My wife recently acquired a Honda Brio automatic and I was curious about its performance stats, so I turned to the March 2018 issue of CAR magazine to look them up. I was somewhat surprised to see the top speed is given as 140 km/h. Cross-checking against the Volkswagen Polo Vivo and Ford Figo – both in the same ballpark price-wise – I found that the power-to-mass ratios are similar to the Brio’s, but the top speeds are listed as being in the 170s. This is either
very strange or a printing error that has gone unchecked for a long while. What is the position?
Otherwise, CAR is a good read, especially the non-test stuff. I nd your tests rather pointless since most test cars are rich men’s toys and who cares if an ABC can out accelerate an XYZ by a 100th of a second?
When I was a kid, Fords, Chevs and Chryslers were pitted against each other at the local showgrounds, or hitched to each other by chain to see which could tow away the other. The days when car comparisons and brand loyalty led to sticuffs are long gone. GERT CLOETE Via email [The Brio has a factory- tted speed limiter and the of cial reason for this is one of safety. “Some smaller economy vehicles feature the speed-limiter function,” says Honda SA, “because of the stability of the vehicle at higher speeds and other safety concerns including but not limited to short crumple zones, and to safeguard the engine from the prolonged over-revving required to produce the power to achieve higher speeds.”
Regarding brand loyalty: take a look at the debates that rage across our social media pages, Gert; brand loyalty is very much alive and kicking (and shouting) – editor.]