MANILA: Honda Mobilio, the 7-seater mini MPV by the Japanese giant, has been one highly appreciated family drives in the Philippines since its availability. The MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle), as called by Honda, was launched in the year 2001 and in 2008, Honda replaced it with its Freed. But, seems like the charm of Mobilio was already in the air and Honda had to bring it back on the road in 2014 with its second generation. This drives runs a competition with Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova in the Philippines automotive market and is giving both of them a tough time in sales.
In recent trends, Honda Mobilio has been found amongst the top searches in the MPV segment beating Nissan Grand Livina, Toyota Avanza, and Suzuki Ertiga. Though Toyota is still the market leader in the local market and Honda has hardly managed to grab a seat in the top 5 brands in regards to sales, but still Mobilio is the one, which has contributed to the maximum in making Honda's market position strong. There are various reasons for which Filipinos are so much after Honda Mobilio. Have a look at those aspects which make this MUV such a big hit in the market -
Honda has always been into creating beautiful and glamorous cars, just check out its fleet and you would agree with us on this. The thick chrome used at the exterior on the front radiator grille gives it a modern look while the multi-reflector halogen headlamps at its sides make this part look stylish. The lower grille has been kept wide to allow smooth airflow for enhancing the efficiency of the engine. Crisp creases are spread all over the bonnet and side profile to add sportiness to this MUV. The side pillars are also darkened to complement the sporty appeal while the rear is furnished with a pair of chic tail lamps which make their way to the boot lid adding a jazzy look to this 7-seater. This structure is further appointed with 15-inch alloys along with 185/65 R15 tires for absolute stability and control. Though the structure has been kept compact but it is good enough to create a powerful stance on the road. The dimensions of this drive count to 4386 mm x 1683 mm x 1603 mm (L X W X H). The minimum ground clearance is also pretty decent worth 189 mm.
Honda Mobilio, being a family vehicle, has been granted with ample cabin space for 7 passengers in total. The comfortable headroom and legroom are ensured with its 2652 mm of wheelbase and height worth 1603 mm. The sporty seats are wrapped with black fabric for a classy feel while the all black dashboard is equipped with all the necessary gauges and gadgets comprising tachometer, speedometer, engine temperature warning lamp and digital fuel level. This MUV is designed with the Honda philosophy of 'Man Maximum, Machine Minimum' where more emphasis is given on human aspect of the design of the car – cabin space, environment, driving enjoyment, safety, etc and the mechanical portions are minimized or casted aside to enhance the human comfort. An entertainment facility including Bluetooth, USB compatibility and AUX connectivity with 2-4 speakers, depending on the trims, is also offered in this MUV.
Honda calls Mobilio an MUV and the reasons are clear. This car comes with numerous utility factors which hardly any other drive of its segment and size offers. With a compact structure, Mobilio manages to offer a standard boot size worth 223-litre which can be further enhanced to 521-litre after folding the 2 last row seats to flat. The second-row seats can also be folded to flat to fetch more utility and storage space. Apart from this standard boot, Honda Mobilio has some petty cabin storages in the form of door pockets, cup holders, seatback pockets, and glove box.
Well, there is no doubt in the technology offered by Honda and when we talk about, under the hood configuration, Honda is counted among the most prominent and trusted automakers. The company has powered Mobilio with its same award winning i-VTEC engine worth 1.5-litre to ensure that the occupants may experience a thrilling and power-packed drive everything they slip into this MUV. This chain drive SOHC power unit is capable of knocking out a peak power counting to 120 PS at 6600 rpm and a peak torque showing 145 Nm at 4600 rpm. The company offers a choice of 5-speed manual and CVT transmission across the variants. The trims with CVT are further mated with Earth Dreams Technology to enhance the efficiency of the engine. This sole engine is in compliance with Euro 4 carbon emission which guarantees environment-friendliness. The mileage observed in this MUV is 12.4 kmpl in combined driveways in standard conditions which is pretty good in its segment.
Honda, over the years, has taken the safety of the occupants in the priority while designing a car irrespective of its segment and class. Since Honda Mobilio is a 7-seater family vehicle, the manufacturer has ensured the best of safety in it with its patent G-CON body structure which is capable of absorbing impact energy after a hit. Also, there are dual SRS airbags at the front for the optimum protection of Driver and front seat occupants. To ensure stability, there are Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD). Also, vehicle immobilizer, keyless entry system, and security alarm are offered in the new Mobilio as standard aspects.
Surely, Honda being a pioneer in automobile world carries a high brand value for its products and Mobilio is no exception. Since there is a boom in the Philippines automotive market these days, there is no doubt that over the years if any customer wants to sell its Mobilio, it would carry a high resale value. Also, for the prospective customers, who are willing to own a Mobilio, this car is pretty competitive in terms of prices keeping its aspects in mind. The new Mobilio starts at a price of PhP 817,000 which is again a big reason for its appreciative sales in the Philippines.
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