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Honda Activa 5G vs Hero Maestro Edge: Spec Comparison

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  • September 3, 2018
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How does India’s best selling scooter stack up against Hero’s current scooter flagship? We find out

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The Honda Activa has been the go-to family scooter for more than a decade now. But since then, many manufacturers have tried to gain dominance in the segment by offering their latest and greatest. Hero being one of them, does the Maestro Edge has it in itself to overthrow the Honda Activa 5G? Let’s find out

Design and Features

 

Honda Activa 5G

Hero Maestro Edge

Speedometer

Semi-digital

Semi-digital

LED headlights

Yes

No

Always headlight on (AHO)

Yes

Yes

Pass light

No

Yes

LED tail lights

No

Yes

4-in-one-lock

Yes

Yes

Mobile charging port

Yes

Yes

Boot light

No

Yes

Combined braking

Yes

Yes

External fuel filler cap

No

Yes

Dual way handlebar lock

No

No

Duracool seat

No

No

When it comes to design, both the scooters cannot be more different from each other than they already are. The Honda Activa 5G continues to sport a conventional look, with the addition of chrome accents at the front. On the other hand, the Hero Maestro Edge gets a more muscular design with sharp creases along its bodywork. It's tailored-made for someone who prefers a little bulk and road presence while on the go.

The fifth generation Honda Activa now comes updated with LED lights at the front, a 4-in-1 lock mechanism and a semi-digital instrument cluster, if you shell out some extra dough for the 'DLX' variant. No, you don't get LED headlights on the Hero Maestro Edge, but you do get led tail lights, along with some convenience features such as an external fuel filler cap, underseat lights and USB charging port. It also gets a semi-digital instrument console on the base variant itself.

Engine

 

Honda Activa 5G

Hero Maestro Edge

Engine

109.19cc HET air-cooled engine

110.9 cc air-cooled motor

Peak power

7.96PS @ 7500rpm

8.1PS @ 7500rpm

Maximum torque

9Nm @ 5500rpm

8.7Nm @ 5500rpm

Transmission

CVT

CVT

Eco and power indicator

Only Eco

No

When you look at the numbers, there isn't much that separates the Activa from the Maestro Edge. Designed for city hauls, the Activa's engine feels more refined and easy going. Clearly, it is designed for optimal fuel efficiency. As a result, the Activa gives an impressive mileage of 58.1kmpl.

Contrary to its target customer base and its design, the engine on the Maestro Edge doesn't feel sporty at all. Sure, it is quick to accelerate and packs a good delivery across the range. What's more noticeable here is its smoothness, which surprisingly remains even after 60kmph. This nature is possibly due to the tuning levels of the engine, engineered to deliver better fuel economy, which Hero claims is 65.8kmpl. Overall, performance is satisfactory, if not outright quick, and for the target customer base, the Maestro Edge will be welcome, unless you desire a bit more punch, particularly in initial acceleration.

Underpinnings

 

Honda Activa 5G

Hero Maestro Edge

Length

1761mm

1841mm

Width

710mm

695mm

Height

1158mm

1190mm

Wheelbase

1238mm

1261mm

Seat height

765mm

NA

Ground clearance

153mm

155mm

Fuel tank capacity

5.3 litres

5.3 litres

Underseat Storage

18

22 litres

Front suspension

Bottom-link type

Telescopic forks

Rear suspension

Single hydraulic shock absorber

Unit Swing with Spring Loaded Hydraulic Damper

Front brake

130mm with CBS

Drum with Integrated Braking

Rear brake

130mm with CBS

Drum with Integrated Braking

Front tyre size

90/100-10, Tubeless

90/90-12,Tubeless

Rear tyre size

90/100-10, Tubeless

90/100-10, Tubeless

Kerb Weight

109 kg

110Kg

While we do wish Honda will someday equip the Activa with telescopic forks, its current bottom-link unit does its intended job quite well. The suspension has been designed to tackle our roads perfectly. It’s quite flickable and wading through traffic isn't a concern either. However, it doesn’t like to be thrown into corners and feels more at home in the city. Braking too remains unchanged, with an initial lack of feel when you squeeze them. But it is nothing an optional disc brake can't solve. The ride quality

The Hero Maestro Edge does manage to get telescopic forks, which imparts it good handling and ride quality. So, broken patches and road undulations are dismissed without any annoyance. The drum brakes on both ends do their job well and possess commendable stopping power. Overall the scooter feels well-planted.

Price And Verdict

Honda Activa

Price

Hero Maestro Edge

Price

Standard

Rs 53,565

Drum brake

Rs 49,900

DLX

Rs 55,430

Dual tone colour

Rs 51,300


The Honda Activa 5G is sold in two variants: Standard and Deluxe. The Standard variant is priced at Rs 52,460 (an increase of Rs 1,000 over the 4G), while the ‘DLX’ variant retails for Rs 54,325. The Hero Maestro Edge commands a price of Rs 49,900 for the Standard variant and Rs 51,300 for the Dual Tone Color variant. (all ex-showroom Delhi).

If we had to choose a winner, we'd go with the Hero Maestro Edge. While it misses out on an LED headlight, it does pack better equipment and has better convenience factor with an external fuel filler cap, underseat light and a decent engine. Not to mention, the dual tone variant is almost Rs 4,000 cheaper than the Activa DLX variant.

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