Honda tries to regain some of the ground it lost to its competitors, notably Toyota, with its first sub 5 lakh small car, Brio. A couple of hits and misses have earned the vehicle a mixed response so far.
Honda's first foray into sub 5 lakh segment is certainly not as it would have hoped. Honda Brio falls short of expectations.
Impressive power-to-weight ratio
Missing climate controls, rear defogger and driver seat adjustment
Tacky drive on uneven roads
What people like
Price below five lakhs is definitely a plus point for the sweet looking Brio. It has an impressive power-to-weight ratio and a majestic i-VTEC engine. The interiors, gearshift, easy maneuverability and light controls make in-city commuting easy.
What people frown at
The ride quality is unimpressive on imperfect roads. Basic equipment like CD player, rear defogger and driver seat adjustment is missing. Some people complain rain water enters car interiors even when water is not high enough.
The boot is tiny and has capacity of only 175 liters. The list of misses goes on, the rear design is wacky.
On top of that, the rear seats are too short and cramp back-seat passengers. The missing climate controls are definitely a turn-off, as in case of most other Honda cars. The CVT Automatic transmission is missing as well, so the list of misses becomes even longer.
Honda insists that Brio has successfully cleared Japanese crash tests. It must be noted that Japanese standards are more rigorous than even the European ones.