Seven seaters are really very useful. They can be a little bus or a big hatchback, or a van; you take your pick. With the back seat removed the ‘boot’ becomes large.
With the second and third rows either folded down or even removed the car becomes a little van.
I haven’t tested the Xylo or Suzuki Ertigo yet but I can say the Mobilio is a step up from Toyota’s Avanza. It feels and looks more classy, yet they cost more or less the same.
Its got a good ground clearance of 188mm and is wide enough for general light cargo duties. This translates to 223 dm3 of cargo with all seats being used, which increases to 521 dm3 with the third row folded down.
The engine is very utilitarian though, it does the job but without much flair getting to 140km/h on a long straight or slight downhill. Fuel consumption is around 7 litre/100km. Actually, driving it around town is fine.
The cabin is comfortable and practical with loads of storage spaces and fairly comfortable cloth covered seats.
Standard features include central locking, electric front and rear windows, height-adjustable headlights, air conditioner and tilt-adjustable steering wheel.
This mini-MPV has been well executed. The package works and feels much more upmarket than the Avanza, I thought.
This is a very practical vehicle for a small business or a growing family. It feels more like a car than a van and is passenger orientated.
You can fit a lot of luggage if you fold the third row of seats down or keep it up and seven people fit easily. Preferably fit children in the back row. Space is at a premium back there, especially for your knees. Its a bit like SAA cattle class.
The Mobilio Trend costs R188 000, while the better specced Comfort costs R207 900 in manual and R224 300 in automatic form.
The Mobilio comes with a 3 year or 100 000km warranty. A service plan is included.
Also look at the Toyota Avanza, Suzuki Ertiga or Mahindra Xylo.