Budget is one of the things that an individual considers when buying a brand new car. As such, subcompact hatchbacks are one of the vehicles that are popular to car buyers. They’re cute, compact, easy-to-drive, fuel-efficient, and fits the budget of a typical Filipino worker.
However, with their price, are they equipped with enough features to be able to protect you in case a car accident occurs?
With that in mind, we searched through the AutoDeal car guide and checked which of the locally sold subcompact hatchbacks are equipped with enough safety features, and have price tags under P600,000.
To keep it on the same ground, the availability of safety features were considered, such as the airbags, anti-lock brake system (ABS), and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). The ABS prevents the wheels from locking up to maintain steering control, while the EBD shortens the braking distance by applying appropriate brake-force on the wheels depending on the car’s weight – both essential during sudden braking.
It’s a tight race within the lineup, but 5 vehicles emerged as the safest – along with a wild card model that almost made it to the top 5.
Mitsubishi Mirage GLX MT (P555,000)
Topping the list is the Mitsubishi Mirage GLX MT. Even as an entry-level subcompact hatchback, it’s still equipped with both driver’s and passenger’s airbags, as well as ABS with EBD. In case you want its CVT variant, It’s just P5,000 above P600,000.
Aside from that, it’s the only car in this list that boasts a 4-star New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia (ASEAN NCAP) Grand Prix award. Talk about safety.
BYD F0 G-I MT/AT (P548,000 – P598,000)
The first out of the 2 Chinese cars in this list, the BYD F0 (both variants) has a stylish interior and exterior design that go with its pretty solid safety features. Same as the Mirage, it has both airbags for the driver and front passenger, while having both ABS and EBD as well.
Haima 1 Deluxe (P499,000)
If you want great value with a price tag of just half a million, Haima 1 Deluxe is the right car for you. This Chinese-made subcompact hatchback is loaded with safety features like the Mirage and the F0 – driver and passenger airbags, as well as ABS and electronic stability brakes (ESB).
Toyota Wigo G MT/AT (P526,000 – P561,000)
The Toyota Wigo G (both MT and AT) is one of the most popular cars in AutoDeal. In fact, it took the number 2 spot last year. The reliability that comes with its badge is complemented by safety features such as ABS and airbags for the driver and passenger. Although, it lacks EBD.
Suzuki Celerio MT/CVT (P514,000 – P549,000)
The Suzuki Celerio (both variants) is one of the Japanese brand’s best-seller for 2016, which makes it a popular choice among car buyers. Although it lacks EBD, it has dual front airbags and ABS, which makes it qualified to be included in our list.
Honda Brio S MT (P614,000)
The Honda Brio could have made it on our list if not for its price tag. With just P14,000 above P600,000, you have a beautifully-designed car that’s filled with safety features, such as driver’s and passenger’s airbags, ABS, and EBD. You just have to pay for that extra amount, which is negligible when paid through a 5-year financing scheme.
Choosing the right car for you is hard, especially when there’s a lot of choices to choose from. However, if yours and your family’s life is your priority, the cars mentioned on this list are among the best. Besides, your safety inside a car should never be compromised with its price.