Over and over again, we have repeatedly mentioned how the Honda Activa has proven itself to be a very significant model for not only establishing Honda in India but also in rejuvenating the scooter market in India that was dying a slow death post the discontinuation of Bajaj Chetak in the country. Paving the path for other four stroke automatic scooters in the country, the Activa was Honda’s first ever single product for the Indian market, which gradually went on to become so legendary that even after almost 17 years of its launch, it is still going very much strong and is recording as the highest selling two-wheeler.

Though, over the years, we have seen a couple of more iterations of the Activa brand in the form of a more slim and girly Activa-i and a more proper, powerful and premium 125cc scooter, the Activa 125. However, it is the original Activa which is churning out the majority of numbers even today. After a successful journey spawning three generation, the Honda Activa has entered its 17 years of existence in India with its fourth generation model, the new Activa 4G. It now comes with a couple of more cosmetic changes and a significant change to its powertrain, which makes it a bit more contemporary than before, if not much. So let’s see what’s new in the new Activa 4G:-

STYLING

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The Activa has always remained an example of how functionality can force the form to take a backseat. In effect, the Honda Activa has always been one conservative scooter regarding design, with the prime focus on being suitable to all taste buds. But that doesn’t mean that the Activa is not great to look at – the design is handsome, but it is not pathbreaking.

However, even in its latest guise, the Activa 4G is not bringing much to the table, as the design has a very mild revision of the version it replaces. Take, for instance, the front stance of the scooter, which will remind you strongly of the previous Activa with its handlebar mounted headlamp cluster and familiar front apron. However, the headlamp has been tweaked a bit, which though is very hard to notice on the first glance. Also, the faux air vents placed at the centre of the front apron now has vertical slats instead of horizontal ones in the previous model, which again, is hard to recognise too.

Same can be said about the side profile as well – the Activa 4G retains the silhouette of the second generation Activa and retains the chrome emblem with a new 4G sticker at the rear portion of the side panel. The redesigned tail lamp cluster with slightly elongated turn indicators, which were introduced in the previous generation model, have been retained in the new Activa 4G as well. The alloy pillion grab rail too has been lifted off from the erstwhile model.

The sense of familiarity and the disappointment of not getting a radical change continue in the instrument console design as well, which sports the same monotonous but functional layout that comprises of an analogue speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge and regular tell tale lights. However, as a fresh change which we are witnessing nowadays in many new models, the new Activa 4G too now gets the auto headlamp on (AHO) feature.

Overall, the Activa 4G may come out as a let-down regarding not getting a thorough revision in design. The changes are very minute to call this scooter an all-new model but have managed to freshen up the appeal of the scooter. At the same time, the target audience of the Activa hasn’t ever been much focused towards styling and design, and in their perspective, the Activa has always been one handsome and proportionately designed simple looking scooter, something which it has retained even in this new generation model too.
Overall Dimension

Make Model2017 Honda Activa 4GHero Maestro EdgeTVS Jupiter ZX
Length1761mm1841mm1834mm
Width710mm695mm650mm
Height1149mm1190mm1115mm
Wheelbase1238mm1261mm1275mm
Ground Clearance153mm150mm155mm
Seat Height765mm775mm765mm
Wet weight108kg109kg110kg
Fuel Tank5.3l5.5l5l

POWERTRAIN

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Going by the minuscule changes in the design front, if you are finding reasons under the skin of Activa 4G to justify its ‘newness’, get ready for some more dismay. The four-stroke, air-cooled, 109.2cc engine of the previous Activa has been carried over from the Activa 3G without any substantial upgrade. Though there is nothing in this engine to be doubted for – this ultra-refined and reliable mill equipped with Honda Eco Technology (HET) belts out 8 bhp of power and 9 Nm of torque and comes mated to a belt-driven CVT transmission.

With a promise of delivering a fuel efficiency of 62 kmpl, the Activa 4G is quite frugal as well. However, this time, as a compulsory norm, this very engine is now BS-IV compliant, which makes it slightly more refined as well as lesser polluting than before. The engine has always been known for its simple linear power delivery and excellent refinement, and the engine, with the minuscule changes onboard, tends to maintain the segment benchmark even today.

Engine Specification

Make Model2017 Honda Activa 4GHero Maestro EdgeTVS Jupiter ZX
Capacity cc109.19110.9109.7
Bore/ Stroke mm50/55.650/56.550/56.5
Output8 bhp @ 7000 rpm9 bhp @ 8000 rpm8 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Torque9 Nm @ 5500 rpm9 Nm @ 6500 rpm8 Nm @ 5500 rpm
TypeFan Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI, BS IV EngineAir Cooled, 4 Stroke Single Cylinder OHC4 Stroke, Single cylinder, Air Cooled, OHC
Clutch typeCVTCVTCVT
TransmissionV – MaticV – MaticV – Matic

RIDE AND HANDLING

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There are no significant changes even in the rest of the mechanicals. Still sitting on the same high rigidity underbone frame, the Activa 4G comes with front trailing link suspension and rear single sided hydraulic coil spring. While a majority of the scooters in the Indian market have moved forward and upped the ante with front telescopic forks set up, it is surprising to see the age-old trailing link set up even in this new generation model.

This certainly affects its ride quality, which though decent, does not match with the pliancy of the scooters with front telescopic forks. Nevertheless, the Activa 4G is a very easy to handle the machine, even after being a scooter fairly large. The drum brakes at both the ends carry out their job satisfactorily. Considering the competition upping the game, we would have liked to see a front disc brake at least as an option.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model2017 Honda Activa 4GHero Maestro EdgeTVS Jupiter ZX
Suspension / FrontSpring loaded hydraulic typeTelescopic, Hydraulic Shock Absorber30 mm Advance Telescopic Suspension
Suspension / RearSpring loaded hydraulic typeUnit Swing with Spring Loaded Hydraulic DamperGas Charged Mono Shock
Brakes / Front130mm drum brake130mm drum brake130mm drum brake
Brakes / Rear130mm drum brake130mm drum brake130mm drum brake
Tyres / Front90/100 R1290/100 R12100/80 R17
Tyres / Rear90/100 R1290/100 R10130/70 R17

PRICE

The Honda Activa has always maintained its reputation for being one value for money gearless scooter. The manufacturer has priced the Activa 4G reasonably at ? 50730 (ex-showroom, Delhi), thus keeping it in league with all other 110cc automatic scooters in the Indian market. At first, the scooter may feel a bit over-priced due to the lack of contemporary features, but its credentials of being one hassle free scooter to maintain in the long run surely work in its favour.

Apart from the usual colour options previously available on the Activa 3G, which include Black, Imperial Red Metallic, Trance Blue Metallic, Matte Axis Grey Metallic and Pearl Amazing White, the lineup has seen the addition of two new paint schemes, Majestic Brown Metallic and Matt Selene Silver Metallic.

COMPETITION

Though the Honda Activa is miles ahead of other scooters in terms sales numbers (a trait which the Activa 4G too will emulate), two scooters which have managed to give some serious competition to it are the Hero Maestro Edge and the TVS Jupiter.

Hero Maestro Edge

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Unlike the Pleasure and Maestro, the Maestro Edge is Hero’s first scooter which has been developed without the contribution of its erstwhile partner, Honda. The scooter looks very promising and is especially aimed at the younger set of buyers.

As the name suggests, the Maestro Edge is an edgy looking version of the pre-existing Hero Maestro, with the overall design of the Maestro going under the knife for a much sharper looking avatar. The overall stance of the Maestro Edge suggests that it is designed mainly keeping the college-going youth in mind.

Unlike the Honda sourced engines on the Pleasure and Maestro, Hero has equipped the Maestro Edge with an all new four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 110.9cc engine which it has jointly developed with AVL Engineering from Austria. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission and belts out 9 bhp of power and 8.3 Nm of torque.

The scooter is available in two variants – while the steel wheel version will cost you ? 49500, the alloy wheel version is available at ? 50700.

TVS Jupiter ZX

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In the three years of its existence in the Indian market, the Jupiter has been one of the fastest selling scooters, giving a tough fight to all the established rivals. The Jupiter ZX edition looks the same as the regular Jupiter, but the couple of additional cosmetic changes it comes with raises its visual appeal. The already likeable and modern, yet familiar stance of the Jupiter has become a bit more premium with these changes.

The four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 109.7cc engine which the Jupiter comes with is the first 110cc engine developed by TVS, after having a successful stint with the 90cc Scooty Pep. The engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 8 bhp and a maximum torque of 8 Nm, which feels quite lively on the go. The 110cc engine promises a respectable fuel economy of 62 kmpl on the Jupiter. Regarding refinement, it is right at the top of the game, with the refinement levels now being even more impressive than the scooters from Honda.

The scooter has been priced at ? 51057 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

VERDICT

There is no single doubt regarding the potentials and capabilities of the Activa 4G as a fuss-free product – the design is likeable (if not striking), the engine is one proven, and trustful mill and its bullet-proof reliability is one sure shot recipe which will make it yet another best seller.

Though Honda could have gone one step further by bringing more new additional features as well as significant changes in design, as last time too, at the time of launch of the Activa 3G, there was very less newness when compare to its predecessors. But Honda knows that the core strengths of the Activa 4G, which have been successfully preserved from its previous version, are enough to pull the consumers towards its showrooms.

The majority of the targeted customers of the Activa like it to be as very simple and no-nonsense as it was and still is, and this very factor of the new Activa 4G as well, will continue to make it as popular as hot selling as what it was before, perhaps even more.