The Destini 125 is positioned as a scooter for the families by Hero MotoCorp and packs many features, out of which one is a segment first
Hero Destini 125
WITH THE DESTINI 125, HERO has entered the 125cc scooter segment for the first time and we’re here to find out if it packs enough punch to take on the biggies of this segment.
How does it look?
The Destini 125 sports sharp shoulder lines and chrome garnishes upfront. The headlamp and tail lamp design remind you of the Duet and the Maestro Edge. Nothing feels built to a cost and the metal body is solidly put together with minimal or no panel gaps. It throws a stylish and modern first impression.
What about performance?
The commuter’s 124.6cc air-cooled engine packs enough punch for urban conditions, making 8.7bhp at 6,750rpm and 10.2Nm of torque at 5,000rpm. The power delivery is linear and it breaches the 60kmph mark effortlessly. It’s not as quick as its rivals but doesn’t feel underpowered either. The engine is smooth and sounds very refined. Moreover, the telescopic fork upfront does a good job of absorbing the ruts and minor undulations and the ride is very plaint.
On the features front?
Most importantly, the Destini 125 is the first scooter in India to feature the idle-stop-start system, labeled i3S by Hero. The system automatically cuts power when the scooter is idle and reignites the engine when you press the rear brake and twist the throttle. The system is well suited for hassle-free stop and go and there’s even a dedicated toggle switch to enable/disable the system. Moreover, there’s an external fuel filling port, side stand and service indicator to go with it.
It misses out on some important features like disc brakes, TFT display and LED headlamps but at `54,650 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base variant, it’s cheaper than all its rivals. The engine is refined and smooth, it rides well and the i3S is a segment first. And that only means that Hero’s target audience, which is families, will be happy living with the Destini 125.
1: The switch to enable or disable the idle start/stop function. 2: 125cc motor does the job. 3: Integrated braking system likemany of its rivals. 4: Under seat storage gets an USB port and illumination