2020 Kia Picanto vs Honda Brio Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Jun 29, 2023

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In this article...

  1. Traffic-beating small cars
  2. Dimensions
  3. Interior
  4. Engine and Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Variants and Pricing
  7. Conclusion

1. 2020 Kia Picanto vs Honda Brio: Traffic-beating small cars

Here in the Philippines, city cars are the way to go if you want a low cost, fuel-efficient way to travel within the city. Sure, large vehicles are popular due to the typical Pinoy’s family-oriented sensibilities, but for a young professional who’s single and living in the city, a small vehicle just makes much more sense.

Now, one of the most popular city car models in the Philippines, which is second only to the Wigo, is the Kia Picanto. It’s been around since the early 2000s, and in its third-generation model isn’t showing signs of slowing down.

On the other side is the Honda Brio, a once standard looking city car model which transformed into a very sporty looking vehicle with the release of its second-generation version in 2018.

Despite that though, its price is still within striking distance of other city cars in the local market, including the Kia Picanto. So which has the better specs? 

Picanto vs Brio

Picanto vs Brio

2. 2020 Kia Picanto vs Honda Brio: Dimensions

When it comes to size, the Brio is definitely the larger of the two. Its length is 3,800mm, it has a width of 1,680mm, a height of 1,485mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,405mm.

The Honda Brio

The Honda Brio

Also, the Brio’s top of the line variant is 15mm longer while having the same width, height, and wheelbase length as the other variants.

In comparison, the smaller Kia Picanto is 3,595mm long, 1,595mm wide, 1,495mm high, and has a wheelbase at 2,400 in length.

While smaller, the Kia Picanto is the taller vehicle. It also has more in the way of ground clearance at 151mm. The Brio, on the other hand, has 137mm.

In terms of design, both the Brio and the Picanto are perfect representations of their respective brand’s design languages. They’re both sporty, and due to their size, can also be called cute.

The Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto

Both these models, when it comes to exterior equipment, have multi-reflector halogen lights. The Honda Brio has a rear wiper while the Picanto does have a rear window defogger, which is also pretty useful.

Both the top-of-the-line variants of these two models are also equipped with fog lights.

3. 2020 Kia Picanto vs Honda Brio: Interior

When it comes to driving amenities, both the Picanto and the Brio are equipped with a tachometer, keyless entry (except the Picanto’s entry-level trim), a decent amount of bottle holders, cup holders and cubby holes for storage, and a trip meter.

The Brio's interior

The Brio's interior

The 2020 Honda Brio, however, comes with a fuel consumption meter which is particularly useful if you’re a penny pincher.

In terms of on-board entertainment, the 2020 Kia Picanto’s seven-inch touchscreen comes with Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, and Android auto, while the Brio’s seven-inch unit also has Bluetooth but it doesn’t have smartphone connectivity. The Honda made city car does have a USB port that can work with an iPod.

Inside the Picanto

Inside the Picanto

In terms of the number of speakers, however, the Brio has four speakers plus two tweeters, while the Picanto only has four.

>>> Related: Which 2020 Honda Brio should you buy? [Philkotse Guide]

4. 2020 Kia Picanto vs Honda Brio: Engine and Performance

When it comes under the hood, the Brio is a bit better than the Picanto when it comes to making horsepower. Its sole engine option, a 1.2 liter SOHC, inline-4 i-VTEC engine, makes 87 horsepower and 110 Nm of torque, and its power is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.

The Picanto in comparison has two engine choices; a 1.0 liter inline-3, which makes 64 horsepower and 95 Nm of torque, and a 1.2 liter inline-4, which makes 81 horsepower and 122 Nm of torque. The Picanto is also a front-wheel-drive vehicle and it also comes with two transmission choices; a five-speed manual, and a four-speed automatic.

Honda Brio
Kia Picanto
1.2 liter SOHC i-VTEC Inline-4
1.0  liter inline-3
1.2  liter inline-4
1,199 cc
998 cc
1,248 cc
Transmission Type
CVT or five-speed manual
5-speed MT/4-speed AT
5-speed MT/4-speed AT
Max Output
87 horsepower
64 horsepower
81 horsepower
Max Torque
110 Nm
95 Nm
122 Nm
Fuel Capacity
35 liters
35 liters
35 liters

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5. 2020 Kia Picanto vs Honda Brio: Safety

When it comes to safety, both the Kia Picanto and the Honda Brio come with what one would expect from a modern vehicle. They both have dual front airbags, anti-lock braking, seatbelts, and an engine immobilizer (Picanto top two trims).

Brio's rear seats

Brio's rear seats

The Brio, however, does come with speed-sensing door locks, which the Picanto doesn’t have. On the flip side, the Picanto’s EX MT and the EX AT have child seat tethers and a rear parking camera, which the Brio’s variants lack.

A peek inside the Picanto from the trunk

A peek inside the Picanto from the trunk

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6. 2020 Kia Picanto vs Honda Brio: Variants and Pricing

Kia Picanto Variants


Picanto 1.0 LX MT

Php 590,000

Picanto 1.0 LX AT

Php 635,000

Picanto 1.2 EX MT

Php 700,000

Picanto 1.2 EX AT

Php 745,000

>>> Refer to Kia Picanto Downpayment and Monthly Installment Philippines

Honda Brio Variants


Brio 1.2 S MT

Php 598,000

Brio 1.2 V CVT

Php 658,000

Brio 1.2 RS CVT

Php 730,000

Brio 1.2 RS Black Top CVT

Php 735,000

>>> Check out Honda Brio price in the Philippines

7. 2020 Kia Picanto vs Honda Brio: Conclusion

On paper, the Brio and the Picanto are comparable vehicles when it comes practicality and comfort. There are some variances, however, when it comes to these car’s safety kits with the Brio lacking ISOFIX and the Picanto having a rear parking camera.

Brio's rear end

Brio's rear end

These two are also different when it comes to engine choices, being that the Picanto actually has a three-cylinder engine option, while the Brio comes standard with an inline-4.

So which is better?

Well, the Brio’s variants aren’t that much different in price to the Picanto’s variants. Sure, they’re a bit cheaper, but one cannot deny the fact that you’re getting an inline-4 engine especially when the Brio 1.2 S MT and V CVT is concerned.

Picanto from the rear

Picanto from the rear

Do note that the Picanto is popular here in the Philippines for a reason. It’s reliable, its fuel efficiency, and it’s been around longer than the Brio.

For more comparison articles like this one, keep reading here on Philktose.com.

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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