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Suzuki Intruder 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Feb 12 2020 Share this blog

Street bikes may be the centre of demand in the market today, but there are some bike lovers who like things that suit their personality. This is where the cruiser bikes come into play. Till date- only Bajaj offered a single model named Avenger in this segment and under such price point, no manufacturer offers a cruiser bike. Looking at the Success of Bajaj avenger, Suzuki decided to launch the Intruder 150. Suzuki Intruder 150 is nothing but a small derivative of the larger Suzuki Intruder 1800. 

Now, with the latest update, the Intruder is offered with fuel-injection technology. It gets LED position and tail lamp. Most of the equipment including the engine and fully-digital instrument cluster is borrowed from Gixxer. Priced in the range of Rs. 1,03 lakh to 1.08 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the updated model comes in a new colour scheme- Metallic Matte Titanium Silver. 

Pros

  • Comfortable riding posture for short riders

  • Motor borrowed from Gixxer

  • Good ride agility 

Cons

  • Dated tail section

  • Stiff rear suspension

  • Use of extra plastic cladding

What’s New?

  • Single channel ABS as standard

  • Redesigned gear shifter

  • Powered by same 155 cc engine

  • Fully digital instrument cluster

What is the power source in this Suzuki Intruder?

The Suzuki Intruder 150 is offered in two variants – the standard model has been priced at Rs 1.01 lakh, and the fuel-injected version costs Rs 1.08 lakh (prices ex-showroom, Delhi). With the love Gixxer’s engine got since its launch, it doesn’t surprise a bit that Suzuki has offered the Intruder with the same as well. In this cruiser too, it continues to make 14.5bhp and 14Nm from the same 154.9cc single-cylinder engine. The engine holds adequate punch in its low and mid-range, making it a smooth city cruiser. 

Motorcycle

Suzuki Intruder

Bajaj Avenger 160

TVS apache RTR 160 4V

Ex-showroom price (New Delhi)

Rs. 1,01,362

Rs. 83,251

Rs. 99,950

Engine

154.9 cc

160.3 cc Twin Spark DTS-i engine, air-cooled

159.7 cc

Power

14.59 bhp @ 8000 rpm

15 bhp @ 8500 rpm

15.8 bhp @ 8250 rpm

Torque

14 Nm @ 6000 rpm

14.6 Nm @ 6500 rpm

14.12 Nm @ 7250 rpm

The engine is smooth just like Gixxer that came with no complaint. Suzuki says they have tweaked with the 5-speed gearbox to ensure that it fist best with the cruiser bike DNA. The taller ratios allow you to extract more torque output under fewer gearshifts. The clutch action is also pretty light.

How quick is the Suzuki Intruder for your daily commuting needs?

The Intruder manages to take off by hitting 0-60 kmph in 5.16 seconds. The quick power and beefy mid-range ensure nimble use in the city. The motor is spirited and refined, with absolutely no bad vibrations. We would have loved to get some throatier noise from the dual-port exhaust.  

Motorcycle

Suzuki Intruder

Bajaj Avenger 160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Engine Displacement

154.9 cc

160.3 cc

159.7 cc

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

0-60 kmph

5.53 sec

5.80 sec

5.04 sec

Top Speed(kmph)

115

105

110


Gear shifts are ultra-smooth and we never faced any false shifts, making the ride even enjoyable. Power delivery tends to slow as you step up the throttle, although the bike tries to maintain good speed without extra effort. Press the fifth gear and allow the cruiser to hit its top speed of 115.56 kmph.

How sure-footed are the brakes?

Brakes are good just like that offered with Gixxer. The disc brakes on both front and rear wheels provide a good bite. The ABS offering is just a case of enhanced braking in case you need to stop in hurry. The tyre performs as per expectations. They are also sourced from Suzuki Gixxer. The suspension, on the other hand is smooth and tuned for absorbing minor bumps from potholes and uneven roads. 

Motorcycle

Suzuki Intruder

Bajaj Avenger 160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Drum

Disc/Disc

Front Size(mm)

270

260

270

Rear Size(mm)

240

130

200

Kerb Weight(kg.)

148

150

147

80-0 kmph

N/A

N/A

N/A


What is the mileage returned by Suzuki Intruder?

The Intruder 150 emerges like a  practical cruiser which can be used for the daily commuting purpose as well. The biggest highlight of the bike is reliability and effortless handling while the average 47 km/l fuel efficiency is another point of attraction. 

Motorcycle

Suzuki Intruder

Bajaj Avenger 160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Overall(kmpl) (ARAI Certified)

44 kmpl

45 kmpl

30 kmpl

Fuel Capacity (Litres)

11

13

12

How is the ride dynamics?

Intruder 150’s ride and handling are at par with most of the cruiser bikes in the market till date.  It is sharp, light, and nimble. While cornering, the bike feels stable and does a good job. Even slow U-turns happen with ease.  

Motorcycle

Suzuki Intruder

Bajaj Avenger 160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Tyre-Wheel Size (Front)

100/80-17- Tubeless

90/17-17

90/90-17 Tubeless

Tyre-Wheel Size (Rear)

140/60R-17-Radial Tubeless

130/90-15

130/70-17 Tubeless

Front Suspension

Telescopic

Telescopic Forks Up

Telescopic Forks

Rear Suspension

Swing Arm Type

Dual Shock Absorbers

Monoshox


How comfortably are you seated on the Suzuki Intruder while travelling on roads?

The Intruder offers a relaxed, feet-front riding posture to the ride, while the low 740mm seat height means it is rider-friendly to different height people. Interestingly, it uses the same Gixxer’s frame but modified with a subframe. The bike gets a substantial 75mm increase in wheelbase, thanks to a 20mm increase in swingarm length and a new pivot angle. The tyres and brakes are also shared with the Gixxer, which means good dynamics. At low speeds, the bike feels light makes it good to tackle city traffic. 

Motorcycle

Suzuki Intruder

Bajaj Avenger 160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Seat height(mm)

740

N/A

800

Ground Clearance (mm)

170

169

180

Kerb Weight (Dry)(kg)

148

150

147

Starting System

kick/electric

electric

kick/electric

How Subtle looking is the 2020 Suzuki Intruder?

 The front part of Suzuki Intruder is attractive and pleasing to the eyes.  The rear misses out on grab rails and is somewhat disappointing for the pillion rider.  The funky dual-port exhaust enhances the Intruder’s overall presence but sticks close to the side with a nice silver touch. Overall the quality levels are decent, but a few plastics could have been used in a better manner.  


Aesthetic Features

  • Matte finish

  • Premium Backrest

  • Smart digital instrumentation

  • Legendary Intruder style headlamp

  • LED Tail lamp

  • Sharp twin exhaust

Motorcycle

Suzuki Intruder

Bajaj Avenger 160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Length (mm)

2130

2210

2035

Width (mm)

805

806

790

Height(mm)

1095

1070

1050

Wheelbase(mm)

1405

1480

1357

What are the various safety and class-leading features?

The Intruder offers ABS as standard. With the disc brakes on both the wheels, the ride is quite smooth and safe. While cruising at high speeds, the agility is quite awesome. The foot pedals are designed to provide the best support to the rider foot. 

Motorcycle

Suzuki Intruder

Bajaj Avenger 160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,01,362

Rs. 83,251

Rs. 99,950

Features

Split seat

Sport passenger backrest

Average fuel economy


Projector headlight

Digital console

Analogue and digital console


Digital trip meter

DRL

Digital trip meter


Stepup seat

Low battery indicator 

Low fuel warning lamp


-

-

3 year warranty


How does the Competition stack up against Suzuki Intruder?

Suzuki Intruder VS TVS Apache RTR 160 4V


Suzuki Intruder comes at a starting price of  Rs. 1.01 lakh which is Rs. 8K costlier than TVS Apache RTR 160 4V priced at Rs. 92,306. The claimed mileage for the Suzuki Intruder is 47.6 kmpl whereas the claimed mileage for TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is 50.9 kmpl. Both the bikes are of a different segment. With TVS DNA, the Apache is a daily commuter bike while we would have taken Suzuki Intruder into consideration. 

Suzuki Intruder VS Bajaj Avenger 160


Both bikes are the closest competitors of each other. While the Intruder is 0.07 seconds quicker to 60kmph, the Avenger 160 is 0.74 seconds quicker to 100kmph. The Intruder offers livelier top-end performance where the Avenger 160 lags behind. Even the design elements of the Intruder are par compared to the Avenger. On highways, the Suzuki Intruder is a better performer than the Avenger 160. 

Does the Suzuki Intruder stand a chance against segment leaders?

Sharing a similar motor with the Gixxer, the Intruder 150 is very much the same with different wrap. The ride agility is what makes the riders happy about this bike. Priced at Rs. 1,01,362, the Intruder is just Rs. 8K costlier than the Bajaj Avenger 160. Commuters shall love to see more variants of this bike.