The Chinese car stigma in the Philippines is slowly softening, with many Filipinos starting to embrace and accept the following brands and their breed of vehicles. Surprisingly, there are some China-made models that offer the same amount of comfort and high-tech features that can be found on other established brands, what makes them stand out, even more, is the affordable price range which surprisingly gives you a lot for less.
Given the current hype, we’ve managed to come up with the 9 best Chinese vehicles you can buy today. So if you’re in the market for a value-packed China-made car, then you might as well consider any of the following.
Chery Tiggo 2
The Chery Tiggo 2 is one the most affordable subcompact crossovers in the market today, with its price starting at just under P700,000. So it’s either you choose a small pint-sized hatch sitting at a close price range with the Tiggo 2 or you could get this subcompact crossover that has high ground clearance and a lot of cabin space for its size.
Opting for the automatic variant and up will give you an 8-inch infotainment system that should keep you entertained throughout your drive. In terms of its powertrain, the Tiggo 2 is run by a humble 1.5-liter gasoline engine that churns out 106 hp and 135 Nm of torque. The said mill could either be paired with a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Chery Tiggo 7 Pro
The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro entered the Philippine market earlier this year, with the compact crossover carrying substantial upgrades making it a step further from its predecessor. There are 2 variants available, and both are powered by a 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine that churns out 145 hp and 210 Nm of torque mated to a 9-speed CVT. Convenience features include leather seats, a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, and a panoramic sunroof.
Chery Tiggo 8
If you want something bigger, then we’re happy to report that Chery Philippines is offering the Tiggo 8. This midsize crossover has enough space for 7 passengers, if you don’t need the 2 extra seats at the back, you can just simply fold them in exchange for a spacious cargo area. What’s even more surprising is that it’s priced affordably, as this spacious and feature-packed model starts at just under P1,300,000.
Many of you are probably familiar with the Geely Coolray given that its numbers continue to grow on local roads. Notably, sales figures have been constantly booming for the Coolray these past few months. Granted, this compact crossover has a fine combination of looks, performance, and tech at an affordable price range. All variants of the Coolray come with a small yet mighty 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that puts out a healthy 177 hp and 255 Nm mated to a 7-speed wet DCT.
Standard convenience features include automatic climate control, keyless start, and the brand’s 10.25-inch infotainment system. Opting for the Sport variant will give you a self-parking system and a 360-degree camera for easier maneuvering.
The Geely Azkarra is currently one of the most premium offerings in the brand’s Philippine lineup. Notably, even its entry-level Premium variant offers a generous amount of features from a panoramic sunroof to a 360-degree camera, giving the compact crossover a good value proposition. Stepping up to the Luxury trim will give the Azkarra the same 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder found in the lower variant, but paired with a mild-hybrid system giving you that smooth and efficient drive. Combined power figures for the mild-hybrid variant equate to 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque.
Given the high demand for 7-seaters, Geely Philippines answered the call with the Okavango. Aside from the Coolray, this MPV has also been selling well for the past few months. In terms of pricing, even the range-topping Urban Plus sits below the Azkarra, with it retailing at just under P1,500,000. Aside from its spacious cabin, the Okavango also packs a good amount of standard features including the keyless start, a tri-zone climate control, and the brand’s 10.25-inch infotainment system. Opt for the higher variant and you can get a power tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, and adaptive LED headlights.
The GAC GA4 is the only sedan on our list. Surprisingly it’s categorized as a compact vehicle but priced close to other subcompact sedans in the market. Aside from its classy styling, the GA4 also has a well-built cabin that’s both spacious and packed with a substantial amount of features. Exclusive on the range-topping variant is a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that puts out 136 hp and 202 Nm of torque. During our testing, we found the engine to be both responsive and thrifty to run on the road.
It was confirmed by GAC Philippines that its current best-selling model is the GS3. According to the Chinese automaker, customers love this subcompact crossover given its sufficient power and spacious interior. The model has a total of 3 variants, with powertrain options including a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. Prices range from P966,000 to P1,136,000.
The GAC GN6 is the newest model in the brand’s local lineup. Aside from the Innova, it’s one of the few MPVs in the market available with second-row captain chairs. It also gets a clean exterior look that should age gracefully over time. There’s only one variant available, and it’s powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine paired with a 6-speed automatic. This combo puts out 170 hp and 265 Nm of torque, this gives the GN6 a smooth performance, be it in the city or out on the highway.
So are you considering any of the following vehicles we’ve mentioned above? If yes, then, don’t hesitate to click on the ‘Get Quote’ button—it’s absolutely free. You could even request to test drive the cars so you would know what you’ll like about them, first hand.