Compact crowd carriers: Mitsubishi Xpander vs. Suzuki Ertiga

Compact crowd carriers: Mitsubishi Xpander vs. Suzuki Ertiga

Sedans, while offering a secure cargo area, may be too small for a big family. On the other hand, midsize SUVs offer an extra row of seats, but some may find these vehicles' general size too bulky to be a daily driver. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the advantages of multi-purpose vehicles like the Mitsubishi Xpander and Suzuki Ertiga?

    The Xpander and Ertiga are not much bigger than a sedan, but can accommodate seven passengers like an SUV.
  • How much is the Xpander and Ertiga?

    The Xpander range goes from P1.008 million to P1.138 million, while the Ertiga retails for between P763,000 and P923,000.
  • Multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs), then, offer the blend of the best parts of sedans and SUVs. MPVs carry the car-like style, size, and ride comfort of regular cars, as well as the seating and space for seven people and their belongings. 

    The Mitsubishi Xpander is among the well-known vehicles in its class, so much so that Mitsubishi boasted it as the best-selling MPV in the local market. 

    It's easy to see the Xpander as a product of the Japanese make, and difficult to mistake the car for anything else. The Xpander wears an eye-catching look, starting with its Mitsubishi's signature Dynamic Shield front end, which consists of crisscrossing grille details and sleek headlights. 

    Mitsubishi XpanderMitsubishi Xpander Black Series

    On the side, the Xpander's highlights include chiseled fenders, a deep character line, and an upward kink at the rear window. The rear is equally as stylish, featuring an extension of that character line and L-shaped LED tail lights. 

    The Xpander Black Series, meanwhile, is basically a top-spec Xpander GLS that wears, well, all-black wheels and grille surrounds. 

    Whichever Xpander variant families go for, they will be treated to an interior that packs leather- or fabric-lined seating for seven, Bluetooth-capable infotainment, and many charging ports. Another family-friendly feature is the Xpander's four-star safety rating from the crash tests conducted by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP).

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    Meanwhile, the Suzuki Ertiga isn't to be outdone. Suzuki's MPV sits on the Heartect platform, which aims to mix safety, refinement, and fuel efficiency at their highest levels. 

    The Ertiga presents a cleaner look, with headlights that simply flow to the grille. Below the headlights are fog lights, which are housed within blacked-out panels. The sides follow the simple look, with subtle creases and an upright window shape. 

    Suzuki ErtigaSuzuki All New Ertiga

    Making the Ertiga's overall appearance complete and classy are tall tail lights, and chrome accents. These styling characteristics are seen in all Ertiga variants, which by the way, use 15-inch steel wheel with full wheel cover for the base GA, and 15-inch alloy for the GL. 

    Inside, the Ertiga offers families the expected equipment such as numerous storage compartments, rear air-conditioning system, and sliding second-row seats. For safety, the Ertiga's frame can efficiently absorb impact energy in the event of a collision.  Dual airbags and seatbelts for all seven ensure safer journeys, too. 

    Suzuki Ertiga Black Edition

    The Xpander Black Series and Ertiga GL AT are touted to be the best variant among their nameplates. A spec check of the two models will prove true their positioning. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Mitsubishi Xpander Black Series

    Suzuki Ertiga GL AT

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,475

    4,395

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,750

    1,735

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,730

    1,690

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,775

    2,740

    Minimum Turning Radius (m)

    5.2

    5.2

    Minimum Ground Clearance (mm)

    205

    180

    Engine Model

    4A91

    K15B

    Number of Cylinders

    4

    4

    Displacement (cc)

    1,499

    1,462

    Maximum Output (hp / rpm)

    103/ 6,000

    103 / 6,000

    Maximum Torque (Nm / rpm)

    141/ 4,000

    138 /4,400

    Fuel Supply System

    Multipoint injection

    Multipoint injection

    Transmission Type

     

    Four-speed Automatic Transmission

     

    Four-speed Automatic Transmission

    Valve Train

    DOHC 16V with MIVEC

    DOHC 16V with Intake VVT

    Compression Ratio

     10.5

    10.5

    Braking System

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Drum, leading and trailing

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Drum, leading and trailing

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut with Coil Spring and Stabilizer

    Rear: Torsion Beam with Coil Spring

    Front: MacPherson Strut with Coil Spring

    Rear: Torsion Beam with Coil Spring

    Tire Specifications

     205/55 R16

    185 / 65 R15

    Wheels

     Alloy Black

    Alloy

    Seating Capacity

     7

    7

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

     45

    45

    Gross Vehicle Weight (kg)

     1,790

    1,695 - 1,710

    Headlamps

     

    Halogen Projector on High Beam, Halogen Multireflector on Low Beam

     

    Halogen Projector on High Beam, Halogen Multireflector on Low Beam

    Front Fog Lamps

     With

    With

    Outside Door Mirrors

     Black

    Body-colored

    Wipers

    Front: Two Speeds Low, High + Intermittent + Washer

    Rear: One Speed + Intermittent + Washer

    Front: Two Speeds Low, High + Intermittent + Washer

    Rear: One Speed + Intermittent + Washer

    Outside Door Handle

     Black

    Chrome

    Tailgate Garnish

     Black

    Chrome

    Rear Combination Lamps

     LED

    LED Type with Light Guides

    Instrument Panel

     

    Tachometer, Segment Display, Clock, Outside Temperature, Fuel Consumption, Driving Range

     

    Tachometer, Segment Display, Clock, Outside Temperature, Fuel Consumption, Driving Range

    Seatbelt Warning

     

    Driver and Front Passenger, Lamp

     

    Driver and Front Passenger, Lamp

    Door Ajar Reminder

     With

    With

    Key Reminder

     With

    With

    Light-off Reminder

     With

    With

    Low Fuel Warning

     With

    With

    Seat Upholstery Material

     Gray Fabric 

    Fabric with Shiny Brown Diagonal Strips

    Driver Seat

     

    Slide and Recline with Height Adjuster and Head Restraint

     

    Slide and Recline with Height Adjuster and Head Restraint

    Front Passenger Seat

     

    Slide and Recline with Head Restraint

     

    Slide and Recline with Head Restraint

    Second Row Seats

     

    60:40-split Single Folding; Slide and Recline with Separate-type Head Restraints

     

    60:40-split Single Folding; Slide and Recline with Separate-type Head Restraints

    Third Row Seats

     

    50:50-split Tilt Down Folding with Separate-type Head Restraints

     

    50:50-split Tilt Down Folding with Separate-type Head Restraints

    Steering Wheel

     

    Three-spoke Leather Covered with Gloss Black Accent

     

    Three-spoke Leather Covered

    Steering Column

     Tilt Adjust

    Tilt Adjust

    Shift Knob

     Black

    Brown with Satin Chrome

    Inside Door Handles

     Chrome

    Chrome

    Sun Visors

     

    With Vanity Mirror on Passenger’s Side

     

    With Vanity Mirror on Passenger’s Side

    Assist Grips

     

    Front Passenger and Second Row

     

    Front Passenger and Second Row

    Cup and Bottle Holders

     8

    8

    Power Steering

     With

    With

    Keyless Push Start System

     With 

    With

    Audio

     

    7-inch Multimedia Audio Touchscreen with USB, Bluetooth Connectivity, MP3, Aux-In, Mirror Link

     

    10-inch Multimedia Audio Touchscreen with USB and Bluetooth Connectivity

    Speakers

     Six

    Four

    Accessory Outlet

     With

    With

    SRS Airbags

     

    Driver and Front Passenger

     

    Driver and Front Passenger

    Seatbelts

     

    Front: Three-point ELR Seatbelts with Pretensioners and Force Limiters

    Second Row: Three-point ELR Seatbelts x2 with Center Two-point Lapbelt

    Third Row: Three-point ELR Seatbelts x2

     

    Front: Three-point ELR Seatbelts with Pretensioners and Force Limiters

    Second Row: Three-point ELR Seatbelts x2 with Center Two-point Lapbelt

    Third Row: Three-point ELR Seatbelts x2

    Isofix Child Seat Anchorages

     With

    With

    Child Seat Tether Anchorages

     With

    With

    Childproof Door Locks

     With

    With

    Side Impact Door Beams

     With

    With

    Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

     

    With Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) Function

     

    With Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) Function

    High Mount Stop Lamp

     LED Type

    LED Type

    Rear Parking Sensors

     With

    With

    Reverse Camera

     Without

    With

    Anti-theft System

     

    Immobilizer and Security Alarm

     

    Immobilizer and Security Alarm

    Available Body Colors

     Jet Black Mica, Quartz White Pearl

    Magma Gray Metallic, Glorious Brown Pearl, Silky Silver Metallic, Snow White Pearl, Radiant Pearl Red, Burgundy Red Pearl, and Cool Black Pearl Metallic

    PRICE

     P1.138 million

    P923,000

     

    Photos from Suzuki Philippines and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. 

     

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    Mitsubishi Xpander vs Suzuki Ertiga Comparison

    Mitsubishi Xpander
    • ₱1.008 - ₱1.138 Million
    Suzuki Ertiga
    • ₱763,000 - ₱923,000
    Xpander vs Ertiga

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