February 27, 2018 By Nicolas A. Calanoc Images by Jerel Fajardo

2017 Honda Mobilio RS Navi

Being Honda’s second best selling model last year, it is no surprise their MUV (Multi-purpose Utility Vehicle) gets a facelift along side the Jazz and City. Despite the Mobilio being a derivative of the Brio, there is a good reason why this time around it gets to join the bigger boys of the bunch. For starters, it now carries the grille design similar to the Civic. For those who didn’t like it the first time around might want to give it a second chance. In its RS variant, the Mobilio gets treated with sportier bumpers, tailgate spoiler, and side sills that give it a sporty wagon look.

If there is a bigger change than the outside though, it would definitely be the inside of the Mobilio: mainly the dashboard. It is a complete redesign. Instead of borrowing the dashboard from the Honda Brio, the Mobilio now get its completely new look from the BR-V, which resembles closer to the City and Jazz. For owners who will spend 90% of their time inside, this revision will elevate the inside experience. Earning the Navi nameplate, it comes with same spare-no-expense 7” infotainment screen with navigation that the Jazz and City utilize. It’s snappy in response, gives great high contrast visibility, and employs an accurate GPS as long as it has eyes on the sky.

For the RS Navi trim we tested, it came with a Push-Start Button at the left side, Paddle-Shifters, and an orange stitching with the fabric that complements the Phoenix Orange Pearl exterior. As for safety, the Mobilio comes standard with Dual Airbags, ABS, and EBD while the RS Navi gets the additional stuff like Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), smart entery system, and a rear view camera.

Whichever trim you do plan to get, the Honda Mobilio as a whole drives exceptional as a people carrier. It’s now more comfort oriented especially when you put passengers on it as intended, which helps settle the suspension to be very compliant to the road. Because it isn’t a noisy diesel, the NVH levels of the Mobilio are low, allowing me to catch a nap when I was a passenger at a long drive. As for space, it really maximizes the shape it takes. If there is one thing that it still is, it is that it just has enough power. It isn’t underpowered, but if your trying to overtake at full capacity or going uphill, you will just have enough to make it through. It isn’t a bad thing at all, just a reminder that this is a gasoline engine vehicle.

With all the changes it has received, the Mobilio proves that comfort, practicality, and value for money don’t have to be exclusive from each other. If it was good before, it is now better than ever. Now the question is if the PhP 120,000.00 worth it coming from the V to the RS Navi? With the list of additional equipment, it’s hard to say ‘no’.


Spec Box

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2017 Honda Mobilio RS NaviEngine:Inline-4, 1497 cc, sohc, 16V, i-VTEC, CVTMax Power (bhp @ rpm)118 bhp @ 6600 rpmMax Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)107 lb/ft @ 4800 rpm0-100 km/h [or 0-62 mph](sec)12.0 sec.Top Speed (km/h)140 km/h (87 mph)Fuel Milage (km/L)12.8 km/L CombinedPrice as Tested (PhP)PhP 1,029,000.00What’s Great+ Brand new interior design, infotainment system, fresh faceliftWhat’s Not So- Rear sensor to complement the rear camera, engine power feels just enoughC! Editors Rating9.0 / 10

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