If you want to play it safe, buy the Honda Activa. So what if your father or grandfather rides one, or your local grocer and milk man for that matter. At least you are getting something that has a proven track record much like the homely girl your army of relatives would choose for an arranged marriage. However, if you think you are more adventurous, there is always the Activa's smarter and younger but a tad less conventional sibling, the Dio to consider. And lately, it has gotten a new wardrobe, better shoes and a shot of adrenaline as well.
There's yet another option, and this one has Kareena Kapoor playing match maker for it. It’s called the Mahindra Duro, and like the Dio, it too has only recently been upgraded. It still has the same old set of clothes, but underneath, it’s quite different and it has a new tag line too – Romba Solid.
In the visual sense, the Dio is certainly more attractive. It doesn't have the best face in the business, but look at it in profile or from behind, and you are bound to stumble over something. It not only looks younger compared to the middle aged looking Duro, but sexier as well; it’s got that club-going vibe to it that's missing on the Duro.
In close contact, the Dio impresses even more; it's like it spends more time at the beauty parlour then the Mahindra. So, its surfaces, be it the black plastics or the painted ones, glow more and are smoother to touch; in short, the quality levels as well as the fit and finish is better on the Honda.
It also has better looking instrumentation and the switchgear is crisper to operate. We also prefer Dio's seating position; with the lower set handlebar, it feels sportier and the seat is more accommodating too. It’s also easier to mount, in case you were wondering.