The Hero Maestro Edge is the presently the flagship offering from the company in the scooter segment. It has been a very rightful successor of the standard Hero Maestro and has been competent in offering the most according to the contemporary market standards. Completely designed from the scratch at the company’s research and development center, it is predominantly targeted at the male customers as it had the tagline of “It’s such a boy thing”. The Maestro is presently one of the most popular scooters in India after the Honda Activa, which is ahead by a huge margin.
The Honda Dio is a very contradictory scooter to its sibling, the Activa. If the Activa is plain, sober and classy, the Dio is highly sculpted and loud. All of this makes the Dio a very able competitor to the Hero Maestro Edge, which is loud in design too.
Considering the Hero Maestro price, the Honda Dio is very much at par. However, there are still many ways in which the Maestro is better and we are here to point out just that.
The Hero Maestro is big and comfortable. If you praise the Activa for its long seat, the Maestro is nothing less. It can accommodate two fuller men easily, without them being uncomfortable or having a shortage of space.
On the other hand, the Honda Dio is small and zippy. It has smaller seat that might not be very spacious to accommodate two people who are of bigger size. The front foot deck is smaller too, compared to the Maestro.
The Hero Maestro Edge is powerful. The 110cc single cylinder engine makes a good power of 8.3 bhp at 8,000 revs per minute along with a peak torque of 8.3 Nm at 6,500 revs per minute. On the other hand, the Honda Dio is also powered by the same capacity engine but makes much lesser power. The single cylinder engine makes a maximum power of 6 bhp at 7,500 revs per minute along with a peak torque of 8 Nm at 5,500 revs per minute. Hence, the lesser power delivery and the lower revving engine makes the Dio a modest contender to the Maestro.
The Maestro Edge has a top speed of well over 80 kms per hour. The Dio, with its smaller engine, has a top speed of around 80 kms per hour and often lesser than that despite having a lighter body and chassis.
The Hero Maestro Edge offers telescopic fork suspension for the front wheel, which is the first in the segment. This makes the ride stability higher when you are travelling on uneven and undulating roads. The Honda Dio gets the regular spring loaded hydraulic suspension on both the wheels which are good, but not good enough as the telescopic suspension in the Maestro.
The Hero Maestro Edge rides on a big 12-inch front wheel and 10-inch rear wheel. The big front wheel, paired with the telescopic suspension gives a very comfortable ride quality along with a certain extent of anti-skid assurance. The Honda Dio has small wheels (10-inch at both ends) and may not be as stable as the Maestro at high speeds.
The Hero Maestro is big and high on utility. It has a massive 22-litre underseat storage, USB charging point and a digital instrument system. The foot deck is also big, allowing you to carry some of your bags on it. But the Honda Dio is not very generous in this department. It is small in size, has smaller under seat storage and even a smaller foot deck. The entire setting may turn out to be a little congested.
Bottom line: The Maestro is better
The Hero Maestro is way better than the Honda Dio, in every aspect. The Hero scooter offers higher power (even the rev response is superior), utility and stability for the same price. So if you want a better value for your money, go for the Maestro.