Honda Siel Cars India Ltd or HSCI has been around in the Indian car market since a long time now and has tasted success to highest levels till off late its sales dipped to an all time low. There was a spot of worry, Honda in India had the Jazz as its smallest offering but many thought it was overpriced till recently that it got a major price cut and now sells at Rs. 5.50 Lakhs making it one of the best value for money Petrol hatch in its segment. Honda was not going to settle with this, they had another car model smaller than the Honda Jazz up their sleeves. Honda had the Protype of this small car meant for the Asian markets, this prototype christened Honda Brio, pronounced as Bri-ee-oo would be the smallest offering from Honda for the Indian market too. Honda Brio launched in the Thailand market a few months back and is now ready for its Indian debut.
We drove Honda's latest and smallest offering for India, Honda Brio across some wonderful and scenic roads of the port city Vizag to find out if the very important model from Honda for India really lives up to the expectations. Read on to know all on the Honda Brio.
The Honda Brio when seen at first glance is an instant head turner, its got all the right curves and just the right shape to grab your attention. In short the Honda Brio is the best looker currently in the hatch back segment. The Honda Brio has an overall length of 3610mm, a breadth of 1680mm and an overall height of 1500mm. The face of the Honda Brio looks cute and futuristic. The cat eye headlamps with integrated turn lights in them look in shape and chubby. The front bumper of the Honda Brio is low slung with a lot of curves on it. The air dam is an all black affair with integrated oval fog lamps placed on them. The front bumper runs high and mates with the front grill that has an thick chromed typical Honda V strip grill with a large Honda H logo on it . The bonnet on the Honda Brio is rounded with a pair of crease lines that run down and mate with the V grill on its nose. Honda Brio gets a nice heavy look thanks to the thick V Grill and the rounded bumper up front. The front wind shield is placed at an angle to enhance the overall aerodynamic feel and appeal. Honda Brio has a very large glass house, large windows and a huge front and rear windshield add a lot of grace to the Brio.
Honda Brio has a lot to offer when viewed sideways, a short and thick fender with bulged out design on them keep up with the rounded bonnet. The Honda Brio runs on MRF ZVTV tyres that have a rating of 175/65 R14 mounted on a very trendy looking five double spoked alloy wheels. There is a very sharp crease that runs upwards starting from the middle of the front fender and running across the front door and ending just near the rear window. There also is a second softer crease that runs lower on the sides just above the running board. The front and the rear fenders have a rounded shape on them with a sharp crease that defines their shape and also have small crystal turn lights. The door handles are placed at an angle coinciding with the up swept side crease on the doors. The roof line also gets the upswept effect starting from the angled front wind shield then going upwards and finally mating with the boot lid. The rear window get a black out covering instead of an quarter glass and there is a nice aerodynamic design on the The tail lamps are placed and shaped in such a way that they are very visible from the sides too. Honda Brio gets nice large wing mirrors that are electrically adjustable. The Honda Brio gets a manual retractable radio antenna.
The rear section is the best profile on the Honda Brio, things here look space age and the design it unseen on any car on Indian roads. The back of the Honda Brio is almost full glass, in fact the rear tailgate is frame-less and made up fully of toughened one piece glass. This all glass tail gate goes all the way down to the rear bumper. There is a black banding on the lower part of the tail gate and that’s where the rear monograms in all chrome are placed. HONDA on the left corner and BRIO iVtec on the right look very catchy along with a huge Honda H logo placed in the center. There also is an integrated rear spoiler that also has a wide rear brake lamp. The rear of the Honda Brio is mostly taken by the very catch glass lid. The tail lamps are triangular in shape and have an crystal LED look on them, The rear stop lamp are rounded with neat integrated turn and reverse lamps all housed in the chunky triangular tail light. The rear bumper is low slung with the rear number plate housing placed far lower than a conventional height. Just below the Honda logo at the rear is a small plastic handle that is to be used to lift the tail gate while opening it. Two things sorely missed on the Honda Brio is the rear washer – defogger and a fixed radio antenna.
Overall the Honda Brio has a very sporty and trendy styling on the outside; the looks are very unconventional and futuristic. There is no cost cutting evident as on other small cars, the fit and finish is excellent and so is the paint job. The design element is bold and different especially on the sides and the rear with a very good mix of rounded and angular body panels. The Honda Brio easily qualifies as the best looking car currently on the Indian roads in its segment.
Get inside this cutie hatchback Honda Brio and you get a very bright and fresh feel thanks to the large glass area all around and partly due to the light beige upholstery. The dash is in dual color, with the top in black and the lower half in light beige shade. Plastic quality on the dash feels good and upmarket. The Honda Brio gets a rounded three-pod instrument cluster with the RPM on the left in semi circle housing, the speedo in the center in full round housing and the warning lights on the right side again in a semi circle housing. The fuel meter is a LCD display along with the Trip meters and odometer. Instrumentation on the cluster is large and clear with the markings in bright orange on silver band and the needle in bright orange. There also is a ECO indicator that helps in fuel efficiency, more on the ECO mode and its functionality later in the drive section.
The Honda Brio gets a multifunction 3 spoke steering wheel with controls for the MP3/FM player mounted on the left side. The steering has a manual height adjust. Now moving to the center console, a standard double Din MP3/FM system does its duty on the Brio, there is also a USB connectivity port in here where you can simply connect a iPod etc and control it from this player or the steering. Audio quality on this double din player is very audible via the 4 speakers mounted in the doors. Under the music player are the manual controls for the AC unit. You get a four speed AC blower that cools the Honda Brio's cabin quickly and efficiently. The rounded AC vents have a silver lining around them and can be adjusted or closed individually. The gear shifter resembles a golf ball and looks and feels the same as the one on the Honda Jazz. There is also a chrome strip on the mount of the geat stalk. The seats are in dual tone fabric in light beige and a touch of brown.
Front seats get integrated head rests. The front seats get manual adjust for reach but height adjust is not available. The driver seating position if near about perfect and typically Honda. Front seats are nicely contoured with good amount of padding and support offered to the back and under thigh. We would have appreciated an height adjust head rest at least on the top end Honda Brio variant. There is ample head room and shoulder room on the front seats. The seating posture is excellent and the driver always has a good overall view of the road and surroundings thanks to the large glass area all around. The rear seats has good under thigh support and the backrest is at a good angle. The rear seats also have integrated head rests. Leg room is decent with good amount of head room and comfort levels are pretty high in here. There is a dash of brown plastic material on the dashboard and door puddings along with the black and beige on the Brio's interiors.
The Honda Brio comes with front driver and passenger airbags. All in all the cabin area in the Honda Brio gives a up market feel and is very sound proof. Plastics, switches, knobs and other materials used is of good quality and the comfort level is good inside the Honda Brio.
The Honda Brio is powered by the same 1.2liter i-Vtec petrol engine that powers the Honda Jazz. This 1198cc 16 valves engine makes 88PS of power @ 6000rpm and has 109 Nm of torque @ 4600rpm. Honda claims a fuel efficiency of 18.4kmpl on the Brio. This 1.2 i-VTEC engine is mated to an 5 speed manual gearbox that’s same as the one on the Jazz but the one on the Brio has revised gear ratios to suit the car.
Honda has always been the kings of Petrol engines, right from the initial years cars from Honda are known for their performance and refinement. The 1.2 i-VTEC engine on Hondsa Brio though same as the one on the Jazz feels a lot more peppy thanks to the lesser over all weight of the Honda Brio as compared to the Jazz. The power to weight ratio on the Honda Brio is also much better and helps in a big way in getting more performance out of the i-VTEC.
Start the engine and it is very difficult to notice the engine noise, the highly smooth engine is free revving. Gear shift is precise on the Honda Brio. The Brio takes off quickly in the first gear, shift to the second and the i-VTEC shows its next level of power, performance and refinement. The speed builds up quickly but sanely, the power delivery is linear and in control. The Honda Brio has a very strong mid end; this is when the Honda Brio can keep cruising till intended. We managed to touch the 150kmph speed mark and are sure that this engine is capable of still more speeds. The EPS steering wheel has a nice lively crisp feel to it and is equally weighted.
The Honda Brio performs well at low city crawling speeds when we took it around Vizags dock area. The i-VTEC shows its true colors on open highways when we zipped it at 150kmph, the car behaved well and drove like a gem. Honda Brio gets MacPherson Strut in the front and H-shape torsion beam at the rear, Honda has taken great care in retuning the suspension of the Honda Brio for Indian conditions. The ground clearance is also increased to 165mm especially for India. Honda Brio handles the bad roads and the good roads with an equal amount of comfort and confidence. There is a very Honda drive feel to the overall drive package. There are the needed things like ABS and EBD available on the Honda Brio to make things much safer for that reassuring braking. The 4.5 meter turn radius on the Honda Brio makes parking and turning a breeze.
Getting the best fuel efficiency is what every car owner wants and to help you squeeze out the best mileage the Honda Brio has a special ECO Lamp on the instrument panel. This ECO lamp glows keeping in tandem with the RPM, speed, throttle response and the gear the car is driving in.
With the City Honda had shown its domination in the 8-10lakh sedan segment and it still is a very strong product, the pricing of the Jazz was a miss but Honda realized it and now the Jazz is the hot favorite in the segment. Honda Brio is a very strong product from Honda, its got the looks, the grace and the up market feel in and out. Honda Brio has the best rear profile design seen on a hatch on Indian roads. Honda Brio is a very good package overall combined with the ever reliable 1.2liter i-VTEC engine that’s refined, robust and efficient. With Honda's engineering strongly behind the Honda Brio not much can go wrong for Honda India with this product. As with all car models pricing holds the key and if Honda gets the Brio priced intelligently nothing can stop it from going on to be a big seller in the Rs. 4 to 5lakh segment where we expect the Honda Brio to be priced when it’s launched very soon in September.
honda brio road rate please call me mr.ashish gupta mobiles.9810025901
The Brio is launching in Sept end, prices would be only known then.
The car's rear looks different, but its not attractive. But the rest of the car is soo cool.
Good morning Mr Gupta. See howmuch hond brio on road with LPG, also what is the price of automatic system. I hope you will reply to me. Thanks, Abraham John.
what is the best price and ground clearance for indian road
It looks very good car. I will be intrested in buying the car. Let me know when the bookings will be open and price if possible.
Cute car. Should do well
Yes you are perfectly correct Kush, the Honda Brio is one of the best looking car in it's segment and if Honda use their grey cells correctly this should be a clean winner in it's class.
The looks are almost identical to Chevrolet Beat except the rear door handle and the specs are also almost identical, so what's so special about this car, the name Honda? General Motors is still the largest auto manufacturer in the World.
General Motors had a debt of around 3 billion dollars. It's ford who is the largest auto manufacturer. About your query, Brio is more powerful & the instrument panels are more sexy than Beat. About outer look,more glass had been used in Brio. You will feel amazed once you get inside it. From inside, Brio gives a feel of Merc Buses & beat gives a feeling of Tata Buses
General Motors debt is $2.9 billion as on end September 2011 against it's turn over in excess of $33 billion so how does it matter? More over the figures take into account of all its business sector not automobile only. Fords debt was $17 billion in automobile only which they reduced by 46% end October 2011. As per market share in 2011, Toyota heads with 11%, GM has dropped to second position with 10.9% and third is Volkswagen with 9.4% global share, where did you get the notion that Ford Motors is the biggest auto manufacturer at present? Honda is suffering from loss of manufacturing facilities due to the natural disaster, stopped production of Honda City here and drastically reduced production in all segments here - so you have a very long waiting period and very high cost of ownership. As for power rating, both Beat and Brio have the same engine capacity, it depends who specified the power at what RPM, since Speed-Torque characteristics of any reciprocating internal combustion engine is never flat. About looks of instrument panel - well it is a matter of personal liking, there is no absolute rating.
take a Brio test drive....u will get your answer.....power steering is better than a merc.....
looks good......... i hope it compete with the other cars Neeraj Godha
not looking good from the back
over all batter small car but back is not good Devang Dayal
Hope Brio and Jazz are launched with aux-in, 40:60/50:50 split rear seats, A/T, side and knee airbags, parking sensors and sun roof options. It would be nice to know if Brio and Jazz would be Euro NCAP 5 Star Safety rated.
Nice car looks like sports car.pls call 09327031051 for test drive.
Is Honda Brio launching in Diesel version? What will be it's price?
When is diesel version comming and what will be the tag and average
The Honda Brio and Jazz both come with USB and AUX ports, the Brio is launching by this month end and is an excellent package from Honda.
It will be a big blow for the Koreans.
Honda Brio in Thailand introduced with Automatic Transmission and Jazz also in both varient (i.e. A/T as well as manual) available outside India What holds Honda Siel to introduce Automatic Transmission Brio/ Jazz in India.Are Indian users not worth Automatic Transmission or unable to pay for Automatic transmission where as Hyundai has A/T in almost all their Models such as Santro,i10,i20,Verna etc.
diesel version plzzz ??? when will Honda launch diesel version?
No diesel version...i wanted to book 1....but nt considering it now.....
Hi, If your running is below 1500 km per month, I would not recommend Diesel as the cost increase (about 1 lac) and maintenance cost almost add to about 2.5Rs per KM. add to that about 2.5 Rs per KM of diesel cost, the cost per KM is Rs 5. Petrol cars are lighter on the pocket due to lower EMI and lower maintenance (I have 2 Petrol and 1 Diesel car) and I can say that if your driving is less than 50 Km per day. Just buy Petrol
whether they are launching in diesel version too??At present trend could prefer for diesel version wen comparing the petrol price...
Hi Suresh, If your running is below 1500 km per month, I would not recommend Diesel as the cost increase (about 1 lac) and maintenance cost almost add to about 2.5Rs per KM. add to that about 2.5 Rs per KM of diesel cost, the cost per KM is Rs 5. Petrol cars are lighter on the pocket due to lower EMI and lower maintenance (I have 2 Petrol and 1 Diesel car) and I can say that if your driving is less than 50 Km per day. Just buy Petrol
Thank u very much .....What u have been told is correct
sorry to say its back looks very silly.and its glass hatch dont look safe.
In review no detail has been given about boot space.... Wheteher it will compete with i20 & Polo for this feature????
boot space does not decide or define cars..its good enough space for 2 large suitcases.....
wHETHER Honda Brio coming Auto transmission version in india.pls confirm
Honda's every product has its own speciality.In petrol version no other can stand in front of HONDA...!!! MATCHLESS QUALITY AND REFINEMENT of HONDA take it to the top.THANKS HONDA FOR MAKING GOOD PRODUCTS
This is not going to stay in market. It will be failure.Not designed properly.
haa dekho jyotish bhi hai idhar toh singhji app kahe woh nahi hoo sakta designed quiet stylish
There no mentioning about the mileage on city and highway drive???
honda is saylent or shopt car
pls confirm prise
excellant shape & colors please mention the price on road.
There is no Diesel version of the Brio for now, the boot space is at par with the competition, the rear glass lid is not at all dangerous or risky and in fact it is a very trendy thing even abroad.
Expect the pricing to be between 4.20 to 4.50lakhs for the Brio. Honda claims a mileage of 18.4kmpl but expect an overall fuel efficiency of 16kmpl on the Brio.
Disel version pls??? Please call me
ha abhi bana rahe hai tumhare liye specially mr mehta you are funny honda's does not have diesel as of now.
The Honda Brio and Jazz both come with USB and AUX ports, the Brio is launching by this month end and is an excellent package from Honda.
what is the price of brio in gwalior tell me on 9806071771
please send the millage of brio.............
I Love this car too I want to Perchage this type of Small and Good looking car. What is the price of the top model of Brio in chandigarh tell me 9855309895
A Nice Looking Car,But I doubt that it will be a Big Hit in Indian Markets. FIRSTLY,The Rear which is been touted as a PLUS for this car,might not be good enough for Indian Roads,because the Glass Section is just too big which will always have a HEALTHY CHANCE OF BREAKING with even a minor accident or a push behind the car,we all have experienced small or big dents on our car rear bumpers which can be repaired at a low cost,but a glass break can never be repaired,it can only replaced,SO JUST THINK ABOUT IT GUYS.. SECONDLY,The Interiors are BY FAR not competitive as compared to THE CAR which has been a BENCHMARK for the Interiors in this segment: The Hyundai i20,& now the All New Maruti Swift is also catching up well. All i can say is that this Car will need to face a tough competition from the current biggies in this segment.. So i wish ALL THE BEST to HONDA,as it is already loosing its dominance to Hyundai i20 & FLUIDIC VERNA & this is also proved in their major price decrease for both their models the JAZZ & CITY. Regards, Sunny.
I am agree with the case you had mentioned about rear mirror but you can have a look that Bumper is too large & wide & the chances of breaking of glass is a rare case. At least, Honda Engineers had tested that before the launch. Interiors are just fine, better than Swift or i20. The intrument panel is awesome & the due to use of a large size glasses, feel is like heaven.
It looks marvelous but only from front...... rear could've been much better than wat dey did now... rear looks somewat odd...... n d design of d taillamps....
Good looking car. It would be a good venture on diesel car Please let me know the prize on my mobile number 09318616251.
On road should be between 4.5 5.5 to compete with i10,ritz, swift and beat. Please contact me at 9503641511 with on road price in pune.. Hope part prices are competitive.
Please give a some upmarket tail lamp...
go for Brio
Front part is look like hyundai Verna transform.It's very dull in in its interiors.
Please tell us more about the rear passengers space...its seems it is bit compact as compare to the Swift and I20
i would like to know when automatic version will be available in honda brio model ?
Car looks to be good........ more competitive for i20.... Is Disel version is also available?
Is cvt on cards
car looks & features are very good, I s this car available in bihar ?
I Like Brio, When booking will Start and When I can see the Car in your showroom. What about the Ex-Showroom price in Navi Mumbai (Vashi) in top model?
Itz really cool...!
Crown Baldev Satwant Bhambra very good honda bring new modle in market
its fantastic cool model i like it how the cost honda diside fihgt on suzuki
nice car pl call me
gud lookn but need sum mor space
Faeture is very good , I like , what is price of petrol & diesel version , pl. tell me , my no is 09923428886
price in ex. delhi. Pl.
when they are launching diesel ?
Looks is nice. What is the Price Tag and launching date in India
no one model tnk u
pls need priac malappuram deelar
Please tell me how would you rate it as compared to Toyota Etios Liva in all parameters?? My contact no is 9987674747.
i like it
IF THIS CAR IS USED FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY MEANS SHLOUD BE IN DIESAL.VERY GOOD SIGMENT.PH.NO.98652-80616
The car is slightly bigger than Nano and smaller than VW POLO.The car looks great but i dont think it will be good for long drives. Within city limits it will be good. The on road price for base version is 5 lakhs and higher version is 6 lakhs.People will opt for VW POLO or Maruti Swift which is around the same price with better looks AND STRONGER body. I agree Honda enjoyed the Success in INDIA in all segments and what i feel is, it is OVER PRICED. The same thing happened for CITY and JAZZ and Honda reduced the price. What iam trying to say is Honda should tag its products for reasonable price. 6 lakhs for this small Japanese BS is not correct. Finally, Honda should remember People can take you to heights and the same people can drop u down to earth. Be genuine in pricing your products.
please let me knw will brio b launched in automatic transsmission..if yes then by what tym....also tell if it wld b launched in lpg..??
Not Looking Good From Back Side
Not much impressed regarding the exterior styling and the interiors...... The performance of the car fair good marks, but it lack the overall feel you usually expect from a Honda car. I feel that it will not going to make much differences to the already over crowded Hatchback segments... Instead of Bringing Brio they might have put some efforts to make there Jazz bit more cheaper and effordable..... Anyways Good Luck Honda.....
good car,just waiting for this. But sadly not going for it, because some important things are missing. 1 rear wash wipe. fog lamps. 2 adjustable rear seat headrest. 3 rear ac vents,which is available in skoda fabia , even in entry level also.
we are very thnkful to u
A very nice car but one problem, when is India going to import the Automatic Version like they have in Thailand (same model)Hi time India did so
releasing on 22.9.11 in delhi. i want 2 nw top variant price. whether petrol version can be convert in CNG version ? what will be effect on Power & torque? whether diesel version required more maintenance then petrol version? which one engine has more power and torque diesel ,petrol or CNG ? pl help
is diesel model available in market whould u plz let me kw when it available in market
HONDA IS CONSIDERED TO BE REPUTED AUTO CORPORATE AND ALSO A BIG MARKET PLAYER IN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY.THIS SEGMENT CAR IS LOOKING GOOD,INDIAN CONSUMERS WOULD REALLY OPT THIS KIND OF VEHICLE IN MODERN ECONOMY.
But Mr Prabhu it is very expensive. Those days of daal roti khao prabhu ke gunn gao are long since gone. Indians cannot be easily fooled by such smart marketing gimmicks. Hope this is able to sell and does not flop like Jazz.
what's the price in chandigarh and it's mileage in city n on highway??
In Chennai I want how much hond brio costs on road with diesel, LPG and CNG. which one engine has more power and torque diesel ,petrol,LPG or CNG. how would you rate it as compared to Toyota Etios Liva in all parameters I hope you will reply to me. Thanks, Theagarajan.
Is this car going to be launched in diesel varient in upcoming months? But usually we can't thought about it because till date honda didn't its CITY diesel varient.
give me details of features & road price
please tell me mileage of this car.
Brio is having highest Power/Weight ratio than any other Hatch car available.I realize on airport pickup,drop i always opt for city taxi not personal car so boot spcae is ok for me.its my lifestyle matching perfect car.onroad 13-14km/Ltr is acceptable for me.
I want automatic brio
Beat LT, Maruti swift and Brio SMT mein konsi better hai and why? kindly advise as very soon i am planning to buy one from these only
between Brio petrol and Polo petrol what should I buy
brio is a very fine car to drive. Inside cabin feel is great and spacious. The features brio is giving are very attractive and price is less than the polo. When u drive this car, it is a very relaxed driving. The steering is very responsive. turning radius is smallest, that makes parking very easy. The engine is very peppy. It is fun. Also safety has been given a lot of priority in brio. But the boot is small. 2 bags may be accommodated but not more. Polo looks solid from outside and inside. has good features but in top variant. The bottom variant lacks some very basic features in fact. Also the services are very expensive of vw. The engine could have been better. The suspensions are very nice. In short, if u want a car in which u can compromise boot space and only want to fit 4 persons comfortably, then definitely go for brio. It is a car u will love to drive and own. But if U cant compromise these thing then go for polo. Also see i20 as it is almost the same in price as polo.
JUST TEST DRIVE BRIO AND U WILL FEEL THE DIFFERENCE/bRIO IS BEST IN CURRENT MARKET..LOOKS.PRICE.FUEL EFFICIENCY--INTERIOR SPACE-POWER STEARING..BOO SPACE IS EQUAL TO BET 170 LT..GROUND HEIGHT IS 165 STANDARD ..PETROL ENGINE IS BEST BY HONDA..I JUST BOOKED IT AND WAITING FOR IT..1 MONTH WAITING PERIOD FOR BRIO..