Spec-sheet brawl: Toyota Avanza G CVT vs Mitsubishi Xpander GLS AT, GLX AT

Which new subcompact MPV is the best pick?
by Leandre Grecia | Mar 10, 2022
ILLUSTRATION: Leandre Grecia

It took one weekend to shake up the local subcompact-MPV segment. In a span of three days, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) unveiled the new Xpander and Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) launched the all-new Avanza.

Of course, with new arrivals as big as these, we’re going straight ahead with one of our spec-sheet brawls. For this comparo, we’ve picked the top-of-the-line Avanza 1.5 G CVT to go against the top-spec Xpander 1.5 GLS AT.

To add a little twist, we included the mid-tier Xpander 1.5 GLX AT variant that’s priced closer to its Toyota competitor. Just take note that for the specs of the Xpander, these are still subject to further changes as MMPC is still in its pre-selling phase.

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The engine options here are fairly similar. The Xpanders get a 1.5-liter MIVEC gasoline engine that generates 103hp and 141Nm of torque. The Avanza, meanwhile is powered also by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline mill capable of 105hp and 138Nm of torque. The differences between the two lie in their transmissions.


The Xpanders get traditional four-speed automatic gearboxes while the Avanza is now fitted with a new CVT. This new gearbox also came with a new front-wheel-drive layout, which means the drivetrains are now the same for all three vehicles here.

In terms of extra tech, all three come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Avanza gets a bigger eight-inch infotainment system compared with the Xpander’s seven-inch display, but the latter gets six speakers while the former gets only four.

In the safety department, the Avanza has the clear edge. It is now fitted with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, and it has six airbags to boot. The two Xpander variants get neither of the mentioned active safety features and both only have two airbags in total.

As for the price, the most expensive one here is the Xpander GLS AT which sells for P1,160,000. This is followed by the Xpander GLX AT at P1,090,000, and then by the Avanza G CVT at P1,039,000.

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So, are you going with the top-of-the-line Avanza or Xpander? Or do you think the mid-tier Xpander’s the better option? You can check out the specs of all three of these below. Tell us your pick in the survey afterwards.

Mitsubishi Xpander 1.5 GLX AT

Mitsubishi Xpander 1.5 GLS AT

Toyota Avanza 1.5 G CVT

Price (Philippine Peso) P1,090,000 P1,160,000 P1,039,000
Seating capacity 7 7 7
Engine setup 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline
Power (hp) 103 106 105
Torque (Nm) 141 140 138
Transmission 4-speed automatic 4-speed automatic CVT
Fuel tank capacity (L) 45 45 43
Brakes (front/rear) ventilated discs/drum ventilated discs/drum discs/drum
Wheels 17-inch alloys 17-inch alloys 16-inch alloy
Tires 205/55 R17 205/55 R17 195/60 R16
Front suspension MacPherson strut MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Rear suspension torsion beam torsion beam torsion beam
Seat material fabric fabric fabric
Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment yes/yes yes/yes yes/yes
Infotainment system 7-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker setup 7-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker setup 8-inch touchscreen, 4-speaker setup
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto yes/yes yes/yes yes/yes
Smart keyless entry no yes yes
Push-to-start ignition yes yes yes
Remote start no no no
Power trunk release no no no
Parking brake mechanical electronic with auto-hold mechanical
Automatic climate control no no no
Sunroof no no no
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution yes yes yes
Hill-start assist no yes yes
Tire-pressure monitoring no no no
Electronic stability control no yes yes
Traction control no yes yes
Cruise control yes yes no
Blind-spot monitoring no no yes
Rear cross-traffic alert no no yes
Parking assist reversing camera reversing camera reversing camera with rear parking sensors
Airbags 2 2 6
Dimensions (mm) 4,595 x 1,750 x 1,750 4,595 x 1,750 x 1,750 4,395 x 1,730 x 1,690
Wheelbase (mm) 2,775 2,775 2,750

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