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. Check for Price, Review & Specifications of Honda cars at CarzPrice
Honda Brio Desgn
The design and styling of the 2018 Honda Brio will be very different. It will look much more premium now. The 2018 Honda Brio will be built on a new platform. The new platform will make car spacious. This platform will be more rigid and will offer better safety. The Brio will be quite different in styling and will also have slightly larger proportions. It will be sharp looking and will have a less rounded look. The car has a more athletic look and a less small car feel about it.
Though the front grille is similar to the Amaze, the treatment on the side is similar to the current Brio. Honda might want to retain some design cues of the Brio. The headlamps are sleeker and the bumpers are bolder. The fog lamps will be mounted on the bumper. The ORVMs will have integrated turn indicators on them. The side will have a prominent shoulder line. The rear portion will be of a different design as well. The all-glass hatch will make way for a conventional boot lid. The tail maps will also be new LED ones and will look much more premium than before. The alloy wheels will be of a new design, most likely of 15-inch. The lower variants will get new wheel covers.
Honda Brio Cabin
Maximum changes are on the inside as you can notice the Honda Brio facelift gets a new dashboard, which is lifted straight from the Amaze facelift. However, the compact sedan gets a beige lower-half while the Brio gets all-black dashboard, which looks youthful. The range topping VX trim comes with all-black upholstery while the lower trims are offered with beige interiors. The steering remains the same but the instrument cluster is new featuring blue illuminated rings and new MID display. The centre console now offers a well integrated audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, audio quality is quite good for a car belonging to this segment. There is no auto climate control on offer but the digital AC controls which look like auto AC but are actually manual, is a neat touch.
There is a Max Cool function for the AC which actually puts the fan to max and lowest temperature setting, which is a good feature to have when it’s super hot and you just want the AC on full blast when you get inside the cabin. You also get power foldable and adjustable ORVMs with blinkers on the VX trim. The driver’s seat gets height adjustment along with steering wheel adjustment. The seats are comfortable and well spaced out, rear legroom is decent but three passengers at the back would be a tight fit. Boot space at 175-litres is average considering the bigger capacities of hatchbacks in this segment.
Honda Brio Engine & Gearbox
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 Driving Dynamics
The Honda Brio is underpinned by a very potent platform in terms of dynamics. This is why currently Honda has four products based on the same platform including two 7-seaters. The Brio can handle triple digit speeds with good stability on the highways. The ride quality is flat most of the times and it doesn’t unsettle on bad roads. Since it is a light hatchback, the handling is brisk and the Honda Brio feels eager to take corners hard. The steering feels direct and very predictable while cornering. Braking performance is quite effective too having a strong pedal bite. There are no mechanical changes so you won’t feel any difference compared to the pre-facelift model.
Honda Brio Safety Features
The 2018 Honda Brio will get more features. There will be a touchscreen audio with navigation and reverse camera on the high end versions. It will have steering mounted controls and a more advanced driver information system. A push button will also be offered on the top version. A CVT will be offered on higher variants.
Dual airbags and ABS will be standard, across all variants. There may be a six airbags version too.The company will be making them in India and exporting to Japan. Hence, this variant will be manufactured in India and exported to several markets including developed countries. We may see it be sold in India as well.
Honda Brio Price
Honda Brio Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,74,138/- (Brio E MT Petrol) to 6,86,345/- (Brio VX AT Petrol). Get best offers for Honda Brio from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Brio price in Hyderabad
Honda Brio Conclussion
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.