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Aditya Chatterjee Aditya Chatterjee Wednesday 04 Feb 2015, 5:09 PM

The main purpose of multipurpose vehicles in India is to carry more passengers than a regular hatchback or a sedan as well as offer more convenience and practicality compared to the other two. While Toyota Innova is the best when it comes to MPVs, it is also more expensive and less efficient compared to the smaller displacement offerings. Maruti Suzuki had launched the Ertiga against the Toyota Innova as a cheaper and an efficient option for those wanting an MPV. It is not as spacious as the Innova but then can still carry many. If Maruti Suzuki knows the masses, it is Honda which leads the classes. The Mobilio was introduced as a direct rival against the Ertiga with premium and quality interiors and modern exteriors as its highlights.

Exterior and Interior Design: Honda Mobilio Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Designed on the same platform as the sedan Amaze and hatchback Brio, the Mobilio MPV shares many design cues with both the cars. The larger proportions of Mobilio make it look bigger. The chrome grille feels premium. Similarly, the new bumper and revised fog lamp housing give the Mobilio an impressive front stance. There are characteristic shoulder lines on the side profile. Making the interior cabin space greater than the Amaze is the longer wheelbase. Flared arches make it look strong and wide. Post the B-pillar, the design is completely new with a thunder bolt window line.

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Honda Mobilio Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
 

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga prefers to look more functional with lesser flamboyant lines compared to the Mobilio. It looks very similar to the Maruti Suzuki Ritz in a better way. The radiator grille along with the front bumper has been kept simple. The large headlights sweep back towards the side profile. It fails to strike a positive impression like the Mobilio and instead looks like an elongated hatchback. The same is the feel with the rear profile where again the Mobilio takes the lead. Overall, in terms of design the Honda Mobilio looks way better than the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.

Inside the Honda Mobilio, it replicates the front dashboard design of Brio and Amaze. The layout is not the best in the segment but still the quality of plastics feels upmarket. Honda used its famous “Man maximum Machine Minimum” philosophy to create enough space to occupy seven passengers. The knee room for front and second row of passengers is great while it is decent for the third row provided tall passengers don’t seat in the third row. Getting inside the third row is made easy with one touch drop seats and wide doors for the second row.

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Honda Mobilio Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
 

The interiors of Honda Mobilio are like any other Maruti Suzuki car especially the Swift. The front row offers adequate legroom and so does the second row. They are equally comfortable without being much of a pain in long journeys. The third row of seats lacks the necessary under though support and offers just enough room to seat children

Performance: Honda Mobilio Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Honda Mobilio petrol 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 Diesel Mobilio has a 1.5L i-DTEC engine which 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 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with a K-Series Petrol Engine with VVT. This 1373cc engine makes 95PS of power at 6000 rpm and a torque of 130Nm at 4000 rpm. The more efficient 1248cc DDiS Diesel Engine generates a power of 90 PS at 4000 rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm. Both the cars are offered in a five speed manual transmission.

Conclusion: Honda Mobilio Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Maruti Suzuki enjoys an image of being the most reliable car maker brand in India. To support the same, they have a vast spread dealership network in every possible city in India. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is thus an obvious choice looking for a practical compact MPV at a decent price. Honda Mobilio, known to the premium one, attracts the brand conscious urban consumers who want more in terms of design, features and performance.