Honda Mobilio 2018 Philippines Review: MUV with Confidence

Updated Feb 25, 2021

Know full well the latest price, specs, interior, exterior and performance of the Honda Mobilio 2018 Philippines in our comprehensive review.

In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Performance
  5. Safety Features
  6. Price
  7. Specifications
  8. Conclusion

1. Honda Mobilio 2018 Philippines: Introduction

Airy, fuel efficient and affordable are all about the welfare of the B-segment MPV Honda Mobilio. Up to present, it has gradually become a more viable option over pricey 7-seater SUVs or C-segment MPVs in the Philippines. Yes, if you feel that an SUV is too tall and a van is too big, the Mobilio will be a good alternative.

Honda Mobilio 2018 on the road

Airy, fuel efficient and affordable are all about the welfare of the 2018 Honda Mobilio

The Honda Mobilio 2018 is available in three variant in the current market: E, V, and RS Navi. Today, will choose the mid-range V to analyze in our Honda Mobilio 2018 Review. Now, are you ready to find out the reason why the Mobilio is like a scorching day among the competitive market today?

All-new Honda Mobilio 2018

2. Honda Mobilio 2018 Philippines: Exterior

For 2018, presumably, the changes are shown most clearly at the front fascia. Currently, the Mobilio features its own unique design in lieu of sharing the “face” with the Brio as before. To be bigger means the Mobilio looks more mature than its brother Brio. Besides, the seasoned MPV also receives new Solid Wing Face front grille flanked by tapered headlamps, together with a revised bumper, all exuding its own identity.

Honda Mobilio 2018 angular front

The changes are shown most clearly at the front fascia

Honda Mobilio 2018 side view

The side and rear facets remain almost unaltered

Honda Mobilio 2018 angular rear 

The Mobilio 2018 exterior is contemporary and sedated

As the front has mainly held the stage, so it’s understandable when the side and rear facets remain almost unaltered. Nevertheless, the MPV’s appearance still looks good, especially when it comes to a new set of 15-inch aluminum alloys featuring directional design.

Honda Mobilio 2018 wheel

A new set of 15-inch aluminum alloys features directional design

the Honda Mobilio 2018 taillight

It's not too aggressive like the silhouette we see in most modern SUVs

To our eyes, the exterior design of the Mobilio is contemporary and sedated without being too aggressive like the silhouette we see in most modern SUVs.

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3. Honda Mobilio 2018 Philippines: Interior

Many of you must have known the pre-facelift Mobilio used to share the interior with the Honda Brio. The Honda Mobilio 2018 interior, however, borrows components from the Honda City and the Jazz. Now, all of the details are better when compared to its predecessor from the dash, instrument panel, and center console.

Honda Mobilio 2018 Interior

The Honda Mobilio 2018 borrows components from the Honda City and the Jazz

Even though there is an abuse of hard plastic throughout the cabin, it just serves as a daily MPV, you know. Elegant and nice also are gloss black plastic on the sleek infotainment source and neat touches of faux metal trim scattered around. By the way, concerning the infotainment system, the outdated 2-DIN sound system has been replaced to make room for a one 7-inch touchscreen supporting AM/FM radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, a new digital air-conditioning system also takes place of the old analog-style control knobs.

Honda Mobilio 2018 air conditioning system

A new digital air-conditioning system also takes place of the old analog-style control knobs

Honda Mobilio 2018 touchscreen

The outdated 2-DIN sound system has been replaced to make room for a one 7-inch touchscreen

It goes without saying that the Mobilio space is redundant. Passengers at both the front and rear seats will feel comfortable with spacious head-, elbow- and legroom. For the last row seat, space is not as generous as the others’ yet it is not a problem for young adults and kids. In case you have taller occupants, slide the second-row seat to create more room.

Honda Mobilio 2018 Interior

It goes without saying that the Mobilio space is redundant

4. Honda Mobilio 2018 Philippines: Performance

Under the sheet metal is Honda’s famed 1.5L L15Z1 inline-four engine with i-VTEC which churns out 120 hp @ 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque @ 4,600 rpm. Power is channeled to the front wheels through an Earth Dreams-developed CVT. Do not scoff at this 1.5L power plant since it’s the most powerful unit in B-segment MPV in the country. Like other Honda vehicles, the manufacturer made Mobilio more special which can even defeat the 1.5L and 1.4L mills of the Toyota Avanza and Suzuki Ertiga, respectively.

Park your right foot on the accelerator and you will feel some punch from this tiny engine. The acceleration is admirable and in case of heavy load, it does not feel strained at all. Plus, the great combination of the powertrain and transmission boasts both fuel spirited driving and decent fuel efficiency.

Accordingly, the Mobilio returns between 9.0 – 10.0 km/L in light city traffic while on the expressways, it averaged between 16.0 – 16.5 km/L. Housing more people will change these figures to 7.5 km/L and 14.0 km/L respectively. No matter where you move through, the MPV can deliver a quite smooth drive at all times. Other than that, you can shift the CVT to Sport Mode for sharper response and more fun-to-drive feeling.

Sorrowfully, there are no paddle shifters which are only given on the top-of-the-line RS.

Honda Mobilio 2018 engine

Under the sheet metal is Honda’s famed 1.5L L15Z1 inline-four engine with i-VTEC

With regards to handling, this MPV is relatively nimble in defiance of its “class-leading” length. Developed from the Brio platform, the Mobilio 2018 can deal with corners effortlessly. The steering is precise and sharp as well owing to an EPS (Electronic Power Steering) system. Nonetheless, this system lacked feedback due to a numb feel.

On the subject of ride quality, this is not the most comfortable people carrier, to be honest, but it’s not bad. In reality, it seems to be bouncy when traveling rugged roads. On the other hand, Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) should be bettered to enhance the overall ride comfort.

5. Honda Mobilio 2018 Review: Safety Features

Still coming fitted with dual front airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Speed-Sensing Door Locks and keyless entry, the 2018 Mobilio will certainly keep you protective in every day trip. Sadly, Hill-Start Assist (HSA) and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), which can be availed on the RS, are absent from the V and the reverse camera is, too.

Honda Mobilio 2018 airbags

The 2018 Mobilio will certainly keep you protective in everyday trip

6. Honda Mobilio 2018 Philippines: Price

The Honda Mobilio 1.5L V 2018 can be had at ₱948,000 (inclusive of new excise taxes already). Frankly, it is more expensive than the previous model but it’s more qualified. As a result, we think it’s worth that price. If you want more, pay more to get the RS.

Honda Mobilio 2018 Price Philippines
Model Price
2018 Honda Mobilio 1.5L E ₱874,000
2018 Honda Mobilio 1.5L V ₱948,000
2018 Honda Mobilio 1.5L RS Navi ₱1,058,000

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7. Honda Mobilio 2018 Philippines: Specifications

Name Honda Mobilio 1.5L V 2018
Body Type  MPV
Price ₱948,000
Transmission Type CVT
Dimensions & Weight
Length 4,386 mm
Width 1,683 mm
Height 1,603 mm(Without Antenna)
Wheelbase 2,652 mm
Ground Clearance 189 mm
Curb Weight 1,175 kg
Seating Capacity 7 people
Trunk Size
  • 223L
  • 470 L (3rd Row Folded)
  • 521 L (3rd Row Tumbled)
Tire Size 185 / 65 R15
Wheel Size & Type 15 x 5.5 Aluminum Alloy
Type Chain Drive SOHC i-VTEC 4 cylinder, 16-valve
Engine displacement (cc) 1,497
Max Power 120 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Max Torque 145 Nm @ 4,600 rpm
Transmission Earth Dreams Technology CVT
Drive-by-Wire Yes
Paddle Shifters No
Fuel Tank Capacity 42 L
Emission Rating EURO 4
Front MacPherson Strut and Coil Spring with Stabilizer
Rear Torsion Beam Axle and Coil Spring
Front Ventilated Discs
Rear Drum Type
Parking Brake Hand Brake
Gear Type Rack and Pinion
Power Steering Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Steering Wheel Material 3-Spoke Urethane with Silver Trim
Audio Controls Standard (Mode, Volume, and Channel)
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt
Turning Radius 5.2 m (At Wheel Center)
Head Lights Multi-Reflector Halogen
Position Light LED Guide Type
Fog Lights Yes
Side Turn Signal Lights Door Mirror Integrated
Tail Lamp Bulb Type
High-Mount Stop Lamp Yes, LED
Door Handles Body Color
Door Mirrors Body Color
Adjustment Power Adjustable
Antenna Micro Type
Front Wipers Intermittent with Washer
Rear Wiper Standard with Washer
Front Grille Chrome
Front Bumper Standard
Rear Bumper Standard
Tail Gate Spoiler No
Exhaust Pipe Finisher No
Side Sill Garnish No
Spare Tire 15 x 5.5 Steel
Audio System 7" Touchscreen
Connectivity Bluetooth, USB-in
Bluetooth Hands-Free Telephone & Audio Streaming
Speakers 4
Airconditioning System Manual Type with Digital Display
Rear With Independent Controls
Front Aircon Vent Panel Silver
Seat Material Black Fabric
Seats (Front) Sliding and Reclining with Adjustable Headrest
Seats (2nd Row) Sliding and Reclining, 60:40 Split Type (One Touch Fold-to-Tumble)
Seats (3rd Row) Reclining, 50:50 Split Type (Fold-to-Tumble)
Smart Entry with Push Start System No
Tachometer Yes
Speedometer Yes
Fuel Level Analog Type
Engine Temperature Warning Lamp
Fuel Consumption Meter Average Readout
Trip Meter LCD Type
Illumination Blue
Accessory Socket (12V) Yes
Dome Light Yes,  (Front and Rear)
Rear View Mirror Day & Night
Sunvisor Yes, ( Driver & Front Passenger Vanity Mirror)
Grab Rail 4
Inner Door Handles Interior Color
Door Panel Armrest Interior Color
Gear Shift Panel Silver
Power Windows Yes, (Auto UP/DOWN for Driver)
Power Door Locks Yes
Door Pocket Yes, (Front and Rear Doors)
Seatback Pocket Driver & Front Passenger
Bottle Holder 4
Cup Holder 5
Instrument Cluster Standard
Rear Windshield Defogger Yes
Safety & Security
Dual SRS Airbags Driver & Front Passenger
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Yes, with EBD
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) No
Hill Start Assist (HSA) No
Rear Camera with Guidelines No
Seatbelts (Front) 3 Pt. ELR
Seatbelts(Rear-2nd Row) 3 Pt. ELR x 3
Seatbelts(Rear-3rd Row) 3 Pt. ELR x 2
Seatbelt Reminder Driver & Front Passenger
G-CON Body Structure Yes
Child Safety Lock Yes
Child Seat Anchor (ISOFIX) Yes
Immobilizer Yes, With Security Alarm
Keyless Entry System Yes
Auto Door Lock Speed Sensing
Auto Door Unlock Shift to Park

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8. Honda Mobilio 2018 Philippines: Conclusion

If you enclose the Honda Mobilio for comparison against the Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Avanza, it still a far better MPV by packing higher levels of aesthetics, functionality, and power. With this 2018 Mobilio, the well-known Japanese car maker has actually made a class-beater fresher than ever.

At last, the Mobilio wins in its own game and hope that our Honda Mobilio 2018 Review wins your heart.