The Philippine automotive industry has come to a point where cars can be had at exceedingly affordable prices. Even more surprising is the fact that even top-tier and name-brand manufacturers make this list of 25 cars. To help narrow your search for a new model, here’s a list. Note that all of these models will be passenger cars.
25. Kia Stonic - Starts at P735,000
A new model from Kia Philippines, the Stonic is the brand’s most affordable option for buyers looking for a crossover that seats 5. Equipped with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine, the Stonic at its base trim level, gets a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 6-speed automatic available one variant up. Its motor is capable of 94 hp and 132 Nm of torque, or 99 hp with the automatic, which gives it some good performance figures. With the added ground clearance, as well as a fully-featured infotainment system as standard across the entire lineup, the Stonic makes a great case for buyers on a budget looking for a car with new and soon-to-be iconic styling, as well as quality that can be found on European highways.
24. Mitsubishi Mirage - Starts at P699,000
One of the more popular nameplates and manufacturers in the Philippines, Mitsubishi’s hatchback slides under the P700,000 mark with its entry-level model, the Mirage. As a hatchback, it gets all that practicality as well as a more versatile rear cargo space with folding seats and even a bit of style to boot. The hatch is equipped with the brand’s 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic if you want to opt for more. You do get a basic loadout of features with the base model, but nothing that will leave you exposed either since it does come standard with airbags for both the driver and the passenger. If you want a sedan, the Mirage also has a G4 model that goes for a bit over the P700,000 mark.
23. Chery Tiggo 2 - Starts at P695,000
The most expensive on this list is the Chery Tiggo 2. A very compact crossover with a surprising amount of space. It comes with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic in the upper price ranges. Introduced back in 2019 as part of the brand’s revival in the Philippines, the Tiggo 2 is positioned as one of the better offerings out in the market with its sub-700,000 price tag. The biggest value draws for this car is actually the amount of safety kit that you get apart from the standard airbags. It even comes with a great warranty which includes a 3-year maintenance plan, a 5-year or 100,000 km general vehicle warranty, and a 10-year or 1,000,000 km engine train warranty for peace of mind.
22. Chevrolet Spark - Starts at P694,888
A little over P100 separates this entry from the last, the Chevrolet Spark in its base trim with a 5-speed manual transmission makes this list as one of the most affordable models in the market today. It has a peppy 1.4-liter gasoline motor that produces a sizeable 97 hp and 128 Nm of torque, which would be a joy paired with that clutch and stick shift. On top of that, you also get the fully-featured Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that gives you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto right out of the dealership.
21. Volkswagen Santana - Starts at P686,000
One of the only European brands in the Philippines with exceptional value for money, the Volkswagen Santana in its most affordable form makes the list and comes equipped with basic yet tried and tested features. With its infotainment system covering most of what you need for daily driving, and its engine being one of the most fuel-efficient in its class. The 1.4-liter MPI is available for the base trim, and it puts out a respectable 89 jp and 132 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. You also get good amounts of space and also the Volkswagen name on this subcompact sedan.
20. Hyundai Reina - Starts at P683,000
Another sedan graces the list with the Hyundai Reina. In its 1.4 GL MT trim, expect a 1.4-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of 94 hp and 132 Nm of torque with some respectable fuel economy. The Kappa engine, along with the chassis allows this model to drive smoothly and without much fuss. You can expect more features as you go up the lineup, but you get a good set of basic features even at the most basic of trim levels for this model even airbags come standard for both the driver and passenger.
19. Toyota Vios - Starts at P671,000
From the most popular brand in the country, the Toyota Vios makes its way onto the most affordable list with its base variant. Aptly named, the subcompact sedan is just one of the many variants on offer from Toyota Motor Philippines. Aptly named the Base MT, it comes with a tried and tested 1.3-liter gasoline engine that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, and for P10,000 more, instead of 3 airbags, you get 7. Admittedly, this variant is a bit bare, so if you want a better one with a bit more features but is still under P700,000, go for the 1.3 J MT if you still prefer a stick shift.
18. Kia Soluto - Starts at P665,000
Another entry from the South Korean brand, the Kia Soluto is the most affordable Kia Sedan on this list. With its 1.4-liter 4-cylinder Kappa gasoline engine capable of 94 hp and 132 Nm of torque. You also get a 5-speed manual with the base trim, or a 4-speed automatic if you go up in the lineup. It shares the same platform as the Hyundai Reina, but it is even more affordable compared to its platform-mate. However, just like its platform-mate, you still get a nice and stable ride even at higher speeds, and pretty good fuel economy to boot. To top everything off, you get a standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
17. MG 5 - Starts at P658,888
Another European brand makes the list with the MG 5. A rather stylish and rather nice-looking addition to the lineup, this sedan is one of the better value-for-money options in the Philippines with its 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a 5-speed manual or CVT automatic in the lineup. Starting at way under P700,000 for the base model, you do get a few good features as well as a good amount of power coming in at 118 hp and 150 Nm, which makes it one of the most powerful for its price range. You also get a rather full-featured 8-inch infotainment system that grows to a 10-inch unit at a higher trim level.
16. Nissan Almera - Starts at P657,000
Getting more affordable, you get another big Japanese brand in the Philippines. The Nissan Almera is the cheapest sedan in the Nissan lineup, and it comes with a good selection of features. In its most affordable form, the subcompact sedan has a 1.2-liter HR12DE 3-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 78 hp and 106 Nm of torque, while higher trims that start at P735,000, you do get a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 98 hp and 134 Nm of torque. Either way, you’re getting a name brand to go with this car as well as loads of interior space with a rather frugal engine. The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic for higher trims.
15. BAIC M50S - Starts at P638,000
Under-priced for what it is, the BAIC M50S only comes with a 5-speed manual transmission, however, it comes standard as a 7-seater or even as an 8-seater that is still under P700,000. It is a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, but it produces a hefty 114 hp and 150 Nm of torque for its class. You get up to a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, but one of the great things about the M50S is the good ride comfort and even the large amounts of headroom.
14. Changhe Journey MPV - Starts at P629,000
A rather new entry-into the Philippine market, the somewhat familiar Changhe Journey MPV makes its presence known with its low price tag for a 7-seater with a decent amount of features and with great amounts of room for passengers. With its accessible price tag, it offers quite a bit of value for not a lot of coin. It has a decent amount of power on paper with 114 hp and 148 Nm of torque, and it also has a rather good-look to boot.
13. Honda Brio - Starts at P601,000
The most affordable new Honda car in the Philippines today, the Honda Brio promises a very good and exciting drive along with space and comfort that is to be expected from the Japanese brand. With its stellar construction and tight handling characteristics, this hatchback comes equipped with a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 89 hp and 110 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic if you go up a variant. A small hatchback that has a bit of punch and a handsome look makes for an exciting purchase, and in its higher trims, the good looks are further extended by the RS variant.
12. BAIC MZ45 - Starts at P598,000
At just under P600,000 you still get surprisingly good value for what you pay for with the BAIC MZ45 and their seating capacity of up to 11 people. Perfect if you just need a ferry from point A to point B, and it’s also quite compact. It does have a smaller engine, with only 1.2-liters of displacement and 86 hp. It might not be the most capable or the fastest to go up inclines when fully-loaded, but it should get the job done and give you plenty of space to do so.
11. Kia Picanto - Starts at P590,000
Yet another affordable Kia to add to the list, we have the Kia Picanto. A much-loved and popular pick from the South Korean brand. Built to Euro standards, the Picanto has two engine options, with the most affordable being a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder that produces 66 hp with 95 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual. A 4-speed automatic transmission is available should you opt for it, and if you would like to, the upper variants get a more powerful 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 83 hp and 122 Nm of torque. This car’s engine produces healthy figures in comparison to its competitors. You also get a wide array of daily able features ranging from a 7-inch infotainment system for select variants with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and on top of that, you get a very nice interior that looks mature and sturdy at the same time.
10. Suzuki APV - Starts at P588,000
One of the original value-oriented 8-seaters in the market, Suzuki’s APV definitely lives up to its name of being an “All-Purpose Vehicle.” Capable of hauling up to 8 individuals, this MPV starts at well under P600,000 for its base trim. You don’t get a lot of features in this model, however, but it makes up for that in terms of space and the amount of room that passengers actually have to utilize.
9. Kaicene Honor S - Starts at P585,000
A relatively new player in the market, the Kaicene Honor S really starts at just P515,000 but as a cargo variant. At P585,000, you get up to 8 seats. A 7-seater option is also available for the same price, and you also get a lot of room for the price that you pay. This MPV is equipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that is capable of 103 hp and 145 Nm of torque.
8. Foton Gratour - Starts at P580,000
With a price starting at just over P500,000, the Foton Gratour comes as a drop side commercial vehicle capable of covering most of your hauling needs. However, if you want a people halter or multi-purpose vehicle, you can get an 8-seater configuration for P580,000. For its power, the Gratour relies on a 1.5-liter DAM 15 DR gasoline engine that produces 110 hp and 142 Nm of torque. Expect a 5-speed manual transmission at this price point.
7. Haima M3 - Starts at P579,000
Haima’s entry-level sedan the Haima M3 is one of the most affordable ways to get into four wheels in the country. With its 1.5-liter 4-cylinder along with a 5-speed gearbox or CVT automatic in the Elite variant, the Standard MT has pretty much everything you need for a no-frills drive. Equipped with a good base to start off, the NVH in the unit is quite good and is better than expected, and on top of that, you get good amounts of space which can rival top-tier offerings out in the subcompact market.
6. Toyota Wigo - Starts at P568,000
The most affordable Toyota in the country makes our list and it starts at under P600,000 for its base E variant, available with a 5-speed manual transmission. Going up the lineup, you can get a 4-speed automatic transmission to get you from point A to point B as well. Either option will be good enough for the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline motor that produces 67 hp and 89 Nm of torque. Expect good levels of fuel economy with the Toyota Wigo in and out of the city, and ridiculous amounts of space especially given the Wigo’s size. You may fit larger-than-average adults in the back seat, and also have luggage room to spare if you need. The new model, depending on the variant, also comes equipped with a 7-inch infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
5. Suzuki Celerio - Starts at P558,000
Another small hatchback from Japan is the Suzuki Celerio. More affordable than most, it offers some of the best fuel economies to come out of the Suzuki stable thanks to its lightweight and its frugal gearing. The base trim comes with a 5-speed manual while upper variants can be had with a CVT automatic if you want a bonafide city car. The infotainment system is also rather spartan and will get the job done, and to add to that, it’s a go-kart-like drive and ride, which is really great for the city. With its 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine, the Celerio is one of the more affordable ways to get behind the wheel of a car without breaking the bank, and it is also a quite friendly experience given its dimensions.
4. Suzuki Dzire - Starts at P549,000
A surprising entry into the price range, the Suzuki Dzire is one of the most affordable sedans you can get in the Philippines today. Based on the ever-popular and revered Suzuki Swift, the Dzire promises great handling characteristics and surprisingly great fuel economy figures coming from its 1.2-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 82 hp and 113 Nm of torque.
3. Changan Alsvin - Starts at P539,000
Yet another affordable sedan to add to the market, the Alsvin, brought in by the same company that brings in Hyundai in the Philippines, makes its presence known thanks to its exceptionally low price tag and rather unique styling. The subcompact sedan is poised to go up against the likes of the Toyota Vios and Honda City, but with a more unique twist along with a good amount of features. As standard, it packs a 1.4-liter or 1.5-liter engine under the hood along with a 5-speed DCT automatic in its top trim. Baser variants will come with a standard 5-speed manual transmission. The powertrain is capable of producing 99 hp and 135 Nm of torque, while the 1.5-liter produces 106 hp and 145 Nm of torque.
2. Suzuki S-Presso - Starts at P518,000
Now Suzuki’s most affordable model in its lineup for the Philippines, the Suzuki S-Presso is a unique entry in the lineup, offering ground clearance and enough space to comfortably sit 5 people at a time without much squeezing in. Equipped with the same powertrain as its low-riding Celerio brother, the 1.0-liter engine returns amazing fuel efficiency and the model comes only with a manual transmission. Expect most of your needs to be met with the feature loadout which comprises a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity options. You may not get a lot of luxury with this car, but what you do get in return is heaps of personality that give it a nice and quirky drive.
1. BAIC MZ40 - Starts at P498,000
In its Luxury MT Trim, the BAIC MZ40 is still one of the most affordable models that’s still available in the Philippine market. Equipped with a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual, capable of 86 hp and 108 Nm of torque, the MZ40 is capable enough for most tasks. It features a sliding door along with a seating capacity of up to 7 people. It is the most affordable passenger vehicle in the Philippines.