The Honda Mobilio is a mini MPV with a seven-seat capacity, manufactured and marketed by Honda from December 2001 to May 2008 and from January 2014 to the present. The Honda Mobilio is marketed as a compact MUV, and as a result, it seems to be smaller than a typical MUV from the exterior. In contrast, the Mobilio's interior is spacious and comfortable, making it an excellent choice for long-distance travel. There is no doubt that the Honda Mobilio is the roomiest compact MUV on the market, with class-leading rear legroom, front knee space, and headroom.
History of the Honda Mobilio
Honda Mobilio First Generation (GB1/2; 2001–2008)
On December 21, 2001, Honda released the first generation. It's a 1.5L sport utility vehicle (MPV) made with fun in mind. It was Honda's second Small Max model and was available in Japan through Honda Verno dealerships due to its outdoor marketing strategy. Even though the 2001 Mobilio had a truck-sized footprint, it could fit seven passengers inside and get exceptional gas mileage. Honda designed the compact MPV for the Japanese market. Customers requested an easy to operate and park the car, capable of parking in a small space and being safe. A vehicle larger than a kei-car, yet with the same cubic shape, was devised by Japanese engineers in light of this reality. Using a two-ton truck as a frontal collision test went above and beyond the regulatory criteria for crash testing. In May 2008, Honda discontinued the model to give way to the new Honda Freed.
On September 19, 2002, Honda introduced the Mobilio Spike to Japan. The C-pillar is twice as broad, and the overall form is boxier than the standard Mobilio.
In 2004 and 2005, it had two facelifts.
Honda Mobilio Second Generation (DD4/5; 2014–Present)
Honda revived the Mobilio nameplate using the Brio platform to create an MPV model for the Indonesian market. As a concept model, it premiered at the Indonesia International Motor Show in Jakarta on September 19, 2013. Honda Prospect Motor's Karawang facility started manufacturing the Mobilio production model on January 15, 2014, and sales began in Indonesia on January 25, 2014.
Honda used two engines for the second generation:
- 1.5L L15Z1 i-VTEC petrol engine
- 1.5L N15A1 i-DTEC diesel engine (Indian market)
There are four available trims for the Honda Mobilio that you can choose from: the S, E, E Prestige, and RS trims. The base model was available with a 5–speed manual transmission, and the rest of the trims were available with a CVT.
- India - Launched in July 2014 and was discontinued in July 2017
- Thailand - September 2014
- South Africa - October 2014
- Philippines - Debuted on April 28, 2015, and was discontinued in June 2021 because of the model's poor sales
Honda Prospect Motor Indonesia launched the Mobilio RS on June 19, 2014. This particular variant is the sportier variant of the main model.
On January 12, 2017, Honda added a newly designed front bumper and thin chrome bars to the trunk for the Mobilio facelift. All models now come standard with ABS and EBD. The facelifted Mobilio will be available in Thailand from May 2017 and in the Philippines from July 2017.
Honda retailed the Mobilio with a price range from ₱895,000 to ₱1.085 million, which is $17,129 to $20,766 in USD conversions.
Interior Features of the Honda Mobilio
Honda created the Mobilio with the occupants' comfort and convenience in mind. Even though the seven passengers have to drive long distances, the MPV's ergonomic design guarantees adequate room for everyone. There's a sporty vibe to the all-black inside, with chrome accents on the steering wheel and the infotainment unit. Upgraded fabric upholstery covers the seats, giving them a respectable appearance for an MPV of this caliber. There are power doors and windows, a manual air conditioner, and sliding and reclining bucket seats with fixed headrests for the convenience of the passengers. Additionally, the onboard entertainment system has USB, AUX, and Bluetooth audio inputs and 2 to 4 speakers, based on the trim level. A 7-inch touchscreen with navigation and CD/DVD is available on the 1.5 RS Navi CVT and 1.5 V Navi CVT Limited Edition models. It also comes standard with a 223L trunk, which can be enlarged to 521 liters when the back seats are folded to flat.
Customers would find Honda's 7-seater family MPV appealing because of its stylish design. The Honda Mobilio looks like the Brio and Amaze from the same manufacturer in the front. The front radiator grille has an upscale vibe, further enhanced by the sharp headlights that merge into the grille. This minivan for families has a sporty look thanks to the sharp creases on the sides and front. The car's visual appeals are its dark side pillars and elevated rear. Even though the Honda Mobilio has a smaller frame than most of its competitors, it nonetheless maintains a sturdier and more confident appearance on the road. The 15-inch alloy wheels with 185/65 R15 tires of this Honda drive blend current style and practicality, ensuring stability and safety when running on any ground.
Exterior Colors are the following:
- Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic
- Crystal Black Pearl
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Phoenix Orange Pearl
- Taffeta White
- Power Steering
- Power Windows-Front
- Power Windows-Rear
- Air Conditioner
- Adjustable Steering
- Remote Trunk Opener
- Remote Fuel Lid Opener
- Low Fuel Warning Light
- Rear Reading Lamp
- Rear Seat Headrest
- Cup Holders-Front
- Cup Holders-Rear
- Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
- Fabric Upholstery
- Glove Compartment
- Digital Clock
- Digital Odometer
- Driving Experience Control Eco
- Adjustable Headlights
- Manually Adjustable Ext. Rear View Mirror
- Power Antenna
- Chrome Grille
- Centralock Locking
- Child Safety Locks
- Day & Night Rear View Mirror
- Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
- Rear Seat Belts
- Seat Belt Warning
- Door Ajar Warning
- Side Impact Beams
- Front Impact Beams
- Adjustable Seats
- Engine Immobilizer
- Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
- Anti-Theft Device
- Front Speakers
Specs and Performance of the Honda Mobilio
Honda manufactured the Honda Mobilio with a 1.5L L15Z1 i-VTEC I4 (DD4) engine that delivers 117 hp (87 kW) at 6,600 rpm and 108 lb-ft (145 Nm) of torque at 4,600 rpm. This Honda Mobilio accelerates from 0-62 mph (100 kph) in 14 seconds with a top speed of 96 mph (155 kph). The curb weights of the Honda Mobilio depend on the transmission and fuel type:
- Manual - 2,493–2,557 lbs (1,131–1,160 kg)
- CVT - 2,579–2,597 lbs (1,170–1,178 kg)
- Diesel - 2,676–2,765 lbs (1,214–1,254 kg)
Honda manufactured the Mobilio model with a 5-speed manual transmission and CVT, and a front-wheel-drive (FWD) drivetrain.
Honda released the first generation Honda Mobilio in December 2011, and they discontinued the model in 2008. After six years, Honda revived the Mobilio and called it a second-generation model released in September 2013 at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show.