Honda Brio gets unwrinkled


A strong seller since debuting four years ago, Honda South Africa has given its entry-level Brio a mid-life facelift with subtle exterior changes and a more modern interior.

Once again available as either a five-door hatch or four-sedan, external changes to the Brio include a new grille, revised front bumper and new front and rear light clusters. A colour-coded rear spoiler and 14-inch alloy wheels are also standard on the flagship Comfort.

Inside, the Brio gains a new dashboard with HR-V inspired ventilation switches, new sound system incorporating Bluetooth audio streaming, and standard rear electric windows on the entry-level Trend.

Up front, the Brio remains unchanged with motivation coming from a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 65 kW and 109 N.m of torque. A five-speed manual is standard on both models with a similar ratio automatic available as an option on the Comfort.

A five year / 200 000 warranty and two year / 30 000 km service plan is standard fare across the range.