For a long time, India’s biggest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has been enjoying the lion’s share in the MPV segment in country - thanks to the insanely, popular Ertiga. Sure, there were the likes of Chevrolet Enjoy MPV, the Toyota Innova and the Nissan Evalia to rival the Eritga, but none of them quite succeeded in creating any significant dent to the current market leader. Now however, there is a new kid on the block in the form of the all-new 2014 Honda Mobilio MPV and we reckon, this model just might have all the right ingredients to give a fair competition to the Ertiga.
Scroll down to read our initial thoughts.
Honda Mobilio is based on the extended Brio platform and therefore, the familiar quirky connection is visible on the MPV. The million dollar shot is the Civic Tourer Concept-inspired floating C-pillar and the BMW X-Series inspired T-shaped taillights. The Mobilio looks upmarket and stylish, while not coming across too strong or bold. The exact opposite is the case with Eritga. It looks bland, outdated and does nothing to break away from the conventional boxy-shaped people carriers.
Space and Comfort
Dimensionally, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga measures 4,265mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,685mm in height, while the Honda Mobilio measures 4,386mm in length, 1,683mm in width and 1,603mm in height. With those figures, the Eritga - on paper - seems, to be slightly, wider than the Mobilio. So, its natural to expect slightly better space in the Ertiga. However, when it comes to space utilisation it is tough for anyone to beat Honda. There is intelligent seating and plenty of cubby holes to store knick knacks. The Mobilio also gets, better legroom and headroom than the Ertiga in both the second and third row. The space in the Ertiga on the other hand, seems compromised, especially when it comes to the third row and the boot. Overall, the Mobilio MPV seems to be better bet when it comes to comfort, layout and interior features.
The Honda Mobilio comes equipped with the all-new 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine that is rated at 100PS and 200Nm, which also serves the new generation Honda City and the Amaze. The petrol variants of the Mobilio get served by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that puts out 120PS and 145Nm. Both engines come mated to a 5-Speed manual gearbox. The Ertiga MPV on the other hand, makes use of the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre Multijet engine that churns out 90PS of max power and 200Nm of peak torque and a 1.4-litre K-Series engine that is rated at 95PS and 130Nm.
In all respects, the Mobilio pips the Ertiga by being sprightlier and more involving to drive. The slightly better power output numbers with its displacement and torque advantage, helps the Mobilio perform better than the Ertiga - even with a full house. Furthermore, the ARAI claimed fuel efficiency number stands at 16 kmpl for the Ertiga and 17.3 kmpl for the Mobilio.
The Honda Mobilio petrol range starts at Rs 6.49 lakh and goes up to Rs 8.76 lakh. In case of Ertiga, the range starts at Rs 5.80 lakh and goes up to Rs 7.35 lakh. The Mobilio diesel range is priced between Rs 7.89 lakh and Rs 10.86 lakh, while the Ertiga range falls between Rs 7.23 lakh and Rs 8.49 lakh. (All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.)
With a first quick first look at the two people carriers, we reckon that the current market leader Maruti Suzuki Ertiga definitely has some worrying to do, if it wishes to retain the reputation of being the market leader. The Honda Mobilio MPV on the other hand, seems to have gotten everything right, including the price. The sales reports coming out for the next few months will be closely watched, by both Honda and Maruti Suzuki. Rest assured, we will watch them closely too. So, stay tuned to AutoPortal.com for all the latest dope in this battle of the MPVs.
Watch the extensive video review of the Honda Mobilio and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga below: