2023 Hyundai Stargazer vs Mitsubishi Xpander Comparo: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Oct 20, 2022

The MPV segment has a new challenger yet again.

In this article...

  1. A new seven-seater rival enters
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Safety
  5. Engine
  6. Price
  7. Conclusion

2023 Hyundai Stargazer vs Mitsubishi Xpander Comparo: A new seven-seater rival enters

Hyundai Motor Philippines finally brought in its own contender for the ever-competitive local seven-seater MPV market segment. It's called the Stargazer, and it uses the Hyundai K2 platform which it shares with the Creta.  

A picture of the Hyundai Stargazer and Mitsubishi Xpander head-to-head

How does the all-new Hyundai Stargazer compare to the Mitsubishi Xpander?

But how does the Stargazer fare against competing models on paper? Specifically, how does it fare against popular MPV models like the Mitsubishi Xpander? 

To find out, let’s compare the top-spec Stargazer GLS Premium 1.5 IVT against the Xpander GLS 1.5 AT. We chose those two trims because both are top-spec variants, and so are good representations of what each model can offer.  

2023 Hyundai Stargazer vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Exterior

When it comes to dimensions, the all-new Stargazer is 4,460mm long, 1,780mm wide, and 1,695mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,780mm, and a ground clearance of 185mm. 

The all-new 2023 Hyundai Stargazer

The all-new 2023 Hyundai Stargazer

The Mitsubishi Xpander meanwhile, is 4,595mm long, 1,750mm wide, and 1,750mm in height. Its wheelbase then spans 2,775mm, and it also has a ground clearance of 225mm.

Hyundai Stargazer GLS Premium 1.5 IVT 

Dimensions 

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 

4,460mm 

Length 

4,595mm 

1,780mm 

Width 

1,750mm 

1,695mm 

Height 

1,750mm  

2,780mm 

Wheelbase 

2,775mm 

185mm 

Ground clearance 

225mm 

The Xpander is longer and taller, whereas the Stargazer is slightly wider. The Mitsubishi MPV also has more in the way of wheelbase length and ground clearance. This might translate to the Xpander providing more legroom, and a better ability to deal with rough roads and humps. In turn, the Stargazer might provide more elbow room.  

Regarding exterior features, both the Stargazer GLS Premium and the Xpander GLS are equipped with LED headlamps, LED taillights, power-folding side mirrors, fog lamps, LED daytime running lamps, among others.  

The 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander

The 2022 Mitsubishi Xpander

The Stargazer does come with a rear wiper, which isn’t present on the Xpander GLS. The headlamps on the Hyundai model also get an auto-light control function which is also absent on the Mitsubishi.  

The Xpander has a set of 17-inch wheels, which are larger than the Stargazer’s 16-inch set.

Hyundai Stargazer GLS Premium 1.5 IVT 

Exterior equipment 

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 

LED 

Headlights 

LED 

With 

Daytime running lights 

With 

LED 

Taillights 

LED 

With 

Front fog lamps 

With 

16-inch 

Wheel size 

17-inch 

Alloy 

Wheel type 

Alloy 

2023 Hyundai Stargazer vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Interior

Inside the Stargazer and the Xpander are three rows of seating with space for up to seven occupants. Both of their second-row seats have a 60:40 split, and their third row has a 50:50 split. All occupants for both are also kept comfortable by a manual air-conditioning system. 

A view of the Stargazer's interior from the rear door

A view of the Stargazer's interior from the rear door

The seats on the Stargazer may prove to be a bit plusher thanks to being wrapped in leather. The Xpander meanwhile gets fabric-clad seats. The Hyundai MPV also gets a seat back table which isn’t present on the Xpander.  

Hyundai Stargazer GLS Premium 1.5 IVT 

Interior equipment 

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 

Leather 

Seat material 

Fabric 

Manual 

Driver’s seat adjustment 

Manual 

Tilt and telescopic 

Steering wheel adjustment 

Tilt and telescopic 

Manual 

Air-conditioning type 

Manual 

Push-to-start w/ remote start 

Ignition 

Push-to-start 

Seating capacity 

Moving on to driver amenities, both come standard with a tilt-and-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, a push-to-start button, a manually adjustable driver’s seat, a center arm-rest, cruise control, etc.  

The Stargazer however, does add on to those with a remote engine start system which is not available on the Xpander.  

The top-spec Stargazer also gets a fully digital gauge cluster, while the Xpander uses an analog gauge cluster paired with a digital trip meter.  

A peek inside the Xpander from the rear

A peek inside the Xpander from the rear

For on-board entertainment, the Hyundai Stargazer GLS Premium is kitted out with an eight-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. It is then linked to a six-piece speaker system. 

The Mitsubishi Xpander, on the other hand, gets a seven-inch headunit. It is slightly smaller than the one on the Stargazer, but it also comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. The Xpander also gets a six-piece speaker system.  

The Hyundai model does get a wireless smartphone charging pad, but the Xpander does not.  

Hyundai Stargazer GLS Premium 1.5 IVT 

On-board tech 

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 

8-inch touchscreen 

Infotainment system 

7-inch touchscreen 

Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth 

Connectivity options 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth 

# of speakers 

Digital 

Gauge cluster 

Analog 

With 

Wireless phone charging 

None 

2023 Hyundai Stargazer vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Safety

Safety for both the Stargazer and the Xpander are handled by what you’d expect from a modern car model. Both come standard with anti-lock braking, stability control, hill-start assist, ISOFIX child seat anchors, etc. 

The Stargazer's front cabin

The Stargazer's front cabin

The Hyundai MPV does get parking sensors and a tire-pressure monitor, while the Xpander does not. The Stargazer GLS Premium also gets a total of six airbags, while the Xpander GLS only has two. Both the top-spec Stargazer and Xpander do come with a reverse camera for ease of parking.

A peek inside the Xpander's cockpit

A peek inside the Xpander's cockpit

The Stargazer also gets a whole slew of driver assist features all of which are not present on its Mitsubishi rival. These include a blind-spot collision avoidance system, rear-cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, driver attention warning, lane following assist, and a forward collision-avoidance system. So on paper, the Hyundai model proves to be a safer car compared to the Xpander. 

Hyundai Stargazer GLS Premium 1.5 IVT 

Safety equipment 

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 

6

Airbags 

2

With 

Anti-lock braking w/ EBD 

With 

With 

Reverse camera 

With 

None 

Parking sensors 

With 

Standard 

Cruise control 

Standard 

With 

Hill-start assist 

With 

With 

Stability control 

With 

With 

ISOFIX 

With 

With

Blind-spot detection 

None

With 

Driver attention alert 

None

With

Emergency braking 

None

With

Lane keep assist 

None

With

Lane follow assist 

None

With

High-beam assist 

None

With 

Engine immobilizer 

With 

With 

Security alarm 

With 

2023 Hyundai Stargazer vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Engine

Under the hood of the Stargazer is a 1.5-liter Smartstream inline-4 gasoline engine that’s capable of producing up to 113 horsepower and 144 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to its front wheels via Hyundai’s Intelligent Continuously Variable transmission (IVT).  

A closer look at the Stagazer's shifter

A closer look at the Stargazer's shifter

The Mitsubishi Xpander meanwhile, utilizes the 1.5-liter 4A91 inline-4 gasoline engine. It is paired to a four-speed automatic gearbox, and it can produce up to 103 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque. Its power is also sent to its front wheels.  

Based on those output figures, the Stargazer is a bit more powerful compared to the Xpander. Each also comes with very different transmissions, which might mean a difference in driving feel as well.  

The Xpander's gear shifter

The Xpander's gear shifter

Both the Stargazer and the Xpander then use a MacPherson strut front suspension, and a torsion-beam type for the rear. Both also get front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, and a hand-operated parking brake.  

Hyundai Stargazer GLS Premium 1.5 IVT 

Mechanical specs 

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 

Inline-4 gasoline 

Engine 

Inline-4 gasoline 

1.5-liters 

Displacement 

1.5-liters 

IVT 

Transmission 

4-speed automatic gearbox 

113  

Horsepower 

103  

144 Nm 

Torque 

141 Nm 

FWD 

Drive 

FWD 

2023 Hyundai Stargazer vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Price

Pricing for the 2023 Hyundai Stargazer starts at Php 998,000 for the entry-level GL variant. Pre-ordering for the Hyundai MPV is now open while full pricing details will be released on November 9, 2022. 

For the Mitsubishi Xpander, pricing details are as follows:

Mitsubishi Xpander Variants

Price

Xpander GLX 1.5 2WD MT

Php 1,050,000

Xpander GLX 1.5 2WD AT

Php 1,110,000

Xpander GLS 1.5 2WD AT

Php 1,180,000

2023 Hyundai Stargazer vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Conclusion

In comparing the specs of the Hyundai Stargazer against the Mitsubishi Xpander, one can say that their difference in features is reflected by the pricing. 

The Hyundai Stagazer's rear end

The Hyundai Stargazer's rear end

For the Stargazer GLS Premium’s heftier price tag, you get a bit more power on tap, and significantly more in the way of active safety features. Not to mention, you also get wireless Apple CarPlay as well as a wireless phone charger. 

Sure, the Xpander did get a good crash safety rating from the ASEAN NCAP but do note that if a buyer is really concerned about safety, then the Stargazer’s extensive kit might just sway you to fork over the extra dough.  

As proved by our first impressions review for it though, the Xpander does offer a comfortable interior with plenty of space to work with. Its longevity in the market might also be taken as evidence for its robustness. That’s something that the Hyundai Stargazer is yet to achieve as it is an all-new model after all.  

The Mitsubishi Xpander from the rear

The Mitsubishi Xpander from the rear

In choosing between the two as a potential next purchase though, a good test drive will always be more informative. 

For more car comparisons like this, keep it here on Philkotse.  

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Author

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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