Mitsubishi Xpander: Same price, other options

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Multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) offer the best of both worlds. Most MPVs ride and drive like a compact sedan, but with seats and space for seven people, and without the bulk of a midsize SUV.

Those are a few reasons why MPVs, like the Mitsubishi Xpander, are popular with families. Aside from the usual MPV qualities, the Xpander added good looks to the mix with its Dynamic Shield front fascia, with LED detail lamps that form "eyebrows" above the unusually placed headlamps.

The stylish MPV is moved by a 1.5-liter MIVEC mill that makes 103hp and 141Nm of torque, paired to a four-speed auto or five-speed manual transmission.

The Xpander's prices range from P1.008 million for the base manual model, to P1.255 million for the SUV-inspired Xpander Cross.

Will the Xpander's looks and spec enough to steal its competitors' sales?

Toyota Rush (P983,000 - P1.1 million)

Made from the start as a crossover, the Rush offers a raised ride height and SUV-esque body cladding. Its seven-inch touchscreen infotainment, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connections, make the model more car-like.

toyota rush
toyota rush

Suzuki XL7 (P1.073 million)

Basically an Ertiga on stilts, the body-cladded XL7 packs nifty safety features which include reversing sensors, the standard-equipped rearview camera and hill hold control.

XL7
XL7

Hill hold control is designed to prevent the XL7 from rolling backwards during standing starts on slopes. When the driver moves his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator, the brakes stay engaged for up to two seconds,

Maxus G50 (P948,000 - P1.338 million)

The G50 from the European-bred brand provides seating for eight, with a 2-3-3 seating configuration. A 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine nets 166 horses and 230Nm pulling power, which is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic.

maxus G50
maxus G50

2006 – 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero (from P1 million)

For the price of the Xpander, used examples of what's regarded as a luxury off-road icon can be had, if you're so inclined.

The Pajero is powered by a 3.2-liter turbocharged and intercooled VGT Di-diesel engine that puts out 189hp and 441Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a an INVECS-II 5-speed automatic with Sports Mode, aided by a Super Select four-wheel drive system that offers reliable off-road performance.

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mitsubishi_pajero_

The later-model Pajero features a 6.9-inch touchscreen interface, which links to a multi-media entertainment system with GPS navigation functions.

Interior comfort is provided by power-adjustable seats (10-way for driver, four-way for front passenger), rear aircon vents, audio and video jack, USB port, and genuine leather upholstery in its three row of seats.

Photos from Mitsubishi, Toyota, Suzuki, Maxus

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