Honda CLIQ Review
Bike Tested: Honda CLIQ; Road Test No. 865
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 43,990/- (Standard), Rs. 44,485/- (with graphics)
The Honda CLIQ is among the most affordable scooters in the Asian market
Without a doubt, Honda is a household name when it comes to scooters in our market. And rightly so, because the Japanese giant has the entire segment covered – right from the Activa-i to the range topping Activa 125. Of course, I skipped the Navi because even Honda lists it separately from other proper scooters. Initial hype surrounding the Navi took no longer than an year to disappear and the manufacturer realised that it needed a scooter that looked like, well, a scooter! Presenting the Honda CLIQ – Honda’s second attempt to undercut entry-level scooters and eat into their market share. But make no mistake, priced at a premium of Rs. 872/- only, this one is a Navi derivative sporting a sober attire. We test it to the core to assess whether the CLIQ will click with the audience or not.
Styling – In terms of design, the CLIQ looks more like an evolved Navi but takes design cues from the Dio to offer a neutral silhoutte. The apron-mounted headlamp, surrounded by flush-fit indicators on either side, is crowned by a small visor which is nothing but a makeshift way to get rid of the top cowl in the name of cost savings. Coupled with a sizeable seat borrowed from the Dio, the side panels add more bulk to the latter half of the scooter. While the side panels wear a design element which looks totally out of sync, it does succeed in adding some zest to the otherwise bland profile. Uncommon positioning of the rear indicators, exposed handlebar and the presence of a tyre hugger are some characteristics which stick out like a sore thumb on an otherwise clean design. Still, the Honda CLIQ is no attention-grabber and will pass unnoticed through the throng of scooters on the road. This is the reason why, unlike the Navi, it will appeal to the masses.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – Calling the Honda CLIQ’s all-analogue setup a console would be an insult to the word itself. It comprises of a speedometer, odometer and a fuel gauge, with some cheesy carbon fibre finish poured in and around. While the cluster is better equipped than that of the Honda Navi which makes do without a fuel gauge, it’s the positioning which seems awkward at first glance. Due to this very fact, the CLIQ looks like a headless chicken from behind! The basic switchgear is shared with other Honda motorcycles and its quality is nothing to write home about. Also, the lack of a cowl around the handlebar results in exposed wires which are a complete turnoff. Though the dearth of information on the cluster is understood due to its intended audience, overall fit and finish is something which Honda should definitely look into.
Ergonomics – Like other Honda scooters, the Honda CLIQ offers an upright riding position. While the handlebar naturally falls in place while riding, real estate around the foot area is limited which worsens up further with the addition of the optional storage box. The cushioned seat is wide and long enough for two well-built adults and there is a basic grab rail for the pillion. To haul away additional cargo, one can opt for the optional carrier which is nothing but an elongated version that comes with mounts for securing luggage. The CLIQ is a fairly compact scooter and tall riders will find it cramped to a certain extent. One thing we found contradictory to Honda’s “Bade Kaam Ki CLIQ” punch line is the storage space on offer. In its stock form, the CLIQ offers abysmal storage options. The 14-litre underseat storage is good enough for some odd grocery but won’t accommodate your full-size lid. Similarly, the footboard is too narrow for carrying load and an optional storage box comes mounted on the floor which takes away the load-carrying ability.