Honda Brio: first drive
We get some hands-on time with Honda's upcoming small car...
Brio looks neat on the road. Has a purposeful looking front with a Jazz-like rear. Car is just over 3.5 metres long but one of the most spacious small cars. Honda has gone for a slightly wider interior than a taller one. 175 65 R14 tyres. Alloys, fogs and two tone fabric on top-of-the-line V model only. Else lower S spec has everything same.
Good rear visibility thanks to the glass hatch, ride is pliant, good stability while changing lanes, steering gives good feedback at low speeds. Feels light otherwise. Engine is eager, nearly the same spec as the Jazz. But you don't feel the lack of torque. Second gear 1500 rpm still climbs incline with ease.
Spacious and comfortable seats. Functional but you don't get a sense of luxury. There are music controls on steering but they have missed out on rear wash wipe.
Integrated music system looks funky but is pretty basic and feels skewed for the front passenger rather than the driver which is unique.
Overall a well-made Honda. Doesn't re-invent anything but plays it safe and clean - pretty much like other Honda cars. But you just might be interested more if we told you that prices are likely to start at Rs 4 lakh onwards. That will be something.