Expert Review of Honda Brio
Honda Brio is the hatchback from the eminent house of Honda Cars and was launched in the year 2011. Since its launch, it is known as the car which loves you back and without a doubt, it is a car with the most unique design of the present time. The Honda Brio E MT is powered by a 1.2-litre, 1198cc petrol engine which delivers a maximum power of 86.8bhp at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 109Nm at 4600rpm. The hatchback has a decent size and can seat 5 adults comfortably. The engine comes mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and the hatch has MacPherson Strut suspension system up front and Torsion Beam Axle at the rear which gives the car a great stability.
Brio comes with great comfort features, in tune with rest of the Honda line up with sporty amber color illuminations, air conditioner with heaters, collapsible electric power steering, headlight off and ignition key off reminder, immobilizer, full size spare tyre and day/night inside rear view mirror etc.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Honda Brio E MT comes with the SOHC i-VTEC engine which has a displacement of 1198cc. The 1.2-litre engine helps the car achieve a mileage of 15.2kmpl on the city roads and 18.4kmpl on highways. Honda Brio complies with the BS IV emission norms.
Honda Brio is one good looking car and adding further to the good looks are the colors that it comes in. The colors that the Honda Brio is available in are Titanium Grey Pearl, Alabaster Silver, Tafeta White, Crystal Black Pearl, Emerald Blue and Rallye Red.
Acceleration and Pick up
With its 1198cc engine, Honda Brio reaches the 100kmph mark form 0kmph in about 16 seconds. The hatchback is capable of reaching the 185kmph top speed mark with its SOHC i-VTEC engine.
The Honda hatchback with its cat eye headlamps, low slung front bumper and lots of curve, has a very fresh and a pleasant look to it. The front has the typical thick Honda V grille with rounded bumper in the front. The hatchback has very large windows and rear and front windshield which adds to the unique looks of the car. What enhances the sporty and trendy looks of the car is the blackout covering which is present on the rear windows instead of the usual quarter glass. The rear of the Honda Brio is the almost complete glass and the tailgate is one full tough glass with a large Honda logo placed in the center along with the other badges.
On the inside as well there is a breath of fresh air, literally, thanks to the wide glass area. There is sporty amber color illumination on the inside.
This version of the hatchback does not come with a lot many features apart from the regulars. On the outside there are halogen head lights which give very good visibility during the night and silver steel wheels with centre hub caps which add to the sporty character and stance of the Honda Brio E MT. There is also a manual radio antenna present. Inside, the color scheme is single tone beige and sporty amber color illumination. Due to the large glass area all around in the car, there is a lot of freshness that we get to see. In terms of safety, there hatchback comes with immobilizer though the ABS with EBD braking system is missing.
There is electric power steering, air conditioner with heater, central locking and headlight off and ignition key off reminder.
Overall the length of the Honda Brio is 3610mm, width is 1680mm and height is 1500mm. The wheelbase of the Brio is 2345mm and the ground clearance is 165mm. In terms of the toughest competitor,Maruti Swift comes with a capacity to seat 5 members with ease has a length of 3850mm, Width of 1695mm, height of1530mm and a wheelbase of 2430mm. The ground clearance of hatchback, Maruti Swift is 170mm. Honda Brio does face a minor issue with the seating in comparison to the Maruti Swift but can fit in 5 adults comfortably.
Honda is a popular brand all around the world for products that are efficient and performance oriented. Honda Brio E MT comes with a SOHC i-VTEC 16V engine which has a capacity of 1.2-litres. The power output of the engine is 86.8bhp at 6000rpm and the produces a maximum torque of whopping 109Nm at 4600rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5 speed manual transmission system. The good looking hatchback form Honda returns a mileage of 15.2kmpl in the city and a mileage of 18.4kmpl on the highways which turns to be a very good number for a hatchback.
The cute hatchback, Honda Brio E MT stands on 175/65 R14 82T tyres. The variant is blessed with silver steel wheels with centre hub caps which makes Honda Brio E MT stands out in the competition with the other cars.
Up front the hatchback has the MacPherson Strut suspension system and the rear suspension is the Torsion Beam Axle. The suspension system is well designed and tuned by the company to suit the needs of the Indian roads and one can feel immense comfort while driving this hatchback, whatever maybe the condition of the roads.
Handling and Control
The light weight of the hatchback, Honda Brio E MT, helps the 1.2 i-VTEC engine perform well and this gives performance oriented results. This 920 kg – 940 kg kerb weight, also helps the Honda Brio E MT achieve a mileage of 15.2kmpl in the city. The gear shifting is smooth and the especially tunes suspension system helps the car cruise on the Indian roads. The light weight steering helps maintain the stability and balance of the car. With a turning radius of 4.5meters and a ground clearance of 165mm, the car is a pleasant drive. The disc brakes in the front and drum at the rear, gives a good grip on the controls of the car, however one misses the efficient ABS and EBD.
Looks and styling
Lack of features which make the car too basic