The 2015 Honda Brio 1.3 S Automatic is currently standing as the marquee’s economical mini car as it takes the place of the Jazz and Civic back when they were humble little hatches too. The problem with the market is once an affordable little car with a zippy engine and punchy handling becomes popular, it tends to mature in a sense that the next generation will become bigger and more refined and with it, more expensive thus defeating the purpose of the original car. Having this happen to Honda with the Civic and Jazz, the Brio attempts to take their spot once more and aspire to become the “third coming of the Civic”.
The 2015 Honda Brio 1.3 S Automatic is Attractive, in More Ways Than One
What makes the 2015 Honda Brio 1.3 S Automatic so appealing is that its quite a cute little car. It’s so cute its almost like a potato with its short wheelbase and snub nose complete with its little front grille that’s sandwiched between two headlights that make it look like eyes. At the sides, the Brio features bulging fenders making it look like it has a wider stance. At the back there is a clever use of glass as the whole rear hatch is a glass cover making it look sleek with its black tint. What’s bad is the choice of ricey “Altezza lights” for the tails and the tiny steel rims and hub caps that look super cheap. Under the hood is a 1.3 Liter four cylinder that’s bigger than what the competition has along with a 5 speed automatic that’s smooth and fuel efficient.
At its affordable price range, plastic is to be expected and the interior is simple but has s quirky look to it matching the exterior. Like many affordable Hondas however, plastic is of great quality and the interior feels solid for the 2015 Brio 1.3 S. Tech features are kept at a minimum with a classic 2-DIN audio interface and basic HVAC system. Seating is nicely bolstered but the rear legroom is on the short side. Due to its shape, rear trunk space is very limited despite being a hatchback and the rear glass hatch makes for a tiny opening.
For driving performance, don’t expect the tiny 2015 Honda Brio 1.3 S Automatic to be like the Jazz or Civic though, where it shines is in-city driving with its excellent size, economy, and maneuverability. It features a zippy rev happy engine that puts out 92hp. Steering is light but is not very communicative along with the suspension. Overall, the Brio isn’t meant to be driven enthusiastically, at least not stock.
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