Driving in city can be a hassle and if you own a big car, parking it and maneuvering it around busy city traffic can cause be really difficult. The market has seen a trend that most of the car manufacturers now offer larger premium hatchbacks. You sacrifice somewhat on the interior space if you go for a comparatively smaller hatchback but it is really a sort of tradeoff that some consumers might prefer.
We compare the specifications of the two most compact premium hatchbacks – Ford Figo Vs Honda Brio and see how they fare with each other. For the specification comparison, we considered Ford Figo Petrol Titanium Vs Honda Brio VX (O).
Ford Figo Vs Honda Brio (Design and Exteriors)
The new Ford Figo 2013 is perhaps the smallest premium hatchback available in the Indian market. The car looks sporty and very well rounded. The front fascia has been redesigned and comes with new, clear lens headlamps and bumper. The dimensions of the car remain unchanged - 3795mm (length), 1680mm (width) and 1427mm (height). The car comes with 14inch, 8 spokes alloy wheels. The car looks very compact and well designed. Ford like with all its other cars has done a brilliant job with the overall engineering; the car looks indeed sturdy and very well built.
The Honda Brio is a cute looking car that might appeal more women buyers. The car is just 3.6 meters long and indeed looks very compact. There are strong creases on the side look good and give the car its unique character.
The rear of the Honda Brio houses the triangular taillights which look really sharp and complements other styling cues very well. The tail gate is made entirely of glass. The top version of the car comes with 14inch alloys that indeed look great.
Ford Figo Vs Honda Brio (Interiors and Features)
Figo, from the inside has even more changes. The interiors now come in two colour (black and blue) and look more vibrant. The layout of the dashboard is conventional and works well. The upholstery of the seats looks much better and also has better lumbar support.
The headrests on the seats are adjustable. The top-end variant (Titanium) of the Figo gets audio system now comes with USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in connectivity and controls are present on the steering wheel.
There’s good amount of storage space available all around. Despite the compact dimensions, Figo is very spacious. However, the 284 litre boot is indeed small for carrying luggage.
The quality of plastics used in Honda Brio is just okay, though the design is better than the Figo. The Honda Brio gets all features such as power windows, steering-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth and aux-in connectivity, defogger, electric mirrors, cup holders, etc. The car also comes with projector Halogen Head headlamps and push button start. The car very much lacks in the boot space just like the Figo and it is indeed very disappointing.
Ford Figo Vs Honda Brio (Engine and Transmission)
The Figo comes with petrol as well diesel engine. Since the Brio does not come with a diesel engine, we have only compares the petrol cars. The 1.2 litre Duratec petrol engine produces a peak power of 70.03bhp at 6250rpm and a maximum torque of 102Nm at 4000rpm. The engine comes mated with a 5-speed gearbox.
The Brio comes with a 1.2 litre i-Vtec petrol engine; it develops 86.8bhp of power at 6000 rpm and 109Nm of torque at 4600rpm. The car also comes with an automatic gearbox, the version (VX O) we compared, comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Ford Figo Vs Honda Brio (Safety features and Mileage)
The Ford Figo comes equipped with the standard front disc and rear drum brakes. The car also gets ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brakeforce distribution). Along with that, the car comes with front dual front airbags, three point seat belts for both front and rear passengers, central locking with keyless system, front and rear fog lamps.
The car comes with ventilated discs at front and drums at rear; three point front and rear seat belts as standard. The top variant of the car also comes with passenger and driver side airbag ABS along with EBD and fog lamps.
The Ford Figo 1.2 litre petrol delivers a mileage of 12.3kmpl in city and 15.6kmpl on highways which is not at all impressive when compared with the other hatchbacks of this segment. The manual variant of the Brio petrol delivers 16.2kmpl in the city and 19.4kmpl on highways. The mileage is way better than the Figo but is still no way near than the class leading Swift.
The Ford Figo is a great car and has only improved the qualities where the old car left off. The overall solid built quality of the car that has always been appreciated, stays. The car is heavier that most of the cars in this segment and due to that reason struggle in terms of mileage. The Brio on the other hand is equally equipped as the Figo and is visually very appealing. Despite the compact dimensions, the car manages to provide decent space on the inside and is very refined. It really is hard to pick a winner when the competition is this close.
You may want to watch the video review of the Honda Brio below