Honda has launched Mobilio, its first multi-purpose vehicle in India. The MPV, priced between Rs 6.49 lakh and Rs 10.86 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), is positioned to take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki's Ertiga. (Express photo: Praveen Khanna)
While most multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) give Indian families space, comfort, ease of driving and affordability, the Honda Mobilio goes a step further and adds “upmarket styling” to that list. (Image Courtesy: Car Dekho)
Exterior: Large, wraparound tail-lamps, fine detailing and sharp design lines on the tail-gate look lovely. In fact, the rear three-quarter is the best angle to look at the Mobilio. The side profile, too, is arresting—the chiselled creases give it a lot of aggressiveness, large middle windows are practical, and a class-leading 189-mm ground clearance coupled with 15-inch tyres give this MPV a raised stance.(Image Courtesy: Car Dekho)
Interior: The Mobilio uses Honda’s “man maximum, machine minimum” philosophy and this results in a decently spacious cabin. The last row, as expected, is short on legroom but a bit space can be created by pushing the middle seats forward. There is decent luggage space (223 litres) that can be expanded to 520 litres by folding the third row. (Image Courtesy: Car Dekho)
Engine: The 1.5-litre petrol i-VTEC is a gem of an engine that produces a peak power of 118 bhp, while the 1.5-litre diesel i-DTEC produces 99 bhp. The claimed fuel-efficiency is 17.4 kmpl (petrol) and 24.2 kmpl (diesel). Pretty impressive for an MPV. (Image Courtesy: Car Dekho)
Drive: While the Mobilio’s straight line stability is impressive, the best thing is that, unlike some other MPVs, there is very little body roll in it.
Verdict: While the Mobilio adds “upmarket styling” to features such as space, comfort, ease of driving and affordability, yet its success, to an extent, depends on its pricing. As Honda is able to price it at around Rs 7 lakh for the base petrol model and around Rs 8 lakh for the base diesel, the Mobilio will be a champagne on a beer budget.