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 cab-forward design of Honda means there is sufficient space on the inside. The plastic quality of the Brio interiors isn’t impressive, but it is fairly decent. It comes with three-tone interior shade and it gets many bells and whistles on it.
The Honda Brio has sufficient head room and leg room for the front and rear passengers. Despite its compact dimensions, there isn’t any issue for space. The boot is small and it also misses out on a rear defogger and wiper even on the top-ranging model.
E MT:E Mt is the entry-version trim of the Honda Brio. The E versions gets body coloured bumpers, front chrome grille, rear foldable seats, seat belt reminder, electric power steering, tachometer, air-con, front power windows, headlight turn off reminder.
S MT:S MT is the second level above the E MT. It gets additional features like body coloured mirrors and door handles, steering mounted audio controls, chrome air vents, silver steering wheel garnish, keyless entry, rear power windows, one-touch down windows, accessory socket and vanity mirror.
S (O) MT:The optional pack comes with safety features like dual airbags, ABS and other convenience features like tilt steering and electrically adjustable ORVMs.
V MT:The V MT is the range topping model gets a bit more extra on the car. The V MT gets an addition of alloy wheels and front fog lamps. Apart from this, there are all the frills on the S (O) MT.
Brio has some 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. Even the five-speed manual transmission is easy to shift with short throws.
Honda’s Brio is the latest entrant and the most powerful engine in its class. It gets the 1.2-litre i-VTEC mill— that also powers the Jazz— which produces 88PS of power and 109Nm of peak torque. This engine is so well refined that it feels like Honda engineers have scrupulously tuned it. The snort at low engine speeds turns into a sweet exhaust note as the revs climb up. Brio doesn’t share the same gearing with the Jazz and rather has taller ratios for better efficiency. So even though the power delivery is linear, one need to downshift for quick overtakes.
The Brio comes bolted to a 5-speed manual transmission. The gearshifts on the Brio are slick and seamless. It is a joy to shift them and the feel of the golf ball sized gear knob also is another feel good factor. As per the ARAI cycle, the Brio returns a fuel economy of 18.4kmpl.
The power-trains on most of the B+ segment hatchbacks are similar if not the same. It is the driving characteristics that vary. To be more specific, it is more of the handling that differs than the ride quality. All the cars in this segment have a sorted ride as the suspension doesn’t jiggle and disturb the peace of the occupants. Road undulations are well-taken care by the suspension.
The handling is the only aspect which differs in this segment. The Brio is the pick of the lot when it comes to the response of the chassis and suspension set-up. Though the light steering wheel may feel artificial to many, the chassis has been well tweaked to be driven flat-out around bends and tight hairpins. The alacrity of the Honda engine does make it a joy to drive it around hills or twisty roads.
Editor’s word interior: The revamped version of the i10 looks and feels good. Even the bells and whistles it comes loaded with are good. There is sufficient space to seat four in comfort, and five will be a bit of squeeze.
The revamped version of the i10 has good looking interiors. The fit and finish of the plastics is good and even the feel good factor exists. The i10 comes loaded with so many bells and whistles which aren’t available on most of its competition.
The space in both the rows is sufficient, and the front row seats are fairly supportive. It is the rear seats that do not offer much support for your thighs. The boot space is also large when compared to the size of the vehicle.
D lite: This is the base variant of the i10 and comes only with 1.1-litre iRDE engine and misses out on standard features like Adjustable Steering Wheel, Central Locking, Power Windows, Wheel Covers, Tachometer, CD/MP3 Player, Fog Lamps and Body Colored Bumpers.
Era: This is also available with the 1.1-litre iRDE engine. It carries off features like Central Locking, Power Windows (Front) and Body Colored Bumpers, AC with heater, internally adjustable ORVMs, etc.
Magna: This variant comes with the 1.1-litre and 1.2-litre engines. It also carries few additional features like adjustable steering wheel, wheel covers, rear power windows, rear parcel tray, electrically adjustable mirrors.
Sportz: This variant of Hyundai i10 also carries Kappa2 engine and the additional features that this variant offers are CD/MP3 player, rear defogger, rear wash wiper etc.
Sportz AT: This variant of Hyundai i10 carries the same feature that Hyundai i10 Sportz offers, only the difference is that it comes with automatic transmission.
Sportz Option: It comes with Bluetooth connectivity, seat belt pretensioners, driver side airbag, and steering mounted controls for Bluetooth and audio player. The variant is powered by highly powerful Kappa engine.
Asta: This variant comes with the Kappa2 engine. The additional features that this variant offers are Remote Locking, Fog Lamps, ABMicra has one of the best ride suppleness as it has softly sprung suspension. The handling is decent for city driving, for which the hatchback has been built.
All the cars in this segment have a sorted ride as the suspension doesn’t jiggle and disturb the peace of the occupants. Road undulations are well-taken care by the suspension. The Micra has one of the best ride suppleness as it underpins the softest suspension set-up that glides over potholes. The Micra has the McPherson struts at its front and torsion beam at its end.
The suspension set-up being soft, it isn’t a great handler. The handling is just fine. It is just that some manufacturers have further raised the standards for some cars. Even the light steering wheel makes driving a breeze. Driving and maneuvering in city becomes easy.
S and Dual Front Airbags.
Asta AT: This variant carries the same feature that Hyundai i10 Asta with Sun Roof, only the major difference is that it comes with automatic transmission.
Editor’s word engine:Hyundai has given the options of 1.1-litre and 1.2-litre engines on the i10. Both the engines are refined, have good performance and are frugal. There isn’t anything to be worried about with these engines.
Hyundai offers the i10 with 1.1-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engine options. The 1.1-litre engine is the one that powers the Santro, whereas the 1.2’s get the same block like the i20. The 1.1-litre engine produces 68bhp of power at 5500rpm and 99Nm of torque at 4500rpm. This engine is called as the iRDE. The NVH levels of the engine are fairly low and even the power delivery is linear.
One needs to downshift for overtaking. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The shifts on this box are slick and the throws are positive. The ARAI claimed mileage for the 1.1-litre of the i10 is 19.81kmpl.
The i10’s 1.2-litre mill is the new Kappa2 engine that has variable-valve timing to improve performance and efficiency. This engine produces 79bhp of power at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 111Nm at 4000rpm. Power ratings of the Kappa2 are good on paper and even in the real world. Again Hyundai has ensured that the NVH levels are low and this mill is highly refined one.
With high refinement levels and the sort of performance one gets, the fuel efficiency figure does exceed one’s expectation. One may not have to downshift to overtake, and can easily potter around in city even in a higher cog. As per the ARAI cycle, the 1.2-litre of the i10 returns a fuel efficiency of 20.36kmpl.
Editor’s Word on RnH: The i10 has good ride suppleness and the handling is decent. The feedback from the steering is also good. The only thing, which we weren’t impressed with, are the skinny tyres that come as factory-fitted.
The power-trains on all the hatchbacks in this segment are similar if not the same. It is the driving characteristics that vary. To be more specific, it is more of the handling that differs than the ride quality. All the cars in this segment have a sorted ride as the suspension doesn’t jiggle and disturb the peace of the occupants. Road undulations are well-taken care by the suspension.
Handling of the i10 is decent, but the skinny tyres reduce confidence as they run out of grip and often understeer. Even the steering wheel is light in the city and weighs up well, once the speed of the vehicle increases.
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