2022 Honda Metropolitan vs Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid: Photo Comparison
Honda’s baby scooter goes up against the first hybrid scooter in India
Just a week ago, Honda launched the Metropolitan scooter in the USA. The baby scooter looks quite charming in its retro garb and packs a basic kit that should make it well suited to zip around the city. Its round headlight and curvy design remind us of the Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid. So, we’ve compared the two in detailed visuals and here’s what we found.
As mentioned earlier, both the scooters get a round headlight. But the Fascino 125 gets an LED unit with the top-end model whereas the Metropolitan uses a halogen bulb.
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Honda has loaded the Metropolitan with a ton of chrome on the turn indicators, rear grab rail, mirrors and badging, whereas the Fascino 125 Fi uses a contrasting theme all around.
The Honda scooter is powered by a 49cc single-cylinder air-cooled motor whose output figures aren’t revealed yet. Meanwhile, the Yammie gets a 125cc air-cooled single-cylinder motor with a silent starter and dishes out 8.2PS and 10.3Nm.
The Honda Metropolitan is equipped with an analogue console with a digital inset. On the other hand, you get a full LCD display on the Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid while the disc brake variant also offers Bluetooth compatible smartphone connection.
Both scooters get a telescopic front fork and a single rear shock.
Braking hardware on the Honda scooter comprises drum units at both ends though the Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid gets the choice of a 190mm front disc/130mm front drum with a 130mm rear drum brake.
The 2022 Honda Metropolitan rolls on 10-inch front and rear wheels while the Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid gets a 12-inch front and a 10-inch rear alloy.
At 1181mm, the Metropolitan gets a noticeably shorter wheelbase than the Fascino’s 1280mm.
Not just that, it also weighs just 81kg, which is almost 18kg lighter than the Fascino 125 Fi’s 99kg claimed weight. But the Fascino is the lightest scooter in the segment.
However, its 4.5-litre fuel tank is a bit smaller than its rival’s 5.2-litre unit.
In the USA, the asking price for the 2022 Honda Metropolitan is set at USD 2,499 (roughly Rs 1.86 lakh). On the other hand, the Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid retails at Rs 72,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) onwards.
It’s crystal clear that the Fascino 125 is the winner as it not only costs less but also offers way more than the Honda Metropolitan in terms of performance, practicality and features.