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. Honda City Starts at P938,000
With the Vios already on this list, its long-time rival the Honda City also makes it as well thanks to its affordable pricing, a good amount of power, and great feature set even for its entry-level variants. It's an ideal city car that also comes with a bit of sporty handling thanks to the advancements Honda has made to its chassis.
24. Suzuki Swift Starts at P898,000
The Suzuki Swift has been slimmed down in terms of its available variants in the Philippines. Only one model remains but this variant is still well equipped and carries a frugal gasoline engine as well. It's an ideal vehicle for those who want a reliable hatchback that comes decently equipped.
23. GAC GA4 Starts at P858,000
Another sedan that makes it onto this list is the GAC GA4. Its variant list has been trimmed down to just one model, however, the sedan has already proved itself to be a reliable and even race-ready vehicle as it has participated in the Kalayaan cup and won its class.
22. Kia Stonic - Starts at P835,000
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.
21. MG ZS Starts at P818,888
While its sedan brother the MG 5 is more affordable, the MG ZS also makes it onto the list thanks to its competitive price point and its great feature set. It was one of the few vehicles that set the subcompact crossover segment on fire to be the hot segment that it is today. Even with its entry-level model it still represents a great value-for-money option for those looking to get a comfortable crossover.
20. Changhe Journey MPV - Starts at P799,000
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.
19. Nissan Almera - Starts at P779,000
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 and comes with a new turbocharged 1.0-liter gasoline engine. Aside from this the Japanese automaker has also equipped the vehicle well coming with its certain features from its Nissan Intelligent Mobility Suite.
18. Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Starts at P769,000
The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is the sedan version of the Mirage, which was recently facelifted. It comes with much of the same favorable features as the older model but with a new look and a bit more tech. The sedan still retains the characteristics of what makes it great thanks to its frugal 1.2-liter gasoline engine.
17. Kia Soluto - Starts at P765,000
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.
16. Geely Emgrand starts at P753,000
The Geely Emgrand is the brand's entry into the sedan segment in the Philippines. It carries with it a great set of features along with a powerful 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 102 hp and 142 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via either a 6-speed manual or a CVT depending on the variant chosen. Thanks to its dimensions this makes the sedan an ideal alternative to those looking for something a little bit bigger than the Toyota Vios but don't want to commit to something as big as a Honda Civic.
15. Toyota Raize - Starts at P751,000
The Toyota Raize is the brand's newest crossover to enter the Philippine market. It enters the market with a choice between two engine options, a 1.2-liter and 1.0-liter turbo motor both powered by gasoline. A 6-speed manual transmission model is available, however, only for the base model. What makes the Raize an attractive buy is its SUV-like looks and large infotainment systems that both support Apple Carplay and Android Auto capabilities. Its a great option for those looking for their first car or a reliable but affordable crossover.
14. Suzuki APV - Starts at P733,000
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.
13. Mitsubishi Mirage - Starts at P711,000
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.
12. Suzuki Celerio - Starts at P708,000
Another small hatchback from Japan is the Suzuki Celerio. Now with a new look, the small hatchback is now one of the newer models on the list as it now comes with a new exterior design and a whole new set of features. It still retains its affordable price point but its initially SRP has gone up a bit compared to its previous model. Nevertheless, the new technology and features are well worth the upgrade and the slight increase in price.
11. Kia Picanto - Starts at P700,000
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. 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.
9. 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.
8. Toyota Vios - Starts at P686,000
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.
7. 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.
6. Honda Brio - Starts at P650,000
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.
5. Changan Alsvin - Starts at P629,000
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.
4. Suzuki Dzire - Starts at P609,000
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. Toyota Wigo - Starts at P573,000
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
2. Suzuki S-Presso - Starts at P563,000
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. Kaicene Honor S - Starts at P515,000
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.
Nissan LEAF: Your gateway to your first EV / Featured Article
The Nissan LEAF presents the perfect price, technology, and practicality for your first EV purchase and experience.
Head to Head: GAC Empow GE vs Honda Civic RS Honda SENSING / Featured Article
Will GAC be able to unsettle Honda’s ever-present Civic RS? Let’s dare to compare!
Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid: Engine tech and versatility in an affordable package / Featured Article
The Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid presents advanced mild-hybrid technology as well as versatility at a very tempting price point.
Cheapest cars under P700,000 in the Philippines
Oct 20, 2022
First car or next car, the Ford EcoSport is a tough package to beat
Jun 18, 2021
Car Maintenance checklist and guide – here’s everything you need to know
Earl Lee · Jan 12, 2021
Most fuel efficient family cars in the Philippines
Bryan Aaron Rivera · Nov 27, 2020
2021 Geely Okavango — Everything you need to know
Joey Deriquito · Nov 19, 2020
Family cars in the Philippines with the biggest trunks
Jul 20, 2022
Head to head: Toyota Rush vs. Suzuki XL7
Joey Deriquito · Oct 28, 2020
Why oil changes are important for your car
Earl Lee · Nov 10, 2020
2021 Kia Stonic — What you need to know about it
Joey Deriquito · Oct 16, 2020
Top 7 tips for buying a used car in the Philippines
Joey Deriquito · Nov 26, 2020