The Aviator has been in the market for a relatively shorter period of time as compared to the Activa. While Honda Motorcycles launched the Activa way back in 2000, the Aviator has been here only since 2009. Both scooters belong to the 109cc segment with similar tech specifications and framework with one major difference being that the Aviator comes with a lot of add-ons like disc brakes that do not exist on the Activa. In this article, we will first take you through the specifications of both the scooters and then compare the mileages as delivered by the two models. This will help us arrive at a better judgement of which of the two is a better scooter.
As noted earlier, both the scooters have a similar engine configuration. They both come with a 109cc engine that can deliver a max power of 8.1PS and a max torque of around 8.7 Nm. The Aviator is slightly bigger though. While the Activa measures 1761 x 710 x 1147, the Aviator on the other hand measures 1802 x 697 x 1162. The Activa is wider although the Aviator has a larger wheelbase providing a much higher stability while driving. The Aviator is also geared for longer drives with a fuel tank capacity of 6 liters whereas the Activa can only hold 5.3 liters. Here is a side by side comparison of the major tech specs of both the scooters. The ex-showroom price of the Standard variant of Aviator is slightly higher than Activa although there is also a Deluxe variant that is priced much higher.
Specification, Honda Activa, Honda Aviator
Engine Disp., 109cc, 109cc
Max Power, 8.1 PS @ 7500, 8.1 PS @ 7000
Max Torque, 8.74 Nm @ 5500, 8.77 Nm @ 5500
Dimension, 1761 x 710 x 1147, 1802 x 697 x 1162
Wheelbase, 1238mm, 1256mm
Ground Clearance, 153mm, 145mm
Fuel tank capacity, 5.3L, 6L
Underseat storage, 18L, 20L
Kerb weight, 111kg , 102.3kg
Price (ex-Delhi), Rs. 47204, Rs. 48229
Although both the Activa and Aviator have similar engine components, there are so many things different spec-wise on the two scooters that make it a given that these two models simply cannot offer the same mileage. However, Honda probably does not want to cannibalize the sale of one over the other due to the fuel economy component. The company claims the latest model of both the scooters to offer around 66.7 kmpl under standard test conditions. Again, this is not a mileage you could be seeing on your office ride because the tests are conducted under extremely favourable conditions that you may not be able to simulate on a city road.
In order to arrive a better judgement, let us now look at what third party reviews and test rides tell us with respect to the mileage. Let us start with MouthShut; the popular user reviews site. There are plenty of reviews for both the scooters. While the average claim made by customers lies in the range of 45-55kmpl for the Activa, the corresponding figure for Aviator is just between 30-46 kmpl. The numbers for Aviator do not get much support from other sources either. Except for a review from ScootyPrice that claims around 45-48 kmpl on the Aviator, the mileage reported on other reviews we noted from sites like BikeAdvice and ConsumerComplaints are in the range of 30-40 kmpl only.
In comparison, the Activa has pretty rave reviews from a number of sources. A couple of reviewers on IndiaGarage have reported a 35kmpl FE. That apart, reviews on most sources have been positive. BikeSpace reports 54kmpl while IndiaMart reports 55 kmpl. Most of the other sources including MyIndiaGuide, BharathAutos, ZigWheels, MaxAbout and Olx report a number between 40-53 kmpl which is much better than what the Aviator offers.
The specific number from the various sources are tabulated below. But I guess the bottomline is clear – the Aviator seems built more efficiently for a female audience as compared to the Activa. But that is just a minor improvement that does not warrant a drop in mileage as it seems to be from the various reviews. My suggestion would be to go with the Activa – it’s priced cheap, makes your commuter cheaper and has a great resale value too. What do you think?
Source, Honda Activa (kmpl), Honda Aviator (kmpl)
Official, 66.7, 66.7
BharathAutos, 53.5, —
BikeAdvice, –, 30-40
BikeSpace, 54, —
ConsumerComplaints, –, 33-35
IndiaGarage, 35, —
IndiaMart, 55, —
MaxAbout, 40, —
MouthShut, 45-55, 30-46
MyIndiaGuide, 52.2, —
Olx, 40-50, —
ScootyPrice, –, 45-48
ZigWheels, 46.8, —