Honda Activa 5G, which is the 5th generation model of India’s best selling scooter, has been unveiled. This is the new upcoming scooter from the Japanese giant for India. Honda Activa has made its mark as the best sold scooter in the country. The sales numbers it achieves is unmatched by any other brand. It has also been a favourite of many people.
The Honda Activa 5G was unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo. It does get some new features, there aren’t multiple changes in the styling of the scooter but it comes with new colours this time. Honda is still offering the metal body for this scooter. The metal body has been a big selling point for it. It also gets a BS-IV 110cc engine and more bells and whistles. The Honda brand has seen its major success in India with its scooters and the company still continues to offer the best in class scooters.
We were the first to break the story on the Active 3G, then the 4G. Now, the 5G has some more talking points as the 4G was majorly just an addition of new BS-IV engine and removal of headlamp on-off switch. Is the Honda Activa 5G better than the Activa 4G? We share all the details.
Honda Activa 5G vs Activa 4G
The Honda Activa 5G is a facelift over the Activa 4G. There are a few upgrades that the 5G comes with, over the 4G. There is no change in the engine or transmission. The suspension setup also remains unchanged. The good part is that the same tried and tested engine is still part of this new scooter. The addition features make the Activa 5G a more desirable scooter than the Activa 4G.
|New Honda Activa 5G||Honda Activa 4G|
|Full LED Headlamp||Halogen headlamp|
|Chrome accents||No chrome accents|
|Digital/Analogue instrument cluster||Analogue instrument cluster|
|Remote seat lock button||Seat lock opening with key|
|Dual hooks||Not available|
|5G badge||4G badge|
Honda Activa 5G Price in India
|Expected Price||Rs 54,000 (ex-showroom)|
|On road||Rs 61,000|
There has never been a major change in the pricing of the Activa with every new generation. Even now there will be none. Honda will continue to offer the Activa at almost the same price. There shall be a hike, but it will be about Rs 1000 or Rs 1500 more than the current offering.
Honda Activa 5G Launch Date
There hasn’t been any official announcement on its launch date. The new Honda scooter will be coming in by March 2018 from what we understand. The Japanese 2W manufacturer will be more bells and whistles on this scooter. This will make it an exciting package for new scooter buyers. Honda’s bread-and-butter scooter for the Indian market and also the highest selling 2W product in India.
Honda Activa 5G Video Walkaround
Honda Activa 5G Design
There has been a gradual evolution in the design of the scooter. All the changes on this new scooter have been subtle and one can notice the changes with the moving time. The Activa 5G does look stylish, but it is also one of the coolest looking designs around. If you look at all the generations, there are small changes. When the Activa moved from 3G to 4G, it got very minor cosmetic changes. One of the reasons behind this is the product’s strength. This is something like Coca-Cola. Make no changes and buyers will still love and buy it.
The Activa 5G gets small tweaks but not many of them. These include a minor change in the styling of the black add-ons on its snout. The biggest upgrade on the scooter is the headlamps. The headlamps are refresh with LEDs. This makes it look different in styling. The Activa 5G comes with the same 10-inch tyre and steel wheels. The side profile remains unchanged. There will be the same side profile. So, the footboard is low enough making it convenient for short people to sit. There is air intake underneath the seat for the engine.
The rear tyre is also a 10-inch one. The seat is large and comfortable for long trips. Two people can easily sit on it with ease, for long city rides too. The tail lamp is large enough and there isn’t a major change in the design. When you look at the scooter, you will not notice too many changes in it. There are minor differences in the duo. One of the strongest reasons for the Activa to sell, apart from the engine and performance, is the metal body. Buyers prefer metal body over the fiber ones.
Also Read: 2017 Honda Activa 125 Review
Honda Activa 5G Brakes and Suspension
|Chassis Type||Under Bone|
|Front suspensions||Spring Loaded Hydraulic Type|
|Rear suspension||Spring loaded hydraulic type|
|Brake assist||Combi brake|
The Activa 4G gets drum brakes on the front and even the rear. There is combi-braking too. A big BUT! The new Honda Activa 5G doesn’t even get telescopic suspension, still. Today all the scooters come with one and the Activa is the only one that doesn’t get one. The best-selling scooter still lacks telescopic suspension. We wonder why is it not being offered on the Activa 5G.
Honda Activa 5G Dimensions
|Fuel Tank capacity||5.3 litres|
Honda Activa 5G Specifications
|Top Speed||82 km/hr|
The Activa 5G comes with the same 109.7cc engine. This is an air-cooled single-cylinder mill. The new Activa 5G churns about 8bhp of power and there is 8Nm of maximum torque. The engine comes mated to a CVT box. This is a BS-IV engine and there has been no change in the engine tuning or specifications. The update this engine had got last year, the same continues.
The Honda Activa 5G’s engine is one of its strongest selling points. This has a highly responsive engine. Twist the throttle and there is a quick response. The engine has sufficient grunt to overtake with easy in city traffic. There is more than enough power in the scooter to pull cleanly without any kind of struggle or hesitation. This is the HET engine, which has been refined over decades.
Honda Activa 5G Mileage
The Honda promise is to offer best performance and mileage. The Activa 5G comes with a promise to return 60km/l. Now, those are tested under ideal conditions. In real life, the Activa 5G will return close to 40-45km/l. The mileage on this scooter will be about 45km/l on the highway and close to 40km/l in the city.
Honda Activa 5G Features
One of the new additions on the Honda Activa 5G is the instrument cluster. There is a new instrument cluster. The previous one was only analog, but the new one has analog and digital both. It is a mix of the two. There is a dial and even digital bit. The other major change in the 5G scooter is the movement of the seat unlocking. This has been moved to the front, like a switch.
So the Honda Activa 5G has a switch instead of the key slot at the back. So to open the boot you do not need to remove the key from its location. But the fuel tank is still located under the seat. Hence to fill fuel you will have to open the seat. This should also be changed by now. There is a mobile charging point in the Activa but that also comes as an optional accessory. The side stand is also an extra accessory.