AutonetMagz – As the first model launched in 2017, the Honda Mobilio facelift 2017 really got a new looks and improvement. Despite a ‘Dashlift’ back on 2016, the current changes covering a lot of sectors, such as exterior, features, colors, and interior. As the most distinctive color changes is the new Orange color on teh Mobilio RS, and a purple color available in all variant.
We just wondering whether this improvement manage to maintain Mobilio position against its old rival such as Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Avanza, and Daihatsu Xenia? let’s look at our First Impression review of Honda Mobilio Facelift 2017!
We wouldn’t deny that Mobilio is the entry level MPV who have a the most good looking design and this facelift strengthen its plus point. As probably Honda didn’t like to see Toyota try to imitate their Honda HR-V grille, that is why Honda replace the Mobilio looks with a design similar as their newest crossover based on Jazz, the Honda WR-V.
To do this, all front-end part replaced by Honda, including engine hood, fender, headlights, front bumper, all are new. Don’t be fooled by the design of the bumper who looks like the old version, as the bumper couldn’t be plug and play to the old model, so do vice-verse. In this new model, Honda did listen to the complain of old Mobilio customers, as the radiator vent now covered to reduce the potential of rubble entering and ruining the radiator fins.
But opposite things happened at the headlights, as if the old Mobilio RS fitted with a projector lens who make their rival follow those steps, in this new version it was gone, despite the LED positioning remain to exists. We did asked to Honda why the cause of this downgrading?
“We did listen of the inputs from the customers to develop new Mobilio, but we do considering the availability of projector lens at future years to come,” said Jonfis Fandy as the Marketing Director PT HPM. So probably there will be two conclusion, one, there will be a new variant above the RS fitted with projector lens, or another facelift by applying projector lens.
The alloy wheels of the RS and E basically using 8 spoke model, but for RS version it fitted with a two-tone finishing. The tyre replaced by a Dunlop Enasave, a kind of fuel-saving Eco-Oriented tyres. The brake remains the same, with disc upfront, and drum at the rear, but now all Mobilio variant fitted with ABS, EBD, and BA, along with the removal of Prestige variant who leave only the S, E, and RS variant to be exists.
To make it look more distinctive, Honda Mobilio RS fitted with a black roof, as for the build quality, again we do see the gap between the windshield and body panel, and no rubber insulation like on the Honda BR-V. Not only that, the body plate also felt thin, and the inner section of wheel arches still didn’t have any cover.
For the rear side, only a chrome lists at the boot door, and a standard parking camera for the RS version. No parking sensors fitted and no guideline on the head unit.
Inside the interior, you wouldn’t feel something special if you ever enter the Brio RS and BR-V. The black dashboard for the RS, and Black-Beige for other variant, as the quality also far fetch from ‘solid’ due to it wobble when you press it. The gap between the dashboard and door also quite big, and a lot of mediocre fit and finishing, at the front, middle and rear.
Despite that, we do appreciate Honda effort in bringing the normal seat with separate head rest, which surely become much friendly for peoples across different posture. The driving position still good, only the adjustment was not so many, only tilt steering, and no height adjuster for the seat. Honda said that the seat are thicker, but probably it apply only at the lower cushion as the back cushion still thin.
At the instrument panel of Honda Mobilio RS, the MID looks better, just like Honda Jazz RS or HR-V, as for the Mobilio E, it didn’t look as good as that. The new things at the Mobilio RS is Auto AC who didn’t exists on BR-V or Brio. Regarding safety, two thumbs up for Honda, as the Mobilio is the first Low MPV to be fitted with stability control and hill start assist.
Too bad this safety features only exists on Mobilio RS CVT, not in other variant. Other things such as dual airbags and ISOFIX seats remain standard, while the Mobilio RS applying a new JVC head unit, the Mobilio E using Kenwood head unit.
The Honda Mobilio RS fitted with 6 speaker (Including 2 tweeters), as Honda called it as a premium speakers, but listening to the quality, it remains standard. Soundproof? we see another improvement as the Mobilio RS fitted with an extra rubber seal inside the door, as Mobilio E, only fitted with one layer rubber damper.
When trying to close the door cabin, and feeling its soundproof, we didn’t felt a significant difference, even a voice of people chatting 1 or 2 meters from the car could be heard clearly, despite the door and window close shut. So let’s just move on to the 2nd row seats.
Mobilio do know how to maintain its plus point as the most spacious LMPV in its segment, the head room and leg room are abundant, even for a person as tall as 178 cm. up to 3 person could seat nicely without too much complaining. Not only that, the 2nd row now fitted with a proper head rest, so it is decent to accommodate 3 peoples, along with a double blower AC, and for the middle passenger, the seatbelt now applying a 3-point model.
On the third row, it also spacious, as we could arrange the seat to give a decent leg room, thanks to the sliding and reclining features on the 2nd row seats. The headroom are adequate, but it remains sufficient for long distance, along with a pair of speaker and cup holder.
The boot space also the spacious on its segment, but no changes on the folding method, as Avanza and Ertiga has came with a 50:50 split seats, even Ertiga came with a flat floor when folding all seats, the Mobilio remains faithful with the one piece folding mechanism.
We don’t need to introduce anymore, as under the hood, the L15Z1 1.5 liter 4 cylinder producing 118 PS and 145 Nm of torque remain to exists. A FWD system paired with MT or CVT, there is no changes in terms of engine, driving, suspension, etc. So the driving impression will remain the same. Just FYI, we did try the Mobilio handling, and its the most stable,and fun to drive compared to its rival, too bad it felt a little bit harsh and the road noise is quite annoying.
But again no improvement in the engine bay, as we could see welding leftovers, excessive painting, and several other bad details, probably we should wait for the new generation to see a huge improvement.
The new Honda Mobilio, decide to maintain its plus point compared changing it core. The Mobilio remain as the most spacious, most good looking, and most fun to drive LMPV in the market, and it become better in terms of new safety features such as HSA and Stability control.
If only the working quality detail, soundproofing, and comfort become your main priority, you better choose another car in this segment. As the built quality still less solid, the finishing are mediocre, and the back seats still felt thin despite the lower cushion was better. As with a price tag reaching IDR 243 million for the RS CVT variant, we do hop further improvement on those sector.
So for you who decide to get the new Honda Mobilio, but prefer the one with projector lens, there is two option to accommodate it, one is wait for the aftermarket headlights to be available, or wait until Honda releasing another variant fitted with projector headlight.