Honda Mobilio vs Maruti Ertiga: Which one is for you?

Honda Cars India is revving high in Indian market grabbing 7.94 percent market share in 2013-14 fiscal. Thanks to its new diesel variant sedans, Amaze and new City, Honda has climbed up to claim fifth largest auto manufacturer in India for FY 2013/14. Both the said cars have proven to be segment toppers with class leading fuel efficiency too. In an attempt to claim the same in MPV segment, and to cater to Honda fans in need of a new 7 seater, Honda will launch its Mobilio MPV in India in the third quarter of this year i.e., between July and September.

Honda Mobilio vs Maruti ErtigaOnce launched, Honda Mobilio will compete with the segment leader, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Sales of Maruti Ertiga are expected to slide down when Mobilio comes out, just as sales of DZire were affected when Amaze was launched.

Mobilio has already been launched in Indonesia, where it has beaten Maruti Ertiga as far as sales are concerned. Last month, Honda sold more than 10,000 Mobilio’s and became second best selling MPV there, trumping Etriga. Will the same happen in India, or are there more Maruti lovers here than we think? Lets compare them for now and see how the odds are stacked.

Ertiga is available in petrol, diesel and CNG variants. Fiat’s 1.3 litre Multijet DDiS engine drives diesel version of Ertiga, while Suzuki’s 1.4 litre K-Series engine drives petrol and CNG variants. Both petrol and diesel models offer decent response to drive while carrying room full of passengers through city traffic, but the diesel engine lacks turbo until about 2000 rpm and causes sluggish ride. While CNG Ertiga is a little under powered by about 10 percent in terms of max. power and max. torque, it does perform well. Interiors seem to be designed swiftly (pun intended) but we got nothing much to complain on that front. Overall cabin room and leg room is appreciable. In short, Ertiga is very good as a 5 seater with good ride ergonomics and boot volume (third row folded and ignored).

Honda Mobilio vs Maruti Ertiga 1Mobilio on the other hand is driven by more powerful petrol and diesel engines that speak for themselves. Although diesel engine of Honda’s is not as refined as the petrol one, it does pack quite a heavier punch and is expected to be best in class in terms of fuel efficiency. Designed on Brio and Amaze’s platform, it will share same interiors. One can expect more legroom in Mobilio as Honda advertises to have shaped the dashboard in such a way and also the seats being built more concave. Also, boot volume is much more than Ertiga’s fancy one. In short, Mobilio will have all the hallmarks of Honda, starting from well refined engine, powerful ride, rich interiors, classy body lines and overall better value appeal.

Maruti Ertiga

Honda Mobilio

Specifications

Petrol

Diesel

CNG

Petrol

Diesel

Dimensions

Overall length (mm)

4,265

4,390

Overall width (mm)

1,695

1,610

Overall height (mm)

1,685

1,610

Wheel base (mm)

2,740

2,650

Front track (mm)

1,480

N/A

Rear track (mm)

1,490

N/A

Ground clearance (mm)

185

185

Turning radius (m)

5.2

5.2

Engine

Type

K-Series Petrol Engine with VVT

DDiS Diesel Engine

K-Series Petrol Engine with VVT

i-VTEC

i-DTEC DOHC

Displacement (cc)

1373

1248

1373

1498

1498

Number of cylinders

4

4

4

4

4

Number of valves

16

16

16

16

16

Fuel distribution

Multipoint Injection

CRDI (Common Rail Direct Injection)

MPI

MPFi

MPFi

Bore (mm) x Stroke (mm)

73 x 82

69.6 x 82

73×82

N/A

N/A

Maximum power (PS@rpm)

95 @ 6000

90 @ 4000

82 @ 6000

118 @ 6600

100 @ 3600

Maximum torque (Nm@rpm)

130 @ 4000

200 @ 1750

110 @ 4000

146 @ 4800

200 @ 1750

Emission

BSIV OBD-2

BSIV OBD-2

BS-IV OBD-2

N/A

N/A

Transmission

Type

5 speed manual transmission

5MT, AT

5MT

Weight

Gross vehicle weight (Kg)

1760

1845

1820

N/A

N/A

Steering

Steering type

Rack and Pinion

Rack and Pinion

Power steering type

EPS & Tilt

N/A

N/A

Brakes

Front

Disc

Disc

Rear

Drum

Drum

Suspension

Front

MacPherson Strut

McPherson Strut

Rear

Torsion Beam

Torsion Beam

Tyre Size

Steel (L&V Grade)

185/65R15

185/65R15

185/65R15

Alloy (Z Grade)

185/65R15

185/65R15

185/65R15

Capacity

Boot Volume (L)

135

135

N/A

200

200

Fuel tank capacity (L)

45

60

42

Seating capacity

7

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