Brio 2013-2016 S MT Review
Honda India is the fully owned subsidiary of Japanese car giant, HMCL and it has a number of popular vehicles in their stable. The Honda Brio is popular hatchback, which is available in several variants for the buyers to choose from. It comes with a 1.2-litre motor, which has displacement capacity of 1198cc. It is incorporated with PGM-Fi (programmed fuel injection) supply system, which enhances the fuel efficiency. The company claims that this compact hatchback can produce a decent mileage of 16.5 Kmpl on the highways. While on the city roads it gives close to 13.3 Kmpl because of heavy traffic conditions. The exteriors of this hatchback are quite appealing and it is designed with a bold radiator grille with a company logo, body colored bumper, large wind shield with wipers and many other such aspects. Apart from these, the internal cabin is equipped the internal cabin with quite a few features such as an air conditioner, power steering, keyless entry and so on. The company is offering this hatchback in quite a few vibrant exterior paint options. These include Energetic Blue, Urban Titanium, Alabaster Silver, Crystal Black with Pearl Finish, Rallye Red and Tafeta White.
This compact hatchback comes with an aerodynamic body structure, which is equipped with a number of striking features. The chrome plated radiator grille is surrounded with a well-lit headlight cluster that is incorporated with halogen lamps and turn indicator. This grille is embedded with a chrome plated emblem in the centre. The body colored bumper is fitted with an air dam, which helps in cooling the engine quickly. The sleek bonnet has a few visible character lines and windscreen is integrated with a pair of wipers as well. The side profile of the hatchback is neatly designed with body colored door handles and ORVMs. These external rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable and fitted with blinker. The pronounced wheel arches are equipped with a sturdy set of 14 inch steel wheels, which comes with full wheel covers. These steel rims are covered with 175/65 R14 sized tubeless radial tyres that ensure a superior grip on any road conditions. The company also provide a full size spare wheels, which is placed in the boot compartment. On the other hand, the rear end is elegantly designed with radiant tail light cluster, an expressive chrome plated boot lid and bumper with fog lamps. Apart from these, it also has an antenna, which is mounted on the roof, rear windscreen with a defogger and mud flaps as well.
The roomy cabin Honda Brio S MT variant is done up in a beige color scheme. The leather wrapped steering wheel, hand brake lever and gear shift knob comes with silver accent gives it a classy look. The instrument cluster comes with sporty amber color illumination and integrated with quite a few features for the convenience of the driver. These aspects are a tachometer, an electronic tripmeter, a digital clock, low fuel warning light, driver seatbelt warning notification and so on. The car manufacturer has bestowed this hatchback with a number of utility based spaces, which are front and rear cup holders in the central console, map pockets in all doors, seat back pockets for keeping smaller things at hand, a spacious glove box and remote fuel lid opener. Apart from these, it has sun visors with vanity mirror, silver accentuated inside door handles, front door lining cover, foldable rear seat back, chrome plated AC vents and so on.
Engine and Performance:
This compact hatchback is fitted with a single overhead cam shaft based 1.2-litre petrol engine, which has been equipped with a i-VTEC (intelligent Variable Valve Timing) technology. This power plant has the capacity to displace 1198cc , which is integrated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves. The company has cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. This petrol mill has the ability to generate a peak power output of 86.24bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a maximum torque of 109Nm at 4500rpm. This engine allows the hatchback to achieve a maximum speed of 185 Kmph, which is rather decent for this segment. While it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 16 seconds from a standstill.
Braking and Handling:
The front wheels are further equipped with a set of disc brakes, while the rear wheels get drum brakes. On the other hand, the front axle has been fitted with a McPherson strut, whereas the rear axle is assembled with torsion beam type of mechanism, which keeps it well balanced at all times . It is blessed with an electronic power steering system, which is quite responsive. It is tilt adjustable and supports a minimum turning radius of 4.5 meters.
This Honda Brio S MT variant is equipped with all essential features that gives the occupants a comfortable driving experience. Some of these aspects include remote fuel lid opener, a 12V accessory outlet in center console for charging gadgets, sun visors with passenger side vanity mirror, rear seat headrest, seat lumbar support for driver, a multi-functional steering wheel with audio control buttons and several other aspects as well. It is integrated with a Honda advanced audio unit, which is equipped with a few input other options like Aux-in port, USB interface, CD/MP3 player and radio with AM/FM tuner along with four speakers . Apart from these, it also has air conditioner with a heater, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, headlight on reminder notification on instrument panel, headlight leveling device and so on.
The company has given this vehicle a number of crucial safety aspects, which include an engine immobilizer, rear wind shield with a defogger, day and night inside rear view mirror, a centrally located high mounted stop lamp and seat belt for all occupants. It has an ACE (advanced compatibility engineering) body structure, which protect the passengers sitting inside the cabin in case of collision.
1. Impressive exterior appearance.
2. Affordable price tag is a big plus point.
1. Fuel economy can be made better.
2. A few more safety features can be added.