The Honda Mobilio is a seven-seater mini MPV manufactured by the Japanese carmaker Honda. The car was first launched in 2001 after which it enjoyed a long run of seven years. The second generation for the MPV was released in the Indian market in July 2014. Since then, it has been a favourite for proving abundant space and two strong engines for a proper high-end family car.
Outlook and Exteriors
If you only get to see the face of a Honda car and fail to decide if it’s the Brio or the Amaze, know that it is the Mobilio.The twin colored, dual-eyed headlights with a bold chrome slat connecting them isa layout practically the same across all three cars and so is the short bonnet. The body colored bumper houses the license plate and below it lays the rectangular air dam and two fog lamps.
From the side, the car has a striking ‘lightning bolt’ belt line and slightly flown out wheel arches bordered by circular creases to enhance its silhouette. The electrically adjustable ORVM’s and 10” spoke alloy wheels further jazz up the Honda Mobilio.
The rear of the mobilio is rather boxy as compared to its otherwise flowing layout. However, the presence of a rear spoiler with a mount stop LED lamp, attractive rear combi taillights with a rear wiper/washer and defogger help the MPV in sustaining its case.
The Honda Mobilio measures 4386mm in length, 1683mm in width and 1603mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2530mm and a ground clearance of 165mm.
Interior, Features and Ambience
An MPV is expected to provide space to its riders and that is the one thing the car does successfully. The seven-seater has abundant space to offer to passengers sitting in any of the three rows. The first row is where all the good stuff is within reach, like the 6” touchscreen audio visual music system with GPS, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity and the three-spoke tilt steering with mounted audio controls. However, in order to scoop up more space for the MPV, Honda has minimized the size of the dashboard. It owns the Brio’s basic looking dash with wood-like plastic trim to improve the ambience.
The second seat is spacious and comfortable with sufficient amount of lumbar, and under-thigh support. The leg and headroom in the second row is also quite ample. What makes the second row special is the one-touch tumble up to enter the third row. The seat can be folded up single handedly!
The third row falls a little short in providing sufficient leg room to a full grown Indian. But with its capability to recline, this row is best suitable for children or middle-heighted people.
Even with the third row up, the Honda Mobilio has a decent boot space of 223 litres.
Engine and Performance
The Honda Mobilio is driven around with the help of two engine options. First up is the 1.5-litre i-VTECH petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It has a maximum power output of 119 bhp and a peak torque of 145 Nm. The power-mill is claimed to extend a fuel efficiency of 17.3kmpl.
Second in line is the 1.5-litre i-DTECH diesel engine coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox. It has a maximum power output of 100 bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm. It has a claimed fuel efficiency of 24.5kmpl.
The petrol-powered Mobilio left no room for complain in the throttle and gearbox response department. It is quite a rev happy engine that does not shy away from delivering the expected power output. Instead, it was more on the sporty side even after being an MPV which is quite a delightful feature about this engine. The third gear is very tall and responses well from a speed of 25kmph to a speed of 100kmph.
The diesel engine on the other hand, lifted from the Honda Amaze, felt quite substantial in this Honda car. It has enough grunts and loads of pulling power to drive seven people around. Its effort and linear power delivery is felt in every gear whatsoever.
Ride Quality and Handling
A test drive of the Honda Mobilio diesel variant, made us acknowledge the improved NVH levels in this car. It is muchquieter and humble than other Honda cars in this Honda’s portfolio.
Additionally, the car’s weight of around 1160-1245kghelps in acquiring a stable and planted ride. The steering is sturdy and gets appropriately heavy while cornering to spruce up the driver’s confidence.
Trust this Honda car for not tumbling its occupants around. A flat ride with the help of MacPherson Strut suspension upfront and Torsion Beam suspension in the rear tires is experienced over potholes and road breaks even at high speeds.
Braking and Safety
To bite the speed, the Honda Mobilio has disc brakes upfront and drum brakes in its rear tires. It also comes with an incorporated ABS with EBD and two front passenger airbags for added safety.
The Honda Mobilio is a good looking family car with a strong engine and ample of cabin space and practicality for its riders. It has a decent luggage space and well-defined aerodynamics to be a notch up from its rivals.