Honda Dio - Review


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 get down to the details.   

Honda Dio

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.

Dio Side View

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.

Honda dio Dimensions

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.

Honda DIo Engine

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.

Honda Dio Suspension

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.

Honda Dio Suspension


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.

Honda Dio Handling


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.

Honda Dio Brakes

In our braking tests, the Dio came to complete halt from 35 kmph within an impressive 8 meters.

Honda Dio Brakes

Build Quality

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.

Honda Dio Build Quality

Additional Features

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 Dio Features

After-Sales Support

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.

Honda Dio

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

Strong Acceleration

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:



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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
Kerb Weight 110
Fuel Tank Capacity 6
Ex-Showroom Delhi
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Jaichandran Jayapalan