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What an MPV is – and what’s on offer

The Mitsubishi Xpander recently launched in South Africa, becoming the fourth MPV to be introduced locally in 2021.

Considering the MPV category is one of the smallest vehicle segments in the country, this is an exciting turn of events.

Multi-purpose vehicles go by many names – MPV, minivan, people carrier – and they have been around for decades.

The body style always retained a familiar shape, though – similar in size to most SUVs with seating for up to seven people, a short nose, and a squared-off rear.

As opposed to the rugged nature of SUVs, the MPV is an urban-focused, multi-purpose hauler with a cabin catered to practicality rather than luxury.

High rooflines and clever storage pockets mean there is enough space for passengers and their belongings, and large sliding doors along with sedan-like ground clearance provide easy access.

Several manufacturers have also installed modular seating in their MPVs, giving owners the ability to remove unused seats in favour of carrying a cabin full of cargo.

The vehicle type is often built on a pre-existing vehicle platforms, too, making it nimble to park and drive.

The market

In South Africa, we have around 70 MPV variants currently on offer – with prices going up to R1.8 million, according to TopAuto Car Prices.

Below, we have listed the main MPV model ranges for sale in the country along with their most important specifications.

Click on the underlined links for more information.


Renault Triber

  • Starting PriceR185,900
  • Power – 52kW/96Nm
  • Warranty – 5-year/150,000km warranty and roadside assistance.
  • Safety4-star Global NCAP


Changan Star

  • Starting PriceR189,880
  • Power – 72kW/119Nm
  • Warranty – 3-year/100,000km warranty.
  • Safety – No official rating


Datsun Go+


Suzuki Ertiga

  • Starting PriceR239,400
  • Power – 77kW/138Nm
  • Warranty – 3-year/100,000km warranty, 4-year/90,000km service plan, and roadside assistance.
  • Safety3-star Global NCAP


Toyota Avanza

  • Starting PriceR258,000
  • Power – 71kW/121Nm
  • Warranty – 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 4-services/60,000km service plan.
  • Safety4-star Global NCAP


Mitsubishi Xpander

  • Starting PriceR299,995
  • Power – 77kW/141Nm
  • Warranty – 3-year/100,000km warranty, 2-year/30,000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
  • Safety4-star Asean NCAP


Opel Combo Life

  • Starting PriceR414,900
  • Power – 68kW/230Nm
  • Warranty – 3-year/120,000km warranty, 3-year/60,000km service plan, and 3-year/120,000km roadside assistance.
  • Safety4-star Euro NCAP


Hyundai H-1

  • Starting PriceR601,500
  • Power – 126kW/224Nm
  • Warranty – 5-year/150,000km warranty with an additional 2-year/50,000km powertrain warranty, 5-year/90,000km service plan, and 5-year/150,000km roadside assistance.
  • Safety4-star Australasian NCAP


Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI Tourer


Ford Tourneo Custom

  • Starting PriceR653,100
  • Power – 74kW/310Nm
  • Warranty – 4-year/120,000km warranty, 6-year/90,000km service plan, and 3-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
  • Safety5-star Australasian NCAP


VW Kombi

  • Starting PriceR728,700
  • Power – 81kW/250Nm
  • Warranty – 3-year/120,000km warranty and a 5-year/60,000km maintenance plan.
  • SafetyGold rating by Euro NCAP


Kia Grand Sedona

  • Starting PriceR728,995
  • Power – 147kW/440Nm
  • Warranty – 5-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, 5-year/100,000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
  • Safety5-star Australasian NCAP


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