There are a lot of MPVs in the Philippines, and many manufacturers will be quick to offer you something for a great price, but what do you get? Where do you even begin? What manufacturer has what? Well, if you’re in the market for an MPV, whether small or large, here’s a list that will help you narrow down your search and act as a springboard for your purchase.
BAIC is a brand that is gaining a bit of traction in the Philippines. The M50S is its prime MPV offering, with up to 8 occupants depending on the variant you get. However, one thing that it has over the other MPVs in the market is its 2-seat middle row option that has two captain’s chairs instead of the standard bench that you will commonly find. If you still want a bench in the middle, an 8-seater option is still available.
It’s a solid performer, with its 1.5-liter gasoline engine that produces 114 hp and 150 Nm of torque. It’s also an affordable choice with its top-of-the-line trim going for P668,000. However, if you are more on a budget, the M50S starts at just P638,000. There are no automatic transmission options, however, so you will have to commit yourself to driving stick if ever you get this car.
If you want a sizeable step up from the M50S of BAIC, you can go with the larger and more premium offering from the brand, the M60. It comes with a 1.5-liter engine making the same power and torque figures as the M50S, but it has a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that makes the engine operate efficiently, and more importantly, like an automatic transmission.
The MPV starts at just P998,000 and tops out at P1,068,000, making it one of the more affordable options available. It towers over the other competitors in its segment, and has a leg up on them in terms of size, being closer in kin to the renowned Innova more than anything else.
Changhe Journey MPV M60
The cousin to the BAIC M60, the Changhe Journey is the identical twin to the BAIC, but it has a starting price of just P799,000. Even more affordable than the BAIC, it does well to offer a good value for money proposition, without compromising on the versatility of an MPV.
The Gratour is barebones, affordable, and features flexibility that only a few MPVs can afford. Leaning more on the commercial side of its roots, the Gratour can be configured as an MPV or as a full-on hauler. It’s fairly capable with its 1.5-liter gasoline engine with 114 hp and 150 Nm of torque.
It comes with multiple body styles that range between P520,000 to P708,000, however, the most affordable passenger vehicle option will be the 8-seater variant of the Gratour, which retails at P580,000.
More like a crossover than an MPV, the wonderfully distinct Okavango is perhaps the most luxurious and premium in the MPV segment. It also is quite a bit more expensive compared to the other models on offer in the market, with a sticker price that ranges from P1,208,000 to P1,478,000.
It’s also the most powerful on the list, with 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque thanks to its mild-hybrid system and turbocharged 3-cylinder engine. All-in-all, it may come at a premium compared to the other MPVs in this list, but it’s warranted given that Geely knows how to make an affordable premium product.
When you want a car that gives you a good amount of features with a good serving of luxury, you can take a look at the Haima V70. It has quite a bit of size and weight, so its 1.5-liter gasoline engine gets a little helper in the form of a turbocharger. Because of it, the motor produces 156 hp and 220 Nm of torque, both are healthy numbers.
The 7-seater from Haima also features premium amenities such as a leather interior, a touch screen infotainment system, and cabin space for days. It definitely has an engine that is much more capable than a plain 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine, but it doesn’t cost you a trip to the moon to get, because this model starts at just P739,000 and tops out at P949,000.
Based on the Mobilio, with larger wheels and a heightened ride height, the BR-V is the more premium MPV/Crossover offering in the Honda lineup. Infused with more SUV DNA, the model shares some design cues from the larger crossover options in the Honda lineup. The front fascia looks like the CR-V, but it retains its compact dimensions, but still has the magic Honda space that people have come to love with Honda cars. As for price, it does get a wee bit more expensive compared to the Mobilio, coming in at P1,038,000 for the entry-level variant, and P1,158,000 for the top-of-the-line variant.
During the rise of the 7-seat segment in the Philippines, the Honda Mobilio was there to meet the demands of the consumers then, and it’s still here today. The 7-seater comes equipped with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine, which’s one of the more powerful naturally-aspirated mills out there. It’s also based on the Brio platform, which makes it ride smoothly and handle well.
It comes with a few great features that make it an easy-driving MPV. Light steering thanks, agile handling, and good engine responsiveness make it drive well, but its 7-inch infotainment screen and its flexible seating arrangement just make it a versatile vehicle. Whether it’s for your daily drive or for your hauling and family duties, the Mobilio is a worthy choice that won’t break the bank because it starts at just P895,000 and tops out at P1,085,000.
Kaicene Honor S
Kaicene and its Honor S made waves not only because of its seating capacity but also because of its affordable price tag, which starts at just P515,000 and tops out at P585,000.
As for its specs, it comes with a 1.5-liter engine that produces 104 hp and 145 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It also has a 10-inch infotainment system, which is on average, 2-inches bigger than a lot of its competitors.
There are many things to be said about Maxus. Starting with its utilitarian and robust commercial vehicles, the company has since shifted to offering robust and utilitarian passenger vehicles with a touch of class and comfort. The G50 is definitely designed to be versatile, but it comes with features that make it a capable cruiser.
However, just because it’s smooth doesn’t mean that it’s anemic in any way. The G50 gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 167 hp and 250 Nm of torque. On top of that, you get a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) which offers smooth shifting and enough security to house its torque. It’s also got large dimensions and a seating capacity of 8. On top of it all, it’s affordably priced, starting at just P948,000 and topping out at P1,338,000.
Perhaps the MPV that started the 7-seat craze is the Mitsubishi Xpander. The model features a 1.5-liter engine that produces a mildly average power and a torque figure of 103 hp and 141 Nm. It has a traditional 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual, but both transmissions drive well. The light chassis and the agile handling make the Xpander a pleasant drive. Even with that, the Xpander doesn’t skip out on the space and comfort of the interior. It was one of the premier offerings in the market, going toe-to-toe with many cars from other top-tier manufacturers, and it came out on top in the eyes of many.
Since then, the Xpander has become a common sight in the Philippines, and rightfully so. With a reliable brand and a price that starts at P1,008,000, it’s easy to see why many Filipinos bought the Xpander. The price tag tops out at P1,143,000, but it still retains a pretty good value, even if other manufacturers are stepping up their game.
Mitsubishi Xpander Cross
While it is based on the Xpander, this Mitsubishi is a crossover between the MPV and SUVs on offer. The Xpander Cross is a taller version of the Xpander and has more ground clearance and trimmings to boot. It still features the same engine, but the tradeoff is that it has a heftier price tag of P1,255,000.
Whether it’s considered to be an ‘SUV’, crossover, or MPV, the Cross simply fits the bill for those looking for an elevated and expanded Xpander experience. The leather interior is only one of the additions that we feel make the Xpander Cross a worthwhile purchase over the Xpander.
The Suzuki APV has been in the market since 2004, predating almost every option out in the market today. With more than a decade’s worth of time in the industry, some may say that this is the granddaddy of the MPV segment. It features seating for up to 8 people, vast amounts of space, and a fuel economy that is extremely hard to beat given that it is a Suzuki.
As for its engine, it still has quite a bit of capability under its belt. With 91 hp and 127 Nm of torque, it might not win a drag race, but it holds up relatively well as long as the demands aren’t too steep. Its 1.6-liter is quite old, but it’s tried and tested. Its age translates well into cost savings because the APV starts at just P593,000, and tops out at P813,000.
With the experience taken from the APV, Suzuki innovated on the concept of a car that could do it all, but in a more comfortable and even more attractive package. The Ertiga started life as an economical MPV that had just enough capability for the everyman. However, the nameplate has since evolved into something that is quite compelling. It gets an attractive front-end that allows it to turn some heads, but its biggest improvement is with regard to the interior.
It still has an extremely frugal 1.5-liter engine mated to a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. The engine produces 108 hp and 139 Nm of torque, netting some good capability. Space is also quite generous, with it being able to seat up to 7 passengers, and it comes at a price of just P738,000 for the entry-level variant, and P998,000 for the top-of-the-line.
Based on the Ertiga, featuring the same engine, but with 20 mm more ground clearance, the XL7 is a more premium Ertiga in any light. You’d be forgiven for thinking that it was an all-new model because Suzuki gave this model a unique front and rear clip. Interior amenities are also plenty with a capable infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It’s got space, it’s got features, and it’s got a price tag that comes at only P1,073,000, not bad considering that it is also one of the most fuel-efficient MPVs out there.
The baby brother to the Rush, the Avanza is the smallest MPV that you can get from the Toyota stable. Lightweight, and affordable, the Avanza starts at just P743,000, while the top-of-the-line variant comes in at P1,077,000. The more affordable models come with only 5 seats, however, if you’re willing to shell out a bit more, you can get a 7-seater variant of the MPV.
It comes with either a 1.3-liter or 1.5-liter gasoline engine that produces a respectable 95 hp and 103 hp, respectively. Torque figures sit at 121 Nm for the 1.3 variants, and 136 Nm for the 1.5 variants. The Avanza presents a good value for money proposition, mainly because of the badge that it carries. It, however, doesn’t have the greatest of interiors, but it is the most entry-level of the MPV lineup of Toyota, so at least it’s got that going for it.
This model is the forefather of all MPVs in the Philippines. Based on the Fortuner, the Innova also one of the only options in the country to come with a diesel engine. It’s got a 2.8-liter turbodiesel motor that produces 172 hp and 360 Nm of torque, which can rival some entry-level pickups.
Toyota introduced the Innova back in the 2000s, but has since innovated and reworked the formula to be a lot more compelling, attractive, and competitive. Prices, however, have gone up since the first generation, and the MPV now starts at P1,186,000 and tops out at P1,754,000.
Following the success of the Innova and Avanza, the Rush was the next hit that Toyota launched in the Philippines. The model features a good amount of features and loads of practicality at a good price point. The popular MPV served as the middle ground between the Innova and the Avanza. It has a better interior compared to the Avanza, and its styling is closer to that of the Fortuner.
So the baby Fortuner is equipped with the Avanza’s more powerful 1.5-liter engine with 103 hp and 134 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, it comes at a good price of P983,000 and tops out at P1,100,000.