Brother from another Mother: Nissan Livina vs. Mitsubishi Xpander Comparo

Brother from another Mother: Nissan Livina vs. Mitsubishi Xpander Comparo

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you — the 2022 Nissan Livina really looks like a photo-copy result of the current Mitsubishi Xpander because, well, that’s what it is.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How much is the Nissan Livina?

    Pricing ranges from P1.029 million to P1.209 million across its four variants.
  • How much is the Mitsubishi Xpander?

    Pricing ranges from P1.05 million to P1.180 million across its four variants.
  • What are the differences between the Nissan Livina and Mitsubishi Xpander?

    The Nissan Livina wears the brand's signature V-shaped exterior details and features leather seats and brown fabric interior options. The Xpander now has Brake Auto Hold and cruise control, among other features.
  • In case you don’t know, Nissan and Mitsubishi are partners in the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance, with the two Japanese carmakers sitting under the same umbrella as the French company. By working together to develop engines and other crucial components, it’s believed the three automakers want to improve economies of scale through the Alliance and accelerate the time it takes to commercialize new cars. 

    And so in making the Livina, Nissan took a Mitsubishi Xpander, tweaked its styling to fit the brand’s design language, and gave it several features not found in the compact MPV launched a couple of years ago. What Nissan left unchanged, though, is the Xpander’s running gear. So now we’re given two family-friendly vehicles that are identical inside and slightly similar outside, but with essentially different names. It’s a case of po-tay-to po-tah-to. 

    But why should Nissan change the Xpander’s formula that proved to be successful in terms of sales? 

    The 2022 Nissan Livina wears its unique styling character elements, starting with the V-Motion grille bordered by a chrome detail that’s, well, shaped like the letter V. Like the vehicle it’s based on, the 2022 Nissan Livina’s rectangular headlamps sit under LED daytime running lights. the LED front under spoiler, the brand’s signature LED tail lamps, and daytime running lights.

    Nissan Livina (Photo by Roy Robles)

    Mitsubishi Xpander mid profile shot

    The 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander's front embraces a more horizontal form thanks to the addition of three-dimensional skid protectors. The newly installed black metallic radiator grille is noticeable, as is the headlight's familiar T-shape with redesigned LED daytime running lights (DRL) and turn signals.

    Going around the Nissan Livina, particularly its top-trim form, you’d notice that its front under spoiler, side running boards, and rear bumper are applied with silver details. Underneath all these are 16-inch silver alloy wheels. At the rear, the Xpander’s T-Shaped tail lights are given the V-shape LED touch that’s signature to Nissan models. 

    As the Mitsubishi Xpander wants to have an SUV image, it’s given new 17-inch wheels and side sill garnish as part of a midlife update. With the addition of uniform T-shaped tail lights to the bumper that’s been reshaped more angularly than before, the rear also displays an improved appearance.

    Nissan Livina

    Mitsubishi Xpander quarter rear

    Inside the top-of-the-line 2022 Nissan Livina VL, its leather seats distinguish this MPV from its twin sibling, as are the brown fabric seats in lower Livina variants. The Livina VL also comes with a Keyless Entry System and push button engine start and stop system. Standard fitment across the range are dial-type air conditioning systems, a seven-inch touchscreen display with an audio and handsfree phone control, multiple charging and connectivity ports console, 12 cup holders, and storage compartments around the interior. 

    Accents on the 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander’s fabric seats, which are also made of plush padding materials with actual stitches, complement the electronic parking brake (exclusive to the Xpander GLS).

    Thanks to the parking brake button, the cup holders on the console have been rearranged to be sideways and have a bigger circle. All of these are done to improve organization and make the most use of available space within the 2022 Xpander.

    In addition to sporting a more contemporary style, the tilt and telescopic steering wheel has been redesigned with a compact center to improve grip. A new meter cluster and dynamic opening image takes its place behind the steering wheel. 

    Nissan Livina

    Mitsubishi Xpander dashboard design

    Since these are family haulers, Nissan and Mitsubishi said the Livina’s and Xpander’s cabin offers generous space when the second- and third-row seats are in full capacity, and when these seats are folded to accommodate cargo. 

    At the back of the Xpander, rear USB ports in the second row now have one Type-A and one Type-C charger incorporated on the console's back. Additionally, there are now more enticing colors on the rear A/C dial and louver, and cup holders have been added to the seat armrest. All of these improve overall cabin ergonomics. 

    When the third-row is folded, the 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander’s cargo deck is flat with no gaps or protruding parts. It's now simpler to transport bikes, potted plants, or even furniture as needed. 

    Nissan Livina

    2022 Mitsubishi XpanderIn terms of safety, both the 2022 Nissan Livina and Mitsubishi Xpander are equipped with stability control, hill start assist, and reversing cameras. In the case of the 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander, it’s said to be the only vehicle in its class with cruise control that  helps drivers feel less fatigued on lengthy drives. What’s also found exclusively in the top-spec Xpander is the Brake Auto Hold (BAH) function. 

    Like we said, the Livina and Xpander are so similar, they share engine and transmission options. The MPVs are powered by a 1.5-liter engine with 103 horsepower and 141Nm of torque, and depending on variants, the engines are mated to a four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions. 

    Nissan Livina

    2022 Mitsubishi Xpander

    Maybe you can spot more differences between the two. Below, the spec sheets of the upper trim levels of the Livina and Xpander can help you do so. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

     

    Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT

     

     

    Mitsubishi Xpander GLX 1.5 AT

     

     Nissan Livina 1.5 VL AT  

    Nissan Livina 1.5 VE AT

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,595

     

    4,595

     

    4,510

    4,510

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,750

     

    1,750

     

     

    1,750

     

    1,750

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,750

     

    1,750

     

     

    1,700

     

    1,700

    Ground Clearance (mm)

    225

    225


     

    225

     


    225

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,755

    2,755

     

    2,755

     

    2,755

    Seating Capacity

    Seven

    Seven


     

    Seven

     


    Seven

    Engine Model

    4A91

    4A91

     

    4A91

     


    4A91

    Engine Type

    Four-cylinder, Inline, 16-Valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), with MIVEC

     

    Four-cylinder, Inline, 16-Valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), with MIVEC

     


    Four-cylinder, Inline, 16-Valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) 

     

    Four-cylinder, Inline, 16-Valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) 

    Displacement (cc)

    1,499

     

    1,499

     

     

    1,499

     

     

    1,499

    Maximum Power Output (ps/rpm)

    105/6,000

     

    105/6,000

     

     

    105/6,000

     

    105/6,000

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    141/4,000

     

    141/4,000

     


    141/4,000

     


    141/4,000

    Transmission

    4-Speed Automatic 

     

    4-Speed Automatic 

     

     

    4-Speed Automatic  

     

    4-Speed Automatic  

    Drive

    Front Wheel Drive

     

    Front Wheel Drive

     

    Front Wheel Drive

     

    Front Wheel Drive

    Fuel Tank (L)

    45

     

    45

     

     

    45

     

    45

    Curb Weight (kg)

    1,260

    1,255

    1,250

    1,245

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut  Coil Spring with Stabilizer

    Rear: Torsion Beam 

     

    Front: MacPherson Strut  Coil Spring with Stabilizer

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Front: MacPherson Strut  Coil Spring with Stabilizer

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Front: MacPherson Strut  Coil Spring with Stabilizer

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Drums

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Drums

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Drums

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Drums

    Tires and Wheels

    205/55 R17 Alloy

     

    205/55 R17 Alloy

     

     

    205/55 R16 Alloy

     

     

    205/55 R16 Alloy

    Headlamps

    T-Shape 

     

    T-Shape 

     

    Multi-Reflector Halogen

    Multi-Reflector Halogen

    Daytime Running Lights

    LED

    Standard


     

    LED 

     

     

    LED

    Front Fog Lamps

    With

    With 

    With

    With

    Side Mirrors

    Power Adjust and Auto Retract

     

    Power Adjust 

     

    Chrome Power Adjust and Auto Fold 

     

    Body Color Power Adjust and Auto Fold 

    Front Grille

    Chrome 

    Chrome 

    Chrome V-Motion

    Chrome V-Motion 

    Seat Material

    Fabric Black 

     

    Fabric Black 

     

     

    Leather Black 

     

    Brown Fabric 

    Seat Type and Adjustment

     

    Driver: 4-Way Manual

    Front Passenger: 4-Way Manual

    Second Row: 60:40 Split, Recline

    Third Row: 50:50 Tumble

     

    Driver: 4-Way Manual

    Front Passenger: 4-Way Manual

    Second Row: 60:40 Split, Recline

    Third Row: 50:50 Tumble


    Driver: 4-Way Manual

    Front Passenger: 4-Way Manual

    Second Row: 60:40 Split, Recline

    Third Row: 50:50 Tumble


    Driver: 4-Way Manual

    Front Passenger: 4-Way Manual

    Second Row: 60:40 Split, Recline

    Third Row: 50:50 Tumble

    Seatback Table

    Without

     

    Without

     

     

    Without

     

    Without

    Information Display

    With 

    With

    With  Color LCD

    With Monotone LCD

    Steering Wheel Material

    Leather

    Urethane

    Leather with Tilt and Telescopic 

    Urethane with Tilt and Telescopic

    Shift Knob 

    Urethane

    Urethane 

    Urethane

    Urethane

    Steering Wheel Switch

    Audio

     

    Audio

     

    Audio and Handsfree Phone 

    Audio and Handsfree Phone

    Sun Visors

    With Passenger Mirror

     

    With Passenger Mirror

     


    With Passenger Mirror

     


    With Passenger Mirror

    Inside Door Handle

    Chrome

    Chrome

    Chrome

    Chrome

    Assist Grip

    Front: Two

    Rear: Four

    Front: Two

    Rear: Four

    Front: Two

    Rear: Four

    Front: Two

    Rear: Four

    Door Trim

    With Silver Accent

    With Silver Accent

     

    With Silver Accent

     

    With Silver Accent

    Glasses Case

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Seat Back Pockets

    With

    With 

    With

    With

    Deck Box

    Without

    Without

    Without  

    Without

    Front Personal Lamp

    With 

    With 

    With

    With

    Room Lamp

    With

    With

    With

    With 

    Luggage Room Lamp

    With

    With

    With 

    With 

    Keyless Entry

    With

    With

    With

    With 

    Push Start

    With

    Without

    With

    Without

    Parking Brake

    Electronic

    Pull-Type 

    Pull-Type

    Pull-Type

    Brake Auto Hold

    With

    Without

    Without

    Without 

    Power Steering

    With

    With

    With 

    With

    Power Windows

    Driver Window with Jam Protect

    Driver Window with Jam Protect

     

    Driver Window with Jam Protect

     

    Driver Window with Jam Protect

    Power Door Locks

    With 

    With

    With

    With

    Air-conditioning System

    Manual with Button Controls

     

    Manual

    Dial-Type

    Dial-Type

    Audio Type

    7-Inch Touchscreen ,USB, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, Android Auto

     

    7-Inch Touchscreen ,USB, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, Android Auto

     

    7-Inch Touchscreen ,USB, Bluetooth, Phonelink

    7-Inch Touchscreen ,USB, Bluetooth, Phonelink

    12V Charging Port

    Dashboard (x1), Center Console (x1), Rear (x1)

    Dashboard (x1)

    Dashboard (x1), Center Console (x1), Rear (x1)

    Dashboard (x1), Center Console (x1), Rear (x1)

    Speakers

    Four + Two Tweeters

    Four 

    Four + Two Tweeters

    Four

    SRS Airbags

    Driver, Front Passenger

    Driver, Front Passenger

     

    Driver, Front Passenger

     

    Driver, Front Passenger

    Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

    With Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

     

    With Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

     

     

    With Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

     

     

    With Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Seatbelts

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Third Row: Three-point ELR (x2)

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Third Row: Three-point ELR (x2)

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Third Row: Three-point ELR (x2)

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Third Row: Three-point ELR (x2)

    Child Restraint System

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

     

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

     

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

    Emergency Brake Signal

    With

    With

    With

    With 

    Security System 

    Immobilizer and Horn

     

    Immobilizer and Horn

     

     

    Immobilizer and Horn

     

     

    Immobilizer and Horn

    Parking Support

    With (Reversing Camera) 

    Without

    With (Reversing Camera) 

     

    With (Reversing Camera) 

    Blind Spot Monitor

    Without

    Without

    Without 

    Without

    Cruise Control 

    With

    Without

    Without

    Without 

    Available Body Colors

    Blade Silver Metallic, Graphite Gray, Quartz White Pearl, Red Metallic 

    Blade Silver Metallic, Graphite Gray


     

    Royal Ruby Red, Diamond Pearl White, Onyx Black, Platinum Silver Blade Silver Moonstone 

     


    Royal Ruby Red, Diamond Pearl White, Onyx Black, Platinum Silver Blade Silver Moonstone

    PRICE

    P1.180 million  

    P1.110 million  

     

    P1.209 million  

     


    P1.149 million  

     

    Photos from Nissan Philippines Inc., Mitsubishi Motor Philippines Corp., and Roy Robles

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