Honda has worked on clever packaging to make its baby – Brio - a fun to drive hatchback. It comes with a very efficient engine, a spacious cabin and offers excellent ride. Some recent upgrades have also made the car even more competitive in its segment.
This hatch runs on 1198cc 4 cylinder petrol engine that churns out a power of 88 bhp and torque of 11.1 kgm. It comes in 6 variants of which one is mated to 5 speed automatic transmission and all others have 5 speed manual gearboxes.
Here’s an account of the design, comfort and safety elements for base variant E MT:
The first thing that is instantly noticed about the Brio is its futuristic look. It has an aggressive stance, fresh lines, sporty detailing and overall a compact design. The base variant has body coloured bumpers and there’s chrome finish on the single strip front grille where the Honda logo sits. What gives the Brio its actual beauty and unique look however is the glass only hatch. The large glass cover on the boot has become the most prominent identity of this little car but the base variant does not have a washer/wiper at the rear and this makes cleaning little inconvenient. Practically, it can cause visibility problems while driving in rain. The tail lamps are small but suit the rear profile well.
Brio E MT runs on silver steel wheels that have centre hub caps.
Spaciousness of the cabin is the thing to observe when you step inside the Brio. The large windscreen creates an airy feel. The front seats although slim are quite comfortable and there is adequate legroom at the back too. It’s a single tone beige colour theme for the interior in Brio E MT. Instrument panel has amber illumination and the inner door handles have a matching body colour. The dashboard with its two-piece and off set centre console is basic although it does not look very plebeian. It is the soft touch steering wheel of Brio that is fairly exclusive. You don’t get a music system with the base variant.
For comfort of driver and passengers, the base variant comes with a set of necessary comfort features integral to a car in this price range. So you have an electric power steering, a manual air conditioner & heater, and central locking convenience. Only the front windows are powered in Brio E MT. Tachometer and trip computer have been provided.
What you will miss is in this entry level version is seat height adjustment for driver’s seat and tilt adjustment for steering wheel. But the headlights can be adjusted as required.
The ‘ACE body structure’ of Brio E MT has elementary safety features. It comes with an engine immobilizer. There is high mount stop lamp that lets vehicles behind your car maintain a safe distance from it. The rear view mirror is adjustable for day & night visibility. Reminder for driver seat belt has also been provided. You also get a full size spare tyre for those emergency situations.
Features in the base variant E MT may seem pretty basic but then it is the Brio that we are talking about. It’s a car that is loved for many reasons along with a decent fuel efficiency of 12.6 kms/litre to 18.4 kms/litre. Brio E MT costs Rs 4.13 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi).