Launched in the year 2011, the Honda Brio is a five-door hatchback manufactured by the car company Honda, in India. With a name meaning energetic and cheerful in Italian, Brio is a small and compact car filled with all the goodness of its parent company.
Outlook and Exteriors
The Honda Brio is a very uncomplicated and sophisticated compact car measuring 3610mm in length, 1680mm in width and 1500mm in height. With a ground clearance of a modest 165mm, the front façade of the Brio exerts a warm yet sharp vibe with its matte black air-dam, which is hard to ignore. The hexagonal shaped grille housing a broad chrome slat with the carmaker’s ‘H’, rests peacefully between the twin-colored double triangle headlights.
From the side, two definite character lines define the stance of the car running between the front fenders and the tail of the car.
It is the rear of the vehicle that is very futuristic and innovative, making heads turn in a crowd.The taillights are triangular in shape cornering the sizeable glassed tailgate. The sleekness of the tailgate gives an impression of a material very light and flimsy. However, bang it hard and you will realize that Honda has done no cost cutting in making it very sturdy. Though, the petite frame of the hatchback has left the car with an insufficient boot space of 175 litres.
Interior, Features & Ambience
Being behind the wheel, the factor which grabs your attention is the amount of visibility the car has on offer. The glass area including the windshield, windows and the tailgate is pleasurable and wide making parking the car an effortless task. It also gives an impression of the car being bigger than it actually is.
Additionally, don’t let the compact size of the Brio fool you as the hatchback has scooped up spaces from everywhere making it more airy and roomy than it seems to be.
The hatch is a step down from the splendor we are used to see in Honda cars, however, keeping in mind the competitive price of Honda Brio, it is safe to state that the car is equipped with all segment standard features like AC, steering wheel adjust (rake), remote locking, front and rear power windows, music system with MP3 player, USB and AUX. The steering wheel is sporty with three-spoke and audio-mounted controls.
However, the tri-colored dashboard might not cater everyone’s taste
Engine and Performance
Under the hood, the Honda Brio is powered by the same 1.2-litre i-VTECHpetrol engine seen in the Honda Jazz with two transmission options- a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed automatic gearbox.
The engine is capable of producing a maximum power output of 89bhp and a peak torque of 109 Nm. It is also the only car in its segment that can achieve 0-100 kms under 13 seconds. The manual variant delivers a fuel economy of around 19.4 kmpl while the automatic delivers 16.5 kmpl.
This engine has been previously seen in the Honda Jazz, however, the power-mill feels peppier and more powerful in the Brio as it is a comparatively smaller car to push around. The power delivery feels abundant and you notice a spike in power between 4000rpm to 6500rpm.
There is also an ‘Eco’ mode in the car which is basically a green light that glows when you drive economically.
Ride Quality and Handling
After taking a test drive of the Honda Brio, it can be said that due to its petite size, the Honda car is easy to maneuver in city traffic. The electric steering wheel is responsive and feels heavy while tight cornering. The hatchback with its McPherson Strut suspension on the front end and Torsion Beam suspension on the back tires is pleasantly stable and successfully absorbs all potholes and road breaks at low speeds. However, at high speeds it fails to deliver a flat ride.
The cabin is not very quiet as the noise of the outside world, does fall to your ears.
Braking and Safety
Honda Brio has disc breaks up front and drum brakes in its rear tires. It is equipped with ABS and dual front airbags in the higher variants.
The Honda Brio with its powerful engine and spacious cabin feels like a car belonging to a class above.