Hybrid cars are slowly invading the Philippines, with the more advanced powertrain starting to normalize and become more affordable. Aside from having better fuel economy, a hybrid vehicle also rewards drivers with a smoother and quieter ride. For those who are looking into purchasing a brand new hybrid vehicle, you might want to consider the following models below. You’d even be surprised at how affordable are the majority of the models included on the list.
Toyota Corolla Altis
The Toyota Corolla Altis has always had an all-gasoline variant range in the Philippines, but that has already changed since its twelfth-generation model entered the local market. For the first time, Toyota Motor Philippines has made the Corolla Altis available with a Hybrid option. Retailing at P1,595,000, the Corolla Altis Hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter 16-valve dual overhead cam inline-4 cylinder gasoline motor that is paired with an electric motor mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). It has a combined output of 121 hp and 142 Nm torque.
As expected, the Corolla Altis Hybrid is no sports car, though it does deliver impressive fuel economy figures in and out of town. During testing, it delivered 26.2 km/L in the city driving at an average speed of 60 km/h. Out on the highway, it clocked 29.7 km/L while speeding at 90 km/h.
Toyota Corolla Cross
The Toyota Corolla Cross became the answer for those who want the attributes of the renowned sedan in crossover form. Like the Altis, the Corolla Cross Hybrid is motivated by a 1.8-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor and mated to CVT. Compared to its sedan counterpart, the Corolla Cross has a combined power output of 120 hp and 142 Nm of torque which is 1 less horsepower than the Altis.
Like the Corolla Altis, the Cross also delivers strong fuel economy figures. During heavy city traffic, the compact crossover achieved 16 km/L. On the highway, the Cross boosted its figures to 23.5 km/L. Opting for the Hybrid trim is slightly more expensive yet still attainable, with it being priced at P1,650,000.
The Toyota Prius has culminated the brand’s expertise in building Hybrid vehicles. Currently, its fourth-generation model is available in the Philippines, though it's not as affordable as the 2 Corollas. The sole variant of the Prius retails at P2,339,000, a price range where big midsize SUVs like the Fortuner sit on. In terms of powertrain, the Prius is run by a 1.8-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor and mated to an Electronically-Controlled CVT. Combined power outputs are 99 hp and 142 Nm of torque.
Geely has been doing great in the Philippines, with the Chinese automaker having a powerful line of vehicles including the Azkarra. Notably, the compact crossover is available with a mild-hybrid option that’s priced at under P1,600,000. Aside from its premium appointments and a slew of convenience features, the compact crossover is also powered by a small yet potent 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder gasoline engine 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.
The Geely Okavango is ‘Wonderfully Distinct’ for so many reasons, including the fact that it is the only 7-seater MPV in the Philippine market to feature a standard mild-hybrid system. Notably, this is by far the most affordable ticket to a hybrid vehicle. Starting at just P1,208,000, the Okavango Comfort trim already gives you a lot including an advanced mild-hybrid powertrain. Aside from fuel efficiency, the Ovanago also stands strong in terms of space and ride comfort, making it an ideal choice for families.
The Hyundai Ioniq is a qualified competitor of the Corolla Altis Hybrid, though it’s slightly peppier than the Toyota. Under the hood is a 1.6-liter CVVT gasoline motor with a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM). This combo produces 139 hp and 264 Nm of torque mated to a 6-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). It’s mighty efficient too, with it achieving 26.4 km/L while driving at 60 km/h inside the city. Increasing its speed to 90 km/h on the highway returned a whopping 30.1 km/L. For those who are interested, the sole variant of the Hyundai Ioniq is priced at P1,548,000.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Last, is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is the only plug-in hybrid on the list. Under the hood is a 2.4-liter gasoline engine that produces 126hp and 199 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all wheels via a single-speed transmission for both the rear and the front as the electric motors are the primary drive units for the compact crossover.
Moreover, it also comes with a generous amount of safety kit such as a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, collision mitigation system, and adaptive cruise control. It’s not as affordable as the other vehicles on the list, with it retailing at P2,998,000.
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