Efficiency ACTIVA-ted: Honda Activa HET Review: Images, specs, price and details

| April 1, 2013 | 37 Comments

When it comes to the automatic scooters segment, the Honda Activa needs no introduction. It has been enjoying the lion’s share in the Indian scooter market for more than a decade now. Similar to the TVS ‘Scooty’, the term ‘Activa’ has become synonymous with the automatic scoot resulting in great brand recognition and resale value – the waiting period is another shocker. The competition tried hard and even with a flurry of launches didn’t ruffle the little Honda’s position.

Off-late the competition has been getting extremely fierce with influx of newer products. The Honda Activa received its last update in 2009 with a bumped up 109cc engine from the existing 102 and 1 bhp increment to the power tally. Features such as combi-brakes and a key shutter being further inclusions to the revised version. With the recently launched automatics from TVS, Hero, Mahindra,Yamaha and Suzuki faring well in sales and slowly nibbling away small parts from Honda’s share of the pie, it was time for the Japanese giant to retaliate. In a country where “kitna deti hai” is rather a feature of an automobile than a question, it was apparent that Honda played it as a trump card for the new variant.

2013 Honda Activa HET (15)

Meet the new 2013 Honda Activa HET Scooter, and before you start scanning the scooter for any visual changes- let us tell you that there are none except for the ‘HET’ badging on the left hand side panel. With manufacturers in India so good at creating fancy technical terms which usually end up as more hype than substance, we really wanted to know whether the Honda Activa HET offered any real world advantages over its predecessor, and were curious if it really stood up to the 60 kmpl claim.

STYLING, FEATURES & PERFORMANCE

2013 Honda Activa HET (13)

The Activa has always been a good looking scooter though not as trendy as the Dio, but just right to qualify as a Unisex trotter. As iterated, the styling remains untouched retaining the same well finished metallic outer shell now available in 5 different shades viz. Metallic Wild Purple, Metallic Geny Grey, Pearl Sunbeam White, Black and Candy Lucid Red.

2013 Honda Activa HET (12)

2013 Honda Activa HET (19)

The switchgear and instrumentation is ergonomic to operate and typical Honda in terms of fit and finish, giving a feel of durability. The inner box comes optional at a premium of INR 1800/-. 18 litres of underseat space can swallow reasonable amount of grocery shopping and store a medium sized helmet.

2013 Honda Activa HET (4)

2013 Honda Activa HET (3)

The Activa is a comfortable scoot with the broad seat accommodating cozy two up riding with ease. The rear suspension has decent damping for a comfortable ride, but the front is stiffly set. It fares well as long as the roads are good with the usual undulations, but starts getting jittery when the bumps overpower the small wheels of the scoot. The combi-brakes work well and complement the performance the Activa offers with enough power to rein in the speed.

2013 Honda Activa HET

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On the handling part, the Activa is zippy and more than an able tool to deal with the routine traffic chores. The light weight aids maneuvering the scoot through small gaps, but renders a nervous feeling as regards handling at higher speeds. It flicks and changes direction with minimal effort, but tends to feel as if you are sitting on a cardboard box with the only mass being your own weight. In the end it’s just a little scoot and not meant to be something with which you could blast into the corners. The tubeless tyres are good and offer reasonable dig into the tarmac. But in case you happen to hit a twisty section and wish to indulge in for some fun- you’d find the Activa appealing to take it easy.

ENGINE

2013 Honda Activa HET (7)

Coming to the most important part and the biggest change in the new scoot- hidden away under the hood is the new optimized HET Engine (Honda Eco Technology). Internal changes include an offset crank for reduced sliding resistance of the piston, a low tension piston ring, lighter reciprocating parts and improved bearing oil seals. The conventional spark plug has been replaced by a highly ignitable nickel spark plug and optimized induction port.Also the operation of the pulley converter has been optimized resulting in a more efficient power delivery- all for the claimed 60 kpl mark.

2013 Honda Activa HET offset crank

Despite the internal changes, a mere HET badge might not be able to create an impression to a layman’s eye, but once you’re on it and moving- the change is evident. The HET engine feels much smoother and peppier with improved low end performance compared to the earlier generation Activa. The refinement is retained throughout the rev range all the way up to the 90 kph mark. The top speed recorded on the speedometer during the test was 94 kph- but the Activa feels best moving between 50 to 65 kph. We put it to a stress test of keeping it pinned close to the 90 kph mark for extended durations, and even in afternoon heat – the engine didn’t show any signs of overheating or power loss. The incorporated changes seem to have worked and bettered the already refined powerplant of the earlier generation Activa. But the biggest question is whether the new Activa gets anywhere close to the magical 60 kpl mark as advertised by Honda? The answer is a resounding YES! During a 300 kms test run that involved less of economical riding and more of pushing it to its top end, the Activa delivered a mileage of 55 kpl- very impressive! Adopting a more sedate style of riding, we feel 60 kpl is an easy deal for the scoot.

CONCLUSION

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If you are on a lookout for an efficient scooter to trundle around towards routine chores in the city, the Activa would do everything without fuss. A reliable track record with that renowned ‘H’ badge and now adding better fuel efficiency to its merit chart, the Activa has gone one step over the competition. Now only if Honda could do something about that horrendous waiting period.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE
Type- Air cooled, 4 stroke OHC
Displacement- 109cc
Max Power- 8 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Max Torque- 8.74 nm @ 5500 rpm
Transmission- V-Matic
Ignition- Self & Kick

AIR FILTER
Viscous Air Filter

SUSPENSION
Front- Spring loaded hydraulic type
Rear- Spring loaded hydraulic type

CHASSIS
Frame- Rigid underbone type
Dimension- 1761mm x 710mm x 1147mm
Wheelbase- 1238mm
Seat height- 765mm
Ground clearance- 153mm

ELECTRICALS
Battery- 12V 3Ah, Maintenance Free
Headlamp- 35/35 W

BRAKES
Front- Drum, 130mm dia (With Combi-braking)
Rear- Drum, 130mm dia

FUEL TANK CAPACITY
5.3 litres

TYRES
Front & Rear- Tubeless, 90/100-10 53J

PRICE (ON-ROAD)

Mumbai- INR 56,334/-
Delhi- INR 51,778/-
Bangalore- INR 56,816/-
Chennai- INR 55,950/-
Kolkata- INR 56,871/-

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About the Author ()

Deepak specializes in everything on two wheels. A seasoned tourer and a fine endurance rider, Deepak has US based Ironbutt Association's Saddlesore (1600km / 24hrs) and Bunburner (2400 km / 36 hrs) certifications under his belt. He has a sharp eye for detail, which facilitates him to make observations in his reviews which even trained journalists often miss out. Blessed with an infectious passion towards motorcycles, he is known in the biking community for his unmatched love for all things on two-wheels.

Comments (37)

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  1. HIREN PATEL says:

    VERY NICE MODEL LAUNCH OF ACTIVA I AM REALLY HAPPY

  2. Deepak says:

    Help..
    Does the new Dio have the option of lockable front glove box like the Activa?

  3. ^^^We’re not sure though. Need to confirm as we’ve never seen a Dio with the inner box yet.

  4. Siva says:

    Nice,,, lking so gud….. more mileage….. more efficiency… not doubt it….. break the records………

  5. Sachin says:

    what is the on road price of Activa HET in Nagpur city

    • Devan Thakre says:

      Its 60, 000/- incl accessories. Get the accessories from outside. I got the accessories for Rs 1100?- which the dealer charges Rs 3500/-. Get it from ZORA scooters, Sadar (Near MOTI MAHAL Restaurant)

  6. @Sachin: Its INR 55,284/- on road!

  7. Dhiman says:

    Bought Honda Activa HET model on February 2013, now using almost 4 months 1100+ Km. Good pick up, rather easy handling,braking etc, though average mileage only nearly 45 kmpl, big doubt that may be after decreasing the fuel flow, would it give the 55 kmpl atlist..
    Delar’s Service is almost horrible in VIP Kolkata.

  8. That’s sad to hear Dhiman. Try to switch to a better service centre. And get the carb tuned.

  9. apurbaa ghosh says:

    i brought honda activa het model on april…awsm pick up…only mileage prob….its give me only 35-37kmpl….

    • jigi sanghani says:

      Sucha Bad Experience about Honda. as told that u will have mileage of 50-60km/Ltr. and getting 35-37 km/ltr only…..

  10. harsh says:

    wats the average

  11. Hardik says:

    my new Honda Activa Het model awsm pikup and mileage is 60-65 i st a briliants

  12. Hardik says:

    Honda Activa All Models nice

  13. JAY says:

    what is on road price in south mumbai for new activa HET?

    What is its mileage ?

  14. Bhupendra Sharma says:

    what is the on road price of Activa HET in HARYANA

  15. 1000000000000000000000000000000000

  16. Anjeshwar says:

    cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

  17. PRAVEEN says:

    Hi, can i replace old activa carburetor with new in order to get mileage of 55!

  18. ANANTH M says:

    Please suggest me which to buy Honda Activa or Honda Aviator i want
    Comfort riding & good milage

  19. roshan says:

    Is it give realy give 60 kmpl millage?

  20. Siddharth says:

    Hey Guys i Got this On Nov 20th from Chennai.. Nearing 250 Kms im not sure what the exact mileage is its giving around 52 – 55.. and its smooth feels like the engine is off while driving..

  21. Sneha says:

    Hey i am going to purchase honda activa wild purple color this month. I am confused about the color. Many people are saying it fade/ lightens shade over a period of time. Should i go for wild purple. as its not commonly see in the city.

  22. I want to buy activated het

  23. what the price of Activa HET in Balaghat m.p

  24. amit (gujarat) says:

    U r lucky my activa give 18 average in city highway 25 I m so sad

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