Ford EcoSport entered the Indian market with a bang after being showcased at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo and what made it highly competitive was its aggressive pricing. Modern styling and design of this SUV truly brings out an attractive personality. On the other hand with the MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle) segment seeing tremendous growth and change in trend Honda introduced its Mobilio to cater to this segment. Though both the cars fall in the different segments, yet for the consumers they are quite a close comparison.
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda Mobilio (Design and Exteriors)
Ford Ecosport manages a contemporary outer appearance. The front fascia of the mini-SUV has the hawk-eyed clear headlamps, octagonal chrome front grille and circular chrome fog lights.
The side profile of the car has a very aggressive look and further styling is reflected by its sporty alloy wheels available in the top end along with big bulges at the prominent wheel arcs and body coloured ORVMs that are available in all variants except base. The rear has some very exciting features like the neatly designed urban tail lights, rear spoiler and rear spare wheel which defines the true personality of an SUV.
|Dimensions & Weights||Ford EcoSport||Honda Mobilio|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||200||189|
Honda Mobilio’s design is distinguishing because of the tear drop headlamps at the front and the side profile of the car carries very prominent creases that lend a character to the car.
The large glass area in the car makes it look very spacious. The rear end of the car is sophisticated too with large old taillights that make the rear look great. Alloy wheels, that are available from mid – level up also further add to the design of the car.
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda Mobilio (Interiors and Features)
While Ecosport’s interior is unique and intelligently created, Mobilio has borrowed its interior styling from Amaze and Brio to a large extent. Ford EcoSport is very interesting as it somehow feels small due to use of dark colours and yet the designers have brilliantly created plenty of room for the occupants.
It has a 3.5 MFD screen at the instrument cluster to show information about various gadgetry options available in Ambiente as well as Trend variants. The dashboard is made of fine quality plastics and is textured. There are stereo system controls and a climate control unit. The high mounted seating arrangement provides a great visibility.
The first row Mobilio has similar space like that of Amaze. The second row has ample space and can fit tall passengers also quite comfortably. This row can fit three passengers abreast and also offers an armrest. The second seat can be separately folded in a 60:40 ratio for the passengers to conveniently go to the third row.
The third row has decent space for two people. The instrument panel of the car is also similar to Amaze and Brio but has a mix of black and blue which looks very premium. You get features like central armrest for the second row, AC, four power-windows, central locking, tilt steering, front speakers, power adjustable mirrors, 2-DIN music system, navigation system etc. on the top variant.
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda Mobilio (Engine and Transmission)
Ford EcoSport first option option is a 1.0-litre, 3 cylinder award winning EcoBoost petrol engine which churns 125PS of peak power at 6000rpm and produces 170Nm of peak torque at 1400-4500rpm. The second option in petrol is a 1.5-litre Ti VCT which produces out a maximum power of 112PS at 6300rpm and 140Nm of peak torque at 4400rpm. There is one diesel option which is a 1.5-litre DV5 which produces a maximum power of 91PS at 3750rpm and a massive torque of 204Nm at 2000-2750rpm. The EcoBoost petrol engine and 1.5-litre DV5 diesel engine are incorporated with a five-speed manual transmission. The 1.5-litre Ti VCT petrol engine is the only option available with both five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission options.
|Engine and Transmission||Ford EcoSport||Honda Mobilio|
|Engine Capacity||1.0 (P) / 1.5 (P) / 1.5 (D)||1.5 (P) / 1.5 (D)|
|Gearbox||5 MT / 5 MT & 5 AT / 5 MT||5 MT|
|Power (PS)||125@6000 / 91@3750||119@6600 / 100@3600|
|Torque (Nm@rpm)||170@1400-4500 / 204@2000-2750||145@4600 / 200@1750|
|Mileage (kmpl)||25.17||22.74 / 30.46 km/kg (CNG)|
Honda’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine produces a maximum of 100PS of power at 3600rpm and 200Nm of peak torque at 1750rpm whereas the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol produces a maximum power of 119.64PS at 6600rpm and 145Nm of torque at 4600rpm. Both the engines come equipped with 5-speed gearbox.
Ford EcoSport Vs Honda Mobilio (Mileage and Safety features)
In Ford Ecosport, a mileage of 15.30kmpl on urban roads and 18.90kmpl on highways is delivered in the 1.0-litre, 3 cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine. A fuel efficiency of 13.07kmpl and 16.15kmpl in city and on highway respectively are offered by the other petrol engine which is the 1.5-litre Ti VCT motor. The 1.5-litre DV5 diesel engine delivers a mileage of 19.30kmpl in city and 22.70kmpl on highway.Honda Mobilio diesel has a fuel efficiency of 24.5 kmpl on highways and 18.3kmpl in the city. The petrol variants return an incredible mileage of 17.3 kmpl on highways and 13.8kmpl in city conditions.
As far as safety features are concerned, Ecosport incorporates ABS (Anti-lock braking system) in the middle to top variant but is missing in the base variant. EBD (Electronic brakeforce distribution) braking system is missing from all. Other standard features include airbags, central lock system, seat belts for all passengers, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), SYNC for emergency alerts and many more. Parking sensors are available but only for the top model.
Honda has an efficient braking system and features like ABS Anti-lock Braking System which is available in mid to top variants compliments the braking system. Rear parking sensors and airbags are also missing from the base variant but made available in the higher variants.
Ford Ecosport has polarising looks indeed and may not look like a typical SUV but has indeed great ground clearance. Honda Mobilio on the other hand offers best in class mileage in its segment and breaks away from typical MUV looks. Mobilio is fairly new in the Indian market and is yet to prove itself but it delivers everything that you would expect from an MPV in a nice package and is very suitable for large families. The choice between the two vehicles mainly boils down to the seating requirements and the kind of car that one would want others to see himself in.
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