Which 2023 Nissan Livina variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide]  

Updated Sep 19, 2022 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

Nissan’s new MPV has a total of four different trims. 

Nissan Philippines’ model lineup has expanded thanks to the addition of the all-new Livina. This also presents an additional option for buyers looking for a family-friendly ride, as this new Nissan belongs within the highly contested seven-seater MPV segment.  

The all-new 2023 Nissan Livina

The all-new 2023 Nissan Livina [VL variant pictured]

The all-new 2023 Nissan Livina has a total of four different variants. These are the entry-level E 1.5 MT, the EL 1.5 AT, the VE 1.5 AT, and the top-spec VL 1.5 AT.  So which of these is the right one for you? 

Let us help you answer this question by differentiating the specs of each trim. 

Nissan Livina Variants: Exterior 

To start this variant guide, let us talk about the Nissan Livina’s exterior. Concerning lighting, all four variants of the Livina are fitted with a pair of multi-reflector halogen headlamps. These then flank the Nissan V-motion grille. Standing out among the three trims is the top-spec VL which gets additional silver accents on its front bumpers. 

On the EL AT, VE AT, and the top-spec VL AT are daytime running lights. Those three trims also come with front fog lamps. These features in turn, are not present on the entry-level E MT variant.  

A picture of the rear of the Nissan VL

The Variant (VL) from the rear

From the side, one can see that the VL is the only trim that is fitted with chrome-colored side mirrors. And like the one’s on the VE AT, these are auto-folding and auto-adjustable. The ones on the VE AT and the rest however, are body-colored.  

The E MT, EL AT, and VE AT likewise get body-color door handles and black-colored window moldings. On the top-spec VL AT, the aforementioned bits come in chrome.  

Also from the side of the top-spec Livina VL AT and VE AT is a set of 16-inch machine-finish alloy wheels. The EL AT meanwhile gets a 15-inch silver painted wheel set, while the entry-level E MT gets a 15-inch steel set which is the simplest when it comes to looks. 

A closeup picture of the Livina's front end

All three trims except the entry-level variant gets LED daytime running lamps

Only the VL AT gets silver accents for its rear bumper. All four variants come standard with a pair of LED taillights.  

When overall styling is concerned, the top-spec Livina VL AT stands out due to the presence of chrome. It can be matched in terms of exterior features by the VE AT. The EL AT, on the other hand, is a tad more basic than the VE AT. The E MT then looks the most basic out of the four while getting the least exterior features. 

Nissan Livina Variants: Interior 

Step inside all four variants of the Livina and you’ll find a three-row configuration that can seat up to seven occupants. All four trims also have a 60:40 split-folding second row, and a 50:50 split-folding third row. 

The materials used to wrap these seats though are different between these four trims. On the E MT, it gets beige fabric seat covers. The EL AT and VE AT have brown-colored fabric seat covers while the top-spec VL AT gets leather seats. 

A picture of the Nissan Livina's third-row

All variants come with third-row seating

For driver amenities, the VL AT and VE AT are the only two that come with six-way manually adjustable driver's seats. But exclusive to the top-spec VL AT is a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a push-to-start button, and a color LCD display meter cluster.  

The rest of the Livina variants meanwhile, get a urethane steering wheel, a turnkey ignition system, and a monotone LCD meter cluster.  

The said steering wheel on the VL AT and VE AT also come with controls for the audio and handsfree calling. The ones on the EL AT and E MT meanwhile, do not.  

Also, more abundant on the VL AT and VE AT are accessory charging ports. On these two, there’s a total of three (one for each row). The EL AT and E MT meanwhile only get two.  

Curiously enough, the entry-level E MT has two USB ports while the EL AT only has one USB port. The VE AT and VL AT meanwhile come with a total of two USB ports as well.  

The Nissan Livina's cockpit [VL variant pictured]

The Nissan Livina's cockpit [VL variant pictured]

Another interesting point about the Livina’s variants is connected to their headunits. We say this because only the EL AT gets a 2-DIN headunit. On the other hand, the rest of the trims including the entry-level E MT get a seven-inch touchscreen display.  

The said touchscreen headunit and the 2-DIN headunit both get USB, an auxilliary jack, and a radio tuner. Only the touchscreen comes with Bluetooth. Of note, it doesn’t come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  

On the entry-level E MT, the sound is outputted by a two-piece speaker system. The EL AT and the VE AT meanwhile get a total of four. The top-spec VL AT meanwhile has the most speakers numbering at six.  

Nissan Livina Variants: Engine & Performance 

Under the hood of all four Nissan Livina variants is a 1.5-liter gasoline four-banger that’s capable of making up to 104 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque. The top-spec VL, VE, and EL trim then pairs the said engine with a four-speed automatic gearbox. Only the entry-level E gets a five-speed manual transmission. 

A picture of the Nissan Livina's engine bay

All four variants use the same 1.5-liter 4A91 inline-4 gasoline engine

All Livina trims are front-wheel-drive, and all use a ventilated front disc brake, as well as a drum rear brake for the rear. A hand-operated parking brake is also standard on this Nissan model.  

As a side note, the Nissan Livina uses the same 4A91 inline-4 gasoline engine as the Mitsubishi Xpander. For that matter, it also uses the same transmission options and the same chassis that utilizes a MacPherson strut front suspension and a rear torsion beam type suspension.  

Nissan Livina Variants: Safety 

Both the top-spec VL AT and the VE AT are the standout trims when it comes to safety. This is because they are the only two trims with hill-start assist, a reverse camera, vehicle dynamic control, traction control, and parking sensors. 

All four variants do come standard with anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, dual-front airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, as well as an engine immobilizer. Only the EL AT, VE AT, and VL AT get an alarm system.  

Nissan Livina Variants: Pricing 


Nissan Livina Variants 


Livina E 1.5 MT 

Php 1,029,000 

Livina EL 1.5 AT 

Php 1,109,000 

Livina VE 1.5 AT 

Php 1,149,000 

Livina VL 1.5 AT 

Php 1,209,000 

Nissan Livina Variants: Conclusion 

Choosing the Nissan Livina variant for you can be straightforward. In other words, you get what you pay for. Except maybe for the EL 1.5 AT which as we’ve said above, somehow gets a more basic 2-DIN headunit. So the EL AT’s difference in price from the entry-level E MT might stem more with its automatic gearbox.  

A picture of the interior of the Livina from an open trunk.

All four Livina trims make for great family chariots

In this regard, the EL AT and E MT are great choices for buyers who just want a seven-seater with not much frills. Between the two, the Livina E MT of course is there for those who want to row through gears.

The VE and VL in turn have the most offerings feature-wise. If a buyer requires the utmost in safety, convenience, and comfort, these two might be their bet. For an additional cost over the VE though, the top-spec VL has the most in the way of style. So if this is a concern for you, the top-spec VL might float your boat.

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Know more about Nissan Livina 2024

Nissan Livina

The all-new Nissan Livina 2023 is a front-wheel-drive, seven-seater MPV. In the local market, it has a total of four different variants with a price ranging from Php 1,029,000 to Php 1,209,000. 

Under the hood of this Nissan MPV is a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. It has the same engine that is currently used in the Mitsubishi Xpander, and it also has an output of 103 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque. Depending on the trim, it either gets a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox.  

When it comes to dimensions, The Livina is 4,510mm long, 1,750mm wide, and 1,700 to 1,665mm in height. Its wheelbase then spans 2,775mm.  

Competing against the Nissan Livina in the local market is the Mitsubishi Xpander and Xpander Cross, Suzuki Ertiga and XL7, Toyota Rush, Toyota Avanza, among others.  

₱ 1,049,000 - ₱ 1,229,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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