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Old 27th June 2016, 15:12   #286
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My uncle bought a Brio (S MT) couple of weeks back to replace his aging Wagon R.
Initial observations vs my 2009 i10 are as follows:

1. Brio looks small from outside but is big in width. It takes more width to park than i10/Wagon R.

2. That width is translated to good rear seat space. 3 people can actually sit comfortably on the Brio rear seat.

3. However, head space is not good in the rear seat of the Brio - my wife complained that she touched the headliner with her head while on the rear seat. She's 5'5". i10 has no such issues.

4. Drivewise - it is difficult to say as my i10 is AT and the Brio is MT. However, the Brio 3rd gear is awesome as it can hold @ 20km/hr without lugging and can be used all the way up to 60km/hr, however it would be prudent to upshift for FE purposes.

5. Ease of entry - i10 is much better due to it's tallboy design. You sit 'in' the i10 but 'sit down into' the brio. Me/my uncle are 5'8" and we have to have the seat at the lowest level in Brio to not hit the (non tilt) steering wheel during entry/exit.

6. The Brio absorbs potholes better with it's 175/65 R14 tires than the i10 - and my i10 has upsized 185/60R14 tires.

7. Interior plastics - either hard or flimsy on the Brio - much better plastic quality in the i10.

Guess the 'i10 vs Brio' title should be changed to 'Grand i10 vs Brio' now as the i10 has been relegated to a lower price point with lesser features now.
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Hello everyone!

I'm preferring Grand i10 (MT, to save on cost) over Brio for my wife for following reasons:

- Refined, well built, quality interiors
- Reasonable FE is fine (low running of 4K km/year)
- Comfortable ride, adequate driving dynamics (only city commutes)

Few questions:

1) Which of these is good in terms of long term reliability, minimal maintenance cost, and peace of mind? Does the Brio have an edge -- if yes, how far behind is i10?

2) Does Brio have a (much) better OEM sound system than the i10? I don't plan to upgrade, but love music on the drive. (Didn't get a chance to test this on my brief test drives)

3) Apparently facelifts are due for both, with Brio getting a significant one. Are there any specific dates that are known/expected so that I can make up my mind on waiting?

Anything else I seem to be missing?

Thanks a lot in advance.
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1) Which of these is good in terms of long term reliability, minimal maintenance cost, and peace of mind? Does the Brio have an edge -- if yes,
how far behind is i10?
With the Korean cars getting more reliable, I don't think this should matter to an extent to which it'll be the deal-maker.
Perception says Honda Brio is from a Japanese manufacturer and be more reliable. I could be wrong too.

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3) Apparently facelifts are due for both, with Brio getting a significant one. Are there any specific dates that are known/expected so that I can make up my mind on waiting?
I think early September is when the Brio will get the facelift. It should be worth waiting for it.

Regarding ICE, why not fix any aftermarket system?
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I recently sold my i10 and bought a Brio. Here are some thoughts:

Brio is the most underrated car. Honda itself doesnt support it properly. I feel they are loosing money on the car therefore they dont make an effort to sell more of them, otherwise it would perform better than all the small hatchbacks around.

Its definitely wider than the i10 and that helps it stay planted at speed and also space for 3 to sit comfortably at the rear. I find it surprising that a 5'5' person found it tight. I have had people upto 5'10 at the back and they have had no problems with the headroom.

Interior plastic quality also i found better than the i10. My i10 had parts breaking off, and even the durability of parts was worse in the i10.

My i10 served me well but it required constant maintenance, the Brio so far has been maintenance free.

As i said previously, Honda and its dealers have a better commission on the Jazz and Amaze therefore the Brio is least pushed for sale otherwise its a great product.

If you read the JD power ratings the Brio is the best manufactured small car with least problems.

Hyundai cars require lot of maintenance after 2-3 years while Honda doesnt have that problem.

The only issue i find with my Brio is that it feels slightly underpowered in the AT trim, i miss the rear wiper and the sunroof that i had in my i10.

i10 used to bounce around a lot and wasnt very sturdy while Brio handles it better its not very good either but its definitely better ride than the i10.

I changed my tyres to Michelin as soon as i bought the car so that the nonsense Goodyears were gone.

@sureshaddagalla:


I suggest you go for the Honda Brio but wait for the facelift. While the OEM system is good but there is no CD so you have to connect your ipod, iphone or android however the system is still decent. I have the same system in my City and havent felt the need to upgrade but then i dont play loud music. In the Brio i got a good deal so i bought the Honda AVN and installed it, its an Alpine Unit and im so far happy with everything except the Navigation, i think i need to upgrade the maps.

If you have a bigger budget i suggest the Jazz only because it has more space and the Magic Seats and the fact that it has rear wiper as well. It would handle highway better and Honda supports it more than the Brio.

Brio i bought because i genuinely loved the car and its design ever since its launch, so i bought the Brio (had no budget limitations so could have bought the Jazz but liked the Brio).

Reliability wise i would prefer a Honda over a Hyundai any day. I have a 6 year old Honda City with zero problems while my i10 needed constant maintenance starting 2nd year itself.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.

I have bought the Brio VX AT and added these OEM accessories: Spoiler, Hand rest, Honda AVN and the car feels 95% complete. Dont have any other modifications planned except if i could add Rear Wiper and change the Engine to the City's 1.5 unit.

A friend FrankMehta has done it recently on his Brio and you can view his thread on the forum and the car has become a proper car now no under powering anymore.

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I'm preferring Grand i10 (MT, to save on cost) over Brio for my wife for following reasons:
Did you try to buy a current (old?) Brio ? Apparently, they are mostly sold out at dealers and they have no clue when a new stock is due.
So thats another reason to buy a Grand i10 over the Honda.
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We have the Honda Brio ( in fact bought just 3 months back) and an i10 ( not Grand the previous generation ) in the house. But for the weaker Air conditioner the Brio would beat the i10 in all departments.

Small - You just have to sit inside a Brio to believe. Its actually wider than the i10.
Now if you come to the Grand i10 its a lot more plusher on the inside. But a manual transmission Brio can give you loads and loads of fun for the price.

Brio scores very high on reliability in terms of part failures. It betters even the legendary Innova as per a report that I had seen right here on TBHP.
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Thanks for the inputs so far.

Took a ride on Brio today and contrary to my own expectation, it was a bit underwhelming.

- I expected the i-vtec engine to be super silent, but it had a prominent noise even at low/medium revs. The salesperson said that the test drive car is typically abused (it had 14K on the odo), but I'm not fully sure if he's right. Can people comment on this?

- Of course it was more fun to drive than i10, and it felt more spacious. But apart from these two, I didn't find anything that's better than i10 in my short drive. Brio might be better at reliability etc. but I'm just talking about drive experience here.

Looks the V-trims are already out of stock. Salesman was sure about Sep/early Oct release of the facelift and said they would definitely release to cash on the festive season.

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