If you are in the market for a new car in the Philippines this year, we highly suggest you consider these great hatchbacks a closer look. They offer quite a lot of practicality for the price of just under P700,000. As a first car, it’s always the best option to think through because of its cheap maintenance cost, fuel efficiency, and practical space.
Hatchbacks are compact and could seat up to five people comfortably while offering plenty of room for travel necessities. They have the true character to be adept in the city, as well as a getaway car for long road trips. All thanks to its light steering that’s puts away the stress in driving.
The new Mirage is a hatchback that should be noted with great regard because it brought the Filipino a car that provides value for money. Never before seen in a car at this price point offering dual airbags, modern 1.2L engine, and a CVT gearbox to meet fuel efficiency standards for the eco and budget-conscious drivers. It also offers a good balance between exterior dimensions and interior space for five adults and their luggage. Under P700,000, the new Mirage is now adorned by a refreshed fascia, with sleek headlamps and daytime running lights.
This is truly a great hatchback to have in this era and will surely bring you to your destination safe and sound.
Kia Picanto 1.0 SL MT and 1.2 SL AT (P635,000 - P696,000)
The Picanto is Kia's smallest vehicle on its lineup with a bold exterior design crowned by the signature tiger grille. Its new styling and competitive price tag gives it an edge over its competitors. It's cute, stylish, and has a wide array of pastel colors to choose from. Inside, the Picanto has a well-integrated dashboard with an orange hue. And if you need more space, the rear seats can be entirely folded to maximize the cargo space.
At the heart of the Picanto SL variant is a 3-cylinder 1.0L Kappa gasoline engine capable of churning out 67 hp and 96 Nm of torque, connected to a five-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the 1.2L engine produces 84 hp and 121 Nm of torque, coupled to a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Chevrolet Spark LT MT (P694,888)
The Spark is one of the most affordable road-going cars in the Bowtie brand’s lineup. It’s a hatchback that features a youthful design in the way of cheerful accents. Inside offers instrument gauges benefitting from LED technology while a MyLink touchscreen head unit ensures you get the best entertainment during your trip.
Regardless if you’re in or out of the city, the Chevrolet Spark provides ample storage for your drinks or loose items. If you need extra room for cargo, the 60:40 split allows you to stretch those empty spaces for generous accommodation.
Suzuki Celerio (P558,000 - P598,000)
The Suzuki Celerio is one of the marque's best-selling vehicles, armed with practicality, notable fuel efficiency, and classic hatchback looks. Even with the diminutive size, its 2,425 mm wheelbase offers generous interior space even at the second-row seats. It’s also one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road today, topping DOE – Petron Fuel Economy Run among participating gasoline engine vehicles in 2016.
Under its hood is a three-cylinder 1.0-liter DOHC engine that can produce up to 67 hp and 90 Nm of torque coupled to either a five-speed manual transmission or a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) making it the 1st model in its segment to offer a CVT.
Toyota Wigo (P542,000 - P681,000)
A decade has passed and Toyota still continues to offer the Filipino a wide array of choices for their motoring needs including the Wigo – the smallest car in its stable. It may not be the most powerful car in this segment but it is reassuringly spacious and practical for the city dweller. Interior plastics don’t bring a premium flair but it’s hard and durable to last for the whole time the car can still crank up its engine.
To put things in tune, it’s a Toyotathat offers an abundance in parts, ease of maintenance, and reliability that serves as a hand down present to your children.
Hyundai Eon (P508,000 - P526,000)
The smallest Hyundai of the bunch, the Eon provides value-packed goodness to the Filipino family with its practicality packaged in a pint-sized body. It only measures 3,495mm long, 1,550mm wide, and 1,500mm tall, making it a very maneuverable vehicle to conquer the city.
At its price point, the Eon is equipped with front disc brakes, motor-driven power steering, and a 0.8-liter gasoline engine that produces 56 hp and 76 Nm of torque, connected to a five-speed manual transmission. Even better, this Hyundai comes with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage.
Honda Brio S (P642,000 to P681,000)
If there's one hatchback in the Philippines that shouldn't be overlooked, the Brio should top your list. Armed with great looks and urban maneuverability, the smallest Honda is one value-packed proposition, especially with its plethora of safety and security features. Even the entry-level MT variant comes in with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, immobilizer, and a keyless entry system.
The Brio is also one of the more powerful small hatchbacks you can buy, coming out of its 1.3-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine that produces 100 hp and 127 Nm of torque. It's then coupled to either a five-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.
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