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.
Mazda 2 - 4.0/5 (P998,000)
A bang for your buck sedan that fits within the P1 million budget is the Mazda 2. It comes powered by a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that makes 108hp and 139 Nm of torque mated exclusively to a 6-speed automatic transmission. While nearly maxing out the budget it does come with a 7-inch Mazda connect screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, for its price point, you can expect a similar driving dynamic to its bigger brothers as even this humble sedan comes with the Jinba Ittai spirit within it.
Santana MPI - 3.9 / 5 (P962,000)
Another great option for those looking to maximize their P1 million budget is the Volkswagen Santana MPI. It comes powered by a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that produces 108hp and 150 Nm of torque. It sends power to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. Geared for fuel economy the sedan also boasts good fuel efficiency figures for its form factor. Other variants of the vehicle are also available for those with a more constrained budget.
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.
Kia Soluto - 4.0 / 5 (P755,000)
Kia Philippines’ entry into the subcompact sedan market is the Kia Soluto. It comes powered by a 1.4-liter gasoline engine that produces 94hp and 132 Nm of torque. As far as gearboxes are concerned, it comes available with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. For its higher variants that are still well within the P1 million budget, the Kia Soluto comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It comes with Bluetooth, Aux, and USB input, plus it also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto making it one of the best vehicles in its class.
Suzuki Dzire - 3.9 / 5 (P698,000)
The sedan version of the Swift comes to this list with its own merits making it a marketable contender well under the P1 million price range. Coming in only at P698,000, the Suzuki Dzire comes with an auto gear shift (AGS) transmission which acts like an automatic, but also like a manual. Under the hood, the sedan comes with a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 82hp and 113 Nm of torque. While it may not seem like a lot on paper the sedan is compact and lightweight enough for the engine it has. For its affordable price point, the Dzire comes with features that punch well above its weight in its category, it also comes with great fuel economy to boot.