Honda Brio 2020: Subcompact of the year contender (A-Segment)

Updated Mar 09, 2022 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

With 2019 coming to a close, we here at Philkotse will be nominating several vehicles as the top dogs in their respective categories. Here is one contender for the subcompact A-segment car of the year.

Honda Brio 2020: Subcompact of the year contender (A-segment)

  • Class-Leading Power
  • All-new CVT is sublime
  • The new redesign does away with the bug-eye look
  • Cheaper than the Mirage!?
  • Turns on a dime

Honda Brio 2020: Honda still knows how to make fun small cars

Honda has been criticized for moving its best selling cars like the Civic and City more upmarket and out of their traditional price points. With the latest version of Honda Brio, however, Honda spreads a wet blanket over that raging fire and proves that they can still make small, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive cars that are more importantly, very affordable.

Watch our review of the Honda Brio and why we think it is the perfect city car!

Honda Brio 2020: The new kid has legs

The Honda Brio 2020 has the most power among almost its A-segment rivals. The L12B i-VTEC Inline 4 helps and dwarfs its 3 cylinder rivals. Power comes in a linear fashion thanks to Honda’s CVT system.

People decry the loss of the 1.3l engine from the previous model but thanks to that transmission and weight reduction you will barely feel the power penalty. There is also a manual transmission option for those of us who prefer to row their own boat.


Honda Brio 2020 has an athletic, aggressive stance

The suspension settings have been tweaked as well as having an extended wheelbase. This enables the engineers to increase the spring stiffness without having to contend with a crashy ride feel characteristic of short wheelbase vehicles.

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Honda Brio 2020: Tiny on the outside, spacious inside

Honda knows that interior space, driving experience, and practicality should be the priority over design and performance. This doesn’t mean that they cut corners at the latter aspect but they live by the axiom: “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum”.

This philosophy guides Honda to keep engineering-focused to maximize interior space for passengers and minimize the space required for mechanical components. In this regard front, passengers enjoy great leg and headroom while the driver has just enough support for semi-spirited driving.

Honda Brio 2020 interior

Honda stands by its Man Maximum, Machine Minimum Philosophy

Rear passengers might not have it as good as the front but if you keep rear passengers to 2 it is not a bad place to be in. The rear hatch gives ample space enough for a week's worth of groceries. Fold the rear seat down and you the Brio becomes a capable hauler.

>>> Another contender for A-segment awards: Toyota Wigo 2020: A-segment car of the year?

Honda Brio 2020: Honda answers back against the critics

Over the years, Honda has received much backlash for bringing their traditionally affordable offerings upmarket. The Civic, City, and Jazz are no longer entry-level cars and left Honda fans in the dark.

We relive Honda’s glory only by buying second-hand cars and leave the new ones to unenthusiastic. The Honda Brio 2020 is Honda’s way of pleasing fans who prefer bone-stock no-frills motoring. If you are looking for the spiritual successor of the old 90s Civic Hatchback or the First generation Jazz, you have it right here.

>>> Related: Complete guide to the Honda Philippines' local lineup

Honda Brio 2020 on display

The Honda Brio is the spiritual successor of the old 90s Civic Hatchback

The 2020 Honda Brio has big shoes to fill, but it is poised to fill them in quite nicely and if emptying inventories of the Honda Brio and the line to get one early this year was any indication, it seems like the Filipino buyer is more than willing to give this a shot.

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Know more about Honda Brio 2023

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

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