The Activa badge has created its own niche over time. The latest iteration comes with a host of changes and a new engine. Let’s check out how it rides in this Honda Activa review.
Honda’s Activa is the world’s largest selling two-wheeler and the same is the case in India. The Japanese manufacturer has managed to sell over 2.20 crore Activas since its launch in 2001. The practicality, reliability, affordability and convenience offered by Activa has made it the most popular scooter in India. Now with an all-new generation which comes with advanced features over its predecessor, Activa is ready to take on the market once again and take a stand against its arch-rival the TVS Jupiter. Here is a quick Honda Activa review for you.
Unlike TVS Jupiter, Honda Activa 6G is available in two variants viz. STD and DLX at a price of Rs 65,419 and Rs 66,919 (Ex-showroom, New Delhi).
|Honda Activa 6G variants||Price (ex-showroom New Delhi)|
The new Honda Activa 6G is offered with a full metal body, a new, BS-VI compliant engine, tubeless tyres, external fuel filler option, engine kill switch and pass switch as standard. It also gets Enhanced Smart Tumble Technology and eSP which reduces friction, improving both combustion and transmission efficiency to deliver an improved fuel economy (10% more) without compromising on the acceleration or power delivery of the two-wheeler. The new Activa 6G also features a longer and wider seat to provide rider and pillion with a comfortable ride.
The scooter gets bigger optional LED headlight on the DLX variant. The Activa 6G now rides on bigger front wheels – 90/90-12. It also gets a telescopic suspension with silent start tech.
Engine and Specifications
The scooter gets a completely new 109.51 cc engine which is BS6 compliant and promises to deliver 10% more fuel economy. However, the transition from BS4 to BS6 has let to drop in power and torque figures. Although the drop is small, it feels when you ride the Activa 6G. The peak power output of the two-wheeler stands at 7.79PS at 8000rpm and peak torque tops out at 8.79 Nm at 5250rpm.
|Engine Displacement||109.51 cc|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||5.3-litres|
Honda claims that the new Activa 6G will deliver 10% better fuel economy than its predecessor owing to the use of eSP, enhanced smart tumble technology and programed fuel injection.
Braking and Handling
The Honda Activa 6G continues to be offered with drum brakes and we believe, it was high time that Honda introduced disc brakes in the scooter. It is offered with 130mm drum brakes for front and rear. Moreover, the feedback from drum brakes isn’t inspiring either which makes discs a must for Activa 6G.
Honda Activa 6G also comes with telescopic suspension setup at the front and 3-step adjustable spring loaded hydraulic suspension at the rear. This suspension setup ensures the handling and ride quality is superb. It easily gulps broken roads and potholes without unsettling the ride. Moreover, the refined engine of the Activa 6G makes smart power delivery. However, the acceleration isn’t quickest once you cross the 75-80kmph mark.
Tyres and Wheels
Honda Activa 6G is offered with 12-inch steel wheels at front and 10- inch ones at the rear. In comparison to the alloys offered in TVS Jupiter, it seem like a step-down. The front and rear wheel both feature tubeless tyres.
Activa 6G is offered with six colour schemes which were not on offer in its previous iterations. These include Glitter Blue Metallic, Pearl Spartan Red, Dazzle Yellow Metallic, Black, Pearl Precious White and Matte Axis Grey Metallic.
- Refined engine
- Stable ride quality
- Great ergonomics for average size riders
- Scooter struggles to pickup over 75kmph
- Fuel filler isn’t the easiest to operate
- No disc brakes on offer