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Mobilio was a success story in Asian markets like Japan and Indonesia. The first-generation Mobilio was fairly well-received in Japan. After this, Honda expanded its Mobilio footprint in Indonesia with the second-generation model. It was subsequently launched in India.
? Honda launched Mobilio in the Indian MPV market in July 2014 to cater to mid-range customers between high-end vehicles and low-priced options. Mobilio was discontinued in India in 2017 owing to poor sales among other factors.
? The sportier version of the vehicle called Mobilio RS was also available in the market, primarily aimed at boosting sales. It featured a sporty bumper and spoiler. The customers, however, were not impressed.
? Mobilio received a facelift in 2016 and was expected to be launched in the Indian market in 2017, but it never made it to the sub-continent.
? Honda equipped Mobilio with engines similar to the ones in Honda City - a 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine delivering a power output of 117 bhp, maximum torque of 145 Nm. The diesel engine - 1.5 litre i-DTEC - churns out a maximum power of 99 bhp and 200Nm torque. The fuel efficiency of petrol and diesel was reported at 17.3 kmpl and 24.2 kmpl respectively.
? Both the variants of Mobilio feature a 5-speed gearbox with manual transmission. The CVT gearbox was expected to come into the picture for the petrol version, which might have helped the sales.
? Honda pitched Mobilio as the fuel-efficient and spacious 7-seater in the market. The carmaker is a champion in optimising the room of its vehicles.
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Honda launched Mobilio primarily for the growing families at an affordable price. It offers stability, safety, and a rich experience for its customers. With more and more families opting for MPVs, Mobilio was Honda’s debut in the segment. A solid structure spearheaded by a thick slab of a chrome grille, craftily designed headlamps, and 15-inch wheels give it a youthful and robust profile. Mobilio is built, rather evidently, on the Brio platform. The 7-seater, unabashedly, flaunts a very floating design. The window kinks, large tail lights, rear windscreen wraparound styling add to its snazzy personality. Honda designed the car with mastery and detail giving it a very trendy look.
Mobilio’s silver accented dashboard features a music system with USB and AUX input ports, AC control knobs, a tilted steering wheel for better control, and a fancy instrument cluster. The interiors are dual-tone with superior leather upholstery. It is a spacious car, a factor Honda is popular for. The boot space is adequate, though there is scope for improvement.
Honda clearly strived to make Mobilio a luxurious ride with second-row AC vents and armrest, and generous legroom. It was built for indulgence at an affordable price.
A sports variant of Mobilio called Mobilio RS is also available that gives the car a very chic character. It features a uniquely styled grille, chrome rear, attractive tailgate spoiler, LED turn indicators, chrome door handles, and projector headlamps.
Besides RS, Mobilio comes in E, S, and V models with slightly varying features.
Mobilio is available in Urban Titanium Metallic, Taffeta White, Majestic Blue Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl, Brilliant Gold Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, and Crystal Black Pearl.
Honda’s MPV bet is priced between ?6.49 lakhs and ?10.86 lakhs. It is positioned smartly between Ertiga and Innova to attract buyers from either budget range.
It is directly pitched against Ertiga and Innova. Other cars in the segment include Mahindra Xylo, Chevrolet Enjoy, Nissan Evalia, Datsun Go, and Renault Lodgy.
Mobilio is a very well-priced MPV challenging both Ertiga and Innova.
? Honda is known for building spacious vehicles and the same is true of Mobilio.
? Like other Honda cars, Mobilio is built for a solid performance featuring their best and proven engines.
? Mobilio is the segment’s best car in terms of fuel efficiency. Its mileage is better than both Innova and Ertiga.
? It offers a smooth ride thanks to its impressive suspension build.
Mobilio’s market positioning is unclear. It’s described as both a family car and a car enthusiast’s dream vehicle.
? The safety features of the vehicle were a major downer.
? Mobilio’s engines fell short of their competitors with respect to the power output.
? Dropping AVN trim (Audio, Video, and Navigation touchscreen setup) also hurt Mobilio’s sales.
Mobilio is a highly anticipated entrant of a segment that was dominated by Ertiga and Innova. It gives buyers a promising option in the MVP segment as Honda is known for stability and comfort. The carmaker based the entire build on its two earlier successes - Brio and Amaze. The front profile looks strikingly similar to the sedan with slight modifications. Primarily to make it look fresh and youthful.
Honda has yet again opted for its proven engines - i-VTEC and i-DTEC for petrol and diesel variants for Mobilio. This shows that the car is aimed at performance rather than power. A smart move for a car targeted at families. Its suspension system is brilliant and has the segment’s best ground clearance of 189 mm. Although sturdy, it is a lightweight vehicle.
One major plus for Mobilio is its fuel efficiency. At 17.3 kmpl and 24.2 kmpl for petrol and diesel respectively, the mileage is way better than its rivals in the industry.
Although it falls short of the dimensions in comparison to Ertiga and Innova, Mobilio is cleverly optimised in terms of space. It is roomy, tall, and has generous legroom. The quality of the leather is grand and dual-tone interiors give a very opulent feel to passengers.
The lack of AVN trim can come as a big disappointment. The feature was a massive hit in Honda’s other models like CR-V. There is no CVT automatic variant, which could have given Mobilio a fair advantage.
All in all, Honda Mobilio is a worthy opponent for both Ertiga and Innova. However, it would need regular and advanced facelifts, if Honda really intends to make Mobilio a segment leader.
Body Type MUV
Fuel Type Petrol
ARAI Mileage 17.3 kmpl
City Mileage 13.8 kmpl
Seating Capacity 7