- Published On: 23 June 2017
- 5 min read
The new Cliq is Honda’s sixth scooter for India. How good is this tiny performer?
While the Navi isn't as resounding a success story for Honda as the Activa, but its quirky styling has won quite a few hearts. The Cliq is a quirky version of the Activa and is targeted at rural markets, which are currently being dominated by Hero commuter motorcycles.
On the outside
The Cliq looks fresh and features some elements from the Navi - the chunky with a large front apron rises high and sports a boxy headlight that’s unique for our bike market. There’s a forward-jutting contour that shields the speedometer and it houses a large analogue speedometer, a trip meter and a fuel gauge. The handlebar features switches and mirrors that are borrowed from the Navi and look and feel quite basic. There’s a nice, flat floorboard and knee space is decent. The bike also comes with an extra storage box as an accessory.
From the saddle
The seat is wide and large, and is positioned 743mm high, which is perfect for shorter riders as well. The bike comes with an underseat storage, which is reasonably good, and comes with a USB charging point as standard. Behind the seat is a tough-looking tubular metal grab handle with four points to hook things on to. A carrier can be installed as an optional accessory as well. The plastics are not the best in its segment.
The Cliq is shorter and narrower than the Activa or Activa i and it weighs only 102kg, which makes it 6kg lighter than the Activa and almost as heavy as the 101kg Navi. The fuel tank can hold only 3.5 litres, and we expect the Cliq's travel range to be quite limited.
Honda is pushing this bike as a rugged product that’s made to last, and is offering it with new block-pattern tyres from Ceat. These offer good levels of grip on the road as well as off it. The bike is powered by the company’s venerable 109.19cc engine and makes 8.04hp of peak power and 8.94Nm of peak torque. It can hit a claimed top speed of 83kph.
The wheels are 10-inchers at both ends. The bike rides a bit better than the Activa - the rear feels a bit more pliant and soaks bumps better. The bike comes fitted with 130mm drums with Honda's CBS combined-braking system as standard fitment. The CBS system works well to keep emergency braking situations manageable.
Is it worth the money?
The bike is currently being manufactured at Honda's second plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan and the company will start by selling it in the state. It will then take the Cliq to tier 2 and 3 cities in a phased manner. It is available in the following colours – Patriotic Red with White, Black, Moroccan Blue with White, and Orcus Grey. The scooter is available for sale in Standard and Delux (with graphics) variants, priced at ₹42,499 and ₹42,999 (prices are ex-showroom, Delhi).