Honda is all set to launch the Brio hatchback in the Indian market on the 27th of September. We test drove the top end V model extensively in and around the beach city of Vishakapatnam and came back impressed. The Indian Brio is exactly like the one sold in Thailand save for a few small changes like its ground clearanceLess
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Honda Brio Specifications
Dimension & Weights
|Overall Length||3610 mm|
|Overall Width||1680 mm|
|Overall Height||1500 mm|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm|
|No of Cylinders||4|
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Honda Brio Features
|Honda Brio||E MT||EX MT||S MT||V MT||VX MT||VX AT||VX (O) AT|
|Power Windows||Front Only||--||--|
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Honda Brio Colors
- Rally Red
- Urban Titanium
- Enerqetic Blue
- Alabaster Silver
- Crystal Black Pearl
- Teffeta White
Expert Test Review
Honda’s cars have always followed the ‘Man Maximum Machine Minimum’ concept and hence the moment you step into the cabin, you are surprised. The Brio might look small from the outside but the cabin is very spacious. Infact, with me (I stand 6 feet tall) behind the wheel, there was more than enough space at the rear for an equally tall person. The Brio, unlike some of the rivals, can easily accommodate four large sized adults with ease. The small bonnet and boot have liberated a lot of space on the inside and it shows. Another aspect that strikes you is the overall quality of plastics. The Brio is designed for the mid-size hatchback segment and even though Honda was running on a budget, they haven’t cut corners for the insides.
Touch the fascia or the console and it speaks quality. The design is unchanged from the Thailand version and ergonomically, it is spot-on. There are lot of cues taken from the Jazz and City. For example, the power window switches, the audio system and the cubby holes.The speedometer console is of the analogue variety but looks cute. It also has a display for average fuel economy (across all variants) while the steering wheel gets audio controls for the top end model. The top end Brio will also get a USB compatible audio system which as one of the best sound qualities in this segment.
Unlike some of the rivals, the Brio doesn’t come with an automatic climate control but that shouldn’t be a big bother. The speedometer console gets an ECO function display - this works on the driver's inputs, the vehicle's speed and the gear you are in to show if the car is running in ECO mode or on. We believe this function will help user's achieve the best possible fuel economy from the car. Like a typical Honda, the Brio also has multiple places to keep knick-knacks. The seats feel supportive and comfort is good for passengers once on the move. The only issue with the Brio is a somewhat small boot which also has a high loading sill.
According to a Hatchback car Honda Brio has about space of 175 liters.
Honda Brio has a nice and precise instrumentation of speedometer in the nicely divided dashboard. Its an analog one. The Speedometer and the tachometer are divided with coups with a digital fuel meter below that.
The Gear lever is placed right in the middle console its a normal one. The lever is not so big its a small lever with 5 speed transmissions 5 forward and 1 reverse.
Just before the gear lever in the middle console there are two cup holders in Honda Brio.
Honda Brio has a spacious Glovebox in the dashboard on the left side just beside the Driver seat.
Honda Brio is integrated with Amber color illuminated audio system with AMFM, MP3 playback facility besides high quality four speakers. The music system is also integrated with USB and Aux-in facility.
The AC and other allied controls are there on a typically shaped central console that has a very mundane look. There are four AC vents on the dashboard. Contrary to other hatches, the two centrally placed AC vents are away from each other and are there on the sides of the music system.
There are arm rests in each door which are equipped with power window control switches and paper holders and other coups for essential things.
There are four AC vents on the dashboard. Contrary to other hatches, the two centrally placed AC vents are away from each other and are there on the sides of the music system.
There are four ergonomically designed seats in the Brio, two front and two back seats, as a hatchback car Brio being a 4 seater is quite good.
Honda Brio has enough leg room to make the hatchback the most comfortable one for the driver and the passengers and the passengers in the back.
Honda Brio has the knee room of 900650 mm which is quite for a comfortable hatchback car. The drivers leg doesnt foul with the center console. The beige treatment on the lower half of the dashboard, seats and doors give the Brio a very airy feeling.
Honda Brio has a shoulder space of 1250 mm, which indicates the passengers in the back can easily enjoy the ride while going for any long drive or trip of course a hatchback like Brio proves that.
Honda Brio has a headroom of 950890 mm its not that much big in contrary to the leg room thought suites a Hatchback car like Brio whose design and coolness both matters.
Honda Brio has an electronically powered three-spoke funky steering wheel which is beautiful and strong and has audio controls on it.
Honda Brio is equipped with power windows on each door. The arm rest beside the driver seat has the control switches for the four windows, while each door got their own control switches on the respective doors in the Arm rest too.
Honda Brio has option of keyless entry.
Driver information display
Driver information display consists of the speedometer and the digital fuel meter and the tachometer.
One look at the Brio, and you do feel that the car is small. Infact, tall people (like myself) would easily overshadow the Brio when it’s parked next to you. However, that said, you do end up getting impressed with the way this hatchback looks. Cute and cuddly is what the fair sex would call it. And we do agree somewhat. We happened to get the red one for review and it did look smashing. The front has a slightly cab forward design and the bonnet is pretty small. It weans the family logo rather proudly in a heavily chromed horizontal grille. There is a strong crease running below the headlamps and certainly adds character to the car. Look at it from the side and you again notice the crisp shoulder line with the upward angle of the windows.
The rear is the best part about the Brio and everyone couldn’t help but look at it again and again! The rear hatch is completely glass and has fabulously designed tail lamps on either side. Worthy of a mention is the blackened out bottom part of the hatch glass adds to the whole aesthetics.The Brio is based on a ‘double triangle’ theme – the top being inverted for a dynamic look and the bottom inverted triangle signifying a sporty theme. This car also gets a small aerodynamic spoiler at the rear and tastefully looking 14inch alloys for the top end version that wears 175/65 MRF tyres. The Brio certainly looks the best small hatchback in the Indian market and much modern than most of the rivals. Infact, it looks from a generation ahead. Fit and finish, just like any other Honda, is of the highest order.
The front view of the car has elegant curves. The front is a little low-slung and seems serene. The nose of the car sports bigger and aggressive symbol of Honda. The head lights looks like sharp cat eye which makes the car look different and impressive. The upper and lower grille melts in a wonderful shape. This truly makes the car appealing. The indicators are again placed inside the eye shape headlamps making it a single assembly.
The rear has a composite design with the combination lamps that seamlessly merge with the rear hatch. The rear hatch made that comprises of rear windscreen is a futuristic design and is lightweight as well to give is functionality. It also adds to better rear visibility.
The exteriors of the car are unmatched and seem almost perfect for a hatchback. A view from side is beautiful as the windows are shaped in segment-first very peculiar way never seen before. This truly makes the car appealing
Honda Brio got a ground clearance of 165 mm which is quite good for Indian roads thinking about a cool hatchback car.
The Bumpers of Honda Brio are designed to give a cool look to the front view. The shape of the bumpers is well designed and its edgy in the corner. The rear bumper's speciality is the number plate space engraved in it.
The head lights looks like sharp cat eye which makes Brio look different and impressive. The indicators are placed inside the eye shape headlamps making it a single assembly which makes Honda Brio more eye grabbing.
The rear lamps are not lying in traditional style but are placed on extreme corners with all glass rear giving it a beautiful finish.
The fog lamps in Brio are placed in the bumpers which again give a wolverine look like every Honda car but now its cool wolverine.
The wheelbase of Brio is 2345mm which is a good level which is helpful in keeping a good control. The drive will be made not just fun but also safe with this good grip on road. It has a turning radius of 4.5m. With the 14 inches wheels.
Brio runs on 14 inch steel wheels on some trims and alloy wheels on the high end trims. The tyre size is 17565 R14 82T. The high end trim Honda Brio V has 14 inch alloy wheels.
The outside rear view mirrors are body colored but do not have LED turn indicator on them. These outside mirrors are electrically adjustable. The rear view of Honda Brio is upswing and wider which is certainly the characteristic feature of the hatchback.
Honda Brio comes in many variants like, Alabaster Silver, Rallye Red, Emerald Blue, Titanium Grey Pearl, Tafeta White, and Crystal Black Pearl.
Honda Brio has a rear wipe as the rear hatch is totally of glass.
Honda Brio did not have any roof rails.
Sun roof is also not available in Honda Brio.
Honda has not provided spoilers for Brio hatch.
No side steps offered on the Brio.
Spare wheel space is there at the back boot of Brio.
The Brio, as expected, comes with the same 1.2-litre engine as the Jazz. However, this one is in a slightly different state of tune. The peak power is slightly less at 88PS and it comes at a typically Honda high engine speed – 6000rpm. The torque stands at a very decent 109Nm at 4600rpm but again, it is the power that does the talking. The Brio is easily the most powerful hatchback in its segment, belting out more power than even the new Maruti Swift! Twist the key and the i-VTECH motor settles down into a very muted idle. Like any Honda motor, this one too scores very high on the smoothness factor and goes about doing its duties silently.
In city traffic, the Brio does its job very well. Instances like negotiating speed-breakers in 2nd gear at speeds as low as 5km/h don’t bother the car and it easily picks up momentum without downshifting into the first cog. There is enough low end juice though if you really want to enjoy the motor, it is best done pedal to metal. Once the rpm needles crosses the 3500rpm mark, the Brio is very hard to catch. It suddenly changes it nature from a subtle hatch to a hot one and can amaze you with the kind of speeds it can manage in a matter of seconds!
Give it some open roads, let it stretch its legs and it will sit at an indicated 120km/h in 5th even with four on board and the air-con working without a protest in the world.The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox which has short and direct throws. I really didn’t find the shift very smooth but that might be due to the car being very new. The gearbox also has revised ratios as compared to that of the Jazz. Honda has worked hard on getting the fuel economy up. The Jazz has an ARAI certification of 16.7kmpl but the Brio, with the same engine as the Jazz in a different state of tune, manages 10% better at 18.4kmpl!
Engine & Performance Details
The powerful engine of Honda Brio promises easy handling and control along with zippy acceleration. Honda Brio catches 100kmph speed in 16 seconds Honda Brio has performed 20-80 Kmph in 14.23 secs in third gear and 40-100 Kmph in 22. 32 secs in fourth gear approx
Honda Brio has a top speed of 185 Kmph.
The Honda Brio can reach 40-60 during overtaking at 5.19 seconds and 80-100 in just 5.65 seconds.
Honda Brio has 5 speed transmissions which is quick to change gears
Honda Brio has 1198cc engine. The top power of Honda Brio is 88 PS @ 6000 rpm.
Honda Brio has 109 Nm of peak torque at 4600 rpm
The NVH levels, the refinement of the engine, the driving comfort is just excellent and the powerful engine is enough to impart amazing driving dynamics to the car.
The speedometer console gets an ECO function display - this works on the driver's inputs, the vehicle's speed and the gear you are in to show if the car is running in ECO mode or on. We believe this function will help user's achieve the best possible fuel economy from the car.Honda has worked hard on getting the fuel economy up. The Jazz has an ARAI certification of 16.7kmpl but the Brio, with the same engine as the Jazz in a different state of tune, manages 10% better at 18.4kmpl!
Mileage View full detail
|Honda Brio E MT||18.4 kmpl|
|Honda Brio EX MT||18.4 kmpl|
|Honda Brio S MT||18.4 kmpl|
|Honda Brio V MT||18.4 kmpl|
|Honda Brio VX MT||18.4 kmpl|
|Honda Brio VX AT||16.5 kmpl|
|Honda Brio VX (O) AT||--|
City fuel economy
Honda Brio returns 18 Kmpl and can ease your driving during peak hours.
Highway fuel economy
Honda Brio gives 26 Kmpl in the highways as one dont have to think about filling up petrol every now and then.
ARAI rated economy
Honda Brio has 18.4 Kmpl as rated by the ARAI.
Honda Brio has 35 liters of tank and can go anywhere between 680 - 700 Kms in one full tank.
Drive the Brio fast around hills or corners and it responds back pretty nicely. It isn’t a very tall car and hence the centre of gravity is low. This helps but on the other hand, Honda has settled for MRF tyres as opposed to the Michelins we are used to seeing on the Jazz. These are nice but push the car into corners at high speeds and all the drama starts! At high speeds on the highways, the light steering does loose some of its feel but never does it becomes vague enough to upset the driver at all. The top end Brio comes with ABS which is pretty much for the norm these days. It also wears 175mm with as aspect ratio of 65 – again something that is common these days among the hatchbacks.
Handling Braking & Safety Details
The Honda Brio is loaded with ventilated Front Disk and Rear Drum brakes. The braking system is equipped with Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) along with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Such a sophisticated technology in braking system of Honda Brio makes the drive not only safe but it also assures good control in case of sudden brakes on slippery roads. Honda Brio has McPherson Strut suspension type at the front and Torsion Beam Axle type suspension at the rear. These together mak
The braking system is equipped with Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) along with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Such a sophisticated technology in braking system of Honda Brio makes the drive not only safe but it also assures good control in case of sudden brakes on slippery roads.
When it is about safety of Honda Brio, Honda has left no stone unturned. The broad wheelbase and compact body assures a full control over a ride. The car is blessed with two front airbags including one Drivers side Intelligent SRS (i-SRS). The i-SRS has a gas release control valve that deploys it faster and keeps it inflated for long thus ensuring the safety of the driver. The car also has ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD and Brake Assist function to enhance vehicle control. Brios struc
Honda Brio ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD and Brake Assist function to enhance vehicle control.
Honda has provided Brio with some advance safety features like TCS (traction control system), IVSP (Intelligent vehicle stability program).
The Brio is essentially more of a city car and no wonder, it steers its way through traffic superbly. For starters, the visibility from the driver’s seat is very good. The light steering and clutch add to the city appeal and the Brio turns out to be a very easy to pilot car. As is the case with the bigger Jazz and City, the Brio also absorbs most undulations with ease without really affecting the occupants in the process. The suspension noise is also well subdued though the slightly soft suspension did play spoil sport at one occasion when we managed to touch its underbelly with a sharp speed breaker. Worthy of a mention is the Brio’s tight turning radius of just 4.5 meters!
Comfort & Suspension Details
Honda Brio, a four door hatchback is designed to accommodate 5 passengers comfortably. The car assures best in segment boot space and overall interior comfort. To seat this number of passengers, the cabin is given a spacious design. Despite being a compact car, Brio has good space at the front. Little detailing like cup-holders and comfortable head rest is also there for better comfort during long journeys. The front seats are also given comfortable head and legroom area. The driver seat is adju
Honda Brio has McPherson Strut suspension type at the front.
Honda Brio has Torsion Beam Axle type suspension at the rear.
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