Mitsubishi has entered the compact seven-seat segment in South Africa with the launch of the Xpander. Imported from Indonesia, the Mitsubishi Xpander is priced at R299 995 in manual guise, and an automatic version can be had for R319 995.
Conceived as a compact MPV with an SUV-inspired exterior design, the Mitsubishi Xpander boasts a ground clearance of 205 mm. The newcomer goes up against the Toyota Avanza (R258 000 – R332 900) and Suzuki Ertiga (239 400 – R310 900).
Inside you’ll find flexible seating for seven, with a third row that can be folded completely flat when not in use. The boot also has a lidded floor box designed for the safe storage of smaller items. Storage compartments beneath the seats and 120 Watt power sockets for every seating row round off the practical touches you’ll find in this family-friendly vehicle.
There’s only one engine option and this takes the form of a normally aspirated 1,5-litre petrol unit that produces 77 kW and 141 N.m. It can be paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.
The Mitsubishi XPander keeps things simple in terms of spec too, with one specification grade being offered. But it does at least appear to offer all the comfort features you’d want or need, including automatic climate control, with rear overhead cooler, electric windows front and rear, multi-function steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment system with reverse camera, dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors. Sadly side and curtain airbags are not part of the deal here, nor is any form of traction or stability control. Surely these features would be deemed important in a family car?
The only specification difference between the two derivatives is that the manual model ships with 15-inch alloy wheels and the auto upgrades you to 16” rims. Both are sold with a two-year or 30 000 km service plan and three-year/100 000 km warranty.
Mitsubishi Xpander Pricing
Xpander 1,5L manual – R299 995
Xpander 1,5L automatic – R319 995