Premium hatchbacks are known for attractive gizmos that make every day commuting a pleasurable experience. The recently launched Honda Brio (Rs. 3.95 – 5.10 lakh) is no exception. It has useful features like audio controls on the steering wheel, airbags and Eco lamp for the mileage conscious . Here are nine reasons why the Brio with its features and gadgetry will attract premium hatchback buyers.
First let’s take a quick glance at what the car essentially offers. The Brio is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine with a 5-speed gearbox. This petrol motor produces 87 bhp of max power and 109 Nm of max torque.
It is a peppy car to drive and its engine is more powerful than other petrol hatchbacks such as Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat. ARAI-certified mileage of the Brio is 18.4 kmpl, while the 175-liter boot is small for a car in this segment.
Double Triangle Design: The Honda Brio is designed on a double triangle theme. As per this theme, the top triangle (lies inverted) which includes the smart-looking headlights, the large chrome grille and front windscreen represent the dynamic stance.
The bottom half of this triangle design (upright) includes the bold character lines on the side profiles and the unique rear hatch door that renders a sporty panache. Read our Honda Brio launch story here.
In-car Entertainment: The Brio comes with a 2-DIN music system that can play MP3, AM/FM, USB and AUX-in ports. The music system is connected to four speakers fitted on the doors (as there is no parcel tray). But features like CD/DVD drive and Bluetooth are missing.
Audio Controls on steering wheel: The Brio gets steering-mounted audio controls so you need not take your hand off the steering wheel to change the audio while driving.
Tilt Steering: The Brio has tilt steering facilitating driving comfort. But, telescopic steering adjustment and driver seat height adjustment are features that have been missed out on. Also read: Honda Brio versus Hyundai i10
Triple Analog 3D meters: The Brio has triple analog 3D meters with large fonts for enhanced visibility. The large speedometer in the middle has an average fuel consumption display and fuel level bars. The dials on the sides of the speedometer are the tachometer (left side) and tell-tale lamps (right side) with ECO indicator.
Eco Lamp: The Brio has an ECO lamp (glows green) to encourage drivers to drive in a more fuel efficient manner. The ECO lamp will glow when you drive in optimal gears and are gentle on the acceleration pedal.
Electrically adjustable ORVMs: The Brio has electrically adjustable ORVMs to help you get a clear view of the rear effortlessly. But features such as electrically foldable ORVMs and indicators on ORVMs are missing.
Alloy wheels and Fog lamps: The Brio comes with 10 spoke alloy wheels and fog lamps. The alloy wheels lend a sporty feel to the car and enhance its appearance.
Drive side Intelligent SRS (i-SRS) Airbag: The Brio comes with dual airbags at the front. The driver side airbag (i-SRS) has a spiral seam structure and gas release control valve that controls airbag deployment and pressure. This i-SRS reduces the impact on the driver during collisions.
The Brio also gets ABS with EBD, pretensioner seatbelts with load limiters and Honda’s G-CON (G-Force Control Technology) to reduce impact in the event of a crash.
*Prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi