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Honda’s city shuffling Brio


SMALL cars are all the rage, as our streets become more congested and parking spots continue to shrink. The birth of the small car is not a new concept but it is taking off, and after spending some time behind the wheel of our long-term Honda Brio, I understand why.

City life has truly engulfed me. I spend a big part of my morning and afternoon, stuck in traffic. While I’ll be the first to admit I wouldn’t mind be transported in a cocoon of comfort, the reality is, many of us look for entry-level cars with niceties and economy in mind.

The road is long and winding

The Brio has accompanied me for a good thousand kilometres already and while sitting behind the wheel, I can’t help but feel Honda’s packed everything you need into this little hatch. The seating is comfortable and doesn’t feel like you’re sitting on a park bench. The aircon and entertainment system is as expected with steering mounted controls allowing you to stay focused on the task at hand.

While space may be an issue when fully loaded, for the everyday drive it’s perfect. The boot is compact with 161 litres, but thanks to the rear folding seats, when down, the boot size increases to 519 litres.

Eco power

Brisk is not a word I would use to describe the Brio, but it certainly is competent. Equipped with Honda’s renowned 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine, it’s preppy in traffic and the ECO indicator on the instrument cluster lights up in green when the car is being driven economically.

Currently our long-termer is using around 6.4 litres/100km slightly off the claimed 5.6 litres/100km, while the CO2 emissions is 133g/km. But, quite honestly, we’ve been enjoying the decreased fuel prices and haven’t exactly been trying to win any fuel economy challenges, making our fuel consumption figure that much more impressive.


The Brio is a strong contender in a seriously challenging segment. It ticks all the right boxes for an entry-level car and while I can’t fault the drive, a sixth gear would’ve been a nice touch for highway driving. But the fact that it’s got reliability under the hood and a good level of safety features only adds to its appeal.

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