While the market is currently dominated by higher-riding crossovers, SUVs, and even pickups, some buyers are still looking into getting a sedan given that it's economical and easy to drive, be it around town or on long-distance journeys. Today, the segment is categorized into several classes, you can even score some well-packaged pint-sized and subcompact models priced at just under P1,000,000. So if you’re looking for a brand new sedan to buy under the million peso mark, you should consider the following below.
The Chevrolet Sail sits below the larger Cruze. Notably, its entire variant range sits under the million peso mark. Expect to pay P791,888 for the entry-level 1.3 LT, P865,888 for the mid-tier 1.5 LT, and P917,888 for the top-of-the-line 1.5 LTZ. Only the LT gets a smaller 1.3-liter gasoline engine paired with a 5-speed manual while the rest of the range gets a 1.5-liter that produces higher power figures and is paired with a 4-speed automatic. The range-topping LTZ benefits from exclusive features including 15-inch alloys, an automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a 4.2-inch head unit.
While opting for the top-of-the-line RS variant will require you to shell a few extra pesos, the mid-tier Honda City V and entry-level S remain as the more affordable options of the subcompact sedan that sits in the six-digit price range. You’d be surprised at how well equipped these variants are, in fact, the Honda City is bigger and better than its price tag suggests. Aside from having the same 1.5-liter gasoline powerplants, the following also comes standard with a push-start button and smart keyless entry. Plus, all variants except entry-level S MT have Honda’s 8-inch infotainment system that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable. The 1.5 S MT retails at P848,000 while the 1.5 S CVT sits a bit higher at P888,000. The mid-tier 1.5 V CVT, on the other hand, is priced at P978,000.
The Hyundai Accent is perhaps the sole diesel option in the crowded subcompact sedan segment. It’s an ideal city car, given its strengths like the peppy and efficient 1.6-liter CRDI diesel motor. Now, you can purchase the diesel at just P910,000 granted that you're opting for the 6-speed manual transmission. You can also opt for other lower-end variants that come with the smaller yet still efficient 1.4-liter gasoline engine. Prices for the gasoline trims range from P790,000 to P890,000.
If you find the Accent a little bit big for you then look no further than the Hyundai Reina. It is currently the brand’s smallest offering with only one engine option available. The 1.4-liter gasoline motor could either be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission. You can ditch the basic head unit with a more modern infotainment system that comes ready with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Prices range from P683,000 to P783,000.
The Kia Soluto is closely related to the Hyundai Reina. In fact, the two cars are like cousins, think Tucson and Sportage, as both models share a number of mechanical components including the platform and 1.4-liter engine that also produces the same numbers. Surprisingly, this small sedan comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable. Stepping up onto the EX range will then give you alloy wheels, fog lamps, chrome door handles, a leather shift knob, and leatherette seats. Prices range from P665,000 to P755,000.
The most affordable entry to the Jinba Ittai culture is the Mazda 2. It has recently undergone a refresh last 2019 with the model sporting a revised fascia, new wheels, and a slightly redone interior. The sedan version is only available with one variant, respectively, the 1.5 SkyActiv-G Elite AT. Priced at just P995,000, the Mazda 2 sedan already gives you a push-start button, smart-keyless entry, and the 7-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system that’s paired with a six-speaker audio system and comes ready with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Aside from being hailed as the longest and widest in its class, the MG 5 is also big on features. All variants get a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that could either be paired with a 5-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). It can even come with power-adjustable seats for the driver and a 360-degree camera once you’ll step up to the range-topping 1.5 Alpha CVT that’s priced at only P938,888, now, that’s quite a steal.
Mitsubishi Mirage G4
The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 has already been a tried and tested option in the market. A few years have passed since the subcompact sedan made its way to the Philippine market, and it managed to tick almost all of the boxes including space, comfort, and efficiency. It’s probably one of the most go-to vehicles when you're looking for something that’s practical in the sense that it gives you all of the necessities that you’ll be needing for your drive. Like the hatch, the Mirage G4 is also run by a familiar 1.2-liter engine that produces 77 hp and 100 Nm of torque. Buyers are given the option of pairing the mill with a 5-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Currently, prices range from P735,000 to P869,000.
The Suzuki Ciaz is the brand’s sole entry to the subcompact sedan segment. Aside from its boasting in terms of clean looks and practicality, the Ciaz also comes with a good amount of convenience features. Aside from its spacious interior, the Suzuki Ciaz comes standard with fabric seats, manual climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a touchscreen infotainment system with four speakers. All variants come with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine that produces 92 hp and 130 Nm of torque.
The Suzuki Dzire had just undergone its facelift, with the model now having a slightly revised fascia. Part of the changes also includes the new gauge cluster while only the top-of-the-line GL+ AGS comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There’s only one powerplant option available for the updated Dzire, and that’s the 1.2-liter gasoline engine that could either be paired with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AGS. Prices currently range from P549,000 to P708,000.
It’s everybody’s favorite subcompact sedan. The Toyota Vios has been around in the market for quite some time now. Just recently, the third-generation Vios has been heavily revamped, with the subcompact sedan sporting a fresher look and along with more standard features such as the 6.75-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Now, if you can stretch your budget by a little over a million, there’s an available GR-S variant that infuses the Vios with a little bit of sporty attitude.
The Volkswagen Santana is your affordable gateway to the German automotive experience. This affordable sedan can be had in either manual or automatic. Only the entry-level comes with a smaller 1.4-liter gasoline while the mid-tier S AT and SE AT come with a 1.5-liter engine. Just recently, Volkswagen Philippines updated the Santana, with it having features like a new infotainment system and tire pressure monitoring system. Prices range from P686,000 to P993,000.
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