SPEC SHEETMake:MitsubishiModel:Xpander GLS A/TEngine:1.5-liter DOHC 16-valve Inline-4 MIVECMax Power:105 PS
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In the course of a year, suffice it to say we drive a lot of cars. That"s the job.

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We drive sầu them in all kinds of conditions available lớn us like in rain and in searing heat, on fast roads and slow, frustrating traffic. We evaluate them based on how they staông chồng up to our expectations, and how they staông xã up to their primary competitors. We"re critical of the vehicles we drive sầu because we know you want lớn know the good -most especially our criticisms- about every oto, van, SUV, truông xã, or even sports cars.

But there are times -albeit very, very rare- that we come across a mã sản phẩm that we absolutely lượt thích, above all others in its class và price range, so much so that we give sầu them a perfect score, or at least a grade that"s very close khổng lồ it.

One such example is this: the 2019 Tập đoàn Mitsubishi Xpander GLS.

Lately, we"ve sầu been getting excited about the small seven-seat Asian MPV and SUV class. Yes, technically they"re different, but they"re all priced in the same range and they"re all related (in a manner of speaking) that we can consider them as one big & fast growing group that it"s becoming a Royal Rumble of sorts. Every volume carmaker wants khổng lồ get in on the action.

Of course we know of the Toyota Avanza và the SUV version, the Rush. There"s the pairing of the Mobilio và BR-V from Honda. The Ertiga MPV, fresh from its launch, is also in the mix from the Suzuki corner. And now we have the Xpander, from Mitsubishi. Personally, I haven"t driven the Ertiga yet, but I"ll put this out there: the Xpander, in this GLS form, is exceptionally impressive.


The Xpander is quality amongst these little giants in that blurs the lines between MPV and SUV. Two birds, one stone; that"s the Xpander. Dimensionally, the Xpander actually stands out as it is easily the biggest amongst the little SUVs & MPVs thanks lớn its 4475milimet length (the closest one is the BR-V at 4456mm) and the widest at 1750milimet. The Rush edges out the Xpander"s 1700mm height by just 5mm.

Even in terms of ground clearance, the Xpander is actually excellent amongst its peers: at 205mm, only the Rush can go over taller obstacles with its 220milimet clearance. Even the BR-V, a mã sản phẩm marketed as an SUV, sits lower than the Xpander at 201milimet. But perhaps the biggest advantage the Xpander has that"s measured in millimeters is the wheelbase: at 2775milimet, the Xpander has a clear edge over the Rush (2685mm), the BR-V (2662mm), the Avanza (2655mm), the Mobilio (2652mm), & the much newer Ertiga (2740mm). Those who are unfamiliar with the significance of having a longer wheelbase, I"ll explain it in a few paragraphs" time.


Not everyone is a người of Mitsubishi"s new kiến thiết, but personally, I like the direction that Mitsubishi is going for in their bigger vehicles, and the Xpander is perhaps a shining example of that. Tập đoàn Mitsubishi is actually one of the few carmakers wherein the concept oto is almost directly translated inkhổng lồ the production oto you see in showrooms. That"s true of the Lancer Evolution X (và Lancer EX) when it was developed from the Concept X, và that"s also true of the Xpander when it was developed from the Concept XM. It"s like you can actually bring home a cool concept oto. I vị wish that Mitsubishi carried over the rear kiến thiết of the Concept XM into the Xpander, but I guess we all have to make a few compromises.

Where the Xpander really impresses is in the interior: it"s very spacious. Of course the Xpander is the widest and longest amongst its peers, and that naturally lends the Xpander the potential lớn be spacious inside, but perhaps what"s more important is how Mitsubishi maximized it.

The simplest way lớn describe it is that Mitsubishi borrowed a page from the Honda playbook when it came to lớn small vehicle thiết kế. Take, for instance, the Jazz; in that vehicle, the engine is practically under the dashboard. The hood in the Jazz only covers up a little bit of the engine bay, và the A-pillars -if stretched out- go past the front wheels. This configuration gives the designers of the Jazz -and in this case, the Xpander- a big advantage when it comes khổng lồ space.


From the driver"s seat & inspecting the dash, I honestly can"t tell whether I"m looking at plastic, or some kind of soft touch material. Given that it"s an economy “crossover-MPV”, the dashboard, the door sidings, and many other surfaces are indeed made of hard plastic, but somehow Mitsubishi"s execution just speaks of impeccable chất lượng. The texturing -particularly the matte finish- can deceive sầu the eyes inlớn thinking it"s some kind of soft leather. Heông xã, they even nailed it when it came khổng lồ the simulated thread texturing on the nhái “stitches”.

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The more I fiddle with the controls và explore the front row of this Xpander GLS, the more that I realize how well thought out it is. The gauges are clear và straightforward, as is the 2-DIN multitruyền thông unit at the center of the dashboard which comes with công nghệ Bluetooth không dây, navigation, even screen mirroring via Wifi. The A/C system is a manual dial type, but it"s got power & manages the temperature well, even without window tint khổng lồ help. Underneath the A/C controls next khổng lồ the USB và 12-volt socket is a two-tier pocket where I can fit my phone and wallet, và any extra loose bits can go in the little compartment underneath. There"s a long pocket above the glove sầu compartment in front of the front passenger for phones, wallets, & any everything else in between. There"s even a rather deep compartment between the two front seats for, well, anything else you can think of. Yes, the Xpander"s front cabin was very well though out by people who understvà a modern driver"s requirements.


I hop in the middle row, & I actually liked it. The ceiling-mounted air circulator is powerful, & the seats are quite plush. There"s even a folding, full-kích thước armrest on this GLS for the middle row, effectively simulating a pair of captain"s seats. Perhaps what surprised me was the third row. Normally a guy of my form size (& waistline) will be extremely uncomfortable there, but it"s not so bad. And if you happen lớn be sitting at the very bachồng, you"ll also have your own 12-volt socket so you can charge your phone; again, Mitsubishi really thought this Xpander through.

One more key factor with the Xpander is the ease with which the two rows in the baông xã fold, & the space they generate. There"s a good bit of space for a few bags in the baông chồng with the third row up, definitely more than the token space offered by its competitors when fully occupied with passengers. But the important thing with the Xpander is that the rear seats were designed to lớn fold down flat, creating a load space that is unhindered all throughout for 1.75 meters. Only the much newer Ertiga can compete in terms of having a flat load space.


Starting the Xpander GLS is literally as easy as pressing a button; Tập đoàn Mitsubishi likes having push-button ignition systems wherein you can keep the key in your pocket, và that"s something we really lượt thích. The engine itself is perhaps what gathered some mixed reviews: it"s just a 1.5-liter MIVEC gasoline engine. That makes for 105 PS of power và 141 Nm of torque driving the front wheels. A diesel would have sầu been much better, but Tập đoàn Mitsubishi doesn"t have sầu a small displacement diesel in our market. Another mixed bag on paper is the 4-tốc độ automatic; yes, there"s something odd about having a 4-tốc độ tự động in this day & age, but the name of the game in an economy MPV or SUV is economy. An older tech 4-tốc độ is simply more economical lớn produce, but again, it won"t be a negative if they executed it well in the Xpander. And they really did.

I didn"t expect much for acceleration, but the 4-tốc độ does respond quickly lớn inputs from my right foot and settles into the highest gear quickly for economy. There"s still the overdrive mode, and it works well khổng lồ give sầu a bit more economy at higher cruising speeds. Fuel economy is something the Xpander does well; the 1.5-liter engine và 4-speed perkhung well in the city, returning 9.2 km/l (23 km/h average), 8.6 km/l (đôi mươi km/h average), & 7.4 km/l (17 km/h average). Mind you, there were only two of us in the vehicle, so expect those numbers to drop with more passengers và weight. On the highway, the Xpander did well too, returning 14.8 km/l (86 km/h average) if you"re mindful of your throttle inputs & speed.

The refinement of the Xpander, however, has lớn be the single key characteristic that you will undeniably enjoy on a daily basis. In the economy MPV or SUV class, you have lớn be prepared for a few compromised particularly with NVH, or noise-vibration-harshness lessening. Tập đoàn Mitsubishi didn"t play it that way though. The Xpander impresses again, especially considering its price tag; ambient noise doesn"t penetrate inkhổng lồ the cabin anywhere near much as competitor models like the Rush. Tire noise is also minimal; the Xpander is fitted with Bridgestone Ecopia tires on all four corners, and we know these to lớn be very good. The suspension"s performance is also great; you don"t need sacks of rice khổng lồ get a good ride. But there"s more lớn it than just damping.


Rethành viên what I said about wheelbase? Well, having a longer wheelbase generally means better straightline stability at speed) và, more importantly, generally indicates a much better ride. The impact that a longer wheelbase has on ride comfort is that if you hit a bump or pothole or other road imperfection, the extra gap gives the front suspension that little bit time to settle before the rear wheels run over the same bump, pothole, or road imperfection. If there are two vehicles that you"re comparing that have sầu the exact same shoông chồng absorbers, springs, và chassis rigidity, the vehicle with the longer wheelbase is likely lớn have sầu the better ride. That is an advantage that many salespeople don"t generally tell you about a vehicle.

Cornering is also a strong suit. The Xpander may not have sầu been meant lớn carve sầu corners, but it"s definitely not a handful when the road ahead gets a bit twisty và fun. There"s a fairly confident nature about the Xpander"s steering, braking, tire grip, và weight management. Of course, that could change with more passengers, but it"s good to lớn know that the Xpander has really good bones underneath.

If it sounds lượt thích I"m raving about the Xpander GLS, I really am. If I were to nitpiông xã, there are things I wish it had lượt thích stability control (that"s reserved for the Xpander GLS Sport, with the body toàn thân kit), more airbags, or even an automatic climate system, but the A/C works very well, you still have two airbags, and the ABS is more than enough for the speeds you should be driving it. Features can be added, but what got to lớn me the most was how Mitsubishi nailed the engineering và development of the Xpander; that"s something that can"t really be fixed after the fact.

Very rarely does a carmaker get a Model so very right, & it comes as no surprise thatNissan was eager lớn get their own versionof it via the Alliance. The Xpander is also very competitively priced too. This GLS comes in at PhP 1,110,000; almost squarely between the Toyota Rush 1.5G 4AT at PhP 1,090,000 & the Hondomain authority BR-V 1.5V CVT at PhP 1,149,000. If you ask your dealer, don"t be surprised if there are some very attractive sầu offers available.

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The Rush has its merits when it comes to features & value, and the BR-V certainly has its merits in terms of driving performance, but if you ask me, the Xpander in GLS khung is the one I would piông chồng everyday of the week, & twice on Sunday.

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