Honda Activa 5G: Road Test Review
- Jun 6, 2018
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With the scooters showcasing tremendous growth every major two-wheeler manufacturer in our country is focussing its attention on the segment. Though Mahindra Two Wheeler is present in the 125cc scooter market, it has been missing out on the 110cc scooter market, which consists of a major chunk of scooter sales in India. For this purpose it has launched its first indigenously developed 110cc scooter, christened Gusto. We pit the Mahindra Gusto against the two of the most formidable forces in the Indian gearless scooter space – the Honda Activa and the TVS Jupiter.
The Gusto being a Mahindra offering is loaded with features, some of which are a ‘first’ for scooters in our market. The biggest talking point about the Mahindra Gusto is the manual seat height adjustable option. The seat height can be raised or lowered manually by 35mm, which is beneficial to riders of different height. Another clever feature on the Gusto is the self-locking mechanism on the seat that maintains the seat in an upright position without the rider having to hold it manually. This feature is useful while accessing the under seat storage space and when refuelling the scooter.
Below the instrument console is a spring loaded storage where rider can store various knickknacks like a mobile phone, wallet etc. Parking brake is standard on the Mahindra Gusto and TVS Jupiter. The Mahindra Gusto also gets a remote flip key which is a first for any scooter in our country.
The highlight about the TVS Jupiter is its conveniently positioned external fuel filler cap, which save the rider from the tiring drill of getting off the scooter to access the under seat fuel filler cap. The TVS Jupiter also gets equipped with a pass light (first for any scooter in India) and an eco and power mode indicator to extract better fuel efficiency. Like the Mahindra Gusto, the TVS Jupiter has a kick start lever directed towards the rider which means unlike conventional scoters the rider can sit on the scooter and kick start it.
The Honda Activa has the least amount of features in comparison to the Mahindra Gusto and TVS Jupiter. The Honda Activa sports an anti-theft key shutter as seen on the TVS Jupiter and the useful Combi braking system. Another noticeable feature on the Honda Activa is the convenient lift-up independent cover (CLIC mechanism) that enables the rider to lift up the entire rear body cover easily to access the engine.
Powering the Mahindra Gusto is an indigenously developed 110cc motor that Mahindra calls M-Tec. The single-cylinder, air-cooled unit churns out 8PS at 7,500rpm and peak torque of 9Nm at 5,500rpm. The TVS Jupiter’s 110cc air-cooled motor is closely matched as it pumps out 8PS at 7,500rpm and 8Nm at 5,500rpm. Similarly, the Honda Activa’s 109cc, single-cylinder mill generates 8PS at 7,500rpma and peak torque rating stands at 8.74Nm at 5,500rpm. All the three scooters transmit power to the rear-wheel via a CVT transmission. Apart from the Mahindra Gusto which makes slightly more torque than the other two, all these scooter are on pretty much par and are fairly powerful for basic city use..
Suspension and Chassis:
The Mahindra Gusto employs a telescopic front suspension and coil type hydraulic suspension at the rear. The TVS Jupiter also mirrors the same suspension setup. The Honda Activa applies a trailing link suspension at front and a spring loaded hydraulic type at the rear. In terms of the suspension setup the Mahindra Gusto and TVS Jupiter score high as the Activa’s trailing link suspension translates to a harsh ride quality. The Mahindra Gusto and the TVS Jupiter employ large 12-inch dia wheels which aid in handling with the later featuring good looking 10-spoke alloy wheels. The Honda Activa runs on smaller 10-inch wheels. In terms of wheelbase, the Activa has the shortest wheelbase at 1,238mm whereas the Jupiter and Gusto are tied at 1,275mm. The Mahindra Gusto has the highest ground clearance at 165mm followed by the Honda Activa at 153mm whereas the Jupiter is marginally behind at 150mm.
Talking about weight, the TVS Jupiter is the lightest scooter out of the trio at 108kg followed closely by the Honda Activa at 110kg while the Gusto is the heaviest as it tips the scale at 120kg. The Mahindra Gusto has the highest fuel tank capacity at 6 litre whereas the TVS Jupiter and Honda Activa have 5 and 5.3 litre respectively. In terms of under seat storage, the Honda Activa is the most spacious at 18-litre followed by Jupiter at 17 litre and Mahindra haven’t revealed the storage space for the Gusto but we suspect it to be around 15 to 16 litre.
Price & Fuel Efficiency:
The Mahindra Gusto is offered in two variants – Dx and Vx. For this spec compare we have selected the top-spec Vx variant which has been priced at Rs 47,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). The TVS Jupiter retails for Rs 44,250 (ex-showroom Delhi). The Honda Activa carries a sticker price of Rs 46,636 (ex-showroom Delhi). In terms of pricing the Mahindra Gusto is the most expensive of the lot as it is marginally costly than the Activa. Still the consumer has the option to go for the base Gusto Vx variant that misses out on features like the height adjustable seat and remote flip key.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Mahindra Gusto leads the charge as Mahindra claims a mileage of 63kmpl for the new offering. The TVS Jupiter follows closely in second with a claimed fuel efficiency of 62kmpl. Honda while claims that the Activa will run 60km in a litre of petrol.
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