Honda Cars India Limited today launched updated version of its Brio hatchback in India at the starting price of Rs 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 2016 Brio hatchback is around Rs 25k more expensive than the outgoing model although the pricing seems to be very competitive especially of this knowledge bag has to take on the likes of Tata Tiago, Maruti Celerio and Hyundai Grand i10. The most of the changes on the Biro is on the expected lines of cosmetic alterations which include new glossy black grille just like we have witnessed on sedan. Front bumper has been read design and now look beefy and more mature than the outgoing models. Profile remains identical all the company has made sufficient changes to the back-end in order to make are more attractive and imaginative in nature. Having said that the most of the critical changes surface on the inside of the cabin where the new car has got brand new styling and quiet imaginative interiors. Dashboard and interiors are laid out in the same manner as we witnessed in amaze and BR-V vehicles. New instrument cluster, digital automatic climate control, and all new upholstery make the new car look very attractive and Stylish. Under the hood, Brio continues to be powered by 1.2-litre i-VTEC 4 cylinder engine capable of making out 88 PS and 109 Nm channelizing the power to the front wheel of the car. Mechanical leader has not been any alteration as the engine, gear, and suspension system identical to the outgoing model.
Brio is a subcompact hatchback by Honda which was launched in India in the year 2011. Besides India it is also produced in Thailand. After these two countries the car has also been launched in South Africa in the year 2012. Honda designed the car with its "man maximum, machine minimum" principle.
Since its launch the car has won several awards like “Variant Car of The Year” at Car India Awards 2013, “The Highest Ranked Premium Compact Car” in J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2012 India Initial Quality Study (IQS), “Jury Award 2012” by Business Standard Motoring, “Hatch of the year - Petrol 2011” by Car India, “Premium Hatchback of the Year” by ET Zigwheels Awards 2011, “Reader`s Choice Small Car of the Year” by the BBC Top Gear Magazine Awards 2011, “Small Car of the Year” by NDTV Car & Bike Awards 2012, “Hatchback of the Year` award by Vicky.in People`s Choice Awards 2011 and “Sub-Compact car of the year” by Bloomberg UTV Autocar India.
Honda Brio has one of the most powerful and refined engines in its segment. The car is powered with 1.2 L SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine with 4 cylinders and 16 valves and is available in both manual and automatic transmission. The engine has a displacement of 1198 cc. The Brio is capable to churn out a maximum power of 88 PS @6000 rpm and maximum torque (In both Manual and Automatic Transmission) of 109 NM @4500 rpm. The front has a disc brake while the rear comes with drum brakes. The turning radius of Manual Transmission is 4.5 m while for Automatic Transmission is 4.7 m. The car comes with PGM-Fi fuel supply system. It has a fuel capacity of 35 L. The Brio can deliver a mileage of about 19.4 kmpl for the manual transmission and about 16.5 kmpl for the automatic transmission.
In terms of exterior look, Honda Brio certainly has a supremely classy design which is based on the ‘Double Triangle’ exterior design concept. The front of the car has an edgy and captivating chrome grille and a fine line rising from the dynamic crystal headlamps that imparts character to the vehicle. It has a wide stance that helps the vehicle in robust and stable driving. From the side, the outside rear view mirrors are Brio body coloured which can be adjusted electronically. In the rear, the back lights are placed at the extreme ends with an all glass finish. In addition, its aerodynamic design theme adds to the style statement that it makes.
The overall length of Brio is 3610 mm, width is 1680 mm and height is 1500 mm.
Moving on to the interiors, the features and styling will impress you the moment you enter inside the car. The car has got spacious legroom and headroom and has a seating capacity of 5 people. The driver seat can be adjusted as per the convenience. Front seats have integrated headrests. It has a single tone beige interior in all the variants except in the Brio V MT which has dual-tone beige interior. The car has an electronically powered tiltable three-spoke steering wheel with mounted audio controls on it. The dashboard is simple and uncluttered. It has a well fitted and good quality plastic to boast of in the segment. The dashboard has 4 AC vents, the control of which lies on the central console. In terms of other features, the car has an advanced integrated USB audio system, Unique and sporty Triple Analog 3D Meters with enhanced visibility, spacious glove box, front & rear drink holder, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, power windows, central locking, and fuel consumption display.
In terms of safety, Brio is equipped with range of safety features like ABS (Anti-lock Braking system) with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), G-CON that reduces the impact in the event of crash and crumple zones ensure pedestrian safety, pretensioner seat belts with speed limiter & dual SRS airbags.
Taking the overall features, style, performance, and fuel efficiency in mind the car is a good one.