Honda Mobilio–Autoportal India reviews the seven-seater MPV

The Japanese automaker Honda’s Mobilio MPV, which made its entry into the Indian car market last year, has already put up a good fight against its rivals. It was the first ever MPV presented by Hondas to our country and instantly got a very good response from car lovers. The stylish and powerful car not only looks cool, but comes with all bells and whistles expected in a modern MPV.

Compact dimensions, yet more space

The first vehicle built on a small car-like platform providing ample space and ease of driving was the Ertiga and Mobilio is also built on the same lines. It is based on an extended Brio platform, but is visibly longer and taller with an impressive ground clearance of 185 mm.The car is pretty spacious inside and has a three row seats configuration in addition to a 223 litres boot space. The driver’s seat is adjustable and front passengers enjoy ample head and leg room while the third row of seats is more suited for children.

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Stylish, safe and comfortable

Honda Mobilio MPV looks exciting as it breaks away from the usual breadbox-shape seen in other MPVs.  It appeals to the younger generation more, thanks to thevarious style-adding elements like projector LED headlamps, chrome grille, tailgate spoiler, 10 spoke alloy wheels with unique design, retractable wing mirrors with turn indicators and chrome door handles. Although the seat fabric and other plastics used inside are a bit let-down, it is compensated with a horde of up-to-date safety and comfort features like ABS-EBD, airbags, touch-screen infotainment, AC with heater and so on. There are alsoample smart storage spaces throughout the cabin.

Performance and fuel efficiency

Honda Mobilio is available in both petrol and diesel fuel engines of 1.5litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5litre i-DTEC diesel engines producing 119 bhp and 100 bhp of power respectively. Its displacement and torque gain help it claim significantly better fuel economy. The diesel engine delivers an impressive mileage of 24.2 kmpl, whereas the petrol variant claims 17.44 kmpl, which are impressive for a vehicle of its size. The Mobilio offers a soft ride and its high ground clearance helps the car tackle patchy and uneven roads. Mobilio’s frugal engine is very car-like to drive and the car is very stable at high speeds.

Competitive pricing

Honda has priced, branded and marketed the Mobilio very well. The company has made it more cost-effective by using localisation up to 90%.The base variant which lacks some of the features costs around Rs 6.79 lakhs while the high end model comes around Rs 11.78 lakhs.The strong demand for Honda Mobilio since its launch has contributed to the overall sales growth of the company.

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