Before the turn of the millennium, scooters that were sold in India usually adopted a conservative styling approach. This resulted in designs that looked staid and straitjacketed, and lacked any form of excitement. Thankfully, this norm lasted only till 2003, when the Honda Dio was introduced into the market. Honda pulled a coup of sorts when it launched a scooter that boasted of styling which seemed alien compared to the scooters of that day. It was easy to ride, looked exciting, and above all, it was priced at a point that made it great value for money.
The new Dio picks up the where the old one left off. However, the market scenario has changed drastically since the Dio was first launched, and the competition is now fiercer than before. Can the new Dio keep upstarts at bay and retain its crown? Join us, as we at ChooseMyBike.in get down to the details.
Design & Ergonomics
Styling remains the Dio’s USP. Keeping in line with Honda’s new design language that was introduced with the VFR 1200F sport tourer, the Dio utilises a layered front fairing. The design incorporates flat surfaces and sharp curves that exude a sporty feel.
The ergonomics of the Dio intend to seat the rider in a sporty posture. The seat is wide, but is contoured in such a way that effectively splits it into two parts, leaving generously-sized riders with a lack of space. Also, the distance between the floor board and the seat is short, which leaves taller riders cramped for room. These result in reduced rider comfort, and tend to induce rider fatigue when riding for long durations. Pillion comfort isn’t the Dio’s forte, with the rear foot pegs placed high with respect to the seat.
Engine & Performance
The 109cc engine that powers the Dio is the same engine that is found in the Activa, producing 8 bhp and 8.77 Nm of torque. This unit has been updated with the inclusion of Honda Eco Technology (HET), a bevy of enhancements aimed at better managing emissions, while not affecting fuel economy or performance.
The engine is quite responsive to throttle inputs, and has enough torque at low speed to briskly pull the 110kg Dio away from a standstill. The acceleration continues till it reaches 75kmph on the speedo, after which it slows down. Overtaking is made easier thanks to an even spread of power throughout the rev range.
The Honda Dio is equipped with trailing-link type suspension at the front, and a hydraulic monoshock at the rear. The trailing link front suspension reacts in a unique way that negates front-end dive when braking.
The suspension is set-up on the stiffer side. While the stiffness may help impart confidence to the rider when cornering, it also makes the ride uncomfortable, transmitting shocks from every bump and pothole it encounters to the rider.
Being a compact scooter, the Dio is able to squeeze into tight gaps and filter through traffic with ease. The short wheelbase helps in quick direction changes, making it easy it push into tight corners.
The Dio is equipped with 130mm drum brakes on both the wheels. The scooter also incorporates Honda’s proprietary Combi-Braking System as a standard feature. This system allows both the front and rear to be applied simultaneously when only the rear brake lever is pressed. This imparts the Dio with exceptional braking efficiency, allowing it to decelerate quickly from speeds as high as 75 kmph.
In our braking tests, the Dio came to complete halt from 35 kmph within an impressive 8 meters.
The Honda Dio uses fibre-reinforced plastic body panels that are lightweight and tough. Build quality is top-notch with the use of high-quality paint and plastics all-round.
The Dio comes equipped with standard features such as tubeless tyres, zero-maintenance battery, and a low-maintenance air-filter. The underseat storage measure 18L in volume, and can hold a medium sized full-face helmet with ease.
Honda takes customer support very seriously. In over a decade of its operations in India, the company has set up more than 1000 sales & service centres spread across the country. Customers will never be far from a Honda service centre.
The Dio has been the staple choice for college goers and those looking for a fun and trendy scooter for over 10 years. The new Dio still continues to offer the same positive aspects as its predecessor, but competition has bettered itself over the years, offering more features, better performance and comfort.
At Rs 44,718 (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Dio undercuts rivals by a healthy margin, and still poses good value for money. If you are looking for a stylish, reliable and fuel-efficient scooter, the Dio is one scooter you should consider.
Exceptional Braking Performance
Good Build Quality
Large Underseat Storage Space
Hard Ride Quality
Uncomfortable Seating Position for both rider and pillion
Floor board too high with respect to seat – hampers comfort for tall riders
Check out our video review of the Honda Dio below:
Disclaimer: This review is purely based on the test conducted by "ChooseMyBike.in". All views expressed in this review are that of ChooseMyBike.in's, and not of the manufacturers'.
|Engine||Air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder|
|Power||8 Bhp @ 7500 rpm|
|Torque||8.6 Nm @ 5500 rpm|
|Chassis Type||Underbone type|
|Brakes||Front:Drum, 130 mm dia (with Combi Braking System)
Rear:Drum, 130 mm dia (with Combi Braking System)
|Suspension||Front:bottom link with spring loaded hydraulic damper
Rear:Spring Shock absorbers, hydraulically damped
|Fuel Tank Capacity||6|