February 16, 2019

Honda Brio Facelift Review & Performance

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. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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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.The Japanese automaker is working on the new Brio, which is codenamed as 2UA. This car will be manufactured in the automaker’s Indian plant, and it will be exported to Japan as well. Therefore the 2018 Honda Brio will become the second made in India car to be exported after the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno. Moreover, Honda hasn’t exported any car to Japan yet.

Honda Brio Exterior

Since the Honda Brio Automatic is a variant, there are no changes in its exterior design. The Brio continues to be a cute looking small car from the Honda stable. The headlights have a pearl drop effect and have the indicators integrated in them. There is a very definite jaw line to the car and cause of the line running just below the petite radiator grille; it gives a very nice profile to it. Front section of the car is low-slung and the nose is bigger. Headlights of the car look extremely impressive. The beautifully designed upper and lower grilles of the car further enhance the aesthetics of the car.

Even though small, still the Brio looks very smart with its taut nose. With poppy headlights and an always smiling radiator grille, the Brio is a favorite across all the ages.Honda has definitely struck a chord with the Brio. The build quality of this small car remains strong. Sleek and compact remain the key factors of Brio design.

Honda Brio Interior

Maximum changes are on the inside as you can notice the Honda Brio facelift gets a new dashboard, which is lifted straight from the Amaze facelift. However, the compact sedan gets a beige lower-half while the Brio gets all-black dashboard, which looks youthful. The range topping VX trim comes with all-black upholstery while the lower trims are offered with beige interiors. The steering remains the same but the instrument cluster is new featuring blue illuminated rings and new MID display. The centre console now offers a well integrated audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, audio quality is quite good for a car belonging to this segment. There is no auto climate control on offer but the digital AC controls which look like auto AC but are actually manual, is a neat touch.

There is a Max Cool function for the AC which actually puts the fan to max and lowest temperature setting, which is a good feature to have when it’s super hot and you just want the AC on full blast when you get inside the cabin. You also get power foldable and adjustable ORVMs with blinkers on the VX trim. The driver’s seat gets height adjustment along with steering wheel adjustment. The seats are comfortable and well spaced out, rear legroom is decent but three passengers at the back would be a tight fit. Boot space at 175-litres is average considering the bigger capacities of hatchbacks in this segment. For Honda Brio visit  kazembassy.in

Honda Brio Performance

The engine and transmission would remain same. In that case, the 2018 Honda Brio will be powered by a 1.2 litre four cylinder SOHC engine under the hood which will be paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox. Expect a CVT to come on offer as well. The same engine under the hood of outgoing Honda Brio churns out 87 bhp of peak power at 6000 rpm and 109 Nm of peak torque at 4500 rpm. In the outgoing model the engine delivers a fuel efficiency of 12 kmpl in city and 17 kmpl on highways. Expect the next generation Brio’s engine to get a tweak to deliver improved fuel economy; the CVT version will deliver the similar fuel economy however.

The Brio continues to offer 5-speed manual and 5-speed automatic transmission options unlike the Amaze facelift which gets a CVT now instead of the torque converter. The manual gearbox feels slick and tactile to use and along with the light clutch, many of you won’t complain about driving it in traffic. The 5-speed auto gearbox feels much better than the CVT and is a breeze to drive in traffic conditions. Yes, there is a slight lag while upshifting when you floor the throttle but it offers smooth shifts with part throttle. However, the Brio auto returns a claimed 16.5 km/l fuel efficiency which is lower than the manual’s 18.5 km/l claimed mileage.

Honda Brio Driving

The Honda Brio is underpinned by a very potent platform in terms of dynamics. This is why currently Honda has four products based on the same platform including two 7-seaters. The Brio can handle triple digit speeds with good stability on the highways. The ride quality is flat most of the times and it doesn’t unsettle on bad roads. Since it is a light hatchback, the handling is brisk and the Honda Brio feels eager to take corners hard. The steering feels direct and very predictable while cornering. Braking performance is quite effective too having a strong pedal bite. There are no mechanical changes so you won’t feel any difference compared to the pre-facelift model.

Honda Brio 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 Cost in Mumbai

Honda Brio On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 5,43,130 to 7,85,294 for variants Brio E MT Petrol and Brio VX AT Petrol respectively. Honda Brio is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Honda Brio variants price in Mumbai. Check for Brio price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Honda Brio Round Up

The 2018 Honda Brio will surely come more stylish ore aggressively design. The upmarket features inside the cabin and the safety features will surely enhance the appeal of the hatchback.The Honda Brio has always been a fun to drive car which offers good interior space and performance. It lacked when it came to features while a very plain-jane dashboard robbed the cabin of appeal. However, with this update Honda has given the Brio a new lease of life and has improved the whole package drastically. The Amaze derived dashboard not only looks fresh but has additional features to go with it. Amongst the cosmetic changes, we love the all black upholstery in the top variant. Though the mechanicals remain unchanged, the Honda Brio has become a much improved and appealing hatchback.

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