2023 Nissan Livina vs Mitsubishi Xpander Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Sep 19, 2022

Both cut from the same cloth, but which is better?

In this article...

  1. Twin MPV match-up
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Safety
  5. Engine
  6. Price
  7. Conclusion

Nissan Livina vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Twin MPV match-up

Nissan Philippines has brought in the Livina MPV in September 2022. It is the Japanese marque’s entry into the competitive seven-seater MPV segment, and so buyers looking to get a family-friendly model now have an additional choice to consider.  

The all-new 2023 Nissan Livina

The 2023 Nissan Livina

As we have seen on its launch, the Livina looks very familiar. In fact, some elements of this Nissan-branded MPV are practically identical to the Mitsubishi Xpander. Those who paid attention of course are unsurprised by this, as they knew all along that both of these MPVs share a common platform. Also, both models belong to the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance.  

The refreshed 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander

The refreshed Mitsubishi Xpander

For a prospective buyer though, this might become confusing. So to see just how these two differ from each other, we’ll be comparing their specifications.  

Specifically, we’re putting the Livina VL 1.5 AT against the Xpander GLS 1.5 AT. That’s because they’re actually close in terms of pricing, and both are top-spec models.

Nissan Livina vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Exterior

For their dimensions, the Nissan Livina is 4,510mm long, 1,750mm wide, and 1,700mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,775mm, and a ground clearance of 205mm. 

A picture of the front of the Nissan Livina

The front of the Livina features Nissan's V-motion grille

The Xpander in turn is 4,595mm long, 1,750mm wide, and 1,750mm in height. It then has a wheelbase spanning 2,775mm, as well as a ground clearance of 225mm. 

Nissan Livina VL 1.5 AT 


Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 














Ground clearance 


The Mitsubishi Xpander is slightly longer and taller compared to its Nissan sibling. It also has more in the way of ground clearance. But besides that, both models come with identical width and wheelbase measurements. 

Nestled on the front ends of these two MPV models are a pair of LED daytime running lamps that are similar in shape. Both also get similar-looking LED taillights for the rear. Both also get a roof-mounted rear spoiler. 

For their main headlamps though, the top-spec Livina only gets a pair of halogens. The top-spec Xpander GLS meanwhile, comes with a pair of LED-type headlamps. These come with a different design than the ones on the Livina, and being LEDs, these will prove to be brighter as well. On both vehicles, the main headlamps are positioned parallel to their grilles just below the LED daytime running lamps.  

A picture of the front of the Mitsubishi Xpander

The Xpander front meanwhile, gets the Mitsubishi Dynamic shield

Speaking of front ends, the biggest difference between the two is their front fascias. The Livina sports the Nissan signature V-Motion grille, whereas the Xpander gets the signature Mitsubishi Dynamic Shield design.  

The rear ends of these two vehicles also get a wiper. The one on the Livina though does not have a rear defogger which is already available for the Xpander.  

Other than the front, the Livina and the Xpander look quite similar from the side and the rear. The Livina VL model does get a set of smaller 16-inch alloy wheels, whereas the Xpander GLS comes with a larger 17-inch alloy set.

Nissan Livina VL 1.5 AT 

Exterior equipment 

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 





Daytime running lamps 



Front fog lamps 






Wheel size 



Wheel type 


Nissan Livina vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Interior

Step inside these two MPVs and you’ll find that both can seat up to seven occupants. Both also have 60:40 split-folding second-row seats, as well as 50:50 split-folding third-row seats. The said seats on both models are also wrapped in black-colored leather.  

Nissan Livina VL 1.5 AT 

Interior equipment 

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 


Seat material 



Driver’s seat adjustment 


Tilt and telescopic 

Steering wheel adjustment 

Tilt and telescopic 

Manual dial type 

Air-conditioning type 


Push button 


Push button 

Seating capacity 

With regards to driving amenities, both the top-spec Livina and top-spec Xpander get a tilt and telescopic steering column. Their steering wheels are also clad in leather. Starting these two MPVs is also made easy with a push-to-start button, and both come with analog gauge clusters, as well as a colored digital display (trip computer).  

A picture of the rear of the Nissan Livina with the trunk door open

A view from the rear of the Livina showing its interior

The Xpander GLS is also great for long road trips since it gets a cruise control system. The Livina meanwhile, does not. For both models though, finding the right driving position is done via manually adjustable seats.  

Concerning air-conditioning systems however, the one on the Livina VL is a more basic dial-type manual system. The one on the Xpander GLS, on the other hand, is an automatic climate control system.  

A peek inside the Xpander from the rear

A peek inside the Xpander from the rear

For onboard entertainment, the Livina VL gets a seven-inch touchscreen headunit. The same goes for the Xpander GLS. But despite assuming the same size, the one on the Mitsubishi model proves to be more updated as it gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Livina meanwhile does not have these connectivity features.  

The all-new Livina's cockpit

The Livina's cockpit

With that difference, one can say that linking a smartphone to the Xpander’s touchscreen might prove to be easier compared to the Livina’s touchscreen. Both screens also seem to use different operating systems respectively.  

Nissan Livina VL 1.5 AT 

On-board tech 

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 

7-inch touchscreen 

Infotainment system 

7-inch touchscreen 

Phonelink, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, tuner 

Connectivity options 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB, tuner 

# of speakers 

Analog w/ digital trip meter 

Gauge cluster 

Analog w/ digital trip meter 

Both headunits do come with Bluetooth, a radio tuner, as well as a USB port. Both headunits are likewise connected to a six-piece speaker system.  

A picture of the interior of the Mitsubishi Xpander

The Xpander features a different-looking steering wheel

Nissan Livina vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Safety

Handling safety for both the top-spec Livina and the top-spec Xpander is an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, vehicle dynamic control, and traction control. These two MPVs are also kitted out with a hill-start assist, as well as ISOFIX child seat anchors.  

Parking both the Livina VL and the Xpander GLS is also made easy thanks to the presence of reverse cameras and parking sensors.  

Lastly, both top-spec trims for these two models also get a total of two airbags each.  

Nissan Livina vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Engine

Under the hood of both the Nissan Livina and the Mitsubishi Xpander is a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. Of note, these are the same exact 4A91 mill that’s good for 104 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque.  

Like the Philippine-spec Xpander, the Livina also uses either a 4-speed automatic gearbox or a 5-speed manual transmission. In the case of their respective top-spec models, they both use the 4-speed automatic gearbox.  

A picture of the Nissan Livina's engine bay

A picture of the Livina's engine bay. The Mitsubishi Xpander uses the same engine

Both the Livina and Xpander are also front-wheel-drive unibody models. Likewise, both utilize a MacPherson strut for the front, and a torsion beam for the rear. 

These two also have identical bits for braking. Specifically, they each use ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels, and both use a drum brake for the rear. Both also use a hand-operated parking brake.  

Nissan Livina VL 1.5 AT 

Mechanical specs 

Mitsubishi Xpander GLS 1.5 AT 

Inline-4 gasoline 


Inline-4 gasoline 







141 Nm 


141 Nm 




Nissan Livina vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Price

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 


Mitsubishi Xpander 


Xpander GLX 1.5G 2WD MT 

Php 1,050,000 

Xpander GLX 1.5G 2WD AT 

Php 1,110,000 

Xpander GLS 1.5G 2WD AT 

Php 1,180,000 

Nissan Livina vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Conclusion

With these two being really similar to each other in terms of mechanical specs, power outputs and interior space, it is understandable that a buyer will look into other elements that make them unique from each other. 

A picture of the rear of the Nissan Livina

The Nissan Livina from the rear

That said, the headunit on the Mitsubishi model brings more convenience in the form of its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For some, that might be a marginal difference, but for others, it will make or break a car.  

The top-spec Livina is a bit pricier compared to the Xpander GLS though. So in this case, this is where personal preference might step in. Do you prefer the look of the V-motion grille on the Livina? Or do you like the Dynamic shield on the Xpander a bit better?  

A picture of the rear of the Mitsubishi Xpander

The Mitsubishi Xpander's rear end. The newer MPV really is a dead ringer for the Mitsu isn't it?

Beyond that, we urge you to give these two models a good old test drive. That is if you’re really on the fence between these two MPVs. 

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

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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