Honda is known for its technology-driven cars which are robust in design and offer the best of safety and comfort features. With the introduction of Brio hatchback, Honda seems to have achieved all the above said traits under a small package which looks exciting and very practical. Since its introduction in 2011, Brio has been seen as a sporty hatchback yet in reach of the average citizen. The car is being tagged as the “featuristic” car in Indonesia by the Honda Prospect Motors. Honda claims it to be an ideal city car due to its small size and the compactness provided with the ultimate power and assurance of Honda. It comes under the category of the subcompact hatchback. Honda has equipped the Brio with the single choice of a petrol engine namely the 1.2-litre i-VTEC. Whereas the low-cost edition Brio Satya gets the 1.2 liter i-VTEC engine producing 88 PS of power @6000 rpm and 109 Nm torque @4500 rpm. The variants available are Brio Satya A Manual, Brio Satya S Manual, Brio Satya E-Manual, Brio 1.2L CKD S Automatic, Brio 1.2L CKD E Automatic , Brio Sports E-Manual and Brio Sports E Automatic with their prices in the increasing order. The Brio has been placed little less in terms of costing than Jazz to give the customers a low cost Honda taste. The word “Brio” is an Italian word for energetic and the version Satya introduced has the origin in Sanskrit meaning Truth. The top sports variant weighs around 950kg but still manages to sustain a good power to weight ratio which in return offers good performance to the customers. The Brio has been taken as an excellent car for small families and young individuals all thanks to the economy, comfort and drive pleasure that this hatchback offers.
As expected, Brio doesn't disappoint at all offering one of the best in class mileage for its 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine. It can easily drives for 17kms on one liter of petrol if driven under standard conditions. The car is well suited for the city dwellers due to the great mileage it offers. The tank capacity of the car is 35 liters that assure long drives without worrying about the refilling.
Amongst the two engine variants the 1.2-litre variant of the Brio produces 88 PS of peak power at 6000rpm. The maximum torque produced is 109 Nm at 4500rpm. Whereas its bigger sibling powered by a 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine churns out 100 PS of power at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 127 Nm at 4800 rpm.
Honda Brio sports an apt engine w.r.t its body type, being a hatchback the engine promises easy handling and control with zippy acceleration. Honda Brio can easily reach 100kmph speed from a stop in well under 16 seconds. The hatchback also attains a top speed of 185 kmph. Honda Brio is not meant for a race track drive where you can do better lap times, but with Honda's practical engine the car doesn't disappoint at all especially when zipping your way through traffic and taking those quick turns.
The key things to look at in the Honda Brio are the outstanding style and the looks that bear the context to the contemporary world. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering on the exteriors of the Brio offers many features lovable to the eyes of both the car geeks and the average onlooker. The styling has been done in a razor-sharp manner. It bears the resemblance to many of the typical Honda features in the design. The facelift version of the Jazz is witnessed in the front grille of Brio having the chrome texture. There are sharp lines running towards the back of the belt. The front is equipped with a very wide screen and a couple of wipers. The smooth lines on the sleek looking bonnet offering it a very attractive look. The look of the car is further strengthened by the sign of the Honda embossed in the center of the grille. The insignia itself marks a striking attraction of the car. The bumper comes in the body color and the headlamps come in the shape of eyes giving the car a graceful look. The basic motive of giving a classic look to the car is to bring in the stylish character of Honda in a low budget car to the customers. Powerful halogen lamps are studded in the headlamp compartment. The complete glass hatch at the rear of the car makes it a distinct car when compared with other hatchbacks available in the market.
The size of Honda Brio is a compact one with all the comforts embedded in it. It has a length of 3610 mm with five doors and a seating capacity of 5 persons. The width of the city car is 1680 mm, and the height is 1485 mm. Honda has significantly improved with the stretched wheelbase of the Brio measuring at 2345 mm which in return offers sufficient interior space for the passengers.
The car has elegant interiors for the customers to delight upon. The car is spacious enough for a jolly ride for five persons. The comfort offered inside the car is an attractive feature for the customers to choose the city car of Honda. The hatchback has an appealing interior with a single tone color scheme. But the top variants are fabricated with dual tone colors that give the car an elegant look using beige coupled with black finished dashboard console. The space for the head and the legs are sufficient enough. The driver’s seat is height-adjustable with the rear seats foldable. The fuel consumptions display and few other notifications are also available in the instrument panel of the car. Many utility based aspects of the car have been included with a charging port for the passengers. The seats in the car are also neck shock mitigated. The back design of the front seat provides extra space for the passengers in the back seat. The two tone color interior is an eye-catching feature of the interior.
The comfort provided by the car entices the customers. The car is provided with central locking and anti-lock braking system. The airbags in the car have been installed for both the driver and the passengers. There is seat belt warning system in the car for the safety. Brio provides a high level of safety and security with features like child safety locks, side impact beams, front impact beams, engine immobilizer, and the centrally mounted fuel tank. The hundred percent foldable rear seats make enough volume in the car. The car is provided with heating, air conditioning, and ventilating system.
The Honda Brio was built with keeping compactness in mind. This chic car has a boot space of 175 liters. Comparatively, one may find that the boot space isn’t that great, but boot space isn’t one of the factors Honda is selling this car on. However, one may fold the rear seats to increase the space to carry luggage.
The Honda Brio 1.2-litre variant produces 88 PS of peak power at 6000rpm with a maximum torque of 109 Nm at 4500rpm. Whereas its bigger sibling powered by a 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine churns out 100 PS of power at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 127 Nm at 4800 rpm. The overall performance of the car is decent when driven in the city, for longer drives the performance of this hatchback does lack a bit.
Honda has equipped the Brio with a very interactive stereo and audio system. The initial 1.2L A and S variants are equipped with a single DIN AM/FM Single Disc MP3 audio system which also has a USB support function. When opting for the top variants, the audio quality improves significantly with a Double DIN Single Disc MP3 audio system implanted supporting USB, iPOD and Bluetooth. The sports variants of the Brio also enjoy an illuminated display for the audio system.
The Brio comes with 14 inch wheel in different options – steel, alloy and trim so that customers can have their pick while buying this five-seater. The tires covering the wheels have the size of 175/65 R14.
The car is smoothly handled due to the small size and a small wheel radius to ease the driver in handling the car while in motion. The front brakes are ventilated disc and the rear uses drum brakes for braking. The driver’s seat is also height adjustable to ease the tall drivers for their comfort. McPherson Struts applied to the front suspension and Torsion Beam on the rear ensures smooth driving of the car regardless of the terrain it is driven on.
The Honda Brio is packed with standard Honda safety features. Which includes central locking along with Airbags which have been installed in both the rear and the driver’s seat to provide safety. Brio is equipped with ABS EBD feature to enhance drive safety on road. There is a child lock system also available in the car. Crash Sensor, side impact beams, front impact beams and day and night rear view mirrors provide further safety features in the car.