Honda India is one of the most reputed and highly acclaimed car makers in the Indian automobile bazaar. This company is the fully owned subsidiary of the Japanese automobile giant, Honda Motor Company. They have their production and manufacturing facilities located of Greater Noida and also at Bhiwadi, which is based in Rajasthan. Honda Cars India Limited has one of the most charming and stylish fleet of cars, which include a few sedans, a hatchback and also a formidable SUV. The company has recently included their already existing hatchback model lineup with a couple of new automatic trims for giving a wider choice to the Indian car enthusiasts. Their delightful and peppy hatchback, Honda Brio was first launched in year 2011 with a few manual trims. With the inclusion of the automatic variants, this hatchback now offers to the Indian crowd a wide variety of options, so that they can select the one, which they feel subsides their needs and demands. This hatchback has done quite well in the Indian market in terms of sales and the company expects that these newly added trims will continue with the same legacy. The top end version among model line is the Honda Brio V AT and is loaded with quite a number of comfort features, which will certainly lure the customers into buying this amiable hatchback. Some of these immensely remarkable features include stylish alloy wheels, chrome treated front grille, dual tone beige interiors, chrome finished air conditioner blowers, sporty meter dials, steering mounted buttons and many more such striking features. Apart from these, the company has also incorporated this high end hatchback with some very essential and highly advanced safety features as well. These include an engine immobilizer, a high mount stop lamp, ABS with EBD, front driver and passenger airbags, seat belts for all the occupants and quite a number of other such protective features. There have been no major changes in the engine and this latest Honda Brio V AT hatchback is fitted with a SOHC (single over head cam shaft), i-VTEC based 1.2 L commanding petrol drive train, which is mated with a five speed automatic gear box transmission . All these dynamic and impressive features put together with a performance packed engine will certainly make this all new Honda Brio V AT hatchback, one of the best in its segment.
The outsides of this automatic hatchback are lively and refreshing with quite a bit of glass used in its exteriors. The frontage of this Honda Brio V AT hatchback is proficiently done up with a smooth and aerodynamic bodyline and character lines on the bonnet. The captivating front radiator grille has a lot of chrome and a large badge of the company embossed right in the center of this grille. The front façade also has a wider stance for better driving and stability and the designers have made this hatchback with a double triangle exterior designing concept. Below this attractive grille is a dual color combination (body colored and black) based bumper, which has a black color based wide air dam in the center, while it also has a pair of fog lamps integrated in it. The bright and large head light cluster has been equipped with bigger halogen lamps and are merging with the character line of the bodyline. The side profile has body colored external rear view mirrors and door handles, while this hatchback also has bold character lines that add to the elegance. The precisely carved out wheel arches have been fitted with a modish set of sporty and light weight 14 inch alloy wheels that have been covered with radial tubeless tyres of size 175/65 R14, which further enhances the side profile of this Honda Brio V AT hatchback. The rear end is very enigmatic and classy with the rear tail lamps merging into the boot lid, which gives it an amalgamated look. The rear hatch has got a very futuristic and refined look with a very functional tail gate that adds to exceptional rear visibility for the driver. The roof of this Honda Brio V AT hatchback gets a smart antenna, while all the wheels get mud flaps as well. The overall dimensions of this Honda Brio V AT hatchback are quite liberal and this car can take in five normal passengers with ease inside it. The total length of this new automatic hatchback is 3610mm along with a total width of 1680mm, which also includes the protruding external wing mirrors. Then the total height of this Honda Brio V AT hatchback is close to 1500mm and it has a roomy wheel base of 2345mm, which is quite spacious. The minimum ground clearance of this automatic hatchback is about 165mm, which is rather good and this Honda Brio V AT has a remarkable minimum turning radius of just about 4.7 meters. The company is offering this all new Honda Brio V AT hatchback is quite a few lively and vibrant exterior paint options. These include a delightful enchanting blue finish, an innovative urban titanium finish, an elegant Alabaster silver finish, a magnificent crystal black pearl metallic finish, a flashy rallye red and also a glowing and bright taffeta white.
Along with the exteriors, the company has made the interiors of this Honda Brio V AT hatchback very classy and lavish. The interior color scheme is done up in refined yet elegant dual tone beige along with stylish and ergonomically designed seating arrangement. The power steering is quite chunky and is covered with premium quality leather, which is also wrapped on the gear shift lever as well as the hand brake, which is giving a modish look to the interiors. The steering wheel also gets a silver garnish and the internal door handles are also colored in silver, which add to the grace of the interiors. The instrument cluster is neatly done up with large dials and quite a number of notification and warning lamps, which are in a sporty amber color illumination. The dashboard is rather soft and the air con vents have chrome surrounds making the interiors look cultured. There are quite a few storage spaces inside this hatchback, which further adds to the convenience of the passengers. There are front and rear cup holders in the central console between the front seats. Then both the front doors are equipped with door lining pockets and there is also a seat back pocket for keeping smaller things for the back seat passengers. The driver and the front side passenger get sun visors with vanity mirrors, while there is a large glove box as well to keep some bigger and important things in it.
Engine and Performance
There has not been any major change in the engine of this automatic hatchback. The company has equipped the Honda Brio V AT with a SOHC (single over head cam shaft) based 1.2 L petrol drive train, which has been equipped with i-VTEC (intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control). This performance packed power train has the capacity to displace 1198cc and has been fitted with 4 cylinders , which are further equipped with 16 valves. This power packed petrol motor has been skillfully mated with a smooth and efficient five speed automatic transmission gear box. This petrol mill has the ability to generate a peak power output of 86.24 Bhp at 6000 Rpm in combination with a maximum torque yield of 109 Nm at 4500 Rpm. This automatic hatchback has been equipped with an electronic programmed fuel injection system (PGM-Fi), which enhances the fuel efficiency of this automatic hatchback. The company claims that this charming automatic hatchback has the ability to produce a mileage of approximately 16.5 kmpl, when driven under standard conditions.
Braking and Handling
The company has equipped this Honda Brio V AT with a proficient braking system along with a well balanced suspension mechanism . The front wheels of this automatic hatchback get solid disc brakes, while the rear wheels have been fitted with powerful drum brakes, which help in efficient braking of this hatchback on any road conditions. Apart from these brakes, the company has also fitted this Honda Brio V AT with a highly advanced antilock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which further enhances the braking effectiveness of this hatchback. On the other hand, the front axle of this automatic hatchback gets a McPherson Strut type of mechanism, whereas the rear axle is equipped with a torsion beam, which keeps this Honda Brio V AT stable and well balanced on the roads.
This trim is the top end version in the Honda Brio model lineup and the company has blessed it with all the top of the line and essential safety features. The list includes a highly developed engine immobilizer, front driver (i-SRS) and co-passenger (SRS) airbags for added protection, ABS with EBD for efficient braking, front seat belt pretensioners with load limiters, a driver seat belt warning notification lamp in the instrument cluster, a day-night internal rear view mirror, a high lamp stop lamp and a double horn along with a headlight off and an ignition key off reminder. This trim also gets a head light height adjuster function as well. All these and many more such crucial safety and protective features make this Honda Brio V AT, one of the safest hatchbacks in its segment.
The list of comfort features integrated in this hatchback includes an electronic power steering with tilt adjustment, a powerful and efficient air conditioner unit with heater, a central locking with a key less entry, a tachometer, front and rear power windows with the driver side window getting a auto down feature, electrically adjustable external rear view mirrors, a fuel consumption display in the instrument cluster, an accessory socket and many more such incredible and utility convenience features, which will certainly lure the customers. With all these wonderful and practical features incorporated in it, the all new Honda Brio V AT will certainly become the class leader in a matter of some time.
Impressive exterior design, Interiors loaded with classy features, peppy engine with a good pickup.
Mileage should be made better, Space constraint for the rear passengers, Boot space is quite less.