Top 5 Small Hatchbacks in the Philippines under P750,000

There is still a place for small hatchbacks in the market. Whether it's the car that gets you out on the road with four wheels and a roof, or whether it's a dedicated city slicker that sips fuel and squeezes into traffic and parking spaces with ease, there are still good reasons to buy a small car in today's market, especially in the city. 

While the market may be focusing on the bigger and better, some brands are still strong in terms of their offerings. So let's cover some of the best options out in the market today in the small hatchback category. These cars all offer a full set of features, and a respectable drive coupled with decent practicality. Let's go. 

Chevrolet Spark

The Spark may be a rather old model, but its features still hold up to this day. For small hatchbacks, the market doesn't move too quickly, so if a well-equipped model gets it right then, it'll probably continue to be right now. It's also one of the more powerful models in the segment at the moment. At the time of writing, Chevrolet still prices the Spark at a very affordable under P750,000 price point even for its top-of-the-line variant. It has one of the biggest engines in the category, and that results in a power that measures up to 99 hp and 128 Nm of torque. 

On the note of features, it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that's baked into a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Aside from its size, its big on space and decent in its drive, so it's hard to argue with the price all things considered. 

Honda Brio

Now, the Honda Brio has gone ahead and turned over a new leaf. It has a new face since its refresh, and it continues to be one of the market's favorites, mainly because it's not such a small hatchback all things considered. Space is plentiful for people at the back, and the cargo room is considerable considering that there is not much car to get around. 

It’s also quite powerful for what it is. With a 1.2-liter i-VTEC motor running the show, it produces 89 hp and 110 Nm of torque, which is more than enough to get it up to speed, but not too much that fuel economy starts to take a dip. You get the option of a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT, and the top-of-the-line RS trim is indeed something to desire in the lineup, However, you will be paying north of P750,000there so if you want to stay under budget, do aim for the mid-tier variants of this model. 

MItsubishi Mirage

Now, the Mirage is a little north of being a small hatchback at the moment, but given that it can still be had for under P750,000, why not consider it as well? There are variants of this car that can go over the budget, but that's all up for consideration. You will get a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 77 hp and 100 Nm of torque, a chassis that is rigid enough for the rigors of daily driving, and also enough space to keep occupants happy. 

Updates came to the model in the form of new infotainment systems and also Mitsubishi's build quality. What else? Well, if you are willing to go for the more premium variant, you can get better features, but the base remains the same. If you're not too picky, the base model will deliver in terms of being a practical, reliable, and compact daily driver. 

Suzuki S-Presso

The Suzuki S-Presso made a dent in the market back when it was first launched. It was a totally new name, but a lot of people seemed to like it a lot. There is more to this model than just a quirky exterior design, however. On the inside, it's surprisingly spacious, even comparable to a bigger car in some regards. However, Spartan is the word that we will use to describe this model, and it's equipped enough to get by, but it's not enough to really give you a sense of premium, which is fair given the price. 

As for what motivates it, the model comes with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that's either mated to a five-speed manual or an AGS. it makes decent power with 67 hp and 90 Nm on tap given its size and weight, but it's possible that this car will feel more sluggish than the other more powerful and lighter options in this list. 

Toyota Wigo

Toyota has blazed a long trail with the Wigo, not in terms of speed and power, but in terms of sales. A lot of shoppers have bought the Wigo for its practicality, compact form factor, and frugal engine. The model today is a new generation, but it's still built on a tried and tested platform. The new face and the new interior design help keep things interesting for the nameplate, and Toyota has rightfully updated its features to go toe-to-toe with the other rivals in the market today. 

As for the other things in this car, we also get a three-cylinder motor that produces 66 hp and 89 Nm of torque mated to either a manual or a CVT. You shouldn't expect too much from these figures, but they're easily usable for drivers who are not too demanding about the speed of their vehicle. Other than that, you can expect this car to be very compact but not in terms of interior space, which is a little ironic given that it's quite small. 

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