Honda Brio Facelift Review & Test 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.

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. Honda Brio in Tryaldrive

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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 Exterio & Look

The Honda Brio has always been a unique looking hatchback in its segment and the styling is one of the biggest USPs of the Brio especially with that triangular rear profile. The new update on the exterior finally adds some freshness to the design after a big void of 5 years without any update. There is a gloss black grille up front and a sleek looking bumper with new details inspired from the Amaze. The side profile remains unchanged, they should have at least offered new alloy wheels. The rear is more or less the same as well, having tweaked tail lights and a revised spoiler with LED lights.

Honda Brio Interior & Space

Everything inside the cabin is same except for the golf ball headed gear stick for the automatic variant. The interiors of the Honda Brio are by far the best for any B segment hatchback. Its premium and plush feel are the most luring factors.Front row space is generous while the rear row is decent. Quality of materials used on the dashboard, seats and trims are very upmarket. Instead of being known as a small car, the Brio is a compact hatch.

With a light steering wheel which is very crisp and steering mounted audio controls the convenience factor is good. It does not only look good but is of great utility too with intermittent spaces for storage everywhere. Over and above, Honda Brio does not disappoint you with its interiors and assures you that even though its Honda’s entry level car but it carries all the genes of a Honda very confidently.

Honda Brio Engine Transmission

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 Dynamics

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 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 Cost in Bangalore

Honda Brio On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,53,911 to 8,06,743 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 Bangalore. Check for Brio price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Honda Brio Round Up

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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