5 best crossovers in the Philippines

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.

2020 Geely Coolray Sport orange

A newcomer to the segment the Geely Coolray has raised the bar for the rest of its competition. For its attractive price tag of under P1.2 million and for the features that it has, it is certainly a contender for the segment. It comes powered by a 1.5-liter engine, however, unlike the rest of its competition it comes with a turbo giving it power figures above its segment. It comes with 177hp and 255 Nm of torque with power being sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed wet DCT. Its other strong points include a high-resolution 360-degree camera, a 10-inch infotainment system, and a parking assist feature for its higher variants. With such a feature-packed subcompact crossover it's no wonder why it's the 4th most inquired vehicle on Autodeal.com.ph for the third quarter of 2020

2021 Kia Stonic yellow

One of the newest additions to the local lineup of Kia Philippines is the Kia Stonic. Coming in with a price tag that is well under P1 million, the South Korean subcompact crossover presents itself as an affordable vehicle. It brings with it an 8-inch infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across its variant range. It also comes with a reverse camera, a handy feature to have especially for its price point. While not as powerful as its competitors it does come with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine that produces between 94 to 99hp with 132 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. If you are looking for an affordable crossover with 200mm of ground clearance then you should consider the Kia Stonic for your shortlist.

2020 Chery Tiggo 5x

As part of the brand’s return to the local automotive market, Chery Philippines launched several Tiggo crossovers into the country. Among them and presenting one of the better value for money options is the Chery Tiggo 5x. It brings with it a 9-inch infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, power seats, as well as a backup camera. Under the hood, the Tiggo 5x comes equipped with a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that produces 114hp and 141 Nm of torque. While not as powerful as its competitors, it is enough to get the vehicle moving. Power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission or CVT. For its price of under P1 million, Chery’s Tiggo 5X is definitely up for consideration especially if you are looking to get an affordable 5-seat subcompact crossover.

2019 Ford Ecosport

Another one of the veterans in the segment, the Ford Ecosport is another subcompact crossover worthy of your consideration. The Blue Oval vehicle now comes available with two engine options the first being a 1.0-liter EcoBoost motor, while the second is a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine. Ford has also changed the old dual-clutch transmission with a traditional 6-speed automatic instead. Power for the 1.5-liter comes in at 121hp and 150, while power for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine comes in at 123hp and 170 Nm of torque. As part of Ford Philippine’s update to the Ecosport back in 2019 the higher models now come with a new 9-inch infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities. Despite its age compared to its competitors in the segment the Ford Ecosport can still offer you great value for money especially when considering its 209mm of ground clearance.

2020 SsangYong Tivoli diesel

The only subcompact crossover on this list that comes available with a turbo-diesel engine is the SsangYong Tivoli. While it might be a left-field choice, it's definitely still a vehicle worthy of looking into especially if you want diesel power under the hood. The Tivoli brings with it a large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities. However, its crowning jewel is the 10.25-inch full graphic high definition display that it has for its gauge cluster. While only available in the higher trim-levels it suits the vehicle well giving it a nice modern and premium touch. When it comes to power the Tivoli is no slouch as its diesel variant comes with a 1.6-liter motor that makes 134hp and 324 Nm of torque that sends power to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. Those who are looking for a much tamer motor can opt to go with its 1.6-liter naturally aspirated variant that makes 126hp and 160 Nm of torque. Like its diesel sibling, it too sends power to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic. If you’re looking for a subcompact crossover with diesel grunt under the hood then consider the SsangYong Tivoli as an option.

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