Toyota Rush: Same price, different options

The Toyota Rush broke into the Philippine auto market in 2018 and instantly became one of the top ten best-selling cars in the country the following year.
Despite its popularity, this Japanese car brand's number one crossover won't be for everyone, so naturally car buyers will want to see more of their options.
Toyota Rush
If you're looking to explore other great alternatives to the Toyota Rush (priced between 968,000 and PHP 1.1 million), here are some of your best options.
Honda BR-V (PHP1.04 to PHP1.16 million)
Under the bonnet of the Honda BR-V there is a 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder 16-valve engine with 118 hp and 145 Nm torque. The engine's standard i-VTEC technology is further enhanced by the electronic lift control, which improves engine performance at low and part loads. The engine of the BR-V is exclusively equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) from Earth Dreams technology, which ensures smooth gear changes and at the same time contributes to fuel efficiency.
With a wheelbase of 2662 mm, the BR-V offers sufficient headroom, legroom and shoulder room for a total of seven people in all three rows. Speaking of three rows: thanks to the 60:40 sliding and reclining seats in the second row and the 50:50 reclining function in the last row, getting to the third row is child's play. Plus, you don't have to worry about the comfort of the rear passengers, as they have separate air conditioning on the roof and their own manual controls.
The Honda BR-V features front and rear center armrests, climate control, dual USB inputs, an adjustable steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, paddle shifters and a 7-inch digital touchscreen display, Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity, to name just a few.
Mitsubishi Xpander (PHP1.01 to PHP1.13 million)
Mitsubishi Xpander
At 4475 mm, the Xpander cab is the longest in its class. Thanks to the three-row 2-3-2 seating arrangement, there is room for seven adult adults. Getting in and out of the third row seats is made easier by the tumbling system used in the second row seats.
All four panels of the Xpander are equipped with the 1.5-liter MIVEC engine from Mitsubishi, which delivers 104 hp and 141 Nm of torque. Both the GLX and the GLS fairing are equipped with a five-speed manual transmission. The GLX Premium and the GLS Sport now have four-speed automatic transmissions.
Hyundai Kona (1.19 million PHP)
Hyundai Kona 2018
Equipped with an internal combustion engine, the Kona (completely different from the EV version) runs on a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder Atkinson engine that is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This pairing is good for 147 hp and 179 Nm of torque.
Inside, an intuitive 7-inch instrument cluster makes vital travel information visible at a glance, but there's also the 8-inch head-up display to keep travel details within sight. For infotainment, the Kona relies on a floating radio display with an integrated navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions and voice commands.
The Kona has a number of advanced driver assistance systems that fall under the umbrella of Hyundai SmartSense safety technology. For reasons of standard safety, the Kona covers all bases, starting with the SuperStructure vehicle chassis made of high-strength steel, six airbags, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
Kia Seltos (1.5 million PHP to 1.5 million PHP)
Kia Seltos 2021
The Kia Seltos was developed to replace the quirky Kia Soul and is based on the same platform as the Kona from sister company Hyundai. Both share the same engine with the same power (147 hp, 179 Nm), but the Seltos uses a continuously variable transmission (IVT) to shift. With a function for selecting the driving mode, the driver can choose between five different driving modes (Smart, Eco, Comfort, Sport and Custom) in order to control various driving functions, including steering behavior, accelerator and shift speed switching points.
Inside, the driver controls have an intuitive and ergonomic design. A head-up display provides the driver with important travel information and at the same time ensures that the eyes are always on the road. The spacious interior exudes "elegant and comfortable functionality" and is equipped with comfortable seats and tasteful equipment such as an 8-inch infotainment system with 6 speakers and Apple Carplay and Android Auto, automatic climate control (only SX) and convenience for Smart Entry and Push Start (SX only).
In terms of safety, the 2020 Seltos comes with a number of standard safety features that you would only expect in premium luxury vehicles. Check out this impressive list: an advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) body, front and curtain airbags (SX only), electronic stability control (SX only), rear parking space warning (SX only), rear view camera display with reversing function, downhill brake control (only SX), hill start assist control (only SX) and cruise control (SX, EX).
Suzuki XL7 (PHP1.07 million)
New Suzuki XL7
The All New Suzuki XL7 is powered by a 1.5-liter K15B engine, as can be found in the Ciaz sedan and the Jimny mini-Suv. This engine delivers 103 hp and 138 Nm of torque while paired with a 4-speed gearbox.
In terms of the interior, the XL7 has a highly flexible seating arrangement with impressive legroom for passengers in the third row thanks to the long wheelbase of 2740 mm. The XL7 is based on the HEARTECT platform from Suzuki and offers better weight reduction, energy distribution in the event of a collision and improved NVH performance compared to the old generation model.
The XL7 also has 199 liters of luggage space and is equipped with an advanced climate control system, a keyless push-start function as well as an LCD display with multiple information and a 10-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
The safety features of the XL7 include double airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with an electronic stability program (ESP) for distributing the electrical braking force (EBD), rear parking sensor and rear parking camera.
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Also read:
BUYER GUIDE: 2018 Toyota Rush
CAR COMPARISON: 2019 Toyota Rush vs 2019 Toyota Avanza

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