Just more than nine months after the debut of Honda’s affordable Brio entry-level hatchback, the range has been extended with the addition of an equally dynamic and contemporary sedan version.
The Honda Brio sedan takes a bold and confident stance in the spotlight. This fresh sedan has a unique styling that reflects the agility and dynamic nature.
When it comes to safety Honda does not compromise – the Brio sedan is packed with safety features.
The sedan has intelligent airbags that are constructed in a spiral form which deploys gradually for a softer impact to your body helping to prevent severe bruising. The seat belts have an automatic pre-tensioning system that ride across the lap and chest to help restrain the driver and passengers during sudden stops.
The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) help prevent wheel lockup and assists the driver to retain control when braking aggressively by balancing the front and rear braking forces.
I really like the brightness and liveliness the Brio sedan brings. It looks classy with stylish and simple dashboard.
Its three spoke steering wheel is sporty and intuitive. It has mounted audio controls for convenience and a silver finish to complete the modern look.
The side mirrors can be adjusted from the control panel located on the driver’s side arm rest.
The Brio audio system has an integrated USB as well as auxiliary sockets allowing users to connect MP3 player or flash stick. Unfortunately the system doesn’t have a CD player.
The Brio sedan’s well thought out design includes five cup holders that limit spillage when driving. The Glove Box is beautifully sculpted to add more leg room. Additional storage is provided with the rear shelf and the seat back pockets.
Electric windows for both front and rear also come standard.
The Brio is fitted with a premium front chrome grille giving it an edgy and modern look. Combined with the trademark double triangle, it looks sporty and complements its style. The wide stance makes the Brio more robust and adds to driving stability too.
A bold character lines convey energy and liveliness from nose to tail giving the Brio sedan a streamlined look making it more aerodynamic. The crease extends along the sides to the bonnet adding to the sporty look and feel of the Brio.
The front and rear body colour bumpers’ exterior door handles and outside rear view mirrors complement the modern and edgy look of the sedan. It features 14 inch steel wheels (175/65 R14) and includes a full size spare wheel together with front and rear mudguards. The halogen headlamps add a stylish touch to this extraordinary vehicle.
On the road
The Honda Brio sedan adjusts the valve timing according to thedriving conditions resulting in an optimal performance and efficiency. At theheart of the Brio performance is a compact, four-cylinder engine.
The Brio sedan is firm on the road and performs well – but the noise level is still a bit high.
It is not complicated to drive and the gear-lever is easy to operate.
- Power: 65kW @ 6000rpm
- Torque: 109Nm at 4500
- 0-100 km/h: 12.5 seconds
- Top speed:117km/h
- Fuel consumption: 6.1/100km
- Fuel type: Unleaded Petrol
- Fuel tank capacity: 35L
- Price range: R131 500 – R151 300
What we like about the car:
- Amazing cargo space
- Good ground clearance
- Good fuel economy
- Affordable sedan
- The car is firm on the road
- The interior is simple and looks great
- The seats and ride are comfortable
What we don’t like about the car:
- The car does not have a CD player
- It is a bit noisy on the road
Honda has included more safety features for Brio sedan – we all need that comfort and safety on the road.
It is bright on the inside and is lively. I was happy with the road performance, good ground clearance, the space and sound quality. I like my music and was disappointed to find out that it didn’t have an option to play a disc.
Would I buy it for my brother who is in varsity? Absolutely!
Five-wheel rating: 4/5