Jul 18, 2018 (updated : Jan 16, 2020)

Best 7-seater SUVs in the Philippines Below PHP 2M 2020

Numerous SUVs are available in the Philippine market, all with the same price points and offering similar powertrains and features, such that choosing the right model has become a struggle. Here's a list of the top 10 7-seater SUVs to guide you in selecting the best one that fits your needs and budget.

With the unresolved traffic issues in Metro Manila, one would think Filipinos would prefer buying compact cars over the bulky sport utility vehicles (SUVs). On the contrary, however, the sales figures for Q1 2019 reportedly show that more SUVs and vans were sold against cars, marking nearly 60% difference in numbers. Without a doubt, locals have a certain fondness for SUVs, most likely due to capacity reasons, especially since Filipinos love to have their whole family and friends in tow wherever they go.

That said, let's take a look at the finest 7-seater SUVs in the country that are priced below PHP 2 million.

Best 7-seater SUVs in the Philippines Under PHP 2M in 2020

1. Honda BR-V

The Honda BR-V is a compact crossover SUV that serves as the Japanese automaker's entry to the crossover B-segment. This 5-door, 7-seater multi-utility vehicle was redesigned earlier this year getting alloy wheels and a facelifted front fascia.

Under its hood is a 1.5L SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder, 16-valve inline-4 petrol engine that churns out 118hp and 145Nm of torque, paired with Honda's Earth Dreams Technology CVT that sends power to the front wheels. The top variant is equipped with paddle shifters for a sportier driving experience.

Inside the Honda BR-V lies a modern dashboard complete with instrument and infotainment panels. The high-end variant has a navigation feature and an auto-climate control. All variants have rear air conditioning with independent controls. There's adequate legroom and cabin space, thanks to its substantial wheelbase.

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2. Toyota Rush

Practically a newbie in the compact SUV segment, the Toyota Rush, launched in May this year, has been gaining attention in the Philippine market due to its combined affordability and stylishness. It has an immediate appeal to car buyers looking for something in between the Fortuner and the Avanza - something chic but nothing fancy.

The Rush comes in 5-seater and 7-seater trims, which both sport a 1.5L 2NR-VE Dual VVT-i gasoline engine that can stir power up to 102hp and 134Nm of torque, directed to the rear wheels by a 5-speed MT or 4-speed AT.

The 7-seater Rush offers ample legroom and space in the first and second rows. A high-tech infotainment system with Android and iOS connectivity graces the dashboard, along with other technological features such as a push-start ignition, eco indicator, and audio controls on the steering wheel. The SUV is equipped with standard safety features such as vehicle stability control, anti-lock braking system (ABS), and hill-assist control.

The Toyota Rush has high ground clearance and is compact than most SUVs, giving it better maneuverability into the small, congested Manila streets.

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3. Isuzu MU-X

The Isuzu MU-X is one of Isuzu Philippines Corporation's (IPC) best-selling units in the MVP segment. Just last month, IPC celebrated the 5th anniversary of the said model and released a limited-edition Isuzu MU-X Boondock, with IPC President Hajime Koso saying that the MU-X is popular nationwide mainly due to its excellent performance, elegant styling and outstanding comfort – factors that are very important for a family vehicle.

The current-generation Isuzu MU-X offers maximum power output plus fuel efficiency — a rare combination for SUVs. It boasts low emission made possible by the brand's Blue Power Euro 4 diesel engine.

The 7-seater SUV has 3 engine trims, the smallest being a 1.9L RZ4E turbo-diesel engine that creates 148ps of power and 350Nm of torque. In contrast, the bigger 2.5L engine churns lesser power at 134ps and a lower torque at 320Nm. The third variant has the most powerful mill with a 3L engine that can churn out a maximum power of 175ps and 380Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed MT or ATs.

With its impressive features, the MU-X (which is short for Makes U eXciting) is a practical transport, perfect for out-of-town trips with the family and for daily commute.

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4. Foton Toplander

We couldn't expect less from a company that makes heavy trucks and machinery, especially when it comes to power and toughness. So, yes, the brand's first entry into the SUV segment, the Foton Toplander, is a very capable SUV with decent offerings and good performance to boot.

Foton's SUV is fired up by a 2.8L inline-4 Cummins CRDi turbocharged diesel engine that can pump out 161hp and 360Nm of torque, with power going to the rear wheels by means of a 6-speed automatic tranny. This mill features an electronically-controlled high-pressure common-rail fuel-injection system and an exhaust gas re-circulation (EGR) system with diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) technology.

Its exterior and interior features are pretty much standard as most SUVs, but with immense cargo space and a power sunroof. It also has a long wheelbase that makes for ample legroom.

What the Foton Toplander lacks in aesthetics, it compensates with toughness and power. It boasts a 3-ton towing capacity — an all-time high for an SUV.

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5. Nissan Terra

Borrowing design cues from its big brothers the Navara and the Patrol, the rugged-looking Nissan Terra is Nissan Philippines' entry into the midsize SUV segment. It is one of the more comfortable ladder-frame vehicles currently in the market, made possible by its rear multi-link suspension setup.

All variants of the Nissan Terra sport a 2.5L YD25DDTi inline 4-cylinder, DOHC, variable turbocharger (VGS) with intercooler diesel engine that churns power at 190PS and torque of 450Nm, mated to a 6-speed MT. This 45WD SUV can pull vigorously even if its 7 seats are fully loaded.

The SUV is equipped with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility, a suite of safety features enabling the driver to avoid any potential obstacles around the vehicle by providing enhanced vision and ensuring safety such as when changing lanes.

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6. Toyota Fortuner

The Toyota Fortuner has been around for quite some time ever since its inception in 2004, but it hasn't lost its touch. It remains a favorite among many who are looking for comfort, power and luxury in an SUV.

Appearance-wise, the Fortuner projects a look of strength and opulence, a real head-turner wherever it goes. Of course, it is just fitting that such powerful good looks are matched by equally powerful engines.

There are 3 engine variants offered for the Toyota Fortuner: the standard 2.7L VVTi inline-4 gasoline engine that produces 163hp of power and 245Nm of torque; the new 2.4L D-4D diesel mill that pumps 147hp and 400Nm of torque; and the larger 2.8L D-4D diesel motor that churns 174hp and 450Nm of torque. The 2.4L diesel engine can be paired to either a manual or automatic tranny, while the 2.7L petrol and 2.8L diesel powerplants come standard with a 6-speed AT. 4WD is basic on the high-end trims, while the rest is available in RWD.

The Fortuner's front and rear suspension allows for an exceptionally hassle-free driving experience and an excellent balance.

Aside from top-notch exterior and interior features, the vehicle also comes with standard safety features such as crash sensors, door-ajar warning systems, and a trusty anti-theft device among others.

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7. Chevrolet Trailblazer

Another powerful offering in the midsize 7-seater SUV segment is the Chevrolet Trailblazer, which comes with a 2.8L Duramax I4-T four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that thumps out an impressive power level of 200hp and 500Nm of torque, sending power to all 4 wheels via a 6-speed AT. A lower variant still promises good performance with a 2.5L Duramax engine capable of 163hp and 380Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed MT that runs the front wheels.

The Trailblazer handles quite well, with a light steering that allows for smooth and easy maneuvering around tight corners. Its double-wishbone front suspension and coil-spring live axle rear suspension plus ample 253mm ground clearance allows it to tackle both urban and rural roads without difficulty.

The midsize SUV has a sporty yet sophisticated-looking exterior. Inside, occupants can enjoy a theater-style seating along with other cool features. Most notable is its freshly-designed dashboard with a touchscreen display optimized for voice commands and hands-free calling. Chevrolet's MyLink system allows for seamless pairing with any smartphone.

Other features are its remote engine start, water-wading capability at 800mm, electronic drive mode, and a slew of driving aids such as front/rear park assist with reversing camera that gives a view of even the tightest parking spaces.

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8. Ssangyong Rexton

The South Korean brand Ssangyong re-entered the Philippine market 3 years ago bringing with it the 5-seaters Tivoli and Korando and the 9-seater Rodius. But earlier this year, the automaker released locally the all-new 2020 Ssangyong Rexton, its entry to the midsize 7-seater SUV segment.

Poised to make a name for itself in spite of the cut-throat competition, the ladder-frame SUV comes in two variants: an AWD and a 4x2 RWD, with the latter priced below PHP 2M. Both sport the same features under the hood with a 2.2L diesel engine that can churn up to 181hp and 420Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Its exterior design looks similar to most SUVs except for the 20-inch wheels of the top-ranger. Its interior is well set up with features such as a driver-side power-adjustable seat, an iOS and Android-compatible infotainment system, keyless entry, and safety aids such as ABS, EBD, hill-descent control, front and rear parking sensors, among others.

Availability of parts and service is not going to be a problem as Ssangyong has a local service center in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. What more, Ssangyong Philippines offers an innovative Mobile Service vehicle that brings a service crew, spare parts, and tools directly to its clients in need of maintenance or repairs.

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9. Mitsubishi Montero Sport

A top contender in the 7-seater SUV segment is none other than the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. It has come a long way since it was first released in the country 14 years ago and is undoubtedly a favorite of many SUV enthusiasts, with sales figures to prove it.

The ruggedly handsome SUV, with Mitsubishi's Dynamic Shield grille, chrome linings and LED headlights and taillights on its exterior, sports a 2.4L four-cylinder DOHC 16V MIVEC VG turbocharged clean diesel engine. MIVEC stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system, which allows for high power output, low fuel consumption and low exhaust emissions. This powerplant produces 176hp and 430Nm of torque, connected to either an 8-speed AT or 6-speed MT, 4WD or RWD, depending on the variant. It comes with paddle shifters for those wanting more power.

Inside the Montero Sport are the usual high-tech amenities of latest-model SUVs such as LCD display and Apple and Android compatibility. There's also a lot of space and cargo volume. Other tech features include cruise control for all trims, a power tailgate for the GT variant, Tomtom Navigation for the GT and GLS, reverse sensors and reverse camera, plus a lot more.

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10. Honda CR-V

Another SUV model with a long-standing history and a prominent name in the Philippine market is the Honda CR-V. CRV stands for Comfortable Runabout Vehicle, and as this moniker implies, this midsize compact crossover has proven its dependability on both city and rural streets.

The CR-V is available in two fuel-efficient powertrains in the form of 7-seater diesel and 5-seater gasoline engine variants. The diesel-powered 7-seater comes in 3 trims: SX Diesel 9AT AWD, S Diesel 9AT, and V Diesel 9AT, all of which are powered by a 1.6L i-DTEC turbodiesel engine and a 9-speed AT with electronic gear selector.

Performance-wise, the CR-V handles just fine without bounciness, thus offering a comfortable ride.

The CR-V chooses a simple design but with a premium feel. Inside it comes well-equipped with passenger comforts and technology features depending on the variant, such as an infotainment system compatible with existing smartphone OSs. The vehicle has also earned very good crash-test ratings which appeal perfectly to families.

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Conclusion

The Philippine 7-seater SUV market is a continuously growing industry, with new players entering the segment offering competition to Japanese brands that have already made their footprints in this arena. Looking at the offerings, there isn't that much difference in powertrain capabilities and it's crucial for buyers to closely assess each one in order to make the best purchase. Value for money is key, and should take into consideration proven reliability, durability, and efficient performance.