Key Specs of Activa 125
Honda Activa 125 Highlights
Honda has increased the prices of the Activa 125 by Rs 1,159 to Rs 1,281 depending on the variant. The Activa 125 is the Japanese manufacturer’s premium 125cc scooter offering in India. The Activa 125 is the Japanese manufacturer’s premium 125cc scooter offering in India. The BS6-compliant scooter gets a slightly revised design in addition to an updated feature list and powertrain. You can read more about the price hike in our report here.
Honda Activa 125 price:
Honda recently hiked prices of the Activa 125 Rs 1,159 to Rs 1,281 depending on the variant. The base Activa 125 is priced at Rs 70,629, whereas the Activa 125 drum brake with alloy wheels variant retails for Rs 74,918. The top-spec Activa 125 disc brake carries a sticker price of Rs 77,752.
Honda Activa 125 Features:
As part of its BS6 updates, the Honda Activa 125 gets an LED headlamp, LED pilot lamps on the front fascia, an external fuel filler cap, side-stand engine immobiliser and a pass light switch. The 125cc scooter also features a new semi-digital instrument console that shows the average and real-time fuel efficiency as well as distance-to-empty readout.
Honda Activa 125 Engine:
The Honda Activa 125 gets an all-new 125cc fuel-injected motor that delivers 8.29PS and 10.3Nm. That’s 0.27PS and 0.24Nm lower than the BS4 Activa 125 but Honda claims this new motor is 13 per cent more fuel-efficient than before. It also gets an ACG starter generator for silent starting operations and an engine start stop system. The CVT transmission has been carried over from the BS4 Activa 125.
Honda Activa 125 Suspension & Brakes:
The new Honda 125cc scooter features the same underpinning as the BS4 Activa 125. It gets a telescopic fork and a monoshock. Braking is via a 190mm front disc or a 130mm drum at the front and a 130mm drum brake at the rear with combined braking system. It gets 12-inch front and 10-inch rear steel wheels as standard while the top two variants get alloy wheels.
Honda Activa 125 Rivals:
The Activa 125 goes up against the Suzuki Access 125, Yamaha Fascino 125, and the upcoming TVS Jupiter 125 as well as other 125cc scooters like the Hero Destini 125, Hero Maestro Edge 125 BS6 and the Suzuki Burgman Street BS6. Price-wise, it competes with the Honda SP 125.
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Honda Activa 125 Price
The price of Honda Activa 125 starts at Rs. 70,629 and goes upto Rs. 77,752. Honda Activa 125 is offered in 3 variants - Activa 125 Drum, Activa 125 Drum Alloy and the top variant Activa 125 Disc which comes at a price tag of Rs. 77,752.
Activa 125 Price List (Variants)
|Activa 125 Drum60 kmpl, 124 cc||Rs.70,629|
|Activa 125 Drum Alloy60 kmpl, 124 cc||Rs.74,198|
|Activa 125 Disc60 kmpl, 124 cc||Rs.77,752|
3 Offers Available
Honda Scooter Showrooms in Delhi
- Shuban Sai Honda
WZ-64 Guru Nanak Nagar, New Delhi., Delhi, 110018
- Praganya Honda
E-49/10, Okhla Ind.Area Phase-II, New Delhi., Delhi, 110020
- Globus Honda
A-22, Gujranwala Town Part I, Main G.T. Road, New Delhi., Delhi, 110009
- FeaturedSmooth Honda
6-A Netaji Subhash Marg, Darya Ganj, Delhi., Delhi, Delhi, 110002
- Uday Honda
81, Adhchini, Sri Aurbindo Marg, New Delhi., Delhi, 110017
Honda Activa 125 Colours
Honda Activa 125 Mileage and Performance
|ARAI Mileage||60 kmpl|
|City Mileage||51.23 kmpl|
|Highway Mileage||66.8 kmpl|
|Max Speed||93.84 kmph|
Activa 125 Competitors
Honda Activa 125 Pros and Cons
Things We Like in Activa 125
- Excellent refinement levels
- Packs a lot of features
- Can bank on Honda’s reliability
Things We Don't Like in Activa 125
- Has become a bit too pricey
- Engine feels breathless
- Mileage is lower than other 125cc family scooters
Activa 125 Expert Review
Top-end to top-end, i.e. between the Deluxe models of the BS4 Honda Activa 125 and the new BS6 version, you can see a price jump of nearly Rs 10,000. That makes this new model one of the most expensive scooters on sale in India today! A lot of this is down to the fact that Honda had to develop a brand new engine for this scooter to meet the upcoming, stricter emissions norms. To offset this price hike though, Honda has thrown in quite a few new features, some of which are segment firsts. But is that enough for potential 125cc scooter buyers to see merit in this new Activa?
Design and Features
Honda really didn’t break the mould when it came to designing this new Activa 125. Most of the basic design is unchanged but on the individual detail level, things look quite different. For one, there are now a lot more cuts and creases on all body panels, from the front fender and the apron to the headlight cowl and the rear bodywork. The rear bodywork has also been extended, making the scooter 36mm longer than before. On the apron, the indicators now sport a vertical orientation with a redesigned chrome centrepiece, which makes the front of the scooter look more premium than before. This sense of premiumness extends all around the scooter with two thick chrome bands running across the sides and a new shortened grab rail. The rear turn indicators are now a little more vertically elongated with a chrome strip running through the middle, forming almost a Honda cars “H” logo at the back. What we appreciate here is that Honda hasn’t overdone the chrome garnish.
Overall, while there’s nothing new in the way this Activa 125 looks, Honda seems to have done a good job with a design that should have universal appeal. What makes this Activa’s case stronger is that while it plays safe with design, the overall build quality and fit-and-finish all around is quite top-notch. Panel gaps are extremely consistent and even the switchgear quality is better than pretty much all other scooters out there -- truly befitting of a scooter at this price point.
Engine and Performance
Now Honda hasn’t just upgraded the existing engine from the BS4 Activa to BS6. This is a brand new fuel-injected engine that the company has built from the ground-up. But in the process of meeting the upcoming BS6 emissions norms, power and torque figures have reduced -- about 0.27PS and 0.24Nm less. Now the Activa 125 clearly isn’t meant to be a performance scooter such as the TVS NTorq or the Aprilia SR125, so the fact that it’s amongst the slowest 125cc scooters to accelerate from 0-60kmph (8.72 seconds) is something we won’t hold against it.
At the end of the day, the reason to choose a 125cc scooter over a 110cc scooter is that it needs to be able to pull more load and maintain higher cruise speeds with ease. Unfortunately, while this engine does feel comfortable at speeds of about 70kmph, it feels like an absolute struggle to get there. And even with our ultralight test rider (who weighs under 55kg), it struggled to gather momentum when going uphill. Scooters such as the Suzuki Access and Hero Maestro 125 do a much better job here. But it’s important to remember that these scooters are still BS4 compliant. We’re yet to see how much (if any) performance they lose when they switch over to BS6 as well.
That being the case, the one area where this engine really shines is refinement. This has the lowest NVH levels in class and pretty much at any speed, the engine feels almost silent and absolutely vibe free. This should go a long way in making the Activa 125 a great scooter for your daily commute through the urban jungle.
Braking and Handling
The Activa was never meant to be a sporty scooter and so the suspension is tuned more for comfort rather than sharp handling. The telescopic fork and rear monoshock are set up rather soft, which results in a plush ride over pretty much all kinds of bad roads, with barely any bumps or potholes filtered to the rider. But that’s if you’re riding solo. Plonk a pillion on board (unless the pillion is super light), and the scooter will keep bobbing about once you go over a bump. This constant secondary motion over bumps feels rather unnerving and might rob you of some confidence when riding on bad roads or even speed breakers.
Despite being one of the heaviest scooters in its class (111kg), this new Activa 125 feels pretty light on its feet. Steering is light and the scooter is easy to manoeuvre through city traffic. But it’s the same soft suspension that gives it such a plush ride that makes it a little nervous when throwing it around corners. Which is acceptable since the Activa is focussed sharply on being a competent, comfortable, family scooter.
And speaking of sharp, this disc brake-equipped Activa posted one of the best braking distances that we’ve tested on any 125cc scooter till date - 18.94 metres from 60kmph to zero. Brake feel is good too, allowing you to give precise inputs. But our test bike did make some strange rubbing sound from the front brakes when going hard on the lever.
Safety and Features
One of the biggest things Honda has been harping on about this new Activa is the new ACG (Alternating Current Generator) starter. This basically does away with a separate electric starter motor and uses the alternator to start the engine when you thumb the starter. Now it might not seem like such a big deal, but it’s when you see, er... hear, er... actually not hear, in action, it’ll blow your mind. It allows for absolutely silent starts, without any of that traditional “khichkhichkhich” sound you hear of the starter motor trying to turn the engine.
This combined with the idle stop-start system makes this Activa 125 even more impressive. When this system is active, with the engine stopped (at a red light, say), all you have to do is twist the throttle to get going. And thanks to the ACG starter, this process is absolutely seamless. In fact, you’ll get going at the same time as any other scooter that had its engine running.
There are a couple of segment-first features on this new Activa 125 as well. A side-stand engine cut off system will kill the engine as soon as you lower the side stand, or conversely not allow you to start the engine if the stand is down. And then there’s the trip computer included in the digi-analogue instrument cluster, which gives you instant fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency and distance to empty readouts -- all very handy to have if you don’t want to rely on guesswork to figure out your next fuel stop.
Apart from that, this Activa also became the first 125cc scooter in India to get an LED headlight. While this headlight offers a good throw and spread, it needs to be brighter to be of much use on completely unlit roads.
Underseat storage is quite adequate to hold a regular full-face helmet (although don’t expect a premium helmet to fit under there) and there’s a glove box on the front apron, which is extremely useful for storing knickknacks such as your mobile phone, and it appears to be weather-proof as well. But the fact that in such an expensive scooter, you don’t get a boot light or a charging socket as standard feels just wrong.
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Activa 125 Price In India
|Chennai||Rs. 74,663 - 81,836|
|Delhi||Rs. 70,629 - 77,752|
|Pune||Rs. 72,357 - 79,530|
|Mumbai||Rs. 72,548 - 79,721|
|Bangalore||Rs. 73,521 - 80,694|
|Kolkata||Rs. 73,608 - 80,781|
|Hyderabad||Rs. 73,076 - 80,249|