Many of the cars that we've reviewed are line-toppers with price tags well over a million. However, there are some cars that we’ve reviewed that don't touch the seven-figure mark. There is no denying that P1,000,000 is a lot of money, but even as vehicle prices climb higher and higher, you can still get something good, along with a chunk of change to boot.
With the sedan being a staple body type on Philippine roads, and with many more affordable options populating the market, a list was in order to showcase the best sedans that we have reviewed from the year 2019 onwards. The vehicles we’ve included in the list are current, while cars with a new model on the horizon didn’t make the list. We didn’t include cars that we weren't able to review, but here are our top 5 sedans under 1-million that we’ve tested so far.
Hyundai Reina - 3.8 / 5 (P648,000)
This sedan from Hyundai comes with a 1.4-liter gasoline motor that produces 94 hp, and 132 Nm of torque mated to a manual transmission – at least the one we tested was. For a little more money, you can get the automatic variant of the Reina, but it still costs well under a million pesos. If you want an automatic, it’ll cost P698,000 at least. Even with the line topper having Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it still clocks in at P748,000.
Santana MPI - 3.9 / 5 (P962,000)
The smallest and most affordable Volkswagen in the Philippines is a good performer that slots just under P1,000,000. The most impressive feat came from the 1.5-liter MPI engine capable of 108 hp and 150 Nm of torque with a 6-speed automatic transmission because the Santana boasts good fuel efficiency figures for its power and size. It also has other variants that cost less than our test unit, even one that is close to half a million.
Suzuki Dzire - 3.9 / 5 (P698,000)
The sedan version of the Swift has its own tropes that make it a highly marketable contender well under P1,000,000. Coming in at only P698,000, the Dzire features an auto gear shift (AGS) transmission, which is like an automatic, but also like a manual. The engine under its hood is a 1.2-liter 4 cylinder with 82 hp and 113 Nm of torque. For the price, you get a car that has enough features to punch well above its weight in the category, and have great fuel economy to boot.
Kia Soluto - 4.0 / 5 (P735,000)
Kia’s entry into the market with the Soluto matched up with the Hyundai Reina’s blow for blow. Kia also boasts good fuel economy with an engine that is exactly the same as the Reina’s. There is a notable difference in terms of interior quality because Kia tends to add some European design elements. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard and are one of the reasons why it got a good score.
MG 5 - 4.1 / 5 (P848,888)
Going up against other titans in the industry is tough, but MG has done a good job at it so far with a crossover that can be had for under a million as well. This time, MG motor wants to shake up the subcompact market with the MG 5 which also has multiple variants under P1,000,000 but the catch is, you get features that can only be found on higher-end cars like a sunroof or a 360-degree camera for higher trims. We were able to review the Style CVT variant, that didn’t have all the bells and whistles, but even as a mid-tier unit, it still was quite impressive in its own right, hence the rating.