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Aditya Chatterjee Aditya Chatterjee Thursday 19 Mar 2015, 3:16 PM

Not many are aware but Honda first launched the Mobilio in 2001. It was under production for seven long years before getting discontinued and being replaced by Freed. The Mobilio brand was recently resurrected in India by launching its second generation version based on the Brio platform. It is a first from the self claimed premium car manufacturer in India. This niche styled MPV was conceived with a clear intention to make an upmarket MPV to compete against erstwhile leader Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Datsun Go+, based on the Go Hatchback, is again an MPV which takes on hatchbacks with its entry level pricing and smart convenience. Datsun prefers calling the Go+ a smart family wagon instead of a proper MPV.

Exterior and Interior Design: Datsun Go+ Vs Honda Mobilio

Since the Honda Mobilio is based on the same platform as the hatch and sedan, it clearly reminds of the two when seen from front. It is only the finer details are considered the MPV looks larger in profile. The front bumper gets a two tone finish with the central rib section done in black. It gets sporty winged housings to surround the fog lamps.

Datsun Go+ Vs Honda Mobilio
Datsun Go+ Vs Honda Mobilio

The Datsun GO+ is a stretched form of the Go hatchback but doesn’t look odd as Datsun made sure it looks well proportioned when seen from any side. It gets similar stubby radiator grille with a chrome garnish. The roofline has a subtle drop along the length. It is only the tyres which fail to create an impressive addition to the otherwise not so dull profile. Even the rear profile of the GO Plus looks decently styles.

The trims and seats offered in Honda Mobilio feel plush. Borrowing cues and lines from Brio hatch, it feels a similar territory. The second row seating is more comfortable than the Ertiga while the third row can squeeze in an average sized adult without much of discomfort. It is best when the third row is folded as it offers a generous 521L of cargo space. Even the front and rear seats have been designed to offer more legroom to the following zone passengers.

Interiors of Datsun Go+ are basically for the const conscious and space seeking group. They have been carried over from the hatchback without any significant change. The trims and lines look dated and basic. The third row seat cannot accommodate anyone remotely close to the average size but only for kids and luggage.

Performance: Datsun Go+ Vs Honda Mobilio

The Honda Mobilio has a 1.5L i-VTEC engine which produces 119 PS of power at 6600 rpm and a torque of 145Nm at 4600 rpm. This petrol engine comes in a 5 speed manual transmission only. The 1.5L i-DTEC engine makes a power of 100PS and a torque of 200Nm at 1750 rpm. This one too like the petrol comes in a five speed manual transmission. The Go+ comes with the same three cylinder engine with a displacement of 1198cc which makes 68PS of power and 104Nm of torque and also comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. It is the same engine as seen on the Micra Active except for this one is differently tuned to make it peak at a lower engine speed.

Datsun Go+ Vs Honda Mobilio
Datsun Go+ Vs Honda Mobilio

Conclusion: Datsun Go+ Vs Honda Mobilio

It is clear from the above that if you are looking for a budget solution to a hatchback, the Go+ will make more sense considering it offers more space and practicality than  a hatchback without being overly sized. The only negative on the Go+ is the quality of interiors which alone form a discouraging point. Also, as the competition has got fierce, there are better options available for the same price. The Honda Mobilio is for the premium seeking generation. The main attraction is the brand itself as Honda commands an aspirational value among many. These 2 vehicles sit at the extremes of price range and offer characteristic features.