Honda is one of the most prominent automakers across the world and there is no doubt in its technology, aspects and style factors which are not only good enough to impress the prospective buyers but also to threat the competitors.
One of the most sold out drives from this Japanese automaker's fleet is Honda Mobilio which is ruling the MPV segment in the Philippines these days. Here we have jotted down the best features which you may or may not find in its brochure but surely are the sales driving factors. These points are not technical but affect a customer's perspective and that's what actually matters to a prospective buyer. So, here we go –
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Honda Mobilio is a mid-sized MPV and carries dimensions which support its segment very well while occupying 7 passengers in great comfort. Though, Suzuki Ertiga has better dimensions but, let us explain why this Honda car has more space despite a shorter wheelbase. Honda believes in 'Man Maximum, Machine Minimum' philosophy and it is clearly reflected in Honda Mobilio also and the result is ample space even after measuring 2652 mm in wheelbase. The emphasis has been given on the human aspect of the design of this car – safety, driving enjoyment, cabin space, environment, etc and the mechanical portions have been minimized, even casted aside, keeping the focus on the human comfort.
Seems like Honda has worked really hard on improving the cabin quality to provide the best of comfort a passenger can get in an economical mid-sized MPV. The interiors are garnished with plush upholstery with soft plastic on dash and door trims which is somewhere not the priority of the competitors. Other than these basics, Honda has also offered several advanced features like manual air conditioner, digital fuel level and an advanced infotainment facility comprising 2 to 4 speakers, 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB and AUX.
Honda Mobilio, Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Avanza are the closest rivals and share the segment. Honda Mobilio has a minimum ground clearance counting to 189 mm which is best among the three where Toyota Avanza measures to 180 mm and Suzuki Ertiga has a minimum ground clearance of 185 mm. Surely this is one advantage for Honda Mobilio which can be taken on patchy and uneven terrains; credits to good ground clearance.
Honda Trusted Technology
Honda has been a pioneer in packing its drives with cutting edge technology and Mobilio is no exception. Offered in 4 variants – 1.5 E MT, 1.5 V CVT, 1.5 V Navi CVT Limited Edition and 1.5 RS Navi CVT, this drive has a sole soul worth 1.5-litre mated with Honda patent Earth Dreams Technology. The engine is capable of knocking out 120 PS of maximum power at 6600 rpm along with 145 nm of maximum torque at 4600 rpm.
The engine is mingled with either 5-speed manual or CVT for the desired efficiency. The overall performance of this engine is pretty satisfactory in terms of power and fuel efficiency. The mileage observed in this MPV is 12.4 kmpl in standard conditions which is pretty decent in its class. Also, this engine is in compliance with Euro 4 emissions standard ensuring less carbon emission.
Apart from these differentiating factors, Mobilio offers many other features like other cars in this segment at a competitive price starting from PhP 817,000 which proves to be value for money once you check it out closely and completely on various aspects.