Mitsubishi Xpander vs Kia Carens: buy a high-end Japanese car or a regular Korean car?

At a price range of 650 million VND, Vietnamese users will be able to buy the highest-end Mitsubishi Xpander 2022 and the regular Kia Carens 2023 with some differences in equipment.

After Hyundai Stargazer, Mitsubishi Xpander continue to face new pressure from Kia Carens – a new car model in the newly launched small 7-seat car segment. However, the selling price of Kia Carens is near the highest in the segment, making competition more difficult with the MPV model from Japan. The most advanced version of Xpander, AT Premium, has many superior points compared to Carens 1.5G IVT version when the selling price is around 650 million VND.

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Price





Kia Carens

Mitsubishi Xpander

Retail price (million VND)

669

648

Size

Although located in the same segment of small 7-seat cars, Kia Carens shows its advantage in size when most parameters are larger than Xpander but not too superior. The Carens’ wheelbase is only 5 mm longer, but the height and width provide a spacious, comfortable cabin space. These two sizes can even be compared to competitors at a higher price range. Greater ground clearance helps Xpander operate more easily in rough surface conditions.









Kia Carens

Mitsubishi Xpander

Length (mm)

4,540

4,595

Height (mm)

1,800

1,750

Width (mm)

1,750

1,730

Base axle (mm)

2,780

2,775

Ground clearance

190

205

Exterior and equipment

As the newest generation, Kia Carens carries new design features of this Korean car company, such as the lighting cluster with LED strip positioning quite similar to the Sonet model sold in Vietnam. Although located in the small 7-seat car segment, Carens has a design quite similar to an SUV instead of using the familiar design of competitors in the segment. Some details are also chrome plated to make it less common, and come with a set of sporty style wheels.

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Although not as sporty and modern as the Mitsubishi Xpander, it offers a more masculine, muscular appearance. Compared to its Korean competitor, the Japanese car company has created a highlight with more chrome-plated details on the exterior, along with embossed ribs. The design of the Xpander is also a bit different such as the lighting cluster is separate from the navigation lights. Overall, this car model is more personality and stronger.

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Kia Carens

Mitsubishi Xpander

Lights

Halogen

LED

Fog lights

Halogen

Halogen

Tail lights

LED

LED

Wiper

Manual adjustment

Manual adjustment

Rearview mirror

Folding, electric adjustment

Folding, electric adjustment

Wheel size (inch)

17

17

Tires

215/55

205/55

Furniture and amenities

If other car models in the segment follow the trend of placing a floating screen on the dashboard, Kia Carens has changed the design to lie horizontally with the dashboard behind the steering wheel. The design is still minimalist and the air conditioning vents follow the dashboard to create uniformity. However, the biggest minus point that Vietnamese consumers evaluate on this model is the use of mechanical handbrake, while competitors have mostly switched to electronic handbrake.

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With Xpander, the interior compartment design is also simple as the air conditioning vents are all horizontal rectangular shapes. The dashboard is also no-frills, with a prominent central entertainment screen. The steering wheel has simple function buttons and is not as complete as its Korean competitors. However, as the most advanced version, the Mitsubishi Xpander has a larger screen and some convenient equipment such as Auto Hold and electronic handbrake.

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Kia Carens

Mitsubishi Xpander

Chair material

Skin

Skin

Clock behind the steering wheel

4.2 inch screen

Mechanical watch + 4.2 inch screen

Center screen

8 inches, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connection

9 inches, with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity

Automatic air conditioning

Are not

Are not

Sound

6 speakers

6 speakers

Wireless charging

Are not

Are not

Electronic handbrake

Are not

Have

Hold the brake automatically

Are not

Have

Refrigerate the cup holder

Have

Are not

Rear seat charging port

USB Type C

USB Type C + USB Type A

Remote start

Have

Are not

One-touch up/down windows, anti-pinch

Have

Are not

Engine

As a “brother” with Hyundai Stargazer, Kia Carens uses the same 1.5L engine with 113 horsepower. This power is superior to the Mitsubishi Xpander. Better performance helps the small Korean 7-seat car model to operate better when carrying enough people and lots of stuff. Overall, the difference between the performance of these two models is not too much.









Kia Carens

Mitsubishi Xpander

Cylinder capacity

1,497 cc

1,499 cc

Power (horsepower)

113

103.5

Torque (Nm)

144

141

Gear

Stepless IVT

4-speed automatic

Drive system

Front bridge

Front bridge

Safety technology and driver assistance

The amenities inside the cabin show that Kia Carens and Mitsubishi Xpander both have their own advantages because each company competes with each equipment. The safety technology category is no exception, as the Xpander has all the basic equipment on Kia’s 7-seat car model, and even still dominates with the addition of automatic throttle.











Kia Carens

Mitsubishi Xpander

Anti-lock braking ABS

Have

Have

Electronic balance

Have

Have

Departure support


horizontal slope

Have

Have

Camera

Reverse camera

Reverse camera

Collision sensor

After

After

Automatic throttle

Are not

Have

Air bag

2

2

summary

Approaching the price of 650 million VND, Mitsubishi Xpander with more equipment will score more points in the eyes of Vietnamese consumers – especially those who choose the car for service. In return, Kia Carens has enough amenities and is suitable for young people who prefer a gentle style, with a more SUV style to serve the family.

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