Honda Brio sedan

Date:14 September 2013 Tags:, ,

Modern city cars may score in economy, generally nippy dynamics and space utilisation for occupants, but their miniscule size can result in a typical shortcoming: lack of boot space. That’s certainly true of the Brio hatchback, but the launch of the sedan version more than addresses that shortcoming.

The new car – also known as the Amaze – provides more than just extra packing space. Thanks to a longer wheelbase than the hatchback’s, it boosts occupant space, too. The 55 mm extra in the wheelbase now provides good rear legroom, along with a 405-dm3 load space. There are new, wide-opening rear doors and a rear centre armrest with integrated cup holders. What’s interesting is that the extra sheet metal has added only 30 kg to the base Brio’s overall weight.

The drivetrain is the same as the hatch’s, namely a 65 kW 1,2-litre i-VTEC driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. However, and this is likely to be of interest to the many empty nesters shopping for a city car, a 5-speed automatic is available in the Comfort version. The car’s safety features include ABS brakes and dual front airbags.

DRIVETRAIN: 1,2, 5M or 5A

OUTPUT: 65 kW, 109 N.m

ECONOMY: 6,1 L/100 km (man)

PERFORMANCE: 0-100 km/h in about 12,5 s

PRICE: from R128 900, including a two-year/30 000 km service plan

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