The Honda City's 5-speed Automatic is a competent gearbox. Plonking this transmission into the agile & peppy Brio seems like a good recipe. It definitely sounds more exciting than the "geared for economy" CVT offered in the Thai-spec Brio. Compared to the Brio MT, the AT's turning radius has increased by 0.2 meters, due to the wider track needed for accommodating the AT gearbox. The box wasn't originally designed for the Brio; this combination is available only in India.
There are no changes to the Brio's beige & black interiors, save for the AT gear shifter, missing clutch pedal and gear mode display on the instrument console. The Brio doesn't have a dead pedal, something that should have been in the "must-have" list for engineers. Still, there is sufficient space for your left foot, and the floor is nicely contoured as well. The ergonomics are top notch overall.
Only thing I really missed was the driver's seat height adjustment. There is definitely a compromise with this "one size fits all" approach and I found the seat to be a tad too high for my taste. Those with a shorter build will be happy though. The chunky steering wheel has no leather cladding, yet the choice of material is good.Expectedly, the gearbox doesn't get the City's paddle shifters. The AT has a standard P-R-N-D layout, along with the old school D3-2-1 modes to compensate for the absence of tiptronic.
The gearshift knob is carried over from the Honda Civic, which is surely better than the plain-jane piece of the City. Note that the gear modes aren't illuminated at night.The Brio's 1.2L i-VTEC engine is rated at 87 BHP (@ 6,000 rpm) and 109 Nm of torque (@ 4,500 rpm). The powerplant starts with the now familiar sounding note. Within the first few meters itself, I could feel the extra support from the torque converter.
Low end response is stronger than in the Brio MT, the engine now pulling with a certain amount of eagerness. With light accelerator inputs, upshifts are pretty early @ 2,000 rpm. Prod the accelerator some more and you'll see the gearbox moving up at 3,000 rpm. Along with light controls, good visibility and a short turning radius, the Brio AT is absolutely effortless to drive in dense city traffic.
The gearshifts are acceptably smooth, though you still know when the gearbox is moving up or down. Crawling in traffic, even without any accelerator input, the Brio AT moves with a lot more pace than is normal. In a gridlock, you'll need to generously apply the brakes to keep crawling speeds in check.The ratios are smartly chosen for this 1.2L engine. The initial 3 gears are quite short, while the 4th & 5th are tall.
Out on the open road with a heavy right foot, the gearbox responds well. Shift times are good and the Brio holds gears to the redline. The AT is quick to respond to any inputs from the accelerator pedal. Acceleration is satisfactory, though of course, the Brio AT is nowhere as quick as its MT sibling. One area of disappointment is the NVH at high rpms; the engine & drivetrain sound more stressed and unrefined, compared to the Brio MT.
It's only when you start driving with medium accelerator inputs that you start discovering the gearbox' shortcomings. With the accelerator pressed halfway, the otherwise well-sorted transmission ends up feeling puzzled. You'll frequently find it revving the engine by holding onto a gear unnecessarily, or upshifting when the same isn't required. I had to make the Brio AT upshift at times by releasing the accelerator pedal and, conversely, pressing it a little harder to drop a gear.
The Brio AT felt perfectly at home cruising on the Greater Noida Expressway at 100 kph. The engine was spinning at a relaxed 2,100 rpm, with the car feeling perfectly planted. 5th gear is a lot taller than on the Brio MT which sees 100 kph @ 3,000 rpm. Highway fuel economy should be satisfactory. Just like the Brio MT, the AT's top speed is electronically limited to 140 kph. When cruising on the highway, I missed paddle shifters the most, as I couldn't figure out a way to accelerate in the same gear; even the slightest pedal pressure makes the gearbox drop a gear, when it could very well have accelerated in the same gear.
The go-kart like agile handling remains the same, along with a quick & reasonably direct (albeit over-servo'ed!) steering. You can have a whole lot of fun throwing the Brio into corners. The weakest link is the tyres that start protesting early in the game. The suspension set-up remains similar to the MT variant we tested last year, with the same uncomfortable rear suspension on bad roads. High speed composure for such a small car is impressive.
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If you wanted to buy a small car with Automatic transmission in India under the price band of Rs. 6 Lakhs sometime back, you hardly had two choices – Maruti A-Star Automatic and Hyundai i10 Automatic. For customers who want the comfort and convenience of Automatic cars in congested traffic environments, the choices are very limited in the small car segment. As you go up the price band, you will find plenty of options starting from Dzire Automatic, City, Rapid, Fiesta, Vento etc.
, but all these cars have higher initial cost. Since there were just two players in the small automatic cars segment and the demand is on a gradual rise, Honda SIEL India has launched their popular small car Honda Brio with a 5 Speed automatic transmission gearbox system in India on 18th October 2012. Honda Brio Automatic in India is priced at Rs. 5.75 Lakhs ex-showroom Delhi for the S(O) variant which is approximately Rs.
75,000 higher than the corresponding manual transmission variant. Honda Brio Automatic Price in India Honda Brio automatic ex-showroom Delhi price is as follows: Honda Brio S(O) AT is priced at Rs. 5.74 Lakhs Honda Brio V AT is priced at Rs. 5.99 Lakhs The prices of the automatic variants are at a premium of about Rs. 75,000 which seems quite reasonable for the comfort that it offers in congested city traffic condition.
Apart from the above two new automatic models, there is an additional manual variant Honda Brio EX MT has been launched at Rs. 4.26 Lakhs which will be positioned below the base Brio E and mid Brio S. Honda Brio Automatic In India- Technology & Specifications It will use the same 1.2 litre iVTEC engine with 87 BHP of peak power and 109 Nm of torque as is used in the manual model. This engine is quite peppy and responsive and delivers a mileage of 18.
3 KMPL as per ARAI for the manual model. With the Automatic gearbox, it delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 16.5 KMPL which seems quite good. In the real world situation, it should be able to deliver between 12 to 15 KMPL on city and highway mixed usage. Apart from the comforts of an automatic, Brio offers great mileage, good looks, great handling and premium looking interiors. So all in all, Honda Brio will be a killer package against the competitors (which you can count on fingers).
The gear system has many modes including the P (park), R(Reverse), N(Neutral), D (Drive), D3, 2 and 1. The Brio automatic in India uses a 5 Speed conventional automatic transmission used in cars like Honda City but it has different gear ratios. The Driving mode D does shift between the 5 gears automatically while the D3, D2 and D1 are meant for the situations where you want to hold in first 3, first 2 or first gear respectively.
For example, during an overtake maneuver you can shift to D3 which will keep the car until 3rd gear and it will quickly give you the needed push to overtake. For inclines or downward slopes where you want to go slow, you can use the D2 or D1 mode. Apart from the transmission, the Brio AT will features alloy wheels, fog lamps etc. as per the corresponding manual variants of the same trim level. The rev-happy 1.
2 Litre iVTEC engine does a good job of keeping the car in power band and adds the comfort of an automatic to an already pleasing car. The Brio automatic is expected to be received well by buyers in metro cities where traffic congestions are a part of life. Tell us your views about the Brio Automatic by leaving the comments below. The newly added Brio EX MT second from base variant adds some extra features over the base E MT variant in a price difference of about Rs.
20,000. The features added on the EX variant includes – Single DIN audio system with AM/FM, MP3, USB and Aux input Front speakers Body coloured outside rear view mirrors and door handles Door CTR Sash Tape With the addition of one new manual variant and two automatic variants, the Brio now comes in 7 variants in India which are priced as below: Brio E MT is priced at Rs. 4.06 Lakhs Brio EX MT is priced at Rs.
4.26 Lakhs Brio S MT is priced at Rs. 4.55 Lakhs Brio S(O) MT is priced at Rs. 4.99 Lakhs Brio S(O) AT is priced at Rs. 5.74 Lakhs Brio V MT is priced at Rs. 5.24 Lakhs Brio V AT is priced at Rs. 5.99 Lakhs Stay tuned to Car Blog India for latest updates on new car launches.