Honda Brio Facelift Review & First Drive

Honda Brio Overview

In India Japanese automakers share a large volume of the market pie. The Honda is certainly one of the most popular Japanese automaker in the country, which boasts several popular and successful models in its stable.The compact hatchback segment being the most popular segment in the country, all the automakers try to capture a fare share of the segment. Honda being one of the major players in India’s automobile market couldn’t ignore the segment. The company launched the Brio compact hatchback few years ago, which became immensely popular due to its stylish compact design, practicality and peppy performance.

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Now the Japanese automaker is working on an all new Brio, which would be launched sometime in 2018. The new Brio will surely come featuring an updated design at the exterior and inside the cabin as well. As the Honda Amaze and the Brio shares the same platform, it can be said, that the new Brio would come featuring the similar fascia, which the newly launched facelift Amaze sports.Book a test drive for Brio in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

Honda Brio Exterior & Style

The Honda Brio is a cute city car probably slightly biased towards the fairer sex in its appeal, at least when viewed from the front. The car also looks small, thanks to the design of the car. However, be assured that it isn’t, by any means, a little hatch. In fact, it is wider at the front and has more space than Maruti Suzuki Swift..The length of the car is under 4 metres and measures 3.6 metres, considering that a Ford EcoSport is approximately 4 metres. The Brio has a strong crease running along the body, which kind of continues under the headlamps, giving it much style. The huge Honda logo finds its home proudly on the chrome grille.

The rear of Honda Brio is where the feminine appeal changes to a masculine sharpness. The tail gate is made entirely of glass and the two tail lamps on either side of it look super. The aerodynamic spoiler provides a modern touch while the 14-inch alloys for the top-end version add taste to the car. All this and more makes the Honda Brio a rather funky and modern hatch as compared to its rivals. The Brio gets some classy shoes with 14-inch alloys wrapped in 175/65/R14 MRF tyres for the top-end VX model.

Honda Brio Interior & Comfort

Surprisingly pleasant. You will be welcomed by the new interiors that are in tune with the Amaze facelift and the BR-V. A new instrument cluster, bigger dials, new two-din infotainment system and a premium air-con unit is what catches your attention first. The lower variants get a beige cabin, but this top-end Brio comes with all-black interiors with silver accents. Since the seats haven’t changed, seating comfort remains the same. Thin front seats offer respectable lateral and thigh support, while second row provides satisfactory room and comfort.

Safety features like ABS with EBD, dual SRS airbags, and front seat belt pre-tensioner with load limiter are standard on top VX variants. The equipment list isn’t extravagant, yet the VX variant packs essentials like keyless entry, electrically foldable mirrors with turn indicators, four power windows and an engine immobilizer. Then the stereo is Bluetooth USB and AUX compatible and paired with steering mounted controls. Honda has done a good job in upping the interior quality as against its predecessor. That said, the lack of a touch screen system, engine start-stop button and parking sensors also displays their cost-saving measures. Also, the small boot space with a high loading lip is still one of the biggest drawbacks of the car.

Honda Brio Engine & Gearbox

In the AT, married to the 1,198cc petrol, four-cylinder engine is a five-speed automatic gearbox, instead of the five-speed manual transmission. As an example for inimitable Honda ways of thinking up urban mobility solutions in their cars, you only need to look at this new automatic transmission in the Brio.For some it might look like Honda is trying to dumb down the driver’s abilities by over-simplifying the automatic gearbox. Others might think that by almost offering gear selection instead of modes, has Honda attempted to give shift-happy drivers something to do with their hands. But the fact is that Honda has attempted to make the process of driving in auto mode more intuitive and productive while considering that driving conditions in most Asian cities have now become pretty homogenous.

Unlike some of the fancy auto gearboxes we have seen in luxury cars, which have dual clutches and many different driving modes like sport, comfort, hill-climb, low-gear, sport+ etc., the transmission in the Brio AT is a simple torque converter. Keeping the tech simple helps keep costs low, but it also translates into a slight drop in performance, even compared to the Brio’s manual transmission variant.Essentially, the engine produces the same 88PS of peak power at 6,000 rpm and the maximum torque delivered is also 109Nm at 4,500 rpm. But, the torque converter gearbox is tuned more for retaining efficiencies. But, before we get to on-road performance, let me clarify about the modes.

Honda Brio Driving Dynamics

The car is super silent at idling and NVH levels are good. The engine gets fairly vocal at high rpms (above 4,500rpm), but then it is a sweet engine note. Some tyre and road noise does seep into the cabin. The suspension set-up is on the softer side so the ride quality becomes wavy on highways. While driving you realise the front takes bad patches easily but sharper bumps/potholes have to be taken at slow speeds, otherwise a jolt is felt by the second row occupants. Nevertheless a ground clearance of 165mm helps the Brio clear even large speed breakers at ease.

The Brio’s straight-line stability is impressive and the car maintains its composure even while taking bends. It is well balanced to keep you involved while taking corners, but the body roll becomes prominent. The fast and direct steering also boosts confidence. Certainly it’s light at slow speeds but inconsistent in weighing up at high speeds, so getting used to it takes some time. Stopping power comes from front discs and a rear drum setup. These brakes have a good bite and the pedal has an excellent feedback. Parking becomes an easy task also because of the compact dimensions, small footprint and a short 4.5m turning radius.

Honda Brio Braking & Safety

2018 Honda Brio will come complying with the new crash test norms. The car will be build with a stronger frame compare to the outgoing model. It will also come with dual front airbags and ABS as standard safety features on all the trims. The top end versions might get six airbags as well. Expect the next generation Brio to sport reverse parking camera as well.

Honda Brio Price in Chennai

Honda Brio Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 4,71,366/- (Brio E MT Petrol) to 6,80,931/- (Brio VX AT Petrol). Get best offers for Honda Brio from Honda Dealers in Chennai. Check for Brio price in Chennai at Carzprice

Honda Brio Bottomline

The Honda Brio is a brilliant small car that excels in most departments while keeping up with the rest of the competition in others. It is a great value proposition, providing comfort, space, fuel economy and performance, all at a justified price, keeping in mind that it wears the big H badge. However, we felt that the interiors could have been better and the suspension more passenger friendly. But this is just looking for needles in a hay stack, for the Brio is otherwise a brilliant all-round package. Also, do not forget that when one buys a car, one builds a relationship with not only the car but also the manufacturer.

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