The premium hatchback segment with its ever increasing product line-up is bound to remain one of the most competitive segment in India. We do a specification comparison of the cars from two Japanese manufacturers – Toyota Etios Liva Vs Honda Brio.
The specification comparison sheet has been prepared by comparing the petrol cars - Honda Brio VX (O) AT with the Toyota Etios Liva TRD Sportivo.
Toyota Etios Liva Vs Honda Brio (Design and Exterior)
There is nothing ground breaking about the Toyota Etios Liva styling, but the car has been interestingly designed and is really an attractive hatchback. It is very well balanced and is neither too curvaceous nor too sharp. The front of the car houses a sleek and bold grille at the centre that has a brilliant chrome finish to it. The front fog lamps housed at the extremities of the bumper look brilliant. The ORVMs come with built-in turn indicators that are functional and look stylish too. The sleek and small, fin-patterned, rear taillights go very well with the overall styling of the car. The blackened-out B-pillar and 12-spoke 15inch alloys make the car looks sporty and stylish.
The Honda Brio is a cute looking car that may appeal more to the women buyers. The car is 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 variant of the car comes with 14inch alloys that indeed look great.
Toyota Etios Liva Vs Honda Brio (Interior and Features)
The interiors of the Etios Liva are spacious and comfortable and provide abundant legroom, headroom and shoulder room to the passengers. The two-tone interiors are well built and have a beautiful texture. The tri-spoke steering wheel and the shift knob have silver accents on them and the door trims have a wood-finish that adds a special touch.
The driver’s seat is height-adjustable. The hatchback comes with power windows, front cabin lights, a 12 V power outlet, cooled glove box, day/night inside rear-view mirror, and sun visors for the driver and the co-passenger.
The car also comes with refined audio system with remote and 4 speakers. The audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel too. The boot of the car is of 251 litres capacity, in addition, the car also has 7 bottle holders and front & rear door pockets for added convenience.
Despite the first impression that the Brio first gives, there is enough room to seat five adults in comfort. The Honda Brio gets features such as power windows, steering-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth and aux-in connectivity, defogger, electric mirrors, cup holders, etc. The car also gets projector Halogen Head headlamps, and push button keyless start.
Brio comes with dual tone interiors which indeed look great but the build quality is not of the sort that you may expect from a Honda car. The boot space is also very less which is disappointing.
Toyota Etios Liva Vs Honda Brio (Engine and Transmission)
Etios Liva comes with petrol as well as the diesel variants. The diesel engine is a 1.4 litre (1364cc) 4-cylinder, 8-valve, SOHC engine and it generates a maximum power of 67.06bhp at 3800rpm and produces a maximum torque of 170Nm in the range of 1800-2400rpm. The petrol engine is a 1.2 litre (1197cc) 4-cylinder, 16-valve, DOHC. It generates a maximum power of 78.9bhp at 5600rpm and gives a maximum torque of 104Nm at 3100rpm.
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.
Toyota Etios Liva Vs Honda Brio (Safety features and Mileage)
Toyota Etios Liva comes with ventilated disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes at rear wheels. The top variant of the Etios Liva comes with SRS airbags for the driver and the co-passenger, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), engine immobilizer, 3-point ELR belts etc.
Just like the Etios, the Brio comes with ventilated disc brakes at front and drunm brakes at rear. The top variant also gets ABS (with EBD), engine immobilizer, seat belts etc.
Toyota Etios petrol engine delivers a mileage of 17.71kmpl on the highway and 15.1kmpl in the city. Honda Brio delivers 13.3kmpl in the city and 16.5kmpl on highways. The mileage delivered by Brio is impressive too since the figures are for the automatic gearbox.
We consider that the Etios Liva is an overall better car considering the fact that it offers better mileage and is more spacious too. You also get a diesel engine to choose from which at present Honda does not offer. You may want to go for Honda Brio only if you desire to get an automatic transmission which is not available on Etios Liva.
Watch comprehensive video review of the Honda Brio below