June 21, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Honda Brio RS Black Top

A Gem Carried Over

I could be the very last media reviewer of the hugely practical and compelling Honda Brio RS Black Top. The C! Team members who have already tested every Brio variant leading to this top-spec test unit mostly had great things to share about it.

Except for the halogen headlights and fog lamps, the Honda Brio RS Black Top is the best looking in its segment. It differentiates itself from the other Honda variants with this unique Phoenix Orange Pearl exterior paint, a literally gloss black painted roof, RS Design gloss black front grille with moniker, 15-inch RS Design alloy wheels wrapped with excellent 185/55R15 82V Bridgestone Potenza RE030 tires, power folding side mirrors with side turn signals, and a tailgate spoiler with a LED third brake light.

This second-generation Honda Brio has been completely redesigned from the ground up from its predecessor. C! Managing Editor Chris Van Hoven says; “Gone are the cartoonish, almost caricature characteristics that the first-generation Brio had, replaced by a sleek, handsome exterior that borrows the best bits from the Honda design language. Its proportions are great too, with a well-balanced silhouette not usually found on hatchbacks.” And I agree with him.

There are a heck of a lot of vehicles within this price range now though so I hope that Honda Philippines attends to some recommended key improvements that would help keep the practical Brio RS competitive. It does have 258 liters of cargo capacity which swells to 710 liters when the rear bench is folded. So, cabin capacity and comfort are not issues for me. I also did not have issues with the engine power, handling, braking, and transmission which are all appropriate in general and can be fun when properly engaged within reason. It is quite zippy! But, the lights should all be LED for the top spec model, with a push-start ignition button, smart key, and it should have parking aids too since the direct competition have them.

As a city car the Brio RS is almost a surgical tool darting around town effortlessly. On the open road it can hold its own fairly well. It may be Honda’s most affordable range of vehicles but they did not compromise on safety and build quality.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1199 cc
Cylinder Head sohc 16V
Fuel Injector EFI Port Injection
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 88 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 81 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

Performance

Top Speed 152 km/h (95 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 12.8 sec

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 14 km/L Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 735,000.00
What's Great Leading choice for the segment, good looking, hugely practical and versatile for its size.
What's Not So Halogen headlights and fog lamps, conventional key fob, no rear parking sensors or camera, 60/40 split folding rear seat would extend usability.
C! Editors Rating 8.5/10
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