Since time immemorial, TVS Motors have been relying on their Scooty line-up to run their show in the automatic two-wheeler segment. The model has garnered popularity to the extent that you often hear the terms ‘scooty’ and ‘scooter’ being used interchangeably. Such has been the impact of the brand in the scooter segment. To add some zing to their line-up, TVS introduced the 110cc Wego in 2009, which was positioned to compete head on with the Honda Activa, the Hero Maestro, and the Suzuki Access.
For 2014, TVS has updated the Wego with a host of features. Will this help the scooter stand out amidst heavy competition? Read our comprehensive review to know more!
Design and Build Quality
The Wego was a welcome addition to TVS’ range of scooties, err, scooters, most of which were targeted at the ladies. The unisex scooter though wasn’t much of a looker, and came in colour schemes that were dull and uninspiring. Don’t get me wrong; it didn’t look bad outright, but it wasn’t a stunner either. The updated Wego seems more refreshing. The new version does not see any major styling modifications, save for a few simple inclusions like the dual tone graphics and the neat stainless steel exhaust guard. The scooter also gets a new LED taillight and new turn indicators.
The scooter is very accommodative and comfortable, thanks to its sizable and well-cushioned seats. The riding posture is upright, and there’s a generous amount of space on the floorboard. Our pillion rider had no complaints with regards to seating comfort.
Engine and performance
TVS has packed the Wego with the 4-stroke single cylinder 109.7cc engine that outputs 8 bhp of power at 7500 rpm and 8 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. The engine has used the Charged-motion Variable Time ignition engine (CVTi) that offers smooth acceleration and efficient performance. The engine is much more powerful than most other TVS scooters, barring the recently launched Scooty Zest and Jupiter. The scooter is most suited to city riding but is also capable of occasional jaunts on the highways.
Ride quality, vehicle dynamics and braking
TVS marketed the Wego with special emphasis on its USP, the ‘Body Balance’ design. The scooter sports a wheelbase of 1275mm, slightly more than its competitors, and a centralized engine location, so as to improve weight distribution. This contributes directly to increased stability on the straights and in turns. The 130mm drum brakes on the front and rear sometimes come across as insufficient. You may want to go for the 220mm disc brake variant instead.
The telescopic suspension on the front and the spring loaded hydraulic dampers on the rear offer the scooter comfort and as well as agility, with acute responsiveness to quick steering changes. Ground clearance is a considerable 150mm, which should help the Wego clear most bumps and potholes with relative ease.
TVS scooters have become synonymous with practicality, as most of them come loaded with a host of thoughtful features. The Wego is no different; it comes equipped with an anti-skid seat cover that restricts the rider from sliding off the seat when braking hard, or when it is wet. Also included are an external fuel-filler cap, dual-side handlebar lock, an easy-to-use centre-stand, underseat mobile charging port, and a glow-in-the-dark ignition slot. The all-digital instrument console is lit up by a blue LED backdrop with the indicator lights, low fuel indicator, high beam indicator, tripmeter, battery indicator and service indicator. You can fill upto a maximum of 5 litres of petrol and store roughly 16 litres of your valuables under the seat.
The Wego comes in the following colours – Dual Tone Red, Dual Tone White, Volcano Red, Sporty White, Mercury Grey,Midnight Black and Cappuccino Brown.
Clockwise front the top-left: The Wego's multifuction speedometer looks cool; The underseat and front storage spaces makes carrying things a breeze; the fuel filler cap is conveniently placed on the outside.
You will appreciate the Wego for its ease of functionality, the multitude of features, and punchy performance. At Rs. 46,892 (ex-showroom Delhi), we feel that it is a better bargain than its competitors, considering what it has on offer. With the Wego, TVS has a product that’s highly capable of taking on the might of the segment leaders.
TVS Wego Technical Specifications
Special thanks to Ramkay Motors, Chennai, for providing us with the TVS Wego for the review
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|Engine||Air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder|
|Power||8 bhp @ 7500 rpm|
|Torque||8 nm @ 5500 rpm|
|Chassis Type||High Rigidity Underbone Type|
|Brakes||Front:130 mm Drum
Rear:130 mm Drum
|Suspension||Front:In line Telescopic suspension
Rear:Unit Swing with spring loaded hydraulic dampers
|Fuel Tank Capacity||5|