Honda Grazia Vs Suzuki Access 125: Comparison Review

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Highlights

  • The Honda Grazia has more youthful design
  • The Suzuki Access has better top-end performance
  • The Honda Grazia is slightly more expensive than the Suzuki Access

There’s something about scooters, they are everywhere, and scooters have become the favourite mode of commute for a lot of people these days. The Honda Activa is perhaps the most well-known name in the world of scooters, easily surpassing all other brands in terms of sales volumes. Most of these are the bread and butter 110 cc scooters, but things are changing quickly as more and more consumers are warming up towards scooters with slightly more power and better dynamics. And there’s now renewed interest in the 125 cc scooter space with the Suzuki Access leading the pack.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) already has a very capable 125 cc scooter in the Honda Activa 125, but there’s been an equally capable, and one of the largest selling 125 cc scooters to contend with – the Suzuki Access. So, enter the new 125 cc scooter from HMSI – the Honda Grazia! It shares the same engine and cycle parts with the Honda Activa 125, but it gets a complete revamp in styling and features. And it’s now the Honda Grazia which will try to repeat the success of its smaller sibling, in the 125 cc scooter segment. So, a comparison with the Suzuki Access is inevitable.

Also Read: Honda Grazia First Ride Review

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The Honda Grazia has a more youthful and trendy design than the Suzuki Access

A matter of style

Without doubt, the new Honda Grazia is one of the most striking looking scooters in the market right now. That’s not to say that the Suzuki Access lacks in the looks department in any way. But both scooters follow completely different design philosophies and look entirely different from each other. The Honda Grazia offers a trendy, youthful design, which will certainly appeal to young riders looking for a sharp, new-age, and contemporary scooter. It’s got an attractive front apron, with full-LED headlights, with sharp creases on the body and a sleek rear end with a split grab rail and smart taillight unit.

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The Suzuki Access has understated looks, but has the universally acceptable design

The new Suzuki Access has been around for a couple of years now, and its design is more conventional, a little understated even, but it’s a handsome scooter nevertheless. The chromed headlight, round rear view mirrors and simple design of the Access gives it a retro touch, but build quality, fit and finish is definitely good. The rear end of the Access is also not much to talk about, it’s not bad looking in any way, but the Access has a more sober, understated look overall. In a way it’s the more universally acceptable design, and will cater to a diverse range of customers with different aesthetic sensibilities. The Grazia on the other hand, is the flashier, trendier and more stylish of the two scooters.

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The Honda Grazia is loaded with features and makes the Access look retro

Features and more

The Honda Grazia gets an all-digital instrument panel which definitely adds to the premium-ness of the scooter and suitably complements its somewhat avant-garde design. It offers a lot more information, including a tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge and even a clock. The Access on the other hand, has a somewhat plain-Jane clock, with a retro-looking analog speedometer and just a small digital screen below with the odometer and fuel gauge.

The Grazia also offers a nice ‘flip-open’ cubbyhole at the front to carry a mobile phone or other knick knacks, but the Access offers an open storage space. Both scooters have remote switches to flip up the seat. The Grazia has a switch-activated rear hatch opener, while the Access has a handier switch integrated into the ignition. Both scooters have generous underseat storage, the Grazia offers 18 litres of underseat storage, while the Access gets some more room with 21 litres. But both don’t offer enough storage for a full-sized helmet under the seat.

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The Honda Grazia has a smooth and refined 125 cc engine

Engines and Performance

Both scooters have similarly-specced engines, offering near comparable power and torque figures, at least on paper. The Honda Grazia’s single-cylinder, air-cooled, 124.9 cc engine makes 8.52 bhp at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 10.54 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The Suzuki Access is powered by a 124 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which makes marginally more power – 8.58 bhp at 7,000 rpm, but slightly less peak torque of 10.2 Nm at 5,000 rpm. On paper, both scooters are evenly matched, and on the road too, there’s not much of a difference in the way they perform.

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The Suzuki Access is 5 kg lighter than the Honda Grazia

But the Honda Grazia at 107 kg kerb weight, weighs a full 5 kg more than the Suzuki Access, which weighs 102 kg. The engines of both scooters are refined and offer smooth acceleration, but it’s the Access which feels more eager to move, and feels peppier from the get-go. It’s quicker than the Grazia and also feels more eager to move at higher speeds. That’s not to say that the Grazia’s performance is lacking in any way; it’s got a refined engine too, and has a strong mid-range, but if it’s high speed cruising you’re looking at, and overall acceleration, it’s the Suzuki Access which comes out tops.

Also Read: 2016 Suzuki Access 125 Review

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The Suzuki Access feels more spirited and has better top end performance

Ride and Handling

Both scooters offer decent ride quality and are almost evenly matched in terms of handling. Both the Grazia and the Access have telescopic front suspension, and ride on 12-inch front wheels and 10-inch rear wheels. But the ride quality is ever so different. The Grazia feels slightly stiff compared to the Access, and it’s the Access which cushions bad roads better than the Grazia. The Access also has a slightly broader and longer seat and that makes it feel slightly plusher and more comfortable than the Grazia. In terms of riding position too, it’s the Access which offers an easier riding position than the Grazia, especially when negotiating a curve or flicking the scooter around a corner.

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The Honda Grazia gets combined braking system (CBS) which the Suzuki Access does not have

That said, both scooters offer near similar handling, but again, it’s the Access which offers more confidence to flick it around a corner or two. Both scooters offer optional front disc brakes, and the Grazia offers the combined-braking system, which essentially activates both brakes simultaneously with just one brake lever, so that really helps in emergency braking manoeuvres. But the Access offers slightly better bite and progression on the lever, and as long as you’re pulling both levers together, the Access offers sure-shot braking power as well.

The last word

The Honda Grazia certainly ups the ante in the 125 cc scooter segment with its flashy design, and features like the all-digital speedometer and LED headlights. It looks youthful, upmarket, and will certainly appeal to someone looking for a trendy and features-loaded scooter with a smooth and refined engine. The Suzuki Access is more the understated gent, but in terms of pure performance and ride quality, we can’t really ignore the qualities it possesses. From a purely enthusiast point of view too, it’s the Suzuki Access, which offer more smiles every time you wring open the throttle and negotiate the urban jungle. Besides, with its understated, yet handsome looks, the Access is more universally acceptable to a wide range of riders, ranging from lady riders to the young executive and even slightly more mature riders. At ₹ 57,744 (ex-showroom) for the disc-brake variant, it’s the Suzuki Access which offers the better value for money option. And even the Access 125 Special Edition, the one we are testing in this comparison, costs less than ₹ 60,000, at ₹ 59,319 (ex-showroom Delhi).

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The Honda Grazia is more expensive than the Suzuki Access

At ₹ 62,505 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the disc brake variant, the Honda Grazia is the more expensive scooter, but it offers a whole lot more in terms of the overall package. And to top it off, Honda also offers a far superior sales and service network than Suzuki, and that makes the Grazia inch ahead of the Access in the eventual comparison. But if you’re in the market for a 125 cc scooter, do take a very close look and a test ride of both these scooters, back to back. Each of these two scooters has their own strengths, and eventually it will really come down to personal choice, and a real close calculation of what “value for money” means, to choose one over the other.

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Volkswagen Ameo vs Ford Figo Aspire vs Honda Amaze: Comparison Evaluation

HIGHLIGHTS

The VW Ameo impresses with its features, layout and pricing
The Amaze has a variety of catching as much as do as compared to competitors
The Figo Aspire makes for a compelling case over the opposite 2 offerings
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Volkswagen Ameo
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The sub-4 metre sedan segment might be the quickest developing one currently, in India, and that isbecause of two motives – taxation regulations and client interest. And why is this so? Properly becausethis segment has motors, which offer the middle floor among a hatchback and a full-fledged sedan andthat is why almost each vehicle producer is jumping on this bandwagon; considering its ability. Volkswagen is the present day of the lot, but it’s past due into the section, so it is were given time to do its homework. We were given our fingers on the Ford Figo Aspire and the new Honda Amaze to determineout how Volkswagen’s Ameo fares.

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The Ameo gets a muscular profile

Looks

All three cars have inherited the circle of relatives look and so that you can see glimpses in their siblings in them. The Figo Aspire comes with the same Aston Martin-ish the front grille, at the same time as the Amaze borrows its appearance from the City sedan and the Ameo Seems more just like the Polo from thefront. however, at the quit of the day, it boils right down to who has put in most efforts, to make itappearance not like a hatch with a boot or a compressed model of a sedan.

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The Figo Aspire takes concept from bigger Ford vehicles

The benchmark in phrases of Seems, we’re advised, for the Ameo become the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Hyundai Xcent; and yes, the Ameo Appears so much higher than both; but it is the Amaze and Figo Aspire that look very proportionate. Although, inside the average Appears department, you’ll ought to answersimply one query; which one might you supply a 2d look to? And that’s whilst the solution is a easy one – the Figo Aspire.

Honda Amaze
the brand new Amaze borrows its look from the Town sedan

Ford has now not simplest managed to get the proportions proper, however has additionally have given the sub-four metre sedan a unique appearance, which makes it attractive. The front grille adds its dash ofattraction, while the lines on either facet don’t appearance overdone. What’s additionally not overdone is the usage of chrome and typical, it Appears quite appropriate. The Ameo is a near 2d, due to the fact,Well, we just like the way the Polo Appears and so sure, it is inherited the good Seems.

Volkswagen Ameo Cabin
The Ameo gets a acquainted cabin at the strains of the Polo and Vento

Cabin Space

The short given to the designers of the Ameo changed into to make a limousine, that’s underneath fourmetres and they‘ve tried their first-rate, but the Space internal is similar to that of the Polo and the rear seat does get a bit cramped for six footers like me. The wheelbase is the same as the Polo and even though you get a higher under thigh assist than the Figo Aspire and the Amaze, the Ameo doesn’t feel as spacious.

Ford Figo Aspire Cabin
The Figo Aspire receives the maximum spacious cabin off all 3

The Amaze meets a comparable destiny And that is because it‘s got the lowest wheelbase of them all. Infact, the determine is the lowest within the section. The Figo Aspire is the most spacious of the lot And that’s no longer handiest because it has the longest wheelbase, however because you sit better too. it’staller than the other two. There is a very good amount of head room and Area too, at the rear seat, forthree adults. What about the boot Area then? With four hundred litres of boot Area, the Amaze is the clearwinner, followed by way of the Figo Aspire with 359 litres and the Ameo with 330 litres.
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The Amaze receives the most important boot with a capacity of 400 litres

capabilities

Now, Volkswagen might have not been the the front runner inside the previous two departments,however it’s the long feature listing, along with phase first functions, that make it stand out, while in comparison to the Figo Aspire and the Amaze. The Ameo comes with features, like cruise manipulate,computerized rain sensing wipers, and even anti-pinch power windows. It also gets a rear AC vent or even a front centre armrest, however it is handiest available on the pinnaclequit Highline variation.each the Aspire and the Amaze get not one of the above.

Volksagen has brought several segment first capabilities on the Ameo

The Aspire grabs some factors for the SYNC era; but Honda has caught to the fundamentals, with the Amaze and the normal suspects like a Radio, USB, Aux-In and Bluetooth is all it gets. on the safety the front, the Ameo leads the way again, with dual the front airbags and ABS available as part of populargadget. The Aspire comes with dual airbags, as general, but receives six airbags and ABS within thepinnaclegive up version. in the Amaze, but, they may be part of elective gadget. at the same time asABS with EBD is offered as preferred, on the diesel version, the Amaze petrol does not share such good fortune. The Ameo then wins palms down on this showdown.

Volkswagen Ameo Powertrain
The Ameo may be to begin with supplied simplest with a 1.2-litre petrol engine

Powertrain

The Ameo is currently to be had in only the 1.2-litre petrol engine and it is precise sufficient for 73bhp,however, the Amaze and Aspire are available in each petrol and diesel. We can’t compare theperformance of the 3 because the Amaze and Figo Aspire we introduced had diesel powertrains but we’ve got pushed the petrol siblings earlier and both have the 1.2-litre, four cylinder pot, whereas the Ameoreceives handiest three cylinders. even though the Ameo may not experience as aggressive as the opposite , the guidance feel on this one is sportier due to the fact VW has long gone in for the flat-bottomed one and the brakes have an excellent bite too.

The Figo Aspire gets a soft suspension setup, that is stiff on the Amaze. The Ameo balances Well

The suspension setup at the Amaze is stiffer than the Aspire, at the same time as on the Ameo it feelspretty much right. Using through potholes, you at once be aware how strong the Ameo is and it is bestin the Amaze that you get thrown round a bit And that is entirely because of the stiffer suspension setup. The Ameo, even though is a chunk below powered and has to play capture up with the opposite . Volkswagen has promised that the diesel could be rocket and we cannot wait to peer it launch in Diwali thisyr.

Honda Amaze functions
The cabin Looks upmarket at the Amaze, however receives handiest the necessities

Rate

Volkswagen has made amends to all the ones, who inform them that their vehicles are overpriced. The Ameo undercuts all its competitors (in case you do not forget ex-showroom Mumbai Costs); however theAspire is the only one that comes near beating its Rate, in case you bear in mind the ex-showroom DelhiPrice. The Ameo comes at a beginning Rate of five.24 lakh, going proper as much as 7.05 lakh. The Aspire is inexpensive with the aid of 3000 and it starts at five.21 lakh going right as much as 7.38 lakh, whilstthe Amaze fees everywhere between five.35 to 7.25 lakh (all Prices ex-showroom Delhi).

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Volkswagen has delivered the Ameo with a quite competitive Fee tag

It always comes all the way down to the Fee of the car and this time around Volkswagen has hit the nail onthe top and they‘ve sponsored this up with a robust product and a bucket complete of functions. it’s the engine, but that could be a bit of a dampener and this is in which things will trade, as soon as the diesel powertrain is available in. In the mean time even though, as an usual package the Figo Aspire offers arobust case for itself and is actually a automobile really worth recommending. Honda too has performedan amazing activity with the facelift of the Amaze, however has it done sufficient? Well, considering what VW has introduced to the table, with the Ameo, There is lots of catching as much as do for theorganisation.