The Philippines is experiencing a tremendous growth in the MPV segment and this has encouraged various automakers to bring their MPVs to this market. Honda is not a new name in the Philippines automotive market and has been appreciated for its sumptuous fleet with cutting-edge technology. Keeping the same traits in mind, the automaker launched its Mobilio MPV in the year 2001 and since then there was no need to look back. The manufacturer gave modifications and tweaks to this MPV over the years to keep it updated and as per the needs of the customers. The stylish MPV has a close rivalry with Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Avanza in its segment.
Honda has ensured that its 7-seater family MPV has an attractive styling to appeal to the customers. The front of the Honda Mobilio resembles Honda’s Brio and Amaze. The thick chrome finishing at the front radiator grille gives an upper class feel while the sharp headlamps merging into this grille make it look wider and more sophisticated. The crisp creases all over the side and front profile gives a sporty touch to this family MPV. Dark side pillars and uplifted rear add more towards the aesthetics of this car. Honda Mobilio has a compact structure in comparison to its closest competitors but still it shows a sturdy and strong stance while running on the road. A perfect fusion of contemporary styling with functionality and practicality, this Honda drives has 15-inch alloy wheels with 185/65 R15 tires which ensure stability and safety while running on any terrain.
Honda has designed its Mobilio keeping the comfort and convenience of the occupants in mind. The ergonomic layout of this MPV ensures that there is enough space for all the 7 passengers even if they have to travel to lengths. The all black interior offers a sporty feel and the chrome accents at the steering and infotainment facility add elegance factor to it. The seats have been wrapped with upgraded fabric upholstery which looks decent enough for an MPV of this class. For the convenience of the passengers, there are power door and windows, sliding and reclining bucket type front seats with fixed headrests and manual air conditioner. Also, entertainment onboard is taken well care of and a facility comprising 2 to 4 speakers depending on the trim with USB, AUX and Bluetooth are offered. The 1.5 V Navi CVT Limited Edition and 1.5 RS Navi CVT trims are additionally privileged with a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation and CD/DVD. Along with all these features, a trunk worth 223-litre is also offered which can be expanded to a maximum of 521-litre after split folding the rear seats to flat.
Honda is well known for its cutting edge technology which it provided through its efficient i-VTEC engines throughout its fleet. Honda Mobilio is no exception and comes packed with a 1.5-litre chain drive SOHC engine irrespective of the trims. This engine is good enough to knock out a maximum power output counting to 120 PS at 6600 rpm along with a maximum torque showing 145 Nm at 4600 rpm. While the numbers look pretty good on the chart, the engine is responsive with both of its transmissions whether it is 5-speed manual or CVT mated with Honda patent highly advanced Earth Dreams Technology which boosts the overall performance of the engine. Even in comparison to its closest competitors, this engine sounds a better performer. This engine is in compliance with Euro 4 emission rating ensuring that the carbon emissions are within the limits. Talking about the fuel economy of this drive, you can expect it to run up to 10.8 kmpl in city drives and 14.1 kmpl on highways maintaining a combined mileage of 12.4 kmpl in standard conditions. Though this family drive is not meant to race on the tracks but still the acceleration is decent enough counting to 13 seconds from naught to 100 kmph with a top speed attaining to 120 kmph.
Honda is among those automakers which give special emphasis to the safety of their occupants irrespective of the segment of the car. Just like its other drives, Honda Mobilio also has G-Con body structure which is capable of absorbing impact energy after a hit or collision. Dual SRS airbags for the protection of the driver and front seat occupant are also packed in this drive. For safety and stability of this family MPV, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) are also equipped. Other protective features appointed in this Honda drive include seatbelt reminder for driver and keyless entry system. For the safety of this vehicle against any theft, engine immobilizer and security alarm are also offered by the manufacturer. For efficient braking experience, Honda has packed ventilated disc brakes at the front while the rear pair is equipped with drum brakes. Also, to avoid any jerks during bumpy drives, McPherson strut and coil spring with stabilizer suspension at front wheels and torsion beam axle and coil spring suspension at rear wheels are appointed.
Honda is counted among the most trusted and valued brands in the country and talking about Mobilio, it has been successful in carrying the legacy set by the manufacturer so far. The comfortable interior, stylish exterior, well tested and trusted safety features by Honda and the cutting edge technology in the form of Honda i-VTEC engine make sure that this drive delivers what it is meant for.
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