2018 Honda Mobilio – Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) recently unveiled the refreshed and enhanced Mobilio, which now has a bolder and sportier exterior, improved interior and enhanced comfort and safety features.
The new Honda Mobilio is literally a raised version of the nose and nose of the old, because the changes in this car are mainly on his fascia, especially his eyes (headlights) and his nose (hood). The slightly raised hood also gives the car an even stronger appeal. On the other hand, the multi-reflector halogen headlights are now more angular compared to the water-drop shape of its Brio-derived predecessor. In addition, the addition of LED marker lights puts an exclamation point to the style at night. It’s a good decision for Honda, because it has moved away from the design of the small sedan, which I think is much better. Unfortunately, this minivan is not equipped with daytime running lights. Regarding the rest of the exterior design, everything remains the same (bumper, RS badge, chrome exhaust tip and rear spoiler), with the exception of the redesigned 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels and a new painting job called Phoenix Orange Pearl. the RS Navi variant. Its slightly reddish orange color matches the bold new look of the Mobilio.
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Aside from the face, the biggest renovation in the 2018 Honda Mobilio is in its overall interior look. Again, the curvy Brio-ish style is being replaced by the more classy and driver-focused cabin design of the Honda City. Also, one can not help but smile with the non-soft-touch buttons of the air conditioning system (the City has a touch control panel for a / c, which I find difficult to use when traveling). Of course, plastics are always present but the fit and finish are not at hand. The blue seams of the Mobilio RS Navi outboard seats have also been replaced by orange that goes back to the last row. I love its appearance and its complementarity with the blue / white color theme of the dashboard. The Navi 7 inch touchscreen central unit is also doing well and can easily connect with smartphones via USB and / or Bluetooth. One of the best features of the Mobilio is its ample space for the head and legs. That’s enough for 7 people (me included) who are 5’8 and under, however, larger people have to adapt. It’s a good thing that the middle seats can slide into position, meaning that the legs for the 2nd and 3rd rows can be adjusted as needed. As for the elbow room, that’s good enough, but people with heavier builds may need to compromise when sitting in the back.
After all the changes from inside and out, Honda kept the 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine under the hood. The powers are unchanged at 120 PS and 145 Nm of torque, the same figures as the BR-V, Jazz and City. It is then coupled to a continuously variable transmission with a seven-speed mode. We got to know this powertrain as a smooth mill, with the CVT giving a proper growl from a stop and the engine delivering power from the mid-range and beyond.