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Honda Brio was launched in the year 2011 to compete with the best hatchbacks in those days. Brio entered the market which was largely dominated by Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai i10-i20. In spite of the small dimensions, the car became popular for its roomy cabin and peppy engine. Brio formed the basis of a new Honda line-up which saw the Japanese manufacturer introduced cars such as the Amaze, the BR-V and the Mobilio. However, with the launch of these models, the importance of Brio was played down. Furthermore, with the competitors updating their cars, Brio’s demand fell further which led the manufacturer to introduce a revised version of the pocket rocket model.
Let us head directly towards the comprehensive Honda Brio review:
Five years after its initial launch, Brio received its first upgrade in 2016 and as expected minor changes were introduced in the model as it got a facelift and revamped up-to-date interior. The updated model got a thick black slat across the radiator grille which has been inspired by the BR-V style. The lower model of the grill got the chrome treatment. The bumpers of Honda Brio resembles into Amaze with the three-part layout of the air dam. Apart from these elements, the car is similar to the previous version.
Talking about the interior, the new Honda Brio received major changes inside the cabin with the model seeing out the round-theme layout and integrating the new design inspired by Honda Amaze, City and BR-V. The black dashboard gets glazed highlights and rectangular air-vents which look rich. The interior has two dominating colours based on the variants. For E & S trims, the interior is offered in beige whereas, for the top-spec VX trim, the interior is all black. The top trim also gets dual airbags, ABS and EBD along with automatic climate control and a height-adjustable driver seat. The only disappointment in the interior is the infotainment system which still is not a touch-screen. However, Honda has not ruled that out, and the next update may see Brio packed with the feature.
Moving on to the specifications, the Honda Brio has the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine which churns out the power of 89bhp and generates 109Nm of torque. The i-Vtec petrol engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and a five-speed automatic transmission. While we expected the updated Brio to come with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) like Amaze, the lack of feature in basic trims does not affect the torque which works quite well.
Honda Brio is available in four petrol variants – E MT, S MT, VX MT and VX AT.
Honda Brio on road price in India is between INR 5.4 lakh to INR 7.9 lakh considering price after GST. Brio EMT is the entry-level trim whereas VX AT is the top trim offered in Brio. Considering Honda Brio price and specifications, it directly competes with Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ritz and Hyundai Grand i10.