Hero HF 100: Same Price Other Options
Would you rather choose the new HF 100 or spend around the same amount on something else?
Hero MotoCorp’s HF Deluxe range once had the most accessible 100cc motorcycles in the Indian market. However, rising material costs over the course of a year forced Hero to increase the price of its products. As a result, the entry level HF Deluxe received a starting price of Rs 50,700, a bit more than what customers are comfortable paying. Taking this into consideration, the company has now launched a cheaper HF 100 variant which retails at Rs 49,400 (ex-showroom Delhi), making it the most affordable Hero bike in the country.
That said, not everyone is convinced with the idea of buying the HF 100. For that reason, we’ve listed down a number of alternatives below that you could buy for around the same price.
TVS XL100 Comfort: Rs 41,015
The TVS XL100 could be a great alternative to the HF 100 if you’re looking for a practical and purposeful two-wheeler. It’s known to be a proper workhorse, with a payload carrying capacity of 130kg despite running a tiny 99.7cc engine. Not to mention, it’s built to last.
That said, the XL100 won’t give you the satisfaction of owning a bike. It doesn’t look as good as the HF 100 either, has a small 4-litre fuel tank, and misses out on useful bits like alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. So while the XL100 makes a strong case for itself, the HF100 still has the edge.
Bajaj CT100 KS: Rs 49,152
Bajaj updated the CT100 KS variant last year with a number of practical features like a braced handlebar, bash plate, fuel gauge, fork gaiters, tank pads, a thicker seat, clear-lens indicators and extended rear-view mirrors. In spite of having all these features, the CT100 still turns out to be cheaper than the HF 100.
Sure, the CT100 is a bit low on power and torque compared to the HF, but the difference is negligible.
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Hero Electric Dash: Rs 50,000
Alternatively, you could opt to go green with the Hero Electric Dash and save on fuel bills. The e-scooter returns a decent range of 60km on a single charge and has its top speed capped at 25kmph. On the downside, its 48V 28Ah lithium-ion battery takes nearly four hours to fully charge even with a fast charger.
Nonetheless, premium features like LED DRLs, LED headlight, digital information console and a USB charging slot do earn it a couple of extra brownie points.
Bajaj Platina 100 KS: Rs 53,920
Throw in an extra Rs 4,500 and you could get yourself the Bajaj Platina 100 electric start variant. Latest updates include new rearview mirrors, claimed to offer better visibility, and the rear spring-in-spring suspension setup replacing the earlier nitrox shock absorbers. It’ll do everything that the HF 100 does, plus the convenience of an electric starter.
TVS Sport KS - Rs 56,130
TVS is known for producing some quality products. So while you will end up spending a bit more for the TVS Sport kick start variant, it sure as hell will be worth it.
What makes it stand apart are the bright colours and striking liveries on offer. Having said that, the Sport KS isn’t a feature-rich motorcycle. There's no LED headlight, digital console or even an optional disc brake. The only LED bits here are the DRLs. So the TVS Sport only makes sense if you're willing the pay the premium. Otherwise you may just be better of with the HF 100.