Hello Every one,
So after long hours of research in many forums including TAI
, reading zillions of reviews, scanning through hundreds of blogs and a few test drives, I finally zeroed down on Honda BRIO.
I got it delivered on Monday - 30th April (One week after booking. They had the car ready by the third day, but my outstation cheque clearance took few extra days) Disclaimer:
This is my first thread in TAI
. I just intend to share my experience regarding the vehicle and the buying process. Hoping that I can answer some queries. I don't intend to put down any one or vehicles of any other make. My statements are based on my personal experience only.
First up, a few clicks.
The first three pics were taken in the Showroom (Ring Road Honda - Gurgaon) during PDI.
And the rest in my parking after delivery.
Before finalizing the BRIO, I had almost zeroed on Chevy BEAT. They were offering me a fully loaded car (apart from ABS
& airbags) at 4.5L on the road.
I had already experienced Sfiwt, Ritz & Figo.
And then the BRIO happened, I instant fell for the steering, handling.. it just felt right.
Family and friends had polarized opinion regarding Brio. Even I initially could not digest the full glass hatch easily, and was swinging between BEAT and BRIO. I then happened to read about the issues of Beat and found tons of customers online, unsatisfied about many things in Beat including the paint job, pickup, FE, congested back seat, ASS
etc.... Compared to which Honda had only delivery issues (which is understandable, due to natures fury) During the process I test drove Figo, my friends Ritz, Swift etc.. as the time passed by and I started seeing my neighbors BRIO everyday and a few on the roads here and there, I made up my mind and went ahead with the booking.
Things that I like :
Amazing engine for City drive.
Best in class power.
Silk smooth Steering
Steering mounted Audio controls (I just wanted it)
Integrated music system (I was amazed at the quality of the speakers, as I have experienced a few OEM
systems in my friend circle, I thought I would change the speakers of the car soon, but now I intend to keep them untouched at-least for a while, untill and if I decide to add an Amp, I hardly use CDs, so USB was enough for me)
High Quality interiors. The interiors including the plastic quality, rubber beading etc felt way superior to Beat & Figo.
Very small turning radius (I upgraded from a Zen LXI, and the difference is huge)
Killer front looks with the 'H
' badge. Dislikes
E-ORVM ( I wanted this, but I had to upgrade to S(O)MT for this, since this car was for city drive, i didnt wanna invest in ABS
& Airbags, and the price difference was not VFM
for me) I hope some aftermarket fix comes for this soon. Please let me know if this is even possible.
I tried online with some Pune based company, engineertech or some thing, but haven't been able to reach their phone # yet.
Boot Space (Quite small, but same as BEAT ( 175 L), so Beat wasn't a winner either) They have done a good job in the leg room for the rear folks and cut short the boot in the process, which is ok with me as at max I would use it for a weekend getaway trip with two people. Accessories I opted for
I decided to pay extra for the side door protectors (they help when cars parked close to each other open their doors, its bound to touch and this takes a hit)
The dealership painted in for me to match the body colour.
Gear Lock & Floor Mats (Must for me)
Front and rear corner protectors( not very expensive and might help)
Rear cargo protector (less than 500 bucks
Mudflaps & Chrome door handle protector ( The dealership was out of stock and promised to provide ASAP
Ex Showroom : 4.4L
On Road : 4.9L (Includes RSA, extended warranty, anti rust and Teflon coating)
With Accessories 5.05L
So, stared driving it yesterday morning... ODO reads 82 KMS (about 42 was clocked before delivery, that gives me 40 kms in past 24 hrs), FE is gradually creeping towards 10, I haven't been able to throw in 5th gear yet for more than 5 mins due to congested city traffic.
I had a fantastic experience till now.. and will keep you posted as I clock miles...