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Latest on Honda Brio: 05 June, 2015
Honda Cars India has imported three units of a Brio-based SUV – codenamed ‘2SJ’ - in India for testing purpose. Since, the company is planning to inaugurate its new Research & Development Center in Greater Noida, the SUV units were brought to the national capital. The Honda 2SJ will be a 7-seater SUV that will rival against the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio and others in the segment. Powering the Brio SUV will be a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that also do duty on the Mobilio.
Honda Brio, a Hatchback has 8 versions available in India. Honda Brio has 8 Petrol cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Honda Brio are Renault Pulse, Chevrolet Sail Hatchback and Mahindra Verito Vibe. Honda Brio comes in 6 colours, namely, Alabaster Silver, Crystal Black Pearl, Enerqetic Blue, Rally Red, Teffeta White, Urban Titanium.
Honda's first sub-compact hatchback, the Brio, was launched in 2011 in India along with other two growing Asian markets - Thailand and Indonesia. This 5-seater small hatchback is known for its excellent drivability and high fuel efficiency. Powering the vehicle is a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC petrol unit that is good for 86.8bhp and 109Nm.
The car can be bought either with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission. The similar engine also powers the Amaze - Honda's first diesel vehicle in India. With an ARAI certified mileage of 19.4kmpl, the hatchback is among the most fuel efficient Honda Cars in India. Though the vehicle hasn't received any major update ever its launch in India, the company kept refreshing it at regular intervals. This helped the Japanese carmaker sell it in decent numbers. The vehicle, currently, is the fourth largest selling Honda car model in the country. If media reports are to be believed, the company is also working on a small diesel engine to power the Brio. However, the diesel-engined model will only come with the new-generation model of the car.
Further to this, read Honda Brio Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Honda Brio are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 4,46,938/- to Rs. 7,20,346/-.
A well designed front fascia and a unique rear profile make the Brio one of the most attractive looking hatchbacks in the country. The single slat chrome grille with a prominent Honda logo, black colored air dam, small fog lamps and leaf-shaped headlamps give it an attractive front fascia. Coming to the rear, it's a full glass unit that helps you actually look things behind the vehicle very clearly. The side profile, too, is sorted thanks to some prominent character lines and 14 inch wheels. Though, slightly bigger wheels would make it look more appealing.
While the car looks quite compact from outside, the car will surprise you with its spaciousness and a good looking cabin. The vehicle gets a black & beige color combination that gives it an airy feel. Though the dashboard doesn't give you the soft feel like in the case of Hyundai Grand i10, the overall quality, fit & finish make it one of the best cars in its segment. Staying true to Honda's 'man maximum, machine minimum' philosophy, the Brio offers you a no nonsense cabin, thus ensuring more space for the people rather than unnecessary goodies. Though the seats are of fabric type, they are quite comfortable.
Powered with a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, the Brio offers an impressive performance on road. Mated to a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission, the Brio churns out an impressive 86.8bhp and 109Nm of torque. The similar engine also does duty on the Honda Amaze. The vehicle doesn't have a diesel engine in its current line-up, though some media reports suggest that the new-generation model of the hatch might get a small diesel powertrain.
Performance and Handling
Deriving its power from a 1198cc, 16 valve, 4-cylinder petrol engine, the Brio is one of the most fun to drive Honda models in India. Other things that help it drive so well is its well-tuned suspension setup and progressive braking performance. The ride quality, too, is alright. Unlike many of its rivals, the vehicle's steering feedback too is extremely responsive. It's one of the very few vehicles good for both city as well as highway driving. The vehicle touches 150-155kmph without any efforts. Out of the two transmissions - a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed torque converter automatic, the former is lot more fun and engaging.
The vehicle's front wheels get disc brakes, whereas the rear wheels come equipped with the drum type brakes. Since the vehicle offers you progressive braking, it doesn't give you the sudden jerk, and still halts at the place you wish the car to be. The upper variants' braking performance is even better, thanks to anti-lock braking system (ABS) + electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) system. Just so you know, only V, VX and VX BL trims come with ABS and EBD.
The 1198 cc Petrol - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 16 kmpl in city and 19 kmpl on highways
The Honda's small hatch doesn't just ensure an excellent performance; it's also one of the safest cars in its segment. With Honda's ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure, the Brio features highest-grade steel. Features like immobilizer, driver seat belt reminder and high mount stop lamp come as standard. Whereas the more expensive variants get features like front dual airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) + EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), front seat belt pre-tensioner with load limiter, rear windshield defogger etc.
The Brio is not just one of the best hatchbacks available in our market today; it's also one of the most fun-to-drive Honda cars in India. Though, a few more features and slightly better interiors would make it an even more interesting product.
The Hyundai Grand i10 is the Brio's closest competitor, though the former also comes in a diesel powertrain. Talking about design, the Grand i10, being a newer and more modern product, looks better than the Brio both from inside and out. In terms of interior quality and features, the Grand i10 has an upper hand. But when it comes to drivability, handling, steering feedback and mileage, the Brio is a sure shot winner.
Note: Specifications for Brio VX BL AT (Petrol) have been mentioned
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