When it comes to owning and driving your first car, nothing is more daunting than having to mauver around a large expensive vehicle that doesn’t come with the proper driving aids. This is why we created a shortlist of sedans that are ideal for those first getting into driving. These vehicles are not only compact but are easy to maneuver as well. They also come at affordable price points and with the right kind of driver assistance features that make the vehicle easier to park. In order for the vehicle to make it onto the list, it needs to come with at least reverse sensors or a reverse camera as standard from the factory. The list is also in no particular order.
Kia Soluto (P780,000 – P865,000)
One of the more affordable offerings on this list is the Kia Soluto. It comes with a unique proposition as it can be had for under P800,000 and comes with a good number of standard features that make the sedan easy to drive. You will be happy to know that even its entry-level model comes with a reverse camera as well as reverse sensors. Sensors are only available for the EX models, but the reverse camera is standard for the entire model lineup. Kia Philippines also has an extensive parts catalog at the ready in case spare parts are needed. The South Korean automaker has even gotten a new logistics partner that can deliver parts from across the globe to the Philippines within 7-days, so parts availability isn’t an issue.
Volkswagen Santana (P805,000 – P948,000)
The Volkswagen Santana is an affordable German sedan that offers interested customers the option of owning a European vehicle without breaking the bank. While it doesn’t come with too many flashy features it gets the basics done right and its compact dimensions make it an easy car to get used to. Viewing angles are great, giving the driver a good view of what’s around the vehicle. Topping it off, the sedan also comes with reverse sensors making it easier to maneuver or park. While it may not come with a reverse camera it is still a note worth addition to the list.
Mitsubishi Mirage G4 (P769,000 – P929,000)
The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is a compact sedan that combines affordability with practicality. With its no frills design, this car is highly fuel-efficient, making it an excellent choice for budget-conscious drivers. Under the hood, you'll find a peppy 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers efficient performance, perfect for city driving. The Mirage G4 boasts impressive fuel economy, ensuring fewer trips to the pump and reduced carbon footprint. Inside the cabin, you'll find a surprisingly spacious and comfortable interior with modern features, including a user-friendly infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and ample cargo space. The Mirage G4 also prioritizes safety, featuring advanced safety technologies like a rearview camera and available forward collision warning.
Suzuki Dzire (P609,000 – P819,000)
The Suzuki Dzire is a compact sedan that combines style, comfort, and efficiency into a versatile and budget-friendly package. With its sleek and modern design, it's clear that the Dzire is not your average compact sedan. Under the hood, the Dzire typically features a fuel-efficient 1.2-liter engine that provides a smooth and responsive ride, making it an excellent choice for both city commuting and highway cruising. Its impressive fuel economy ensures cost-effective and eco-friendly driving.
MG 5 (P658,888 - P938,888)
A notable entry onto the list is the MG 5. The British-inspired sedan offers a lot to its prospective buyers and to first-time drivers as well. For its higher variants, the sedan comes with reverse sensors as well as a 360-degree camera. This gives new drivers an edge as they can utilize this feature to get a better view of their surroundings, especially while parking. For its lower variants, on the other hand, parking sensors come as standard along with a regular rearview camera.
Toyota Vios (P911,000 - P1,035,000)
Up next is the venerable Toyota Vios. While it is slightly in the expensive range especially for these budget-oriented sedans, the higher-end models are well equipped and come with all the basic features one might need to help them drive a car. For its G and GR-S models, the humble sedan comes equipped with a reverse camera as well as back sensors. Couple this with the Japanese brand’s great reliability and you have yourself a vehicle that can last for years and is also easy to maintain.
Nissan Almera (P 839,000 – P1,149,000)
The updated Nissan Almera is a great sedan packed with value. It comes equipped with a 1.0- liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that makes 99 hp and 152 Nm of torque mated to a CVT. Thanks to the amount of torque it has, the Almera could easily retain highway speeds, along with brisk acceleration to boot. Should you splurge for the top of the line variant, the Almera also comes with NissanConnect Services as standard so you can remotely on/of, lock/unlock your vehicle, and check its vital statistics through the comfort of your smartphone.