Feb 28, 2020 (updated : Jan 21, 2021)

Best Family Cars in the Philippines 2020 - 2021

Looking for the right car for your family? Here is our list of the top 10 cars in the Philippines, which are rich in family-oriented features and offer the best value for your hard-earned money.

Filipinos are known to have close familial ties, which is why they often love to travel together with their parents, spouse, children, and siblings. And due to this very fact, the car manufacturers in the country put forth cars that have enough space to accommodate such extended families and offer a good level of comfort.

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Apart from the spaciousness in the cabin and the trunk, these types of cars strictly adhere to safety measures as well to boost the confidence of families in them. Plus, they look enchanting and offer excellent driving pleasure.

If you are a family-oriented person, there is a wide range of family cars across different categories to choose from in the Filipino market. Refer to the list below where we provide details regarding the best of these cars. Let's get down to it.

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Best Family Cars in the Philippines 2021

1. Toyota Rush

Pros

  • Pleasing to the eyes
  • Spacious cabin
  • Capable performance
  • Well equipped with safety features
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Not very powerful for highways
  • Heavy use of plastic inside the cabin
  • 4-speed automatic gearbox is not very quick to respond

If you want a slightly upmarket car on a budget, the Toyota Rush is what you would love to own. The car is a perfect combination of performance, style, and comfort. This 7-seater MPV boasts a lot of space, making it ideal for families. You get not only the third row of seats and roomy trunk but also a few more bottle and cups holders in the cabin.

Laced with modern amenities like a 7-inch infotainment system and eight speakers, the car comes alive with a push start button. A 1.5L, inline-4, 2NR-VE, Dual VVT-i gasoline engine gives it power cranking out 102hp and 134Nm of torque. The Toyota Rush is rear-wheeled drive with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

Being a family car, it is high on safety features as it comes with seven airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, hill-start assist, traction control, ISOFIX child seat tethers, and more. No surprise, the car has also received a 5-star safety rating from ASEAN NCAP.

Toyota Rush

Toyota Rush

Lowest Price in the Philippines P983,000

2. Suzuki Ertiga

Pros

  • Modern design
  • Spacious interior
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Available in several variants

Cons

  • Only one engine option
  • Should have come with more safety features
  • Plastics in the cabin are smartly executed but lack in quality

The Ertiga is a larger offering from Suzuki and perfect for extended families, offering enough space for kids and adults alike. Additionally, you can take advantage of 209L of boot space to store all your belongings. The seven-seater car has modular seats that create more cargo and passenger space.

Boasting a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine, the Ertiga is equipped with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission. You can look forward to 103hp and 138Nm of torque. The MPV is quite agile as it is paired with the HEARTEC platform and smooth to drive due to a MacPherson suspension at the front and torsion beam at the back.

The safety aspects include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensor, and ISOFIX child seat tethers. Better still, the TECT (Total Effective Control Technology) body heavily uses ultra-high-tensile steel for more rigidity and lower weight.

The Suzuki Ertiga is not flashy to look at but is elegant with a taller and wider nose, deeper curves, and refined chrome accents. The interior looks premium, littered with a woodgrain design. The top-of-the-line GLX model gets a large 10-inch infotainment system.

Suzuki Ertiga

Suzuki Ertiga

Lowest Price in the Philippines P738,000

3. Geely Coolray

Pros

  • Powerful engine
  • Modern and spacious cabin
  • Strong build quality
  • Feature-rich
  • 5-year warranty
  • Very affordable in its segment

Cons

  • Less appealing exterior
  • No rear AC vents
  • Slightly bouncy ride quality

The Coolray, a subcompact crossover from Geely, is a revelation in terms of what we should expect from a good car available at an affordable price tag. The Geely Coolray offers seven seats inside the cabin that comes across as modern and futuristic, laced with soft-touch leather, a 7-inch LCD instrument cluster, and a 10.25-inch floating rectangular touchscreen Android system, to name a few.

The car is hauled by a 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo-charged gasoline engine that draws out a massive 177hp and 255Nm of torque being mated to 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. The Coolray's output is the highest in its class.

The Coolray gets three driving modes (Eco, Sport, and Normal), park assist, and a 360-degree view camera for safety and parking. It features dual front airbags along with front side airbags, and curtain airbags. Other features include brake assist, vehicle stability control, as well as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

The Coolray in its Proton X50 form has managed to win a 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating and it is a reassuring factor for those who travel along with their families.

Geely Coolray

Geely Coolray

Lowest Price in the Philippines P978,000

4. MG ZS

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Great handling and suspension
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Spacious cabin
  • Storage space aplenty
  • Affordable pricing

Cons

  • Power output is slightly on the lower side
  • Slight body rolls at times
  • Available in only gasoline engine

This subcompact crossover in its segment is a great force to reckon with. The MG ZS is stylish from the word go, embracing the brand's new corporate grille and well-pronounced lines and curves.

The interior is well laid out and looks premium with a stitched dashboard and stylized corner air-conditioning vents. Well packed for entertainment, it has an 8-inch color display equipped with Bluetooth, AUX, and USB capability and as many as six speakers.

The car comes in three variants. The higher variants get the black leather seats, but the base variant comes with fabric seats. You also get a sunroof, keyless entry, and power steering as standard; however, steering wheel mounted audio controls are exclusive to the top-end variant.

There is only one engine variant- a 1.5L naturally aspirated gasoline engine mated to either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission. The inline-4 mill spews out 114PS and 150Nm of torque, which is sent to the front wheels.

You will find 6 airbags in the top-spec variant. At the same time, it is also equipped with traction control, hill start assist, electronic stability control, and ABS. Additionally, there is a tire pressure monitoring system and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

MG ZS

MG ZS

Lowest Price in the Philippines P818,888

5. Isuzu mu-X

Pros

  • Eye-catching design
  • Reliable engine performance
  • Off-roading ability
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Spacious
  • Good number of safety features

Cons

  • Top-spec variant is a little pricey
  • Slightly congested legroom in third row
  • Engine creates noise when pushed to the limit

It is a rage in the midsize-SUV segment in the Philippines. The Isuzu mu-X is a modernly designed car with a sportier and aggressive look. It has leather seats inside, and the 10-inch roof-mounted DVD monitor is the first in its class.

The car comes in two engine options: A 1.9L turbo-diesel engine producing 148hp and 350Nm of torque and a 3L turbo diesel engine making 175hp and 380Nm of torque. The vehicle makes use of a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

The output put the vehicle at par with other rivals in the segment. The compelling figures translate equally well to the ground for an easy and enjoyable drive and it also returns excellent fuel efficiency.

The safety kit includes dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat tethers, ABS, rear cameras, parking sensors, and so on. Overall, the Isuzu mu-X makes a dependable family car with fuel efficiency and good off-roading capabilities as other worth considering benefits.

Isuzu mu-X

Isuzu mu-X

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,350,000

6. Ford EcoSport

Pros

  • Snazzy looks
  • Robustly built
  • Two engine options
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Full suite of safety features
  • Good quality materials used even in the base variant

Cons

  • Fuel efficiency needs
  • Thick A-pillar hampers visibility
  • Low-end variant lacks little grunt

Ever since the EcoSport launched in the Philippines, this subcompact crossover from Ford has been quite a success because of its uncompromised safety and performance.

Design-wise, the refreshed EcoSport comes with a reshaped fascia and a higher mounted trapezoidal grille flanked by twin-chamber headlights. New wheel options, larger rear bumpers, and a new spare tire case at the back complete the changed look.

The interior also imparts an elegant look, getting an all-new dashboard with a full gauge cluster and a big floating infotainment screen.

The car is available in five trims with two engine options. A 1.5L engine produces 123PS and 150Nm of torque attached to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, the 1.0L EcoBoost engine is the most popular one that can churn out 125PS and 170Nm of torque. It comes attached to an automatic gearbox.

The car is armed with dual front airbags across all the range. Mid variants get extra side airbags, while the range-topping variants also add curtain airbags. Other safety features include ABS with EBD, traction control, stability control, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

All-in-all, the Ford EcoSport is pretty stylish, rich in the safety aspect, and unmatched in driving pleasure.

Ford EcoSport

Ford EcoSport

Lowest Price in the Philippines P920,000

7. Suzuki Vitara

Pros

  • Bold look
  • Capacious interior
  • Capable engine
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Armed with lots of features
  • Large entertainment system
  • Excellent ride quality

Cons

  • Design-wise, interior needs improvement
  • A few advanced features only limited to GLX variant
  • No diesel variant

The Vitara is another subcompact crossover ideal for families with a stylish look, several exciting features, and safety equipment. The newly updated Suzuki Vitara has a revamped front fascia with a new grille, front fog lamp housing, and a sportier bumper with chrome garnish.

The interior wears a peppy look with redesigned upholstery, while it comes with much-improved space inside the cabin and trunk. You get to use multifunctional steering, a front center armrest, automatic AC, and several other convenient features.

There is a 1.6L DOHC 4-cylinder petrol engine that powers the vehicle, outputting 115hp and 156Nm of torque. The engine pairs with a 6-speed automatic transmission with a paddle shifter for a sportier and pleasant driving experience.

This 5-seater is available in two variants: GL+AT and GLX AT. The GLX AT has 17-inch alloy wheels, a 10.2-inch touchscreen multimedia display, and six speakers in total for the sound to transpire. Also, it is equipped with six airbags and a sunroof. The features like hill-hood control, ESP, and rear and front parking sensors are, however, standard for both variants.

The GL+AT variant comes with a monotone finish, while the GLX AT variant is available in monotone and dual-tone finishes.

Suzuki Vitara / Grand Vitara

Suzuki Vitara / Grand Vitara

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,038,000

8. Honda Mobilio

Pros

  • Eye-catching exterior
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Ample space inside the cabin
  • Competent performance
  • Flexible seat configuration
  • Cup holders up to the last row
  • Value for money

Cons

  • No cruise control
  • No DRLs
  • Lacks a few important features

Right at first glance, the Honda Mobilio comes across as an attention grabber. It showcases Honda's current design language with the unique wing grille, slim LED headlamps, and sporty bumpers.

Most importantly, despite being compact, it is capacious enough to seat seven members of your family. The flexible seat configuration allows you to store extra luggage as you can tumble the second and third rows entirely.

This low-roof MPV is great to ride. It is agile and remains grounded on the roads. Riding on 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, it is also easy to maneuver in traffic.

Under the bonnet, a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine powers the car mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The power output is 118hp and 145Nm of torque that goes to the front wheels.

The safety kit includes dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seatbelt reminders, and ISOFIX child mounts. In select variants, there is also a reverse camera with navigation. Depending on the variants, you get a 7-inch touchscreen display or a 1DIN head unit for infotainment purposes.

If you need a stylish and affordable car for a large family, then the Honda Mobilio is the right option for you.

Honda Mobilio

Honda Mobilio

Lowest Price in the Philippines P895,000

9. Honda BR-V

Pros

  • Sporty exterior
  • Smooth steering
  • Plenty of space
  • Flexible seating configuration
  • Improved riding comfort
  • Value for money

Cons

  • Feels underpowered in full capacity
  • Limited engine option
  • Lacks some safety features to maintain its affordability

When it comes to the seven-seat SUV space in the Philippines, the Honda BR-V rules the roost. It is powered by the same 1.5L engine as present in the Honda Mobilio with the same output figures: 118hp power and 145Nm torque.

However, the BR-V is slightly longer, wider, and has better ground clearance. At the same time, it has a larger wheelbase, ensuring better legroom. Along with more comfortable seats, the interior looks lively.

The BR-V features 16-inch alloy wheels and an updated fascia with a new bolder front grille, bumper, and LED DRLs. The facelifted BR-V gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the top-variants alongside navigation features and auto climate control. All the variants, however, get air conditioning with independent controls.

The front-wheeled drive BR-V uses CVT transmission, while the paddle shifters are available on the top variant for a sportier and more pleasant driving experience.

The BR-V is equipped with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, and ISOFIX child anchors. Stability control and hill start assist are standard across the lineup. The car in the ASEAN NCAP safety rating has received 5 stars for adult occupancy and 4 stars for child occupancy protections.

Honda BR-V

Honda BR-V

Lowest Price in the Philippines P1,038,000

10. Mazda Mazda2

Pros

  • Modern, vibrant design
  • Easy handling
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Decently performing motor
  • Equipped with modern tech
  • Premium fit and finish despite being one of the cheapest cars

Cons

  • Minimalistic interior design
  • Rear seat space is congested
  • Outside noise enters the car
  • Less driving assist features

The Mazda2 is available in both sedan and hatchback options. Despite being the smallest in the Mazda lineup, it has enough space to put up your family. Moreover, this subcompact looks attractive and features modern tech and styling.

The sporty appeal of the Mazda2 lies much in its mesh-like grille, signature wing, and the character lines that extend up to the new-look taillights. The 16-spoke wheels and skirts around the body also enhance its overall look.

Thanks to Mazda's SKYACTIV Vehicle Architecture, there is a better seat design and a retuned suspension that ensures a smooth ride experience with the right posture and balance.

The engine is a 1.5L affair that belts out 108hp and 141Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a Sport mode option. There is also SKYACTIV technology taking care of the fact that the Mazda2 remains a safe, fuel-efficient, and better handling car.

Dual front airbags, LED headlamps with Auto Levelling for nighttime visibility, and G-Vectoring Control Plus technology that minimizes the body roll, are some of the aspects that keep you safe while driving.

Mazda Mazda2

Mazda Mazda2

Lowest Price in the Philippines P995,000

Conclusion

All families have different lifestyles and requirements apart from being small or large. So it is important to choose the right car, which will comprehensively meet your needs, and for a long period. Small families can go for a hatchback type, but for a large family, an SUV or MPV is an ideal choice.

Regardless of what type of car you choose, never compromise on its safety features since the safety of your family is your prime responsibility. Besides the safety, put a thrust on fuel economy as well because you will mostly set out for a long journey with your family. However, comfort level is also vital.

The cars that we have listed in this article address these points. From the engine to different features and the driving dynamics, all are best in their segments. Therefore, we are hopeful that our list will help you find your pick without much of a hassle.