Brio 2013-2016 VX O AT Review
Honda India is one of the most reputed car makers and the company has a splendid fleet of cars. Among the vehicles available in their fleet, Honda Brio is a fashionable looking hatchback. The company has recently added a couple of 'Option' variants to its model line up, one of which is christened as Honda Brio VX O AT . It is equipped with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine, which can churn out 86.8bhp along with 109Nm of maximum torque output, which is quite good for this segment. With a five speed automatic transmission gear box, it can achieve a maximum speed of 158 Kmph, while it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 16 seconds. Its braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient, which makes it rigid on any road conditions. This hatchback is being offered with a quite a few exciting features, which makes it look captivating. The list of aspects include a set of stylish alloy wheels, chrome treated front grille, headlight cluster with halogen lamps and many other such aspects. On the other hand, its internal cabin is incorporated with air conditioner, power steering mounted with control buttons and many more such striking features. This vehicle is competing against the likes of Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto EVO, Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Swift and many others in this segment. The company is offering this hatchback with a 2-years or 40,000 Kilometers warranty, whichever is earlier.
The designers of the company have done a fabulous job for giving this hatchback an inviting look. Its front fascia has been fitted with a bold radiator grille with a lot of chrome treatment. It is embedded with a prominent company insignia in the center. This grille is surrounded by a classy headlight cluster, which is powered by bright halogen lamps and side turn indicator. The body colored bumper has a wide air intake section and it is flanked by a pair of bright fog lamps. There is a couple of visible character lines on the bonnet, which creates a distinct look. Its windscreen is accompanied by a set of intermittent wipers. Coming to its side profile, this hatchback has body colored door handles and side turn indicator. Its flared up wheel arches are fitted with a classy set of 14-inch alloy wheels, which gives the side profile a sporty look. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 175/65 R15. Its rear end is designed with body colored bumper and a radiant tail light cluster, which is powered by halogen based reverse light and turn indicators. It has a large windscreen, which is integrated with a defogger and wiper. Its sporty roof spoiler is accompanied by a high mounted stop lamp. The company has designed this vehicle with a large wheelbase of 2345mm along with a decent ground clearance of 165mm. Its overall length, width and height are 3610mm, 1680mm and 1500mm. At the same time, for planning a longer drive, the company has given it a reasonably good fuel tank, which can hold up to 35 litres of petrol in it.
This Honda Brio VX O AT has a roomy internal cabin, which is incorporated with a lot of sophisticated features and can easily take in five passengers. To start with, the seating arrangement is quite comfortable and offers ample leg space and head room to all occupants. The seats are well cushioned and have been covered with top quality upholstery, which gives a plush feel while traveling. Its rear seats can be folded to increase the boot space, which will helps in bringing more luggage into it. The company has given this hatchback a lot of storage spaces, which adds to the advantage of its passengers. The list includes bottle and cup holders, map pockets in all doors, a large glove box, sun glass holder, rear parcel shelf and remote fuel lid opener. Its steering wheel is quite responsive and makes it easy to handles even in peak traffic conditions. The smooth dual tone dashboard is made up from top quality materials and is incorporated with quite a few features like AC vents, a glove box, an instrument panel with various functions and steering wheel, which is mounted with audio and call control buttons. The instrument cluster comes with illumination control and it adds to the elegance of the interiors. All these aspects put together make the insides of this hatchback rather wonderful and makes it look stunning.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is fitted with a 1.2-litre petrol engine under the bonnet, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1198cc. It has the capacity of churning out a maximum power of 86.8bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 109Nm at 4500rpm. This engine is coupled with a five speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels and enhances the performance. It is incorporated with a programmed fuel injection supply system, which allows the vehicle to deliver a decent fuel economy. It can generate 16.5 Kmpl on the bigger roads and about 12 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions.
Braking and Handling:
The car maker has given this hatchback a proficient braking and superior handling mechanism that works exceptionally well in every condition. The front wheels are fitted with a set of disc brakes, while its rear wheels have been assembled with conventional drum brakes. This braking mechanism is further enhanced by ABS (Anti lock braking system) that prevents locking of wheels and reduces the risks of skidding on slippery roads. On the other hand, its front and rear axles are assembled with a McPherson strut torsion beam type of suspension mechanism. Both these axles are further assisted by coil springs. The company has given it a speed sensitive steering wheel, which is quite responsive. It comes with tilt adjustment function that makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions and it supports a minimum turning radius of 4.7 meters.
This Honda Brio VX O AT trim is bestowed with a lot of sophisticated features that helps in giving a comfortable driving experience to its passengers. It is bestowed with an advanced music system that supports Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. This music system is equipped with a few features like radio with AM/FM tuner, CD/MP3 player, USB interface, Aux-in port, iPod and four speakers, which enhances the ambiance of its cabin. The company has given it an advanced instrument panel that houses a lot of warning and notifications for keeping the driver updated. These functions are a digital tachometer, seat belt and door ajar warning light, digital clock, electronic tripmeter, distance to empty and many more. It has an efficient air conditioning unit, which also has a heater and pollen filter that cools the entire cabin in no time. Apart from these, it also has all four power windows with driver side auto down function, height adjustable driver seat, boot lamp, day and night inside rear view mirror, sun visors with vanity mirror on co-driver side, rear parking sensors and many more.
Safety and Security:
Being the top end variant, it is bestowed with a lot of features, which gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. This hatchback has an advanced engine immobilizer for preventing the vehicle from any unauthorized entry. Apart from these, it is incorporated with height adjustable headrests front fog lights, anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, dual frontal air bags, a high mounted third brake light, interior rear view mirror and many more functions as well.
1. Asserting body line adds to its advantage.
2. Spares and maintenance cost is quite reasonable.
1. Lower ground clearance is a minus point.
2. Fuel economy is not up to the mark.