Honda’s Brio sedan and hatchback get a lot more brio

Honda’s popular Brio compact hatchback and sedan have undergone a series of updates, designed to add further value, convenience and aesthetic appeal to an already appealing package.

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss – Since making their South African debut some three years ago, the Brio models have become a popular choice among new car buyers seeking a compact and affordable motoring solution offering quality, convenience, economy and value.

The latest Brio models now boast redesigned front ends, comprising a bolder grille, revised bumper assembly and new headlights. The changes at the rear are more subtle, with revisions to the tail light clusters.

The Honda Brio: sedan and hatchback more appealing. Picture: Quickpic
The Honda Brio: sedan and hatchback more appealing. Picture: Quickpic

The interior of both the Sedan and Hatchback models has also been refreshed. An all-new dashboard, with a sleeker profile, smoothly integrated air vents and redesigned ventilation controls. The new dashboard not only adds a more contemporary appearance, but also benefits overall ergonomics.

A key update to the standard specification of the Brio Sedan and Hatch Comfort models is the addition of Bluetooth connectivity, which allows seamless and safe hands-free telephony using Bluetooth-compatible cellphones, as well as Bluetooth-based audio streaming.

An earlier update added a rear window demister to both the Brio Sedan and Hatch Trend models, while the Brio Hatch Comfort also gained a rear wiper and a smart tailgate spoiler.

All Brio models continue to be powered by Honda’s frisky and frugal 1,2-litre four-cylinder engine. Rated at 65 kW of maximum power and 109 Nm of torque, the fuel-injected unit drives the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. A five-speed automatic transmission is an option on Comfort models.

Also standard across the board is a full range of active and passive safety features, including ABS anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), dual front airbags, and front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters. Central locking and an engine immobiliser are included, too.

The updated Honda Brio models go on sale in May through Honda’s national network of authorised dealers.

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