The Hero Destini 125 is the latest entrant in the ever-growing gearless scooter market in India. This segment currently has various other competitors from multiple manufacturers. However, the market leader crown has been in possession of the Honda Activa 125. Interestingly, this is the first time after the Hero-Honda breakup that the Activa 125 has received a proper rival from its erstwhile partner. Can the Destini 125 make a dent in the sales graph of the Activa 125? We have compared the specifications of both these scooters in order to understand which one has a better on-paper package.
Design and Features
The Hero Destini 125 comes with a conventional design that will surely please a wide audience. It looks similar and in-line with the design language that we are habitual of seeing in this segment. In order to add some bling to the scooter’s character, Hero designers have added a few chrome accents on the front apron as well as the side panels. The Destini even gets a dual tone seat that further makes the scooter look different from others in this segment.
Feature-wise, Hero has loaded the Destini 125 with everything that a customer expects to find on a scooter in this price range. One of the highlights of Destini’s feature list is a semi-digital instrument cluster that even includes a side stand indicator and service indicator, in addition to the basic readouts like speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, and fuel gauge. Hero has also equipped the Destini 125 with a mobile charging port, a light for the underseat storage area, LED tail lamps, and an external fuel filler cap. Another feature worth mentioning is Hero’s start/stop i3S technology that enhances the scooter’s fuel efficiency.
The Activa 125 is clearly the older of the two competitors being compared. However, Honda has managed to add some minor design elements over the years to make sure that their cash cow remains fresh. As a matter of fact, of the two scooters, the Activa 125 is slightly better to look at, especially when viewing them head-on. Presence of chrome elements on the front apron and side panels, along with the single piece taillight with integrated turn indicators, help the scooter to adorn a classy, yet widely accepted look.
Honda recently updated the Activa lineup to add some modern-day features and stay relevant in a market that is continuously seeing the launches. The Activa 125 thus now comes with LED headlights, a 4-in-1 lock mechanism that is claimed to be secure as well as more convenient, a service due indicator, and a ‘ECO’ indicator for motivating the rider to ride in a manner that increases the scooter’s efficiency. Sadly, the underseat mobile charging seen as standard on the Hero Destini 125 is available just as an option on the Activa 125. The underseat light, as well as external fuel filler cap, are also missing from the Activa 125’s feature list.
Powering the Hero Destini 125 is a 124.6cc, single cylinder engine that churns out 8.7PS and 10.2Nm of peak torque. This engine comes with Hero’s i3S technology, which essentially is an automatic start/stop system that switches the engine off when the scooter is at standstill for long and switches it back on again when the throttle is twisted. This helps in improving fuel efficiency.
Meanwhile, the Honda Activa 125 is powered by a 124.9cc, single cylinder engine that is capable of developing 8.5PS and 10.54Nm of torque. It is worth noting that this engine is based on the aging power plant that powers the Activa 110. Due to the old construction, the mill is slightly power-inferior as compared to the Destini 125. However, the fact that it produces slightly more torque negates the advantage that the Hero scooter has over it.
The Hero Destini 125 is available in two variants – Standard (Lx) and Deluxe (Vx). The former is priced at Rs. 54,650, while the latter gets a price tag of Rs. 57,500. At this price point, the Destini 125 is the most affordable 125cc scooter in the Indian market. Meanwhile, the market leader – Honda Activa 125, is priced from Rs. 59,621 to Rs. 64,007 (all prices mentioned here are ex-showroom, Delhi).
In addition to the two above contenders, the 125cc scooter segment is also dominated by models like the Honda Grazia, Suzuki Access, Suzuki Burgman and TVS Ntorq.