Hi guys, this is Paulo Rafael Subido, editor-in-chief
of Top Gear Philippines. Now, it’s been a while since I’ve done
a Drives review for you guys, but that’s because my wife only recently gave birth and
I’m now the dad to an adorable five-month-old daughter. And so when Mitsubishi Motors Philippines
asked me if I wanted to get behind the wheel of the Xpander, I jumped at the chance, because
not only am I curious about this particular vehicle, I also know that it’s something
worth looking at if you have a growing family. This is the Mitsubishi Xpander GLS Sport. Come on, hop in and let’s do this. 2018 was a sad year for the motoring industry. Some nameplates that had been around for a
very long time were discontinued, namely, the Mitsubishi Adventure and the Isuzu Crosswind. All these Japanese manufacturers had to come
up with replacements for those bread-and-butter models. So Isuzu came up with the MU-X RZ4E and they
made it really quite affordable to replace the Crosswind. They’re priced almost the
same. For Mitsubishi, they created the Xpander to
take the place of the Adventure. Now let me get one thing straight, the Xpander
is nothing like the utilitarian Adventure, but wow, getting behind the wheel of the Xpander
is a bit of a revelation, really. For starters, because of how it drives, and
how comfortable it is, and how well laid out the interior package is. The quality inside and the ride quality and
the NVH is really quite exceptional. There are no rattles, there are no clunks,
it feels so solidly built even when going over the typical EDSA-style roads
which…suck. Even among its peers, the Xpander is noticeably
more refined. Size slots in between the Avanza and the Innova
so it’s not a weird size, actually, it seems just right. What I love about the interior is that the
layout and everything is really quite clever. Alright, the interior surfaces are finished
nicely and I do recognize a lot of parts from the Mitsubishi parts bin, but that’s not
a bad thing because that’s a great way for car manufacturers to keep costs down and to
make the model accessible to more people. Under the hood is a 1.5-liter MIVEC engine
mated to a four-speed automatic for this particular variant. Now, newer cars would have more sophisticated
automatic transmissions but this does the job fine. Yes, Mitsubishi is trying to make this vehicle
accessible to everyone but that doesn’t mean they scrimped on the things that matter. The head unit has a touchscreen display that
has navigation, of course it has Bluetooth connectivity and all of the good stuff that’s
expected. It’s really cool that every row has it’s
own power supply, because everyone has to plug in their gadgets, and of course the multi-information
display, this is something that I cannot do without anymore because I love seeing how
many kilometers I have left before I drain the tank. The variant that we’re driving is the GLS
Sport, this is the top-of-the-line Xpander variant and what separates it from all the
rest is that it actually has stability control, traction control, and hill-start assist. Now,
I think that’s something that’s unheard of in this particular segment. Kudos to Mitsubishi for making those features
available on this variant of the Xpander. Something that I appreciate when I know that
a car is exceptionally built and designed is when I sit on the seat. What I look for are firm seats, you don’t
want a seat that is too plush and too soft because in the long run, that’s actually
not good for your lower back. The Xpander has nice and firm seats. I also like how the surfaces are quite grippy,
I’m actually glad that this variant doesn’t come with leather seats, it’s not hot when
you’re parked under the sun for too long. Mitsubishi also talks about how the Xpander’s
drive is quite sporty, and I have to agree, even the brochure says the suspension has
been tuned somewhat to mimic the legendary Evos. Although I can’t say that this Xpander drives
like an Evo, I can say that it is very solid, it has excellent ride quality in here no matter
how rough the roads are. The Xpander also has cruise control for all
variants, would you believe? So I’m doing some maneuvering right now
and I must say that the turning radius is very, very impressive, it’s very tight. For first-time car buyers, that’s an added
plus because it’s easy to maneuver this in the tight city. And look, we even have a rear-view camera,
which I don’t rely on. Actually, no driver should really trust this, always look back,
guys. Alright, now that we’re parked. Let’s do a quick walk around and take a
look at the exterior features. So up front, we have what Mitsubishi calls
the Dynamic Shield Design and it really makes the Xpander look quite imposing. There’s really nothing like it on the road right now. This, I can appreciate. 16-inch wheels. Why? Because down the road, you don’t wanna be
spending too much money on rubber. I like how the rim size is a conservative
16. Here we are again at the driver’s seat. Oh,
please note also the excellent ground clearance. When you’re behind the wheel, you have a
very commanding view of the road ahead, so it’s really quite high, so it’s very easy
to get into and out of the Xpander. Of course we have the very low, relatively
low loading floor for when you wanna put heavy stuff, it’s easy if you have a
bad back especially like me. I’ve adjusted the seats already beforehand,
to show you how, with a little compromise, you can get everyone to sit comfortably. And if they’re really big like me, you know,
they’ll fit fine. So let’s start with the front. Okay, I adjusted it so that the people behind
me will have a little bit of space, but this is excellent already. Moving on to the second row, the second row actually
slides but I’ve already adjusted it. Fantastic leg room and you can also recline
the seat back. Let’s go to the rear. I think this is one continuous shot, no trickery—wow,
and I fit back here. So if you have a smaller frame, you have lots
of room in here. That’s a review of the Mitsubishi Xpander
GLS Sport. Now, if you have a growing family like I do,
it’s really worth checking this vehicle out. So this has been Paulo Rafael T. Subido, editor-in-chief
of Top Gear Philippines. Stay driven, guys. I’m gonna go and enjoy the Xpander a bit
more. So until the next time, see you.

Review: Mitsubishi Xpander GLS Sport AT 2019

17 thoughts on “Review: Mitsubishi Xpander GLS Sport AT 2019

  • June 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    What a "unbiased" review. You sound sleepy…

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  • June 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm
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    Still choose Inova.. 2x HP

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  • June 29, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    i bought one.. 2019 gls sport.. i must say driving experience is very comfortable, feels like my corolla.. doesnt have the acceleration of a manual vehicle but who cares? are you a racer? lol! the space and leg room is just right.. exterior design is very nice! overall rating: superb! buy one and you'll see. only xpander owners can tell you so.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    nakaka antok…

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  • July 7, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    I kept on trying not to drop my phone and fall asleep. By the way, your sound like a sleepy hang over version of probinsyano on your attire. Wtf

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  • July 14, 2019 at 11:59 am
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    Congratulations for the new dad!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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    This car is keyless and looks really luxurious…more secret spaces. Me and my brother fell in love with it at first glance. So, we're looking forward to drive our own soon. 😊😊😊

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  • July 27, 2019 at 5:15 am
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    I love my xpander. I bought mine in manila coz cebu price was 30k higher due to shipping cost. I drove all the way from Manila brought my family with me (we flew to Manila and drive via Roro via Batangas Mindoro slept in Boracay and went home the ff day via Iloilo Bacolod San Carlos Toledo route. Love the suspensions, we drove fast but you would not even feel it inside the vehicle. The aircon is cool, the seats are well placed so your leg has a lot of room inside. Smooth drive all the way.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    Very nice expander GLS SPORT. WHICH BRANCH OFFER BEST PRICE AND PROMOS. I AM PLANNING TO BUY THIS CAR SOON

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  • August 3, 2019 at 1:14 pm
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    Hand break on the passenger side? Why?

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  • August 15, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    Try mong umakyat ng Baguio City, at kung ang sinusundan mo ay mga 10 wheelers na mabagal! . Walang pwersa ang 1.5 engine, Kung naka turbo charge ka, o kaya 2.4 ang makina mo ay confident ka sa overtaking uphill.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 8:19 am
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    Sarap mag drive ng xpander, pero bike lang nakayanan kong bilhin. Ride safe mga kaybigan

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  • August 29, 2019 at 10:19 am
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    Crush ko sana ang Rush pero dahil sa balita re sa airbags napaisip ako either Xpander or Brv nalang.. pag hndi pa kaya sa Brio nlng muna hihi

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  • September 3, 2019 at 5:53 pm
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    perfect

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  • September 23, 2019 at 11:49 am
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    Nag prepretend na hindi masikip nice marketing

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  • September 23, 2019 at 11:49 am
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    Ground clearance daw ok daw pag may sakay na yan baba na

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  • September 24, 2019 at 3:20 am
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    New MITSUBISHI DIAMOND EDSA Early xmas promo deals, For as low as ZERO D.P. For more info.pls call 0916 6381004.

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  • September 27, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    Taena review ba to. Nakaka antok wa wentang review but more on marketing

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