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Honda Mobilio pitted against popular Toyota Innova

Last updated on: August 04, 2014 10:45 IST

Honda Mobilio pitted against popular Toyota Innova

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Toyota Innova has been the staple diet for majority of private fleet operators in India and has a successful track record of being the most comfortable, luxurious and dependable car in the business.

Having captivated the Indian market early with the Qualis, Toyota had a sound understanding of an Indian centric utility vehicle. And then they brought Innova that took the segment by storm.

Learning from the shortcomings of the Qualis, the company introduced Innova that was nothing short of a revolution.

Furthermore, the Honda Mobilio, the latest mid-size MPV in the country. Let’s see how it compares to the proven workhorse, the Innova.

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Power

The competition between the diesel engines is closer than you might think. The 1.5L Mobilio engine makes 98.6bhp, while the Innova is only marginally higher at 100.6bhp, a difference of 1.4 horsepower, as-near-as makes no difference.

The torque figures are identical, with both engines churning out 200Nm, giving the Honda Mobilio a significant cost advantage.

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Power

The 1.5L engine in petrol Mobilio makes about 117bhp, whereas the 2.0L power plant in the Innova makes 132bhp, a difference of 15bhp.

However, there is a large difference in the torque figures with the Innova’s engine churning out 181Nm of torque, compared to the 145Nm offered by the Mobilio.

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Mileage

The petrol Innova has a mileage of 12.5kmpl, with the Mobilio’s i-VTEC petrol engine being more economical at a claimed mileage of 17.3kmpl.

A similar story ensues when we look at the diesel versions, with the Innova returning 13.5 kmpl while the most frugal workhorse in the country - i-DTEC in the Mobilio returning an astonishing 24.2kmpl, giving the Honda a significant advantage in terms of mileage. However, real world statistics are yet to be seen.

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Exteriors

The latest generation Toyota, also known as 'facelifted Innova' or 'new Innova' has a larger and more pronounced front grille garnished with chrome.

The front end is more aggressive than previous generations but still projects an eager workhorse of a car. Because the Honda is based on the Brio platform, the front end reflects a certain tameness.

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Exteriors

The side character lines of the Mobilio are aggressively designed compared to Innova. Overall, the Innova’s exteriors have an air-of-class about it, something the Honda loses out on, by trying too hard.

The Honda’s ground clearance is slightly higher at 185mm. Plus Mobilio looks sportier and trendy compared to Innova.

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Interiors

The Honda Mobilio comes with a sportier 3-spoke steering wheel while the Innova comes with a bigger four spoke wheel.

In Innova, there is a slight bulge between the front and middle seats to accommodate the prop shaft underneath, which the Honda avoids, being a front-wheel-drive car making the led room comfortable.

The seats have a thinner profile in the Honda, making the interiors feeling airy and spaced out, even though the Mobilio is smaller than the Innova. On the other hand Innova offers plusher interiors design compared to Mobilio.

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Features

The Toyota and Honda share a host of features, but the only significant difference being the lack of automatic air conditioning in any model Mobilio, even the top models receive a manual AC unit.

The higher models in Innova all come with parking sensors/ rear camera, which the Mobilio misses out too.

However, the Mobilio does come with a RS flavour, which has a projector headlamp assembly, day-time-running-LEDs, missing in the Innova.

Overall, the Innova’s features trump the Mobilio but Mobilio RS diesel gives Innova a modest tiff.

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Overall & Pricing

The challenge that Moblio faces is not small, the Innova is a time tested and proven machine and finds itself useful in a wide variety of cases.

The reconnaissance teams for the country’s leading rallies and televised events all swear by the sheer reliability and go anywhere attitude possessed by the Innova.

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Overall & Pricing

The Mobilio’s biggest strength is the superior engine technology that may prove to be a game changer, along with the significantly lower price tag for the Honda Mobilio (6.49 - 10.86 lakh) as compared to the more expensive, but feature laden Toyota Innova which retails between 9.97 lakh and 14.92 lakh, giving the customers an interesting alternative.

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