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Mitsubishi Xpander: Which is better, manual or automatic?

Mitsubishi Xpander: Which is better, manual or automatic?

Mitsubishi Xpander is a 7-seater MPV that was introduced in our shores back in 2018. It was marketed by Mitsubishi as a fuel-efficient, family vehicle with a sharp-enough design that could fit just about any lifestyle.

Mitsubishi Xpander exterior

The Dynamic Shield design on the front fascia, bumper-embedded headlights and the overall styling of the Xpander will make you do a double-take cause it can sometimes be mistaken for a Montero Sport. The Xpander is offered in four variants—one manual and three automatic: GLX 1.5G Manual, GLX Plus 1.5G AT, GLS 1.5G 2WD AT, and GLS Sport 1.5G 2WD AT. So which variant is best suited for you? Let’s find out by looking at what separates the manual from the automatic models besides the transmission.

Mitsubishi Xpander engine & specs

Mitsubishi Xpander specs sheet come with the same 4A91 1.5- liter in-line 4 DOHC 16-valve with MIVEC diesel engine for all models that deliver 105 hp of maximum power at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm and are mated to either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. All Xpander also has 45 liters fuel tank capacity and an electronic controlled multi-point injection (ECI-MULTI) fuel system.

Mitsubishi Xpander engine

Other general specifications that are similar across all Xpander variants are:

Dimensions

Overall Length

4,475 mm

Overall Width

1,750 mm

Wheelbase

2,775 mm

Tread (front/rear)

1,520/ 1,510

Interior length

2,840

Interior width

1,411

Gross vehicle weight

1,780 kg

The difference comes in terms of overall height with the automatic variants at 1,700 mm which is 5 mm higher than the manual version. The minimum ground clearance for automatic is also 5 mm higher at 205 while the manual variant is at 200 mm. The curb weight for the GLS and GLS Sport is at 1,240 kg; the GLX Plus is at 1,235 kg; while the GLX is at 1,220 kg.

Mitsubishi Xpander engine

Mitsubishi Xpander safety

In terms of passive and active safety features and driver-assist systems, the Xpander has the essentials to truly make it a family-friendly vehicle.

Features

Manual

Automatic

Front SRS Airbags

YES

YES

3 pt. ELR Seatbelts

YES

YES

Active Stability Control (ASC)

NO

YES

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

YES

YES

Cruise Control

YES

YES

Hill Start Assist (HSA)

NO

YES

ISOFIX

YES

YES

Traction Control (TCL)

NO

YES

Tether Anchors

YES

YES

GPS Navigation

NO

YES

 

Mitsubishi Xpander safety

ASC, TCL, and HAS are available only on the GLS Sport variant but all automatic variants are equipped with GPS navigation.

Mitsubishi Xpander features

Other notable specs and features of the Mitsubishi Xpander are:

Features

Manual

Automatic

Brakes (front/rear)

Disc/Drum

Disc/Drum

Tires

185/65 R15

205/55 R16

Wheels

15-inch x 5.5J Alloy

16-inch x 6.5J Two-tone Alloy

Gear Type

Rack and Pinion

Rack and Pinion

Power Steering

Electronic- type

Electronic- type

Steering Wheel

Multi-function leather-wrapped

Multi-function Urethane

 

Mitsubishi Xpander interior

In terms of the infotainment system, the GLS and GLS Sport trim comes standard with 6-speakers including 2 tweeters, 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity with mirror link, and the basic 2 DIN tuner, USB and Aux-in ports. The only difference on the GLX Plus is it has a smaller touchscreen at 6.9-inch and is only equipped with 4 speakers. The basic GLX MT, on the other hand, has the basic 2 DIN tuner, USB and Aux-in ports only and 4 speakers.

 

Mitsubishi Xpander colors

The Mitsubishi Xpander comes in 5 color variants:

  • Titanium Gray
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Sterling Silver Metallic
  • Quartz White Pearl
  • Red Metallic

The Quarts White Pearl is exclusive to automatic trims while the Red Metallic is solely available to the GLS and GLS Sport variant.

Mitsubishi Xpander colors

In terms of accessories, the top trim GLS Sport comes standard with front, side, and rear air dams which is an add-on option to other variants. Other genuine accessories available for more porma are:

  • Muffler cutter
  • Door mirror cover
  • Hood emblem
  • Luggage mat

Mitsubishi Xpander prices

The price range for the Mitsubishi Xpander is quite affordable for an MPV as compared to buying an SUV with the same seating capacity as the Mitsubishi Montero.

Variant

Suggested Retail Price

GLX 1.5G 2WD MT

Php 999,000

GLX Plus 1.5G 2WD AT

Php 1.08 million

GLS 1.5G 2WD AT

Php 1.11 million

GLS Sport 1.5G 2WD AT

Php 1.18 million

This multipurpose vehicle has a starting price of Php 999,000 for the GLX MT while the automatic variants are at the Php 1.08 million to Php 1.18 million price range. In essence, just by adding Php 80,000 to the price of the GLX MT, you can already have a GLX Plus AT or Php 111,000 more and you get the GLS AT. This can be translated to an additional Php 7,000 or Php 20,000 on the down payment and a mere Php 1,000 to Php 2,000 more on monthly amortization for a 60-month term.

Mitsubishi Xpander front

Verdict

When it comes to choosing between manual or automatic, it all comes down to personal preference. If you are more comfortable with a manual transmission and are price conscious, then you might reason out that with the same engine specs with virtually the same specs with the other AT mid variant, the entry-level GLX MT would be a good option. But if you are someone who is used to driving a manual, then adding a few thousand pesos will already get you an automatic.

Mitsubishi Xpander rear

However, if you are getting an automatic and if your budget is quite flexible, it is best to go with the GLS Sport model. Not only does it have all the basic safety features, but it also comes with the most features and accessories. After all, compared to its closest rival, the Toyota Rush also comes with the same price range at Php 968,000 to Php 1.1 million (but with a gasoline engine).

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