Honda Brio Features, Performance & Test Drive

Honda Brio Overview

Undoubtedly, the Honda Brio is one of the cutest looking city cars in the Indian market at present. The Brio is the only Honda hatch under-5 lakh on offer in this part of the world and boasts charismatic looks, peppy motor and chic interiors. With its compact dimensions, it can zip through jam-packed city roads and is easy to park too. Recently, the Japanese automaker gave it a facelift, after a good six years of service and mind you, the car looks sportier and sharper now. Let’s delve in to know what all goodies it offers and where’s the scope for improvement.

Honda Brio Test Drive

The Honda Brio is an excellent car for a person looking for a fun to drive vehicle and is more concerned with the handling. The cabin appears fresh and is solidly built. Honda’s i-VTEC motor balances the power and fuel efficiency quite well giving best of both worlds.However, it’s the poor boot space and bumpy ride quality which messes the charm. Plus the features on board make the Brio feel bare-bones. Tagging it as a good family car would be difficult given the competition it encounters.

Honda Brio Design

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 Cabin

As we mentioned earlier, just like the Amaze, the real difference between the old Brio and the updated one is in the interior. For starters, the dashboard is brand new, essentially the same one you get on the BR-V and looks much much better than what the Brio had earlier. The circular AC vents have all been replaced by a set of sleek rectangular ones that are flanked by brushed aluminium inserts. The brushed aluminium theme continues on the steering wheel and on the rest of the dashboard too and offsets well with the gloss black infotainment surround. One of our favourite design elements also has to be the faux carbonfibre pattern on the dashboard, which when combined with the black upholstery on the top of the line version really tends to stand out. The other variants of the Brio continue to get beige interiors and we guess will continue to be more popular to the normal car buying Indian individual. Honda has improved the fabrics on the seats though and now you do get a material that breathes a lot better than before. For more info on Honda Brio  check changeonslapac

The infotainment system too has been lifted directly form the BR-V. Although really clean in terms of overall design, Honda should have considered (atleast on the top of the line car) to offer a touchscreen infotainment system with features like navigation and Apple CarPlay/Andriod Auto. The fact that the Brio doesn’t have these while cars that are much cheaper do, is in by itself a disappointing fact. You do however get Bluetooth with telephone connectivity, steering mounted controls and climate control.

Honda Brio Performance

The driving position is very go-kart-like, which eggs you on to wear your enthusiast hat. There are no changes to the powertrain, which means the Brio continues to be powered by the same 1.2-litre, four-cylinder motor. Power and torque figures remain unaltered at 88PS and 109Nm, and seem adequate. Much like before, the little i-VTEC pot begs to be revved hard. It’s the only way you can have a bit of fun with it. It sounds pleasing at high revs too, if I may add. The clutch – in true Honda fashion – is super light and has a small travel. It bites in nice and early, so setting off in start-stop traffic isn’t going to be a big hassle. But the torque kicks in slightly late, so you will find yourself downshifting often.

If you cannot be bothered with shifting gears yourself, there’s an automatic variant on offer as well. Unlike the rumours that suggested a possible CVT option the Brio continues to sport the good-old 5-speed torque converter automatic. There’s no perceptible difference in the way the hatch moves, so shifts are still smooth, and kickdown induces a lot of protest from the motor. Drive with a super light foot however, and the engine-gearbox combo feels at ease. Upshifts happen early in the rev range (~2000rpm) and the transmission tries to eke out every little bit of mileage it can from the motor. Claimed fuel-efficiency stands at 16.5kmpl versus 18.5kmpl for the manual. A set of paddle shifters would’ve sealed the deal, but then – that’s being a tad too greedy, isn’t it?

The tiny proportions make for a delectable recipe when you encounter a set of winding roads. The steering feels precise and tells you exactly what the wheels are up to. Don’t get too carried away though, the skinny tyres aren’t the grippiest around. Fatter rubber would’ve made the Brio handle even better. The steering isn’t too heavy, which makes it a hoot and half inside the city. Quick turns, lane changes and u-turns are dealt with a single finger. On the flipside, it feels twitchy when you are belting it on the motorway. Ride however remains relatively flat, which is rather surprising for a car with such a tiny footprint. The suspension is well tuned for city use and there’s little to worry about whilst going over broken roads.

We also think this is a missed opportunity, and Honda could’ve (and should’ve) plonked in the 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor from the Amaze into the Brio. A 100PS diesel hatch would’ve been mouth-watering! That said, it would’ve pushed the price right into Amaze/Jazz territory which is a bit of a no-no for Honda right now.There’s no denying the fact that the Brio is a lovely little runabout for the city. The light steering, soft suspension, light clutch and the optional automatic are testimony. Has it gotten better with the update? Not really. There’s a significant amount of features missing, and the lack of a diesel motor will get it struck off the list of a few prospective buyers right away.

Honda Brio Rideing

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.

Honda Brio 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 Price in Hyderabad

Honda Brio On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,45,304 to 7,80,249 for variants Brio E MT Petrol and Brio VX AT Petrol respectively. Honda Brio is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Honda Brio variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Brio price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Honda Brio Verdict

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.

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