There was a time when the 150cc segment was considered a premium segment targeting the customer who likes power over mileage. But now in the past half a decade or so, this segment has also become quite cluttered like the entry level segment. Hero (as Hero Honda) launched the Achiever way back in 2005 and has since then relaunched the bike more than once with upgraded features.
The latest version of Hero Achiever comes equipped with a 149.1cc 4 stroke single cylinder engine that can deliver 13.5 PS max power and 12.8 Nm max torque. If you compare it with the rest of the bikes we have reviewed in the segment, you will find that except for Yamaha SZ-x, the rest of the bikes have got a better power than the Achiever. You can buy an Achiever from Delhi at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 58,425.
Official Hero Claim
For a bike in the 150cc segment, the mileage claimed by Hero Motocorp on the Achiever is not really bad. According to them, you can extract close to 68 kmpl on the Achiever under normal test conditions. Let’s see how this official claim compares to the rest of the bikes we have tested in the segment so far
|Suzuki GS150R||55.7 kmpl|
|TVS Apache RTR 160||54 kmpl|
|Yamaha SZ-x||62.4 kmpl|
|Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler||60 kmpl|
|Yamaha FZ16||50.81 kmpl|
|Yamaha YZF R15||46.93 kmpl|
In fact, the official fuel economy claim on Hero Achiever is the best of the entire lot, and that’s a great deal for a powerful 150cc bike.
So what are the customers saying? Are they really seeing the acclaimed 68 kmpl economy? BikeDekho in their review have not been very happy. They call the bike “heavy” that could result in a low mileage. The website reports a city mileage of 55 kmpl on the Achiever. MyIndiaGuide too reports the same fuel efficiency on city road conditions. But it is not clear if they tested it out independently or sourced this numbers from any other bike review.
If you thought 55 kmpl on city roads was not enough, you may not be impressed after the review from InfiBeam. They note the fuel consumption on city roads to be 51.3 kmpl that increases to 55.3 kmpl on the highways. If that makes you unhappy, brace yourself for more because other reviews are not positive than this. BraveHeartBikers, who we have not reported from so far, declare a fuel efficiency of 47-53 kmpl on bumper-to-bumper city road traffic conditions and they say this can increase to 58 kmpl on the highways. Again, nothing to write home about.
To confirm these reports, let’s go straight to the user reviews on MouthShut. There are 30 of them and they together rate the bike 4/5 on fuel efficiency. Interestingly, despite the cynicism on a number of test drive reports, people actually seem happy with the Achiever. Some even say that this “bharosemand dost (trusted friend)” delivers a lot more than what the sales numbers say. Together, the reported mileage is in the range of 50-55 kmpl on city roads and 58-60 kmpl on highways. Clearly, this is a lot better than what test drive reports suggest.
So here below is a snapshot of all the reported fuel efficiency numbers. Should you go for it? Personally, I would place more faith in the actual customer reports than on what bloggers can report from a test drive. So given the overtly positive reviews on MouthShut, I would say, you should go for it.
|Source||City Mileage (kmpl)||Highways (kmpl)|