Choosing a family vehicle could be a little tricky, especially when there’s too much to consider. Are you after a bigger space? Perhaps, you’re looking for a comfortable cabin? Aside from those, vehicle price and safety play large roles, too, so if you don’t know what you’re looking for in a car, you’d get lost even before you go out to the nearest showrooms.
To help you get a brighter idea, we narrowed down the scope for you. Believe it or not, there are cars out there that don’t break the P1-million mark but just as good as those with a higher sticker price. On the list below, you’ll find cars that have optimum safety features, great comfort quality, ample cabin – all under a million-price tag. No more beating around the bush, let’s get straight to our first car.
Let’s not argue about it, the Mitsubishi Xpander is designed by Mitsubishi with one thing in mind: indeed, it‘s a family vehicle. If you watched our three-way MPV comparison video, you probably know by now what this vehicle can boast. This is pretty handy when the family’s a heavy-packer, especially when what we’re looking at here has a price tag of P999,000 for the GLX MT variant.
Best known as a notorious rival to the Xpander, the Toyota Rush is more than just a pretty fascia. Inside the Rush are six airbags from dual front, to side, and the curtain – like a nest for all its passengers. In fact, the Rush outscored the Xpander in the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) with a perfect 5-star for safety. Don’t forget that this vehicle is under P1-million, as the actual price tag only says P998,000 for the E AT 5-seater variant.
If in case you found the two vehicles mentioned above big for you, you could try checking out a much smaller 7-seater MPV. Well, Honda has just what you need and it’s none other than the Honda Mobilio. The Japanese MPV boasts flexible seat configuration as the second and third rows can be completely tumbled to allow an even larger luggage space. You get all these with just a price tag of P958,000 for the V CVT variant.
Another MPV option you may consider is the newcomer BAIC M60. It has the looks, some promising traits like having a rigid unibody construction. Also, the M60 is among the first model from BAIC to be integrated with a continuous variable transmission (CVT), which then gives the car, according to the specsheet, a 13 km/L fuel economy (combined city and highway). With the 150-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, the M60 shows it can keep up with more dominating nameplates. The M60 has a price tag of P998,000 for the Standard CVT variant.
If you want to veer away from MPVs, you can opt for crossovers. They’re a lot like SUVs but smaller, as they are based on subcompact/compact models. Despite being compact, it does carry more luggage compared to sedans and hatchbacks. In JAC’s fleet, the JAC S3 is the largest vehicle under P1-million and is also the most handsome-looking compared to its smaller brothers S2 and S1. It’s interesting how it can look a million-peso car when its price tag only falls between P890,000 to P940,000.
With theintroduction of the facelift model in August 2018, the refreshed EcoSport now sports a bold and restyled face. The American crossover now offers better convenience and comfort amenities perfect for the family. Of course, there’s new 1.0 Titanium EcoBoost turbocharged variant but if you want to stay in the P1-million boundary, there’s the Ambiente and the Trend manual variants with their P920,000 and P970,000 price tag. Check out our first-drive article of the 2019 EcoSport to know more about the car.
Like most vehicles in the list, the Vitara’s got the exterior design aesthetics. In fact, the design appears to be heavily influenced by European SUV design with Asian vehicle price tag. Safety is where why we’ve included the Vitara, as just like the Toyota Rush, it was able to secure a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. It’s impressive for a P913,000-crossover (GL AT variant) with charming impressions. Check out our review of the range-topper GLX variant so you can get an idea of how good the car is.
Volkswagen Santana GTS
This would probably sound new to some but Volkswagen introduced a subcompact wagon in October at the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS). It’s the only wagon model in the subcompact car segment, which is why (if you’re looking forward to buying a subcompact car) you should try checking it out. The Santana GTS offers longer subcompact body which is useful for moderate to heavy luggage. The Volkswagen Santana GTS retails at P998,000.
Not all families prefer large vehicles. For some, subcompact sedans are fine the way they are, especially for a small Filipino family. This is where the Chevrolet Sail applies. Priced at P917,888, you’ve already got yourself the top-range LTZ variant, complete with ISOFIX for baby car seats, rear parking sensors, automatic air-conditioning, sunroof, and the humungous nine-inch infotainment system with mobile hotspot connectivity.
There are practical reasons why a lot of families still prefer subcompact sedans. Aside from being more compact than crossovers with closely comparable trunk capacity, subcompact sedans are also fuel-efficient, making them perfect as a daily driver. Take the Nissan Almera, especially the VL AT variant, for example, which is priced at P933,000. An average 90 km/h run on the expressway will give you 21.3 km/L fuel economy reading.
For a subcompact sedan that’s under the P1-million mark, the Mazda2 Sedan promises a handful of things under its nameplate. The design is based on the KODO design language of Mazda, the riding experience is referred to as Jinba Ittai, while the engine embodies SkyActiv technology. But, its selling point is its G-Vectoring Control (GVC) technology that optimizes the car’s dynamics control for a better ride comfort. The Mazda2 Sedan SkyActiv V+ sells for P975,000.
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