Honda Brio fuel consumption: How efficient is this small hatchback? 

Updated Jul 21, 2022 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers

Buying a Brio? Then read this. 

The Honda Brio is the Japanese brand's contender in the Philippine subcompact hatchback segment. It has proven to be quite popular, and it has been one of the go-to models for people who are in the market for an affordable small hatchback powered by an inline-4 engine.  

A picture of the Honda Brio V CVT

The Honda Brio V CVT

So, how is the Honda Brio’s fuel consumption? Well, let’s help you answer this question with this short guide. Because you know, fuel prices aren’t exactly great nowadays, isn’t it? 

Honda Brio: Relevant specs 

Before listing off fuel economy figures, let us first describe the Brio’s basic specs

For engines, all four variants of the Philippine-spec Brio use a 1.2-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that can make up to 89 horsepower and 110 Nm of torque.  

A picture of the Brio's engine.

The Brio's 1.2-liter inline-4 gasoline engine

This four-banger is then paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, or a continuously variable transmission depending on the variant. Power is then sent to its front wheels. The said engine is also compliant with EURO 4 emissions standards.  

In terms of curb weight, the manual versions of the Brio tip the scales at 954 kg. The CVT versions though, are a bit heavier with their curb weight of 969 kg. Size-wise, it has a length of 3,800mm, a width of 1,680mm, and a height of 1,485mm. It also has a ground clearance of 137mm, and a wheelbase length of 137mm. 

While compact, the Brio can seat up to five occupants. It also gets some niceties like a seven-inch head unit, a reverse camera, power folding side mirrors, as well as an ample amount of safety features. 

A picture of the interior of the Honda Brio

The Brio's well-arranged interior

As mentioned, the Brio is one of the few subcompact hatchbacks within its price range that is powered by an inline-4 engine. Others in this category of course include the Suzuki Swift, Chevrolet Spark, and Kia Picanto.  

There are, of course, some other hatch models with inline-4 mills in the local market. These however, already breach the Php 1-million mark. 

Honda Brio: Fairly efficient 

We found out the Honda Brio’s fuel consumption in the Philippine setting by giving it a whirl here in Metro Manila.  

The unit tested was the mid-spec Honda Brio V CVT, which has the same engine and the same 35-liter fuel tank capacity as the rest of the Brio variants. 

In the city, the Brio managed to return 8 km/liter at an average speed of 30 km/h. Those numbers however, got even better when we took it on EDSA. There, it provided a fuel economy reading of 14.2 km/liter while traveling at 50 km/h on average.  

A picture of the Honda Brio RS Black Top

This is the top Brio RS Black Top, and it is priced at Php 735,000

Suffice to say, that isn’t bad for a car of its price and size. Do note though that we have yet to test it on the highway. We also didn’t get to test the manual transmission variants, and those might return a different fuel economy figure.  

In general, the Brio’s gas consumption isn’t that bad. Then again, do note that inline-3 powered hatchbacks will arguably return better fuel eco numbers. For instance, the Suzuki S-Presso SE we reviewed and tested was able to deliver 16 km/liter in the city. The Brio though, will certainly make a bit more power than your typical inline-3 powered subcompact. 

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Know more about Honda Brio 2024

Honda Brio

The 2024 Honda Brio is the Japanese automaker's entry into the local hatchback segment. It is considered to be the small hatchback option with a price ranging from Php 735,000 to Php 863,000. The small hatchback is regarded as the entry-level vehicle of the Japanese carmaker. It is available in four variants, including a Black Top option for the top-of-the-line RS variant.

Under the hood, a 1.2-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine is standard across the range, delivering 89 hp and 110 Nm of torque. Depending on the variant, the engine can be paired to either a 5-speed manual or an Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Brio Philippines offers dimensions that span 3,798 mm in length, 1,682 mm in width, and 1,487 mm in height. The RS trim gets is a bit longer at 3,811mm. Rivals in the hatchback segment include the Toyota Wigo, Kia Picanto, and Suzuki Swift.


₱ 735,000 - ₱ 863,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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