Honda has been the king of the hill in the Indian scooter market for as long as I remember. The Activa it started selling here decades ago, proved itself as such a wonderful product that many of the motorcycle commuters shifted to scooters, just because of the convenience and reliability it provided over motorcycles and geared scooters. And over the years, the company has introduced a bunch of new products which have been accepted with arms wide open. With the launch of the new Grazia, the company is looking forward to repeating its Activa success story, but is it really a different scooter or just the same thing in a different package?
The Grazia scooter comes out as a fresh looking two-wheeler that boasts sharp and edgy design lines. It does remind a bit of the Dio scooter, but that is highly subjective and there are no certain similarities between both. The front apron housing LED headlights looks attractive with the broad glass area and razor edge design lines that make it look like a big-premium scooter. The three-piece tail light along with split grab rails adds flair to its rear section.
The minor bits like rear view mirrors, switch gears and foot pegs etc. have been used from its technical cousin, the Activa 125. But what could’ve been usefully copied is its metal body which, on the other hand, have been swapped with the plastic one on the Grazia.
The scooter features a fully digital instrument panel which is decently visible in the broad daylight, and displays current speed, rpm, ODO, trip, time and fuel quantity. This full digital meter contributes a bit in making the scooter shine out from a herd of overly similar scooters. It also has an eco-meter which is nothing but a couple of green lights that lit up while you are riding at a moderate speed of 30-50 km/hr indicating that you are running in an economical mode (saving fuel).
Overall, Grazia is surely a good looking scooter that packs an exciting design and ticks all the right boxes when it comes to looks and feel.
Engine and Performance:
The scooter packs the same 125cc engine as seen on the Activa 125, which is a 124.9cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine churning out the same 8.4bhp of maximum power at 6500rpm and peak torque of 10.54 Nm at 5000rpm. These figures aren’t new like this engine, which has proven itself over the years for reliability, efficiency and smooth performance.
Twist the wrist and this engine greets you with its butter smooth power delivery which gets even better as the revs climb up. The engine feels surprisingly smooth to ride in city, and has enough power and torque for all the daily commuting needs, which is the best this 125cc engine can deliver. Out there on the highway, it does feel you can use some more power but don’t forget that’s the best you get out of this 125cc engine.
The company claims a top speed of 85km/hr but the scooter I was riding took me to 90+ even with someone like me on weighing 84kgs, which is quite admirable. This engine has been tuned for utmost efficiency and smooth delivery, and it does the same commendably.
Handling too is neutral and light, just the way a daily scooter should be. It feels light enough for easily making way through the choked up traffic and stable enough to take sharp turns without losing control. It is not overly sporty, or confidence inspiring but that not what it is designed for right? It is made for comfortable, easy commuting and that it does very well.
The braking is good enough to bring it to halt from the maximum speeds it is capable of doing, full points to the brakes on Grazia.
The scooter packs a slew of features including 4 into 1 lock with seat opening switch, front disc brakes, front pocket with mobile charging point, LED headlamp, and the modern looking fully digital instrumental panel. To ensure maximum safety under harsh braking, the scooter comes with Honda’s patent CBS (combi braking system). The only feature that’s missed on the scooter is the external fuel-filling lid as some might find it inconvenient to get off the seat every time for refueling. It’s under seat storage capacity of 18L is similar to the ones offered in its segment, also the boot is nicely shaped that enables its full use, accommodating all the daily shopping stuff without any inconvenience what-so-ever. On the other hand, the footboard felt a bit congested, and a slightly longer footboard could have helped.
Its ground clearance of 155mm is just enough to not cause any trouble on the 1st story high-speed breakers, for which Indian roads are famous.
The company has surely done a great job at the new Grazia scooter, it packs all the necessary features, comes along with a fresh and modern design and a proven engine. It looks like a modern avatar of Activa 125 which focuses on the buyers wanting the sturdy reliability of Activa along with a fresh younger design.
Photography: Mohd. Nasir