This article is a comparative analysis of two of the best selling auto transmission cars in India – the Honda Brio Automatic and the Hyundai i10 Automatic. The advent of auto transmission cars in India is relatively recent in respect to the mentality of the consumers. Indian consumers have taken a considerable amount of time to warm to the idea of buying an automatic. Several companies have launched automatic variants of their high selling Sedans. Honda and Hyundai are the first few to venture into hatchbacks with automatic transmissions.
In terms of design and aesthetics the Honda Brio has simply blown away any alleged competition it may have had. It is one of the best looking hatchbacks in its class. The pointed front of the Brio is a complete stand-out, especially in conjunction with her headlamps and aerodynamic, allow wheels. Its downward sloping sides and unique windows along with the all-glass rear hatch, with a subtle color gradation at the bottom certainly accounts for the Brio’s distinctive characteristics. The i10 may not be as futuristic looking as the Brio but it still holds its own with its brand new chrome radiator grille, triangle shaped fog lamps, bumper, antenna position and headlights. One important drawback of the i10 however, is that the bumper member beneath the front show panel is made of plastic, which means that if there is damage to the bumper it does not absorb the blow and the damage is more extensive.
The Hondo Brio has the best reviews of cars in India in terms of the space it offers; despite being a small car it can comfortably accommodate six people. The Brio’s seats are more comfortable and plush. The i10 has two-tone beige interiors and the design of the windshield gives the passengers plenty of room. The i10 also has a rear windshield wiper and defogger.
Engine and Performance:
The Hyundai i10 Automatic has two variants namely the Hyundai i10 Sportz AT 1.2L Kappa2 and the Hyundai i10 Asta AT 1.2L Kappa2 with a sun roof, the prices of which respectively range from Rs. 4,88,403 to Rs. 5,35,490 and Rs. 5,32,279 to Rs. 6,29,756. The Asta has a 1197 CC engine with a four speed transmission generating a power of 80 PS with an RPM of 6,000, a maximum torque of 111.8 NM. The Sportz also has a 1.2L 78.9 BHP at 6000 RPM, four cylinder transmission with a maximum torque of 111.8 NM.
The Brio S Option AT is the lowest variant costing Rs. 5, 74,000 and comes with a 5 speed transmission and a 1198 CC engine producing a power of 88 PS at 6000 RPM and generating a torque of 109 NM. The Brio V AT has a 1.2L 16V SOHC i-VTEC, 1198 CC engine with a maximum power of 86.8 BHP at 6000 RPM producing a torque of 109 NM.
The Brio is by far the better pick of two despite the fact that it doesn’t have as many perks as the i10. The i10 is definitely more suited to city driving and the Brio’s transmission is without a doubt more fine tuned in the sense that it does not dispel one’s entire driving experience.