Encouraged by the success of Brio, Honda also decided to launch this nice, little hatch with automatic transmission. The Brio Auto option is only in top end model. It runs on the same 1.2 litre i-VTEC engine as the manual variants. This motor is known to be smooth and free revving and it’s exactly the case with 5 speed automatic gearbox.
Here’s an account of the features that come with Brio VX AT:
The styling of Honda Brio VX AT is identical to its manual counterpart – the top end manual variant. Hence, front & rear bumpers, ORVMs and door handles have body colour treatment; the car runs on stylish ten spoke alloy wheels; mud flaps have been put for all four tyres and there are fog lamps in front for safe driving in misty weather. With regards to looks, particularly the big glass hatch, the Brio is indeed very impressive in its segment.
The dual tone beige interiors are very spacious with an airy feel – and this is the first thing that strikes you when you climb into the Brio. The roominess is direct result of big glass screens at front and back as also the thin, smartly sliced seats. Gear knob and air vent rings have chrome surrounds. Inner door handles and steering wheel get a touch of silver for more refined look. The ‘advanced audio system’ plays music through FM/AM, MP3, USB and Aux ports. Audio switch controls mount the power steering wheel.
Brio automatic being in the top end version has an extra comfort feature in form of tilt adjustment for the steering wheel. Apart from the vanity mirror on front passenger side sunvisor, there is also one on the sunvisor on the driver’s side. Windows are powered for front and back. The ORVMs can be adjusted electrically from the cabin. Other comfort features include 100% foldable rear seats to create more storage space, driver seat height adjustment, central locking facility, a powerful manual air conditioner & heater, reminders for driver seat belt, headlights on and ignition key-in, an accessory socket and rear parcel shelf.
Along with standard safety features such as engine immobilizer, driver seat belt reminder, high mount stop lamp and rear glass defogger, Honda Brio VX AT has anti locking braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD). You also get SRS air bags for the driver and front passenger seat. What’s more, the fronts seat belts have pretensioners and load limiters. With these extra features, the automatic variant of Brio fits nicely in the fully loaded, top end segment.
The price of 6.14 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi) makes Brio VX AT the most expensive variant of the car. But if you really don’t like frequent gear shifting while driving through those massive traffic jams, you will enjoy owning this one.