Based on AutoDeal.com.ph’s data last February 2015, the most searched models in our Car Comparison Tool are the Toyota Wigo 1.0G AT and the Mitsubishi Mirage GLX 1.2 CVT. Affordable and fuel-efficient, both prove to be popular choices for the hard-earning Filipino aged 25 to 34 years old. But really, what makes these two shine? Is it their practicality, features, or price?
Thankfully, we’re here to help you make the right choice.
At first glance, both subcompact hatchbacks are listed under P600,000. As of this writing, the Mirage GLX 1.2 CVT can be had for P583,000. The Wigo 1.0 G AT, on the other hand, is P22,000 cheaper at P561,000. But that difference might be a bit too small to consider, especially when it’s acquired through a multi-year financing deal.
Still, that’s P22,000 you can spend on accessories, fuel, or a few out of town road trips.
Then there’s the engine. The Mirage has a bigger 76 hp 1.2L 3-cylinder engine versus the Wigo’s 65 hp 1.0L 3-cylinder. An 11 hp difference may not sound a lot, but it come in handy when you’re carrying a full load. The Mirage also has Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) that’s known to give good fuel mileage, while the Wigo comes with a 4-speed automatic.
Mitsubishi claims their hatchback can achieve 21 km/L, while the Toyota’s claim is only 16/L for the Wigo. But do note that these fuel economy figures are estimates done in ideal conditions, so you could get different results.
Dimensions (Winner: Mirage GLX 1.2 CVT)
With regards to dimensions, the Mirage measures at 3,710 mm in length and 1,665mm in width. In contrast, the Wigo is shorter by 110 mm and narrower by 45 mm, but is slightly taller by 20 mm. Although both can seat 5 people, with identical 2,450 mm wheelbases, passengers might appreciate the Mirage’s extra wiggle room.
Tight garages or parking spaces might be in favor of the Wigo, but it’s not enough to merit as a selling point.
Safety & Security (Winner: Wigo 1.0G AT)
Both do well in the safety and security department. Driver and front passenger airbags, as well as engine immobilizer and security alarm are standard, but only the Wigo gets ABS.
We don’t know about you, but for rainy days, slippery roads, or emergency situations, we need all the help we can get. In this case, ABS could prevent you from getting into an accident.
Features (Winner: Draw)
We believe that interior features, creature comforts, and amenities matter the most in a car simply because this is where you’ll spend all your time.
As for the pair, the Mirage and Wigo have manual air conditioning, fabric seats, and power windows. What’s surprising though is that, for their price point, Mitsubishi and Toyota were both able to fit in 2-DIN touch screen infotainment systems with CD, MP3, AUX, and USB connectivity. So as far as features are concerned, it’s a tie.
Verdict (Winner: Draw)
With these points of comparison, the Wigo 1.0G AT and Mirage GLX 1.2 CVT are at a draw. The Wigo comes out cheaper and has better safety equipment. However, the Mirage’s more powerful engine and bigger dimensions are things a car buyer should really consider.
As far as durability and build quality are concerned, the 2 are built by respectable and renowned Japanese automakers, so you can’tq go wrong with either choice.
In the end, it’s really down to preference, because both brands offer a great package for a price that won’t break the bank. We suggest go take the Wigo and Mirage out on a test drive and see which one you really like.