The Brio came to the Indian market in the year 2011 after much waiting. This five-door sub-compact hatchback manufactured by Honda, is placed in a segment below the premium hatchback, Honda Jazz. The smart design gives the Brio a very sporty look. In Italian, the name Brio means energetic and cheerful.
Though introduced initially in the India and Thailand, the market of Honda Brio was later expanded to South Africa and Indonesia. Four variants of Honda Brio are assembled in India for the South Asian markets. There is a production facility of this car in the Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI), a subsidiary of Honda. The factory in Rajasthan exports parts of the car to Thailand also. The Indian suppliers source most of the parts for this hatchback.
This sub-compact hatchback is powered by a 1198 cc petrol engine, which generates 87 bhp at the rate of 6000 RPM. There are 5-speed automatic, FWD and 5-speed manual FWD gearboxes available for the different variants of Honda Brio. The vehicle is equipped with a power steering and can accommodate a maximum of five passengers.
There are dual air bags in the front for the safety of the passengers. High tensile steel is used to make the key parts of the framework of the vehicle. This makes the vehicle sturdy and rigid. Other safety equipment in the car includes features like anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and front pretension seat belts. While designing the car, Honda has taken care to give it a better fuel efficiency. The car gives a mileage of about 18.4 km per litre. The advanced compatibility engineering used in the making of this car protects the car in case of a collision and lessens the damage caused to the other vehicle as well.
The powerful engine and superior fuel efficiency make it a tough competitor for cars like Chevrolet Beat and Hyundai i10. The other competitors include Maruti Swift, Maruti Ritz, Ford Figo, Nissan Micra and Toyota Etios. The better quality and smooth ride when compared to its competitors make the Brio one of the leading hatchbacks in the present day Indian market.
The different variants of Honda Brio are priced from 4.19 lakh to 6.19 lakh rupees. The fuel economy and the engine quality, besides other comfort features and interior of this sub-compact hatchback make it a favourite on the roads in India. The smooth ride and the rigid body framework boost the overall confidence of the driver. In short, Honda Brio is a reliable and practical car, which is perfect for the Indian scenario except that the engine is powered only by petrol.