Christmas season is here and you might be thinking of purchasing a new ride for you and your loved ones to share. The multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) that we are presenting to you are among the best in their class for individuals with an active lifestyle, business owners, and families.
1. Dependable: Toyota Avanza
2. Modern : Honda Mobilio
3. Affordable : Suzuki Ertiga
4. Popular : Mitsubishi Xpander
Dependable: Toyota Avanza
PHP743,000 – PHP1,075,000
Filipinos look up to the brand Toyota as a brand that offers economic, ergonomic, and dependable cars that lasts a long time. A Toyota purchase is seen as an excellent option as it offers great value for your hard-earned money. Toyota is always known for the affordable parts and services and good after-sales service.
A popular choice among Filipino families is Toyota Avanza. It a seven-seater MPV which is great for small to medium size families plus the packages. It easily fits three people in the second row and two people in the back row. The seats are collapsible for more trunk room.
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Toyota Avanza has undergone a considerable amount of interior and exterior updates to match the powerful performance that it offers. It has six variants with different specifications from a 1.3-liter 5-speed manual transmission to 1.5 liters 4-speed automatic transmission.
Boomers, Millennials, and Gen Zs will surely enjoy the basic to mid-level technology features inside the car. Toyota Avanza boasts of power door locks, power steering, power side mirror, and power windows. A 6.8-inch WVGA display audio with smartphone mirroring is installed at the center of the dashboard. The Tech feature also includes a hands-free function that allows the user to pair up to two phones.
This unit is known for its rough ride when it has minimal passengers or cargo. Given this, the price, looks, and features still overpower this flaw plus the price is a win!
Modern : Honda Mobilio
PHP895,000 Php - PHP1,085,000
Mobilio is Honda’s contender for the MPV segment. This seven-seater has three variants of its 1.5-liter gasoline engine. Mobilio is available in five colors and perhaps the most eye-catching variant is the top of the line 1.5 liter RS Navi CVT in Phoenix Orange Pearl. Mobilio is also known for its excellent fuel consumption with 12.4 kilometers per liter in standard conditions.
Honda emanates the modern aura whenever you see it on the road. It is also one of the brands with a high resale value even after a few years of use. Honda units are also popular for ample space and legroom and Mobilio is a perfect example.
Honda Mobilio’s infotainment system has either a 7-inch touchscreen display or a 1DIN head unit depending on the variant. Living up to its reputation, select Mobilio variants come with reverse camera and navigation. Rear parking sensors are also available depending on the chosen variant. Driving around the city with your family is easy peasy with a Honda Mobilio
Affordable : Suzuki Ertiga
PHP738,000 - PHP993,000
Suzuki Ertiga is the most affordable MPV in this list. This is also the one with the greatest number of ranges and specifications which is ideal for those who are working on a budget. Suzuki Ertigas has GA, GL, GLX variants and comes in seven colors including the Black Edition. All of these variants operate on a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. Just like the other contenders, Suzuki Ertiga also boasts of its economic fuel consumption and greatly improved exterior and interior.
Some complaints from users are bouncy ride, lack of height adjuster for the driver seat, and no speed sensing door locks. Let us hope that this will be improved on the next generations of Ertiga. On the bright side, users are highly satisfied with the driving performance of this unit and its noticeable improvement from its previous generation. Select variants have the push start button as its attempt to be at par with other units from the MPV segment. It also boasts of its exceptional aerodynamics for an MPV. Ertiga indeed feels and looks premium in and out.
Ertiga’s infotainment system is also commendable with its 10-inch touchscreen infotainment on the top variant, eight-inch displays for lower models, and an analog for the base model.
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Popular : Mitsubishi Xpander
PHP1,008,000 - PHP1,175,000
The youngest among the units presented is Mitsubishi Xpander. Its first generation was launched in 2017 in Indonesia. It has managed to bag a lot of awards and the attention of the masses in its first year. Thanks to its sporty exterior with a few hints from its brother Mitsubishi Montero. All hail the best selling MPV of Mitsubishi, Xpander!
Mitsubishi Xpander is available in GLS and GLX variants on four ranges running on a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. Xpander brags about the smooth riding experience, cruise control, and navigation, and large storage space. Tech features are pretty standard with its seven-inch infotainment system. A reverse camera is available on higher variants.
Mitsubishi Xpander may be the youngest in its class yet it is already known as a best-selling unit. Be ready to shell out a few more hundred thousand pesos to experience the smooth ride and modern looks it offers.
“With great power comes great responsibility”- a little reminder from our resident superhero Spiderman.
Owning a vehicle is a privilege as much as it is a responsibility. Driving safely is one thing and the other is securing the possibility of encountering accidents on the road. Responsible car ownership is being prepared with vehicle repair costs, hospital or legal fees, and financial loss.
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