Honda Brio Overview

Honda India’s smallest offering, Brio has received fresh dose of updates, in tandem with other models from the stable-Amaze and Mobilio. Changes made to the hatchback are purely cosmetic with tweaked styling on the outside and inside. The new Brio gets additional kit like the advanced 2 DIN integrated audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, new premium upholstery in two colour options, etc.Launched in India in 2011, the hatchback has received the most vital update so far. With prices starting from Rs 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Honda has upped the price by Rs 25,000 compared to the predecessor. As for tweaks made to the hatchback, it has received styling changes on the exterior and interior. Mechanically, it has retained the previous set-up deriving power from the same petrol unit equipped in the outgoing model. Transmission choices remain unchanged; the engine comes with an option between a manual and an auto unit. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda Brio Style

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 Space

The interiors of the Brio are fairly up-market and contemporary – at least they feel richer than what Toyota has used inside the Etios/Liva. It also feels wider though three full grown adults at the back will be a tight fit. There is however enough knee room and space to place your feet comfortably, even for the guy squeezed in between the other two thanks to the nearly flat floor.

The dashboard is a pleasant mix of beige and chocolate brown, the clocks are sporty and the steering wheel complements the whole look. Our ‘one below the top of the line’ variant got steering mounted audio controls though the 2-DIN stereo does not accept compact discs and like the Jazz it only has aux and USB connectivity which may work for some but I’m not certain how many people will be comfortable making the technology shift in this segment.

The seats are comfortable though it takes time to find a position that fits you perfectly. One aspect that they found lacking was the number of storage options. In this department Honda broke new ground with the Jazz but that sort of immense and diverse storage options for any number and size of knicks knacks is not present in the Brio. You get the standard cup and bottle holders but thats that, nothing more special.

Honda Brio Engine

On the driving front the 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine is full of zing though like traditional engines this only comes at high revs. The 4-cylinder i-VTEC feels crisp like toast and though max 88Ps power comes in only at around 6000rpm the 109Nm of torque gives it decent driveability in the city. Yet make no mistake this is not a diesel with low rpm grunt and neither does the future have any plans for a diesel. What you get is fantastic refinement and a fair amount of zing thanks to a well matched gearbox with slick, smooth shifts.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 Driving

The suspension is soft exhibiting a fair amount of body roll, yet shock absorption keeps things comfortable and there’s enough stability for some spirited driving. Ride quality, I’d bet safely, is one of the best in the segment and that is something the typical consumer will appreciate highly. What I didn’t like is the electronic power assisted steering which feels as dull as the weather in Mumbai. It’s precise and effortless in the city but offers little feedback and weight.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.

Honda Brio Safety

For the safety of occupants, Brio gets a string of safety equipment including dual front airbags (available only on the high end trims), ABS and EBD, front seat belt pretensioner with load limiter, rear windshield defogger, driver seat belt reminder, day/night inside rear view mirror and immobilizer among a few others.Some of the key styling elements on the outside are new headlights, redesigned front chrome grille, mudguard in front and rear, front fog lamps and body coloured bumpers. Inside the cabin, Brio features chrome embellishment around air vent rings and gear shift ring while the steering wheel and inner door handles are finished in silver.

Honda Brio Cost in Hyderabad

Honda Brio Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,64,814/- (Brio E MT Petrol) to 6,73,257/- (Brio VX AT Petrol). Get best offers for Honda Brio from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Brio price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda Brio Conclusion

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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