11 subcompact crossovers in the Philippines you can buy today

Crossovers have been evolving nowadays, with it being categorized into different sizes. The smallest in the pack, however, is in the subcompact form. Despite it’s shrunk dimensions, buyers still get that crossover DNA, therefore giving you extra ground clearance, better visibility, and an extra boost in practicality. These are perhaps just one of those considerable factors on why many love their crossovers. That said, we’ve managed to put out a list of subcompact crossovers that are not only light on the pocket, but are also qualified on those aforementioned traits.

Chery Tiggo 5X Pro

Let’s start with an underdog in the segment, the Chery Tiggo 5X Pro, the updated version of the 5X now sits alongside the Tiggo 5X for buyers who desire a bit more kit with their subcompact crossover. Like the 5X before it, the 5X Pro takes on the role of Chery’s subcompact crossover offering in the Philippines. The 5X Pro is available with a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter engine or a turbocharged hybrid version. All variants are available with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Geely Coolray

The Geely Coolray packs a lot of attitude and power. Its sporty looks are accompanied by spirited performance appreciated by enthusiasts and commuters alike. In fact, this is by far one of the peppiest vehicles in its segment, and that’s all thanks to the small yet punchy 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that’s capable of producing 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to the wheels via a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. For sporty looks and performance blended with practicality and convenience, the Geely Coolray presents a good case for itself.

Honda HR-V

Now in its third generation, the Honda HR-V appears to be a more pint-sized version of the CR-V. A diminutive crossover it may be, but it’s still a practical car with lots of appeal, making it an ideal vehicle for starting families. It’s motivated by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine that renders 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque in its naturally aspirated form while the turbocharged version pumps out 174 hp and 240 Nm of torque. Its beating heart is then paired with a CVT, meaning the HR-V has a nice blend of power, practicality, and fuel efficiency.

Kia Seltos

It’s got the looks, features, and an engine that rewards you with performance and good fuel economy. The Kia Seltos is one of those options in this segment that we think appeals to many, especially to the younger crowd, given its fresh and vibrant aesthetics. 

Refreshed in 2023, buyers are given a choice of two new engine options: first is the 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated Smartstream engine generates 114 hp at 6,300 rpm and 144 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. This engine is coupled with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). Additionally, there's a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine featuring direct injection. This engine produces 138 hp at 6,000 rpm and a generous 242 Nm of torque between 1,500 to 3,200 rpm. This turbocharged puppy meanwhile is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with different drive modes.

Hyundai Creta

The Creta is Hyundai's offering for the subcompact crossover segment. On the exterior front, the Creta is sure to turn heads with the futuristic design Hyundai has given it along with its other stablemates. Inside, the interior of the Creta is also well-sorted, with a modern interior and a generous amount of toys in the upper trim levels. 

As for power, the Creta has 113 hp and 144 Nm propelling its front wheels. All this grunt comes from a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that is transmitted to the wheels via a six-speed manual transmission or Hyundai's Intelligent Variable Transmission or IVT. This setup allows the Creta to be a proper daily driver for the urban jungle and a great first car for first-time drivers.

GAC GS3 Emzoom

Next on the list is arguably the most radical-looking in the current crop of subcompact crossovers, the GS3 Emzoom from GAC. Serving as the second generation of the GAC GS3, the Emzoom takes on a new direction from its relatively tame predecessor. Now featuring sharp and aggressive styling, the GS3 Emzoom is a subcompact crossover that will surely vibe with the youth.

Under the hood is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, delivering 174 hp and 270 Nm of torque. This engine is matched with a seven-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission, ensuring smooth and efficient performance on the road.

Mazda CX-3

From Mazda, we’ve got the CX-3. Sporting city-friendly dimensions and charming looks, the CX-3 will let you cruise around the city with confidence and a smile. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 148 hp and 195 Nm. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a traditional SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. If silky-smooth performance and a striking exterior are what you’re after, then the Mazda CX-3 is the one to go for.


The MG ZS is the brand’s entry into the subcompact crossover segment. Behind its affordable price range, the MG ZS comes with standout aesthetics as well as a generously equipped cabin for each trim. As for its powertrain, the ZS is run by a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that produces 114 hp and 150 Nm of torque. This makes the MG ZS a proper city cruiser, and it's a good choice for those who are looking to buy their first vehicle. Notably, the aforementioned powerplant could either be paired with a four-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual.

Chevrolet Tracker

Coming from Chevy is the Tracker, a crossover that is quite an all-rounder in the segment, delivering fuel-efficient motoring, decent performance, an array of tech features, and a unique exterior for those who wish to stand out. 

Powering the Tracker is a turbocharged Ecotec 1.0-liter three-cylinder, renowned for its superb blend of power and fuel efficiency. This lively engine ensures an enjoyable driving experience with enough power to make sure the Tracker is agile on the road. In addition, it’s got a decent amount of kit and a spacious interior which makes it good for small families. Plus, because of its sporty design, the Tracker doesn't blend in with the traffic.

Toyota Yaris Cross

Moving to a car from Toyota, take a look at the Yaris Cross. Recently launched in 2023, the Yaris Cross is one of the younger contenders in this list. Built on the Daihatsu DNGA-B platform, the innards of the Yaris Cross are also quite new as well. Sporting the trademark Toyota looks, the Yaris Cross looks identical to the RAV4 with a bit more edges and of course, a smaller body.

As for power, the Yaris Cross is available with two powertrain options, a hybrid and a non-hybrid powertrain. The pure internal combustion engined Toyota Cross is powered by Toyota’s 2NR-VE engine which puts out 105 hp and 138 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the hybrid Yaris Cross is equipped with the 2NR-VEX engine which generates 91 hp and 121 Nm of torque. In addition to the engine, the HEV Yaris Cross has an electric motor that generates 79 hp providing more power overall.

Nissan Kicks

From Nissan, we’ve got the Kicks e-POWER, the only car in the list that has no pure internal combustion version. The Kicks e-POWER is a series-hybrid crossover that is powered by a 100kW electric motor with electricity being supplied by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine that serves as an onboard generator. Nissan’s hybrid crossover has 134 hp and 280 Nm of torque that is paired with a 2.13 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. In addition, because the engine doesn’t drive the wheels, the Kicks e-POWER sips fuel as you drive around the city.

If you want to experience driving an electric vehicle without range anxiety, the Nissan Kicks e-POWER presents a very compelling choice.

Regardless of what model you choose, you can never go wrong with a subcompact crossover thanks to its practicality, efficiency, and engaging driving dynamics. To learn more about all the cars in this list and more, log on to AutoDeal.com.ph and check out our new car guide. There, you’ll have instant access to the latest and greatest the Philippine automotive industry has to offer. Get a quote on your car of choice while you’re at it – driving home in a brand-new crossover can be as easy as the click of a button.

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