2018 Honda Activa 5G Review
Bike Tested: Honda Activa 5G; Road Test No. 977
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 65,600/-
Honda Activa from the start has been the benchmark for most scooter manufacturers, it’s a legend by itself
By the end of 20th century, Hero and Honda were ruling the Indian market with the 100cc motorcycles. Honda had some different plans and took a step ahead with the launch of an automatic scooter, the Honda Activa. The first generation of Activa was launched in the year 2001. Since then the Activa has grown with time and has become one of the basic needs of a modern Indian family. This year, Honda has given the Activa a fresh new look and the changes are just cosmetic. New LED headlight, new instrument console, funky colour options and a new 5G badge. We rode the Honda Activa 5G on the streets of Mumbai and even after being the same underneath, it still feels a lot appealing.
Motor Quest: First generation of the Honda Activa was launched in 2001. While it got a major update in 2009 with a newer engine and a revised design. Since then, the introduction of HET in engines and various other factors have helped improve fuel efficiency. The Activa has got a new badge year after year – 3G, 4G and now 5G.
Styling – The Honda Activa in its 5th iteration has got only cosmetic updates. However, the overall styling hasn’t changed even a bit. The front get’s a new LED headlight while there’s the updated Activa 5G badging on either of the sides. The Activa now comes in funky colour options making it more appealing. To make the update prominent, the Activa 5G also gets some chrome treatment at the front and the back. Except for this, the 2018 Honda Activa 5G is still the same as the 4G and 3G versions. The Honda Activa serves the purpose of a modern workhorse and hence the styling elements haven’t had a major update since 2009.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – The Honda Activa 5G get a noteworthy update in the instrument cluster. The cluster is now an analogue-digital unit where the speedometer is analogue and rest of the details are integrated inside the digital meter. The digital meter includes fuel gauge, odometer with a single trip meter and a clock. With a good observation, anyone can notice that the digital unit is picked directly from its sibling, the Honda Grazia. Not only that, the key slot has also been picked from the Grazia as well. The switchgear has been the same since the AHO update and there has been no change in the quality either.