Top 5 best family minivans in the Philippines in 2018

Jun 07, 2018 | Same topic: Best advice for car buyers
A guide to choosing the best family minivans in the Philippines in 2018 (updated 2019).

1. Features to consider when choosing a minivan in the Philippines in 2018 (updated 2019)

For many families having a vehicle that is spacious and has many uses is practical, and “the best family minivans in the Philippines” is right! They come in basic and luxury models that allow a wide choice to select from. There are considerations when choosing a minivan, to make the right decision.

  • Power and Fuel efficiency
  • Front or Rear Wheel Drive
  • 3,000 Lbs. towing capacity (some models)
  • Improves Door access - 5 doors
  • Passengers - 7 to 8 with child seat
  • Customizable loading compartment
  • Safety Features
  • Rear Cameras or Back up Alerts (warning devices for backing up)
  • Updated Safety Technologies (luxury minivans) - Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Price - basic or luxury minivans

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2. Top 5 best family minivans in the Philippines for 2018/2019

2.1. Kia Grand Carnival

Price: P2,110,000 - P2,545,000

Transmission: 6-Speed AT with Sport mode

One of the best minivans in the Philippines with safety features, specifications, cabin amenities with everything that makes up a great ride. A minivan packed with everything needed, in a premium luxury minivan, with streamlined styling that catches attention. The 2.2L EX AT DSL will fit 11-people inside, with extra storage too. A multi-use luxury minivan for a small or large family to enjoy! For deeper understanding of this minivan, read our Kia Carnival 2018 Philippines review.

Kia Grand Carnival angular front

The Carnival is one of the best minivans in the Philippines

Key Features:

  • Doors: 5, Power side door
  • Engine: In-line 4-Cylinders, CRDi, DOHC, 16V, Variable Geometry Turbo with Intercooler
  • Power Output: Maximum output at 193 ps @ 3,800 rpm
  • Torque: 45 kg-m @ 1,750-2,750 rpm
  • Transmission Type: Automatic Transmission with Sports Mode
  • Suspension: MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer and Multi-link (Front) / Gas Type Shock Absorbers (Rear)
  • Tire: 235 / 60 R18 Alloy
  • Aircon: Manual Type, Tri-Zone, Full Auto Climate Control
  • Colors: 8 options to choose from

Best features:

  • Keyless Ignition (push start/stop button)
  • Parking assist system
  • Autolight, Cruise and Audio Control
  • Multi-information Display console
  • Active Eco
  • Power Outside View Mirrors with 4-functions

Safety features: 

  • Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) with Alarm 
  • Impact Sensing Unlock (ISU)
  • Blind Spot Detecting System (BSD)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Dual Airbag
  • Child Anchor- ISOFIX 
  • ABS -Standard + EBD + BAS
  • High Mount Stop Lamp (HMSL)
  • Immobilizer

Cabin features:

  • Accents/Cabin Finish: Either metal grain or gloss black used for the cabin interior
  • Seating capacity: 11 for 2.2L EX AT DSL or 7 for 2.2L EX AT DSL 

Verdict:

A premium luxury minivan with everything needed and more, it is a “quality Minivan worthy of a chauffeur” with comfort and features that’s worth the price tag.

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2.2. Honda Odyssey

Price: P2,079,000 - P2,433,000

Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

The Honda Odyssey will turn heads with its streamlined and classy looks both outside and inside the minivan. The cabin is kept cool by a Triple-Zone automatic air-con, entertainment console, a well-accented cabin, whether moving or a complete stop when in the cabin. This is the minivan to get, that is classy with good specifications and safety features, for a well-appointed luxury minivan as the best choice.

Honda Odyssey angular front

The Honda Odyssey will turn heads with its streamlined and classy looks

Key Features:

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: Inline 4-Cylinder, 16-Valve, 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC with Earth Dreams Technology
  • Power output: 129 (175) ps / 6,200 rpm
  • Torque:  226 (23.0) kg-m / 4,000 rpm
  • Suspension: MacPherson Strut (Front) / Torsion Beam (Rear)
  • Tire: 215 / 55 R17
  • Aircon: Single-zone Automatic, Triple-Zone Automatic
  • Colors: 6 options to choose from

 Best features:

  • G-CON Body Structure 
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE)
  • Smart Entry with Keyless Ignition
  • Paddle Shifter 
  • Drive-by-Wire 
  • Catalytic converter
  • 4-wide angles Multiple View Cameras (MVC)
  • Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) for backing in and parallel assist
  • Blind Spot Information (BSI)
  • Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM)

Safety features: 

  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) 
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) 
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA) 
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) 
  • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) 
  • Seatbelt Reminder (SR) - driver and passenger
  • Reverse Camera Multi-view with Guide
  • Keyless Entry System- Remote Key or Smart Entry
  • Security Alarm 
  • Immobilizer
  • Child Seat Anchor (equipped with 2)
  • Side Airbags 
  • Side Curtain Airbags (SCA) for 3 rows

Cabin features:

  • Accents/Cabin Finish: Either fabric or leather-clad for accents, depending on the model
  • Seating capacity: 5

Verdict:

Graded A1 in safety features, cabin amenities and specifications for a first class luxury minivan for families on the go! Look no further than the Odyssey; it's got everything in premium model.

2.3. Suzuki APV

Price: P588,000 - P660,000

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual or 4-Speed Automatic Transmission

The Suzuki APV is a balanced minivan option within the sweet spot of price, specification, interior and other features that is what a multi-purpose vehicle should be. It fits about seven to eight people with ease, with convertible luggage space for cargo, for a “value for money” minivan.

Suzuki APV angular front

The Suzuki APV is a balanced minivan option

Key Features:

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: G16A 4-cylinder SOHC 16V 1590 cc
  • Power Output: 91 hp @ 5,750 rpm
  • Torque: 127 Nm @ 4,500 rpm
  • Suspension: MacPherson Strut w/ Coil Spring (front)/ Rigid Axle with Leaf Spring or 3-Link Rigid Axle with Coil Spring (rear)
  • Tire: 185 / 80R14 or 195 / 65R15
  • Aircon: Single Manual Air Conditioning w/ Optional Dual AC

Key features:

  • Entertainment- 1-DIN AM/FM/CD Audio System via 2 Speakers3-Year Warranty
  • Power steering
  • Large convertible cargo space

Safety features:

  • Immobilizer 
  • Defogger 
  • Side Impact Beams 
  • Keyless Entry System
  • 3-point ELR Seatbelts with Pre-tensioner, Force Limiter, Height adjuster
  • Dual Airbags
  • Standard ABS
  • Childproof Rear Door Locks 

Cabin features:

  • Accents/Cabin Finish: Upholstered seats with plastic accents and a leather-clad steering wheel
  • Seating capacity: 7-8

Verdict:

It is value for money because of price, seats seven to eight passengers, and extra stuff if needed. A basic minivan that is functional and practical, for small or big families to use. No doubt, it deserves a slot in our list for best family minivans in the Philippines for 2018/2019.

>>> Read more: Suzuki APV 2018 Philippines review

2.4. BAIC M20

Price: P578,000 - P598,000

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual

A minivan with an expensive looking visage, specifications and safety features within the price sweet spot too. Inside the cabin is either cloth or leather seats, an entertainment system with a touchscreen, like other more expensive options in a basic minivan. At least seven to eight passengers can ride it, with adaptable cargo space for other stuff.

BAIC M20 angular front

The BAIC M20 can accommodate at least seven to eight passengers

Key Features:

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: BJ15B petrol 1.5L (1499cc) L4 16V DOHC, in line 4-cylinder OHC 16V multipoint electronic injection gasoline engine
  • Power Output: 75 or 78 Kw (depending on the model)
  • Torque: 135 or 145 Nm (depending on the model)
  • Suspension: MacPherson (front)/ Rigid Axle Leaf Spring (rear)
  • Tire: 185/65 R14
  • Aircon: Dual Aircon

Best Features:

  • LCD Touchscreen complete entertainment console
  • Six-speakers for Hi-Def sound
  • USB connectivity and SD card capable system

Safety Features:

  • ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)-Luxury version only
  • Fog Lamps (front and back)
  • Power steering (standard)
  • Central Door locking (standard)
  • High Brake Light

Cabin features:

  • Accents/Cabin Finish: Either cloth for 8-seater but leather for the 7-seater luxury version.
  • Seating capacity: 7-8

Verdict:

The price-point and features are right with striking looks and features as well. The BAIC M20 may look like a basic minivan but its design says otherwise, with extras added to sweeten the package, with more seating capacity.

2.5. Foton Gratour

Price: P510,000 - P540,000

Transmission: 5 Speed Manual

The final entry in the list of best family minivans in the Philippines in 2018/2019 is the Foton Gratour. If a basic minivan is needed, with standard features without the bells and whistles, then consider this as the best overall price point. It has innovative “Air Intake Control + Friction reduction technology”, Crash sensor, safety features, and USB enabled entertainment system in very affordable basic minivan package. A dedicated multi-use minivan with everything needed in a basic configuration, for a functional and practical option to get.

Foton Gratour side profile

The Foton Gratour is a no-fuss minivan with all the basic features and specs

Key Features:

  • Doors: 5 Doors with 2 Side Sliding Doors
  • Engine: G03-1.2L
  • Power Output: 4400 rpm
  • Torque: 112N-m
  • Suspension: McPherson Independent Suspension (front)/ Leaf Spring Non-Independent Suspension (rear)
  • Tire: 165/70 R13
  • Aircon: Front and Rear

Best Features:

  • Air Intake Control + Friction reduction technology
  • Crash Sensor
  • FM/AM/Radio, USB with auxiliary input and Front Speakers
  • Foldable Rear Seat

Safety Features:

  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Rear Seat Belts
  • Seat Belt Warning
  • Front Seat Belts (adjustable)
  • Front and Side Impact Beams
  • Driver Airbag
  • Child Safety Locks

Cabin features:

  • Accents/Cabin Finish: NA
  • Seating capacity: 7

Verdict:

This is a no-fuss minivan with all the basic features and specifications, with extras added to it. The practical Foton Gratour gets people around, with the best price point over the others in its class.

3. Top 5 best family minivans in the Philippines in 2018/2019: Spec Comparison

 Model Engine displacement Best features Safety features  Passengers  Price 
Kia Grand Carnival  2199 cc 11/7  P2,110,000 - P2,545,000
Honda Odyssey  2400 cc 10  13  P2,079,000 - P2,433,000
Suzuki APV  1590 cc 7 - 8  P588,000 - P660,000
BAIC M20  1499 cc 7 - 8  P578,000 - P598,000
Foton Gratour  1206 cc P510,000 - P540,000

4. Top 5 best family minivans in the Philippines in 2018/2019: Conclusion

The 5 mentioned minivans have different specifications, price point and features in determining the 5 best family minivans in the Philippines and it will not be an easy task! All models aren’t the same price, but have different specifications and features. Look at the other options from the APV to Gratour; they are lower displacement but have more seats, when compared to the Odyssey or Grand Carnival.

So, you’ve got the luxury minivan or the standard minivan that is not the same, but have “key” differences from each other. This guide on Philkotse.com will help in making the right choice for anyone. If you are on the market for a minivan, please refer to our Vans for sale section to start your car hunt today!

Source: Norjan Abbas