Honda has made a fresh entry in the Indian hatchback market and that too with the best - a small car christened Honda Brio.Honda Brio was launched in India in September 2011; it is welcomed well and is tagged to be a kind of car that has the capacity to revolutionize Honda small car sales. In India, Honda Brio is the second hatchback offering after Honda Jazz in the already competitive small car market. It is the lowest priced and most affordable Honda car in India and has simply outstanding crease on its body and a stunning forward inclined stance to woo car buyers. This styling is something that is going to drive car buyers crazy and it will also help increase its demand exponentially in the country. Honda has launched Honda Brio in striking color options. Honda has projected Brio as a car worth loving . Tagged as ‘I am made for you’ car, Brio has loads of features that you will surely fall in love with. ‘Because I want your love at first sight,’ tags Honda furthering its publicity campaign for Brio. In all, Honda has put in features and colors that one is sure to fall in love with it. And it seems to be worth it at this price.
The rear is one of its kind and would be one of the selling feature of the car as it further steps up its looks. Honda Brio has back lights placed at lower end and the rear is all made with glass. This concept of all glass back is something rarely seen in the segment and that is what makes its looks unique in the market. Honda Brio is going to surely compel people to admire those little detailing done with its rear glass with smoked out effect and low lined lamps. As per the official information about Honda Brio it is powered by 1.2 litre engine that currently also powers Honda Jazz. This same engine is expected to get a 1 litre motor in the near future as well. The wonderful car has a displacement of 1198 cc which is one of the best in terms of engine in the hatchback segment. The engine used in Honda Brio runs on petrol and give a peak power of 86.8bhp at 6000 rpm and a beating torque of 109Nm at 4500 rpm.
The length of the car is under-four meter and measures 3.6 metres which also assures roomy interior and decent boot space. With this size, the car is easier to control and is reliable as is the Honda Jazz. With its up market feature, Honda Brio is going to make a unique identity in market and will surely be a hit in the Indian market. The new Honda car comes equipped with 5 speed manual transmission. The steering wheel is electronically powered. The suspension system is Macpherson Strut for front. The front wheels have disc brakes which are ventilated disc type while the rear brakes are Drum type. The wonderful car also has with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) which makes its braking system more powerful and reliable. The ABS system helps in case of sudden brake application as it controls the car and avoids skidding. The ABS system in Honda Brio is also accompanied with Electric Stability Program (ESP) and Electronic Brakeforce distribution (EBD) which makes the car safe while driving on slippery roads. The straight competitor of Honda Brio in market is none other than the sensational Toyota Etios Liva besides other offerings by Maruti, Tata, Hyundai and others. The first low ranged car from Toyota stable is already creating magic in market and with the launch of Honda Brio, the two products will compete head on in the market. Other than Etios, Honda Brio is now also in tough competition with Nissan Micra and Volkswagen Polo.
The four-door hatch Honda Brio is the second small car by Honda, first being Honda Jazz, which was admired a lot for its superior engine and comfort. The model though was not a big success in market as the company was not able to price it competitively. Honda has high expectations from this hatchback and thus the company has glittered exceptional features in it so that it can outrun others in terms of sales. Honda Brio is given superior designing and is capable of seating five people. Overall, it has a small car looks. Among the front features, the upper grille is simply attractive and the rear look makes it stand out in the segment. The designing of this car bears some touch of its senior Honda Jazz. The B segment car has rear side bigger and alluring. The looks from front and rear shows the tremendous work done on the designing of Honda Brio. The B segment hatchback is given superior interior with comfort features without compromising safety. Apart from this, the car has two airbags for front passengers. It also comes loaded with projector Halogen Head headlamps, and push button keyless start.
Honda Brio Mileage
Editor's take : Honda Brio is one of the most fuel-efficient hatchbacks in its segment, despite having such good performance.
The stunning model from Honda is loaded with a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC petrol engine with 4 cylinder 16 valves with Single overhead camshaft (SOHC). The 1198cc engine is capable enough to produce 88 PS of peak power at 6000 rpm (MT). While it churns 109 Nm of peak torque at 4600 rpm. Honda Brio is built on superior engineering that makes it fuel efficient and environment friendly. With the help of this and other engine technologies in place, the car returns a mileage of 19.4 kmpl for the manual transmission gearbox and 16.5kmpl for the automatic transmission one . It has a fuel tank capacity of 35 litres.
Power of Honda Brio
Editor's take : The Honda Brio with 88bhp of power is the most powerful petrol engine in its segment on paper. Honda’s are known for their engine refinement and the Brio is nothing different.
Honda Brio fitted with 1.2-litre, 4 cylinder 16 valves, SOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine with 6 speed manual transmission and 5 speed automatic. The top power of Honda Brio is 86.8bhp @ 6000 rpm and it has a peak torque of 109 Nm @ 4500 rpm. The power and torque figures are much impressive as against other hatchback in the segment . The powerful engine houses a SOHC system which avails comfortable breathing of engine leading to better fuel efficiency and more power.
Honda Brio Colours
These colors are available with all variants of Honda Brio
Titanium Grey Pearl
Crystal Black Pearl
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's take : The i-VTEC 1.2-litre engine is a stonker of a performer and it has good acceleration.
As we mentioned earlier, Honda Brio has 1.2-litre, SOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine. The engine is capable of generates 86.8bhp of top power at 6000 rpm. The maximum torque is 109Nm at 4500 rpm. The powerful engine of Honda Brio promises easy handling and control along with zippy acceleration. With these spectacular figures and light weight body, the car has a decent acceleration. Honda Brio catches 100kmph speed in 16 seconds and has a top speed of 185kmph.
Honda Brio Exteriors
Honda Brio is a four-door B segment hatchback which has simply outstanding style and contemporary looks. The front view of the car has elegant curves. The front is a little low-slung and seems serene. The nose of the car sports bigger and aggressive symbol of Honda. The head lights looks like sharp cat eye which makes the car look different and impressive . The upper and lower grille melts in a wonderful shape. This truly makes the car appealing. The indicators are again placed inside the eye shape headlamps making it a single assembly. The sides of this car are front falling and this is made far more attractive with elegant crease. The outside rear view mirrors are body colored but do not have LED turn indicator on them. These outside mirrors are electrically adjustable. The rear view of Honda Brio is upswing and wider which is certainly the characteristic feature of the hatchback. The rear lamps are not lying in traditional style but are placed on extreme corners with all glass rear giving it a beautiful finish. A view from side is beautiful as the windows are shaped in segment-first very peculiar way never seen before. The rear number plate is also placed in an elegant way in a little engraved portion made for it exclusively on the rear bumper.
The exteriors of the car are unmatched and seem almost perfect for a hatchback. Honda quotes Brio exteriors as ‘Because I want your Love at first sight.’ It has been designed on the ‘Double Triangle’ design concept. Brio has a wide stance that helps in the handling and better road grip. The characteristic chrome grille on the front is captivating. Besides, the large headlamps merge with the character line. The high end trims run on aerodynamically designed alloy wheels thus stepping up the sporty look of the car. Distinctive Character lines are a symbol of energy and liveliness of the car from the front to the rear. The rear has a composite design with the combination lamps that seamlessly merge with the rear hatch. The rear hatch made that comprises of rear windscreen is a futuristic design and is lightweight as well to give is functionality. It also adds to better rear visibility besides contributing to fuel efficiency as well.
Exterior Measurements of Honda Brio
Honda Brio is a four-door mid size hatchback which can seat five passengers. The car's overall length is 3610 mm, a width of 1680 mm and overall height is 1500 mm. This gives the car a wonderful and compatible look. Brio has a wheelbase of 2345mm. The compact size is going to imbibe in this car easy maneuverability in the city and performance on the highways. It has a ground clearance of 165mm and a kerb weight between 920 kg to 980 kg (depending on the variant).
Honda Brio Interior
Editor's take : The interiors of the Brio are well designed, although the fit and finish could have been better. The space is sufficient, despite the compact exterior dimensions. The boot is also sufficient considering its size.
The Japanese car maker is well-known in the industry for styling its cars in a unique way, especially interiors of the cars. In a similar fashion, Honda Brio is studded with many features to make it far more prominent than other Honda offering in India. Looking at the interiors of Honda Brio we can say is that it has not only outstanding interiors but also has high quality features . The car is designed to attract the Indian customers by keeping their needs in mind. The cabin sports beautiful and technologically advanced features with huge legroom and headroom inside the car. The interiors are clad in single tone beige in the initial three variants and dual-tone beige interior is there in the Honda Brio V MT. The electronically powered three-spoke steering wheel is beautiful and strong and has audio controls on it. The dashboard of Honda Brio gives a little retro hint and the music player is embedded horizontal on the instrument panel. The AC and other allied controls are there on a typically shaped central console that has a very mundane look. There are four AC vents on the dashboard. Contrary to other hatchs, the two centrally placed AC vents are away from each other and are there on the sides of the music system. The ORVMs are electrically adjustable with the help of a button. Honda’s tagline ‘My Love’s more than skin deep’ truly justifies the interiors of the new car. Dual tone beige interiors, stylish and ergonomic seats, steering wheel that has a sporty styling and silver accents and air vents with chrome garnishing all cumulate to make the interiors as stunning as the exteriors. The instrument panel is sporty and has three analog 3D meters that have enhanced visibility. There is an eco lamp near the speedometer that shows whether the car is running in economy mode or not. The AM/FM audio system in Brio is integrated with USB, AUX-in facility . The stereo has mounted control on it. There are front and rear speakers and the audio has an Amber colored illumination. The upmarket feel of Honda Brio comes from smattering of plenty of beige and chrome and silver accents. The company has given due attention to its storage space and other comfort features. The boot space is commendable in Honda Brio and the rear seats are of folding type. The front seats are also adjustable.
Interior Comfort of Honda Brio
Honda Brio, a four door hatchback is designed to accommodate 5 passengers comfortably. The car assures best in segment boot space and overall interior comfort. To seat this number of passengers, the cabin is given a spacious design. Despite being a compact car, Brio has good space at the front. Little detailing like cup-holders and comfortable head rest is also there for better comfort during long journeys. The front seats are also given comfortable head and legroom area. The driver seat is adjustable for the convenience of the driver. Looking at the rear seats, one finds that there is good space and comfort there making the car also suitable for long journeys. Good attention is given to individual space through comfortable leg room and enough area for arms. Honda Brio is though a small car but is not low on comfort features inside. The steering is electric power steering for easy handling of the car besides air conditioner with heater as standard on all models. The steering is tilt adjustable type and there is a keyless entry feature on Brio’s higher trims. There are front and rear power operated windows apart from the Front power window auto down function. The ORVM is electrically adjustable. In addition to it there is also fuel consumption display that shows whether the Brio is being driven in an economy mode. There are front and rear cupholders in the central console for the convenience of the front passenger and the driver. There is also a headlight height adjuster features as standard on all the trims. Furthermore there is also a Headlight off and Ignition Key off Reminder on Brio that reminds if the headlights remain on and you are stepping out of the car.
Interior Measurements of Honda Brio
Brio is roomy on the inside with all necessary comfort features. When it is about Honda we can always rely on comfort and space at the same time. And keeping up to its image, Honda has inculcated many detailing in Honda Brio to make it the best choice of customers. There is a decent legroom, headroom and legroom for the front passengers while there is a comfortable seating for two people at the rear.
Honda Brio Engine and Performance
Editor's take : Brio has one of the most powerful engines in its segment. The 1.2-litre i-VTEC is one of the most of the refined mills with linear power delivery.
The beautiful hatch back Honda Brio, is sure to make its own place in the small car segment in India as it is launched in India with great enthusiasm. The petrol powered car has an engine which is of 1.2-litres, 4 cylinder 16 valves, SOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine . The mill of the Honda Brio is capable of generating 86.8bhp of peak power @ 6000 rpm. The maximum torque output is 109Nm @ 4500 rpm. The fuel supply system of Brio is PGM-Fi type. The Brio has a 5 forward and 1 reverse manual transmission and 5 speed automatic transmission system in place . The engine is sure to perform well in city due to its high torque at low rpm. The engine is based on the advanced i-VTEC (Intelligent Variable Timing and Electronic Lift Control) that assures high power and also consumes less fuel. The four cylinder engine’s fuel system is controlled by Programmed Fuel Injection System to deliver high performance. The engineering used in the engine assures a stand out performance and great fuel efficiency. The power and torque output from the engine makes it a powerful model to go for in a hatchback segment.
Brio runs on 14 inch steel wheels with centre hub caps, full trim wheels and alloy wheels in the high end variants. The tyre size is 175/65 R14 82T. The high end trim Honda Brio V and V AT has 14 inch alloy wheels . The wheelbase of Brio is 2345mm which is a good level which is helpful in keeping a good control. The drive will be made not just fun but also safe with this good grip on road. It has a turning radius of 4.5m. With the 14 inches wheels, Brio ground clearance reaches to 165mm.
Braking & Handling
Editor's take : The handling characteristics of the Brio are fantastic. Despite the light steering wheel, it handles well.
Honda Brio is a beautiful hatchback from Honda and has to compete with the like of Maruti, Tata, Hyundai and Toyota. The vehicle is loaded with ventilated Front Disk and Rear Drum brakes. The braking system is equipped with Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) along with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) . Such a sophisticated technology in braking system of Honda Brio makes the drive not only safe but it also assures good control in case of sudden brakes on slippery roads. Honda Brio has McPherson Strut suspension type at the front and Torsion Beam Axle type suspension at the rear. These together make the ride in Brio a fun drive without compromising comfort.
Handling & Safety
Editor's take : The Brio offers all the safety features are today available in most of the hatchbacks like airbags and ABS.
When it is about safety of Honda Brio, Honda has left no stone unturned. Continuing its ‘I am made for you’ theme for Brio, Honda tags the safety features as ‘Because our Love story is forever.’ The company is known for giving best to its customers in terms of safety. The broad wheelbase and compact body assures a full control over a ride. The car is blessed with two front airbags including one Driver’s side Intelligent SRS (i-SRS). The i-SRS has a gas release control valve that deploys it faster and keeps it inflated for long thus ensuring the safety of the driver. The car also has ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD and Brake Assist function to enhance vehicle control. Brio’s structure is based on Honda’s robust G-CON based on G-Force Control Technology which is crash resistant and has crumple zones for the safety of the pedestrian.
The seat belts are of pretensioner type that keeps the body in place in the event of a crash. The Brio designed has been finalized after rigorous crash tests at the Honda Crash Test Facility.
Stereo & Accessories in Honda Brio
Editor's take : Brio gets all the accessories like in-dash music system with iPod connectivity, alloy wheels, steering mounted audio controls.
Honda Brio is integrated with Amber color illuminated audio system with AM/FM, MP3 playback facility besides high quality four speakers. The music system is also integrated with USB and Aux-in facility so that the favorite numbers keep ticking on the go. Using the Aux-in and USB connectivity, iPod, and storage devices like pen drives can be connected to the music system. Apart from this, there are two Accessory Packages available viz. Active Package and Mode Package. In the Active Package, you get a tail gate spoiler, door visor, chrome exhaust pipe finisher , wood finish interior panel, illuminated side step garnish and Black or Beige floor mats. The Mode Package offers a side protector, front corner protector, rear corner protector, chrome door protector, illuminated side step garnish and rear cargo protector and Black or Beige floor mat protector.
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Pros & Cons
Honda Brio Pros :
Small size, price, features, stunning looks, brand value
Honda Brio Cons :
Availability only in petrol is a minus for Brio