Honda BRV vs Mobilio Comparison Review

Honda Mobilio vs BR-V Comparison Review

Why are we comparing these two cars?
We all know that the BR-V is nothing but a face-lifted Mobilio. Surprisingly, Honda did not discontinue the Mobilio, when they launched the BR-V and continue to sell both cars side-by-side. What we are trying to find out, is whether the BR-V is worth the substantial price premium, that it demands over the Mobilio, or is the Mobilio still a better bet, for the rational portion of the prospective buyers.

Honda BR-V vs Mobilio Video Comparison Review:


Pricing & Features:
The top-of-the-line BR-V ‘VX’ (diesel), costs 15.1 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is 1.5 Lakh Rs. more expensive, than the Mobilio ‘RS O’ variant, costing 13.6 Lakh Rs. Mobilio ‘RS O’ has slightly more useful features than the BR-V VX like Parking Camera, Touchscreen and Navigation, while the BR-V has Climate Control, Leather Upholstery, Push Button Smart & Smart Key over the Mobilio.

Pricing of other variants:
BR-V ‘V CVT’ petrol-automatic costs 13.75 Lakh
BR-V ‘VX’ petrol-manual costs 13.60 Lakh
Mobilio ‘V O’ petrol-manual costs 11.20 Lakh
on road, Delhi

Common Features: ABS, Airbags - 2, AC, , Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth & 4 Speakers + 2 Tweeters, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Fog Lamps, Driver's Seat Height Adjustment, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Tilt Steering, Alloy Wheels, Fuel Computer, LED Signature Lamps, Projector Headlamps

Extra Features in Mobilio (RS O): Parking Camera, Touchscreen, Navigation
Extra Features in BR-V (VX): Climate Control, Leather Upholstery, Push Button Smart & Smart Key

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol:
Both cars are powered by the illustrious 1.5 litre iVTEC petrol engine that is famous for powering the Honda City. However, the BR-V gets a 6-speed manual gearbox, which is a modified version of Mobilio’s 5-speed unit, giving the BR-V quicker acceleration in 1st gear and relaxed cruising in top-gear. Although, the shift action is not as smooth and light as we have come to expect from Honda. Honda also offers the BR-V with the fantastic CVT automatic gearbox, while there is no automatic option in the Mobilio’s range.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 119@6600, Mobilio - 119@6600
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 145@4600, Mobilio - 145@4600
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1190, Mobilio - 1160

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 100, Mobilio - 103
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 122, Mobilio - 125

Diesel: Both diesels are powered by the very same ‘Earth Dream’s’ iDTEC unit coupled to a 6-speed transmission. Even though the engine falls short in terms of refinement compared to its rivals, it has excellent drivability around town, with hardly any turbo-lag to speak of as well as decent overtaking punch. Although, compared to the Mobilio, there is a marked improvement in sound deadening inside the BR-V.

Power (PS@rpm): BR-V - 100@3600, Mobilio - 100@3600
Torque (Nm@rpm): BR-V – 200@1750, Mobilio - 200@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): BR-V - 1275, Mobilio - 1253

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): BR-V - 78, Mobilio - 79
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): BR-V - 157, Mobilio - 160

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real-world tests, the Mobilio was consistently over 1 kmpl more efficient than the corresponding BR-V. The BR-V CVT was more efficient than the manual BR-V around town, but not as efficient as the petrol Mobilio.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 21.9, Mobilio (diesel, manual) – 24.5 (difference 2.6)
BR-V (petrol, manual) – 15.4, Mobilio (petrol, manual) – 17.3 (difference 1.9)
BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 16.0 (difference 1.3)

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
BR-V (diesel, manual) – 2.50, Mobilio (diesel, manual) – 2.25
BR-V (petrol, manual) – 4.20, Mobilio (petrol, manual) – 3.75
BR-V (petrol, automatic) – 4.05

Space & Comfort:
Mobilio was in a dire need of an interior upgrade and Honda has made an effort to spruce up the interiors of the BR-V. Honda has already plonked the new interiors in to the Amaze and the Brio is next in line, but for now there are no plans to carry over the changes to the slow selling Mobilio. Rest of the cabin is identical in both cars with acres of knee-room, leg-room and head-room for all passengers and 223 litres of boot-space even with all the seats in place. Boot-space increases to 591 litres with the rear seat folded. However, the seats do feel a touch too small and lacking in adequate under-thigh support. The middle-row seat is also a bit narrow for accommodating three full-size adults.

Length (mm): BR-V – 4455, Mobilio – 4398
Width (mm): BR-V – 1735, Mobilio – 1683
Height (mm): BR-V – 1666, Mobilio – 1603

Ride Quality & Handling:
Honda has given bigger tyres and some added ground clearance to the BR-V over the Mobilio. But practically, the Mobilio itself is pretty adept, at handling rough road situations. The upgrades only serve the purpose, of improving the aesthetic quotient of the BR-V, more than anything else. Both cars are surprisingly fun around corners, with a precise, well-weighted steering and decent feedback from the tarmac below. Low-speed ride is a bit stiff, but improves as the speeds rise.

Ground Clearance (mm): BR-V – 210, Mobilio - 189

Tyre Size:
BR-V – 195/60R16
Mobilio – 185/65R15

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Honda has proven to be one of the most reliable car makers in the market, over the past twenty years in our country, surpassed only by Toyota. Honda’s service operations though need some supervision from the parent brand to bring them up to global standards.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
BR-V is bound to hold slightly higher residual value than the Mobilio, thanks to Indian Car Buyer’s newfound obsession with the compact-SUV shape.

BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 9.05, Mobilio RS O (Diesel manual) – 6.30
BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 7.75, Mobilio V O Titanium+ (Petrol manual) – 6.05
BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 7.85

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall the diesel Mobilio ‘RS O’ works out to be around 50,000 Rs. cheaper than the BR-V VX over a usage of 5 to 7 years. The Mobilio ‘V O’ petrol works out to be a sizeable 1.1 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the BR-V VX manual as well as the BR-V V CVT.

BR-V VX (Diesel manual) – 8.55, Mobilio RS O (Diesel manual) – 8.10
BR-V VX (Petrol manual) – 10.05, Mobilio V O Titanium+ (Petrol manual) – 8.90
BR-V V CVT (Petrol automatic) – 9.95

Verdict:
There is no way to rationally justify that a BR-V is better than the Mobilio. The Mobilio is significantly cheaper, more efficient and has better features, making it far better value for money than the equivalent BR-V. Both cars are just as practical and well suited to Indian road conditions as the other. However, the BR-V holds one unbeatable advantage over the Mobilio, which is that it is available with Honda’s state-of-the-art CVT gearbox. It makes the BR-V incredibly effortless to drive in city traffic. Just release the brake and the BR-V will crawl ahead smoothly at 5 kmph without any accelerator input. It gives the convenience of a Honda Activa to the Honda BR-V. It takes away the fatigue out of daily commutes in rush-hour traffic. Until and unless Honda offers the CVT in the Mobilio, which is highly unlikely, the BR-V remains our choice in this shootout.

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