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The recently launched Mitsubishi Xpander is a newcomer to a segment that can somewhat be attributed to the Honda BR-V. When the Honda launched it in late 2016, it was a bit confusing to categorize it in a particular segment. Was it an SUV? An MPV? A really big crossover? 

It was, it turns out, something between an SUV and an MPV. Smaller than a Toyota Innova, but larger than an Avanza. With the departure of AUVs like the Mitsubishi Adventure and Isuzu Crosswind, vehicles like the BR-V and Xpander are their spiritual successors, people haulers designed for the Asian market that are still within many people's budgets. 

So how does the newcomer stack up against the pioneer? Both run on 1.5-liter gasoline engines, deliver power to their front wheels, and seat seven people. Here we compare the two variants that are nearly identical in price. Check out our table below and give us your verdict in the comments. 

MITSUBISHI XPANDER
ULTIMATE AT
HONDA BR-V S CVT
MODULO
PRICE
(PHILIPPINE PESO)
1,060,000 1,072,000
DRIVE FWD FWD
SEATING CAPACITY 7 7
ENGINE 1.5-LITER DOHC 1.5-LITER SOHC
POWER 103HP @ 6,000RPM 118HP @ 6,600RPM
TORQUE 141NM @ 4,000RPM 145NM @ 4,600RPM
TRANSMISSION FOUR-SPEED AUTOMATIC CVT
BRAKES (front/rear) DISC/DRUM DISC/DRUM
FRONT SUSPENSION MACPHERSON STRUT MACPHERSON STRUT
REAR SUSPENSION TORSION BEAM TORSION BEAM
WHEELS 16-INCH TWO-TONE
ALLOY
16-INCH
ALLOY
TIRES 205/55 R16 195/60 R16
AIRBAGS DRIVER AND PASSENGER DRIVER AND PASSENGER
HILL START ASSIST YES YES
GROUND CLEARANCE (mm) 205 201
DIMENSIONS (mm) 4,475 X 1,750 X 1,700 4,453 X 1,735 X 1,665
WHEELBASE (mm) 2,775 2,662

Jason Tulio
Staff Writer
Like most guys, Jason inherited his love for cars from watching his dad talk about and tinker with them while he was growing up. Since then, he has leveled up into the roles of motoring journalist/wannabe mechanic/concerned motorist.
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