The Xpander steering wheel is leather-wrapped (the manual version has a Urethane plastic steering wheel) and has a 3-spoke design like the Outlander steering wheel. You also have full Cruise Control buttons, hands-free conversation and the Cruise Control automatic throttle (only the premium version has). Behind the steering wheel is a mechanical instrument cluster and an LCD screen that displays all the basic information.
Mitsubishi Xpander is also equipped with Start / Stop start button, 6.5 inch touch screen, electric folding mirror, etc. but there are two things I do not like. It’s the air conditioner is still “adjust rice” and need the brakes both rough and “misplaced”. Normally, the brakes will be placed on the driver side, not the side like the Xpander. After a period of “scratching my hair”, I also understood the cause of this strange position: This is a CBU imported from Indonesia and served primarily in the markets using inverted steering wheel (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand …) so the creation of a central control panel for the market for the right hand drive is not economically efficient. Well, our Vietnamese … take it hard, at least the driver can easily get things in 2 central cupboards!
Comfort and spaciousness are the strongest impression I have with Mitsubishi Xpander
Regarding the space of the second row, there is nothing more to discuss, simply because it is so great! The second row of seats can slide up and down, the back of the seat is relatively reclining and the extra seat in the middle can be folded down to make the armrest. Air-conditioned air vents from the top down similar to air-condition on aircraft. This design makes it easier for cold air to spread throughout the cabin, plus the unmistakable “power” of Mitsubishi air conditioners makes the late summer sun a “little thing”!
The third row is also more spacious than I thought. We tested the following: Mr. Nam 1m8 sat in the first row, Mr. Hung Lam 1m8 in row 2 and I 1m7 sat in row 3. Thus, we have 3 adults sitting in 3 rows of Xpander and Surprisingly, I still had a relatively comfortable space: my back was bent, my knees were not too tight, the air conditioner was cool and there was also a 12V port! Of course, if I had to go hundreds of kilometers, I still want to sit on the wheel, but actually the third row of Mitsubishi Xpander is not for show.
Regarding safety equipment, Mitsubishi Xpander automatic transmission is fully equipped with useful features. It is ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Management (ESP), Traction Control TCS, chassis safety etc. Only regret that the vehicle is only equipped with 2 airbags for the driver and front passenger. It would be better if the car had more airbags, though that could cause the Xpander to raise prices slightly.
Some other interior images of Mitsubishi Xpander:
6.2 inch touch screen has better sensitivity and sharpness than the screen of the Outlander
Air conditioner “adjust rice”
Xpander quite rough brake lever
Seamless air conditioning “crisis” of Xpander
When folding both rear seats, the storage compartment volume is over 1,400 liters
Mitsubishi Xpander 2019 uses a 1.5L MIVEC, 4-cylinder, DOHC engine, maximum output of 103 hp at 6,000 rpm, maximum torque of 141 Nm at 4,000 rpm, combined with a manual gearbox 5-speed or 4-speed automatic and front-wheel drive system. For many people, these are the numbers that will be more suitable for city car models like Honda City or Toyota Vios instead of a car that will carry 7 people like Xpander. Whether Xpander has the power to carry out its most important task is also the top concern of our experience team.
Our team consists of 4 people, average weight of about 75 kg. All gear for our vehicle evaluation process has a total weight of about 100 kg. Thus, the vehicle will bear approximately 400 kg payload, equivalent to the couple, 2 grandparents and 3 children. When the car slowly rolls the first meter, the car does not have to “brace” too much to start the journey. The automatic transmission of the high-end version is only 4-speed but according to Mitsubishi’s representative, it is aligned with long steps to make the most of the limited resources of the 1.5-liter engine block.
My travel experience is quite comfortable and gentle, the only slightly inconvenient thing is that the steering wheel can only be adjusted high, low, not protruding. This makes it hard for me to find the most comfortable posture for my hands, feet and back. There will always be some parts that have to be “sacrificed,” whether the arm is a bit too straight or the right leg “hard” shrinks a little. The mirrors are attached to the door sill, so the side view is very airy, I can easily observe the motorbikes unintentionally rushing out from the side road. The front end is short so the alignment is also very easy. However, the car only has a reversing camera, not a reversing sensor, so I still have to be very careful when parking. After all, sensors are toys that owners can easily customize for a nominal cost.
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When traveling at speeds of 80-100 km / h on the road, I only see another big plus of Mitsubithi Xpander. It is soundproofing. I have never seen a car in the price range below 700 million capable of sound insulation wind and sound insulation as great as Xpander! This is our next surprise with the Mitsubishi Expander, a model that will surely attract a lot of attention in the near future. Of course, with only 103 horsepower, you must consider and watch carefully before passing on highways.
If the Outlander CKD is the car that asserts that Mitsubishi Vietnam is ready to return to the game after the policy changes, the Xpander is really the ace of the Japanese car company. It is responsible for “expanding” Mitsubishi’s influence in Vietnam and nibbling on the market share of other Japanese automakers.
Before Xpander was born, the MPV segment was generally dominated by Toyota Innova, other small MPV models could not escape the shadow of King Innova. However, Mitsubishi Xpander is not a direct competitor of Innova, but rather, it is the “perfect” complement of Toyota cars. Grandis has failed to match the Innova, but the Xpander is wiser when it comes to the cheap 7-seater family car segment, and this segment is clearly more fertile. Vietnamese consumers instead of just having a choice of 5-seater sedan / hatchback, now they can own a real 7-seater car with not too much money.
Score: 7.5 / 10
– Impressive design
– Pleasant, generous
– Very attractive price, especially the floor version
– The engine is not too strong
– Materials of interior composition may be better
– 4-speed automatic transmission backward compared to the general trend
Vi Phạm (Tuoitrethudo)