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Comparison of Daihatsu New Sirion vs Honda Brio RS, Who is the Most Interesting?

PT Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM) officially introduced the New Sirion, Thursday (2/6/2022). The city car update is present in design, features and other comfort aspects.

As a city car, Sirion directly faces its rivals in Indonesia. One of them is the Honda Brio RS. Both of them offer a city car design that is favored by young people with a variety of additional features in it.

So what if the two were compared? we try to show the data on paper of the two products that just got this update. Let's see together.

Comparison of Daihatsu New Sirion vs Honda Brio RS, Who is the Most Interesting?

Price

we start from the bid price of these two models. The New Sirion is now offered with a choice of two variants with one choice of D-CVT transmission. The 1.3 X variant is priced at IDR 227.6 million and the 1.3 R variant is priced at IDR 236.8 million. Both are on the road in DKI Jakarta.

Honda Brio RS comes with more diverse variants. There is an RS with a manual transmission at a price of IDR 216.1 million, an RS with a CVT transmission at IDR 226.1 million. The latest is the Brio RS Urbanite Edition variant which is also offered with a choice of manual transmission at IDR 225.9 million and CVT transmission at IDR 235.9 million. 

Regarding the price, the two models are slightly different. Of course the consideration comes from the discussion that we will reveal next.

Exterior Design

The external update on the Sirion comes from the front and rear bumpers, a more stylish headlamp and the rear-view mirror which now uses black. The headlamp has auto on, leveling adjuster and follow me home features. In addition, the Sirion has used a rear spoiler with high mount stop lamps, side stone guards and 15-inch alloy wheels and 185/55 R 15 tires. The appearance of the Sirion is now more energetic, in accordance with its target market.

In terms of dimensions, the Sirion offers a length of 3,895 mm, a width of 1,735 mm and a height of 1,525 mm with a wheelbase of 2,500 mm. The new Sirion offers a ground distance of 150 mm with a minimum turning radius of 5.1 meters. There are five color options available, namely lava red metallic, electric blue metallic, granite gray metallic, icy white solid and glittering silver metallic.

 Switch to Honda Brio RS. Sporty style is more emphasized in this Honda city car. A touch of black dominates some of the exterior such as the grille, and the mirror housing. Regarding lighting, the Brio RS already uses LED technology both at the front and rear of the vehicle.

Especially for the Urbanite variant, which just got a refresh last April, there is a large tailgate wing spoiler, 15-inch matte black alloy wheels with 185/55 R15 tires. There are still black door handles, front under spoiler, black side under spoiler and rear under spoiler with a diffuser on the back.

In terms of dimensions, the Brio RS offers a length of 3,815 mm, a width of 1,680 mm and a height of 1,485 mm with a wheelbase of 2,405 mm. Color options available include crystal black pearl, taffeta white, modern steel metallic, lunar metallic. Especially for the Urbanite variant, the phoenix color is pearl two tone, carnival yellow two tone, and new colors are taffeta white two tone and crystal black pearl.

From the dimensions, the Sirion offers a slightly longer size than the Brio RS. The dimensions of the two also have differences for people with certain city car tastes.

Interior Comfort Offer

As the newest product, the changes to the interior of the New Sirion are quite promising. The dashboard is still dominated by black with a touch of silver in the middle area. There is a new design on the steering wheel and a new stitching pattern on the fabric seats. The meter cluster is now equipped with a 4.2-inch TFT screen that contains various information about the vehicle. This steering wheel is added with a tilt steering feature for comfort settings.

In the middle area there are digital AC settings, front USB power outlets, seat power outlet drivers, seat height adjuster drivers and the presence of the engine start stop button. The head unit now offers direct connectivity with the driver's cellphone including mirroring. This head unit is also a place to see the rear camera which is equipped with a parking sensor. Not to forget, in the latest Sirion cabin, there are various places for storage in both the first and second rows and the presence of air purifier technology as standard in the top variant.

Regarding cabin flexibility, the latest Sirion also offers a fairly spacious luggage storage space. There is a seat arrangement to maximize storage space in the cabin with the second row seats fully folding. 

Moving on to Brio RS. A sporty touch is present on the black dashboard with orange details in some parts. Included in the meter cluster that comes with a MID screen with a variety of information. This orange detail can also be found on the fabric seat stitching which is equipped with an adjustable headrest. The steering wheel comes with an audio steering switch, tilt steering capability, Digital AC settings, and auto door lock by speed and power door mirrors.

The head unit comes with a 6.2-inch touch screen that is capable of connecting a smartphone with Bluetooth. The entertainment experience is better with the presence of a tweeter speaker. The carrying capacity of the Brio RS can also be increased by folding the second row of seats. Do not forget the various storage areas present in the first and second rows of the Brio RS for comfort while driving.

Performance and Features


The New Sirion's power offer comes from the 1 NR-VE DOHC Dual VVT-i 1,329 cc engine. This engine produces 95 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 119 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The transmission uses Daihatsu's D-CVT which is claimed to be more fuel efficient and provides a responsive driving experience.

Regarding features, the New Sirion gets additional comfort from the idle stop system which temporarily turns off engine performance when the vehicle stops. There is still a hill start assist to prevent the car from turning back when on an incline. The safety side comes from the airbags in the front and side of the first row, and now comes with ABS and EBD braking features as well as vehicle stability and traction control for driving stability.

Other mechanical systems, the new Sirion uses electric power steering, disc brakes at the front, drum brakes at the rear. The suspension uses Mac Pherson Struts with coil springs and stabilizer at the front and torsion beam with coil springs and stabilizer at the rear.

Moving on to Brio RS. In terms of performance, the Brio RS uses a 1.2L SOHC i-VTEC + DBW 1,199 cc engine. This engine produces 90 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. Transmission options are CVT with Earth Dreams technology and a five-speed manual.

Security comes from the use of the G-CON + ACE frame, dual front airbags, and the ABS EBD braking feature that is present in all variants. Brio RS already uses electric power steering and the presence of an ECO indicator to show how to drive fuel-efficiently in real time. There are still seatbelt reminders, seatbelt pretensioners, parking sensors, keyless entry, immobilizer, and an alarm system as standard.

Regarding other technical information, the Brio RS uses Mac Pherson strut front suspension at the front, H-Shape Torsion beam at the rear. Braking ability comes from the disc at the front and the drum at the rear.

Conclusion


The comparison above shows the advantages of each product in its segment. City cars with engines of 1,200 cc to 1,300 cc are mostly inhabited by niche products because this market is the residence of LCGC products.

For those who want a premium touch for a city car, they can glance at the latest Sirion which offers a powerful engine and complete safety features. For those who want a city car that looks sporty in the style of modification, the Brio RS Urbanite is very difficult not to glance at.

But the choice comes back to the respective funds provided. At a price of IDR 250 million and below, both are attractive choices thanks to the various advantages offered.

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