2019 Suzuki Gixxer: Same Price Other Options
At Rs 1 lakh, the Gixxer seems like a tempting deal, however, there are a couple of other options that offer a bit more value for money
Suzuki has launched the 2019 Gixxer in India at Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). For a premium of Rs 11,271 over the outgoing model, the bike gets a fresh new look, a slew of new features, a BS6-ready, fuel-injected motor and single-channel ABS as standard. A fair bargain from the looks of it. However, there are some who would prefer more power and perhaps even a different genre of motorcycling altogether. For this, we have lined up different bikes around the same price bracket, if the 2019 Gixxer doesn’t quite cut it for you.
Yamaha FZS-FI: Rs 98,180
How about the Gixxer’s nemesis - the FZS-FI? On the feature front, the rivals stand almost neck-and-neck, with an LED headlight and tail light, a muscular fuel tank with extensions, a digital instrument console and single-channel ABS as standard. While that’s impressive, it’s the Yamaha’s reliability and engine refinement that would steal your heart, despite being down on power (13.2PS and 12.8Nm) compared to the 2019 Gixxer (14.1PS and 14Nm). That said, we haven’t ridden the new fuel-injected Gixxer. Until then, though, the Yamaha FZS-FI still makes a pretty compelling case for itself, while saving you some money.
Hero Xtreme 200S: Rs 99,400
More power, a full fairing and a host of features - all while undercutting the Gixxer. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? That’s exactly what the Xtreme 200S offers. To put things into perspective, the faired commuter gets a twin LED headlamp setup and a digital instrument console that can pair with your smartphone to provide turn-by-turn navigation and incoming call alerts. Moreover, a full-fairing means the bike would offer better wind deflection out on the highway. It makes 18.4PS and 17.1Nm of torque - that’s 4.3PS and 3.1Nm more than the 2019 Gixxer. It handles pretty well too, thanks to its well-balanced suspension setup and a short wheelbase. On the downside though, the bike's engine isn’t too exciting and may leave you wanting for more.
Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220: Rs 1.03 lakh
Love cruising in style? The Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 might just fit the bill. For just Rs 3,000 more than the Gixxer, the cruiser offers a lot more power (19.3PS and 17.5Nm), comfortable ergonomics, a tall windscreen, a multifunction digital display, LED DRLs in the headlamp and most importantly a good dose of classic appeal. That said, the styling on the Avenger hasn’t changed much over the years and does feel dated compared to the current crop of bikes.
Hero XPulse 200: Rs 1.05 lakh
An additional Rs 5,000 over the price of the 2019 Gixxer would fetch you the XPulse 200. The XPulse can do both, be it daily commutes or hitting the trails on the weekend if need be. In order to do so, it’s pretty well kitted out too. It features long-travel suspension, a raised front beak, dual-purpose tyres wrapped around wire-spoke wheels and a high-mounted exhaust for better water wading capabilities, in addition to giving it that dirt bike appeal. Knowing the bike’s off-road prowess, Hero also offers some decent protection to go along with it. This comes in the form of knuckle guards, fork gaiters and a sump guard. If that’s not enough, the bike comes equipped with the same Bluetooth-enabled digital instrument console seen on the Xtreme 200S and the same 199.6cc engine as well. Essentially, you have more power on tap along with a pretty feature-rich console.