Spec-sheet brawl: Suzuki XL7 vs. Mitsubishi Xpander Cross

Which of these two newcomers would you go with?
by Leandre Grecia | Apr 29, 2020
PHOTO: Juan Carlo Maala

In just the first quarter of 2020, the subcompact-SUV segment of the local market welcomed two new additions: the Suzuki XL7 and the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross.

While the Xpander Cross is merely a new variant—albeit a beefed-up version—of one of Mitsubishi’s popular nameplates, the XL7 is an entirely new model from Suzuki that’s poised to shake up the segment. That said, both were built with the same formula in mind: generous space, decent ground clearance, affordability, and seating for seven occupants. We’re putting these two newcomers head to head in this comparo, and you tell us what vehicle you’d pick if you had to choose between the two. Let’s get right to it.

In terms of engine specs, the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross edges out its competitor by just a razor-thin margin. This one packs a 1.5-liter four-cylinder MIVEC powerplant that produces 103hp and 141Nm, or just slightly more twist (at least on paper) than the Suzuki XL7’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder K15B motor that’s capable of 103hp and 138Nm. Both engines are mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

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The Xpander Cross also beats the XL7 in the ground-clearance department by just a bit—the former has 225mm of ground clearance, while the latter has only 200mm. To be fair, the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is a bigger vehicle, after all—it stands 50mm longer, 25mm wider, and 40mm taller than the XL7.

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On the other hand, the XL7 has a better entertainment setup. Its 10-inch infotainment system is significantly bigger than the 7-inch touchscreen display found on the Xpander Cross. Neither of the two setups, however, support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility.

It’s in pricing where the biggest disparity between the two can be seen. The Suzuki XL7 is priced at just P1,068,000, which is a noticeable drop from the Xpander Cross’ price tag of P1,255,000. All that said, we still find that these two promise great value for money no matter how you look at them, so we’ll just circle back to our initial question: Which do you think is the better option?

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You can check out the full specs of the two vehicles below, and share with us your verdict afterwards.

2020 Suzuki XL7

2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross

Price (Philippine Peso) 1,068,000 1,255,000
Seating capacity 7 7
Engine setup 1.5-liter 4-cylinder K15B engine 1.5-liter 4-cylinder MIVEC engine
Total system output (hp) 103 103
Torque (Nm) 138 141
Transmission 4-speed automatic 4-speed automatic
Fuel tank capacity (L) 45 45
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/drum Ventilated disc/drum
Wheels 16-inch alloy 17-inch alloy
Tires 195/60 R16 205/55 R17
Front suspension Independent MacPherson strut with coil spring Independent MacPherson strut with coil spring and stabilizer
Rear suspension Torsion beam with coil spring Torsion beam
Seat material Fabric Leatherette
Infotainment system 10-inch touchscreen 7-inch touchscreen
Steering wheel adjustment Tilt Tilt and telescopic
Push-start button Yes Yes
Cruise control No Yes
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution Yes Yes
Electronic Stability Control Yes Yes
Hill-start assist Yes Yes
Reversing camera Yes No
Dimensions (mm) 4,450 x 1,775 x 1,710 4,500 x 1,800 x 1,750
Wheelbase (mm) 2,740 2,775
Ground clearance (mm) 200 225
Curb weight (kg) 1,160-1,180 1,275

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