Honda Cars India, a subsidiary of the Japanese public multinational corporation Honda Motor Company Limited is reputed for its technical expertise and inventive automobiles.Honda holds a major chunk of the market share in India.Honda’s product portfolio consists of sedans, hatchbacks and SUV’s.But Honda cars are generally quite expensiveand it has very limited choice in the budget segment. Honda Brio is the only car that is quite affordable to common man at around Rs 4-5 lakhs. Let us learn more about the Brio.
Honda Brio is the entry level hatchback which was launched here in 2011 at the Indian Auto Expo. The name Brio means energetic and cheerful in Italian langauage and the car is true to its name. It is a delightful five door mid-size hatchback which carries the typical light Japanese feel and dynamics. Its compact size makes it the perfect choice for driving in heavy city traffics and squeezing into small parking spaces. Brio is instantly recognizable with its prominent chrome front grille and complete glass hatch at the rear.
Although the hatch looks small from outside, four adults can sit inside comfortably. The plastics used inside and seat upholstery are of first class quality. The boot seems to be slightly smaller at 175 litres but is sufficient enough for a small family’s weekend trip baggage. Moreover the rear seats may be folded for added storage space. The neatly laid out dashboard has a user friendly instrument console and music system with Aux-in and USB connectivity. The top-of-line variant gets steering mounted audio controls, power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs and airbags for the front passengers.
Honda Brio is powered by a 1.2 litre i-Vtec engine which is tuned to produce 88 bhp of power at 6000 rpm. This petrol engine has a displacement of 1198 cc. Brio comes in 5 speed manual as well as automatic transmission gear boxes. Honda’s famed ride quality is upheld in the Brio as well. The kerb weight of the car is 950 kilograms and it has good power to weight ratio. Bumps and jerks are absorbed by the good quality suspension. The handling part is also well sorted. But Brio is a small car suitable for small rides within cities. The engine feels sluggish when on long and open highways. The top speed of Brio car is 150 kmph and it yields a mileage of 18.4 kmpl.
Honda Brio comes in 6 variants namely E MT, EX MT, S MT, V MT, VX MT and VX AT. They are available in unique Teffeta White, Crystal Black Pearl, Alabaster Silver, Enerqetic Blue, Urban Titanium and Rally Red colours and the price of these variants ranges from Rs 4 lakhs to Rs 6.5 lakhs.