Updates aren’t going to work if they’re limited to just exterior changes, and in this regard, Honda Cars Philippines did its homework in the 2019 Honda Brio. As mentioned in my full Brio review, the small hatchback has undergone a complete metamorphosis including its cabin where drivers and owners would spend their time the most.
Let’s take a closer look into the 2019 Honda Brio’s interior and cargo space to see the good things and of course, the bad.
What you will like: Plenty of headroom, several cubbyholes, great NVH insulation, soft seats
What you won’t like: No seat height adjuster, orange accents might not go with other Brio colors (hello, Carnival Yellow).
The 2019 Honda Brio’s interior is a huge jump from its predecessor, jumping from curvy styling to the now angular accents. The RS trim gets orange body color highlights, as well, which is a good look since they’re not tacky. However, these orange accents might not go well with other color variants, such as the Carnival Yellow.
Hard plastics are, of course, the primary choice of material in the Brio, but that’s expected at this price point. They’re at least textured nicely and don’t look cheap, plus piano black plastics are fairly minimal and aren’t found on key touchpoints. Caco and I were pretty impressed with its NVH insulation, plus the softness of the seats makes for a comfortable ride.
Cabin space is critical in a small hatchback like the 2019 Brio. But don’t fret, Honda’s contender has got you covered, at least in terms of headroom. The rear seats allow three people, but two or at least one of those three should be within his or her recommended body mass index.
Upfront, the space for the driver and passenger is highlighted by the openness of the cabin and the several cubbyholes. A recommended driving position isn’t hard to achieve even with the lack of seat height adjuster and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, plus visibility isn’t hampered while seated at its default seat height. However, those standing lower than my height (5’6”) might have issues.
Cargo Space: Just like its bigger brother
Cargo volume with seats up: 258 liters
Cargo volume with backrests folded: 710 liters
With the rear backrests up, the Honda Brio already has a more-than-decent cargo space that could fit a standard two-fold child stroller and around four grocery bags. This is among the best in the segment, but that’s not all.
Inheriting one of the favorable traits of the Honda Jazz, the Brio can fold its backrests flat to the floor, which reveals 710-liters of total trunk volume. With this, you’re pretty much given a compact crossover’s trunk – even bigger
Lastly, if you’re looking for a tonneau, the Brio doesn’t come with one.