The subcompact crossover segment has seen a jump in popularity over the past few years in terms of sales and variety. These vehicles have been sprouting out around the Philippine market, each one giving you its own value for money proposition.
If you’re in the market for a small crossover, this shortlist of vehicles (in no particular order) should help you out. These vehicles have all been reviewed by us and offer what we think has the best value for your money.
Suzuki Vitara (P913,000 - 1,148,000)
The Suzuki Vitara features great front exterior design and a huge Android entertainment system. The vehicle also has a stellar fuel economy. Subcompact crossover was able to produce 8.1 km/L in the city under heavy traffic. On the highway, however, it was able to put up 20.1km/l.
What you might not like about the vehicle is that the plastic material used for the interior can be uninspiring. The rear end of the vehicle, despite the front end's imposing design language, is also a bit on the boring side. During our review of the vehicle it scored a 3.8/5.
The SsangYong Tivoli might be a left-field choice but it was able to score highly during our review. In fact, it came out with an overall score of 4.3/5. What you will like about the car is that it has a roomy and plush cabin. It also has a pretty good engine, with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine that produces 128 hp and 160 Nm of torque. It also comes with convenient tech features such as power adjustable seats, ventilated driver and passenger seats, and cruise control, just to name a few.
What you might not like about the Tivoli is that the head unit does not come with physical volume buttons or knobs. The vehicle also has shallow cargo space and the leather is on the stiffer side of comfort.
Ford Ecosport (P920,000 - 1,190,000)
The EcoSport is Ford Philippines’ entry into the subcompact market, During our review, it was able to get a score of 4/5. What you will like about the car is the SYNC 3 infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities. The materials in the cabin are of high quality, as well. The engine may be small but it’s more than capable thanks to turbocharging. It now utilizes a 6-speed transmission instead of a DCT.
What you might not like is that the 6-speed transmission is sometimes hesitant to upshift. That hesitation may lead to losses in terms of fuel economy. The EcoSport was able to get 7.1 km/L in the city. On the highway, on the other hand, it got 17.2 km/L. Other things you might not like about this subcompact crossover is the limited legroom and cabin noise.
Subaru XV (P1,418,000 - 1,668,000)
At the higher end of the pricing scale is the Subaru XV. We were actually able to review the Subaru XV twice and each time we gave it a score of 4.0/5 on both trim levels.
What we liked about both variants was the interior space. Another trait that we liked about Subie subcompact crossover was the engine and the general performance. Subaru was able to tune the engine and transmission dynamics well.
What you might not like is the suspension found in both variants. It’s a little too soft for our liking. The design also has minor changes compared to the model it replaced. For its price point, all the variants of the XV do not come with speed-sensing door locks. This could be a minor issue for you but a simple feature like this increases convenience in the vehicle.
Nissan Juke (P1,021,000 - 1,239,000)
The second-generation Juke has been unveiled globally but that doesn’t mean that the outgoing model isn’t any good. Nissan’s unconventionally-styled subcompact crossover has a lot to offer despite its polarizing design. So much so, in fact, we gave it a score of 4.0/5. Aside from its design, we liked its fuel-efficiency and easy-to-drive trait.
What we did not like, however, was that the leg and headroom at the back were limited. We also disliked certain plastic parts in the vehicle and the hampered rear visibility because of the C-pillar.
Geely Coolray (P978,000 – 1,198,000)
A relative newcomer to the segment the Geely Coolray has gained its popularity by offering the public features above its class and at a competitive price point. Powering the crossover is a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. The small engine produces 177hp and 255 Nm of torque. Its strong points include A high-resolution 360-degree view monitor, which displays a 3D version of the vehicle on the 10.25-inch screen when you use your turn signals. A handy feature especially when parking.