JUST more than six months after the debut of Honda’s affordable and zesty Brio entry-level hatchback, the range is being extended with the addition of an equally dynamic and contemporary sedan version.
The four-door sedan retains the Brio’s trademark bright and bold design language, linked to zippy performance, exceptional efficiency and compelling value. However, it adds the practicality of more interior space and a large luggage compartment to the successful Brio formula.
By extending the Brio wheelbase by 55mm, Honda’s engineers have achieved an even roomier cabin with exceptional rear legroom, while the generous boot has a 405 litre capacity. That additional space and practicality will appeal to young families seeking a trendy and attractive car that is also affordable, economical and versatile, while benefiting from Honda’s exceptional track record as far as reliability and longevity are concerned.
Although slightly larger and significantly more spacious than the Brio hatchback, the Brio Sedan’s kerb mass has increased by only 30 kilograms, which means that it retains Brio’s zippy, energetic character.
The sedan retains the Brio hatchback’s modern and economical 1.2 litre i-VTEC powerplant. The compact four-cylinder engine produces a generous 65 kW of maximum power at 6 000 rpm, accompanied by a torque peak of 109 Nm at 4 500 rpm.
Drive is to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. An efficient five-speed automatic gearbox is also on offer in the Comfort model – an option that will be particularly appealing to urban commuters who have to regularly endure heavy traffic.
The Brio Sedan’s favourable power-to-weight ratio allows brisk dynamics, with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time in the mid-12 second bracket for the manual models it is claimed. More importantly, fuel consumption is frugal, with a combined cycle figure as low as 6.1 litres/100 km for the manual-gearbox Trend 1.2 model it is said.
But it is the interior that is set to be the Brio’s star attraction. The front layout is identical to that of the hatch, with an ergonomic approach that prioritises occupant comfort and driver appeal.
The layout of the instrument dials and controls is intuitive, and generous equipment levels, even on the entry-level Trend model, ensure a high degree of comfort, while the even more luxurious Comfort model adds an extended features list. New, wide-opening rear doors ensure easy access to the roomy rear bench seat, which features exceptional leg and headroom.
A rear centre armrest with integrated cup holders adds a further touch of luxury. Both active and passive safety are comprehensively addressed, with the likes of ABS brakes, dual front airbags and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure ensuring excellent occupant safety.
The Brio sedan will be offered in two model variants – the 1.2 Trend, available with a five-speed manual gearbox, and the 1.2 Comfort, offered with a choice of five-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearboxes.
1.2 i-VTEC Trend Manual R128 900; 1.2 i-VTEC Comfort Manual R136 900; 1.2 i-VTEC Comfort Automatic R146 900
The prices include a two-year/30 000 kilometre service plan, and a three-year/100 000 kilometre warranty while services are at 15 000 kilometre intervals.