best 7 seaters you can buy for under 1.5 million pesos
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If you’re in the market for a 7-seater vehicle, chances are you’re looking for huge vehicles that often come with an equally hefty price tag. However, not all 7-seaters are pricey. There are some that range below P1.5-million and yet offers decent interior amenities and cabin space.

To help you with your search, here is our list of the best 7-seater vehicles below P1.5-million. These vehicles range from multiple body types – from MPVs to SUVs. 

Note that we based this list on specs, review scores, model year, and finally how memorable the vehicles were for us to drive. 

Geely Okavango Urban

A newcomer to the Philippine market is the Geely Okavango. The latest model to come out of the popular brand in the country offers interested buyers a large 7-seater vehicle at an affordable price point. It comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine that comes with a 48-volt hybrid system effectively making it a mild hybrid crossover. All in all the powerplant produces 190hp and 300 Nm of torque which sends its power to the front wheels via a 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. Just like the other 7-seaters in its category the Okavango comes well-appointed when it comes to features. It comes with a 360-degree camera along with several drive modes that help you bring out the best that the vehicle can offer.

An ace feature up its sleeve is that the Okavango features flexible second-row seating. Each occupant comes with their own seat that can be individually adjusted to make room for the passengers at the rear or to simply just how they like. The 7-seater mild-hybrid also comes with 3-zone climate control, while normally a feature found in higher-end models, in the Okavango it makes sure that almost everyone gets their desired temperature. 

2019 Honda BR-V V

If you want to scale up a little bit and get a more SUV-styled vehicle instead of the Mobilio, then the BR-V could be another option to consider. The second-row seats can be moved to allow for more legroom in the back. The higher position of the third row also allows for more knee room to be had since there is a dip where you can place your feet. This raises the comfort level of the third row significantly despite being small

The BR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter engine producing 118 hp and 145 Nm of torque similar to that of the Mobilio. The vehicle is ideal for those who want a more aggressive styled vehicle versus the more minivan-looking Mobilio. 

2020 Isuzu MuX LS AT

The Isuzu mu-X enters this list as one of the most affordable body on frame SUV you can get in the Philippine market today. With a budget of P1.5 million, the venerable 7-seater SUV fits the bill well for those looking to get into affordable diesel power that comes with high ground clearance. At its most affordable variant, the Isuzu mu-X RZ4E LS 4x2 AT already offers a lot.

The 1.9-liter version of the SUV pushes out 148hp and 350 Nm of torque which is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. While it is an older model carrying the same chassis it did when it first entered the market, Isuzu has given it a couple of updates to keep it competitive. As part of the upgrades to the vehicle, Isuzu Philippines has given the mu-X an update to its infotainment system which is standard across all models. It now comes with an 8-inch touchscreen system that now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. It is important to note that Isuzu Philippines will be bringing in the second generation of the SUV sometime in 2021.

Maxus G50 Premium AT Philippines

Another new addition to the 7-seater segment one-ups the competition by actually being an 8-seater. The Maxus G50 is the brand's latest entry into the segment and much like the rest of its competition also comes powered with a 1.5-liter motor, however, it comes with the advantage of having a turbo attached to it. Under the hood, the minivan styled vehicle pushes out 167hp and 250 Nm of torque and sends power to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The interior space is great and there are air vents all around to help cool all occupants in the vehicle. The second row of the vehicle has the ability to slide forward making for more room for the people sitting in the third row. On top of all of this Maxus G50 also comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. While it does not have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities it does have Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The G50 presents itself as an ideal vehicle for those who want a large minivan-like MPV that is at the same time affordable. 

2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross

If you want a higher riding 7-seater MPV that won't break the bank, then look no further than the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross. A variant of the much lower to the ground Xpander, the Cross separates itself by gaining an increased ground clearance of 205mm and by coming with more SUV-like looks. While the shape of the high riding MPV remains the same as its normal counterpart, Mitsubishi has given it body cladding to give the vehicle a more rugged look.

In terms of features, the Xpander Cross is the same as its normal counterpart. It comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Bluetooth, Aux, and USB connectivity. Sadly the infotainment system does not come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. Aside from this, the lifted MPV also comes with a backup camera and a lot of 12-volt sockets that you can plug into to charge your devices. 

Under the hood, the Xpander Cross still carries with it the same 1.5-liter naturally aspirated motor found in the normal variants. It still produces 103hp and 141 Nm of torque and still delivers power to the front wheels via a 4-speed automatic. The lifted MPV presents itself as an alternative to those who want a high riding 7-seater vehicle but whose budget limits them from entering the SUV segment of the market. 

Suzuki XL7 GLX AT

One of the newer vehicles to enter the lineup of Suzuki Philippines is the Suzuki XL7. Based on the Ertiga, the XL7 brings a more SUV-like design but retains the same attractive pricing and features as its MPV counterpart. Like its MPV brother, it too comes powered by a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter gasoline engine that produces 103hp and 138 Nm of torque. While it may not seem like a lot on paper it is enough to get the vehicle going at speed. Just like the others on this list it too shifts via a 4-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. 

On the inside, the XL7 is well equipped as it comes with a large 10-inch infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A nifty feature to have especially during these tech-reliant times. The large headunit is also paired to a 6-speaker sound system that returns decent amounts of quality and volume. Aside from that the 7-seater vehicle also comes with a backup camera and rear parking sensors to make it easier to drive. All in all the Suzuki XL7 presents itself as a highly capable 7-seater vehicle that comes with the looks of an SUV but with a price that doesn't break the bank. It took all the good parts about its MPV brother the Ertiga and packaged it to look tougher and more robust. 

2018 Toyota rush G exterior review shot

An entry that has been updated since its initial launch is the Toyota Rush. The affordable 7-seater SUV comes with a rugged design all while coming in at an affordable price. Toyota Motor Philippines has recently upgraded the model giving even the entry-level E variant the addition of two more seats effectively making it a 7-seater vehicle with the addition of a backup camera. Like the other MPVs on the list, the Rush is powered by a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine that produces 102 hp and 134 Nm of torque. It may struggle climbing up steep inclines when fully loaded as the vehicle is on the heavy side.

The Rush is ideal for those who want to venture into owning an SUV but don’t want to splurge too much with their purchase. The seating in the back might be a bit too tight for adults, especially during long road trips. The seating position in the third row can also be a bit limiting as adjustment space is hindered by the rear hatch. You also get the added bonus of 17 cup holders in the vehicle.

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