The Mitsubishi Xpander is a seven-seater compact MPV designed and manufactured in Indonesia by Mitsubishi motors. The car has enough room for luggage. It is offered with a lot of features in all the variants that make it competitive in the MPV segment.
Powering the Mitsubishi Xpander is a 1499 cc mill that churns out a maximum power of 103 hp. It is available in 6 different colors- red metallic, diamond black mica, titanium grey metallic, deep bronze metallic, quartz white pearl, and sterling silver metallic. Here are the merits and demerits of Mitsubishi Xpander:
1. Largest dimension in its class: Mitsubishi Xpander is the largest in its class. It has up to 28.5 cm in length and is 9 cm wider than Toyota Avanza. Measurements are also a plus to this vehicle. It looks greater than different MPVs which show more individuals and baggage that can be obliged in the storage compartment. With the ground leeway of 205mm and a vehicle weight of 1,780kg, it is fit for driving in the city and very high to fit in the rural.
2. Cool and comfortable seats: Seats are semi-bucket, thick, and soft, unlike a flat mainstream MPV or the thin Mobolio’s seats. Likewise, you get plenty of space to move about in the front two seats. With the second row, you feel just how much head and legroom space is available.
3. Sport suspension: Stable but stay comfortable, hardened as the road is flat, and
become padded on an uneven road. In addition, it helps by separating you and your vehicle from the road pavement while traveling at high speeds. The suspension helps make your driving experience a smooth one.
4. The spacious cabin and luxury interiors: with the largest dimensions, the Expander has the most spacious cabin. Even the second-row seats can be slid to the sides. With the luxury interiors, it got a modern dashboard design that gives the impression of spacious. It’s also supported by a luxurious touch screen head unit.
5. Good in fuel consumption: FWD (forward wheel drive) cars are theoretically more efficient than RWD (rear-wheel drive) cars like Avanza because there is no power delivery to lots of RWD components
6. Has a better drive in bad weather: The Mitsubishi Xpander operates on the front-wheel-drive which is more suited for difficult terrains and also harsh weather conditions. This is due to the fact that on rear-wheel drive, it is the rear wheel that pushes the car forward. With a front-wheel drive, the front-wheels pull the vehicle ahead which is simpler. Since the transaxle is on the top upfront, it lends to the weight and the front-heavy designs help them to get a better grip.
7. Has a pleasing exterior design: With the lovers of dynamic shield design with no mainstream lighting layout, Mitsubishi Xpander is your best choice.
8. It is good enough in safety features: The Mitsubishi Xpander has dual SRS (supplemental restraint system) airbags which is an extra safety measure intended to provide protection above that offered by the seatbelt in the event of an accident.
9. Has high mileage: Mitsubishi Xpander can cover a much longer distance because it is a front-wheel-drive hence lighter than a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The axle assemblies and transmission are not separated which reduces the weight in addition to the design being simpler with fewer parts.
10. Bluetooth telephony steering switch: Instead of jamming out to a song on the radio, and your phone starts to ring. Rather than searching for your phone, you just push a button to switch the radio station and answer the call with your newly installed steering wheel control.
1. Operates on a front-wheel drive: Although front-wheel drive is cheaper to manufacture, they have a high maintenance cost. It is also difficult to handle the torque steer in high power-driven front-wheel-drive cars.
2. Has a 4-speed automatic transmission: an automatic transmission shifts the car when you hit a certain speed. The Xpander uses a 4-speed, although there is an improvised 5-speed automatic transmission that has one extra gear.
3. Handling issues and speed cap: you would not find sports cars or any cars driven at substantial high speeds to have a front-wheel drive.
4. Expensive: The highest variant of the Xpander cannot be afforded by low-income earners due to its price.
5. Mitsubishi official workshop network: Mitsubishi’s network and dealers does not have enough popularity like Toyota’s.
6. Has an old-school power train: the engine properties are quite similar to the ones on the engines powering the old school lancer in 2003, an aged engine with minor productivity.
7. Use of middle-class technologies: the dual-zone air conditioner comes in manual, the start engine button fails to impress and the screen displays need some improvement.
8. Improper design for a seven-seater: the Xpander follows the design for a 7-seater crossover MPV. It is surprising that its figures almost go in accordance with the Toyota Vios, a 5- seater sedan.
9. It is more fragile: Xpander being a front-wheel-drive is fragile due to constant velocity joints and half shafts.
10. Highest type is automatic: For the lovers of manual cars, you are not lucky, as for the highest type of Xpander it is only automatic.