At P742,000 (price as tested), the 2019 Honda Brio RS Blacktop is quite loaded with features. As someone who’s always on the road, I can attest that these features that the Brio comes with are the ones that really matter – things that I guarantee you’ll be using every day.
But, of course, there will be some quirks and shortcomings, which you’ll learn in this up-close look at the 2019 Brio’s technology and safety review.
What’s included: speed-sensing door locks, auto up/down driver’s window, comprehensive trip and fuel consumption meter, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, power-folding mirrors, and a 7-inch infotainment system with six speakers, Bluetooth, and USB port (for iPod connectivity).
The RS variant gets all the goodies, though, as the lower V variant gets fewer speakers while the S variant loses the steering wheel-mounted audio controls and touchscreen infotainment. Not a bad deal for at least P79,000 less from the RS variants’ price tags.
What you won’t like: vanilla speakers, no Apple Carplay/Android Auto, missing volume knob
For the Brio’s downside, the 6-speaker setup is okay for the most part (meaning, pop music) but more complex music would sound muffled even with after tweaking the preset equalizer. There's no volume knob, though, so you would need to get used to touchscreen controls or through the steering wheel audio controls. Plus, conversations through handsfree Bluetooth connection aren't as clear as day, but at least smartphone integration is constant, automatic, and undisrupted.
Also, if you’re among those who already got used to using Apple Carplay and Android Auto, don’t expect the Brio to have the same feature even with its range-topper.
What’s included: dual SRS airbags, seatbelt reminders for the front occupants, immobilizer, security alarm, and four five-point seatbelts.
The Honda Brio gets pretty much the same set of safety features for the whole range, except for the S variant that doesn’t have a security alarm. These safety features are at par with the standard in the small hatchback class, but I really wish that there are ISOFIX tethers for those who need it. Plus, the middle rear passenger has to make do with a lap belt – that’s bad news in case of a head-on collision.
89 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Honda Brio 1.2 RS Black Top CVT
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
Earth Dreams CVT
Max Output (HP)
89 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque (nm)
110 Nm @ 4,800 rpm
Economy & Environment
Number of Doors
Number of Seats
Safety & Security
Front Passenger's Airbag
Electronic Brake Distribution
With Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Electronic Door Locks
Speed Sensing Door Locks
Lane Departure Warning System
Blind-Spot Detection System
Front Parking Sensors
Rear Parking Sensors
Push Start Button
Wheels Metal Type
RS Design Alloy
Manual Air Conditioning
7-inch Capacitive Touchscreen Audio with Bluetooth, Audio Streaming, and USB via 6 speakers