VERVE ON THE ROAD

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL & PHO­TO­GRAPH BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

True to its name (Brio means vi­vac­ity), Honda’s new hatch­back zips cheer­ily through traf­fic, earn­ing ad­mir­ing looks. It has a sporty de­sign, from its dou­ble tri­an­gle ge­o­met­ri­cal sides to the tri­an­gle shaped lamps and the only-glass rear. The Brio may look com­pact but has am­ple space within.the slim seats are de­signed in such a way that they are not ob­sta­cles when climb­ing in or get­ting out. The stor­age area near the dash­board in­cludes the reg­u­lar trimmed down glove com­part­ment, front door pock­ets and three drink hold­ers. Along­side the reg­u­lar me­ters, there is the Eco lamp, which bright­ens when you are driv­ing in an eco­nom­i­cal man­ner. It shows the speed as well as the av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion since the last fuel re­fill. The top end model that we test drove had an in­te­grated stereo sys­tem with FM ra­dio, USB port and aux­il­iary port. The stereo con­trols were lo­cated on the steer­ing wheel. With the

suf­fi­cient foot space in the front, it would seem that Honda would have com­pro­mised on the boot space. How­ever, the boot has been de­signed clev­erly by mak­ing it deep with enough room to fit in three travel bags.

Brio is light and smooth to drive, pos­si­bly the re­sult of it hav­ing the same elec­tric power steer­ing and en­gine as the very pop­u­lar Honda Jazz. The sus­pen­sions are good and the ride doesn’t shock your ver­te­bras. The gear shift is smoother in com­par­i­son with cars in the same seg­ment. The Honda hatch packs in two SRS airbags and anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem for safety. On the down­side, there is no height ad­just for the driver seat, no CD player and the rear power win­dows look way too old.

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