Honda Navi Vs TVS XL 100
The vast and ever growing two-wheeler market of India has every sort of scooter and motorcycle models imaginable; from the bare basic daily city commuter to the very sporty and luxurious motorcycles. However, on other hand there’s a race of two-wheelers that are on the way to their extinction, such as the mopeds. Once, mopeds used to be widely used in India and were the most common, convenient and affordable means of personal transportation within the vicinity of a city or town. However, the two-wheeler market of India like any other market has got matured over the time and is now pretty style and class conscious and thus, only good quality scooter and motorcycle models are currently selling in the Indian two wheeler market.
Now, gone are the days of the mopeds and the only player still existing in the market is the TVS XL 100. However, the TVS XL 100 is just not a humble moped, as it comes with quite impressive looks and good under the hood specs as well. Having no immediate rival in the current market, the TVS XL 100 finds a competitor in the Honda Navi. The Honda Navi is an interesting two-wheeler, which is essentially a scooter, but comes with the design and fun ride of a mini motorcycle. With the Navi, Honda has tried to offer a perfect mix of the convenience of a scooter and the sporty feel of a motorcycle. This unconventional bike is meant for the young buyers of India. This motorcycle and scooter cross-breed also does not fall into any particular segment and thus a sole player in the market.
Here we pitch the Honda Navi against the TVS XL 100 to consider their capabilities:
The Honda Navi invokes interest from the first glimpse with its unconventional design and cute mini proportions. It comes with a single piece tank and brightly colored side panels, there’s an extra long seat that covers the fuel tank and the gap underneath it despite its engine. It quirky design might be like by many, while mocked by some. The mini bike has many premium styling features. It flaunts a nice hexagonal headlight and a cool looking instrument cluster, while it borrows many styling features from other Honda bikes. On the whole the Honda Navi looks very fresh, young, and eye-catching.
On the other hand, the TVS XL 100 basically gets the very familiar design of the older TVS XL HD along with some mild updates and tweaks. It features a simple, straight forward and non-flamboyant design, but has a neat and practical styling to serve its purpose. The TVS XL 100 retains its older version’s round headlight with chrome surround and orange turn blinkers. It has a lean design all over and gets a refreshed fuel tank with some prominent character lines for a contemporary look. The moped also gets new tail light and a detachable pillion seat to offer the facility of a luggage mounting bay. So, on the whole, the XL 100 is a no-nonsense looking practical two-wheeler that means to serve its real purpose of easy and affordable transport.
When it comes to features, neither the Honda Navi nor the TVS XL 100 get many features to actually talk about. It Navi comes with telescopic forks up front and 12 inch wheels borrowed from the Honda Activa 125. It also gets side mounted mono-shock rear suspension system that equips all Honda scooters. It gets a simple analog instrument console, regular indicator blinkers and high-beam headlamp. The Navi also gets a conventional bike-like fuel filler cap position instead of having it under the seat, and it also gets a protective plastic lid. The mini bike also offers self-start and kick-start features like all modern day scooters.
On the other hand, the TVS XL 100 comes with the usual basic instrument console featuring an analogue meter that displays the speedometer and the odometer. It gets basic headlamp, tail light and indicators, along with basic tell tale lamps. It comes with a new wider and larger floorboard than its predecessor in order to offer the convenience of accommodating some more luggage. The moped also flaunts new side panels and other body parts. It features a telescopic hydraulic forks suspension system for the front wheel and hydraulic coil springs system along with tubular swingarm for its rear in order to offer smooth rides in the small town road conditions. The XL 100 also continues with its usual sturdy performance.
The Honda Navi is essentially a scooter with a part-bike’s looks, and so it gets a scooter’s heart. It gets powered by a 110 cc single cylinder, air cooled petrol mill that also powers the highly popular Honda Activa scooters. However, this petrol engine offers a tad more power on the Navi owing to its lighter body weight that comes from the all plastic body panels. The engine offers 8 bhp of max power and 8.8 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to an automatic transmission gearbox. The Navi also comes with impressive braking system with drum brakes doing duties for both the front and rear wheels with precision and accuracy.
The TVS XL 100 on the other hand, comes powered by four stroke single cylinder, air cooled, 99.7 cc petrol motor which has been derived from the entry-level scooter, TVS Sport. This engine has been highly suitable the XL 100 with its moped platform. The petrol engine on the XL 100 makes a mere 4.2 PS of max power along with a peak torque of 6.3 Nm. These power figures although very meek, make the XL 100 twice more powerful than its predecessor the XL HD. The petrol equipped is mated to a single speed transmission which is offers the same functionality of the automatic transmission equipped scooters in the two-wheeler market of India. The TVS XL 100 comes equipped with drum brakes for both its front and rear wheels to offer efficient stopping power.
The Honda Navi is priced at around Rs. 46,000 onwards which is pretty attractive for a neat and unique mini-bike like this. On the other hand, the TVS XL 100 plays ultra affordable as it means to be with a price tag of around Rs. 29,128.