[Auto Brawl 101] Xpander vs Rush: Who takes the crown?

Aug 22, 2018
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Xpander vs Rush in the Philippines: Overview
  • 2. Xpander vs Rush: Size comparison
  • 3. Xpander vs Rush: Performance
  • 4. Xpander vs Rush: Safety Features
  • 5. Xpander vs Rush: Comfort Features
  • 6. Xpander vs Rush: Exterior Features
  • 7. Xpander vs Rush: Conclusion
The latest auto brawl that features the Xpander and Rush in the 1.5 compact MPV category. Get to know which is better of the two.

1. Xpander vs Rush in the Philippines: Overview

There is one common thing about these two vehicles that most car enthusiasts can tell without reading any comparison reviews. That is the Xpander and Rush are two of the most expected 7 seaters to come to the Philippines in 2018.

Back in January when both MPVs had yet to hit our shores, Philkotse.com had even given out an early comparison review to satisfy the thirst for information of car lover community based on the latest specs available at that moment.

However, for now, both the Mitsubishi Xpander and the Toyota Rush have walked into our local market for quite some time, at least long enough to make a deeper look into what they actually have to offer. So here’s a spec battle based on their actual performance that will point out in several comparisons, which wins out. Frankly speaking, oth are great cars that are tuned for city driving that come neck to neck.

On this auto Brawl 101: Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Rush the best option with the best specs, plus the addition of overall safety rating will heat things up! The parameters of this comparison; based on size, safety, performance, comfort features, and exterior elements to see which wins out!

Angular front of the Xpander vs Rush

Xpander vs Rush: Who takes the crown?

Mitsubishi Xpander

The Xpander is what Mitsubishi is about which is an all-around approach to safety and performance. This MPV is the development of requirements that fit a niche that lies in the middle ground. With many SUVs at 1.5 million plus and more, this will fit families fine with affordability and features that count!

What's else? Of course, there are a lot more to say about this hotly-discussed MPV. Find full detail in our Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 review.

Toyota Rush

Another option is the Rush which is a true in-between that comes with improvements that improve safety features and other relevant specs. Most will choose this option for resale, but Toyota managed a few touches for improvements that truly shows. But, takes some steps backwards in some specs that matter too.

In this review, we will focus mostly on the differences of the Rush in comparison with its rival Xpander. So if you are looking for a deeper insight into this 7 seater, kindly refer to our Toyota Rush 2018 review.

2. Xpander vs Rush: Size comparison

Size is important for cars because if it is too small, it will be cramped! Compact MPV with seating of five to seven people need an adequately sized car for better elbow room.

Mitsubishi Xpander

The Xpander is bigger in length and width than the Rush, which it should have a bit more elbow room. The height difference of five millimeters is not that major though. Its length and width should have more leg room for people to stretch out.

2018 Mitsubishi Xpander GLS - Exterior & Interior

Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 Dimensions

Mitsubishi Xpander 2018 Dimensions

Toyota Rush

As an option, the Rush is a bit smaller than the Xpander by (-117) millimeters but is lengthier by five-millimeters. This is a critical size difference that means less stretching room, a bit.

Toyota Rush 2018 Dimensions

Toyota Rush 2018 Dimensions

2018 Toyota Rush 1.5g At || Full Tour Review

With ease, the Xpander makes the cut as the bigger option! Winning by (-117) millimeters to take this round by storm. In the auto brawl, elbow room and legroom are important too!

Rush vs Xpander: Dimensions
Dimension Toyota Rush  Mitsubishi Xpander
Length 4,435 mm 4,475 mm
Width 1,695 mm 1,750 mm
Height 1,705 mm 1,700 mm

3. Xpander vs Rush: Performance

Although Toyota has a penchant for less horsepower and torque than Mitsubishi, which is not efficient for performance standpoint! Another thing is a lack of green tech that should be addressed. Many car makers are addressing this concern; it should be better for more options to have green tech.

Mitsubishi Xpander

The Xpander has good numbers in performance specs; and once again a Mitsubishi overwhelms a Toyota in displacement, horsepower and torque. It could be that Toyota does it for better fuel economy, but power rules the day. One negative is the rear suspension which is just a torsion beam, which can be smooth but a deal-breaker for some.

Toyota Rush

It has nearly the same specs; but loses out on horsepower, torque, displacement and price but for hard-core Toyota people, this is not important. Since the numbers are close, with little difference but a better rear suspension and rear brake will catch up on the Xpander’s specs.

xpander vs rush engines

The Xpander performs better when it comes to overall specifications

This round goes to the Xpander again because of better overall specifications. The Rush could have been better with fewer deal-breakers.

Toyota Rush vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Engine & Performance
   Toyota Rush Mitsubishi Xpander
Engine 16 Valve DOHC  MIVEC 1.5
Displacement 1,496 cc 1,499 cc
HP 103 105
Torque 136 141
Transmission 4-speed AT
Drivetrain RWD FWD

Front: Disc

Rear: Tromol

Front: Disk

Rear: Dru,


Front: Macpherson Strut Coil Spring

Rear: 5 Link Lateral Rod with Coil Spring and Stabilizer

Front: Macpherson Strut Coil Spring

Rear: Torsion Beam

Capacity 7
Green technology No  
Tire size 17 in 16 in
SRP P1,070,000 P1,060,000

4. Xpander vs Rush: Safety Features

All cars in the Rush vs Xpander head-to-head must have the best safety features money can buy! Luckily, these options have high-grade safety features that should be standard in all cars. Both are almost similar, but Toyota decided to play hardball and pack in the safeties to the nines! Too bad Mitsubishi could have added these features still ranks as a safe car, but it loses out.

Mitsubishi Xpander

Overall, the Xpander covers all the basics for better safety features but is trounced by Toyota adding more airbags for passenger safety. But, lacks auto-adjust headlights. Extra touches like Isofix and holder mounts for car seats are good extras. Get the Xpander for good all-around safety with a good price point too!

Toyota Rush

This option has all the features of the Xpander except for Isofix and 3-pt. ELR seatbelts that should be standard equipment. Despite this, the addition of side and curtain airbags is an improvement over other Toyota models. The Rush got a five-star safety rating fron ASEAN NCAP because of this innovation, rare for a Toyota of this class achieve such a feat.

Toyota Rush frontal crash test

The Rush got a five-star safety rating fron ASEAN NCAP because of this innovation

For once, Toyota prioritized safety as a first option but omitting relevant features such as Isofix and 3-pt. ELR. The Rush scored well but omitting some safety features that are standard and adding more airbags is one step forward then backward.

Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Rush: Safety Features
  Mitsubishi Xpander Toyota Rush
Vehicle Stability Control Yes Yes
Traction control Yes Yes
Dual airbags Yes Yes
Side airbags n/a Yes
Curtain airbags n/a Yes
ABS Yes Yes
EBD Yes Yes
BA Yes n/a
Tire pressure sensor No No
AEB (emergency brake) No No
Blind side warning No No
Cross Lane warning No No
Sonar n/a n/a
Auto adjust headlights No No
Isofix, and holder mounts Yes No
3-pt. ELR seatbelts Yes No

5. Xpander vs Rush: Comfort Features

Both the Xpander and Rush don’t come cheap and as options in this Rush vs Xpander auto brawl by Philkotse.com, it shouldn’t be ignored. There’s nothing worse than an inhospitable car interior that is very uncomfortable. Comfort is just as important as performance because it’s how ergonomics interfaces with the human body!

Mitsubishi Xpander

It’s complete with all the needed comfort features for a comfortable ride altogether. Adding leather seats make a big difference with an added luxurious feel compared to plain fabric or vinyl. Putting in small touches is important, and car buyers appreciate it very much.

mitsubishi xpander 2018 interior

It’s complete with all the needed comfort features for a comfortable ride altogether

Toyota Rush

Everything is good with this optional choice with all the features for a cosy cabin for driven and passengers. Comes with ordinary seating material, not leather which is a good extra to have. For the one- million-plus price tag, adding a few touches would be nice but no dice!

toyota rush 2018 philippines interior

Everything is good with this optional choice with all the features for a cosy cabin for driven and passengers

Champ of this round is the Xpander, again with a few touches! Toyota would benefit by omitting such touches, like lesser horsepower and torque that limits performance. Xpander hits the round with a slim win!

Toyota Rush vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Comfort Features
   Toyota Rush Mitsubishi Xpander
Power features Yes
Touch screen Yes
Cup holders Yes
Cabin lights Yes
AC Yes
Speed sensing auto lock Yes
Auto lock Yes
Steering wheel controls Yes
Adjustable seats Yes
Third seat Yes
Leather seats No Yes

6. Xpander vs Rush: Exterior Features

For the record, auto brawl 101: Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Rush values sleek and modern looks in the options that are pitted against each other. But, looks ain’t everything and having all the exterior equipment is what counts! Here’s the rundown of what both compact MPV and how well they do. There are other features, but the most basic was chosen for parallel comparison for both options.

toyota rush philippines exteriorMitsubishi Xpander philippines exterior

Toyota Rush vs Mitsubishi Xpander

Mitsubishi Xpander

For the record, the Xpander has halogen headlights, fog lights, third brake light, and the rear camera which is the best assistive aid installed in cars now. All of them are vital whether driving in the daytime or night time.

Toyota Rush

Equipping the Rush with similar equipment and performing at par with the Xpander. It’s an even playing field that leads to a draw. With the cost of the unit, then it is fortunate that it has these features.

Neither wins in this phase of the spec battle, and all is a draw. Both the Xpander and Rush are at a stalemate. Time to move onto the conclusion for the wrap-up!

Toyota Rush vs Mitsubishi Xpander: Exterior
  Toyota Rush  Mitsubishi Xpander
Headlights Halogen
Fog lights Yes
Rain sensor No
Third brake light Yes
Rear camera Yes

7. Xpander vs Rush: Conclusion

Who wins in this car comparison Mitsubishi Xpander vs Toyota Rush with the most features used a yardstick? The table will show how well, both options rank up! Based on the comparison table, here is the victor.

  1. The Xpander wins with +117 mm. to spare over the Rush.
  2. Overall performance is won by the Xpander compared to the Rush.
  3. Mitsubishi Xpander is one up because of leather seats as an extra touch!
  4. Price is won by the Xpander with more features for the cost.
  5. The Xpander only gets a four-star rating.

Although having certain weaknesses to be improved, the Mitsubishi Xpander still wins the spec brawl based on the specs it has. The four-star safety rating of the Xpander is counter balanced by the five-star rating of the Rush. Though some negatives like the lack of 3-pt. ELR seatbelts and Isofix which is important in safety rankings is something to consider.

All in all, isn't it time to go and search for a Mitsubishi Xpander and experience yourself how it really feels to stay behind the wheel?

Xpander vs Rush: Who wins?
  Mitsubishi Xpander  Toyota Rush
Size Winner  
Performance Winner  
Safety   Winner
Comfort Winner  
Exterior Draw Draw
Price P1,060,000 P1,070,000
Safety Rating
4-star 5-star

As for the Rush, although not winning in this spec battle, it is still definitely worth your consideration if you are a Toyota loyal fan and on the market for a capable, durable and reliable 7-seater. Make sure to check out our Toyota Rush for sale section here to get the best deals.

Source: Norjan Ismail Abbas

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