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23 July 2018

Honda Mobilio

Honda Mobilio

 

Honda Mobilio MPV might be discontinued as hinted by some reports. The vehicle has been facing the insufficient demand for the past 6-8 months. This could be due to several reasons but the most prominent one is the rise of severe competition in the segment. The Mobilio has been facing the challenge from the Maruti Ertiga facelift which is offering ample amount of features at a reasonable price tag, while the low-cost Datsun Go+ is further making the things difficult. Mobilio was launched back in July 2014 and initially, it performed well in the market, but later on, craze for the car started diminishing. The Mobilio specs include 1.5-litre i-DTEC and 1.5-litre iVTEC engines that are both good in power and mileage. Despite such performance packed engines, the car is unable to attract the masses and situation are worsening by the day. If the demand continues to drop, Honda might also go for a heavy price cut.

Honda Mobilio Variants

E I DTEC

1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 24.2 kmplRs 9.24 Lakh*

 

S I DTEC

1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 24.2 kmplRs 10.01 Lakh*

 

V I DTEC

1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 24.2 kmplRs 11.27 Lakh*

 

V OPTION I DTEC

1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 24.2 kmplRs 11.84 Lakh*

 

RS I DTEC

1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 24.5 km Rs 12.48 Lakh*

Honda Mobilio Colors

Honda Mobilio is available in 7 different colors – Alabaster Silver Metallic, Brilliant Gold Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Majestic Blue Mattlic, Tafeta White, Urban Titanium Metallic.

Brilliant Gold Metallic

Crystal Black Pearl

Carnelian Red Pearl

Urban Titanium Metallic

Tafeta White

Majestic Blue Mattlic

Alabaster Silver Metallic

Honda Mobilio Performance

Performance
Engine 1498 cc
Power 98.6 bhp
Mileage 24.5 kmpl
Top speed 165 Kmph
Fuel type Diesel
Torque 200 Nm
Acceleration 14 Seconds

 

Exterior

Honda Mobilio looks similar to Brio from its front face. The new features that make it unique from all other MPVs are its curvy headlights with clear lens indicators, redesigned attractive bonnet, an aggressive logo on its nose, large front grille with surrounded chrome bar, sporty bumper, electrically adjustable OVRMs impress the customer at its first sight. The exterior also includes body colored door handles, stylish tail lights and rear windshield with a washer, wiper, and defogger. Redesigned roofline also caters to its new styling.

Interior

Subtle changes have been made to Mobilio’s interior using high-quality materials to get perfect finish and look. Shades of black and classy beige are used inside with wooden trims on the dashboard and door panels. A new infotainment system with the touchscreen has been inserted inside as part of new technology. Mobilia has got enough legroom and headroom space, also the adjustable seat that can be made into different combinations to maximize the comfort. Other standard features such as three spoke power steering, power windows, accessory power sockets, vanity mirror, cup holders etc are available in its interior.

Strong Areas

Easy-to-drive

Spacious cabin

Penetration pricing

Competent 7 seater

Sophisticated styling

Excellent driving view

Honda’s first Indian MPV

Engine

The Honda Mobilio offers excellent performance from its 1.5-litre petrol engine that is a direct lift off from the Honda City. At 119PS, this motor puts out enough grunt to propel the MPV to serious speeds. In fact, it’s a very rev happy motor and is a delight to push hard and drive fast. The petrol Mobilio is even faster than some of the sedans in its segment.

The diesel engine is the same as City and Amaze and offers very good low-end juice for city use. There is enough torque flow at under 2000rpm and turbo lag is well controlled, something that the Ertiga suffers from. The diesel engine can be revved too and though it gets noisy, there is a lot of performance on tap. This engine is prone to typical diesel noise but NVH levels on the inside as well controlled.

Both the engines come mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission

Mileage

Diesel Mileage 24.2 km

The Mobilio is offered in two engine options. Both these engines offer best in class fuel economy. The petrol 1.5-litre engine has a rated economy of 17.3kmpl as per ARAI and you can expect a real world economy of over 11-12kmpl in city and 16-18kmpl on the highways.

Petrol Mileage 17.3 km

The diesel engine gets a rated economy of 24.2kmpl and this motor will deliver over 15-16kmpl in city and 22-24kmpl on the highways at speeds between 90-100km/h.

Safety Features

Features  Comments
Driver Airbag Yes
Passenger Airbag Yes
Side Airbag-Front No
Child Safety Locks Yes
Side Airbag-Rear No
Anti-Lock Braking System Yes
Brake Assist No
Ebd Yes
Vehicle Stability Control System No
Traction Control No
Rear Seat Belts Yes
Seat Belt Warning Yes
Day & Night Rear View Mirror Yes
Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts no
Rear Camera Yes
Parking Sensors Rear
Crash Sensor Yes
Engine Check Warning No
Tyre Pressure Monitor No
Front Impact Beams Yes
Side Impact Beams Yes
Door Ajar Warning Yes

 

Comparison: Honda Mobilio vs Maruti Ertiga vs Toyota Innova

There is no denying that Honda’s first-ever MPV for India – the Mobilio was one of the most anticipated vehicles of the year, and now when it’s finally here we compare it with its two arch rivals – the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova.
While the Innova is known for its spaciousness, comfort, and drivability, the Ertiga is an affordable, frugal car with an impressive ride quality. Honda that has priced this vehicle right between the Ertiga and Innova, is aiming to eat into the sales of both. The Mobilio has priced between Rs 6.49 lakh to Rs 10.86 lakh.

Spaciousness

The MPVs/MUVs are known for their spacious character, the overall dimension of a car is the most important aspect. In this department, the Toyota Innova scores more than both the Ertiga and upcoming Mobilio. The Innova measures 4585mm in length, 1765 in width and 1760mm in height, along with the class-leading 2750mm of the wheelbase. The Innova is the only car among the three to offer both the seven and eight seater models, other two are seven-seaters.
The Mobilio with its 4386mm length, 1683mm width, and 1603mm height may look lesser in dimensions than the Ertiga on paper, but the car in real is more spacious. Following Honda’s “Man maximum, machine minimum” philosophy, the Japanese auto major has packaged the car so well that despite being a tad smaller in dimensions, the car offers more space to its occupants.
The Ortega has 90mm more space between the wheels with 2740mm of wheelbase, but the Mobilio scores more in overall length (4386mm).  The Ertiga measures 1685mm in height and 1695mm in width.

Power

In this department as well, the Innova outshines both of its rivals. With a 2.0-litre petrol and 2.5-litre diesel engine options, the Innova is the most powerful vehicle of the lot. The 2.0-litre petrol engine of the Innova churns out an impressive 131.4bhp @ 5600rpm while yielding 181Nm of peak torque at 4,000rpm. While the 2.5-litre diesel engine produces 100.6bhp at 3600rpm and a rather impressive 200Nm of peak torque at 1200-3600rpm.
Second in the sequence of power is the Mobilio, which will share both of its petrol and diesel engine options with the Honda City. Both the engines are proven and potent, while the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol is known for its refinement and power, the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel is the most fuel efficient engine in the country today. The petrol 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine produces 117bhp and 145Nm, while the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel belts out 98.6bhp and 200Nm.
The Maruti Ertiga is the least powerful vehicle of the three. Though, both the 1.3-litre multijet diesel and 1.4-litre K-Series petrol engine are very refined and fuel efficient. The 1.3-litre 16V DDiS petrol engine of the Ertiga develops 88.8bhp and 200Nm, while the 1.4-litre petrol engine of the MPV promises to deliver 93.7bhp and 130Nm.

Mileage

Fuel efficiency is yet another important aspect that one takes care of before buying an MPV. One buys an MPV so that an entire family/group of people can travel together in less fuel, though this wasn’t the case before. Earlier, spaciousness used to be the prime concern for buyers, but cars like the Ertiga gave them an opportunity to own a car that is both spacious and fuel efficient. So, now when Mobilio has been claimed to be the most fuel efficient MPV in the country, people might prefer that over the other two.
In this area, the Mobilio outshines both the Ertiga and Innova, thanks to the highly frugal 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit. The Mobile’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine returns the best-in-class mileage of 24.2Km/l (ARAI certified). The Ertiga with its 1.3-litre multijet engine too is quite impressive with an ARAI certified mileage of 20.77kmpl. The Innova’s 2.5-litre common-rail diesel with around 12kmpl is the least efficient of the three. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engined model of the MPV too is quite impressive in terms of mileage. It is claimed to return 17.3Km/l.

Pricing

Since all the three products come at different price points, buyers have the option to choose whichever suits to their pocket. The Mobilio has priced in the range of Rs 6.49 lakh – Rs 10.86 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova are priced between Rs 5.80 lakh – 8.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs 9.43 lakh – Rs 14.92 lakh (prices are ex-showroom, Delhi).

Overall

The basis of all the parameters we have compared these cars, the Innova is a clear winner here, leading in most departments, except for the mileage. In terms of mileage and features, the Mobilio leads the race, while if you need a car that is affordable and has a decent space and mileage, the Ertiga is the car for you.
In the second half of this year, Nissan’s low-cost car brand Datsun too will roll out the GO+ MPV, which being a sub-4 meter car will enjoy excise duty cut and therefore be the most affordable MPV in India. So, one can wait for the GO hatchback based sub-compact MPV as well, if they need a seven-seater vehicle at the price of a B+ segment hatchback.
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