The term scooter is not interpreted in the best possible way in India. It is often seen as a means to commute to mundane locations or do groceries. Yes, scooters can do that and are better than motorcycles to some extent, where practicality is involved. But then, it is time to see the segment with a new perspective. Something that Honda initiated with the Dio, Aviator and then the Navi.
The three mentioned above targeted a specific audience and didn’t compromise on anything. And now Honda has launched the Grazia in India for the ones who want to do more than just scooting here and there.
What makes the Honda Grazia special?
Looks, that’s where the Honda Grazia starts to get your attention. Honda has got their top drawer stuff for the Grazia, as seen with the all-LED headlight cluster. In fact, it bears certain resemblance to the unit on the City. It gets sharp and smart contours on the overall body. The spilt grab rails, LED tail light and the razor sharp styling of the Grazia makes it look distinct compared to what we have already seen in the segment.
And the Honda Grazia is loaded
It gets an all digital instrument cluster with speedo and tacho. Additionally, there is a red-backlit LCD panel with Information on time, fuel gauge, odometer and tripmeter. We liked the overall fit and finish of plastics and buttons but then again Honda has mastered this part of the game. They are highly durable and reliable and can go through tough testing as well.
Living with it
It gets different storage options like the one behind the front apron. Making it more convenient is a charging socket and ample space to store your phone. Even the floorboard is large enough to make it spacious for your feet and a bag, if needed. And lastly, there is 18-litre storage space under that comfy seat that will easily hold a helmet and other miscellaneous articles.
The Honda Grazia is powered by the same 124.9cc unit that does work on the Activa. Needless to elaborate, this one has already clocked a lot in Indian roads. This motor makes 8.5PS at 6,500 rpm and generates 10.54Nm at 5,000rpm. We had an impressive time while riding the Honda Grazia in city. The motor offers apt momentum to take care of city commute. Also, it takes less efforts compared to the Acitva 125 since this one is 1kg lighter. On highways too, the Honda Grazia can maintain speeds of upto 80kmph without any hassle.
Riding the Grazia
The Honda Grazia comes with telescopic front forks and a monoshock at the rear. This one doesn’t totally keep the vehicle inert from the undulations coz it it more toward the stiffer side. However, the same feels nice (comparatively) when you try to flick it into another direction. More than the elderly, this will be enjoyed more by the millennial and above. Honda offers CBS – combined braking system as standard on the Grazia. The braking is good, however we felt if the effort of pressing the lever can be reduced, the braking will offer more confidence.
And the verdict
Honda claims that on a full tank of fuel, the Grazia can chart a total distance of 250km. Impressive ain’t it? They have got it right with the fit, finish, performance and features. At Rs 62,269 (ex-showroom Delhi), the Grazia is positioned as a premium offering over the Dio and the Activa 125. And that might be a bit of pinch for the younger audience. But if you can manage to overlook that, the Honda Grazia packs in a lot of goodness that your average scooter can’t offer.