Design: The Honda Dio with its futuristic styling and better quality and operability, is the more desirable of the two scooters here, no question. That it offers a higher level of rider comfort over a variety of riding conditions, is an added bonus. A low saddle height also helps. For the pillion though, both scooters return equal amount of comfort.
Performance: The Dio and the Duro make the same horsepower though the engine capacities differ. The latter however makes more torque but then the Dio is lighter. However at the end the Duro has an advantage both in terms of acceleration and ride-ability.
Ride: The Mahindra scores higher under the Ride head. Yes, the Dio has a better throttle response, but then the Duro thanks to its telescopic front forks returns better feel and takes lesser distance to stop as well. It also has a slightly better ride quality.
Dynamics: The Duro might have scored higher in terms of ride comfort, but when it comes to dynamics, the Honda is races ahead. Besides better handling, the Dio communicates better too via its steering and feels calmer through quick direction changes. Otherwise these are very close.
Cost: Design and cost are two areas where the Dio manages to carve out a huge lead over the Duro. Under the Cost head, it scores more for being cheaper to buy and though both the scooters score equally for fuel economy, the Dio does return 5kmpl more in the real world. Moreover, being a Honda it has much better resale and it also comes with better warranty.
There’s no real difference in pricing of the scooters with the Dio costing a tad less. The Duro though is quicker and rides a bit better. But, otherwise, the Dio is better looking, better built and finished, more fuel efficient and gets tubeless tyres without costing more. Also in terms of seating comfort and practicality, it is at par with the Duro if not better. Clearly, if you are looking for an everyday runabout, we’d say pick the Dio; it is the better partner.