Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Philippines: Sibling rivalry

Sep 30, 2019
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Honda BR-V vs Mobilio: Introduction
  • 2. Honda BR-V vs Mobilio Dimensions
  • 3. Honda BR-V vs Mobilio 2019: Interior
  • 4. Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Philippines: Engine & Performance
  • 5. Honda BR-V vs Mobilio 2019: Safety
  • 6. Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Philippines Price
  • 7. Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Philippines: Verdict
The BR-V and the Mobilio share a platform, as well as an H brand. How else do they compare? Let's find out in our in-depth Honda BR-V vs Mobilio comparo.

1. Honda BR-V vs Mobilio: Introduction

The Honda BR-V and the Honda Mobilio are both based on the Honda Brio platform. These two also share an engine - even if the vehicles actually belong to distinct segments. The BR-V is billed as a compact crossover SUV, while the Mobilio is a mini MPV.

During the run of its first generation, the Mobilio has actually classified a five-door van and was sold only in a number of countries. The second-generation Mobilio in comparison currently enjoys a much wider reach and, of course, we Filipinos love it for its ability to fit seven people.

The BR-V is a much-newer model and has only been manufactured since 2016. Honda intends for it to meet the demand for very affordable compact SUVs and was designed particularly for the Asian market. It can also fit seven people.

So how do they compare to each other? Let’s find out in our expert Honda BR-V vs Mobilio comparison, brought by Philkotse.com!

Honda BRV vs Mobilio Comparison Review

2. Honda BR-V vs Mobilio Dimensions

Honda BR-V vs Mobilio: Dimensions
 
Honda BR-V 
Honda Mobilio
Length (mm)
4,456
4,386
Width (mm)
1,735
1,683
Height (mm)
1,677
1,603
Wheelbase (mm)
2,662
2,652
Max Cargo Volume
691 liters
521 liters
Trunk Capacity
223 liters
223 liters
Ground Clearance (mm)
210
189

While the Honda BR-V is larger, the Mobilio has a similar trunk capacity. Upon folding the third-row seats on the BR-V though, it is definitely larger at 691 liters, compared to the Mobilio’s 521 liters. Then there’s the higher ground clearance on the BR-V which will mean it’s better able to take on potholes, bumps, floods, and rough roads compared to the Mobilio. The BR-V, after all, is a crossover SUV.

A picture of the 2019 Honda BR-V

Here's the Honda BR-V compact crossover SUV

We can also surmise that legroom, and headroom inside the compact crossover SUV is much more generous.

A picture of the 2019 Honda Mobilio

The Honda Mobilio mini MPV

>>> Full-scale review of these two models can be found at: 

3. Honda BR-V vs Mobilio 2019: Interior

Honda BR-V vs Mobilio: Interior Features
Feature
          Honda BR-V S
Honda Mobilio E
Cruise Control
-
-
Front Parking Sensors
-
-
Rear Parking Sensors
With
With
Leather Upholstery
With
-
Push Start Button
With
With
Air Conditioning System
Automatic Climate with rear independent controls
Manual air conditioning with rear independent controls
Entertainment System
7 inch LCD Touchscreen
Radio
4 Speakers
iPod Compatible
7 inch LCD Touchscreen
Radio
4 Speakers
MP3
Connectivity
USB
Bluetooth
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Bluetooth
USB
AUX
Navigation Ready
With
With
Sunroof
-
-
Power Steering
With
With
Power Windows
With
With
Power Outlet
With
With
Steering Wheel Audio Control
With
With
Keyless Entry
With
With

When it comes to the number of available features, the BR-V and the Mobilio’s respective top-of-the-line models appear to have approximately the same toys. The Honda BR-V does have leather seats and its connectivity options are just plain better with available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

A picture of the 2019 Honda Mobilio's front cabin

The front cabin of the 2019 Honda Mobilio

A picture of the front cabin of the 2019 Honda BR-V

Here's the one on the 2019 Honda BR-V which simply looks better

While the BR-V is definitely roomier, the space of the Honda Mobilio, while smaller, is still comfortable. Both vehicles’ third-row seating can be a little tight, especially for adults.

Now one gripe some people have had or still have with the Mobilio’s interior is the design of its dashboard. It is derived, quite obviously, from the much more economical Brio, and it lacks that certain something to make it stand out. In contrast, the BR-V’s dash was completely redesigned and looks more like the more premium Honda City and Jazz.

A picture of the 2019 Honda Mobilio's passenger seats

The seats of the 2019 Honda Mobilio. Comfy and premium looking with black all throughout

A picture of the 2019 Honda BR-V passenger seats

The 2019 Honda BR-V has a slightly better set of seats clad in leather

>>> Suggested car comparisons in the SUV segments:

4. Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Philippines: Engine & Performance

Honda BR-V vs Mobilio: Engine
 
Honda BR-V V CVT
Honda Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi CVT
Displacement
1,497cc
1,497cc
Number of Cylinders
4
4
Number of Valves
16
16
Transmission Type
Continuously Variable Transmission
Continuously Variable Transmission
Power Train
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive
Max Output (HP)
120
120
Max Torque (Nm)
145
145
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Fuel Capacity
42 L
42 L

As we’ve said before, the Brio, the Mobilio, and the BR-V are practically brothers. They share a lot of characteristics including their design, some parts of their chassis, and, of course, their engines.

Under the hood, the Mobilio and the BR-V both come with the L15Z1 i-VTEC inline-four gasoline engine. It can make a respectable 120hp and 145Nm of torque. Both the BR-V and the Mobilio also have front-wheel drive. For gearboxes, the Honda BR-V 2019 comes with the CVT. As for the Mobilio, two have CVT and one has a five-speed manual.

 i-VTEC inline-four gasoline engine

The i-VTEC inline-four gasoline engine is armed for both BR-V and Mobilio

With respect to how different each will handle, we’ll have to take into consideration both vehicle’s curb weights. The BR-V weigh 1,222 kg while the Mobilio is a lighter 1,169 kg. The Honda Mobilio 2019 can potentially get up to speed quicker.

Note though that the BR-V 1.5 V has a larger set of tires at 16 inches in comparison to the Mobilio’s 15-inch set. Larger tires as you might already know to mean better cornering and a lot more grip and contact with road surfaces.

5. Honda BR-V vs Mobilio 2019: Safety

When it comes to safety, both the Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi and the BR-V 1.5 V CVT have the same amount of features. Both come with dual front airbags, the anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, security alarms, engine immobilizer, stability control, ISOFIX, and rear parking sensors.

Honda safety features

Safety is always Honda's priority

6. Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Philippines Price

Honda BR-V Philippines price list - 2019
Variant
Price
Honda BR-V 1.5 S CVT
Php 1,035,000
Honda BR-V 1.5 V CVT
Php 1,155,000

>>> Refer to our Honda BR-V Philippines price list to keep updated the latest price changes

Honda Mobilio Philippines price list - 2019
Variant
Price
Honda Mobilio 1.5 E MT
Php 895,000
Honda Mobilio 1.5 V CVT
Php 968,000
Honda Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi CVT
Php 1,085,000

>>> Check out Honda Mobilio Philippines price list with monthly payments

7. Honda BR-V vs Honda Mobilio Philippines: Verdict

While we’ve pitted the two against each other spec-wise in this article, we have to say though that comparing the BR-V and the Mobilio is a bit like comparing Fuji apples with Green apples. Both are related and are the same in a lot of respects, but both have slightly different purposes.

If you want a seven-seater car that can occasionally take on unpaved, rough roads, go for the BR-V. If you want a more affordable city-oriented seven-seater, go for the Mobilio. Also, the former has a manual variant.

So which Honda appeals more to you?

A 2019 Honda Mobilio in a simulated enviroment

The 2019 Honda Mobilio?

A 2019 Honda BR-V

or the 2019 Honda BR-V?

If you want to check out more models from all the major brands available here in the Philippines, please check out our cars for sale section.

Source: Cesar Guiderone Miguel

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