Consider this for calculation, scooter sales have grown by 14 percent in the last five years and it is showing no signs of slowing down. While the overall numbers may be on the rise, the 125cc class of scooters isn’t gaining as much traction as the segment and contributes to only nine percent of overall scooter sales currently. With people demanding more style and power from commuters too, Honda believes that there is a lot of potential in the 125cc scooter segment waiting to be captured and that is where the Grazia comes in. But the launch of this new scooter brings a lot of questions with it. With the Activa 125 already on sale, where does the Grazia fit in? Will the new model cannibalise sales of its sibling? We took the new Honda Grazia for a quick spin to find the answers to such critical questions.
Honda says that they want to target the Grazia towards the youth and their intention shows in its design. The sharp lines on the front fascia and the side panels make the Grazia look modern and sporty. The V-shaped headlight, the split grab rails and the exhaust are some other design elements that we loved. The taillight, however, doesn't look as chic as the front. The top-of-the-line Grazia that we rode also came fitted with the same five-spoke alloy wheels as the Activa 125, but are finished in black.
Apart from style, the Grazia brings with it a lot of segment-first features. It has as many as eight LEDs up front - two for the low beam, two more for the high beam and four for position lamps. The position lights get lit on turning the ignition on while the low beam illuminates when you thumb-start the scooter. Our ride of the Grazia was during the day so we can’t quite judge the headlight, but with this kind of hardware, it promises to be the best among all scooters - not just in its class. The Grazia also the comes with an all-digital instrumentation with a speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge, time and tachometer readouts. The instrumentation also has a three-step eco-speed indicator that lightens up or dowses according to the speed you are at. The tiny glove box that it gets, can accommodate your mobile phone and other bits. It doesn’t get a lock to keep things safe though. While the overall touch and feel of things is good, this panel feels flimsy and poor quality. At 18 litres, under-seat storage is as much as the Activa 125 but doesn't fit a full face helmet.
The Grazia is the second 125cc scooter from Honda. Underneath the body panels, this new offering borrows the same engine from the Activa 125. At 8.52bhp and 10.54Nm, the output from the 124.9cc single-cylinder motor is identical to its sibling. The Grazia feels eager picking up from standstill but it only comes into its element after crossing the 15km/h mark on the speedometer. Engine manners are as smooth and calm as you’d expect from something that wears a Honda badge. Whether you are riding at city speeds or at 80km/h on the highway, the Grazia feels unstrained and impressively refined. The engine feels its strongest and best in its low and mid-range with enough power on twist to address city traffic with utmost ease.
Now just like the Activa 125, the Grazia too comes fitted with telescopic forks and 12-inch wheels at the front. Setup at the back is identical too – the proven combination of the spring loaded hydraulic type suspension and 10-inch wheels. While the setup manages to smoothen out the roughness of the road, there is no denying that it is a bit firm. Larger potholes and undulations are felt. But it is this firmness that gives it confident handling capabilities making it fun to ride. No, it isn’t as much fun as the Navi or definitely not like the Aprilia SR150, but just the right amount that can easily be uncovered from under its commuter focused skin.
As far as seating position and ergonomics are concerned, Honda has always managed to get it absolutely spot on and the Grazia is no different. The seat is long, wide and comfortable not just for the rider but also for the passenger. While the split grab rail looks fancy, it serves the purpose perfectly for the pillion rider. In terms of dimensions, the Grazia is more or less identical to the Activa 125.
Honda launched the Grazia at a starting price of Rs 57,897. The variant that you see in the pictures here, with the disc and alloy option, demands Rs 62,269 (ex-showroom Delhi). As a product, the Grazia has a lot working in its favour, right from a long list of features, proven mechanicals to Honda reliability and competitive pricing. And for all that it offers, the Grazia demands just Rs 400 more than the Activa 125. With such a marginal difference in price, the Grazia surely offers more bang for your buck than its sibling, something that might just be a cause for concern for Honda as it won't go unnoticed from the eyes of a sensible buyer.
More importantly, Honda now also has the option of a stylish 125cc offering.
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