Honda Brio will be launching the Brio on September 27.  As an entry-level Honda car, which is expected to be priced beginning at about Rs 4 lakh, there is a lot of buyer interest. Here’s why the Honda Brio proposition makes sense for the premium hatchback buyers.

What Brio offers Indian customers?

Honda has indigenously developed the Brio, for Asian markets including India and Thailand. Hence, exterior styling, interior space and fuel consumption take the top spot in the Brio’s design. The car also incorporates Honda’s core DNA that includes the ‘Man maximum – Machine minimum’ philosophy.

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Photo: The Honda Brio will compete with cars like the i10, Beat and Liva

Peppy engine

The Brio is powered by a 1.2 litre i-vtec engine that puts out 87 bhp of power and 109 Nm of torque. The same engine also does duty in the Honda Jazz so it will likely be a peppy vehicle. The Brio has an edge over its rivals as it has the best power-to-weight ratio (95.13 bhp per tonne) in its class. This essentially means that it will have quicker acceleration and better fuel efficiency.

Further, Honda has also altered the ratios of the 5-speed gearbox, making the gearing a little taller in interest of fuel economy. An ARAI-certified mileage of 18.4 kmpl makes the Brio as frugal as the new Maruti Swift (18.6 kmpl).

Sporty exterior

The Brio is a good example of how a small car with dimensional limitations can look modern, sporty, dynamic and practical. As per Honda designers, the Brio has a double triangle theme evident from the smooth triangular contours of the car’s rear and the triangular tail lamp clusters.

The sharp crease line starting from the rear doors inclines steeply to the front. The car has a large chrome slat with a big Honda logo at the front as well. Subtle elements like smoked headlamps, slightly protruding wheel  fenders, sporty air dams and purposeful fog lamps below the front grille, all add to the ‘feel good’ factor.

Spacious Interior

The Brio is surprisingly spacious on the inside despite its compact dimensions on the outside (3,610 x 1,680 x 1,500 mm). The dual-tone brown-beige interior lightens up the cabin while the wide, yet ergonomically laid out instrument controls help carve out space for front passengers.

The rear seats are spacious too with enough leg and head room for tall people; sadly it can only seat two occupants comfortably. The large glass area gives an airy feel to the Brio and offers good all-round visibility. Reverse parking too, will be easier, thanks to the large rear windscreen, which also acts as the boot-access door.

Boot space of 175 litres is below average size for a car of its class and the high loading lip will make you lift the luggage while loading and unloading,  one of Brio’s ‘not-so-good’  bits.

Features

The Brio has an electric power steering, steering-mounted audio controls, electric mirrors, power windows and central locking. Air-conditioning is only manually controlled, which is par for this segment (except for the top-end Beat). It comes with dual i-SRS airbags, ABS, EBD (Electronic brake distribution) and front disc brakes. The Brio has no parcel tray, no CD drive for the 2-DIN music system (only FM tuner and aux-in, USB ports are available) and no rear wiper or defogger.

Variants

The Honda Brio will have two variants, S and V, the V being the top-end variant. Both the variants will have airbags, ABS and EBD as standard features while the top-end Brio also gets alloy wheels and dual-tone upholstery as exclusive features.

Recent speculations suggest that Honda might launch a base variant of Brio (could be named Brio E) which will be devoid of airbags, ABS and EBD. If this happens, the base variant could be priced Rs. 45,000 – 60,000 lower than the S variant.

Price & competition

The estimated price of the Brio starts from Rs. 4.3 lakh and to likely go up to Rs. 5 lakh. If the speculated base variant (without airbags & ABS) is indeed, launched, then the prices of Brio may start from below Rs. 4 lakh.

The Brio will ideally lock horns with Hyundai’s i10 (Rs. 3.94 – 5.95 lakh), Maruti Suzuki A-Star (Rs. 3.59 – 4.37 lakh) and Chevrolet Beat (Rs. 3.55 – 4.59 lakh).

* Prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi

23 COMMENTS

  1. im agree with gaurav . . . Honda jst maintaining their petrol engine’s quality. . . .nd till 2015. . . There will be nt mch difrnc btwn petrol nd diesels price. ,so ths ll be an atractive buy. . .

  2. Wud give serious competition to suzuki n hundai small hatches 1.2 90 bhp vtec motor in dat car is d fastest in d segment n doesnt come at d cost of mileage unlike hyundai kappa engines i think honda wud rule d roost wid brio

  3. Comparing the mid spec of ford figo diesel and honda brio gasoline, with 600km per month, it is definetly pointing to honda. But, mark my words…, with the current trend going, the graphs of diesel and gasoline are varying with time, and for a period of 5 years, who knows.., diesel plays a better role.. But again, you are missing the great driving experience of a petrol and would definetly take y

  4. Honda will rock provided it has the production capacity…. This will be a promising launch which can put hyundai and Maruti into stand still…

  5. if you need a NO Nonsense car and are definetly ready to take a load of 10% cost variation, the gasoline is the one that rockswith the current trend going, the graphs of diesel and gasoline are varying with time, and for a period of 5 years, who knows.

  6. true.. Honda is readying a small diesel engine for Brio and Jazz, besides planning to launch Accord and CR-V diesel for next year :)

  7. I have all 3 diesel cars, 1 tata and 2 marutis. Tata is a pain to maintain, the marutis are damn cheap….trust me at the end of the month its the money tat matters the most. Especially wen u drive more than 2000km a month.

  8. For a driving of 600km per month gasoline will rock as the difference betwenn petrol and idesel in cost of ownership will be 1Lakh. If u run in 600km per month then the yearly difference in fuel cost and mileage calculated will be around 12K. Now if u put this 1lakh in an Fd in such rate of interest u mihg teasily get arounf 10k yearly so all in all a difference of 2k only . with cheap maintenance

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