Honda introduces seven seat Mobilio


Honda Southern Africa has released its first new compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) since the discontinuation of the FR-V in 2009.

Build in India, and looking very much like an extended version of the firm’s strong selling entry-level Brio hatchback, the new seven seat Mobilio set to battle the Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Avanza, and is claimed to offer value for money motoring with the added practically of a seven seater.

Measuring 4,385 mm in length, with a wheelbase of 2 645 mm and height of 1 621 mm, the Mobilio is 775 mm longer and 151 mm higher than the Brio and will is available with a single transmission and engine option, but in two trim levels.

Power is provided by the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine as used in Ballade, which produces 88 kW and 145 N.m of torque. For now, a five-speed manual transmission is the sole option available, although a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is due next year. Honda claims a 0-100 km/h sprint of 10.8 sec., top speed of 140 km/h and a combined fuel consumption of 6.1 litres / 100 km.

Pricing for the newcomer starts at R179 900 for the entry level Trend, which is R20 000 more than the base Ertiga 1.4 GA, but R10 200 less than the base Avanza 1.3 SX.

Standard equipment includes power steering, air-conditioning, height adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat, central locking, one-touch electric windows all around, colour coded bumpers and door handles, 60/40 split rear seating and a myriad of storage spaces and cupholders.

Safety-wise, the Trend features ABS with EBD, front and rear pre-tensioning seatbelts and dual front airbags.

Sitting at the top of the range, the Comfort adds a four speaker MP3 compatible radio/CD player with USB and aux input, electric colour coded mirrors and chrome door handles with silver inserts around the interior air vents. Fifteen-inch steel wheels are standard on both models.

Compared with its rivals, the R198 900 Comfort model is R6 000 more expensive than the range-topping Ertiga 1.4 GLX but a whopping R28 000 less than the top-of the range Avanza 1.5 TX.

A three year/100 000 km warranty is standard on both models while a two year/30 000 km service plan is also available on the Mobilio Comfort.


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