2013 Honda Activa HET In India Road Test Review - Road Test By Overdrive

2013 Honda Activa HET in India road test


We ride the new, improved and super efficient Honda Activa HET in India

Senior Correspondent

Honda Activa HET

Honda have tweaked the formula for their 109cc powered scooters and are now claiming an incredible 60kmpl efficiency for all three – the Activa, Aviator and Dio. We got to ride the new Honda Activa to see if this holds water.

The only visual change is a small HET badge on the left hand side panel of the scooter distinguishing it from the older model. HET or Honda Eco Technology is what Honda claim makes the three scooters the most fuel efficient automatic scooters in India. It’s not a new component or a new approach but just an optimisation of their existing components, increasing their mechanical efficiency hence improving fuel efficiency. The combustion has been improved with a new spark plug and optimised inlet port. Friction has been reduced with an offset crank, lighter materials, a low tension piston ring and improved bearing oil seal. The ratios and mechanicals of the V-matic drive have also been optimised. These changes however have had no effect on the power and torque figures which remain the same.

The scooter rides and handles the same as the old model but there is a noticeable improvement in the smoothness of the revised transmission. What has significantly changed though is the mileage figures.  In city and highway mileage runs the scoot returned figures of 55.55kmpl (earlier 53.2kmpl) and 67.42kmpl (earlier 58.3kmpl) respectively. With an overall figure of 58.51kmpl the new Activa goes a further 4.11km per litre. Performance has improved slightly with a 0-60 time of 10.00s (was 10.2s) and a top speed of 86.2kmph (was 85.5kmph). The new Activa HET is available at Rs 47,188 ex-showroom Delhi making it a great option if you’re in the market for an efficient scoot.

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  • Rajasekar

    hey this is Rajasekar from chennai,
    your team is tells that earlier activa’s mileage figure is 53.2kmpl but i only had 40-44kmpl though i ride it in speed range 50-60kmph with regular honda service

    Now actually i’m looking to buy a another scooter,
    which one should i buy for better mileage and easy maintenance,
    mahindra rodeo base or Activa HET

    • Akshay

      Mahindra rodeo is worst scooter. It has milage of only 30-35kmpl. Dont buy any scooter of mahindra.

    • Pratyush Bag

      wait for new vespa 125cc scooter or go with any Honda HET active or deo no matter

  • Bhavana Sharma

    Honda Activa’s specifications are far better than Suzuki Access and its a quite strong competitor of Access. It somehow resembles to the Access in looks but overall its a better option to buy.

  • surajmohan

    i am looking to buy a new scooter , which one can i buy,?????????]

  • Ganesh Bhosale

    Hello…I had bought Activa-HET recently….Within 10days I had an accident…Nothing was damaged as such but when i went to the service centre they told me that the front fork alignment has been damaged..He told me me that fork has to be changed..Just wanted to enquire that whether that fork allignment can be claimed in insurance??Also wanted to enquire what all parts gets covered in warranty??

  • jigi sanghani

    never buy New Model of Honda Activa. i had just purchase before 4 months, at that time seller told that it will average for Fuel of 50-60 Km/Hr. but i never found even 40Km/Ltr. even at all websites i found the same average but its fake. and not true. so my opinion never buy New Model Of Honda Activa..

    • Amal

      I have the HET model of Activa. I get a Mileage of about 55kmpl in Bangalore city when I maintain a constant speed of 40-50 kmph. Maybe you are riding it too aggressively .

      • Mayank

        HI Amal are you really getting the 55kmpl or just faking ?
        From where did you buy you Activa in bangalore?

    • naren

      Im also face the same problem. Can I go to Consumer court? Is it possible?

  • salman

    yes everthing can b changed in warranty. but first whn u go thy will refuse to do it. so jus ask thm to give in writen tht it does nt cme in warranty n ask thm for the email add n say thm u vl put a complaint to honda tht u pepl r nt doin my wrk in warranty thy vl automatically do it for free or else if u put a mail also to honda thy vl send their people to ur house to make the thing done. hav gone through the same last month. u vl get the email id from ur service book also.

  • prashant bharti

    I have bought a Honda activa het 4 month back.got 2 services done.never crossed 40 kmpl till 2nd services but i get only 36 kmpl mileage. they promise 50-60 kmpl but really i dont get much.people who look for good milage than this is not the right choice. otherwise its good in handling,look,pickup etc.

    • Rohit apte

      Please change your driving habits
      i am getting fuel average of 52-53 kmpl frm non HET 2.5 years old activa

      • Rohit apte

        open challenge for you on this!!

  • stephen .r

    activa HET does not give me good mileage it give me 40kmpl per liter .Also the suspension is bouncy difficult to control on rough indian roads.

  • Rohit apte

    I am having 2.5 years old non HET model activa but still i am gettim mileage of 52-53 kmpl in city
    mileage totally depend on how you ride
    activa is best suitable for me as i travell daily 25 km to and fro

  • shree ships

    Hi I am shailesh from Thane, Mumbai. yesterday i purchased honda Activa (used Feb 2013 HET model) in very good condition. i was shocked when i got milage of 55.50 per liter on highway from thane to vashi. Thanks to Honda for superb milage.I also have classic 350 new 2015 model but friends i really enjoy ride on Honda activaa

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