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2015 HONDA DIO: The Trendsetter

As one of the best-selling scooters in the Indian and Nepali two-wheelers market, no one would have expected the Honda Dio to get a desperate facelift. But, with the competition soaring up across this segment month after month, Honda decided to tweak the Dio with a visual facelift . Funky, vibrant and uber-vivacious, the Honda Dio got a much-needed visual upgrade. We ride the new Honda Dio around town to find out if it still holds its sway, seventeen years after its introduction.17

 

STYLING:

The new Dio looks pretty darned good. It gets all the stylish and visual make-over, definitely more attractive than the earlier Dio and its competition. The Dio has been improved for 2015 with an attractive Moto Scooter design and trendy dual-tone colors. The sharp creases are blended tremendously well without letting down the detailing. 19The new and youthful body graphics are spot-on, and we liked the white pillion grab-rails. The instrumentation panel which houses the speedometer, trip-meter and fuel gauge looks decent too. Overall, the Dio maintains its charismatic appeal that others have lost by going all generic.21

ERGONOMICS:

The riding position is spacious and relaxed. Note, the seats are roomy, given an average Nepalese body structure. Combine this with a comfortable leg space and wider seats, you’re looking at a fun and trustworthy companion to cruise through our wobbly city-traffic and winding highway roads. For the most hopeless of chic, the Dio even has an ample under-seat storage space of 18litres that can accommodate a full-size helmet and other items easily. However, the only drawbacks are the short rear seat pegs.22

 

PERFORMANCE:

The new Dio may not have a completely brand new mill, but, its old 109cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, SI engine is still scintillating. With 8 bhp of power @7000 rpm, it’s very nearly as powerful as its competitors, and HET (Honda Eco Technology) pushes the efficiency even further.20

 

The handling is responsive and accurate, fittingly for city-hauling or cruising through short highway stretches. When taken on uneven roads, the spring loaded hydraulic type suspensions at both ends do a fitting job to isolate away from a bumpy experience. Cornering is super-direct and progressive, impressively, the tubeless 90/100-10 tyres’ grips are equally tight. Although the scooter employs drum brakes at both the ends, braking is not cumbersome, all thanks to Honda’s Combi Brake System which work simultaneously and efficiently on the front and rear wheels through an equalizer.

VERDICT:

Although this segment of the market is hugely crowded with a plethora of humdrum products, the new Dio allows you to step-up from this mediocrity. The Dio is an everyday scooter with a hint of playful intent. It is a complete city-scooter and perhaps the best among all. Since, Honda has a good reputation for quality, reliability and low depreciation, we reckon the new Dio could still be one of the best scooters of the year. And while Honda claims an impressive economy of 60 kmpl, the new Dio hits the right spot.

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