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, and even a van. 

2018 Isuzu Mux Exterior bluepower white

First on this list is the Isuzu mu-X it is one of the more affordable SUVs on the list. For a 1.5 million peso budget, you can get the LS-A trim with the older 2.5-liter engine or you could go for the RZ4E 1.9-liter LS variant instead. Expect power figures to be between 136-148hp depending on the engine chosen. For torque, expect around 320 - 350 Nm depending on the engine. That’s powerful enough to bring you and your passengers up to speed obediently.

Seating for the first and second rows are comfortable enough with the mu-X’s leather seats for the LS-A trim. The third row, on the other hand, is where things can get a little tight. The second row does not slide forward so don't expect too much space and comfort at the back. The mu-X units also 10-inch DVD screen at the back and a DVD player capable head unit up front to keep the passengers at the back entertained.

2018 Honda Mobilio exterior red

The Honda Mobilio is one of Honda’s entries into the 7-seater segment. Powering the small MPV is a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that makes 118 hp and 145 Nm of torque, sent exclusively to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual or a CVT.

The interior space might be a bit on the tight side thanks to its relatively small body but it can still manage to haul seven people decently. While leather isn’t available for the Mobilio, it makes do with fabric seats. It is ideal for those who need seven seats in an affordable, small, and compact package.

2018 Honda BR-V exterior

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 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. 

2018 Toyota rush G exterior review shot

While the Toyota Rush only has one variant (the G) that has a seven-seater, its price point makes it an attractive vehicle to consider. Like the Mobilio, the Rush is powered by a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine but produces considerably less at 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.

2018 Toyota Innova Touring Sport red

If you want more space and more power instead of the Rush, the Toyota Innova is another option for you to consider. The variants of the vehicle that fit within a 1.5 million peso budget are the base model J variant all the way until the manual transmission G diesel. 

Instead of being powered by a gasoline engine, the MPV is powered by a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine. The engine produces 168 hp and 350 Nm of torque. It has the highest horsepower output on the list. The Innova is ideal for those who want the power of an SUV and the seating capability of an MPV. 

2018 Mitsubishi Xpander exterior review shot

For those who want something with a little different styling, then the Mitsubishi Xpander could be for you. Love or hate the design, the small MPV can seat up to 7 people. Even better, the Xpander’s third-row seats are considerably roomier than most of its rivals.

Powering the vehicle is a 1.5-liter engine that produces 105 hp and 141 Nm of torque. While not impressive on paper, it is enough to get you and your six other passengers up to speed. When the rear seats aren’t needed, they can be folded to increase the cargo space at the rear. Similar to that of the Mobilio and BR-V, the Xpander is front-wheel drive.

2018 Nissan NV350 Urvan stock photo

The Nissan NV350 Urvan is a left-field choice but you get a lot more seats for the same budget as the other vehicles on the list. It’s a good option to consider if you are in need of more seats.Unlike the rest of the other options on the list, it’s a van, so expect it to be a bit longer and slightly taller.

For P1.5-million, you can get yourself either the 15- or 18-seater NV350 Urvan variant depending on the need. The NV350 is powered by a 2.5-liter diesel engine producing 129 hp and 356 Nm of torque. For a van of its size and carrying capacity the engine just suits it right. Don’t expect to go fast in this van, however, but expect it to be able to carry your passengers with ease. Seating can be a bit tight for the 18-seater variant, so it’s ideal for those who need to transport people from A to B. For longer road trips, the rather tight legroom might get your passengers a bit restless. 

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