Spec-sheet brawl: Toyota Hiace vs. Nissan NV350 Urvan

Take a look at both models’ commuter variants
by Drei Laurel | Feb 24, 2019
ILLUSTRATION: Teddy Garcia

When it comes to vans, we think the more seats, the merrier. There’s nothing quite like having the entire gang or family along for a long road trip. And if your barkada is composed of at least a dozen individuals, chances are you’ve considered purchasing a van’s commuter variant.

If we’re talking commuters, two names from Japanese car manufacturers immediately stand out: the Nissan NV350 Urvan and the Toyota Hiace.

The Hiace, which just received a full model change, carries a substantially higher price of  P1,590,000 compared with the Urvan’s P1,436,000 asking price. That’s a difference of over P160,000 in terms of upfront cost—not a sum budget-conscious buyers will scoff at.

The two 15-seater vans are similar aesthetically, both inside and out: Interiors prioritize capacity over comfort with fabric bench seats, and the exteriors carry a basic design with plenty of plastic bits.

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For that extra bit of dough, though, you do get a bit of added performance. The 2019 Toyota Hiace’s 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine is up on power and torque versus the Urvan’s 2.5-liter powerplant. But keep in mind that the Toyota is significantly larger than the Nissan it’s being compared to, which also makes it more difficult to park (though neither the Hiace nor the Urvan come with rear cameras).

Still not sure which commuter you’re siding with? Check out each one’s specs in the table below and let us know your pick via the poll.

Nissan NV350 Urvan 15-Seater Standard

Toyota Hiace Commuter Deluxe

Price (Philippine Peso) 1,436,000 1,590,000
Drive RWD RWD
Seating capacity 15 15
Engine 2.5-liter turbodiesel 2.8-liter turbodiesel
Power 127hp @ 3,200rpm 174hp @ 3,400rpm
Torque 356Nm @ 1,400-2,000rpm 420Nm @ 1,400-2,600rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 65 70
Transmission 5-speed manual 6-speed manual
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/drum Ventilated disc/drum
Front suspension Torsion bar with stabilizer MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Rigid axle with leaf spring Rigid axle, leaf spring
Wheels 15-inch steel with full cap 16-inch steel with full cap
Tires 195/70 R15 215/70 R16
Seats Fabric Fabric
Steering wheel Urethane Urethane with telescopic adjustment
Audio system 2-DIN, four speakers 2-DIN with Bluetooth, four speakers
Climate control Manual Manual
Backup camera N/A N/A
Airbags Driver Driver and passenger, center
Dimensions (mm) 4,695 x 1,695 x 1,990 5,265 x 1,950 x 1,990
Ground clearance (mm) 195 175
Wheelbase (mm) 2,555 3,210

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