The 125cc scooter segment has seen tremendous growth in the last two years, owing to more customers now demanding better performance from their scooters. So, Hero decided to launch the Destini 125 this year, which is specifically aimed at buyers who are looking for an upgrade from the 110cc segment. But, when compared to other 125cc scooters, the Destini doesn’t really stand out in terms of its design. In fact, there are no real highlights. The quality levels also aren’t the best when compared to other players in its segment.
The Destini 125 does have a very nice engine though. The engine develops a healthy 8.7bhp and 10.2Nm of torque. Right from the word go, the engine pulls the 111.5kg Destini 125 forward without any hesitation. The throttle response is quite good, and the riding position is impressively comfortable.
The Destini might be a peppy little scooter, but it just doesn’t compare to the others in the segment in terms of ride quality and handling. As you can see from the scores, it didn’t impress us in terms of handling. Still, it’s a practical machine, which is priced very well.
In terms of technology, Hero has equipped the Hero Destini 125 with an i3S start-stop feature. This saves fuel by cutting-off the ignition every time you stop in traffic for more than 5 seconds. The Destini 125 is the only scooter to have this feature.
The engine is surely the highlight of the scooter, and so are its comfort levels and the value-for-money quotient. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do enough to really stand out in this (now competitive) segment.