The Honda Eco-Light effect

by - October 25, 2014


I've written about my Honda Brio earlier and how smooth a ride it is.
One among the many fun features besides the wonderful i-VTec petrol engine and deceptive spaciousness within is the ECO-LIGHT signal which lights ups when you're driving at the most optimal speed and rpm for that gear.  
Earlier this week, I was returning back after watching a movie late one night when I decided to take up the ECO-light on its word.
Over 30 kms which included two states, wonderful highways and ridiculously bad pot holed sections of 'road', my aim was to keep the ECO-Light on for as long as possible during the ride. Contrary to what you may think, this did not involve driving at a snail's pace either (in general, I maintained it at roughly 45-65 kmpl in fifth gear.)

The final result:


31.2 kmpl (The best I noted while driving was 31.8 in between) over 30 kms of mixed roads is ridiculously awesome, if you ask me. In general, the Honda Brio has always been wonderful when it comes to fuel efficiency and for me, will always remain a totally underrated car in India.

So here are my questions:

  • What's the best mileage you have noted in a vehicle you have driven or been in over any period greater than 10 kms? 
  • Conversely what is the worst mileage you have ever noted too in a vehicle you have been in?

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20 comments

  1. Yeah absolutely correct, Am also using this Car and am a big fan of Honda Brio. Love to have this car, But talking about the mileage mine is not better then yours.

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    1. This was just a one off thing... in general, the mileage is par for the course in regular traffic. But yes, the car is a joy to drive...

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  2. mine in renault scala-33.7...the pic proof i think u u have already..:P

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  3. Ahh..first I need to learn to drive without wanting to kill anyone only then can I understand the pleasure of a car...else I feel every car is the same :D

    then we will need FC1 data...

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    1. :D hehe... 'without wanting to kill anyone' :D
      Well, at least ur motivations are good... hehehe

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  4. I still remember my Tata Indigo Diesel giving us 18 kmpl on the horrid Bangalore roads and upto 21 kmpl on the highway. Husband always put it down to his superior driving skills though ;)

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    1. hehe... rest assured. We men will always take credit for that!

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  5. I have always been a Honda fan, drove two of their models for many years when I lived in the US. And now too we are very happy with our Honda City. When we were looking for a car to buy in India, we decided to stick with Honda, considered Brio for a while (it had just been launched at that time), but needed a slightly bigger one so went for City, though we really wanted Jazz which they had stopped manufacturing for some time. Or so we were told.

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    1. same pinch... I too was days away from getting the Jazz when they suddenly stopped production to focus on the Amaze. No regrets though...

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  6. I enjoyed driving a wagon R and Honda city for many years. Now at the age of 79+ I like to sit relaxed in my daughter in law's Toyata.

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    1. Honda city is another guilty pleasure, no doubt...

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  7. errrrr I am totally dumb when it comes to jargans related to cars or bikes. I did ride Avenger once, which my husband was trying to teach. We both ended up with scars. Then I did drive my dad's Maruti, and he never gave me the keys again. Yeah I am really as dumb as I sound right now.

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    1. haha... convince him to hand over those keys again. It takes time to get some confidence for everyone

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  8. Lord! I'm so out of depth here Roshan.

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    1. its ok.. it was just a general question... you know how we are about saving every rupee: mileage of a car plays a major role there.

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  9. I have a i10 back home, in Kerala. My first car. And till date my favorite. And now here I drive a Wrangler. And it gives me a mileage of somewhat 18-20 kmpl. But since here petrol is cheaper than drinking water, no one actually bothers about the mileage.

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    1. ah.. thats true. Out here, we do look to squeeze every ml out of our fuel :D

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  10. Worst mileage? It was our first Amby in 1986. Yes, that long ago. But first car is like your first love. No complaints.

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    1. True... many have fond memories of the Ambassador.. I know many docs who refuse to give it away even today though they can afford much better

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Let me know what you think.