What’s it like?
People in the market for this type of vehicle pay particular focus on practicality and versatility, as they want a car that’s spacious and one that can handle the trials and tribulations of family living. With this in mind, Honda has a good offering thanks to its 4 385mm long, 1 683mm wide and 1 621mm tall vehicle with a solid stance. Built on the Ballade platform, it shares a few styling similarities to its sedan sibling.
The bold headlights complement the familiar Honda family front grille, while the colour-coded bumpers hint towards sophistication. Moving along its side profile, the Mobilio sports what Honda’s dubbed, “lightning bolt” belt-lines that add to its sculpted character. At the rear you’re greeted by large taillight clusters leading to a huge boot that can carry some 223 litres of luggage or 521 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.
Cabin layout and design
With MPVs, space is critical, and Honda has gotten it right. The concept of “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum” is embodied in the proportions of the airy interior. The well-positioned D-pillar means the rear is more accommodating, while the head and legroom throughout is also good. There’s a decent level of comfort and the use of black material, instead of the dreaded brown interior, is a massive plus. The ergonomics are good and the analogue instrument cluster allows the driver to check the vehicle’s vitals at a glance. In terms of creature comforts the higher spec Comfort model is decent, while in the Trend, you’ll find yourself without a radio.
Powering this seven-seater is Honda’s tried and trusted 1.5-litre petrol engine. At launch we didn’t get to experience it firsthand, but from our knowledge we know the 88kW and 145Nm engine does deliver an encouraging drive as we experienced in the Ballade. Interestingly, the Mobilio will only be available in a five-speed manual as this is the primary choice of buyers in this segment. On the safety front, the Mobilio comes with dual front airbags and ABS anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). The new MPV benefits from Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body construction, which means that impact forces are managed to prevent intrusion into the rigidly protected passenger safety cell.
The Mobilio is backed by Honda’s three-year/100 000km warranty, as well as a one-year AA Roadside Assistance package. The Comfort model also benefits from a two-year/30 000km service plan.
|Honda 1.5 Trend MT||R179 990|
|Honda 1.5 Comfort MT||R198 990|