Honda Brio Vs Toyota Etios Liva Petrol- Which Hatchback Is Worth Your Money?

After months and months of hard work and research Honda has launched the global small car Honda Brio and ever since its launch we are busy comparing the same with the rest of the cars in the market. In continuation to our car comparison series on Car Blog India today we will be comparing the Brio with the much talked about Toyota Etios Liva.

Honda Brio Exteriors Vs Toyota Etios Liva Exteriors


Honda has a strong hold on the looks aspect and this shows in all of its models. The Brio is no exception to its beautiful line-up and the typical small car looks are very impressive. Once you walk around the car it will definitely bring a smile to your face. Sporty yet cute looks, rear glass boot door, large headlamps, a nice roofline are some of the characteristic features that will hit your eyes first. The chrome grille on the front and triangular headlamps on the rear again some charm to the overall attire of the car.

Honda Brio Dimensions

  • Length 3610 mm
  • Width 1680 mm
  • Height 1500 mm
  • Wheelbase 2345mm

The Liva is an elegant looking car and is somewhat bigger in appearance. The body of the Liva has been designed with utmost simplicity and does not contain any turbulent designing cues yet it contains the very attraction one would seek in a good family car. Chrome inserts on the grille, large head lights, sporty exterior(with body skirting) looks brilliant.

Toyota Etios Liva Dimensions

  • Length = 3775 mm
  • Width = 1695 mm
  • Height = 1510 mm
  • Wheelbase = 2460 mm

Since the Liva is a sedan based model, it is longer and also has a better wheelbase than the Brio. In fact it is ahead of the Brio in all the proportions. Now if you would ask me which one is my favorite then on taking a closer I would love to go with the Brio as it is new, better looking car and has its unique appeal.

Honda Brio Interiors Vs Toyota Etios Liva Interiors


Image- Honda Brio Interiors

Brio has been designed on the completely new platform and this has been proved by its new refreshing interiors which do no resemble with any of the existing cars’ interiors. Two tone dashboard and beige upholstery has a unique effect at the first look. A new dashboard design with nicely done circular AC vents, central console and 2-DIN audio system looks good. Coming to the features of the car, it comes with Audio system with USB, iPod and Aux input (No CD support), Steering mounted audio controls, Manual Air conditioning, ABS , EBD  and Airbags for Safety,Power Windows, Central Locking, Electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, Tachometer, LCD display for Trip meter, odometer and fuel economy, ECO Mode driving indicator, 100 % folding rear seats etc..

Toyota Etios Liva Interios (2)

Image- Toyota Etios Liva Interiors

Just like Honda, Toyota is also very particular about maintaining quality in its cars and the Liva stands up to your expectations. The two tone upholstery, centrally positioned instrument cluster, unique central Ac vent arrangement, large glove box, are some of the things that will come to your notice as immediately as you enter the car. Other features of the same are 2 DIN Audio System with CD / DVD, AM/ FM, USB / Aux-in support with remote control, 4 Speakers Audio System, Steering mounted Audio controls, Internally adjustable  outside rear-view mirrors, Dual SRS Airbags, ABS with EBD, Immobilizer, Keyless Entry, Driver Seatbelt Warning, Door Ajar Warning etc.

Honda Brio Petrol Vs Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Engine

Honda Brio Petrol Engine Specifications

  • 1.2 Litre 4 Cylinder i-VTEC Engine
  • Engine Displacement 1198 CC
  • Max power of 86.8 BHP @ 6000 RPM
  • Max torque of 109 Nm @ 4600 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 18.4 KMPL

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Engine Specifications

  • 1.2 Lire 4 Cylinder 16 Valve DOHC MPFI Petrol engine
  • Engine displacement 1197 cc
  • Max power  79 BHP @ 5600 RPM
  • Max Torque 104 Nm @ 3100 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • ARAI certified mileage of 18.31 KMPL

Honda has fitted the same engine in the Brio that comes with the Jazz, a 1.2 Litre 4 cylinder i-VTEC unit which is capable of producing 87 BHP of power and 109 Nm of torque. These figures are more than sufficient for a small car like Brio and with a breathtaking mileage of 18.4 KMPL, it just sounds better. The Liva gets a similar 1.2  L engine which produces 79 BHP of power and 104 Nm of torque and delivers a mileage of 18.3 KMPL.

Honda Brio Petrol Performance & Handling Vs Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Performance & Handling

Honda has worked much harder than before for this new car and this shows in the refinement of the engine and driving dynamics of the Brio. It drives exceptionally well both in city and on highway. Taking around corners is very easy for the Brio and the comfort levels are brilliant.

The Liva is a good car which drives well in city on the highway but the suspension is slightly disappointing and we expected it to be a bit more comfortable. The engine is peppy and quite responsive for all sorts of driving conditions. Steering the car is no big deal as the power steering is very light but when taking the car around corners, the confidence level decreases.

Honda Brio Petrol Vs Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Price

The prices of Honda Brio Ex-Showroom Delhi are as follows:

  • Honda Brio E is priced at Rs.3.95 Lakhs
  • Honda Brio S is priced at Rs. 4.35 Lakhs
  • Honda Brio S (Option Pack) is priced at Rs. 4.90 Lakhs
  • Honda Brio V is priced at Rs. 5.10 Lakhs

Toyota Etios Liva Hatchback Ex-showroom prices in Delhi are as follows:

  • Toyota Etios Liva J is priced at Rs. 3.99 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva G is priced at Rs. 4,59 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva G (SP)* is priced at Rs. 5.05Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva V is priced at Rs. 5.49 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva VX is priced at Rs. 5.99 Lakhs

Both Honda and Toyota have priced their products very competitively. The Brio starts at 3.95 Lakhs and goes up to 5.10 Lakh. Very close to the Brio the Liva starts at 3.99 Lakhs and ends at 5.99 Lakh.

Honda Brio E Vs Toyota Etios Liva J

The Liva J comes with features like body coloured bumpers, full wheel caps, air cooled glove box, digital tripmeter, internally adjusted ORVMs, door ajar warning system and engine immobilizer and no safety features. The Brio comes with front grille, front power windows, central locking, headlight and ignition off reminder, and many more features. So by comparison both are at par but the Brio is one step ahead with a handful of extra features.

Honda Brio S Vs Toyota Etios Liva G

The Brio S body coloured door handles and body coloured ORVM, full trim wheels, audio system, steering mounted audio control switches, front and rear speakers, chrome rings on air vents and gear knob, silver garnish on steering wheel, keyless entry, rear power windows, front power window auto down, accessory socket etc. The Liva G gets body coloured door handles and ORVMs, intermittent wipers, power windows, central locking, tilt steering, and again no safety features. Here alike the Brio E and Liva J, both the cars do no offer much yet the Liva G is 15 k more expensive then Brio S which means that Brio is again a better choice.

Honda Brio S(Option Pack) Vs Toyota Etios Liva G (SP)

Besides what you get with Brio S the option pack offers extra features like rear and front airbags, front seat belt pretensioners and load  limiters, dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, tilt steering, electrically adjustable ORVMs. The Liva G (SP) offers additional features like ABS, EBD, airbags, driver seat belt warning only which are not comparable with the Brio which has been priced a 15 k less yet again.

The Etios V and VX top end models offer all the features but the Brio V again offers all the same features but at a significantly lesser price, therefore there is no better choice than the Brio V top end.

Car Blog India Verdict-Honda Brio Petrol Vs Toyota Etios Liva Petrol

By far we have compared many cars but this one has been the most interesting and with an appreciable margin the Brio outperforms the Liva. I would personally recommend you to take any Honda Brio variant as it is cheaper than any of the corresponding Liva variant. If you are an existing Honda owner or an aspiring one, then this car is the best to start your journey. So at the end I would love to conclude that Honda has done a brilliant job in the form of Brio and it is a fantastic car to own.

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