Priced at INR 73,552, the new MY2017 CB Unicorn 160 is among the reliable commuter bikes with smoothest engine, balanced ride and handling, and superior value proposition.
Honda Two-Wheelers has updated the Unicorn 160 with refreshed styling, added features, and BS IV compliance for model-year 2017. With more than one lakh units sold since its launch in 2014, the Unicorn 160 is one of the most successful model in the entire Honda line-up in India. Does the new updated Unicorn 160 makes a good value proposition to buy one for hassle-free everyday commutes, amid numerous alternatives in the segment?
Styling wise, the Unicorn 160 is smartly done with pleasing looks, thanks to the new elongated visor and bright Matte Marvel Blue paint. The body and the plastic panels over the sides render a flowing look, while the use of limited chrome embellishments gives a distinctive feel. Attractive body graphics are also a part of standard package for the new bike, which is now offered in five attractive colour schemes – Pearl Igneous Black, Imperial Red Metallic, Pearl Amazing White, Matte Axis Grey, and Marvel Blue.
The Unicorn gets an all-digital instrument cluster and a sturdy handle-bar that is easy to use and responsive. The segment-first Automatic Headlamp On feature and elegant ‘H’-shaped LED tail lamp are fancy, while the single elongated seat, nice grab handles and rear saree guard presents the practicality side of the bike.
Powered by a 162.71 cc air cooled single-cylinder BS IV engine, the new Unicorn 160 produces 13.82 bhp of max power at 8,000 rpm and 13.92 Nm of torque at peak 6,000 rpm. Although the output is slightly lower than the previous version, the new engine is much smoother, reliable, and efficient, thanks to the Honda Eco Technology. The 5-speed gearbox is also responsive and most appropriate for city commutes. The new bike’s mileage is rated at 62 kmpl, quite decent for a 160cc bike.
The Unicorn is very comfortable to ride and great to handle, thanks to the telescopic fork front suspension and mono-shocker at the rear. The bike is quite responsive in braking as well, with 240 mm discs up front and drum brake over rear doing their job. The 80/100 front tyres and 110/80 rear tyres offer great grip and presence at all times. Undeniable, the ride quality and handling is the biggest asset of this bike.
The Unicorn 160 CBS variant with combined braking system with equalizer is priced a little higher than the standard variant at INR 76,005. The CBS enhances braking stability and handling, therefore the extra premium is definitely worthy.
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As I mentioned before, the Unicorn is a ‘hero’ product in the Honda’s stable, using which the company has made several iterations including the premium Honda Hornet 160R. Although the 160 is quite close to Unicorn 150, the former bike is much better to ride and is efficient as well. For those who want a no-nonsense commuter bike that is an all-rounder in terms of ride quality, fuel efficiency, exterior appeal, and reliable customer experience, look no further than the new Honda CB Unicorn 160.
*All prices are Ex-showroom, Delhi.