2020 Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Jul 12, 2021

It’s a tiny hatchback duel.

In this article...

  1. City car brawl
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine and Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Variants
  7. Conclusion

Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: City car brawl

The subcompact hatchback segment in the Philippines is a tightly contested market. This is despite the fact that these cars are significantly smaller than seven-seater MPVs, and SUVs. Why? Well because these cars are small and easily maneuverable especially in Metro Manila. Subcompact hatchbacks also cost less to acquire and are easier to maintain. And while these vehicles are indeed diminutive, they are by no means less practical. They even consume less fuel but can still fit up to five people. 

As such, major car brands have strived to improve their own subcompact hatchbacks and two of those are most notable in being dominant in the aforementioned segment. The Honda Brio and the Toyota Wigo are some of the vehicles that compete in the subcompact hatchback battle royale.  

With that, we’re comparing the top-spec variants for each model: the Brio RS Black Top 1.2 CVT, and the Wigo TRD S 1.0 AT. 

A picture of the Honda Brio and Toyota Wigo head to head

Let's find out which city car is better on paper

Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Exterior

In terms of size, the Brio RS Black Top has a length of 3,815mm, a width of 1,680mm, and a height of 1,485mm. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,405mm, and a ground clearance of 137mm. Moreover, its curb weight clocks in at 992kg. 

Meanwhile, the Wigo TRD S measures 3,700mm in length, is 1,600mm wide, and 1,520mm in height. Its wheelbase is 2,450mm long, ground clearance is at 180mm, and its curb weight is 880kg.  

A picture of the front of the Honda Brio RS Black Top

The Honda Brio RS Black Top

To sum it up, the Brio is slightly larger, but it is a bit shorter compared to the Wigo. By having larger dimensions, the Honda subcompact hatchback also results in a heavier curb weight. As for ground clearance, the Toyota Wigo has 43mm more compared to the Brio. 

Moving on to exterior features, both cars are equipped with halogen headlamps, turn signal side repeaters, front fog lamps, and rear spoilers. The Wigo TRD S however, does come with LED taillights, whereas the Brio RS Black Top has halogen taillights. 

A picture of the front of the Wigo TRD S

The Toyota Wigo TRD S

Lastly, the Brio RS rides on a set of 15-inch alloy wheels. In comparison, the Toyota model uses a set of 14-inch alloy wheels. 
 

Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Interior

When it comes to the interior, both the Brio and the Wigo can fit up to five occupants. The drivers of these cars are then provided with a tilt adjustable urethane steering wheel, analog gauge clusters, and a digital trip computer. The Brio however provides a turnkey ignition system, whereas the top-spec Wigo has a push to start button. 

A picture of the interior of the Brio RS Black Top

The Brio RS Black Top's cockpit

Apart from those driver amenities, both models also come standard with fabric seats, and manual air-conditioning systems. Both models also have 12V accessory outlets. 

When it comes to on-board entertainment systems, the top-spec Brio is equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen that’s capable of connecting to phones via Bluetooth, USB, and Aux. It is then linked up to a four-piece speaker system. 

A picture of the Wigo TRD S' interior

A peek into the Wigo TRD S' interior

The Wigo TRD S meanwhile, is kitted with a seven-inch touchscreen display audio which also has Bluetooth and USB connectivity. However, the Wigo’s infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also gets a four-piece speaker system. 
 

Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the Brio comes standard with a 1.2-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of producing up to 89 horsepower and 110 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). 

In turn, all the variants of the Wigo use a 1.0-liter inline-3 gasoline engine with a maximum output of 66 horsepower and 89 Nm of torque. It is also a front-wheel-drive vehicle, but it uses a four-speed automatic gearbox. 

To sum it up, the Brio’s engine is significantly more powerful than the Wigo’s. It also has a larger displacement, and one more cylinder.  

For suspension systems, both models use a MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear suspension. Both also have ventilated front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, and a hand-operated manual parking brake. 

Specs 

Honda Brio RS Black Top 1.2 CVT 

Toyota Wigo TRD S 1.0 AT 

Engine 

Inline-4 gasoline 

Inline-3 gasoline 

Displacement 

1.2-liters 

1.0-liters 

Transmission 

CVT 

Four-speed automatic 

Horsepower 

89 

66 

Torque 

110 Nm 

89 Nm 

Drivetrain 

Front-wheel-drive 

Front-wheel-drive 

Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Safety

When compared side by side on paper, the Brio and the Wigo’s safety features are almost identical. Both come standard with two airbags, anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, an engine immobilizer, security alarm, and reverse cameras. The Brio however does have speed-sensing door locks, which the Wigo lacks. 
 

Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Variants

Honda Brio Variants  

Price 

Brio S 1.2 MT 

Php 601,000 

Brio V 1.2 CVT 

Php 661,000 

Brio RS 1.2 CVT 

Php 730,000 

Brio RS Black Top 1.2 CVT 

Php 735,000 

 

Toyota Wigo Variants 

Price 

Wigo E 1.0 MT 

Php 568,000 

Wigo G 1.0 MT 

Php 623,000 

Wigo G 1.0 AT 

Php 658,000 

Wigo TRD S 1.0 AT 

Php 700,000 

Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Conclusion

Now as shown by the table above, the Wigo is slightly more affordable than the Brio but both vehicles fall under the sub Php 800K price point. Both their top-spec versions also have some stylishness to them that sets them apart from their regular variants.  

A picture of the rear of the Honda Brio RS Black Top

Which has a better-looking rear end? Is it the Brio RS Black Top?

Then again, it is obvious that the Brio’s inline-4 packs more power than the Wigo’s inline-3. So, if you want something a bit faster, while retaining the small city car dimensions, you might want to consider the Honda model. In turn, the Wigo TRD S does provide a better infotainment system. 

A picture of the rear of the Wigo TRD S

Or do you like Wigo TRD S' rear end better?

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Author

Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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