If you are in the market for an affordable sedan, then you are spoiled for choice in the Philippine market. If however, you are working on a much tighter budget, your options become slimmer. With that in mind, we have created a quick list of sedans that can fit within a tight budget but still offers a good amount of features for a comfortable mode of transportation. Each one comes with its own pros and cons and brings something unique to the table, with that said, this list is in no particular order.
Mitsubishi Mirage G4 GLX MT (P735,000)
First on the list is the venerable Mitsubishi Mirage G4 GLX. This “built in the Philippines” sedan comes with a very affordable price tag and comes with a good amount of features to justify its cost. As it is an entry-level model, do not expect too many features to be available with this variant as it fulfills the basic needs of transportation very well. It comes with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine that produces 77 hp and 100 Nm of torque, more than enough to get the sedan going at highway speeds.
While it is an older nameplate to the segment, it has become popular with those looking to get a fuel-efficient car that just works. Priced at well under the P750,000 mark, for its entry-level model, many will flock to this vehicle as Mitsubishi also offers many attractive promos for it.
Volkswagen Santana 1.4 MPI MT (P686,000)
If you want an affordable European car experience then look no further than the Volkswagen Santana. This humble sedan comes with timeless styling a competitive and attractive price tag as well as a frugal 1.4-liter gasoline engine. The motor produces 89 hp and 132 Nm of torque, making it ideal for both city use and for the occasional trip out of town. This sedan is ideal for those who want a little bit of the European car experience without having to pay a hefty price tag for it.
Kia Soluto 1.4 EX MT (P710,000)
Coming from the land of K-pop and kimchi is the Kia Soluto. For its price tag, the South Korean sedan offers a lot for its buyers including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. It also comes with a frugal 1.4-liter gasoline engine that produces 94 hp and 132 Nm of torque. Similar to the other vehicles on this list it shifts via a 5-speed manual transmission. However, if you want an automatic version, you will have to go with the LX model instead, but this comes at the cost of a few features. As one of the value-for-money options on the list, the Soluto is a noteworthy option is it comes with a reverse camera as standard even for its entry-level models. The Kia Soluto is ideal for those looking to get an affordable Korean vehicle that comes feature-packed.
Suzuki Dzire GL+ AGS (P708,000)
Another affordable option from the Japanese brand that specializes in making compact vehicles is the Suzuki Dzire. It is one of the few models within the P750,000 that can be had with an automatic transmission. It is important to note that its entire model range fits within the set budget, offering interested buyers more options when it comes to choosing which variant fits them the best. On top of this, the sedan comes with a 7-inch touchscreen that supports offline navigation. It is also powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine that produces 82 hp and 113 Nm of torque. If you want an affordable and competitively priced sedan that comes feature-packed then the Suzuki Dzire and all of its variants should definitely be on your shortlist.
MG 5 1.5 Core CVT (P718,000)
A newcomer to the segment and one of the larger vehicles you can get within a budget of P750,000 is the MG 5. It comes powered by a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine that makes 112 hp and 150 Nm of torque. This makes the sedan one of the more powerful options you can get within its price bracket. It also comes standard with an 8-inch infotainment system that comes with a rearview camera as well. If space is what you are looking for then the MG 5 should definitely be on your shortlist as it offers a lot without breaking the bank.
Hyundai Reina GL MT with AVN (P733,000)
Also coming from South Korea is the Hyundai Reina. Like its Soluto cousin, it too offers a lot for a very affordable price point. It also one of the few models that comes available with an automatic transmission. As one of its key selling points, the sedan also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard for its GL model, which gives it an edge over its competition that does not come with this feature. Under the hood, the Reina is powered by a 1.4-liter motor that pushes out 94 hp and 132 Nm of torque. The vehicle shifts either by a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. It is important to note that the GL MT with the AVN feature is the model to get if you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You will lose this feature, however, if you choose to go for the lower GL AT model that does not come with the AVN package. The Hyundai Rein presents itself as another option for those who want an affordable yet feature-packed sedan.
Toyota Vios 1.3 J MT (P717,000)
Last but definitely not the least is the Toyota Vios in its J variant. While it doesn’t have much in the way of features, it does come with the basics needed for getting from point A to point B. It comes with a frugal 1.3-liter gasoline engine as well as a 5-speed manual transmission. It produces a healthy 97 hp and 123 Nm of torque. It comes with a 2-DIN head unit that comes with CD/MP3 with Bluetooth, USB, and Aux connectivity. The Toyota Vios is ideal for those who want a back to basics car that just works and works well.
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