Key Specs of Activa 6G
Honda Activa 6G Highlights
Honda’s best selling scooter, the Activa, has finally received a much-needed update for 2020. The new Activa 6G which succeeds the fifth-gen model comes with a host of mechanical updates, added features and minor design tweaks.
Honda Activa 6G Price:
The prices of the Honda Activa 6G begin from Rs 64,464 for the standard trim. The price of the deluxe trim is Rs 65,964. New prices are around Rs 8,500 more than the Activa 5G (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).
Honda Activa 6G Features:
Honda has changed the design of the smaller Activa with the Activa 6G now looking like a scaled-down Activa 125. The LED headlight is only found on the deluxe trim of the Activa 6G. The current Honda Activa misses out on a semi-digital info cluster. It is pretty basic, displaying only the speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge.
Honda Activa 6G Engine:
The BS6 model gets an all-new 109.51cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine. The motor now produces 7.79PS and 8.79Nm. The old BS4 mill produced 7.97PS and 9Nm. While performance has gone down, Honda claims the new BS6 engine delivers 10 per cent more mileage than before. The Activa 6G also gets an ACG starter motor and an engine kill switch.
Honda Activa 6G Suspension & Brakes:
One of the biggest changes to the Honda Activa 6G from the Activa 5G is the presence of a front telescopic fork and a 12-inch front wheel. Both of these updates should give the Honda Activa more stability in the bends. You find the same preload-adjustable single shock and a 10-inch rear wheel as before. Honda has skimped on offering a front disc brake as an option. The Activa 6G has to make do with 130mm drum brakes on both ends. CBS is standard.
Honda Activa 6G Rivals:
The Honda Activa 6G is a trusty, no-frills scooter, something which has made it a household name in India. The Honda Activa goes up against the likes of the TVS Jupiter and Hero Pleasure Plus. For the same price as the Activa 6G, you can also get the Hero Splendor Plus, Hero Passion Pro 110 and the Honda Dio BS6.
Honda Activa 6G Pros and Cons
Things We Like in Activa 6G
- Finally gets a telescopic front fork
- Packs a very refined motor
- Also gets an external fuel filler
Things We Don't Like in Activa 6G
- Weak performance
- No front disc, even as an option
- Neither USB charging port nor boot light as an option.
Stand Out Features
The telescopic fork is a welcome change and goes a long way in improving the Activa’s ride quality.
The ACG starter provides supremely silent and smooth starts.
External fuel filler adds a much-needed dose of convenience.
Activa 6G Price List (Variants)
|Activa 6G STD109.51 cc||Rs.65,419|
|Activa 6G DLX109.51 cc||Rs.66,919|
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Honda Activa 6G Mileage and Performance
|Overall Mileage||55 kmpl|
|Acceleration (0-60 Kmph)||10.55s|
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The Honda Activa is probably the first thing that comes to the mind of laymen when asked about a scooter. Tallying at least over a lakh units every month consistently for years is no easy feat. In fact, a few years ago, it even became the country’s highest-selling two-wheeler on a couple of occasions. Thanks to its sheer brand recall, the Activa has pretty much become a household name in India.
While the Activa maybe people’s champion when it comes to the world of scooters, we'd be hard-pressed to call it the best scooter in its segment. The Activa 6G is Honda’s latest attempt at making some much-needed improvements, while at the same time complying with the upcoming BS6 emission norms. Has Honda succeeded at this then?
Design and Features
Customers in the mass-market two-wheeler segment in India are quite conservative about how they want their two-wheeler to look. Classic examples are the Honda Activa and the Hero Splendor. Both have remained more or less the same in terms of design, but have racked up incredibly consistent sales numbers over decades and are the undisputed sales leaders in their respective segments.
Any drastic change in design can be shocking and might hamper brand recall for these conservative customers. The idea is to not mess with a formula that has worked so well for so many years and continues to work even today. So usually, changes are limited to minor updates. In the Honda Activa 6G, there’s a more pronounced crease at the bottom portion of the apron that flows into the front fender. The side body panel gets a single slit for ventilation in place of split ones. Thanks to the new external fuel filler, the rear looks broader than before and the tail lamp is a lot more pronounced.
Engine and Performance
In a nutshell, the motor works exactly how it should. The Activa is a city runabout. That means it’s not happy being ridden too fast. Stick to under 60-65kmph, and the motor doesn’t complain one bit. There's a nice surge in acceleration up until 40kmph but the momentum thins down from then on. It is best used in tight urban spaces. While the fuel-injection smoothens out the throttle response, it feels a little too stifled in terms of progression. The rate of acceleration feels more or less the same no matter how much you open the throttle. Here are the numbers:
Honda Activa 6G
Honda Activa 5G
109.51cc, Single cylinder, air-cooled, BS6-compliant
109.19cc, Single cylinder, air-cooled, BS4-compliant
Bore x Stroke (mm)
47mm x 63.1mm
50mm x 55.6mm
7.79PS at 8000rpm
7.96PS at 7500rpm
8.79Nm at 5250rpm
9Nm at 5500rpm
But oh my, the refinement! The motor is so smooth that it feels like a hot knife slicing through a block of butter. Even when the engine was stretched to its absolute limit it kept its calm with just a tingle of quiver from the floor board. The Activa 6G truly deserves the Honda badge.
The Japanese auto giant claims the new fuel-injected BS6-compliant engine offers 10 per cent more mileage than the Honda Activa 5G. We got an impressive 58.1kmpl in the city and an equally commendable 55kmpl on the highway in our real-world test of the Activa 5G. Even if we take a realistic estimate of half of Honda’s claimed efficiency improvement, you’ll still be able to (theoretically) get 61kmpl in the city and a reassuring 57.75kmpl on the highway on the new Activa! But for a concrete answer, you’ll have to wait till we find out in our detailed review.
Braking and Handling
Honda has FINALLY equipped the twenty-one-year-old scooter with a telescopic fork! Acche din aa gaye! But not entirely though. While the ride quality is leaps and bounds better than the woefully obsolete, rudimentary trailing link suspension of the 5G, it is still a little on the harsh side. One workaround is that you can tweak the 3-stage preload-adjustable single shock absorber to the softer side, which should help the ride quality become a little more supple, at least at the rear.
The chassis feels very well balanced, as I was able to take tight ‘figure of eights’ gleefully. Even high-speed stability is commendable, thanks to the larger 12-inch front wheel (takes a really long time to get to high speeds, though).
Honda seems to have to have gone the ‘why-fix-something-that-ain’t-broke’ route for the brakes. They’re the same as the ones on the Activa 5G. Pair this with the increased rolling inertial of a larger front wheel and you’ll realise that this 6G is a wee bit harder to stop. There’s a trace of weakness in the bite from the front brake too. The rear drum works brilliantly though, thanks to the smaller 10-inch steel wheel. And Honda doesn’t offer a front disc even as an option. As disappointing it may be, it is understandable considering that would require alloys to fit in the disc brake assembly, since steel wheels don’t get disc mounting points. As usual, the CBS works quite well. You will just have to tighten the adjustment screws regularly, though.
The 90-section MRF tyres offer decent grip and fit the bill rather well. You also won’t have to worry about scraping the underbody either, as it comes with a 171mm ground clearance -- claimed to be the highest in segment.
Safety and Features
Honda has tweaked the design a bit to accommodate the external fuel filler (a first for a 110cc Activa). The lid feels flimsy though. That being said, the external fuel filler greatly reduces the effort to refuel compared to underseat fuel fillers, which force you to get off the scooter. The fuel filler cap can be opened via the apron-mounted switch, making it all the more convenient. Interestingly, despite relocating the fuel inlet, the underseat storage has remained unchanged at 18 litres. Unfortunately, there’s no boot light or even a USB port as an option. Also, Honda’s accessory apron-mounted basket looks very tacky. I am confident that people will pay a bit more and get a third-party lockable ABS plastic compartment.
Another grinch is, Honda has replaced the lockable hook with an open one below the seat. This can make some people really nervous about hooking up groceries if they’re going over bad roads. The apron section continues to use an open hook.
The instrument cluster is an all-analogue unit, with a speedometer and a fuel gauge. The brand has done away with a semi-digital layout (available in Activa 5G DLX variant). To be honest, the geek in me would've preferred a real-time mileage indicator on an analogue-digital console rather than an ACG starter. I don't mind cranking up a motor traditionally. But to each his own. That said, the ACG starter works magically well. Press the starter button and the motor comes to life silently and in an instant! The switchgear and the overall build quality feel pretty solid, plus you get an all-metal bodywork for extra toughness. Honda has also finally equipped the scooter with a pass beam switch -- a first for the 110cc Activa. It is integrated into the high-low beam switch.
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Activa 6G Price In India
|Chennai||Rs. 67,688 - 69,188|
|Hyderabad||Rs. 67,055 - 68,555|
|Delhi||Rs. 65,419 - 66,919|
|Pune||Rs. 65,382 - 66,885|
|Mumbai||Rs. 65,573 - 67,073|
|Kolkata||Rs. 67,587 - 69,087|
|Bangalore||Rs. 67,500 - 69,000|