Hero Destini 125 VisualA first look at the Hero MotoCorp Destini 125 would remind you of the Honda Activa 125 but comparing both models side-by-side reveals how that isn’t the case. The Destini 125 is available in two variants – LX (base) and VX (premium). The base version comes with steel wheels and misses chrome garnishing over various panels. The VX variant that came to our garage for the weekend, on the other hand, was equipped with alloy wheels, chrome-treated ornamentation on the apron and on the sides, and the under seat USB charger. The fascia features a dual-tone finish for the panel around the headlight. The part above the light gets a black finish while the rest gets body colour. The apron gets faux air-scoops under the front number plate mount. The front chrome embellishment adds a premium touch to the visuals, and the design merges neatly into the apron-mounted blinkers, making the elements appear as if they were a single piece. The front also reveals body coloured housing for the rear-view mirrors. A semi-digital instrument console occupies the cockpit. The setup features analogue speedometer while the fuel gauge, trip meter, odometer and service reminder are integrated into the digital display. There is no function to toggle between the settings and the button on the right side of the console can only be used to reset the trip meter. An Ideal-Start-Stop System (i3S) indicator is placed below the speedometer to inform the rider when is the fuel-saving tech is in action. The telltale signs are neatly spread around the instrumentation to offer an uncluttered view to the information. Addition of a side-stand indicator is a nifty feature. The speedometer also has markings that indicate speed levels for a better economy. The switchgear comes with an i3S controller on the right side of the handlebar and can be used to keep the fuel-saving tech active or off. The left side of the handlebar includes a high- and low beam switch with an integrated pass light controller. Besides the two, the rest of the setup is standard. The rear of the apron features a multi-purpose keyhole that can be used to switch on and off the vehicle, to open the fuel lid and access the under-seat storage.
Aslo read: Bajaj Platina 110 H Gear - First Ride ReviewThe full-metallic body adds a premium feel to the scooter, but it also adds to the weight. The kerb weight of the Destin 125 is 111.5 kg, which is higher than the Suzuki Access 125 (101 kg) and Honda Activa 125 (108 kg). The scooter can be purchased in the following colour options:
- Nobel Red
- Chestnut Brown
- Pearl Silver White
- Panther Black
Engine Performance and BrakingThe Hero Destini 125 packs marginally higher power than its rivals. The 124.6 cc air-cooled engine delivers 8.7 bhp of max power at 6,750 rpm and 10.2 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 revs. In comparison, the Access makes 8.6 bhp, and Activa 125 generates 8.5 bhp. However, as mentioned above, the Destini has a heavier kerb weight than its rivals. The acceleration from a standstill to 60 kph feels peppy, and at par with the competition. The speedometer continues to climb efficiently until 80 kph mark, after which the acceleration mellows down. We could see speeds of up to 90 kph on the highway. The scooter can cruise on speeds of 70 kph with minimum efforts and feels comfortable around that mark. The refinement levels are neat until 60 kph, post which some vibrations become evident from the footboard. The Destini 125 also benefits from Hero MotoCorp’s proprietary i3S tech – a first in the brand’s scooter portfolio. The fuel economy enhancing system turns off the engine if the scooter has come to a standstill for more than five seconds. To restart, the rider has to press the brake lever and twist the throttle. The Destini 125 has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 51.5 kmpl. In real life, rough calculations revealed a combined (city and highway) economy of around 44-46 kpl. Braking department is satisfactory, but the lack of disc brake (even as an option) was disappointing. In contrast, the Access 125 and Activa 125 come with the choice of a disc brake. The feedback from the drum units, combined with the Integrated Braking System – Hero MotoCorp’s nomenclature for Combi-Braking System – was satisfactory but nothing to write home about.
Ride and HandlingHydraulic telescopic front forks and single spring at the rear handle the shock absorbing tasks on the Hero Destini 125. The setup that offers a decent amount of comfort. However, while the ride quality is comfortable, we wouldn’t call it plush, and you would feel the pronounced undulations on the go. That said, the minor wrinkles on the tarmac are efficiently filtered out. The comfort department is improved by the well-padded seat that makes up for the slightly stiff rear suspension. Surprisingly, the scooter scraped its underbody over a couple of normal-sized speed bumps even without a pillion.
Also read: KTM RC 125 ABS - First Ride ReviewIn terms of handling, the scooter feels agile to filter through city traffic. It also feels planted on highway cruising speeds and scores more points in the department. There is sufficient legroom too, and even with a pillion on board, there was enough space to rest my legs without hitting the keyhole with the knee. For reference, I am 5 feet 9-inches tall and I had no complaints in the legroom department. The saddle is large and well padded to accommodate two adults comfortably. The pillion footrest, as said in the design part of the review, runs flush with the footboard when closed, and offers a clean look to the visuals.
Hero Destini 125 Review - VerdictThe Hero Destini 125 has an uphill task to compete against the segment leader, the Suzuki Access 125 and the absence of a disc brake, heavier kerb weight and a relatively smaller under seat storage does not help its case. What does work for the scooter though are the price tag and the features that it offers for the money. The vehicle is also backed by Hero MotoCorp’s extensive sales and service network that’s spread across the metro cities along with tier-II and tier-III towns. Check out how the scooter fares against its rivals in terms of specifications and prices in the table below.
|Model||Hero Destini 125||Suzuki Access 125||Honda Activa 125|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||111.5||101||108|
|Under Seat Space (litre)||19||21.8||NA|
Price (Ex-showroom Delhi)
Hero Destini 125
- Drum Brake Sheet Metal Wheel – LX: INR 54,650
- Drum Brake Alloy Wheel – VX: INR 57,500
Suzuki Access 125
- Drum Brake Variant: INR 55,977
- Disc Brake Variant: INR 58,350
- Disc Brake Variant with CBS: INR 59,636
Suzuki Access 125 SE
- All Colour Variant Disc Brake: INR 60,046
- All Colour Variant Disc Brake with CBS: INR 61,235
Honda Activa 125
- Drum Brake Steel Wheels: INR 59,921
- Drum Brake Alloy Wheels: INR 61,858
- Disc Brake Alloy Wheels: INR 64,307