Honda Brio AT vs Wagon R AMT Comparison Review

Maruti-Suzuki WagonR AGS vs Honda Brio 2016 Automatic Comparison Review:

"WagonR excessively tall height and extremely narrow track, makes it highly susceptible to body roll. This not only makes it awful to pilot around the bends, it actually makes it quite dangerous to throw it around corners. To prevent the WagonR from toppling over, Maruti engineers have had to stiffen up its suspension, destroying its ability to absorb bumps and ruts, making it highly uncomfortable especially for the rear passengers."

Brio vs WagonR Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features Comparison: 
Brio is available in the automatic guise, only with the ‘VX AT' top-end variant, which retails for 7.6 Lakh Rs. (On road, Delhi). WagonR’s flagship variant, the ‘VXi AMT O’ retails for 5.6 Lakh, which is a mind blowing 2 Lakh Rs. cheaper, than the Brio ‘VX AT’.

In spite of the massive price difference, Brio VX has just a couple of extra features, over the WagonR VXi, like Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Switches and Alloy Wheels, whereas it misses out, on the Rear washer and wiper that is present in the WagonR VXi.

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Fog Lamps, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Rear Defogger

Extra Features in Brio (VX CVT): Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Switches, Alloy Wheels

Extra Features in WagonR (VXi AMT O): Rear Wash-Wipe

Performance & Drivability Comparison: 
WagonR’s 998 cc K10 engine, is simply no match to Honda’s extraordinary 1.2 litre iVTEC mill. What lets the Brio down, is that Honda decided to stick with the age old, torque convertor gearbox, instead of shifting to a CVT unit, like they did in the Amaze facelift. WagonR on the other hand, has one of the best calibrated AMT setups, among all Maruti cars. That being said, WagonR shifts are still not as jerk free as the Brio’s, and due to its 200cc disadvantage, performance is also marginally weaker than the Brio. But considering its tremendous efficiency advantage, the shortfall in smoothness and performance, is well worth the sacrifice.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): WagonR – 76, Brio – 91 (difference 20%) 
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): WagonR – 101, Brio – 112 (difference 11%)

Power (PS@rpm): WagonR – 68@6000, Brio – 88@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): WagonR - 90@3500, Brio – 109@4500
Kerb Weight (kg): WagonR – 895, Brio – 970
Fuel Efficiency Comparison: 
The WagonR AGS automatic has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.5 kmpl, which is a whopping 4 kmpl more than the Brio AT. Credit goes to WagonR cutting edge AMT gearbox, which is just as efficient as a manual, unlike Brio’s efficiency sapping, conventional torque convertor unit. In our real world tests, the WagonR was almost 3 kmpl more efficient than the Brio. This equates to a saving of 85,000 Rs. on petrol costs over a usage of 75,000 km.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
WagonR (petrol, automatic) – 20.51, Brio (petrol, automatic) – 16.5

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): 
Micra (petrol, automatic) – 3.40, Brio (petrol, automatic) – 4.25

Reliability and After Sales Service Comparison: 
Both Suzuki & Honda have a stellar track record for vehicle reliability established painstakingly over decades. Honda in fact is renowned around the world for the bulletproof reliability of its products. However, in India Maruti holds the upper hand thanks to a widespread, 2000+ touch point network, compared to Honda’s 200 & better control over its dealers, ensuring more systematic and disciplined service for its customers.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): 
5 to 7 years old WagonRs, hold outstanding resale value in the market, selling for more than 2.5 lakhs today. Brios on the other hand hold mediocre resale value, with 2012 (launch year) specimens selling for around 3 lakhs. Expect both cars to fetch similar resale value in 2022.

WagonR VXi AMT O (petrol, automatic) – 2.65 Lakh
Brio VX AT (petrol, automatic) – 2.65 Lakh 

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
With almost 1 lakh rupee extra expenditure on fuel and 2 lakh rupee higher depreciation, it is no surprise that a Brio VX AT ends up costing almost 3 Lakh Rs. or 48% more than a Wagon AMT, in terms of Total Cost of Ownership.

WagonR VXi AMT O (petrol, automatic) – 6.35 Lakh 
Brio VX AT (petrol, automatic) – 9.20 Lakh

Space & Comfort Comparison: 
Both cars fall short in terms of providing a spacious interior, to the occupants. WagonR has excellent knee-room and excessive head-room, but is too narrow to squeeze in a fifth passenger in the rear, even for small distances. Brio on the other hand has generous amounts of space in the front and a supportive rear seat, but is found lacking on rear knee-room even for average Indian adults. Not to forget, both cars have pathetically small boot-space. Even the cheaper Renault Kwid has almost twice as much boot volume as these two.

Boot-space (lit): WagonR – 170, Brio – 175

Length (mm): WagonR – 3599, Brio – 3610
Width (mm): WagonR – 1495, Brio – 1680
Height (mm): WagonR – 1700, Brio – 1500

Ride Quality & Handling Comparison: 
The Brio has immensely superior dynamics, compared to the WagonR. WagonR's excessively tall height, and extremely narrow track, makes it highly susceptible to body roll. This not only makes it awful, to pilot around the bends, it actually makes it quite dangerous to throw around the corners. To prevent the WagonR from toppling over, Maruti engineers have had to stiffen up its suspension, destroying its ability to absorb bumps and ruts, and making it highly uncomfortable for the rear passengers. The Brio on the other hand is quite enthusiastic around the bends, but is let down by a feather-light steering setup, devoid of much feel or feedback. Its small footprint makes it susceptible to big bumps and ruts, but overall the ride-handling is still way better than the WagonR’s.

Ground Clearance (mm): WagonR – 165, Brio – 165

Wheelbase (mm): WagonR - 2400, Brio - 2345

Tyre Size: 
WagonR – 155/65R14 (VXi), 145/80R13 (LXi)
Brio - 175/65R14

Both these cars fall woefully short, on some very basic requirements of car buyers. WagonR on dynamics, stability & safety, while the Brio falls short on practicality and value for money. Which is why we would strongly advise you to stay away from both these cars. Instead we would recommend the Kwid AMT or even a Celerio AMT, anyday. If you are intending to buy the WagonR, for just 40,000 Rs. more, you get a much safer, balanced handling car, with a practical 236 litres of boot-space, superior highway stability and much better bump absorption than the WagonR, if you opt for the Celerio. If you are considering a Brio, the Celerio AMT offers you almost 2.5 Lakh Rs. lower cost of ownership, thanks to 23.1 kmpl of ARAI certified fuel efficiency, better service support, more spacious rear seat and a bigger boot than the Brio. That is why both the WagonR & the Brio turn out to be the losers in this comparo.

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