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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Quick twin test Audi Q5 vs Mercedes GLC

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Indeed, and this is the one Middle England has been waiting for: the MkII Audi Q5 in sporty S line trim with the sensible 189bhp, 2.0-litre diesel, automatic gearbox and quattro all-wheel-drive. Samey recipe, samey looks.

Just as the Q5 is an A4 Avant on tiptoes, the Mercedes-Benz GLC jacks up a C-Class estate powertrain, interior and tech. This is the most powerful four-cylinder version, with 201bhp (plus 369lb ft of torque) and nine gears.

Which is more practical?

Plenty of rear legroom and headroom in the Q5, but the sculpted rear seats mean three across the back is going to be more uncomfortable than in the Benz. Smaller rear doors impede access, too.

The GLC wins points for slightly longer rear doors, a flatter rear seat and flat loading sill where the Audi has a ledge in the boot. Both cars offer 550 litres seats-up. The Audi is better for all-round visibility.

I’m doing big distance: Audi or Mercedes?

Proper split decision, this. The Audi is unbelievably quiet for a four-pot diesel – the cold start is so smooth you’ll wonder if it’s petrol-powered, and there’s a mite less wind noise than the Merc. But, beyond the initial getaway, the Q5 is a bit more sluggish and the high-speed ride is choppy. No SQ5 dynamic sharpness has been transplanted.

Things are different in the Mercedes. Air suspension, so you can pump the ride height and have comfy or sporty modes, is a £1,495. Like all Airmatic Mercs, it makes the body control lollopy, pitching around at speed with body roll at odds with the fast steering… but it is comfier over big bumps than this Q5. Ageing 2.1-litre engine is a proper rattlebox; bring on the new 2.0-litre from the latest E-Class.

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Can the Q5 be beaten inside?

Not material-wise. The bits you touch are simply more tactile and the infotainment is friendlier. However, it’s a much more austere place to be, where the Mercedes feels rich and welcoming.

The Merc wins on baroque design but feels plasticky in places. There’s more stowage space up front thanks to the gear lever cleverly migrating to behind the steering wheel, though.

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What’s the verdict?

Audi: Ace refinement and top-notch cabin undone by unsettled ride. The Mercedes? A good cruiser. Pleasant to sit in. But that diesely rattle needs sorting. Exceptionally close, but the Mercedes clinches it.

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IRS Ups Deduction vs. Depreciation to $2,500 for Computers, Phones

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The Internal Revenue Service has increased the amount small businesses can expense versus depreciate on their taxes each year. It’s a change that should simplify record keeping and increase the amount of a capital investment you can write off in a year.

Specifically, the federal agency has boosted the so-called “IRS safe harbor” limit businesses can deduct on a capital investment within a single year from $500 to $2,500.

A capital investment is one used by a business to acquire, produce, or improve tangible property. It might range from investment in a new building to investment in a new piece of equipment or other new technology.

The IRS says the change is the result of feedback on a request put out to businesses asking for ways to make paperwork easier. The agency says it received more than 150 letters from businesses pointing out that a $500 threshold didn’t cover the cost of many expensed items such as tablet computers and machinery.

For example, purchasing tablets for $2,000 would have to be amortized for four years at $500 each year. Raising the IRS safe harbor threshold for capitalization from $500 to $2,500 would allow for the deduction to come in one year.

Safe Harbor is a term for an amount that the IRS won’t question. As a part of this new rule, the IRS has said it won’t question $2,500 deductions in years previous to the official 2016 start.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says in an agency announcement, “We received many thoughtful comments from taxpayers, their representatives and the professional tax community. This important step simplifies taxes for small businesses, easing the record keeping and paperwork burden on small business owners and their tax preparers.”

Capitalization has traditionally taken place over years as a deduction on the depreciation of property that’s intended to last years. But now businesses can deduct a larger expense for technology in a single year leaving depreciation for much bigger ticket items. The IRS safe harbor change affects businesses that do not maintain an applicable financial statement (audited financial statement).

And, as always, deductions can be taken on repair and maintenance costs which are not counted under the $2,500 limit. For taxpayers with an applicable financial statement, the small-dollar threshold remains $5,000.

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Hyundai Grand i10 vs Tata Bolt: Concept top-of-the-line Evolution

Although Darwin’s Principle among the best evolution confronted complaint, similar to each Theory,there is no denying that his proposition turned into interesting, to mention the least. The riveting Conceptalso gave the world a becoming mantra for lifestyles – survival probably the greatest the fittest. Adapt tolive onEven though it got here to be thru science, its relevance in contemporary daily existencecannot be disputed.

To position things into angle: automobile manufacturers employed this method to live on the acuteopposition they face inside the marketplaceat the least most probably the greatest them do. They make a aware effort to conform to the changing purchaser behaviour. Living proof, the growingpopularity top-of-the-line the sub-4 metre sedan section.

Any other appropriate instance would be Hyundai – the Korean carmaker had a extremely good productinside the i10. But, when its purchasers requested for a bigger automobile, they took a a hit product, redesigned it, added new capabilities and gave the market the Grand i10. A similar state of affairschanged into unfolding at the Tata Motors headquarters too, handiest it changed into more top-of-the-line a revolution than evolution.

In 1998, Tata introduced out the Indica, which turned into then observed by way of numerous iterationsthe most effective the auto over a decade-and-a-1/2. One after the other, Indicas rolled the most effectivef the meeting line till the consumer said that they wished a trade. This cause the birth probably the greatest HorizonNext, and consequently, evolution the most effective the Indica. Put all probably the greatest that collectively, and you have what’s now the Bolt. We try to figure out how these two examplesamong the best evolution fare whilst pitted in opposition to each different.

whilst Hyundai delivered out the Grand i10, they had been searching at a vehicle to fill the gap among the i10 and the i20. It is just the proper period (3765mm) – only 20mm smaller than the i20 – and benefits from the Fluidic layout language too, which translates into accurate looks. The Bolt, then again, is a tad biggerat 3995mm, and Even though the humans at Tata Automobiles say It’s far an all-new vehicle, we do notquite agree, for it resembles the Vista a fair bit.

additionally Study: Tata Bolt Overview

The brand new kid at the block is still a 15year antique Indica, irrespective of how a whole lot mascara or another beauty product has been slathered on it. What the Indica, sorry, Bolt has to its name is the spaceon provide; with a wheelbase top-of-the-line 2470mm as towards the Grand i10’s 2425mm, the Bolt is, and feels, greater spacious.

Interior, the Bolt greets you to a completely new appearance, which is a big move from what we noticedinside the Vista. Hallelujah! The plastic exceptional has advanced and it gets a lot extra features too. I drove the XT variant, and the gadget on this one protected a hintdisplay media participant with Androidcellphone enabled navigation as well. other capabilities like Bluetooth, Aux-In, and USB are also among the finest the stock.

However, wherein the Bolt suffers the absence one of the best a CD player, it makes up with an SD card slot. As some distance because the Grand i10 is involved, it a CD participant receives together with therelaxation one of the best the aforementioned features. also, the Bolt rankings greater factors for first-in-magnificence features like weather manipulate – a characteristic that isn’t always to be located inside the Grand i10.

Its handful among the best firsts apart, things below the bonnet have now not changed for the Bolt – itstill comes powered via the equal 1.three-litre Fiat-sourced Quadrajet diesel engine that develops the same75bhp. With that being stated, the huge difference is, that like the Zest, The new hatchback additionallyditches the hydraulic electricity guidance for an electrically assisted one from ZF. So the guidance effort is eased, and the site visitors appears a touch less unnerving.

The Grand i10, then again, sports activities the second era the most effective the 1.1-litre CRDi engine, which offers 70bhp. Although it might sense a bit underpowered, It’s far pretty enough for a car thislength. It feels nimble and the steering reaction is quite top too.

The NVH levels on both the cars are also thoroughly taken care of, Even though there’s a chunk one of the best tyre and engine noise that creeps within the Bolt. Revv it past 3000rpm and you will realize what I am speaking about. Fortunately, the Grand i10 would not battle with any among the finest that drama.Transferring on to protection functions, the Bolt XT version receives ABS with EBD and driver and co-passenger airbags, that are supplied as an choice with the Grand i10.

Now, about the rate among the finest the two vehicles: while the Bolt XT is priced at 7 lakh, the Grand i10 Asta costs 6.35 lakh (expenses are ex-showroom, Delhi). So that may be a difference top-of-the-linesixty five grands, however it also receives you extra space, extra energy, and 92902aa20c12d87b40dfdf6f0aff9775 features. but is all of it really worth it?

Well, if area and protection features is what you are searching out – then the Bolt suits the bill. In any other case, it is the Grand i10, regardless of the fact that It’s miles a year older than the Bolt. The Grand i10 is small, sensible, and a realistic metropolis car; it is also the extra evolved top-of-the-line the 2, not like the Bolt, which manages to evoke nothing extra than a experience among the best Deja vu.