Honda Activa 6G; Review

Honda Activa 6G


Honda came with the Activa first generation in May 1999. Honda started selling a newer generation of Activa in May 2009. We have got the sixth generation of Activa in 2020 which is called the Activa 6G. Activa 6G shares aesthetics with the first generation Activa. Activa 6G has got many changes from the last version.


Styling:

The Honda Activa 6G shares many elements with the Activa 5G and BS6 Activa 125 as well. The Headlight of Activa is identical to Activa 5G in shape but, looks different in internal headlight placement. On the front, you see the new chrome finish which has got bigger in size than Activa 5G. The 10-inch front wheel of Activa is now upgraded to a 12-inch one while the rear wheel is still a 10-inch one. The side panels are the same as Activa 5G but the taillight is a new one which looks similar to the taillight of Activa 125. On the back, we can see an external fuel lid opener. The dimensions have also increased making it longer than the 5G and almost similar to the 125. The 6G, however, misses out on alloy wheels while it gets standard wheels both at the front and rear.


Instrument Cluster and Switch Gear:

Activa 6G has again moved to an analogue instrument cluster. The previous generation of Activa, the Activa 5G got an analogue-digital cluster. The new instrument cluster shows 3 different basic information- the Speedometer, the Odometer and the Fuel Guage. The switchgear quality remains the same as that of Activa 5G. It has PGM-FI written in the centre which means that the Activa 6G now gets FI too. The Activa 6G is the first scooter in the Honda line-up to get an engine kill switch integrated with the starter button!


Ergonomics:

The Honda Activa was known for its comfortable ergonomics and it is the same case for the 6G. As the Activa 6G has got bigger in dimensions, it has got spacious and comfortable too. The seat height of Activa 6G has got taller than it's predecessor. Also, the seat has become softer and comfortable. The footboard area has also become spacious as it has increased by 23 mm. Pillion footpegs are now finished in rubber which does not bother the rider much. While the handlebar is still small, the mirrors have a new design and they give a good view of what’s behind.


Performance:

The Honda Activa 6G’s major change is a brand new engine. The cubic capacity is still similar at 109cc while the bore is smaller with a longer stroke. The motor revs slightly higher while it produces 7.6 BHP and 8.7 Nm of torque. The BS6 norms have led the power to drop a little while the inclusion of FI has made the scooter quite linear and smoother. The low-end is just as good but not the top-end while the mid-range is very strong and the scooter can comfortably cruise at 50-65 km/hr. It has also got a super-silent starter too just like the Activa 125 which is crazy! This Activa returned 44 km/l in the test making it quite fuel-efficient too. The engine noise is reduced by a good margin while the exhaust has a typical Honda note.


Riding Dynamics:

With a slightly comfortable ergonomic triangle, the 6G is fun to ride too. It does duty with the same underbone frame but the new suspension setup gives it a plush ride. The rear suspension is now a new 3-step adjustable unit while it still has bouncy feedback. The telescopic suspension at the front and a bigger 12-inch tyre have aided in giving better feedback to the handlebar. Leaning into corners has also become confidence-inspiring as the front-end doesn’t feel too light now. Filtering through traffic has also become easy while the straight-line stability is still good. The tyres are narrow and you might feel the lack of grip as soon as you encounter some gravel or dust, it is fine otherwise. There isn’t an option of a disc brake, the Activa 6G gets only a drum brake setup with CBS as standard.


Verdict:

The Activa in its new avatar has got a lot of changes. While some of these changes are better and useful, some of the hardware has been taken away due to cost-cutting. The 6G is available in 2 variants - Standard and Deluxe. The only difference is that the deluxe variant gets LED headlight. Activa with its new avatar is a good option but bit costlier too. If you want a good commuter scooter, pay a little more and go for the Activa 125.


Specifications:

Engine: 109.51cc, Air-Cooled, Single-Cylinder, FI, BS6

Power: 7.6 BHP @ 8000 RPM

Torque: 8.7 Nm @ 5250 RPM

Fuel Type: Petrol

Fuel Consumption: 45 km/l

Frame: Under Bone Chassis

Tyres: 90/90/12 (Front), 90/100/10 (Rear)

Suspension: Telescopic Forks (Front), 3-Step Adjustable Spring Loaded Hydraulic (Rear)

Brakes: 130 mm Drum (Front), 130 mm Drum (Rear); CBS

Price:

Standard: ₹66,087

Deluxe: ₹ 67,588

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