There is no dearth of premium hatchbacks in the Indian car market and two of them, the Hyundai i20 and Maruti Suzuki Swift have been been doing exceptionally well. But that does not mean that the other cars in the market are not capable.
We do a specification comparison of the two undisputedly beautiful cars – Fiat Punto and Honda Brio. The specification comparison sheet has been prepared by comparing Fiat Punto Evo (1.4 Emotion petrol) with the Honda Brio (VX O petrol). Compare all features of Fiat Punto Vs Honda Brio here.
Honda Brio Vs Fiat Punto (Design and Exteriors)
The Italian craftsmanship has been personified in the Fiat Punto EVO, the car simply looks beautiful, whichever angle you look at it. The car bears no resemblance to the old hatchback. The front carries beautiful looking 'Reindeer' headlamps. Also, the car gets a new style front bumper with chrome treatment and integrated fog lamps. The car gets larger air-dams and a muscular looking bonnet. The side profile of the car is almost identical to the older hatch. The car comes with 16-inch alloy wheels and LED indicators have been nicely integrated in the ORVMs. At the rear-end, the car has new tail lamp cluster and redesigned rear bumper. The bumper also gets chrome inserts which are accompanied by the fog lamps and reverse lights.
The Honda Brio is indeed a beautiful, cute and small looking city. The Brio has a strong creases running along the body which lends it much of its style. The big Honda logo sits in the middle of the chrome grille and distinctively stands out. The tail looks sharp with its triangular lamps and the gate is made entirely of glass. The car comes with 14inch alloys for the top end version looks good on the car.
Honda Brio Vs Fiat Punto (Interiors and Features)
The new Punto EVO gets an all new dashboard and the quality of the materials used is top-notch. The car comes with dual-tone interiors on all models except the top variant, Sport, which gets all black interiors. The steering wheel also gets audio controls and other control features integrated into it. The instrument panel gets a tachometer and a trip meter with distance to empty. There is an automatic A/C with rear vents, a 12V power socket, digital clock, programmable speed limit buzzer, real time mileage indicator, seat belt warning light etc. Some of these features are only available on the top variant.
There is 280 litres of boot space to carry decent amount of luggage. The storage spaces inside the cabin has also been carved out neatly and every door gets a bottle holder. The top variant of the car also gets an integrated CD/MP3/FM player with Microsoft Blue & Me, Voice Commands, Bluetooth, USB, and AUX-in connectivity.
The quality of plastics on Brio is not great. The car has enough space to seat five adults but the boot space is very disappointing. You get light beige plastics interior and features like power windows, steering-mounted audio controls, bluetooth and aux-in connectivity, defogger, electric mirrors, cup holders, push button keyless start etc.
The Brio misses out the climate control and the very basic dead pedal.
Honda Brio Vs Fiat Punto (Engine and Transmission)
The Fiat Punto Evo comes with both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variants are offered with two different engine options, the base variant comes with a 1.2L (1172cc) which has a maximum power output of 67bhp at 6000rpm and a peak torque of 96Nm at 2500rpm. The other petrol engine 1.4L (1368cc) delivers 88.7bhp at 6000rpm and 115Nm of peak torque at 4500rpm. The power is transferred to the front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox for both the engines.
Fiat's 1.3L Multi jet diesel (MJD) has been tuned differently for different power outputs. The entry-level and mid variants are tuned to deliver a power output of 74.9bhp at 4000rpm and maximum torque of 197Nm at 1750rpm. The top-end variant, sport, comes with the same engine which has been tuned to returns larger power. The engine returns an output of 88.7bhp at 4000rpm and a maximum torque of 209Nm at 4000rpm. Both the diesel engines are coupled with 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Honda Brio only comes with a petrol engine and there is no diesel option. The 1.2 litre i-vtec petrol motor develops 86.8bhp of power at 6000rpm and maximum torque of 109Nm at 4600rpm. This motor is mated to a 5 speed automatic gearbox on the top variant.
Honda Brio Vs Fiat Punto (Safety features and Mileage)
Fiat Punto EVO has ventilated discs at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The braking system is further enhanced by the Anti-lock Breaking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). You also get dual front airbags and 3-point ELR seat belts. Front seat belts are also height adjustable on the top variant. Automatic door lock, Door open indicator, Fire prevention system (FPS) etc. are a few features that are standard across all variants. You also get a remote keyless entry with central door locking.
The Brio comes with disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear, the car has decent braking performance which is further complimented by the ABD and EBD system. In addition, the car also gets front airbags, 3-point ELR seatbelts, remote keyless entry system along with central locking.
The base and mid-level petrol variants of the Punto Evo that come with 1.2L engine return 15.8kmpl while the top-end variant that comes with a 1.4L engine delivers 14.4kmph. The fuel efficiency of diesel variant with less powerful 1.3L MJD delivers fuel economy of 21.2kmpl and the more powerful top variant delivers 20.5kmpl.
The petrol motor on the Honda Brio delivers 16.2kmpl in the city and 19.4kmpl on highways.
The specifications of the cars we have compared are beautiful and standout in terms of road presence. The Fiat Punto, in particular since it has not sold in larger numbers as the Brio or other hatchback of this segment, offers the kind of exclusivity that is hard to get in this segment.
The Punto Evo is indeed a great car and offers the best in very neatly priced package. The fuel efficiency of the petrol model is not impressive and is the only fault we could find with this car. You may want to go for a diesel motor if you are a stickler for good mileage.
Watch a comprehensive video review of the Fiat Punto Evo below
Watch comprehensive video review of the Honda Brio below