Brio a complete family car and VFM

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Pros : Its a complete value for money machine

Cons : All glass tail gate seems to be a security issue and costly on breaking

Look and Style : New Look all glass back is very old concept found in Maruti 800 in 1980s. Tail Lamp looks just mind blowing Comfort Extremely : comfortable lot of leg room. No claustrophobic feelings inside unlike beat and some extent swift Pickup : Best in the class. Probably i10 will beat Brio by few seconds but it is definitely powerful and no problem handling at high speed. Unlike i10 you can cruse at high speed in BRIO Mileage : Not tested but should be around 14KMPL Best Features : Its a car for practical people. Not too costly in terms of features it offers and after all its Honda. So piece of mind Needs to improve : In Honda service network Overall Experience : Excellent. Period I am not an expert neither a review writer to make things look filmy. I owned a Maruti 800AC from 2005 to 2010 and was happy with its limitation. After I sold my car as I was shifting from Delhi to Kolkata ever since I had been looking for a car which suits my budget at the same time fun to drive. 2 years I couldn't deside due to budget constrain. But i have looked into several cars like Beat Petrol LT and to be honest I was amaized with the great interior it has. The over all blue illumination gives it a look of some hifi alien aircraft :). Though I couldn't squeeze the budget and secondly uncertainty for shifting to another state but I would have definitely got it in Kolkata. I moved on and came to Bangalore and now I find myself stable enough to look for a car again. Going back to my initial research I looked at Beat and then Ritz. Even Maruti Swift Dzire LXI was going through my minds. Then one fine day my wife came up and told me that she has seen a beautiful car of Honda and she took an auto to chase it to get the name. And we searched Honda's website and came to know about BRIO. Well Well it looks pretty neat and obviously HONDA brand is pure japanese. I started reading reviews first about the car and couldn't find any cons for the car. I went to Honda's showroom of whitefield and saw the red color test drive VMT version of the car . It completely blew my mind out. The big head lights and the chrome honda badge is pretty tastefully done. The large round rear tail lamp has just one word to describe. Beatiful. The seats and feel of the plastic is pretty decent. The body steel doesn't look or feel cost cutting and seems hardy BRIO has amaizingly small turning radius with electric steering very light to drive. Even my wife can manage with ease. The extra features like key reminder real time fuel efficieny trip meater head light reminder in dash and steering mounted controls of Music system is just amaizing at this price of BRIO SMT. I have read that people complain about less boot in BRIO. Well if you look very closely the Boot is actually a deep cut boot in Brio so you can still fit in 3 Big bagpacks keeping it in slanting position. Apart from that the back seat is easy to fold. The only con is the lift is very high and you might sprain your back lifting bags from ground and put it in BRIO boot. All glass back looks amaizing and the glass looks pretty tough. I am sure it will with stand the kisses from other cars and motor cycles which is very common. On heavy bang it will break for sure. The sales guy added a funny comment when I was enquiring about the glass. He said it is as tough as bullet proof :P . OMG I will be a minister travelling in Bullet Proof BRIO :P . Just kidding. My concerns are if it breaks will it fall inside or outside. I guess it depends on the impact. If it falls inside then it is a little risky though it will break in crystals for sure and will not cause much harm to rear passanger. But still I have this question in mind and looking for a definite answer. Secondly Glass Items are not 100 % covered in accident insurance. I think its 50%. A normal front glass in maruti 800 4 yrs back was around 4.5k from maruti. I am sure on breaking it will pinch you a little bit. The only Bizzare omit of this car is a rear wiper. Think about driving in rain and without rear wiper I don't feel myself too comfortable. I have to check whether we can fit an after market rear wiper for this car atleast. The passanger window doesn't roll all the way down :O Some compairision I have done myself in my mind. No hard feelings Beat LT VS Honda Brio Brio Simply looks a class apart though a little costly than Beat. Period The interior looks might not have Blue illumination and all that jazzy like beat but the airy feeling inside BRIO is just mind blowing. There is enough room for 5 adults and specially scoop in back of the front seat makes more leg room. I pulled the front seat all the way back and still my wife was very comfortable at the back with minimum knee brusing. Engine in Brio is definitely a better one. Beat appeals in funky looks Brio appeals in more matured looks. Brio VS Ritz Well Ritz is fitted with K-series engine probably a gem but ivtec is at its neck to neck. Fit finish of Honda interior is much better than Maruti. Being a bigger car (breadth wise) this car is bound to be more stable and less body roll and much more stable at very high speeds. The kicked inside flat back of Ritz just don't appeal much compaired to Brio after all we are Indians and we look at the ladies back as a general tendancy :P Brio VS Swift Swift is a legend. No car can be compaired with the legend of Indian roads. But I would still put my penny on BRIO as swift is very common sight on Indian Roads and BRIO has a NEW feelings all the way. Even though new Swift is around the corner but it is too common a sight now a days. Inside the car I somehow feel Swift is a little cluttered and not that airy as is in Brio. Correct me if I am wrong Brio is few MM wider than Swift and has a few mm bigger wheel base thus adding that little extra to BRIO over Swift Brio VS Swift Dzire Yes I am daring to compair the two cars. The New Dzire 2012 Feb launch has reduced Boot space and somehow it looks a little odd. Secondly the price. BRIO SMT (Mid Variant) with Power windows and Music system costs around 5.39 Lacs on road in bangalore and Swift Dzire costs around 5.9 Lacs for basic LXI without the basic power window and music system. So just for a awkward looking boot paying 50K and then spend 15k for music system and around 13-14K for Power windows after market makes Dzire cost of ownership jump 85 - 90 K more than BRIO. Practically I don't think Dzire demands that extra 1 lac of our hard earned money for just a boot which will probably be used once or twice in a year on long drives. Over all I am quite satisfied with Brio with whatever limited knowledge about cars I have. I love the looks I love the drive I love the finish. I am still doing my last minute check on the car. I know its long long wait after I sold my first car. But before investing I need to be absolutely sure of what I am buying. After all every single paise I pay it is hard earned money unlike ... YOU KNOW WHO .... Seems 21 thousand is the booking amount for this car in bangalore1.38 Lacs downpayment including 21K paidRest 4 Lacs loan for 5 yrs coming around 8.9k /pm I have to negotiate with the banks for a cheaper rate of interest SMT has a 3 months waiting in Bangalore but SMT O and VMT are delivered faster in a months time as per Whitefield Honda. The 5.39 Lacs include 2 yrs extended warrenty

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  • arjit |09 Feb,2012 04:12:23 PM

    congrats Anil for ur new long awaited drive.. Is it SMT / S(O)MT that u 'v got...and in wt time 4m booking ? I m having delivery awaited since 3months..

    Ani |09 Feb,2012 04:24:49 PM

    Well I have not booked yet as I said I am waiting for some last minute details. In bangalore as per Whitefield Honda it is 3 months waiting. S(O)MT is definitly VFM for the extra security it provides but cost is also almost 80k More which is beyond my budget. I may end up book a EMT infact as I would like to fit my own ICE...Lets see

    Ani |09 Feb,2012 04:29:58 PM

    The only difference that I can figure out between SMT and EMT which is worth is back power windows not present in EMT. Others like chrome finish on air vent etc is too trivial and I can live without that. So SMT and EMT I guess I will go for EMT and save approx 50K outright and use that money to put my own music system navigator and my hearth is throbbing for a projector guided HID. Don't know whether it can be fitted in BRIO or not

    arjit |09 Feb,2012 10:47:57 PM

    yah, surely EMT is only deficient with respect to the music system which is obviously not worth 50k , i too have booked EMT but will take SMT if available early. NO doubt BRIO will be the best in its segment , when waiting period will cut short.

  • vicky chandana |10 Feb,2012 02:34:31 PM

    i am a poor man with the budget of 4.5 Lakh...would you guys suggest me to buy this car ..lower version. EMT kaisi rahegi ek chhoti family ke liye????

    Ani |10 Feb,2012 02:47:59 PM

    Perfect rahega ... I think I am moving away from SMT to EMT myself. Its not only because of budget but I beleive I will have more scope to customize the car as per my taste

    Sudeep |24 Apr,2012 09:11:22 AM

    You get all four power windows in SMT instead of front two in EMT, plus music system, 4 speakers, steering mounted controls, keyless entry, front window auto down, and a few minor things like silver accents on steering wheel & ac vents, full trim wheels etc. BTW : I just booked an SMT. I just wanted to keep the car the OEM way at least for the first couple of years.

  • Ankur |12 Feb,2012 01:53:32 PM

    Frnds... Need your help..!!! Please suggest which colour will look gud on BRIO...Alabaster Silver or Titanium Grey...??? Have to confirm the colour by 13.02.2012. Thanks

    arjit |13 Feb,2012 08:38:03 PM

    Best are Taffeta White or Alabaster silver, I too have booked Blue, but whn i saw it , i changed my mind .Urban titanium is also a nice colour but less than the above 2....RANK ORDER:--- 1.Taffeta White 2.Alabaster Silver 3.Urban Titanium 4.Energetic Blue 5.Crystal Black Pearl 6.Rally Red.

    Ritesh Madhok |05 Mar,2012 07:20:02 AM

    The red shade is the best looking color option on the Honda Brio followed by the silver.

  • Ani |13 Feb,2012 01:47:11 PM

    Just my preference. Grey and Silver are nice but small cars look great in bright colors. Black calls for high more maintanance. I suggest Energetic Blue. But after all color should be your presonal preference

  • DDS |13 Feb,2012 04:10:15 PM

    Hi All, Earlier i had booked New Swift and it was about to deliver in a weeks time. As destiny had other plans, by chance i went to see Brio. I just went and took steering, i felt like a King. When i compared Swift Interior and Quality, Brio has outclassed in every inch. Its like Sitting in Five star (Brio) against street side hotel (Swift). Immediately, i cancelled Swift and Booked Brio just for its class, quality, performance and Design. what else.. its an amazing car with pick up and No Noise car..

  • Ani |24 Feb,2012 02:08:26 PM

    As you all know the BRIO supply was disrupted due to flood in Thailand and Tsunami in Japan. 4 - 5 days back I saw in some site that this has been restored. And Honda is firing all guns and working in 2 shifts to deliver the car to all customers as soon as possible. Soon all the waiting will be over :)

  • Ani |25 Feb,2012 11:49:21 AM

    Though car is yet to be delivered these are my dream accessories for my Car (EMT) and I have to save money for the same. Probably will do each one by one and wait for next month ;) 1. Anti-Rust Coating 2. Best security system probably Xenos or Autocop 3. Gear Lock probably Autocop 3. Teflon Coating (Though people say its of now use but I find it good) 4. Alpine Head Unit Double DIN / Pioneer Double DIN of Music system :) 5. Front Component JBL GTO speakers 6. Back Co-axial JBL GT6 speakers 7. Art leather seat covers(G-Sport Auto Form) 8. 3-M Sun Film sides glasses 9. V-Cool Sun Film Front and Back 10. Change stock OVRM to Body color Indicator attached OVRM 11. Change Headlight from stock reflector to Projector based HID with LED works at headlight and bottom of the car 12. Germin / Mapmyindia GPS 13. Reverse Distance sensor 14. Rear Wiper if available 15. Preferably Upgrade Stock Tyres to MRF ZLO / Maclean (Beyond budget) 16. Alloy wheels (Beyond budget) Probably I will upgrade the tyre set once my stock tyres give up

  • Prateek |27 Feb,2012 01:55:04 PM

    brio !!!!!!! wic color !!!! plz suggest me ?????????

    Ani |29 Feb,2012 10:47:24 AM

    Color is your personal choice. According to me small cars look good in bright colors. Black color is high on maintenance but obviously looks cool. I am going for Energetic Blue. Company usually showoff the best looking car in advertisement. And they are showing Blue... :)

    Ani |29 Feb,2012 11:26:20 AM

    Buddy color is your choice. I prefer bright colors for small cars. I am going for energetic blue. I feel that company advertise the best matching color for a car and all advertisement comes with Energetic Blue. Secondly my wife likes that color. Black definitely needs high maintenance. If you can maintain black then nothing like it

    Prateek |29 Feb,2012 12:04:22 PM

    thanks a ton Ani !!!!!!!!!!! i knw all d advts are cumin in blue !!!!! even i ll go fr a blue or urban titanium !!!!!

    Ani |29 Feb,2012 12:15:15 PM

    Color is your personal choice. According to me small cars look good in bright colors. Black color is high on maintenance but obviously looks cool. I am going for Energetic Blue. Company usually showoff the best looking car in advertisement. And they are showing Blue... :)

  • Ani |29 Feb,2012 10:52:37 AM

    Well color is ur personal choice. Dark colors look good on small cars. Black definitely calls for high maintenance but it looks great. I prefer Energetic Blue as I believe company shows their best looking car (color wise) in advertisement I somehow like the color :)

  • Ani |29 Feb,2012 12:15:15 PM

    Color is your personal choice. According to me small cars look good in bright colors. Black color is high on maintenance but obviously looks cool. I am going for Energetic Blue. Company usually showoff the best looking car in advertisement. And they are showing Blue... :)

  • smriti |01 Mar,2012 09:06:39 AM

    hello...actly as per mah budget,, i cn go nly fo d basic model wich dusn includ evn d mst imp. featur datz powr dn shud i lyk go fo brio??

    Ani |01 Mar,2012 10:38:15 AM

    I am also going for Basic model EMT. It has front power windows. Back power windows is not there. And secondly Power windows is a convenience and should not be considered as the most important feature. Back power windows can be fitted after market though driver will not get control on back power windows). And if EMT is your budget at this budget most of the cars will not even have power windows with 1.2 CC engine

  • Gurudatta |04 Mar,2012 03:42:22 AM

    I am considering BRIO, let me know the exact on road price in Bangalore for SMT

    Ani |07 Mar,2012 04:41:38 PM

    5 Lakhs 38 thousand

  • Madan |06 Mar,2012 03:22:36 PM

    1.If we are going to some 4-5 days trip , then can one family take a luggage or bag packs in BRIO...!!!? 2.Ground clearance....!!! whether it is better than swift and santro?as Indian roads r so good :-( i m worried abt the same... :-( Kindly help me on the same. I liked everything in brio and got these 2 doubts.

    Ani |07 Mar,2012 04:39:24 PM

    These are the specification buddy Swift Wheel Base 2430 mm Ground Clearance 170 mm Boot Space 204 litres Weight approx 1000 kg BRIO Wheel Base 2345mm Ground Clearance 165mm Boot Space 175 Litres Weight approx 920 kg

  • tapan |09 Mar,2012 05:26:19 PM

    good work ani. Just want to add the width. New swift width is 1690 mm while brio width is 1680.So if u look for vfm brio is best.Another thing i want to tell is that everyone talk about rear glass i mean what is the price of rear glasss, How secure is rear glass if broken, What about privacy etc etc. But hey i want to say that every hatch back has a rear glass & could be broken.Then why should concentrate on brios rear glass? I agreed that brio's rear glass is big But compared with santro/ wagon r they looks same is use less to talk about rear glass .

  • Rahul |24 Mar,2012 02:26:06 PM

    Just back from a long drive to Shivpuri (610 kms up-down from delhi) on my new Brio (VMT)...Fantabulously fantastic car with such a smooth ride quality....any time better than Swift.... I am bored and have had so much of Swift now...

    Ani |26 Mar,2012 02:16:58 PM

    That is great buddy :)

  • roshan |12 May,2012 10:32:40 PM

    Brio SMT on road price in kochi for Rs 4.97 lac only. Great car.......Awesome...!

  • arjun |06 Sep,2013 09:04:40 PM

    If we book a new brio car ,How may days it will reach us for ( delivery )

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