Hero Destini 125 vs Honda Activa 125 vs Suzuki Access 125: Spec comparison

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on October 31, 2018

The Hero Destini 125 goes toe to toe with its key rivals – the Suzuki Access 125 and the Honda Activa 125. Let's take a quick look at how Hero's new flagship scooter fares against its competitors to see if it can disrupt the 125cc scooter segment in India, despite its late arrival.

With a recent surge in customers’ interest in the 125cc scooter segment, manufacturers are very much shifting their focus to bring in more products into their portfolios, which offer more power and premium features. And, the 125cc scooter seems to be the best option to incorporate these offerings. However, the biggest question that needs to be answered here is that whether Hero's late arrival to the scene with the Hero Destini 125 is a good move or not, keeping in mind that it will compete against the likes of the Honda Activa 125 and Suzuki Access 125. To put things into perspective, the Honda Activa recently became the first scooter in India to cross the two-crore sales mark. That's the enormity of the challenge which lies ahead of Hero MotoCorp. So, without further ado, let's take a look at how the three compare. Interestingly, all three scooters are priced under ₹ 60,000.

Kicking off the proceedings with the dimensions, the Destini 125 offers the shortest wheelbase amongst the three at 1,245mm. This should offer better manoeuvring through tight spots. While the Access 125 is the longest out of the three at 1,870mm, it’s also the slimmest at 655mm. The length should make the Access 125 more spacious and comfortable in terms of legroom and seat length. The Access 125 also edges past its rivals, as it offers marginally higher ground clearance at 160mm. And at just 102kg, it’s also the lightest amongst the three. However, the Activa, at 108kg, offers a full-metal body. The Destini 125 is the heaviest out of the lot at 111.5kg, which means it won't exactly offer a peppy performance.

  Hero Destini 125 Honda Activa 125 Suzuki Access 125
Length 1,809mm 1,814mm 1,870mm
Width 729mm 704mm 655mm
Height 1,154mm 1,151mm 1,160mm
Wheelbase 1,245mm 1,260mm 1,265mm
Seat Height NA 765mm 773mm
Kerb Weight 111.5kg 108kg 101kg
Ground Clearance 155mm 155mm 160mm
Fuel Tank Capacity NA 5.3 litres 5.6 litres

All three scooters are powered by 125cc air-cooled, single-cylinder motors with pretty similar power outputs, which does not leave much to compare. However, the Activa has the highest torque figure of 10.54Nm out of the three. This should make the Activa a bit faster off the line. All three scooters come with electric and kick start options, and all of them feature telescopic suspension up front. 

  Hero Destini 125 Honda Activa 125 Suzuki Access 125
Type Air-Cooled, 4-Stroke SI Engine Air-Cooled, 4-Stroke SI Engine Air-Cooled, 4-Stroke
Displacement 124.6cc 124.9cc 124cc
Power 8.7bhp 8.52bhp 8.6bhp
Torque 10.2Nm 10.54Nm 10.2Nm
Starter System Electric self / Kickstart Electric self / Kickstart Electric self / Kickstart
Gearbox Variomatic Drive Variomatic Drive CVT
Front Suspension Telescopic Telescopic Telescopic

The Destini 125 has the lowest starting price out of the three at ₹ 54,650, which can be attributed to the fact that it misses out on some premium features, such as front disc brakes and LED headlamp. However, if you can live without these creature comforts, then the Destini 125 certainly brings to the table good value and decent performance.  

  Hero Destini 125 Honda Activa 125 Suzuki Access 125
LED Headlamp No Yes No
Meter Console Digital-Analog Digital-Analog Digital-Analog
Service Due Indicator Yes Yes Yes
Alloy Wheels Yes Yes Yes
Front Disc Brakes No Yes Yes
Price (Ex-showroom) ₹ 54,650 ₹ 59,921 ₹ 55,666

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