Honda had launched the Brio back in 2011 to compete against the hatchbacks of the day. The car was known for its peppy engine and roomy cabin in spite of its puny dimensions. The Brio also marked the beginning of the Honda line-up for the country and the platform was used to build a series of future Honda cars like the Amaze, the Mobilio and the BR-V. ...read full review Honda had launched the Brio back in 2011 to compete against the hatchbacks of the day.
The car was known for its peppy engine and roomy cabin in spite of its puny dimensions. The Brio also marked the beginning of the Honda line-up for the country and the platform was used to build a series of future Honda cars like the Amaze, the Mobilio and the BR-V. After the initial rally, the Brio had to play second fiddle to more successful Honda cars due to the production capacity crunch which eventually led to marginalisation of the hatchback.
With the competitors updating their cars in the meantime, the Brio had become a laggard amongst the hatchbacks except for the few who specifically wanted the pocket rocket. After five years, Honda has finally updated the Brio. As expected, it is the same car with the exact same engine and gets a facelift and an interior revamp to bring it up to date. It gets the BR-V style thick slat across the radiator grille which is painted black while the lower border gets chrome treatment.
The bumper also now resembles the Amaze with the new three-part layout of the air dam. Rest of the car though, remains identical except for the alloys. The biggest change is inside the cabin with the Brio ditching the dated round-themed layout for the dashboard that has been inspired by the Amaze, City and the BR-V. The all-black dashboard gets rectangular air-vents and glazed highlights which looks rich.
The interior is offered in beige for the E and S trims while the interior is all black for the top-spec VX trim. The VX also gets dual airbags, ABS with EBD, automatic climate control and height adjustable driver seat. The infotainment system still misses out on a touch-screen option which may be offered in future with the AVN pack. Mechanically, it will have the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder 89bhp i-Vtec petrol engine that will continue with the Brio.
Generating 109Nm of torque, the petrol engine comes with a five-speed manual gearbox and a five-speed automatic transmission. While we expected the Brio to get the CVT like the Amaze, the torque converter works quite well and is offered only with the VX trim. The Brio competes with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ritz, the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Tata Bolt. Missing out on a diesel option, the Brio petrol will certainly like to regain its popularity.
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Honda Brio Overview The Honda Brio, launched in September 2011, marked Honda’s aim of capturing the market of small cars and brought in the much-needed sales figures. The launch of Brio, along with the Amaze (its sedan sibling), has turned around the fortunes for Honda with the car eating up into sales of small car leaders, like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. The Brio is a very modern-looking car and appeals to the 21st century buyer in more than one ways.
The price, value, space and comfort are good, if not the best, for its segment. Also, carrying the Honda badge has helped its case a lot.The Honda Brio is the second hatchback from Honda after Jazz, which was a world-class product only let down by its pricing. Being a compact car with a light steering and an added option of an automatic gearbox makes the Brio a very attractive proposition for a hassle-free city commuter.
The punchy yet fuel-efficient 1.2-litre i-vtec petrol motor pulls the Brio to three digits in a matter of seconds and can effortlessly cruise at such speeds all day. The engine is basically a slightly detuned version of the motor, which did duty in the Jazz hatchback. This has been done to increase fuel efficiency with the ARAI claiming a fuel consumption figure of 18.4 kmpl. Honda Brio Exterior The Honda Brio is a cute city car probably slightly biased towards the fairer sex in its appeal, at least when viewed from the front.
The car also looks small, thanks to the design of the car. However, be assured that it isn’t, by any means, a little hatch. In fact, it is wider at the front and has more space than Maruti Suzuki Swift.The length of the car is under 4 metres and measures 3.6 metres, considering that a Ford EcoSport is approximately 4 metres. The Brio has a strong crease running along the body, which kind of continues under the headlamps, giving it much style.
The huge Honda logo finds its home proudly on the chrome grille. The rear of Honda Brio is where the feminine appeal changes to a masculine sharpness. The tail gate is made entirely of glass and the two tail lamps on either side of it look super. The aerodynamic spoiler provides a modern touch while the 14-inch alloys for the top-end version add taste to the car. All this and more makes the Honda Brio a rather funky and modern hatch as compared to its rivals.
The Brio gets some classy shoes with 14-inch alloys wrapped in 175/65/R14 MRF tyres for the top-end VX model. Honda Brio Interior The plastic quality of interiors might not be what you expect of a Honda. Clearly, the company has done some cost cutting and it shows. There are some flimsy plastics, which scratch and come off quite easily. However, the overall quality is at par, if not less, than the competition.
Although there is enough room to seat five adults in the car, where the car lacks in is the boot space and is a big disappointment. Honda’s engineers have utilized the interior space in a way that maximum space is provided to the occupants while the boot has been relatively ignored, which isn't big enough to store anything more than your groceries and vegetables. That said, the car feels airy and fresh, thanks to the large glass areas and the light beige plastics inside.
The Honda Brio gets features such as power windows, steering-mounted audio controls, bluetooth and aux-in connectivity, defogger, electric mirrors, cup holders, etc. The car also gets projector halogen headlamps and push button keyless start. The Brio does miss out on the climate control, which could’ve given the car a more luxurious appeal. A dead pedal is sorely missed too, which is a clear oversight on Honda’s part.
Honda Brio Engine & Transmission The Honda Brio gets the same 1.2-litre i-vtec petrol mil as the Honda Jazz, albeit slightly detuned for better fuel efficiency. Like all i-vtecs, it’s a gem of a unit. Its fuel-sipping nature, coupled with its peaky power delivery post 6000 rpm, makes it not only fuel efficient but also a delight for enthusiasts.The engine develops 88 PS of power at 6000 rpm and torque of 109 Nm at 4600 rpm.
This motor is mated to a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. Choose the auto box and supreme level of comfort awaits you. Be it in traffic or on the highway, the automatic gearbox seems well matched to the 1.2-litre motor. The gearshifts are silky smooth, unlike the kind of reputation cheaper automatic transfer boxes have made for themselves. This one is relaxed yet alert. Though Honda Brio's automatic gearbox does take time to shift down when you press the throttle fully, you don’t get irritated as you would in other cars.
Also, to extract the most go juice, you can slot the gearbox in D3, 2 and 1. The transmission then holds the gear according to the respective number and the gear won’t go beyond third, second and first, respectively. Honda Brio Mileage The ARAI-claimed fuel economy of the Honda Brio is 18.4 kmpl for the manual variant. This is mostly due to its engine, the 1.2-litre i-vtec gem, and Brio's lightweight construction (920 kg kerb weight).
The engine is a de-tuned version of the motor used in the Jazz and is now more fuel efficient.For encouraging more fuel-efficient driving style, Honda has introduced an ECO function display on the speedometer, which glows green whenever it senses that you are driving economically. This, however, might be a bit distracting to the driver but it does a great job. The software running the above said function probably derives its readings from variables such as the vehicle's speed, the selected gear and rpm of the engine.
However, we must convince you to not be too occupied with this 21st century tech while driving, since there are more things to worry about on Indian roads than just the fuel economy! The Honda Brio has a nice gearing setup, which allows for cruising on the highway while still getting a low fuel consumption figure. The 100+ kmph speeds with the motor rotating at 2,000 rpm still keep the green light aglow, indicating the fuel-sipping nature of the Honda Brio.
We managed to extract 12.5 kmph while at it, which is a very good figure considering the nature of the drive. Honda Brio Braking and Safety The braking performance of the Brio is decent and on par with its rivals. The top version comes with ABS, further helping in the braking performance. The 175 mm-wide tyres also provide for a decent braking performance.The front wheels have got ventilated disc brakes while the rear ones have drum brakes.
The brakes do a good job in stopping this sprightly little hatch, thanks to the lightness of the car. The car has passive safety tech such as ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). The ABS system helps in case of sudden braking situations, and prevents the car from skidding and going out of control. Honda Brio Performance and Handling The Brio is a great city car, thanks to its compact dimensions, a fuel-efficient engine and a light steering.
It does a nice job zipping about from point A to point B or just ambling about in the city with quiet restraint.But what happens when you show it a freshly-baked piece of tarmac with no sign of life around it? Well, we're happy to inform you that this baby Honda keeps up with whatever you throw at it. Open the taps and the Brio reaches three-digit speeds in no time. Play with the revs and you'll pass 150 kmph.
While you are at those speeds, the Honda Brio doesn't feel out of place. The steering has weighed up, the suspension is keeping the car in poise and there is not much jiggling about from this little performer. Despite its compact dimensions, the Brio always feels as composed as some large sedans. The car feels tight and can stay like this for days, had it an everlasting fuel supply. NVH levels are well controlled too and little enters the cabin at higher speeds.
The i-vtec motor is a smooth operator and goes about its business silently, until you press your right foot in disagreement. Being a light car with 88 PS power under the hood, the car zooms ahead with an effortless bellow, leaving behind most hatches in its wake. There is no hesitation from the motor, which, once past 3500 rpm, gives you the same doses of acceleration addiction as did the old Honda city with its 1.
5 i-vtec heart. Like all Hondas, the Brio's suspension is not suited for low speed use on rough roads. The springs crash and thrash about if you increase the violence and the Brio's reassured ride stability is compromised. Thanks chiefly to a relatively harder suspension setup, the Brio handles corners with relative ease and composure, albeit with some amount of body roll. What do we think about Honda Brio? The Honda Brio is a brilliant small car that excels in most departments while keeping up with the rest of the competition in others.
It is a great value proposition, providing comfort, space, fuel economy and performance, all at a justified price, keeping in mind that it wears the big H badge.However, we felt that the interiors could have been better and the suspension more passenger friendly. But this is just looking for needles in a hay stack, for the Brio is otherwise a brilliant all-round package. Also, do not forget that when one buys a car, one builds a relationship with not only the car but also the manufacturer.
Honda Brio Competitors Chief competitors of the Honda Brio are Toyota Etios Liva, Ford Figo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Tata Indica Vista and Hyundai Grand i10. The Nissan Micra scores less on sales numbers while the Volkswagen Polo is a more premium offering, thereby not being in direct competition with the Honda.