The Toyota Wigo is known throughout the Philippines for its value for money and the reputation that the badge that it bears brings to the table. For others, however, who want to be a little more different or who want a little more for their money, several brands have stepped up in recent years, offering affordable and well-kitted alternatives for around the same price as the Wigo.
So here are 5 of our top picks for around the P500,0000 to P700,000 price range. We’re covering different segments, but primarily keeping the price around the P700,000 mark in no particular order.
Chery Tiggo 2 (P695,000 to P785,000)
As you may have seen while driving through Philippine roads, you might have noticed a rather new-looking crossover chevron set inside an oval badge. This is the Chery brand’s most affordable model to date, the Tiggo 2, and it is priced within striking distance of the ever-popular Wigo.
Equipped with a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine, it outputs 106 hp and 135 Nm of torque. More power is good, but its main selling point is that it is an affordable way to get into the world of crossovers without breaking the bank. At its lowest point, it has 186mm of ground clearance, which is about 30mm more than the Wigo. If you are looking for a top-of-the-line Wigo, consider this instead. Not only do you get a wide array of features included with the Tiggo 2, but you also get more ground clearance and a surprising amount of space.
Kia Picanto (P590,000 to P745,000)
If you’ve tuned into our videos, you will know that we pitted this guy against the Wigo, and it really brought the fight to Toyota’s hatchback. Everything about the Picanto seemed a little more refined as we went through the comparo. As a global model with roots in Europe, the Picanto is simply built different.
It already gets a bump in displacement over the Wigo at its more expensive trim levels with the 1.2-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder that pushes out 83 hp and 122 Nm of torque mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. If you’re on more of a budget, you can opt for the 1.0-liter three-cylinder that manages around the same power figures as the Wigo at 66 hp and 95 Nm of torque. It’s got loads of refinement in such a small package, but the only drawback in this small hatch is the slightly smaller legroom for the rear passengers, otherwise, it’s an exceptional option.
Honda Brio (P601,000 to P735,000)
Honda has been in the same segment as the Brio for quite some time now, almost as long as the Toyota with their Wigo. The rivalry between the two brands has long been a hotly debated topic. The more powerful and more stylish Brio often trounced the Wigo in terms of looks and features, but after the Toyota’s update, the gap narrowed in several areas.
Still, however, even with its last update in 2019, the Brio remains one of the better options currently out in the market for drivers looking for a more spritely drive. With its 1.2-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, the Brio becomes fun to drive, but you won’t have to worry too much about fuel economy as the model comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which promises power when you want it, and fuel economy when you need it.
Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (P769,000 to P899,000)
Locally produced, proudly Filipino-made, and now with a darn impressive face, Mitsubishi hit it out of the park when the new Mirage G4 was announced and subsequently launched. Though it is a sedan, we’re well aware that the facelifted model also gets a hatch variant in other territories. It could be a matter of time before we get that body style, but the sedan seems to be the more popular choice among Filipinos.
Equipped with the Mitsubishi brand’s 1.2-liter naturally-aspirated three-cylinder, the Mirage makes 76 hp and 100 Nm of torque, more than the Toyota still. It can come in either a 5-speed manual or a CVT. It’s also on par with the Wigo in terms of build quality and material choice. Durable plastics are everywhere, but the only difference between the two is that the Mirage will support the local automaking industry since the Wigo is imported from Thailand.
Suzuki S-Presso (P523,000)
Last and definitely the least expensive is the Suzuki S-Presso. Just like the most affordable variant of the Wigo, the S-Presso is a great value even while it is fairly spartan in terms of features. Perhaps the greatest aspect of it is its design, which is rather novel in comparison to the other small hatchbacks available in the market.
Unlike the other hatchbacks in the market, however, the S-Presso has a sizeable amount of ground clearance that towers quite a bit over its rivals. While it doesn’t have a leg up in terms of having a bigger engine or having an automatic transmission, it’s still going to get you from point A to point B with a surprising amount of versatility and space.
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