Every year, when we take the latest four-and-two-wheel vehicles to the Buddh International Circuit for our anniversary track test, many scooter makers get nervous because they feel that we’re judging their vehicles purely on its on-track performance. But only 5 points out of 100 are dedicated to lap time, therefore a scooter stands almost as good a chance as any other two-wheeler.
Based on the quirky Navi, and powered by the Activa’s 109.19cc engine, the Cliq brings affordability to a different level without compromising on performance and practicality. The Cliq’s 8bhp motor has more than enough spunk to allow you to zip around in the city – so much so that we had to literally snatch the scooter away from Dhruv and our ‘Big Friendly Giant’ Jared, as their joyrides never seemed to end and we needed to complete our photo shoot of the scooter. Coming back to the powerplant, it’s extremely refined and provides a linear pick up. Plus, it’s mated to a CVT automatic transmission, so it’s ideal for urban traffic and is a breeze to ride.
The Cliq’s unique design may not have a wow factor, but it certainly does manage to stand out from the crowd. The Honda Cliq actually scores the highest in terms of comfort and practicality in our test. And, coming to practicality for daily use, the flat floorboard has enough space for your feet as well as a bag. This Honda scooter also gets storage underneath the seat, which is enough to house a half-faced helmet, as well as some knick-knacks. As mobile phones are our lifelines nowadays, the Honda Cliq also comes with a 12 Volt power outlet beneath the seat.
Honda vehicles score very well when it comes to value for money, and the Cliq takes this trait to a whole new level when you consider its price of Rs.42,384, ex-showroom, Delhi. And while it may be affordable, it’s also got pizzazz and a character of its own.