Auto Brawl: Mitsubishi Xpander MPV vs Mazda CX-5 crossover

May 06, 2019
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Introduction
  • 2. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Dimensions
  • 3. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Engine & Performance
  • 4. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Safety Features
  • 5. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Comfort Features
  • 6. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Exterior Features
  • 7. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Conclusion
In this edition of Auto Brawl, we’re featuring the bestselling MPV and one of the best compact crossovers in the market: Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5

1. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Introduction

Ever wondered how one of the best would fare when pitted against the bestselling?

Now, we’ll find out because the Mazda CX5 is considered a premium crossover with some of the best features for its size. We’ll compare it with the functional and practical Mitsubishi Xpander MPV loaded with upgraded safety features hard to beat.

Of course, there is the price point difference between the two, but more affordable cars are getting better equipment now, and we’ll check out if a value-for-money advantage will be apparent in the Xpander.

Mitsubishi Xpander 2018/2019 Philippines Review & Road Test || Price, Specs, Buying advice & More

Mazda CX-5 SUV 2019 in-depth review

2. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Dimensions

Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Dimensions
Size
Mitsubishi Xpander
Mazda CX5
Difference -/+
Winner
Length
4,475 mm
4,550 mm
75
CX5
Width
1,750 mm
1,840 mm
90
CX5
Height
1,700 mm
1,680 mm
20
Xpander
Winner
Mazda CX5

Verdict

If we’re talking about size, the better option between the two is the CX5 over the Xpander

>>> Need detailed info of these two crossover and sub-compact, check out in-depth reviews:

3. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Engine & Performance

Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Performance
 
Mitsubishi Xpander
Mazda CX5
Winner
Displacement
1,499 cc
2,488 cc
CX5
Horsepower
104
190
CX5
Torque
141
251
CX5
Transmission
M/T 5-Speed / A/T 4-Speed
SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed Automatic
CX5
Drive train
FWD
AWD
CX5
Tire size
205 / 55 R16
225/55 R19
CX5
Suspension
 
 
 
Front
MacPherson Strut with Coil Spring and Stabilizer
MacPherson Strut
Xpander
Back
Torsion Beam
Multi-link beam
CX5
Brakes
 
 
 
Front
15-inch Ventilated Discs
Ventilated Discs
Xpander
Back
9-inch Leading and Trailing Drum
Solid Discs
CX5
Tires
205 / 55 R16
225/55 R19
CX5
Euro 4
yes
yes
---
Fuel
gasoline
gasoline
---
Passengers
5-7
5
Xpander
SRP
P1,060,000
P2,222,400
Xpander
Score
4
9
Winner
Mazda CX5

Engine of the 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander Philippines

The Mitsubishi Xpander only comes equipped with an aged 1.5L MIVEC DOHC powertrain

Mazda CX-5 2019 engine

Mazda CX5 is armed with a 2.5-liter in-line four mill with 190 hp and 251 Nm

Verdict

When it comes to performance; the Mazda CX5 takes the point again because of the premium features that are installed in it. The Mitsubishi Xpander lost because it lacks the refinement of the CX5.

4. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Safety Features

Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Safety Features
Safety features
Mitsubishi Xpander
Mazda CX5
Winner
ESC/VSC
---
Yes
CX5
HSA
Yes
---
CX5
Traction control
Yes
---
Xpander
Sonar
 
 
 
Front
---
Yes
CX5
Back
Yes
Yes
---
ABS
Yes
Yes
---
EBD
Yes
Yes
---
BA
Yes
Yes
---
Lane departure warning
---
Yes
CX5
Blind Side Monitor
---
Yes
CX5
Rear cam
Yes
Yes
---
Dual airbags
Yes
Yes
---
Curtain airbags
---
Yes
CX5
Side airbags
---
Yes
CX5
Knee airbag
---
---
 
Cruise control
---
---
---
3-pt. ELR seatbelts
Yes
Yes
---
With Load Limiter
---
Yes
CX5
Isofix mounts
Yes
Yes
---
Lane Watch Camera
---
Yes
CX5
Score
2
5
 
Winner
Mazda CX5

mazda cx5  rear cam

Mazda CX5 is equipped with rear cam

Verdict

The Mazda makes the grade for overall safety features.

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5. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Comfort Features

Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Comfort Features
Comfort features
Mitsubishi Xpander
Mazda CX5
Winner
Steering wheel controls
Yes
Yes
---
Power features
Yes
Yes
---
Multi-zone AC
Automatic dual AC system
Yes
CX5
DIN Head unit
Yes
Yes
---
Bluetooth Connectivity
Yes
Yes
---
Leather seats
Yes
Yes
---
Lighted Vanity mirror
---
Yes
CX5
Best option
Mazda CX5
 

Verdict

These two options have a good assortment of comfort features, but the more premium CX5 wins out.

6. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Exterior Features

Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Exterior Features
Exterior
Mitsubishi Xpander
Mazda CX5
Winner
Headlamps
Halogen Projector
LED, Active
CX5
Fog lights
Yes
Yes
---
Third brake light
Yes
Yes
---
Auto headlamp
Yes
Yes
CX5
Rain sensor
---
Yes
CX5
Winner
Mazda CX5

Verdict

More advanced features for the CX5 allow it to handily win over the Xpander.

Mazda CX5 the look

Mazda CX5 wins this round for Exterior

7. Mitsubishi Xpander vs Mazda CX5: Conclusion

The better option is the Mazda CX5 which has more premium features between the two. If the price is the main consideration, the Xpander hits the spot.

Mitsubishi xpander 2019

If you prefer something at reasonable price, Mitsubishi Xpander should be your next choice

If you're attracted by these two, search for the best deal on the latest version of  Xpander 2019 and CX-5 2019:

Source: Norjan Ismail Abbas

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