Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: 2015 Honda Mobilio 1.5 V

Photos by Ulysses Ang
It’s not every day you get excited about driving the latest MPV. After all, it removes the illusion that motoring scribes only drive the most awesome cars (and some are actually picky in that regard). Now, you do have to give exception to the Mobilio for one simple reason: it’s a Honda. At least, you know it should be a decent drive. Plus, since it performed impeccably well during the Puerto Galera drive, it should do well on a regular drive. So after a week of putting it through its paces, can it be definitely concluded that the Mobilio’s a good car? Well, yes! It’s especially true if you can’t practice family planning.

Aesthetically, some people think the Mobilio’s for the visually-challenged. Honestly, there’s no need for such harsh criticism. Sure, it doesn’t look as sharp as the Jaz or HR-V, but it’s still got the styling chops to make it look interesting. It can be mistaken for a wagon with its planted stance. Compared to other MPVs, it’s the only one to retain its car-like profile despite a 189-mm ground clearance. In fact, without peeking through the glass, you can mistake it for a wagon. And who doesn’t like wagons? The front-end is the most controversial part; it’s a love-it-or-hate-it thing, but it does make it a standout. The rest of the package is much more universally accepted.



With an interior largely shared with the Brio/Brio Amaze twins, settling in the cabin brings about a whiff of familiarity. Unlike the polarizing exterior design, the interior’s pretty simple and straightforward. There’s little attempt to give the dashboard a memorable design, but it remains a delight because of its directedness. In all honesty, any driver would be willing to trade aesthetics for something that can be operated by tactile feel. The Mobilio passes that test. It takes less than a few seconds to get acquainted with the driver’s seat as well as the controls. Priced at less than a million pesos, the plastics are understandably of the hard variety, but at least the fit and finish is consistent.

Space-wise, it does the job of being a sensible family hauler. Honda says it’s supposed to ferry seven and that’s possible; but realistically, if you want everyone to stay comfy, keep the body count to six. Yes, there’s good leg and knee space for everyone, but shoulder room is lacking. The reason for this is simple: the width. The length is enough for three rows of seats, but with a width of just 1,683-mm, it’s rather narrow. What it lacks for in width, it makes up for in flexibility. This is one of the best things with the Mobilio. The third row folds in a 50/50 split and tumbles up, hooking to the second row for more cargo space. The second row folds, tumbles, and slides in a 60/40 split enabling the Mobilio to fit long stuff easily. And get this, you can fold down or tumble the second row in any position without wedging it against the back of the front seats. That’s proper engineering right there.



If there’s one criticism you’ll level against it though is the air conditioning does feel taxed to handle Manila’s seat. That’s a surprising fact given it’s supposed to design the horrid summer heat of India. This is down to two things: first is the poor positioning of the front air vents which either blow cold air onto your hands or face (and not much else). Next, the rear air conditioner unit only has vents in the second row meaning those in the third row will just have to sweat it out in the back.

No one really expects an MPV to drive particularly well, but driving is a great Mobilio strength. Again, without the third row seats, it’ll actually pass for a proper wagon. Whether it’s the city, highway, or curvy roads, it feels pretty much like a car with an extra row of seats. The electric power steering is light in feedback, but heavy in precision. At the limit, it does understeer, requiring some steering correction, but at least there’s confidence in pushing this MPV nonetheless. In terms of ride, it’s not as cushy as the Brio Amaze, but not as firm as the Brio. In other words, it’s well-balanced. And this is at the recommended 32 PSI front, 42 PSI rear tire pressure settings. An interesting note is that the Mobilio doesn’t seem to absorb abrupt road cuts that well. Combined with a feeling of hollowness in the underchassis, it reduces the feeling of solidity even if there’s no discernable rattles heard inside the cabin.



With a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the 120-horsepower figure makes it the most powerful in its class and driving it day-in and day-out, it shows. With one or two people on board, it feels cheerful, darting through traffic with ease. Although the power really comes alive at higher revs, there’s good power even from down low that keeps the experience interesting. The CVT takes a split-second to adjust, but it isn’t deterrent to the fun factor. It actually feels good for a people carrier; something you actually wouldn’t mind living with every day. As you start piling in the passengers, the drivetrain understandably starts getting taxed. By the fifth or sixth person, the CVT has to shift its ratio set to keep engine revs higher. Fuel economy, at 8.77 km/L isn’t so bad, but the small 42-liter tank means a meager maximum range of just 368 kilometers.

The Mobilio is one of the more affordable Hondas you can buy today. Despite not being a part of the brand’s core vehicle line-up, it’s now being accepted by the buying public, capturing the interest of would-be buyers. In the week of driving it, at least three people asked to take a closer look inside. Their curiosity on the Honda Mobilio is well-founded. The 7-seater MPV is a steady seller in the Philippine industry and when sporty brand Honda decided to come in, it was a pleasant surprise to many. From the same company that popularized the entire VTEC and customization culture, the Mobilio presents itself as a legitimate member of the family. It’s well-engineered and fun-to-drive while remaining practical for the Filipino family.





2015 Honda Mobilio 1.5 V
Ownership 2015 Honda Mobilio 1.5 V CVT
Year Introduced 2015
Vehicle Classification Entry-Level MPV
The Basics
Body Type 5-door MPV
Seating 7
Engine / Drive F/F
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 1.5
Aspiration Normally Aspirated
Layout / # of Cylinders I4
BHP @ rpm 120 @ 6,600
Nm @ rpm 145 @ 4,600
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 91~
Transmission CVT
Cruise Control No
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,386
Width (mm) 1,683
Height (mm) 1,603
Wheelbase (mm) 2,652
Curb Weight (kg) 1,162
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Axle
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Drum
Tires Dunlop Ensave EC300+ 185/65R15 H (f & r)
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 2
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes
Traction / Stability Control No
Parking Sensors No
Exterior Features
Headlights Halogen
Fog Lamps Yes, Front
Auto Lights No
Auto Wipers No
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt
Steering Wheel Material Urethane
Seating Adjustment Manual
Seating Surface Fabric
Folding Rear Seat Yes, 60/40, sliding, tumbling (2nd row); Yes 50/50 tumbling, folding (3rd row)
On-Board Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes
Climate Control No, Dual
Audio System Stereo
CD
MP3
Aux
USB
Bluetooth
No. of Speakers 4
Steering Wheel Controls Yes

92 comments:

  1. I love this car... err.. MPV! I don't know why a lot of people here are saying it's ugly and Ertiga is better (probably hasn't seen it yet) but just look at the photos above! Well the front is kinda love it or hate it thing I admit and I happen to love it.

    Btw, sorry for being OC but you have a typo -- should be 368KM

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    1. Thanks for that. Corrected :-)

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    2. Me too i love this car. Honda is always in class level.

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  2. I'm waiting for this comment board to give me some laughs when the haters come in and write their ridiculous comments:)

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    1. The only thing that's ridiculous is the front fascia of the mobilio. Everything else considered, it looks okay.

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    2. We've been waiting since end of July for a Mobilio unit (1.5V). Would anyone know which dealer has a stock (white) available?

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  3. Ertiga defenders attack!

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    2. No need, Ertiga owners know who had a better vehicle review from this site :)

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    3. Maraming taga Funeraria ang may gusto sa Ertiga at Mobilio!

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  4. Honda designs are very different, I think most of the honda designers are female,

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  5. Sir Uly how about the legroom is it really the same legroom size as the brio which is based from? And is the Interior space is bigger than the avanza or not?

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    1. Front seats are like a Brio given it has the same seats. Second row is more of Amaze than Brio.

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  6. Is this a FWD or RWD?

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  7. FF: front engine, front wheel drive

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  8. This car is okay, but I believe it will live a sweet but short stint once the Honda BR-V comes in (if it comes in, that is).

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    1. That is true if and only if it will be priced the same as Mobilio. However, if that is the case then it will definitely affect the sales of CR-V and HR-V. I imagine BR-V will be priced closer to HR-V. I wonder what Honda is thinking right now but it will definitely find a way not to cannibalize both HR-V and Mobilio.

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    2. Yes that is very true, when it comes to pricing. We can only rely on the information that other countries offers. As of now, expectation is that BR-V will be priced closely with Mobilio in India (around Rs. 12 Lac). If this happens, Mobilio is in a pinch.

      I believe that Honda is planning on upgrading CR-V to 7-seater, to directly compete with the likes of Toyota's Fortuner and Mitsu's MonteroSport to free up market space for HR-V, and thus for BR-V, which are by themselves in different segments. When this happens, there might not be any place for Mobilio anymore.

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    3. Upgrading the CR-V to a 7 seater is the best idea Honda could ever make. Plus, if they make it look more aggressive and futuristic, then it will be a winner.

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  9. USO NGAYON ANG HONDA MOBILIO NA GINAGAWANG KARO NG PATAY!!

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    1. Yep! Tapos ikaw nasa loob ng kabaong

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    4. Ipapakaladkad ko nalang ang bangkay ko sa kabayo kesa isakay pa ako ko sa Mobilio.

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    5. Pakisabi ito kaagad sa iyong family members. Baka malimutan nila ang iyong huling habilin.

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    6. Pambihira naman oh Honda ginawang karo sa patay, n nd nga pd taxi yan kc Class. ni baka picture nga yan wala ka.. hehehe

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  10. Looks like Honda wants to join the bandwagon by putting up its version of the small MPV. The result is a tin can that doesn't look good nor performs good either.

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  11. Looks like Honda wants to join the bandwagon by putting up its version of the small MPV. The result is a tin can that doesn't look good nor performs good either.

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  12. Mobilio's design is downright tacky and pretentious. It looks like it was born out of a relationship between two incestous Brios and then turned flaming gay in rebellion. It's Vice Ganda in the form of a car! At least, the openly gay part. Third row seats are bordeline thin, really uncomfortable on long drives, and lacks under-thigh support. The Honda badge sticks out like a sore thumb on its forehead. If you want other drivers on the road to think you're Vice Ganda, then by all means buy and drive this car.

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    1. The problem with Honda is that they do not know to design cars that look modern, clean, handsome, cohesive and mature.

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    3. if someone would sponsor the expenses and prize money, I'd take this challenge kahit umabot pa hanggang Sagada. Since we are driving a "people-carrier" car, the highlight would be fuel efficiency, durability and safety.. Again, arriving first to the destination is out of the picture since we are not driving a rally car or race car.. I hope all car companies (Mitsu, Honda, Suzuki, Nissan, Toyota, Chevy) would have a "friendly" competition using their MPV entries (Fuzion, Mobilio, Ertiga, Livina, Avanza, Spin).

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  13. the ertiga is the best looking so far, though the incoming avanza looks sleek, the ertiga will always have the advantage price point wise, the mobilio may have the edge in durability, but then again whenever i see multicabs and my neighbor's super carry still starting and running every day, i do think suzuki build cars that last, and when it comes to tiny cars, they will always be the masters!

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  14. Anong kinalaman ni vice at ng sex orientation dito? Puro ka satsat meron ka bang Mobilio, Ertiga, or any car at all?

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  15. Ulysses Yung 8.77km/l ano driving condition nya? Is it conservative driving

    My mobilio is averaging 7-8km in the city short distance travel.

    Masmatakaw pala yung Mobilio kaysa Ertiga? 10.4km/l vs 8.77km/l

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    1. My figure is 9.3 - 9.5. That's Rizal to Makati and back so you know how heavy the traffic is. During break-in I was only able to get 8.1-8.4. I guess sa driving habit din, apply some hypermiling techniques like wag tutok ng tutok and kung nakikita sa malayo na red eh bitaw na ng gas.

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  16. Lol :) Funny Suzuki sales agents in the house. Haha pigilan nyo ang pagbaha ng Mobilio sa daan. Kaya pala ang daming waiting list ng Mobilio confirmed buyers kasi pangit daw sabi ni Suzuki agents here.

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    1. Of all the people here, you're the loudest. Perhaps YOU are the agent here, of Honda that is.

      The Mobilio is a Honda for the Filipino of typically poor taste. Only hampaslupas buy an MPV or shitty third world SUV like the Fortuner and Montero. Trashy fucks can't afford posh, comfortable 7 seaters like the Explorer, Sorento, Odyssey, etc.

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    2. He's just an immature turd!

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    4. Lance, can you just shut up??? You're so cheap man! Just respect the other people's opinion. If you love your Mobilio very much, well, then we don't care. We love our Ertiga too, and you don't care either. Para kang babae pre!

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    5. haha Ayan galit kayo kay lance lance! pinagtangogol lang niya ang mobilio from you bashers! bakit nga ba kayo nandito ertiga owners? Gusto nyo ba bumili ng Mobilio just let me know.

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  18. Halogen headlights?

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  19. Sa mga hindi naniniwala sa sales figures basa basa din sa ibang part ng site na to:

    http://www.carguide.ph/2015/08/honda-cars-philippines-sustains-strong.html

    "The All-New Mobilio is Honda’s first seven-seater Multi-purpose Utility Vehicle (MUV) offering that caters to the needs and expectations of Filipinos in an affordable family vehicle. Since its launch in April, the All-New Mobilio has been well-received by Filipinos with more than 3,000 reservations in just three months."

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    1. Kasi a lot of dumbF*cks still think Honda is still in it A game. Honda is just trying to sell unsuspecting Filipinos bad vehicles using their 90's prestige.

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  20. For the benefits of those who are interested in getting a Honda Mobilio.
    Here are some actual Fuel Consumption from us - owners of Mobilio itself.

    Owner 1:
    Mobilio Variant: 1.5 V CVT
    Fuel Consumption: 11.11 Km/L
    Travelled Distance: 350 Km
    Trip: Camarines Norte to Manila
    Driving condition: Mixed Highway and City
    No. of Passengers: Fully-loaded with 7 pax and baggage

    Owner 2:
    Mobilio Variant: 1.5 V CVT
    Fuel Consumption: 14.3 Km/L
    Travelled Distance: 474.8 Km
    Trip: Binan, Laguna - Manaoag Pangasinan - Baguio - Ilocos Sur
    Driving condition: Highway
    No. of Passengers: Fully-loaded with 7 pax and baggage

    Owner 3:
    Mobilio Variant: 1.5 V CVT
    Fuel Consumption: 9.5 Km/L
    Travelled Distance: 1000 Km
    Trip: Manila to nearby provinces
    Driving condition: Mixed City and Highway
    No. of Passengers: Not specified

    Owner 4:
    Mobilio Variant: 1.5 RS Navi CVT
    Fuel Consumption: 9.7 Km/L
    Travelled Distance: 27.8 Km
    Trip: Lapu-lapu City to Mandaue City
    Driving condition: City Driving
    No. of Passengers: 5 Adults and 1 child

    Owner 5:
    Mobilio Variant: 1.5 M/T
    Fuel Consumption: 26.5 Km/L
    Travelled Distance: Not specified
    Trip: STAR Tollway Lipa to Batangas
    Driving condition: Highway
    No. of Passengers: Not specified

    Owner 6:
    Mobilio Variant: 1.5 RS Navi CVT
    Fuel Consumption: 7.9 Km/L
    Travelled Distance: Not specified
    Trip: Within Iligan City
    Driving condition: City Driving
    No. of Passengers: Not specified

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    1. The Mobilio has a cockroach like front.

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    2. Hey! That crazy guy is spamming this thread!

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    3. OO NGA TAMA KA. SOBRANG STUPIDO LANG SI LANCE LANCE!!

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    4. hoy Juan! anong ginawa mo dito! Bili ka ba ng mobilio! Stupido! uwi ka sa inyo :)

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  21. Go Lance Lance! Defend Mobilio further! I love reading your childish blabber! And the sarcasm...can't wait for you to reply on this and just repeat what I said to get back against me... Btw, I own a Mobilio, my bro owns an Ertiga. I love both cars. IMHO, Mobilio - for the brand conscious like myself, Ertiga - Bang for the buck. If ever Ertiga was a Honda, and Mobilio was a Suzuki, Mobilio won't stand a chance. Again, this is JUST MY OPINION.

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    1. With the way you talk, you sound like a tramp. You're cursing bravely but can't even leave you name in the open. *facepalm*

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  22. Honda cars has really declined big time! even the owners themselves are sour-graping! The prestige has evaporated!

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    1. Lack of design direction and lack of business direction might destroy Honda in the future.

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  23. Let the buyer do test drive. Half million Ertigas sold and run without big issue. I think it really value for money.

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  24. eh alto lang kayo ko, walang paki-alaman. Anyway, we all live in a 3rd world country. Other 1st world countries would not even care if your mapera here in bulok na pinas

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    1. Itong si Lance Lance! Puro Kalokohan ang ginagawa may halo pang kagaguhan!

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    2. oh Juan Juan ang MATABA kong kapitbahay! basher ka pala dito sa mga Mobilio users.

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  25. Larger wheels can improve the look of this car.
    Can it handle 17 in. alloys?

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    1. Don't bother. Magmukukhang pinilit lang. Gagawin ba namang "sporty" kuno ang mobilio. Face it, kahit anong gawin mong decoration dito, pangit pa din tignan.

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  26. Guys chill lang, review lang to, hindi natin kailangan mang-away. Huwag natin ibaba ang manners. Hindi naman kayo siguro pinalaki ng magulang nyo sa cursing and violence diba?

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  27. Ang Toyota daw pang-Taxi
    Ang Honda daw pang-Karo
    Ang Suzuki daw pang-Tricycle

    Ano pipiliin mo?

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    1. Meron pa.

      Ang Suzuki daw pang-Karo
      Ang Ford daw pang-Taxi

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    2. Juan hindi ka magkasya sa suzuki ertiga pag gawing Karo kasi ang taba mo :) puro ka kain kasi

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  28. Riding taller on my CRV along Mc Arthur, I thought it was a hearse coming from the opposite lane.....

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  29. Not once did I see the mobilio being used as a hearse. Where in the fuck do people get this icrazy idea?

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    1. Papansin lang mga yan. kita ko yung Mobilio ganda ng porma eh. CR-V laos na kasi. Ertiga, looks like an mpv from 10 years ago.

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  30. Have been reading comments here and from other sites, I say Honda Mobilio is the right car for me, tnx a lot for the reviews from "all angles". The car is simply beautiful and perfect.

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  31. No Car is really ugly to those who can re-design it. A 1982 Celeste can out design some cars today. But the idea of a Sporty MPV, the RS Mobilio will cater some target audience.

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  32. I'am not on any side of Mobilio or Ertiga. (Coz im a Mazda guy) But Why does the new face lifted Ertiga look like a Mobilio?

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  33. Hay gulay!!car reviews ang pinaguusapan dito please.ang layo na mga comments dito.

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  34. Well beauty is in the eye of the beholders. Well IMO everyone has the right to give opinion and to share positive or negative point of views. At first na nakita ko ertiga nagandahan din naman ako kasi simple and neat tignan yet pinili ko mobilio because of the edges or humps na visible from side. So guys payo lang chill lang hehe design a car is just like an work of art to appriciate. May mga paintings na maganda or pangit sa paningin mo na pwede naman kabaligtaran naman din sa ibang tao.

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  35. Well beauty is in the eye of the beholders. Well IMO everyone has the right to give opinion and to share positive or negative point of views. At first na nakita ko ertiga nagandahan din naman ako kasi simple and neat tignan yet pinili ko mobilio because of the edges or humps na visible from side. So guys payo lang chill lang hehe design a car is just like an work of art to appriciate. May mga paintings na maganda or pangit sa paningin mo na pwede naman kabaligtaran naman din sa ibang tao.

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    1. We appriciate your opinion. Well said, though.

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  36. Ertiga 2015 looks Mobilio-ish. hmmm..

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  37. Choosing a car is like looking for a partner that can fill in what you need. I got the 1.5navi mobilio over spin, ertiga and avanza....actually I saw all of them specially what's under the hood well I wondered if it will suffice my expectations due to the sizes of its engines....well all of them do perfectly OK but its Honda that gives some points tumble seats, cargo compartment, legroom....ride...ohh its the wifey that chooses it...

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  38. Hopefully it will become available with 1.5 DTEC the same with Mobilio with updated interior. EURO 4 compliant na naman tayo, i guess... btw, interior of newly updated Honda Mobilio inspired by BR-V http://indianautosblog.com/2016/01/2016-honda-mobilio-all-new-interior-launched-indonesia-212008

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  39. I choose the mobilio v cvt variant just this week aside from thats what the wife wants. the price difference from ertiga A/T is justified in my opinion the bigger seating & luggage space, the stronger engine & the car like comfort. I don't know why there so much hate on the mobilio though :)

    btw I got tired of waiting for the Indonesian interior upgrade o the new BRV which is just a bulked up mobilio by the way :)

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  40. VSA,Side-Curtain Airbags, 4-speakers & 4 tweeters, 16-inch stock wheels, car-like handling, back-camera with dynamic guidelines, leather seats... ang edge ng Honda City VX+ over honda mobilio RS with both of the having the same price point.
    Pero nagagandahan ako sa design ng RS trim with its teardrop headlight, sayang halogen nga lang!
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    Ill choose the RS over its 7-seater competitors under 1mPhp..!

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  41. Wow... mobilio really upped the game for the compact MPV segment in the country.... after seeing the facelifted models of the ertiga and avanza all I can say is the competition is trying to be as "ugly" as the mobilio

    gone are the days of the simple & boring MPV

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  42. Hi anyone who got the modulo kit upgrade? I would welcome feedbacks if it is worth the price difference from the mobilio V CVT variant? hoping to get mine after the holy week.

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  43. Guys any news about BR-V, when it will arrive here in the Philippines

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  44. KUNWARI KA PA NA MERON KA ALAM SA BR-V KAHIT GULONG NGA WALA KA! HOY MOBILIO ANG USAPAN DITO.

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  45. Mga kapatid h'wag kayong magbatuhan ng putik kc parang away yan ah, magmahalan tayo mga Kapatid magsakayan tayo, sa Car.

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  46. Based sa mga nabbasa ko n comments mas mahal daw mobilio but i think it is not. I Compare this using autodeal comparison tools and yung pinakamura na mobilio cvt is almost the same specs or more as top f the line ertiga glx. I think nagkktalo lang etonsa looks, fc, brand recognition and maintenance.

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