2018 Honda Brio Road Test

2018 Honda Brio Road Test

Hondas funky little budget buy

Honda is famous for their V-Tec technology, bulletproof engines and superior reliability. The Honda Brio is an attractive little city car and due to its wide stance, it appears a fair bit sportier than most of its rivals in the budget sector of the market.



Model: 2018 Honda Brio 1.2 Comfort (5dr)

Pre-Owned Price: R 123 999

Mileage: 29 380km

Finance Deal: R 2 369pm with 0% deposit finance option available

Warranty: Remainder of 3-year/100 000km

Fuel Consumption (combined): 5.6-litres/100km

0-100km/h: 12.2 seconds

Contact: Simon Edwards from Imperial Honda East Rand Mall at 087 807 7623


Background and condition of vehicle:

  • For a 2-year old car with just under 30 000km on the clock, the fit and finishes looked good and I could not notice any panel or part of the bodywork that have moved or deformed in anyway.
  • The overall bodywork seemed in a pristine condition.
  • The Brio certainly offers decent overall quality at this price point.  


Performance and Economy:

  • The Brio is one of the most powerful budget vehicles on the pre-owned market.
  • The 1.2-litre I-VTEC 16-valve unit produces 65 Kilowatts and a 109Nm of torque.
  • The little Brio seemed nippy in and around town, but like we have become accustomed to from VTEC engines, the Brio needs to be revved to get the best out of it.
  • The sweet shifting 5-speed manual gearbox further enhances the overall fun feeling when driving the Honda Brio.
  • Combined fuel economy figure of 5.6-litres per 100km compares well with most other entry level vehicles in this segment.


How does it drive?

  • Slightly firmer damping ensures sharp handling and direct steering response.
  • Overall ride comfort remained on par with most of its rivals.
  • Engine and road noise acceptable for an entry-level vehicle.


Inside the vehicle:

  • The Brio offers a sporty interior, complimented by the attractive steering wheel and funky designed seats.
  • Hard plastics not un-attractive and seemed durable.
  • The materials used throughout the cabin seemed to be holding up well to everyday wear and tear.
  • Safety features included dual-airbags and ABS braking with EBD.
  • Luxury features included the following:
  • Air-conditioning                                                         - Electric windows all-round
  • Central Locking                                                          - Power steering                    
  • Multi-function steering wheel                                   - 12 Volt and USB ports                    
  • Radio with Bluetooth connectivity                            - CD-Player    
  • Alloy wheels                           


Space and Practicality:

  • For a small vehicle it did seem quite spacious and even rear leg and headroom impressed for such a small vehicle.
  • The boot seemed small, but with the seats folded down, loading space could be increased to 519-litres.


Reassons to check out the Honda Brio:

  • At this price point the Honda Brio offers one of the most powerful engines.
  • Excellent residual values combined with Honda reliability and quality ensures that the Honda Brio remains one of the better entry-level buys around on the pre-owned market.
  • Powerful little VTEC engine
  • Safety Features
  • Honda Reliability

X Boot space not as good as some rivals

Expensive compared to some other alternatives