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Shopping for an MPV? Follow this guide

Published on Jul 12, 2014 12:42 PM
 

When big businessmen want to impress (or perhaps intimidate) their counterparts, they drive to meetings in a supersized multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

These mobile boardrooms show that they mean business in more ways than one. And they are also roomy enough to accommodate an entourage of key associates.

The oldest and arguably most visible of the three giant MPVs gathered here is the Toyota Alphard. Its daunting dimensions ensure that it stands out in any Shenton Way driveway, while its boxy shape promises plenty of meeting room for all the executives onboard.

Looking as imposing as the Alphard is the facelifted Nissan Elgrand, whose massive chromed grille is just the ticket for towkays who love to park similarly ornate statues of tigers, lions or dragons outside their headquarters for good fortune. Apart from cosmetic tweaks, the seven-seater has also been equipped with better amenities.

 
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Specs

HONDA ODYSSEY 2.4

Price: $177,900 with COE

Engine: 2,356cc 16-valve inline-4

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission with manual override

Power: 172bhp at 6,200rpm

Torque: 225Nm at 4,000rpm

0-100kmh: 11.5 seconds

Top speed: 196kmh

Fuel consumption: 7.9 litres/100km

Agent: Kah Motor

NISSAN ELGRAND 2.5

Price: $181,800 with COE

Engine: 2,488cc 16-valve inline-4

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission with manual override

Power: 170bhp at 5,600rpm

Torque: 245Nm at 3,900rpm

0-100kmh: 12.6 seconds

Top speed: 180kmh

Fuel consumption: 8.9 litres/100km

Agent: Tan Chong Motor

TOYOTA ALPHARD 2.4

Price: $213,888 with COE

Engine: 2,362cc 16-valve inline-4

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission with manual override

Power: 170bhp at 6,000rpm

Torque: 224Nm at 4,000rpm

0-100kmh: 11.9 seconds

Top speed: 180kmh

Fuel consumption: 9.4 litres/100km

Agent: Borneo Motors