Design-wise, scooters in India are basically classified into three categories. You have the family oriented design, the sporty design and with the recently launched Suzuki Burgman Street, the maxi-scooter design. Now these two unmistakably boast the family design which is meant to be liked by all and hated by none. Practicality takes precedence over design and that’s the name of the game.
Let’s start with the Activa first. Now the Activa has pretty much become the definition of a scooter in India and is without doubt one of the highest selling two wheelers here. So understandable Honda does not want to mess with the design. So over the years the Activa has been getting mild touch-ups but by and large the design has stayed true to the original design. For the 5G model, you get a LED headlamp and a position lamp which gives it a robotic look and chrome garnish o the front panels along with 5G decals. Other than that the standard Activa design has been retained.
The Jupiter here is in the ‘Classic’ trim. There is no doubting the fact that people love retro looks and drool behind the Vespa. Unfortunately the Vespa’s high sticker price keeps buyers at bay, but that does not stop other manufacturers from giving their scooters a retro touch.
The Jupiter is the latest scooter to get it. So the classic gets a windshield, round chrome mirrors, a cushioned backrest and a dual tone seat. Now the Jupiter is already a handsome looking scooter and while the new additions look good when you look at the details, overall we think the retro theme does not gel too well with the angular lines of the Jupiter.
But standing together we still think the Jupiter is the better looking scooter of the two. Not only does it look bigger but also has better proportions and is more modern looking between the two.