Mighty MPVs: Hyundai Stargazer vs. Toyota Avanza vs. Mitsubishi Xpander

Mighty MPVs: Hyundai Stargazer vs. Toyota Avanza vs. Mitsubishi Xpander

Families seeking for a new vehicle have a lot of options today thanks to the all-new and updated MPVs offered by Toyota and Mitsubishi, the Avanza and Xpander, respectively. And today, adding to their already numerous choices is the Stargazer, which Hyundai has recently launched.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How many storage spaces are inside the 2022 Hyundai Stargazer?

    The 2022 Hyundai Stargazer features 31 storage spaces inside its seven-seat interior.
  • What styling updates can be seen in the 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander?

    The 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander gets subtle yet significant design tweaks such as a black grille, T-shaped headlights with LED DRLs and turn signals. The rear gets LED lights, too, along with a more chiseled bumper.
  • How does the 2022 Toyota Avanza''s Long Sofa Mode work?

    n this mode, the second-row seats fold to meet with the third-row's seat cushions to create, well, a sofa with a long seat cushion.
  • Styling

    The Avanza is already a household name, and this latest version looks the most handsome one to date. For starters, the 2022 Toyota Avanza is grabbing the attention of families with its trapezoidal front grille and LED lights up front, side character lines, and LED tail lamps.

    The Xpander is said to be a best-seller for Mitsubishi, and now benefits from styling updates as part of its mid-life refresh. The 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander gets subtle yet significant design tweaks such as a black grille, T-shaped headlights with LED DRLs and turn signals. The rear gets LED lights, too, along with a more chiseled bumper.

    2022 Toyota Avanza

    Mitsubishi Xpander mid profile shot

    Hyundai Stargazer

    With the 2022 Hyundai Stargazer, Hyundai Motor Philippines, Inc. (HMPH) is ushering in a new era in the local MPV market with futuristic styling, advanced driver assistance systems, and superior spaciousness and comfort. The Stargazer’s styling is easily its most obvious highlight. Influenced by Hyundai's “pioneering spirit,” a horizontal LED strip that runs across the fascia, a single-curved silhouette, and H-signature taillamp completes the Stargazer's visual identity.

    Convenience and safety features

    The 2022 Toyota Avanza is fitted with an eight-inch audio display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and USB ports. For safety, apart from reversing camera and sensors, the Avanza adds more advanced kit such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Camera Traffic Alert, Vehicle Stability Control, and six airbags.

    The interior of the 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander is largely similar to its pre-updated version, but with added gadgets such as a seven-inch infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, digital LCD A/C panel up front, as a larger console with a 12V outlet and USB port. Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) and Brake Auto Hold (BAH), Active Stability Control (ASC), Hill Start Assist (HAS), and Traction Control (TCL), and rear cameras and sensors make up the safety kit.

    toyota-avanza-2022

    Mitsubishi Xpander cockput inside from out

    Hyundai Stargazer

    A 4.2-inch TFT-LCD instrument cluster featuring a digital tachometer, speedometer, and fuel indicator is included with the 2022 Hyundai Stargazer. Additionally, the car has an eight-inch touchscreen display with wireless phone projection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six chargers, including a wireless power charger, are present, along with two device holders.

    The Stargazer also comes standard with Hyundai SmartSense, the brand's driver assistance system that ensures passenger and pedestrian safety. Hyundai SmartSense includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) — among many others.

    Interior flexibility

    For the five other passengers, they'll appreciate the 2022 Toyota Avanza's interior highlight called the Long Sofa Mode. In this mode, the second-row seats fold to meet with the third-row's seat cushions to create, well, a sofa with a long seat cushion. When cargo needs to be prioritized over passengers, the Avanza's rear seats fold flush with the cargo floor to create a flat loading area.

    The 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander caters to the second- and third-row occupants with two rear USB ports, rear A/C dial and louver with inviting colors, and cup holders on the seat armrest. Multi-function seat-back pockets and third row power outlets add to the creature comforts. The 2022 Xpander two rear rows also fold flat for cargo.

    2022 toyota avanza

    2022 Mitsubishi Xpander

    Hyundai Stargazer

    Aside from generous amounts for passenger room, the 2022 Hyundai Stargazer offers loads of spaces for various objects — a total of 31 storage spaces are integrated onto the dashboard, center console, seats, and door trims. These include the ledge under the front air vents, a movable cup holder guide for different beverage container sizes, the front row seat back table and pockets, and the luggage board that can be opened to better organize trunk items.

    Powertrain

    Helping the 2022 Toyota Avanza transport families and cargo are a pair of newly developed 1.5- and 1.3-liter engines, with the former producing 106hp and 138Nm of torque and the latter packing 98hp and 122Nm. The upper two Avanza variants use a CVT, while the remaining two use a five-speed manual.

    Amid all the exterior and interior changes, the 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander retains the running gear the model always had. That's a 1.5-liter 4A91 engine that makes 105hp and 141Nm of torque, and is mated to four-speed automatic transmission and five-speed manual options.

    2022 Toyota Avanza

    Mitsubishi Xpander quarter rear

    Hyundai Stargazer

    The 2022 Hyundai Stargazer is powered by a 1.5-liter Smartstream engine mated to Intelligent Variable Transmission (iVT). The engine, being Hyundai’s Smartstream unit, is the carmaker’s next-generation powertrain line created for improved airflow, effective combustion, and lower emissions that helps manage fuel consumption. It delivers 115ps of power and 144 Nm of torque, while the iVT is one of Hyundai's flagship proprietary technologies and is designed to shift gears more quickly and smoothly while achieving better fuel efficiency.

    To view the specs of these practical and stylish family vehicles, the respective spec sheets of their top-of-the-line variants are available below.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Hyundai Stargazer 1.5 GLS Premium IVT 

    Toyota Avanza 1.5 G CVT 

     

    Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5G AT

     

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,460

    4,395

    4,595

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,780

    1,730

    1,750

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,695

    1,700

    1,750

    Ground Clearance (mm)

    185

    190

    225

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,780

    2,750

    2,755

    Seating Capacity

    Seven

    Seven

    Seven

    Engine Model

    Smartstream G1.5

    2NR-VE

    4A91

    Engine Type

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

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

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

    Displacement (cc)

    1,497

    1,496

    1,499

    Maximum Power Output (ps/rpm)

    115/6,300

    106/6,000

    105/6,000

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    144/4,500

    138/4,200

    141/4,000

    Transmission

    IVT 

    CVT

    4-Speed Automatic 

    Drive

    Front Wheel Drive

    Front Wheel Drive

    Front Wheel Drive

     

    Fuel Tank (L)

    40

    43

    45

    Curb Weight (kg)

    N/A

    1,140

    1,260

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut 

    Rear: CBTA

    Front: MacPherson Strut 

    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

    Tires and Wheels

    16-Inch Alloy

    195/60 R16 Alloy

    205/55 R17 Alloy

    Headlamps

    LED

    Split-Type LED 

    T-Shape 

    Daytime Running Lights

    With 

    LED

    LED

    Front Fog Lamps

    Bulb

    With

    With

    Side Mirrors

    Power Adjust and Auto Retract

    Power Adjust and Auto Retract

    Adjust and Auto Retract

    Front Grille

    Black and Chrome Coating

    Material Black 

    Chrome 

    Panoramic Sunroof

    Without 

    Without

    Without

     

    Power Tailgate

    Without

    Without

     

    Without

     

    Seat Material

    Leatherette 

    Fabric Black and Brown Two Tone

    Fabric Black 

    Seat Type and Adjustment

    Driver: Manual Slide and Height Adjust

    Front Passenger: 4-Way Manual

    Second Row: 60:40 Split, Slide, and Recline

    Third Row: 50:50 Split Fold

    Driver: 4-Way Manual

    Front Passenger: 4-Way Manual

    Second Row: 60:40 Split, Slide with Long Sofa Mode and Recline

    Third Row: 50:50 Tumble and Long Sofa Mode

    Driver: 4-Way Manual

    Front Passenger: 4-Way Manual

    Second Row: 60:40 Split, Recline

    Third Row: 50:50 Tumble

     

    Seat Back Table

    With

    Without

    Without

    Information Display

    With 

    With

    With 

    Steering Wheel Material

    Urethane

    Urethane

    Leather

    Shift Knob 

    Urethane With Sequential 

    Urethane With Sequential 

    Urethane

    Steering Wheel Switch

    Audio

    Audio and MID

    Audio

    Sun Visors

    With Passenger Mirror

    With Passenger Mirror

    With Passenger Mirror

    Inside Door Handle

    Metal Paint

    Chrome

    Chrome

    Assist Grip

    Front: One

    Rear: Two

    Front: One

    Rear: Two

    Front: Two

    Rear: Four

    Door Trim

    Silver

    With Brown Accent

    With Silver Accent

    Glasses Case

    With

    With

    With

    Seat Back Pockets

    Driver and Passenger

    With

    With

    Deck Box

    Without 

    With

    Without

    Front Personal Lamp

    With

    With

    With 

    Room Lamp

    With

    With

    With

    Luggage Room Lamp

    With

    With

    With

    Keyless Entry

    With

    With

    With

    Push Start

    With

    With

    With

    Power Steering

    With

    With

    With

    Power Windows

    Driver Window with Jam Protect

    Driver Window with Jam Protect

    Driver Window with Jam Protect

    Power Door Locks

    Speed-Sensing

    Speed-Sensing 

    With 

    Air-conditioning System

    Manual 

    Manual Digital

    Manual 

     

    Audio Type

    8-Inch Display Audio ,USB (Front x1, Rear x2) Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, Android Auto

    8-Inch Display Audio ,USB, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, Android Auto

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

    Wireless Charging

    With

    Without

    Without

    Speakers

    Four + Two Tweeters 

    Four

    Four + Two Tweeters

    SRS Airbags

    Driver,  Passenger, Side, Curtain

    Driver,  Passenger, Side, Curtain Shield

    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)

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

    With

    With

    With

    Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)

    With

    With

    With

    Seatbelts

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Third Row: Three-point ELR (x2)

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter (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

    Emergency Brake Signal

    With

    With

    With

    Security System 

    With

    Toyota Vehicle Security System (TVSS)

    Immobilizer and Horn

    Safety Support

    Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Safe Exit Warning, Forward Collision Assist for Car and Pedestrian, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Manual Speed Limit Assist, Park Distance Warning, Rear View Monitor, Rear Seat Alert, Lane Following Assist 

    Reverse Camera and Clearance and Back Sonar, Rear Cross Traffic Alert

     

    Without 

    Blind Spot Monitor

    With

    With

    Without

    Cruise Control 

    Without 

    Without

    Without

    Available Body Colors

    Creamy White Pearl, Dragon Red Pearl, Midnight Black Pearl, Magnetic Silver Metallic 

    Greenish Gun Metal Mica Metallic, Silver Metallic 4, Black Metallic 1, Dark Red Mica Metallic

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

    PRICE

    P1.218 million (introductory price) 

    P1.059 million

    P1.180 million  

     

    Photos from Hyundai Motor Philippines Inc., Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp., Toyota Motor Philippines, Roy Robles and Kent Flores 

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