Mobilio vs Innova, Ertiga, EcoSport, Lodgy, Duster, Terrano, City, Vento, Verna, Rapid, Ciaz, Xylo, Enjoy, Evalia, Tavera, Scorpio, XUV500, Bolero, Stile

1. Mobilio vs Innova
2. Mobilio vs Ertiga
3. Mobilio vs Lodgy
4. Mobilio vs Duster
5. Mobilio vs City
6. Mobilio vs Terrano
7. Mobilio vs Xylo
8. Mobilio vs Bolero
9. Mobilio vs Scorpio
10. Mobilio vs Evalia

[1] Honda Mobilio vs Toyota Innova
Verdict: Mobilio is better than Innova
Space & Comfort: Honda Mobilio has more interior space than the Innova. (though this might be contrary to what external dimensions indicate, it has actually been verified keeping standard mannequins and measuring the leg rooms, knee rooms & shoulder rooms in both cars inside R&D centre of country's leading auto manufacturer.) and passenger comfort is thus marginally better overall. Plus Mobilio has an added advantage of being more maneuverable in traffic.
Mobilio Price vs Innova Price (Pricing & Features Comparison): Mobilio's top-end variant replete with all safety features is still a good 1.5 lakh rupees cheaper than the bare bones, basic variant of Innova.
Performance & Efficiency: No surprise here. Mobilio has much better performance, drivability & efficiency than Innova.
Dynamics: Mobilio is more of a car & Innova more of a pick-up truck. Handling, steering & ride quality is better in Mobilio, but Innova can handle the occasional rough road situation better, which remains its only advantage over Mobilio.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Both Honda & Toyota are evenly matched.

[2] Honda Mobilio vs Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga
Verdict: Mobilio is better than Ertiga
Performance & Drivability:
Diesel: Mobilio has a much better engine-gearbox combination than Ertiga. Ertiga's 1250cc diesel engine is just too small for a porky 7-seater MPV. It has terrible turbo-lag. which makes it a pain to drive in stop-and-go traffic. On the other hand Honda's engine is tuned just right for the Mobilio. It has hardly any turbo lag and it also outruns the Ertiga in terms of acceleration as well as fuel-efficiency. It's slightly vocal nature is hence completely forgiven.
Petrol:
Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars are very evenly matched in terms of ride & handling, and are infact much better than Innova, Xylo, Tavera or for that matter any 7-seaters in the market so far.
Space & Comfort: Ertiga may please you with its upmarkets but it is the Mobilio that is more spacious, be it in the second row, third row or the boot.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Having a Japanese lineage means that both cars are reliable to a fault. And if you live in urban area you are equally likely to have a Honda service centre near you as a Maruti one. But if you live in rural areas Maruti's coverage is simply unbeatable.
Pricing & Features: Don't be fooled into thinking that Ertiga is better value for money simply because it has 2-3 more electronic gimmicks up its sleeve. With a better engine and more space Mobilio is simply worth much more than an equally priced Ertiga.
Mobilio Price vs Ertiga Price (Features & Pricing Comparison):

[3] Honda Mobilio vs Renault Lodgy
Verdict: Mobilio is better than Lodgy

Reliability & After Sales Service: Not just in India but all over the world, Honda has proven to be far superior than renault in terms of reliability. Renault Duster's reputation for after sales service has also not been too great, but Honda City's record on the other hand has been unquestionably good, which will be ditto for Lodgy & Mobilio respectively. This of course will have an effect on resale value, where the Mobilio will fetch a good 1-1.5 lakh rupees more than the Lodgy after 5-7 years.
Fuel Efficiency: Lodgy is heavier than the Mobilio by about 150 kgs while it's engine is also not as efficient as honda's ultra efficient power-plant. This translated into a difference around 2 kpl in our road tests.
Driveability & Performance: Mobilio's has none of the turbo lag that the higher powered (110 PS) Lodgy has, in fact even the 85PS Lodgy has more turbo lag than the 100 PS Mobilio, in spite of the fact that smaller turbo's require less revs to spool up. This makes mobilio effortless to drive around on city roads. On the highway Mobilio retains it's advantage by pulling effortless overtaking maneuvers compared to the 85PS Lodgy, thanks to a better mid-range and lesser kerb weight. However, the 110PS Lodgy is as good as if not slightly better than the Mobilio in terms of its overtaking abilities.
Mobilio Price vs Lodgy Price (Features & Pricing Comparison):

[4] Honda Mobilio vs Renault Duster
Verdict: Mobilio is better than Duster

Off Road Ability: The Duster that 99% people buy is the two wheel drive one, which is no better than a Mobilio when it comes to off roading. Firstly, both the Mobilio and Duster are front wheel drive cars based on hatchback platforms. Secondly, the difference in their ground clearance and wheelbase is less than the size of a fingertip. That is why the Duster only "looks" like a better off roader than the Mobilio, but it actually isn't.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Honda's 15 year track record of unbeatable reliability and after sales service in India has been impressive. Renault's on the other hand has been quite patchy. Most of the times it is the dealers of renault who get blamed for Duster's failures. But the fact is that the product itself is not up to the mark. Duster has been developed by Renault's budget brand Dacia, which is stationed in Romania. Not quite the last word in automotive research and technology.
Fuel Efficiency: Mobilio returned a whopping 4 kpl more than the Duster in our real world tests. This is not just due to the excess weight but also due the fact that Renault's K9K engine family is becoming a bit long in the tooth.
Space & Comfort: Mobilio of course has the practicality of a third row of seats, which are surprisingly roomier than even the Innova. And if you chuck them out you can have acres of boot-space. That said Duster also makes for roomy accommodation for 5 people and has a generous 450 litres of boot-space as well.
Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: Mobilio is much easier to drive than the Duster in city traffic thanks to significantly lesser turbo lag than the Duster (110PS). In fact even the 85PS Duster has more turbo lag than the Mobilio. Even the mid-range is better in Mobilio than Duster 85PS which comes in handy while overtaking on the highways. The 110PS though has a healthy torque output of 245 Nm which gives it equal if not slightly better overtaking prowess than the Mobilio.
Petrol:


[5] Honda Mobilio vs Honda City
Verdict: Mobilio is better than City

Features & Pricing: Mobilio is cheaper and has much more features than the Honda City and hence is unquestionably better value for money.
Space & Comfort: Mobilio has smaller exterior dimensions than the City and yet has more interior space. It has 2 additional seats than the City and if you fold them away you get immense boot-space. Also the liberated boot-space is of a more practical shape for carrying large items like wardrobes, coffee tables, washing machines... you get the picture.
Maneuverability: Contrary to popular opinion, Mobilio has smaller dimensions than the City and hence better maneuverability.
Ride Quality & Handling: Mobilio is equally good if not better than the City in terms of dynamics. The City which is based on the Jazz platform was never really known for good dynamics, it has improved over the years but still has a lifeless steering. The Mobilio is based on the Brio-Amaze platform which has gotten rave reviews for its sorted dynamics to begin with.
Both cars are powered by identical powertrains giving them similar Fuel Efficiency, Driveability and Performance as well as similar Reliability & After Sales Service for which Honda is well known for.

[6] Honda Mobilio vs Nissan Terrano
Verdict: Mobilio is better than Terrano
Off Road Ability: The Terrano is no better than a Mobilio when it comes to off roading. Firstly, both the Mobilio and Terrano are front wheel drive cars based on hatchback platforms. Secondly, the difference in their ground clearance and wheelbase is less than the size of a fingertip. That is why the Terrano only "looks" like a better off roader than the Mobilio, but it actually isn't.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Honda's 15 year track record of unbeatable reliability and after sales service in India has been impressive. Nissan's on the other hand has been quite patchy. Most of the times it is the dealers of renault who get blamed for Terrano's failures. But the fact is that the product itself is not up to the mark. Terrano's base car, the Duster has been developed by Renault's budget brand Dacia, which is stationed in Romania. Not quite the last word in automotive research and technology!
Fuel Efficiency: Mobilio returned a whopping 4 kpl more than the Terrano in our real world tests. This is not just due to the excess weight but also due the fact that Renault's K9K engine family is becoming a bit long in the tooth.
Space & Comfort: Mobilio of course has the practicality of a third row of seats, which are surprisingly roomier than even the Innova. And if you chuck them out you can have acres of boot-space. That said Terrano also makes for roomy accommodation for 5 people and has a generous 450 litres of boot-space as well.
Drivability & Performance: Mobilio is much easier to drive than the Terrano in city traffic thanks to significantly lesser turbo lag than the Terrano (110PS). In fact even the 85PS Terrano has more turbo lag than the Mobilio. Even the mid-range is better in Mobilio than Terrano which comes in handy while overtaking on the highways.

[7] Honda Mobilio vs Mahindra Xylo
Verdict: Mobilio is better than Xylo
Safety: Mobilio is a safer car than Xylo. More weight does not makes cars safe. It depends on whether the car's structure absorbs the impact of the crash or whether it transmits the impact to the occupants. Since both cars are not rated by NCAP it is anybody's guess which car would protects its occupants better. However, Mobilio is certainly better at preventing a crash in the first place. It has a lower centre of gravity, much more capable suspension and much better braking abilities than the Xylo.
Dynamics: Mobilio has far better handling, high speed stability, ride quality and braking than Xylo. Xylo is quite nervous while travelling at high speeds on the highway and downright frightening during panic braking situations.
Fuel Economy: Xylo is a much heavier than Mobilio and to carry all that extra weight around it uses a 700cc larger engine. No wonder then that it returned a 6-7 kpl lesser than Mobilio in our back to back mileage tests.
Drivability and Performance: Both cars have excellent drivability around town. But the Mobilio has better outright performance than the Xylo and that too in spite of a 700cc smaller engine. Clearly it time to move on from fuel wasting, crude and archaic ways of transportation like the Xylo.
Space & Comfort: Mobilio is more spacious and comfortable than the Xylo. Thanks to better packaging and a cab forward design, Honda has managed to liberate more space inside the cabin than the Xylo. Also it doesn't pitch, squat and roll as much as the Xylo, which has acquired quite a reputation for causing motion sickness to its occupants.

[8] Honda Mobilio vs Mahindra Bolero
Verdict: Mobilio is better than Bolero
Cost of Ownership: Mobilio's E variant has same features as the Bolero SLX. But in spite of a higher price tag, Mobilio will be more than one lakh rupees cheaper than Bolero with equal features over a period of 5 years.
Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back tests, Mobilio returned at least 5 kpl more than the Bolero, be it on city streets or out on the highways.
Safety: Mobilio is a much safer car than Bolero. Most people believe and propagate superstitions like heavier the car safer will it be in the event of the crash. Safety absolutely no relation with the weight of the car, it depends on whether the structure absorbs the energy of the crash or whether it transmits the energy to the occupants. It also depends on the stability of the car in panic braking situations and this is where the Mobilio is far superior than the Bolero. It is equipped with ABS right from the base variants and even other wise is immensely more stable at high speeds than the Bolero based on the ancient Mahindra MM540-Armada platform.
Dynamics: Bolero is quite frankly one of the worst handling cars in India. Forget about driving pleasure and steering feel, it handles bad enough to raise serious safety concerns while travelling at any speed above 80 kph. Ride quality isn't good either, expect serious discomfort and fatigue if you are planning to travel long distances in it. Mobilio on the other hand has one of the best dynamics of any 7-seater in India, with decent ride quality, good cornering abilities and surprisingly excellent steering feel and feedback.
Space & Comfort: Bolero has horrible ergonomics. Driving position is extremely awkward with the steering set uncomfortably high and at a weird angle. Middle row has absolutely no under thigh support and despite the impression of size it projects, it is still not able to accommodate 3 passengers on the rear seat.
Drivability & Performance: Both cars have excellent drivability around town but as the roads open up, Mobilio leaves the Bolero far behind. Bolero's overtaking abilities and outright performance are one of the worst in the market and are no match for Mobilio's prowess.

[9] Honda Mobilio vs Mahindra Scorpio
Verdict: Mobilio is better than Scorpio
Safety: Scorpio may look big and menacing but it is not even half as safe as the Mobilio. Safety does not depend on the weight and bulk of the car but on whether it is able to absorb the force of the crash rather than transmit it. Scorpio's age old ladder frame chassis is characteristically more likely to remain intact in the event of a crash and hence more likely to transmit it to the occupants resulting in fatalities. Secondly, it is far less stable at high speeds than the Mobilio due to its horrible suspension and awkwardly tall stance and thus more likely to crash in the first place.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Mobilio is far more reliable than a Scorpio. Scorpio continues to have numerous niggling issues that will require frequent visits to the service centre, while the Mobilio will ask for no more than routine service. Mahindra's service network has better coverage in rural areas thanks to its tractor business, but in the cities it is even stevens.
Fuel Efficiency: Mobilio returned a jaw dropping 8 kpl more than the Scorpio in our back-to-back tests.
Performance & Driveability: Both cars have excellent driveability as well as excellent mid-range performance. Only that the Scorpio requires 700cc more displacement to give the same performance. Scorpio can't even handle the performance, it feels nervous at high speeds on highways, scary while cornering at speed and downright terrifying while braking from high speeds.
Off-road Ability: Scorpio's high ground clearance is a boon on village roads, but the Mobilio is not bad either, it also has 189mm of ground clearance, which is more than adequate for our pothole ridden roads. Scorpio's wider wheels and rear wheel drive are definitely an advantage in off-road situations but for 99% of the situations Mobilio is more than sufficient.
Dynamics: Scorpio's high centre of gravity affects its handling and ride quality adversely. Ride is punishing on broken roads, especially for second row passengers. Handling tests are better avoided in the Scorpio, it is one of the worst handling cars in the country in spite of whatever improvements Mahindra has managed to do. Mobilio on the other hand is arguably the best handling MPVs in the country with excellent grip round corners and surprisingly accurate and feel some steering.

[10] Honda Mobilio vs Nissan Evalia
Verdict: Mobilio is better than Evalia
Performance & Driveability: Mobilio is a good 3 quintals lighter than the Nissan Evalia. This means that it is much less of a burden on the 1.5 litre diesel engine that powers both the cars. This gives it better drivability in city traffic with lesser gearshift required to get it going as well as better outright acceleration.
Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back runs on the city as well as the highway the Mobilio consistently managed to extract 3 kpl more than the Evalia.
Space & Comfort: Evalia is bigger than the Mobilio in all directions. Being a taller car the Evalia has a high seating position across the 3 rows but it's seats lack adequate under thigh support. The Mobilio's seats aren't any better but it has managed to match the Evalia in spite of smaller dimensions that has led to lesser weight and improved, performance, dynamics & efficiency.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Honda has proven its superiority over Nissan when it comes to delivering good after sales service in India. It also has a wider reach and is expanding faster than Nissan thanks to enormous demand to its products.

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