Honda CLIQ Review: The Grown-up Navi That's Not Just Another Activa
When it comes to scooters in India then Honda has held its fort well. Now, with the Cliq, they promise to take the lead further.
Honda CLIQ. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)
When it comes to scooters then there is no one who does it better than Honda, be it with the Activa or the ever so popular Navi. Now, they have come out with the Cliq, but is it worth your money? Let’s find out.
To understand the Cliq and whether it ‘Cliqs’ with what you are looking for, let’s get to the big question right away.
What are you likely to look for in a scooter in this segment?
Watch the video below to find out.
I would say that the first thing that you would want to know is the price. The Cliq will cost you 42 and a half thousand rupees and if you wish to get the graphics as seen on our test unit, then you would have to shell out 500 bucks extra. Is this a good price? Well yes, certainly, because this makes the Cliq one of the most affordable 110cc gearless scooter in the market right now.
The next question that you might ask then is what kind of a mileage does it deliver? There is no particular efficiency figure that Honda quotes with the Cliq but they say that the scooter should give you somewhere around 60 km/l.
When it comes to the looks, though, then you would pretty much make up your mind on whether you like it or not in the first glance. For us, the Cliq is a job well done and it’s clear that Honda has spent time designing it as it does not seem like a derivative of any other scooter in Honda’s lineup despite sharing quite a few parts from its siblings. And, the nicely integrated wind deflector up top gives the Cliq its own identity within the already crowded 110cc scooter segment.
But there’s a bit more to it than what meets the eye and once you start noticing them, you will appreciate the effort Honda has put into this.
The Honda CLIQ comes with good-looking graphics. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18,com)
Let’s start with the tyres. They aren’t particularly big but they are very helpful, especially if you are riding on dirt or broken tarmac thanks to the big block tyres that it comes fitted with.
The under seat storage capacity is decent and it also comes with an optional accessory of a USB charging port. The floorboard is wide and flat and the handlebars are close enough to give you a relaxed upright stance while riding this scooter.
Powering the Cliq is an 110cc engine that produces 8 horsepower and 9 nm of torque. When you couple this with the light weight of the Honda at just 102 kilos, it makes it a fun and peppy scooter. It also comes with electric start and boasts a top speed of 83 km/h.
The seat is also comfortable and will sit two riders on it with ease. Interestingly, the seat is just 743 mm. This is lower than the Honda Activa or the Navi which means that even short riders will be able to ride it comfortably.
But there were a few things that we wished were a bit better. Like the rear view mirrors. They have a good glass area and can offer good visibility too but sadly they are not tall enough and end up giving you a good view of your forearms. That’s not it, the small 3.5-litre litre fuel tank is well, small and you have to lift the seat up to access it. Thankfully, though, the neat and clean instrument cluster comes fitted with a fuel gauge which will make it easy to judge the range on offer.
And then, one of the best things about it is the Combi-brake system on board. What it does, in simple words, is that it applies both the front and rear brakes in a definitive ratio which makes the Cliq a lot more safer as it reduces the braking distance and to an extent, prevents the tyres from locking up under intense braking.
So at the end of the day, the Honda Cliq pretty much delivers on almost all expectations. Yes, it’s not perfect. But when you consider the price tag that it comes with, the Cliq becomes a great value for money package. And hence, you simply cannot miss out on this one.
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