Since the Honda BR-V was launched in early 2017, it has gone on to become a firm favourite for those looking to own a compact 7-seater under RM100k. In the first three months following its launch in 2017, Honda received over 10,000 bookings for the SUV and with the 2020 facelift model, the response was just as encouraging.

Having spent a week in it, it’s obvious why. For starters, it’s got the SUV look that everyone seems to go for these days and cabin space (whether it’s head, knee, or legroom), is more than generous for a young family of five.

We also liked how the second row seats effortlessly tumble forward to allow passengers into the 3rd row.

But it now has a worthy competitor; in the form of the Mitsubishi Xpander. Launched last year in a single variant, it’s priced at RM91k excluding SST. As for the BR-V, the 1.5 E variant goes for RM86k while the 1.5V goes for RM93k. Both prices are excluding SST.

Both are powered by 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated engines with more or less the same output but their similarities end there.

Just how different are they? Which works better as a compact 7-seater? Watch the video and find out!