If you can already afford a ride with more real estate than your average starter hatch, there’s a good chance you already have (or are considering starting) a family of your own. Choosing your next ride isn’t just a matter of personal taste anymore, but a battle of practicality.
So, practicality then. If we’re talking MPVs or seven-seaters, both the all-new Toyota Avanza and refreshed Mitsubishi Xpander present themselves as viable value-for-money propositions. There are a handful of differences between the two models to consider, though.
One major factor to take into account is ride height. Yes, the Xpander’s extra clearance should come in handy for less-than-stellar road conditions—but the Avanza’s lower ride gives it an advantage when it comes to loading cargo and ease of entry for passengers.
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Then you have the two MPVs’ powertrains to consider. The Avanza gets a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 105hp and 138Nm of torque, while the Xpander comes equipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline with 103hp and 141Nm.
And, finally, the price. Let’s talk top-spec offerings here: The Mitsubishi Xpander 1.5 GLS AT will set you back P1,160,000 while the Avanza 1.5 G CVT costs P1,039,000.
We drive both MPVs to determine which one is the superior family transport in the Big Test video above. Do you agree with our pick? Let us know yours in the comments section.