Mahindra Duro DZ vs Honda Activa : Comparison
Mahindra has just given its Duro a fresh lease of life, but will that be enough to take on the current champion, the Honda Activa? We put both the scooters to the test!
Scooters for long have been the unsung heroes of the two-wheeler segment, going about their duties, be it carrying loads, families or just helping out with the daily commutes. While earlier you had the humble Chetak and Vespa doing the job, scooters have evolved quite a bit since then. Variomatics have taken over and are not only much friendlier but also more fuel efficient and reliable as well. The Honda Activa has been ruling the roost since it came out in 2000 offering typical Honda refinement, simple but very reliable mechanicals and lots of practicality. The competition however is catching up and is almost on par in most categories with Honda. Mahindra has just launched an upgraded version of the Duro, christened the Duro DZ and aims to take the fight right up Honda's alley.
Design and style
Both the scooters here come from the conventional school of design. And that’s a good thing, considering their family oriented appeal. The new Duro DZ is essentially pretty similar to the previous DX version barring a few visual differences as far as the looks are concerned. The most apparent change is the headlamp. While the previous model shared the headlight with the Kinetic Nova, the DZ gets an all-new clear lens headlight which not only does a better job of illuminating the road but also looks a lot better. The front mudguard has also been tweaked to incorporate the telescopic suspension. The Activa received a major upgrade in 2009 which made it one of the best looking scooters in the market. Clean crisp lines along with European design cues still make this Honda a little more appealing of the two.
Engine and performance
Talking capacity, 110cc vs 125cc may make you think the Duro will run away from the Activa when it comes to performance considering the previous Duro DX was one of the quickest scooters in the market. However a slight detune to aid fuel efficiency means the new DZ has lost some of that grunt. The 124.6cc 4-stroke unit pushes out 8.1PS and a maximum torque of 9Nm. Comparatively the Activa makes 8PS and 8.82Nm. The almost identical power figures means there is nothing to choose as far as performance is concerned. However the Duro has a slight edge when it comes to the mid-range power delivery that makes overtaking relatively easier. The Activa on the other hand makes up with its ultra smooth power delivery and refinement. Slightly faster or slightly more refined, take your pick!
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