It’s the weekend and the whole family wants to go out. You eat your breakfast, go out to the garage and see a lone sedan sitting there. Sure, it can take you places but questions pop up. Will all of us be too heavy for it? Are we going to be comfortable during the trip? Will we have enough cargo space for our belongings?
If that’s the situation you’re in, or at least close to it, then an MPV is for you. Larger than a sedan, but not as big and expensive as a van. We have the two popular choices in the segment – the Suzuki Ertiga GLX 1.4AT and Toyota Avanza 1.3E AT – to go head to head using the AutoDeal Car Comparison Tool and chose the variants that are closest to each other to level the playing field. Read on and find out what will suit you and your family better.
The Toyota Avanza is the winner here but only by a hair with a P7,000 difference. However, being the middle child of the model, let’s see if the corners cut gave it a disadvantage against the top-of-the-line Suzuki.
The Ertiga runs on a 1.4L gasoline engine that can churn out 98 hp and 130 Nm of torque. That’s enough power and pull for daily driving and occasional out of town trips. As for the Avanza, it has a 1.3L 95 hp engine with 121 Nm of torque. Both MPVs are coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission.
It’s a slim margin of difference but the Ertiga takes this one, taking this comparo to a quick tie.
The Ertiga is one step forward in the body game, with it being longer by 75mm and wider by 35mm than the Avanza. Wheelbase is also a considerable 85mm longer for the Ertiga giving its passengers more legroom.
The Ertiga has generous and customizable space which starts from 113L and can be expanded to 810L when the middle and rear seats are folded. The Avanza has no figure for its trunk capacity but its middle and rear seats can also be folded in a 50:50 ratio. Hopefully, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) could supply us with more data regarding that.
Safety & Security
Both cars have the basics covered in this category. Airbags, ABS that even come with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Immobilizer are standard for both models.
Entertainment system is similar for the two. It can play CD/MP3, has USB connectivity and can be heard through 4 speakers. The Avanza has AUX connectivity added which actually matters if you want to save on your phone’s battery life.
We can’t really expect much flair from both cars being under the 1-million price point. However, as a 7-seater, air flow would have a hard time reaching the back section. Thankfully, the Ertiga and Avanza feature rear vents for the second and third row, making it another tie.
The two MPVs have similar features and safety measures, but the Ertiga edges out the Avanza in this car comparo by having a slightly bigger engine and larger body. Is that enough for the P7,000 space between them? That’s up for you to decide.
Remember though that the spec sheet does not tell all of the story. Driving feel and actual comfort would play a crucial role in your decision so we highly suggest you look at both models in person and try them out for a test drive before taking the key. You can’t go wrong with either of these cars anyway.
To see the comparison for yourself, you can use the AutoDeal Car Comparison Tool.