2013 Honda Brio Satya
They say too many good things can be bad.
But there are always exceptions that proves this little Honda Brio Satya.
It is necessary to spend a little time with it to make you realize that this car has something special.
Space in his cabin refutes its compact proportions, which means that four passengers can to enjoy absolute comfort.
Another surprising aspect of the Honda Brio Satya is the ease of riding and handling in all driving conditions was that the word about the city or the highway.
He Brio wasn’t quite that responsive at slow engine speeds, though – its low-end torque isn’t great. But rev it hard and it turns into a completely different animal. The smooth petrol engine made darting into fast-closing gaps in traffic a cinch thanks to its brilliant handling, and highway overtaking manoeuvres were child’s play for the baby Honda. Make no mistake, this is one seriously quick hatchback.
The car’s cabin was a nice place to be in too, with the offset centre console and the mix of beige and black plastics on the dashboard lending the cabin a light and airy feel. Hooking my iPod into the factory-fitted sound system and using the steering-mounted audio controls made life on the move all the more convenient as well.
But the Brio certainly does have its drawbacks. To start with, while the seating arrangement suited me just fine, shorter drivers find it hard to get comfortable, thanks to there being no driver’s seat height-adjust or even a seatbelt height adjuster. And while the beige seats do lend the cabin an airy feel, they are difficult to maintain. Even the slightest hint of dirt makes them look like they’ve been put through some rugged, heavy-duty usage.
Then there’s the omission of a rear windscreen wiper and defogger. This may not pose a problem during summer, but come winter or monsoon, and the advent of rain hinders vision out the back. Also, while the cabin sat four people in ample comfort, the same cannot be said about our luggage. There’s no getting away from it – this boot is tiny. The boot had just about enough space for two medium-sized suitcases, and any extra carry-ons had to be accommodated in the cabin itself. Airport runs, then, won’t be the easiest with a full complement of people in the car. The Brio’s high loading sill made it that much more of an inconvenience.
But in the grand scheme of things, the Brio is a wonderfully capable little car in the city and is among the best there is.