Honda Mobilio – Review

The car that marked Honda’s entry into the world of big cars – the Mobilio! The Mobilio was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 and was later officially launched in the following July. Mobilio came in at a time when the car market here is echoing with the terms SUVs and MPVs.

The mid-size MPV is built on a lighter monocoque chassis with an edgy contemporary design. The front bumper and radiator grille has a great similarity with the Brio. The side features aggressive lines and surfacing, body coloured ORVMs and handles and 10 spoke alloy wheels. The rear also looks smart with uniquely designed tail lights and tailgate. The Mobilio is visibly tall and long and has an impressive ground clearance of 185 mm which makes it a suitable vehicle for uneven roads.

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Mobilio is a seven seater MPV. The interiors of Mobilio indeed look comfortable and plush with black and beige finish. The seat fabric and other plastics used are of good quality. The first two rows has ample legroom and headroom while the third row of seats is perfect for children or else they can be folded away to make way for extra luggage. Here it should be said that ingress to the third row by flipping the second row seats and the seating position therein is not at all suitable for the elders. The boot space available is 223 litres, supplemented by smart storage spaces throughout the cabin.

Comfort features include audio-visual navigation touchscreen infotainment system, air conditioner with heater, front and rear power windows, day/night IRVM, tilt steering, central locking, fuel consumption display, ECO lamp, head light off reminder, arm rests, ignition key reminder as well as two interior cabin lights. Safety features include anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution, keyless entry, steering mounted controls and dual airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, front fog lamps, as well as security alarm system and auto door lock with speed.

Mobilio is available in both petrol and diesel fuel options. Both the variants come with manual and automatic transmission options. Mobilio’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine producesa maximum power of 100 bhp and torque figures stand at 205 Nm, while the 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine delivers even better performance with 117bhp and 145Nm of torque. The diesel engine promises to deliver an impressive mileage of 24.2 kmpl, while the petrol variant claims 17.44 kmpl.Both engines are paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The suspension is a bit on the stiffer side and Mobilio offers better performance on open and straight roads.

Honda offers Mobilio at a price between Rs 6.49 lakhs to 10.86 lakhs. Honda’s reliability and fuss free ownership goes a long way in its mounting sales.

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