. We'd suggest you stay away from the allure of matte finish as it's notoriously hard to maintain and scuffs easily.

Comfort and features

Finish levels on both are high but the Jupiter is slightly better as we noticed a couple of unpolished bits on the Hero, like the rough finish on the metal foot pegs for the pillion. The Jupiter's aren't metal but are among the most thoughtfully designed pegs we've come across with a small extension moulded into the unit to allow the pillion to easily extend them with the toe. The Hero also has a similar extension but it's very small and not as usable.

We love the little kink on the Jupiter's footpegs that allows the pillion to easily extend themWe love the little kink on the Jupiter's footpegs that allows the pillion to easily extend them

Metal footpegs on the Maestro Edge look rough and unfinishedMetal footpegs on the Maestro Edge look rough and unfinished

Both scooters offer two carry hooks, one on the front apron and one under the seat hinge. Both also have the usable feature of a pass-light switch built into the high/low beam switch. However, the Edge also offers a small lamp as well as a USB 3.0 charging port in the underseat storage area, both useful features. The Jupiter has a provision for a mobile charger but doesn't actually offer one as standard. The front storage box you see on our test Maestro Edge is a `1,200 optional extra and is designed well so as not to foul with the knees, even for tall riders. Hero also throws in an engine immobiliser on the higher VX variant.

The Jupiter's boot has a smaller intrusion and has a provision for a mobile charger. This charger itself is not offered as standard - width=The Jupiter's boot has a smaller intrusion and has a provision for a mobile charger. This charger itself is not offered as standard

The Maestro Edge has a boot lamp and a USB 3.0 charging outletThe Maestro Edge has a boot lamp and a USB 3.0 charging outlet

The Jupiter looks smaller in the pictures and feels that way in the saddle. In terms of the riding position, the Jupiter is similar to the Edge in how it accommodates riders of all sizes, including 6'1'' me without the knees touching the handlebar. However, I found that the Jupiter's seat is far too soft - it feels nice for the first ten minutes but then you start to sink in and things start to get sore. The Edge has a firmer seat and this was appreciated by both riders and pillions over a longer period of time. The Edge's seat is also wider and flatter at the rear which increases pillion comfort. Both have practical and easy to use grab rails. In terms of sheer comfort, the Edge is ahead.

Engine and performance

With scooters displacing just 110cc, every bit of horsepower counts and it is the Maestro that edges it with 8.43PS and 8.3Nm. That's nearly half a horsepower more than the TVS. Logic would dictate that the Edge would be quicker but the Jupiter surprises. The TVS engine feels more urgent at low revs and it was 0.6s faster than the Edge from 0-60kmph. Perhaps the difference is because the Jupiter's power and torque peak lower in the rev range. Both scooters have almost identical top speeds that hover around 85kmph.

Both scooters are refined and performance is close. The Jupiter however feels peppierBoth scooters are refined and performance is close. The Jupiter, however, feels peppier

At most speeds, there's nothing to tell the difference in terms of refinement, both motors are single malt smooth but the Jupiter feels less stressed at sustained top speed. The Jupiter also manages to be more efficient, returning an overall 53.9kmpl vs the
Edge's 51.5kmpl.All told, the difference is quite small with both engines being smooth and
quick enough but the Jupiter has the advantage here.

Ride and handling

12-inch wheels and telescopic forks made the Jupiter an enjoyable handler but the Hero does the job better. The Jupiter's suspension feels soft in comparison and on a smooth road at mild speeds, it feels the better of the two but such roads are few and far between. On the typical Indian road, the rear tends to bounce through sharp bumps or potholes and the extra softness is apparent at high speeds.

The Jupiter is a good handler but feels softer than the EdgeThe Jupiter is a good handler but feels softer than the Edge

The Edge also has telescopic front forks but it's the rear suspension that impresses, absorbing bumps and imperfections well. It may be stiffer but never thuds. Like the seat, this firmness will be appreciated in the long run. Hero chose to give the Edge a 12-inch front wheel and a 10-inch rear, reasoning that the benefits of a 12-inch rear weren't high enough to justify the extra cost. I find myself agreeing because there isn't any negative sensation to be felt in the real world. In fact, the Edge is a thoroughly composed and willing handler and can be confidently leaned over to side stand scraping angles. Short of the telepathic Scooty Zest, this is the best handling scoot out there.

Short of the TVS Scooty Zest, the Maestro Edge is most confident and involving scooter available todayShort of the TVS Scooty Zest, the Maestro Edge is most confident and involving scooter available today

The Jupiter has sharper brakes but the Edge counters by offering combi brakes, a technology that applies a dash of front brake when the rider squeezes the rear brake lever. This helps increase braking performance and slow the vehicle down faster when the rider uses only rear brakes as so many scooter riders inadvertently do. It's not something that capable riders enjoy but a tremendous safety feature for the general scooter riding public.

Conclusion

Hero has done a good job of benchmarking the Jupiter and these scooters share a lot of design and engineering similarities. They're both priced nearly on par as well, the Rs66,300 Jupiter ZX costing just Rs144 more than the Maestro Edge VX. But Hero didn't just stop at building an equal scooter, they took it a step ahead. The Edge looks great, has excellent road manners and the best set of usable features on any scooter today. Hero offers a five year warranty as standard whereas on the Jupiter, that would set you back by another Rs350although the dealership we called was charging Rs 750 for the same. This marks the first comprehensive win for a Hero product in a long time. Welcome back Hero!

Hero Maestro Edge vs TVS Jupiter (6)

Images byAnis Shaikh

Hero Maestro Edge VX vs TVS Jupiter ZX


  
Hero Maestro Edge VX
ENGINE
Type Air cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder
Engine capacity 109.7cc
Valvetrain 2 valves/cylinder
Max power 8.43PS@8,000rpm
Max torque 8.3Nm@6,500rpm
Power/Weight 76.63PS/Tonne
UNDERPINNINGS
Suspension (F) Telescopic forks
Suspension (R) Monoshock
Brakes (Front/Rear) 130mm drum / 130mm drum
Tyres (Front/Rear) 90/90-12 / 90/100-10
PERFORMANCE
0-100kmph 9.6s
Top speed (kmph) 84
FUEL EFFICIENCY
Highway (kmpl) 58.2
City (kmpl) 49.3
Overall (kmpl) 51.5
GENERAL DATA
Wheelbase (mm) 1,261
Kerbweight (kg) 110
Price (on-road Mumbai) Rs 66,156
  
TVS Jupiter ZX
ENGINE
Type Air cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder
Engine capacity 110.9cc
Valvetrain 2 valves/cylinder
Max power 7.99PS@7,500rpm
Max torque 8Nm@5,500rpm
Power/Weight 73.98PS/Tonne
UNDERPINNINGS
Suspension (F) Telescopic forks
Suspension (R) Monoshock
Brakes (Front/Rear) 130mm drum / 130mm drum
Tyres (Front/Rear) 90/90-12 / 90/90-12
PERFORMANCE
0-100kmph 9.0s
Top speed (kmph) 85.2
FUEL EFFICIENCY
Highway (kmpl) 62.3
City (kmpl) 51.2
Overall (kmpl) 53.9
GENERAL DATA
Wheelbase (mm) 1,275
Kerbweight (kg) 108
Price (on-road Mumbai) Rs 66,300
  

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