Honda has launched a refreshed variant of the Honda Brio hatchback with more features added to it. It has also revamped its variants line up to six variants, but which now has only one automatic variant from two earlier.
Following customer feedback, Honda has now taken a couple of features that were available in the newly launched Honda Amaze and added it to the Brio hatchback. This includes a rear defogger and a height adjustable driver’s seat in the top-end variant that is now called the Honda Brio VX-MT / VX-AT variant (the latter being the only available automatic now).
We wish Honda would have added a rear wiper as well to the Honda Brio, but given the all-glass hatch on the Brio that is not really possible at the moment, so buyers will have to make do with a defogger only. The issue is, with hatchbacks, in rainy weather you get a lot of road spray that settles on the rear glass and a wiper is a necessity. Defoggers work in rainy weather, when the glass mists up from in inside due to increased humidity.
A height adjustable driver’s seat, along with the tilt-adjustable steering in the Honda Brio would make it easier for shorter drivers to easily find the right driving position, where they get a clear view of the road. Also read: Upcoming cars from Honda
Honda Brio variants and prices
The Honda Brio now comes in six variants. The base Honda Brio continues to be the Honda Brio E-MT variant, which is priced at Rs. 4.12 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. The top-end Honda Brio is now the Honda Brio VX-AT, which is priced at Rs. 6.12 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, an increase of Rs. 12,000 given rising input costs, from the time it was launched about seven months ago.
Honda Brio E-MT: Rs. 4.12 lakh
Honda Brio EX MT (new variant): Rs. 4.28 lakh
Honda Brio S MT: Rs. 4.60 lakh
Honda Brio V MT: Rs. 5.06 lakh
Honda Brio VX MT (new variant): Rs. 5.34 lakh
Honda Brio VX AT (added features): Rs. 6.12 lakh
All variants of the Honda Brio are powered by a 1.2 litre petrol engine putting out 86 bhp of power at 6000 rpm and 109 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm, with a claimed fuel economy of 19.4 kmpl for the five-speed manual transmission variants, and 16.5 kmpl for the five-speed automatic variant. The Brio boasts of a small turning radius of 4.5 m for the Brio manual and 4.7 metres for the Brio automatic, making it quite manoeuvrable in the city. Also read: Honda to launch Brio VX with more features
The Honda Brio comes now also comes with a maintenance package valid for two years or 40,000 km, which a customer can buy for Rs. 9996. This covers the service costs for two years, which is about four services or once every 10,000 km – and includes oil changes etc.
Honda has ruled out introducing a diesel variant in the Honda Brio this year. This year, only its sedan sibling, the Honda Amaze gets a diesel engine. Next year, the new Honda Jazz and new Honda City would also come with diesel options, and if Honda then has the capacity it may consider a Brio diesel variant too. Also read: Honda sells over 4800 units of Amaze in April