Suzuki Access 125 BS6 vs Honda Activa 125 BS6: Spec Comparison
Here’s how the two most popular scooters in India fare against each other on paper
Honda took charge of the BS6 revolution with the unveiling of the BS6-compliant Activa 125 in India back in July 2019. Five months later, Suzuki began its BS6 innings by taking the wraps off of the Access 125 BS6. Now that both scooters have been launched in the country, here’s how they compare in terms of specifications:
The most affordable variant of the Honda Activa 125 BS6 is Rs 2,690 more expensive than the base variant of the Access 125 BS6. But the price difference seems pretty reasonable considering Honda offers a silent start system as standard across all variants. This feature enables the scooter to crank instantly and at the same time, silently. The Access 125 lacks this feature, but it gets an easy start system that ensures the scooter cranks up at the touch of a button. More expensive variants of the Activa 125 are a lot dearer than the Access 125 BS6 as they come with a host of additional features. You can read all about it here. If you’re wondering what Suzuki offers in each variant of the Access 125 BS6, check this out.
The Activa 125 BS6 not only makes more torque, but it also arrives earlier in the rev range. Theoretically, this should result in superior acceleration. However, the scooter is 8kg heavier than the Access 125, which may affect its acceleration. That said, we’ll only be able to judge their on-road performance better once we get our hands on both of them for a side-by-side comparison. During our tests with the Honda Activa 125 BS6, the scooter returned a mileage of 52.83kmpl in the city and 51.23kmpl on the highway. On the other hand, Suzuki hasn’t revealed the mileage figures for the Access 125 BS6 yet.
Both scooters come with similar underpinnings. They feature a telescopic front fork and a single shock absorber at the rear. Brakes include either a front disc or drum, and a rear drum, with combined braking system offered as standard across all variants. The two scooters ride on 12-inch front and 10-inch rear steel or alloy wheels. And both get tyres measuring 90/90 at the front and 90/100 at the rear. Being the heavier scooter here, the Activa 125 BS6 could potentially be a bit more sluggish around corners. But again, only a real-world comparison will give us a fair idea.
The Activa 125 BS6’s slightly longer wheelbase, coupled with the added weight, should offer more stability on the straights at higher speeds, at least on paper. The extra ground clearance should also help traverse over bad patches more effortlessly. Even its fuel tank capacity is slightly larger, but it remains to be seen how fuel-efficient the Access 125 BS6 is.
Overall, both scooters are quite closely matched in terms of specifications. However, the Access is a little more affordable. In terms of features though, the Activa 125 gains the upper hand as it comes with useful bits like a stop-start system, real-time mileage indicator, and a silent start system - all of which are absent in the Access 125 BS6. These features justify the premium pricing as it makes for a better overall package.