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!
Suspension and Handling
The Duro DZ gets a major upgrade in the suspension department in the form of the telescopic front suspension. The earlier Duro DX suffered a great deal due to the trailing link suspension and bottomed out on almost every bump, making it a very nervous handler. With the new suspension however, the handling characteristics have been totally transformed. The telescopic suspension adds a lot of confidence in maneuvering the Duro at higher speeds and at the same time the bumps are also absorbed without upsetting the scooter too much. The Duro’s ground clearance has also been increased which means no more scraping speed- breakers even with a pillion on board.
The seating has also been revised with the new seat being lower and wider and the handlebar position, raised to accommodate riders of varying physiques. The Activa retains its bottom link front suspension and while it’s not as effective as the telescopic unit available in the Duro or its bigger sibling the Aviator, it has been set up extremely well giving the Activa some very surprising handling characteristics. While the Duro can take harsh bumps better, the Activa still has a much more pliant ride making it a more balanced handler compared to the Duro.
The slight detune means mileage is slightly better on the new Duro DZ. In our city runs, the Mahindra consistently returned 42kmpl while the Activa returned a slightly higher 45kmpl. However, the Duro has a larger 6-litre fuel tank which means a full tank will take you 252km before the next refill. The Activa with its 5.3-litre tank will only go 238km before you run out of fuel. Again, not much to differentiate the two.
It’s surprising how close these two are in terms of most parameters. The Duro DZ is now a much improved product and Mahindra has indeed done a great job by eradicating the previous model's flaws. However in the end, the Activa manages to inch ahead by a whisker owing to a better ownership experience. But even though the Activa gets the nod, it’s not easy to own one. Thanks to its popularity, the Honda has a waiting period of a minimum one and a half months. If you think that’s too long to wait, the Duro DZ is a worthy alternative. The icing on the cake is that the Duro is also Rs 2500 cheaper than the Activa, making the deal even sweeter. Take your pick!
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