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      Honda Brio AT Review: Brio goes Love-omatic

      Aditya Chatterjee

      Aditya Chatterjee

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       Honda Brio AT Review: Brio goes Love-omatic

       So far, the Hyundai i10 and Maruti Suzuki A-Star have been the only B-segment hatchbacks offering automatic transmission in India. Automatic transmission has traditionally been an option offered in premium cars. Of late however, it has started seeping in lower segments too.

      Even at the nascent stage, consumers have started realizing the importance of automatic variants especially in the stop start traffic conditions. Honda has decided to pitch its small wonder Brio in the Automatic game.

      Thus, the Brio AT which borrows the transmission from the Honda City was launched. Honda has already sold its first batch of 300 automatic variant Brios. We were already very impressed with the manual Honda Brio, and it is our endeavor to find out if the feelings are mutual for the newest Brio automatic version.

      Appearance Exterior

      Since the Honda Brio Automatic is a variant, there are no changes in its exterior design. The Brio continues to be a cute looking small car from the Honda stable. 

      The headlights have a pearl drop effect and have the indicators integrated in them. There is a very definite jaw line to the car and cause of the line running just below the petite radiator grille; it gives a very nice profile to it. Front section of the car is low-slung and the nose is bigger. Headlights of the car look extremely impressive. The beautifully designed upper and lower grilles of the car further enhance the aesthetics of the car.

      Even though small, still the Brio looks very smart with its taut nose. With poppy headlights and an always smiling radiator grille, the Brio is a favorite across all the ages.

      Honda has definitely struck a chord with the Brio. The build quality of this small car remains strong. Sleek and compact remain the key factors of Brio design.

      Appearance Interior

       Everything inside the cabin is same except for the golf ball headed gear stick for the automatic variant. The interiors of the Honda Brio are by far the best for any B segment hatchback. Its premium and plush feel are the most luring factors. 

      Front row space is generous while the rear row is decent.  Quality of materials used on the dashboard, seats and trims are very upmarket. Instead of being known as a small car, the Brio is a compact hatch.

      With a light steering wheel which is very crisp and steering mounted audio controls the convenience factor is good. It does not only look good but is of great utility too with intermittent spaces for storage everywhere. Over and above, Honda Brio does not disappoint you with its interiors and assures you that even though its Honda’s entry level car but it carries all the genes of a Honda very confidently.

      Performance Drive

      On the mechanical bit, the Brio Automatic has a 4 cylinder 16 valve 1198cc engine which borrows the automatic transmission from its elder sibling sedan, the City. This unit produces a power of 88 PS at 6000 rpm and a torque of 109 Nm at 4500 rpm.

       

      The manual version is my favorite. Its compact dimensions, awesome steering feedback and precise handling gives amazing confidence. In addition to that is the error less gear shifts. Since the torque is well distributed, the manual Brio does seem out of breath across the rpms. The i-Vtec is a wonderful engine and it does its job pretty well.

      Of the 700 odd kms that I did in the Brio from Ahmedabad to Pune, there was no fatigue at all going to the extent of proving this is indeed a superb offering in its segment. On this trip itself, I had told the Honda team about my wish of a possibility of an automatic variant of the Brio which they politely declined to accept then only to send the invites of the automatic Brio drive later.

      As in the past few months, I have driven the Brio very often so I understand the feel of it completely. In the automatic, firstly the transmission lets you drive in D3, 2 and 1. With all my enthusiasm I shifted into the D mode and began driving. If you are a big manual fan, the automatic might just dampen the joy little bit.

      Inside the city with bumper to bumper traffic, the automatic gearbox is a blessing in disguise. Shift it to the drive mode and just forget about it. The automatic variant just vanishes the hassles of the often manual shifts in tight traffic. Since Brio weighs just 970 kgs, it offers superb handling.

      The automatic earns its due appreciation inside the city however on the highways; there is a slight lag in the output. This lag is evident only while we overtake as the engine revs hard but then the vehicle doesn’t move in sync with it. Except for this, there are no big setbacks felt. Throw any surface and the Brio happily takes it on with a always smiling front face. The Honda Brio AT is on the lazier side of performance compared to its manual counterpart but then it will appeal to the commuter type. In city traffic one hardly gets time and space to test the acceleration of the car.

      The Honda Brio Automatic will find its clientele mostly among the often office commuters and the elderly as this is the bracket which does not seek performance but luxury, comfort paired with convenience. We got a real time mileage of 13-14 kmpl which is decent for an automatic hatch.

      Tech Specs

      Technical Specifications
       Make Honda
       Model Brio
      Variant AT
      Engine Capacity (cc) / Cylinders 1198/4
      Power in PS/RPM 88/6000
      Torque in Nm/RPM 109/4600
      Gears 5/AT
      Dimensions in mm
      Length 3610
      Width 1680
      Height 1500
      Wheel base 2345
      Ground clearance 165
      Kerb Weight Kgs 930
      Turning circle Radius  4.7 M
      Fuel tank capacity L 35
      Mileage in KMPL 16.5
      Tyres rating 175/65 R14 
      Tyres type Tubeless

      Features

      Features S(O)AT V AT
      Ex-showroom Price Mumbai (Rs.) 6,09,556 6,35,785
      Body colour bumpers Yes Yes
      Halogen Headlights Yes Yes
      Body coloured ORVM Yes Yes
      Bodo coloured outside door handles Yes Yes
      Silver steel wheel with center hubcap No No
      Full trim wheels Yes No
      Alloy wheels No Yes
      Front fog lamps No Yes
      Single tone beige interiors Yes No
      Double tone beige interiors No Yes
      Integrated music system Yes Yes
      Steering mounted audio control Yes Yes
      Immobiliser Yes Yes
      Front driver and passenger airbag Yes Yes
      ABS With EBD Yes Yes
      Electric power steering Yes Yes
      AC with heater No Yes
      Central locking Yes Yes
      Keyless entry Yes Yes
      Front power windows Yes Yes
      Rear Power windows Yes Yes
      Electrically adjustable ORVM Yes Yes
      Fuel consumption display Yes Yes

      Competition All Specs

      Specifications
      Honda
      Brio
      Hyundai
      i10
      Maruti Suzuki
      A star
      Variant V AT Asta  AT AT
      Ex-showroom Mumbai in Rs. 6,35,785 6,45,463 4,80,196
      Engine Capacity 1198 1197 998
      Power in PS/RPM 88/6000 80/6000 68/6200
      Torque in Nm/RPM 109/4600 112/4000 90/3500
      Gears 5/AT 4/AT 4/AT
      Dimensions in mm
      Length 3610 3585 3500
      Width 1680 1595 1405
      Height 1500 1550 1490
      Wheel base 2345 2380 2360
      Ground clearance 165 165 170
      Fuel tank capacity L 35 35 35
      Mileage in KMPL 16.5 16 18
      Tyres rating 175/65 R14  155/80 R133 155/80 R13
      Tyres type Tubeless Tubeless Tubeless
      Features V AT Asta AT
      Body colour bumpers Yes Yes Yes
      Halogen Headlights Yes Yes No
      Body coloured ORVM Yes Yes Yes
      Bodo coloured outside door handles Yes Yes Yes
      Alloy wheels Yes Yes No
      Front fog lamps Yes Yes No
      Double tone beige interiors Yes Yes No
      Integrated music system Yes Yes Yes
      Steering mounted audio control Yes Yes No
      Immobiliser Yes Yes Yes
      Front driver and passenger airbag Yes Yes No
      ABS With EBD Yes Yes Yes
      Electric power steering Yes Yes Yes
      AC with heater Yes Yes Yes
      Central locking Yes Yes Yes
      Keyless entry Yes Yes Yes
      Front power windows Yes Yes Yes
      Rear Power windows Yes Yes Yes
      Electrically adjustable ORVM Yes Yes No
      Fuel consumption display Yes Yes No

      Conclusion

       Honda has introduced the Automatic transmission variant in S(O) and V versions. Being the first car in its range to offer a 5 speed automatic transmission, it clearly has an edge over the competition. To add to it, it is the same unit which comes on the Honda City.

      As the Indian consumers are graduating to Automatic transmission cars, Honda was swift enough to get the Brio Automatic, especially as Honda kept on getting the feedback regarding the need of an Automatic variant of the Brio. Honda has successfully sold more than 25,000 units of Brio in the first year of its launch which vindicates the fact that the Brio has been happily welcomed in India.

      Honda also has ambitious plans with the Brio as the Brio based sedan is the next most anticipated launch. The company has already released some teaser shots of the sedan. This sedan which will compete against the likes of DZire and Etios will also be offered in Diesel and will finally break Honda’s stubborn stance on diesel cars. With all such plans, it is clear that the Brio is all set to play a very long inning.

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