Practicality is one of our primary concerns, as Filipinos, in almost everything we do or plan to do, especially when it comes to car ownership. Like the idea of ‘all-in-one,’ we like squeezing in different perks and advantages as much as we can to maximize the benefits we get at low costs. However, the idea of squeezing seven people in a sedan during a weekend road trip is obviously dangerous and not ideal, not to mention, illegal as well.
What you need is a seven-seater that’s priced as the average sedan – a price range that does not go beyond P1 million. Don’t think they exist? They do and we’ve rounded them all up for you, fresh from AutoDeal’s car guide.
Here are the 7-seaters under the P1-million price point.
BAIC MZ40 (P498,000)
Not only does its price range compare to the average five-seater sedan in the market today, the BAIC MZ40 also offers enough room for seven people. Isn’t that a sweet deal to begin with? It has dual air-conditioning with manual control to protect you from the heat of the sun, now that summer’s just around the corner. It features a tall body with its wheelbase almost extending to its length.
BAIC M50S (P638,000 – P668,000)
You don’t need a car enthusiast’s eye to pinpoint the design difference of the BAIC M50S from the MZ40. The MZ40 is clearly more of a commercial use, considering that it comes with the Cargo variant. The M50S has more to show off, especially the front-end design composed of the sharp hawk-eye-like headlamps, fancy grille with vertical slats, and a sportier bumper compared to the M40Z. We also do have to mention that the most expensive variant is an eight-seater. So, if you’re needing that one extra passenger space in a below-P1 million car, you now know what to buy.
BAIC M60 (P998,000)
The most appealing to the three BAIC cars on this list, the M60 takes the Chinese brand’s MPV category to a whole new level. The dynamic grille that dominates third of the fascia strikes eyes instantly, so as the floating D-pillar that gives the impression of a big-spender car – when in fact, it is not an expensive car. You could get the Standard variant at P2,000-off the P1-million mark. That price tag already grants you with four airbags and tons of other stuff you won’t find on the two other models like cruise control and rear parking sensors.
Suzuki Ertiga (P728,000 – P978,000)
Now looking sportier than ever, the 2019 Suzuki Ertiga has been transformed from being a quirky-looking MPV to a handsome Japanese 7-seater. Beyond the aesthetic update is the fact that all variants of the Ertiga settle below the seven-digit price tag. Despite its low sticker price, the cabin’s got either an eight-inch or a 10-inch multimedia touchscreen, all equipped with offline GPS navigation system.
Honda Mobilio (P884,000 – P958,000)
This may be the sportiest-looking entry you’ll come across on the list. The Honda Mobilio boasts the current design of Honda cars in the market today, which is composed of the wing grille, slim headlights, and sporty bumpers. It’s also a member of the low-roof MPVs, which makes this car more planted to the ground and more agile. If you want to look good aside from having a vehicle to fit seven members of your pack, then here’s the Mobilio.
Toyota Avanza (P721,000 – P957,000)
Coming from the top car brand in the country, the Toyota Avanza has been around longer than most, if not all, of the cars on this list. It has been celebrating positive sales performance since its launch, and is still around despite the introduction of the much-updated Rush MPV. Toyota simply can’t let go of what’s good like the Avanza, not until for who knows how long.
Mitsubishi Xpander (P999,000)
If there’s sporty-looking, then this car is, we think, beyond that definition. Weird for some, futuristic for others, the Mitsubishi Xpander successfully went beyond the conventional car design. Six lights make up the fascia, consisted of the daytime running lights, actual headlamps, and fog lamps. At a price tag of P999,000, you get the base GLX manual variant with basic safety and convenient features, such as dual front airbags, anti-lock brake system, immobilizer, ISOFIX, and a 2-DIN head unit with iPod compatibility.