Is the Mitsubishi Xpander's base variant a good deal?

And what's missing?
by Jason Tulio | Mar 2, 2018


The recently launched Mitsubishi Xpander comes in four variants: the base GLX MT, the GLX Plus AT, the GLS AT, and the top-of-the-line GLS Sport AT. We often get asked by readers about what the base variant of a popular vehicle has to offer, so we thought it was worth exploring what's been included (and left out) in the GLX MT. Pictured here is the GLX Plus AT (the only GLX on display at the launch) to give you a better idea. 

For one, the GLX MT's dimensions vary slightly. It's 5mm lower than the others at 1,695mm, and also has 5mm less ground clearance with 200mm. This is most likely due to its smaller 15in tires (higher variants get 16-inchers). Having a manual transmission, the base variant is naturally lighter than the rest at 1,220kg. Both GLX variants get a gloss black grille. 

Both the base manual and automatic get a three-spoke urethane tiller rather than a leather-wrapped one. However, audio and cruise controls, as well as tilt and telescopic adjustment, come standard across the range. 

Another thing missing on the base MT variant is the 7-inch touchscreen, though it's still equipped with Bluetooth connectivity. The GLX Plus AT pictured here and the other variants above it come with a touchscreen. In the manual, you also only get four speakers instead of six, and you miss out on the built-in GPS system. You don't get the Active Stability Control, Traction Control, or Hill Start Assist either—all of which can only be found on the GLS Sport AT.

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However, as one of the very few publications that have driven the manual variant, we can say that it is very good to drive. Shifting is a breeze and the clutch is pliant. No one wants to be stuck in traffic with a stick shift, but the Xpander's gearbox will ease the pain greatly. 

At P885,000 for the GLX MT (P960,000 for the GLX Plus AT), does the base Xpander tickle your fancy? 














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