4-way comparison: Toyota Veloz vs. Honda BR-V vs. Mitsubishi Xpander vs. Suzuki XL7

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The newest member in the Toyota Motor Philippines stable is the recently launched Toyota Veloz. Like models such as the Raize, Avanza, and Wigo, it is a product of the Daihatsu and Toyota partnership.

The Veloz in essence is a higher version or “spin-off” of the Avanza nameplate and platform. In fact, in previous generations, the badge was a variant under the Avanza line-up.

This time though, Toyota Motor Philippines decided to give the Veloz its own arena. Speaking of arena, the Veloz isn’t alone, it has a few established rivals already in the market.

This brings us to the task at hand; the 4-way comparison.

Do take note that for the purpose of this comparison, we chose to highlight the top-of-the-line variants of each model.

Below are the criteria we used, which are based on what we think matters most to the consumers.

Toyota Veloz

Toyota Veloz 1.5 V CVT

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 4,475mm x 1,775mm x 1,770mm

Ground clearance: 190mm

Engine: 1.5 Liter 4-cylinder with Dual VVT-I, Gasoline

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Power and Torque: 106PS and 138Nm

Transmission: CVT

Fuel Tank Capacity: 43 Liters

Infotainment: 8” Display Audio with Apple Carplay, Android Auto

Safety: anti-lock brakes, brake assist, hill-start assist, vehicle stability control, traction control, ISOFIX anchors for child seats, six airbags, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, Toyota Safety Sense: pre-collision system, auto high-beam, lane departure alert.

Price: PHP 1,225,000

Honda Br V

Honda BR-V 1.5 V CVT

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 4,456mm x 1,735mm x 1,677mm

Ground clearance: 201mm

Engine: 1.5 Liter SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder, 16-valve

Power and Torque: 120PS and 145Nm

Transmission: CVT

Fuel Tank Capacity: 42 Liters

Infotainment: 7” Display Audio with Apple Carplay, Android Auto

Safety: anti-lock brakes, hill-start assist, vehicle stability control, traction control, ISOFIX anchors for child seats, two airbags,

Price: PHP 1,168,000

New Xpander Kv 2022

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5G 2WD A/T

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 4,595mm x 1,750mm x 1,750mm

Ground clearance: 225mm

Engine: 1.5 Liter inline-4 DOHC 16-valve with MIVEC

Power and Torque: 105PS and 141Nm

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Fuel Tank Capacity: 45 Liters

Infotainment: 7” Display Audio with Apple Carplay, Android Auto

Safety: anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, ISOFIX anchors for child seats, two airbags, hill-start assist, brake assist, Mitsubishi Active Stability Control (M-ASC) system with Active Traction Control and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)

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Price: PHP 1,180,000

Suzuki Xl7

Suzuki XL7 GLX A/T

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 4,440mm x 1,775mm x 1,710mm

Ground clearance: 200mm

Engine: 1.5 Liter 4-cylinder 16-valve with

Power and Torque: 103PS and 138Nm

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Fuel Tank Capacity: 45 Liters

Infotainment: 10” Display Audio with Bluetooth connectivity

Safety: anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, electronic stability program, ISOFIX anchors for child seats, two airbags

Price: PHP 1,098,000

Conclusion 

Based on the criteria above and the prices listed, the Toyota Veloz is the most expensive option. However, it must also be pointed out that on the safety and standard features front, the Veloz takes the cake amongst its chief rivals.

It only comes up short in terms of ground clearance. The all-new Mitsubishi Xpander leading that department with 225mm, followed by the Honda BR-V with 201mm, then the Suzuki XL7 with 200mm. The Veloz surprisingly only has 190mm, which may or may not be a big deal for some buyers out there.

It must also be said that two of the MPVs listed here are quite old already. The Honda BR-V has been around for quite some time and is the third most expensive option here, only less expensive than the all-new Mitsubishi Xpander by PHP 12,000. Yes, the BR-V is the “most powerful” option, but for MPVs the figure that matters isn’t “HP/PS” it’s torque; and the BR-V only trumps the Xpander by 4Nm.

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The XL7 meanwhile has the least amount of performance, standard features, and safety equipment. That’s not to say it’s not good, it covers all the minimum bases in terms of the aforementioned criteria, not to mention as well that it’s the most affordable option in by a long shot.

So which one should you get? Well, it depends on your priority and needs. In our opinion though, the best all-around value for money is the all-new Mitsubishi Xpander, It has the highest ground clearance, has the minimum safety requirements to keep families safe, and features up-to-date infotainment options, and is reasonably priced as well.

Then again, the choice is yours, any of these MPVs have their own merits and will surely serve you and your needs whatever they may be.

Pablo Salapantan

Pablo Salapantan

Pablo's first word was probably "Car", and this has developed into a personal passion that has consumed his professional life as well.

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