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2019 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: The better pick

2019 Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra: The better pick
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Two most popular and capable 7-seater SUVs that we currently have in our country has to be the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero Sport and Nissan Terra.

Montero Sport 2019 vs Nissan Terra

In an ever-growing and fiercely competitive segment, these two fellas have kept their names at the top of the list for many years now. This means they must be really good at what they do. But what happens when you put these two against each other? Let’s find out.

Exterior

2019 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

The 2019 model of the Montero Sport has been recently launched in the country. Mitsubishi has done some design changes to make the SUV look more modern and stylish. And features like redesigned alloy wheels, new rear spoiler, and a revised front fascia, indeed make the latest Montero Sport better-looking than the previous model.

Nissan Terra

However, it is the Nissan Terra that seems to have an upper hand here. It might not be as modern and stylish as the Montero Sport but it sure looks much mature and wise. Doesn’t it? Thanks to its tall SUV-like structure, large wheel arches, and an eye-catching front fascia, it also looks much more rugged than the Montero Sport.

Measurements

 Dimensions 2019 Montero Sport Nissan Terra
Length 4785 mm 4885 mm
Width 1815 mm 1865 mm
Height 1805 mm (with roof rails) 1835 mm
Wheelbase 2800 mm 2850 mm
Ground clearance 218 mm 225 mm
Approach angle 30 degrees 32.3 degrees
Departure angle 24.2 degrees  26.6 degrees

Interior

Whose interior is better?

Ans. When it comes to the interior, we have to say that the Montero Sport has a better cabin. Perhaps, one of the reasons for that could be the interior theme. Mitsubishi added a new OEM unit that supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the latest Montero Sport. Also, the new large 8-in TFT LCD instrument panel is a welcoming addition.

2019 Mitsubishi Montero Sport INTERIOR

On the other hand, the interior of the Terra kind of feels a bit outdated now even though it received a much-needed and updated large touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in its latest iteration. Also, elements like the silver accents on the centre console of the dashboard aren’t too attractive.

Terra Interior

One thing that is common in both the SUVs is the abundance of space. Both of them are 7-seater, provide plenty of room for the passengers in the second row, and decent space even for people in the last row.

Engine

Mitsubishi did not make any changes in the engine options of the 2019 Montero Sport. It continues to draw power from the same old 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine which churns out 181 PS and 430 Nm. Unlike before, there is no 4WD or AWD option as of now.

2019 Montero Sport engine

Nissan Terra specs tell that it runs on a similar engine. It has a 2.5-litre diesel unit with a variable turbocharger. It produces 190 PS of max power and 450 Nm of peak torque. The top-end variant of the Terra gets 4x4.

Nissan Terra engine

Engine Specs 2019 Montero Sport Nissan Terra
Configuration 2.4-litre turbo diesel with DOHC 2.5-litre DOHC, Variable Turbocharger (VGS) with Intercooler
Max power output 181 PS at 3500 rpm 190 PS at 3600 rpm
Max torque output 430 Nm at 2500 rpm 450 Nm at 2000 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 6-speed MT / 7-speed automatic w/ manual mode
4WD system N  Part-Time 4WD (2H/4H/4L)
Transfer Select Switch

Safety Features

Apart from the new exterior and interior features, the 2019 Mitsubishi Montero Sport specs also list a couple of new safety features that the company has added - lane-change assist (LCA) and rear-cross traffic alert (RCTA).

Mitsubishi Montero Sport safety

Nissan has got the ‘Nissan Intelligent Mobility’ safety system installed in the Terra. This is an advanced system that provides active safety features like Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, etc.

What are the other safety features of these SUVs?

Safety Features 2019 Montero Sport Nissan Terra
SRS airbags 6 or 2 6
Hill start assist Y Y
Hill descent control Y Y
Trailer stability control Y N
ABS with EBD Y Y
Brake assist Y Y
Intelligent Around View Monitor (AVM) N Y
Blind Spot Warning N Y
Intelligent Rear View Mirror N
Lane Departure Warning  N

 

Nissan Terra exterior

For us, it is the Nissan Terra that wins here. It looks like a complete package. Yes, the Montero Sport is more attractive to look at but it is not like that the Terra is hideous. It has its own style and looks. Plus, it comes with 4x4 capabilities which the Mitsubishi doesn’t right now.

Detailed Price Comparison-

2019 Montero Price & Variants Nissan Terra Price & Variants
GLS 2WD AT - Php 1.77 million 2.5 4X2 EL MT - Php 1.5 million
GT 2WD AT - Php 2 million 2.5 4X2 EL AT - Php 1.62 million
- 2.5 4X2 VE AT - Php 1.72 million
- 2.5 4X2 VL AT - Php 1.92 million
-  2.5 4X4 VL AT - Php 2.15 million

Also Read: 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport: First Impression

Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs Nissan Terra Comparison

Mitsubishi Montero Sport
  • ₱1.56 - ₱2.45 Million
Nissan Terra
  • ₱1.54 - ₱2.21 Million
Montero Sport vs Terra

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