May 17, 2018

Honda BR-V vs. Toyota Rush vs. Mitsubishi Xpander

Amidst the growing demand for seven-seater subcompact SUVs and MVPs in the Philippines, the Mitsubishi Xpander and the Toyota Rush have now been launched to take on the existing player, the Honda BR-V. Driven by the same 1.5-liter engine, the three cars, however, offer slightly different performance figures. Let's check out how these cars overall stack up against one another.

The next upcoming segment in the car industry is the subcompact SUVs and MPVs that offers seven seats. Seven-seater vehicles are slightly bigger than five-seat B-segment crossovers. These cars come with practicality and spaciousness but without any consequence of adding to their size.

As far as the Philippine market is concerned, the Honda BR-V rules the roost in the seven-seater segment. But with the recent arrival of the Toyota Rush and the Mitsubishi Xpander, the battle for this segment is poised to heat up in the coming days.

Honda BR-V - Toyota Rush - Mitsubishi Xpander

Though smaller than the Honda HR-V, the BR-V creatively makes use of its cabin space to slot in seven seats. On the other hand, Mitsubishi Xpander is a crossover MPV with an SUV approach. With seven seats and proper ground clearance, it poses a challenge to the Honda BR-V. Meanwhile, the latest to enter the fray is the Toyota Rush, which relies on the body-on-frame construction resembling its smaller counterpart Avanza.

Under the hood

All three cars have a 1.5-liter engine in common apart from the seven-seat arrangement. However, other specs are different for each of the vehicle. The Honda BR-V with 120bhp and 145Nm torque is the top performer while the Xpander follows next with 105bhp and 141Nm torque. The Toyota Rush comes third by churning out 104bhp and 136Nm torque. For the difference in the drivetrain, the Rush sends power to the rear wheels, and it is the only one amongst the lot that does so. Also, the BR-V is the only car here that employs a continuously variable transmission or CVT. The Xpander and the Rush are available both in four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmission.

Dimension

As mentioned earlier, all these seven-seater cars are bigger than the five-seater B-segment crossovers, but within a limit. In keeping with their compact nature, they are limited to 4.5meters in length.

Out of the three vehicles, it is the Mitsubishi Xpander that is the largest. It measures 4,4475mm in length, 1,750mm in width, 1,700mm in height. Regarding the height, it is, however, slightly shorter than the 1,705mm height of the Toyota Rush. Length and width-wise, the Rush respectively measures 4,435mm and 1,695mm.

The Honda BR-V, on the other hand, measures 4,453mm in length, 1,735mm in width, and 1,665mm in height. From the height point of view, it is the shortest car in the group. It also comes out that the Toyota Rush is the tallest, though it is the smallest in terms of length and width.

Ground clearance

None of the three cars are genuinely off-roaders since they lack all-wheel drive. But they can still be taken off the road thanks to their high ground clearance. The Rush has 220mm (8.7inches) ground clearance like any other traditional SUVs. The Xpander flaunts 205mm (8.1inches) of ground clearance and the BR-V of 201mm (7.9inches). Although the BR-V has the shortest ground clearance compared to its competitors, it is still higher than sedans and hatchbacks.

Management of third-row seats

It is challenging to use third-row seats without sacrificing some cargo space. Hence, it is crucial for companies how they devise a mechanism to stow their third-row seats. In this respect, the Rush and the BR-V make use of the most followed technique. It requires passengers to fold the backrests down and pull a lever to flip the rest of the seat forward followed by hooking it up to one of the second-row headrests. On the other hand, the Xpander has easier and a one-step method. The passengers are supposed to fold the third-row flat and pull one tab to either set or stow. Through this mechanism, the Xpander ensures better cargo space than its other two rivals.

Price and variants

The price depends on which model of a particular car you are buying. The Honda BR-V costs PHP1,210,000 for the S CVT model, PHP1,072,000 for the S CVT Modulo model, and PHP1,149,000 for the V Navi CVT model. On the other hand, the top-end V Navi CVT Modulo model is priced at PHP1,149,000.

The Mitsubishi Xpander is also available in four variants. The GLX MT model is priced at PHP885,000, the GLX Plus AT is available at PHP960,000, the GLS AT costs PHP995,000, whereas the GLS Sport AT can be snagged at PHP1,060,000.

The Toyota Rush comes in three variants. It costs PHP948,000 for the E MT variant, PHP988,000 for the E AT variant and PHP1,070,000 for the G AT variant.

So far, it was the Honda BR-V which had the monopoly on the seven-seater segment in the Philippines, but the recent arrival of the Mitsubishi Xpander and the Toyota Rush will now change the game. With all the three cars featuring more or less the same specs it is the pricing that will play a crucial role in their popularity. For us, it remains to be seen how these companies will handle the competition.

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