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Dec 24, 2019 (updated : Jan 26, 2021)

Best Compact SUVs in the Philippines 2021

If you're looking for an affordable four-wheeler that delivers solid performance without sacrificing space and comfort, then a compact SUV is the answer. While the market is flooded with a plethora of these vehicles, here are the best 10 currently popular in the Philippines.

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are currently ruling the roost in the Philippine automobile market, providing a perfect mix of comfort and style. Keeping up with the trend, car manufacturers have launched several mid-priced compact SUVs in the country.

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A compact SUV's key features include increased legroom space, higher ground clearance, easy handling, and better maneuverability. It also offers better mileage compared to a full-fledged SUV.

If you are planning to buy a compact SUV and are looking to upgrade your ride quality, use this guide from for an informed choice. Our list covers 10 of the best compact SUVs awash with safety and comfort features while offering top-notch performance dynamics.

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Best Compact SUVs in the Philippines 2020 - 2021

1. Kia Stonic


  • Refreshing design
  • Spacious interior
  • Excellent drive quality
  • Capable engine
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Affordable price
  • 5 years of warranty


  • Slightly stiff suspension
  • Manual variant feels underpowered

The Stonic from Kia came to the Philippines on the back of good shows in the global market. It is the smallest and the most affordable among the automaker's SUV lineup in the Philippines right now.

The Kia Stonic comes in two variants, LX and EX, but both are powered by a single-engine option. A 1.4L 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine puts forth either 93.7hp and 132Nm torque attached to 5-speed manual transmission, or 98.6hp and 132Nm with 6-speed automatic transmission.

The bold exterior is defined by Kia's signature nose-grille, projector halogen headlamps, roof rails, and LED DRLs (exclusive to EX variant). On the inside is a spacious cabin that gets fabric seats and an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The EX variant is equipped with a single-zone automatic climate control system, while the LX variant makes do with dial-type climate control. A total of six audio speakers keep you entertained on the move.

Safety is ensured by dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and vehicle stability control. The car also has a reverse camera to help you park safely. The EX variant is additionally armed with rear parking sensors, hill start assist, and an electronic stability control system.

Kia Stonic

Kia Stonic

Lowest Price in the Philippines P735,000

2. Geely Coolray


  • Well-designed
  • Strong build quality
  • Peppy performance
  • Spacious cabin with modern features
  • Affordable in its segment
  • 5-year warranty


  • Lacks rear AC vents
  • Slightly bouncy ride quality
  • Less appealing exterior styling

The subcompact crossover Coolray is the offering from Geely that creates a niche in the Philippines automotive market. Known for style and cabin comfort, the Geely Coolray is also affordable―the main reason why it has gained popularity in the country.

The car comes in three variants: Comfort, Premium, and Sport, all of which featuring a single-engine option. A 1.5L turbocharged gasoline engine produces 177hp and 255Nm torque and sends the power to the front wheels through the 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

The car's sporty stance is highlighted by a roof-integrated spoiler, strong character lines, diamond-like grille, and LED DRLs and headlights (Sport variant). The spacious cabin is laced with modern equipment such as a 7-inch LCD instrument console, soft-touch leather, and a 10.25-inch floating infotainment system.

The car is also equipped with brake assist and a 360-degree camera view for safety and parking. Besides the dual front airbags, the front also gets side and curtain airbags.

Geely Coolray

Geely Coolray

Lowest Price in the Philippines P978,000

3. Ford EcoSport


  • Snazzy looks
  • Strong build quality
  • Good quality materials used in the cabin
  • Two engine options
  • Easy maneuverability
  • Plenty of safety features


  • Not very fuel-efficient
  • Low-end variant lacks grunt

The EcoSport is Ford's important offering in the compact SUV segment. After its launch in the Philippines, the car has seen a phenomenal response from customers, mostly because of its fine performance and safety features.

Available in four trims, the Ford EcoSport comes with two engine options. A 1.5L engine paired to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission produces 123ps and 150Nm torque. The other one is a 1L EcoBoost engine that delivers 125ps and 170Nm torque attached to an automatic gearbox. The 1L engine variant is currently not available.

The reshaped fascia with the newly designed trapezoidal grille and twin-chamber headlamps give the car a refreshed look, while the larger rear bumpers and a new spare tire case on the tailgate further add to the car's overall sporty look. The interior also looks elegant and gets an all-new dashboard with a full gauge cluster and a large floating infotainment system.

Besides the stylish look and good driving experience, the car is quite generous in terms of safety features: it offers ABS with EBD, traction control, stability control, and ISOFIX child seat mounts. There are dual front airbags in every variant. The mid variant gets extra side airbags, while the range-toppers have curtain airbags.

Ford EcoSport

Ford EcoSport

Lowest Price in the Philippines P920,000

4. Toyota RAV4


  • Bold and attractive design
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Powerful engine
  • Spacious cabin
  • Excellent fuel efficiency


  • Interior design could be better
  • Limited back row space
  • Slightly more expensive in its class

The Toyota RAV4 is one solid option in the compact SUV segment. A well-rounded utility car, it comes with a pretty capable engine and a cavernous cabin filled with quality materials and numerous features.

The vehicle is currently in its 5th generation and available in 3 variants in the Philippines. The car uses the Toyota New Global Architecture platform and features a sporty 'cross-octagon' styling, making it a stand-out in the crowd. The two-tiered upper and lower grille imparts an aggressive touch to the front fascia.

On the inside, the cabin is capacious and equipped with leather seats, an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat with memory and lumbar support, etc. Sitting on the top of the dashboard is a 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Google Assistant compatibility.

There is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine under the bonnet, which makes 203hp and 243Nm torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The car is available with 7 airbags to safeguard the driver and passengers from front and side impacts.

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,710,000

5. Hyundai Tucson


  • Smart exterior design
  • Roomy and luxurious cabin
  • A number of advanced features
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Balanced ride and handling


  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Cabin materials not up to the mark
  • Soft steering setup

The new and advanced version of Hyundai Tucson comes with several upgrades and new features. Plus, it has improved space inside the cabin that looks elegant.

Like before, it has two engine options to choose from, a 2.0L diesel engine producing 185ps and 402Nm torque and a 2.0L gasoline engine outputting 155ps and 192Nm torque. The diesel mill comes attached to an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the gasoline engine is paired to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The sporty front section features a bulky front fascia with a skid plate molding towards the front diffuser. Inside there is a 3.8-inch or a 7-inch floating type audio display with Bluetooth, USB, and AUX-in capabilities. Six speakers fill the cabin. The climate control is manual with the top variant getting additional rear AC vents.

For safety, the Tucson comes with features such as dual front airbags, ABS, and rear parking assist. The top-end GLS variant also has a Smart Key with a push-to-start system, engine immobilizer, and a rearview camera with dynamic lines.

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,368,000

6. Chery Tiggo 5X


  • Tender surfaces
  • Ample tech features
  • Peppy engine performance
  • Light steering
  • Roomy interior
  • Aggressively priced


  • Unspringing design
  • Slightly heavy
  • Sluggish acceleration

Positioned above the Tiggo 2, the Tiggo 5X from the Chinese maker Chery is one of the top-selling compact crossovers. It is a new car and recently received some tweaks in security. The car features a modern design with European-influenced styling.

The car projects a clean look with Chery's signature "tiger-crouching" grille. The top trims also have halogen projector headlamps alongside DRLs and a pair of fog lamps. Further enhancing the appeal are the body cladding with molds, LED taillights, bulky tailgate, and roof rails for storage.

The cabin is spacious and well laid out with a soft-touch dashboard, while the gull-wing leather steering wheel and high brightness chrome-plated decoration fill the inside with youthful vibrancy. The top-range variant and CVT variant gets a 9-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay functionality.

Overall, the Tiggo 5X comes in three variants, and all of them are powered by a 1.5L gasoline engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). An impressive 114hp and 141Nm torque output are just enough for both on-road and off-road rides. You can shuffle between Eco and Sport dual driving modes too.

The lineup features dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, an engine immobilizer, ISOFIX anchors for child seats, and cruise control and a rearview camera (CVT variant). The car is an all-round package and is aggressively priced against rivals in the same category.

Chery Tiggo 5X

Chery Tiggo 5X

Lowest Price in the Philippines P818,000

7. Hyundai Santa Fe


  • Fantastic ride quality
  • Powerful engine
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Vast cabin space
  • Loads of features


  • No sunroof
  • Trunk space is a bit limited

The Hyundai Santa Fe compact SUV crossover scores high when it comes to reliable ride quality, backed by a plethora of tech and comfort features. The car is also roomy on the inside, sports attractive looks, and offers impressive fuel economy.

Its eye-catching design owes to its large silver-finish cascading grille, separated-headlight design with LED headlights in the bumper and LED DRLs up-top, and a prominent character line extending all the way to the taillights.

The car is capacious for 7 people and more up-scale than the Hyundai Tucson. It's armed with advanced technologies including a floating-type radio display, 7-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4-speaker audio system, and a wireless charger.

The car comes in two variants, hauled by a 2.2L CRDi e-VGT motor attached to an 8-speed automatic transmission and spewing out 200ps and 441Nm torque. Together with the compelling performance, there is a suite of safety features including ABS with dynamic brake control, stability control, and parking assist.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is the first car in the world to use fingerprint technology as a smart safety feature.

Hyundai Santa Fe / Grand Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe / Grand Santa Fe

Lowest Price in the Philippines P2,158,000

8. Mazda CX-5


  • Good exterior styling
  • Fun to drive
  • Multiple engine options
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Elegant interior
  • Lots of safety and driver assist features


  • Steep price
  • Still a 5-seater
  • No manual transmission

The CX-5, one of the best-selling compact SUVs from Mazda, in its new avatar boasts agile handling, a revamped infotainment system, comfortable seating, and peppy performance.

The car is available in four trims in the Philippines: Pro, Sport FWD, Sport AWD, and Signature AWD Diesel. At the same time, there are three powertrain options along with FWD as well as AWD configurations. All the engines are mated to only one transmission, the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic, with Sport mode.

The 2.0L gasoline engine-powered FWD produces 154hp and 200Nm torque, while the 2.5L gasoline engine-powered AWD variant churns out 187hp and 251Nm torque. The FWD diesel variant with a 2.2L mill ensures 173hp and 420Nm torque.

The interior of the CX-5 offers plenty in terms of convenience, including leather-covered seats, electronic dual-zone air conditioners, and advance high-tech features such as smartphone mirroring and keyless entry. The acoustic part is taken care of by a 10-speaker Bose audio system.

The standard safety features include ABS with EBD, stability control, brake assist, parking sensors, and blind-spot warning, among others.

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,730,000

9. Kia Sorento


  • Powerful stance
  • Crisp performance
  • Excellent ride comfort
  • Capacious interior
  • Loaded with safety features


  • No manual transmission
  • Not much driver aids
  • Dashboard design needs improvement

The Kia Sorento is a city-friendly SUV with loads of room for 7 people, a 4-wheel-drive option, and a strong towing ability. It offers a perfect marriage of style and strength.

The Sorento houses the brand's majestic tiger-nose grille up front, while its elegant interior gets a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay alongside a 6-speaker audio system. There is also cruise control, automatic climate control, and a Smart Key entry system with push-start functionality. A rear camera is featured in the AWD variant too.

A 2.2L diesel engine spits out 200ps and 441Nm torque while mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The powerful engine is combined with soft steering, making the car easy to maneuver in city traffic.

Prominent safety features include an Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body, hill start assist, and vehicle stability management. The Kia Sorento is also equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX child seat anchors. The car offers more than enough when it comes to the safety aspect.

Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,895,000

10. SsangYong Tivoli


  • Inspiring interior design
  • Punchy performance
  • Perfect handling
  • Fuel-efficient, especially at higher speeds
  • Good cabin and cargo space


  • High trunk lip
  • Hard plastic materials used in cabin
  • Fuel economy could be better

The Korean maker SsangYong's Tivoli is quite a standout among other models offered by the automaker. This subcompact SUV has a simple, yet elegant exterior design. A modestly sized but sleek grille, along with angular trapezoidal headlamps, C-shaped fog lamp housings, and some decent character lines ensure that the car makes its presence felt on the roads.

The interior of the car features a redesigned dashboard for the diesel variant. This variant also has a black and gray-themed interior compared to the black and brown one of the gasoline variant. Leather upholstered seats are the standard.

The car derives power from a 1.6L engine that comes in Premium and Sport variants attached to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Both push out 136ps and 324Nm torque.

The car is very well-equipped with features and amenities like the three-spoke steering wheel with controls mounted on it, a bigger infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6-speaker audio system, a dual-zone automatic control, etc.

For the peace of your mind, the Tivoli gets several airbags, including dual front airbags, side as well as curtain airbags. Other basic safety features are ABS with EBD, child seat anchors, an immobilizer, and a burglar alarm.

SsangYong Tivoli

SsangYong Tivoli

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,130,000


Plenty of subcompact SUVs these days are safe and packed with appealing standard features, and are highly practical. They also provide excellent performance and good fuel economy while delivering the ride and handling dynamics of a smaller car.

Having said that, today, there are many compact SUVs in the market vying for your attention. Some are better than others for a variety of reasons, but your decision mainly depends on your budget and priorities. To make an informed choice, compare all the options listed in this article and pick out one that perfectly fits the bill based on your necessities. Happy shopping.