Yamaha FZ Fi V4 Review: A Stylish Choice, but with Some Considerations

Yamaha FZ Fi V4 Review: A Stylish Choice, but with Some Considerations

The Yamaha FZ-16 holds a special place in the hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts as it was one of the pioneers in India's affordable sporty streetfighter segment, kickstarting the sporty 160cc segment. However, Yamaha made a significant change by reducing the engine capacity to just under 150cc, resulting in a power output drop from 14PS to a bit over 12PS. In a segment that's heating up with competition, does the Yamaha FZ-Fi V4 remain relevant today?

Styling: A Mixed Bag

The Yamaha FZ-Fi V4 undeniably has a striking appearance and the muscular fuel tank gives it a robust look, and its overall design creates the impression of a much larger bike. However, some might find the narrow headlight out of sync with the bike's overall aesthetics. It's akin to picturing the burliest person you know with a clean-shaven baby face – not exactly harmonious.

Impressive Fuel Efficiency

One area where the Yamaha FZ-Fi V4 shines is fuel efficiency. It achieved an impressive 70kmpl during testing, on par with the TVS Raider 125, which returned 71.94kmpl. This remarkable mileage is mainly due to the FZ's highly tractable nature. It can pull from as low as 25kmph in fifth gear, reducing the need for frequent gear changes in city riding.

Lack of Excitement

While the FZ-Fi V4's tractability is commendable, it comes at the expense of excitement. It lacks the punch one would expect from a sporty 160cc commuter and falls short in the excitement department. This is disappointing because the bike is lightweight and handles well given its nimble nature. Unfortunately, the engine's performance leaves much to be desired.

Pricing: Not the Most Competitive

The Yamaha FZ-Fi V4 Deluxe variant costs Rs 1,29,400, while the standard trim is priced at Rs 1,28,900 (both ex-showroom Delhi). This places it in close competition with the Bajaj Pulsar N160 (Rs 1,30,560) and even makes it more expensive than the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V (Rs 1,23,870 onwards). Both the Pulsar and Apache offer more excitement and are likely to appeal to riders seeking a thrilling experience from their first bike.

Final Verdict

The Yamaha FZ-Fi V4's standout feature is its outstanding mileage and comfort and If fuel efficiency is your primary concern, it can be a good choice. However, if you seek a bike with even a hint of excitement there are more compelling options available such as the Bajaj Pulsar N160, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, and even the Hero Xtreme 160R 4V, all of which offer a balance of comfort and a more thrilling riding experience. So, while the FZ-Fi V4 has its merits, it may not be the most enticing choice in the 160cc segment for those seeking an exhilarating ride.