Depending on your preferences, there can be a whole lot of good choices in the automotive market. However, if budget is on top of your determining factors, finding the perfect car can be a tedious task. Luckily in the Philippine automotive market, the number of low-cost yet reasonable offers is ever-increasing.
A budget of over half a million is already a significant amount in the secondhand market. Nevertheless, you can also find luck for a brand new one. Today, Priceprice.com has listed the best brand new cars under PHP 600,000 in the Philippines.
Brand New Cars Under PHP 600k in the Philippines 2020
1. Toyota Wigo 1.0 E MT
The same economical subcompact hatchback that it is known for, the Toyota Wigo now features a more aggressive design and advanced technologies ready for adventure. As compared to the older model, the facelifted Wigo is distinguished by a new headlight design with projector headlamps, a revamped front grille, and LED taillights.
The hatchback is offered in four variants which are: 1.0 TRD S AT, 1.0 G AT, 1.0 G MT, and 1.0 E MT, the last being the least costly option. It comes equipped with a 1.0L 3-cylinder in-line engine that is capable of producing a maximum output of 65hp at 6,000rpm and a maximum torque of 89Nm at 4,400rpm, mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 33-liter fuel tank. On the highway, fuel efficiency is recorded at approximately 22km/l.
Interior-wise, the Wigo is fitted with a knob type air condition control, a 2DIN head unit with AM/FM, AUX, USB, CD, and Bluetooth provision; a 3-spoke urethane power steering wheel, and power windows. For its safety and security features, it includes the basics such as front SRS airbags, electronic door locks, and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). The Toyota Wigo 1.0 E MT is priced at PHP 568,000 and has three color options including Silver Metallic, White, and Gray Metallic.
2. Suzuki S-Presso GL MT
Despite having no grand live launch, the presence of the Suzuki S-Presso can never be missed on roads these days. A compact hatchback, the S-Presso is the Japanese brand's new player in the segment, replacing the Alto.
Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.0L 3-cylinder engine that is capable of producing a maximum output of 68hp at 5,500rpm and a maximum torque of 90Nm at 3,500rpm. It currently has no other variant beside the GL MT, which is equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Its bold and athletic profile will catch attention at first sight, fitted with a muscular front grille, multi-reflector halogen headlamps, and a C-shape rear lamp. Meanwhile, its side body volume is pushed upward that gives it a tall and powerful stance, while still being compact.
The hatchback can comfortably accommodate five, has a 239-liter luggage compartment, and is fitted with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system in its dashboard. Basic yet advanced safety features are installed as well, including front SRS airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and ISOFIX child seat anchorages. The Suzuki S-Presso GL MT is priced at PHP 518,000 and has four color options which are Sizzle Orange, Fire Red, Metallic Granite Grey, and Metallic Silky Silver.
3. Honda Brio 1.2 S MT
When it comes to style and comfort, there is no doubt with the brand's Jazz. Meanwhile, in terms of practicality without compromising style, it is safe to say that the Honda Brio has the spotlight. After a hiatus, the Brio nameplate made a comeback in April 2019 joining the Brio Amaze, its sedan counterpart. It is currently being offered in four variants, the 1.2 S MT being the entry-level one.
Powering the Brio 1.2 S MT is a 1.2L SOHC i-VTEC engine with Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) that produces a maximum output of 89hp at 6,000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. It is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission, fitted with a 35L fuel tank, and is EURO 4 emission rating-compliant.
Breaking free from the simple looks of its class, it boasts a sportier face fitted with chrome grilles with a black honeycomb pattern and multi-reflector halogen headlights. Underneath, supporting its 137mm ground clearance is its stock 14-inch alloy wheels. Inside, it can fit 5 people and still has ample space for 258 liters of cargo. It also has a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with Bluetooth, audio streaming, and USB connectivity; and a tilt adjustable steering wheel.
Risk is out of the brand's context as the Brio is equipped with Anti-lock Braking System, 3-point ELR seatbelts, and Impact-Mitigating Headrests. In the event of a collision, the G-Force Control Technology of the Brio will be activated. The Honda Brio 1.2 S MT is priced at PHP 598,000 and is available in a range of neutral and colorful tones which are Taffeta White, Modern Steel Metallic, Carnival Yellow, Phoenix Orange Pearl, and Rallye Red.
4. Kia Picanto 1.0 LX MT
On its third generation now, the Kia Picanto still carries the youthful and lively vibe it is best known for. It is the brand's entry to the compact hatchback segment, touted for reliability, efficiency, and fun. The Picanto is currently being offered in four variants, the 1.0 LX MT being the base variant.
For this variant, it comes powered by a 1.0L 3-cylinder engine that is capable of producing an output of 67hp at 5,500rpm and a torque of 96Nm at 3,500rpm, coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 35-liter fuel tank.
Compared to the previous generation, the new generation Picanto is given an entire update on its exterior. The tiger-nose grille is now extended to the headlights, making it more aggressive-looking and sharper than its rounded shape before. The vehicle now features a more modern and refined interior. It may seem small on the exterior but its cabin can comfortably accommodate five people with 60:40 split folding rear seats.
Safety-assured, it has basic features such as driver's airbag, immobilizer, security alarm, and electronic door locks. The Kia Picanto 1.0 LX MT is priced at PHP 590,000 and is available in pop colors such as Lime Light, Pop Orange, Milky Beige, Celestial Blue, Shiny Red, Sparkling Silver, Aurora Black Pearl, and Titanium Silver.
5. Suzuki Celerio CVT
Before Suzuki's newest 1.0L hatchback came into the scene, the Celerio was its prime offer from the subcompact hatchback class, slotted above the Alto 800. Since it was launched in 2015, it has been a hit mostly for city drivers for being a cinch to maneuver, and being fuel-efficient.
Under the hood, the Celerio is equipped with a 1.0L 3-cylinder mill that is capable of producing a maximum output of 67hp at 6,000rpm and a torque of 90Nm at 3,500rpm. It is mated with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and a 35-liter fuel tank. On the 2016 Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run, the Celerio CVT registered a consumption of 29.14km/l in average that made it one of the most fuel-efficient models.
Despite being on the smaller side compared to most subcompact hatchbacks, it can still accommodate five people and still have space in its trunk, which has a capacity of 254L. A navigation-ready touchscreen unit is found in the dashboard and at the rear are parking sensors.
As for its security and safety, it features the basics such as speed-sensing door locks, power windows, front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and immobilizer. The Suzuki Celerio CVT is priced at PHP 598,000 and has six color options which are Pearl Ablaze Red, Speedy Blue Metallic, Pure White Pearl, Metallic Star Silver, Metallic Mineral Gray, and Pearl Super Black.
6. Suzuki Celerio MT
On the other end, the Suzuki Celerio has a less-costly option than the previous. Basically, the two share the same framework but differ in the equipped gearbox. Both promise economy and efficiency however may differ in ease of maneuverability.
The Celerio MT has a 5-speed manual gearbox coupled in with the same 1.0L 3-cylinder mill as the CVT variant that is capable of producing a maximum output of 67hp at 6,000rpm and a torque of 90Nm at 3,500rpm. It also has a 35-liter fuel capacity, same as the CVT. The Celerio MT posted a fuel consumption of 27.7km/l in the 2016 Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run.
Inside, it can also accommodate five people and has an ample cargo space of 254L. It also has the same safety features as the CVT, fitted with front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), immobilizer, and electronic door locks. The Suzuki Celerio MT is priced at PHP 558,000 and has six color options which are Pearl Ablaze Red, Speedy Blue Metallic, Pure White Pearl, Metallic Star Silver, Metallic Mineral Gray, and Pearl Super Black.
7. Suzuki Dzire GA
Launched in 2013 as the Swift Dzire, the subcompact sedan has now made its own standing simply as the Dzire. It was launched along with the new generation Swift, its hatchback counterpart, and is currently being offered in three variants.
For the new Dzire, its overall appearance has received a full upgrade as it now features a new headlamp and taillight design, a new grille shape, and bumper, still complemented by the chrome accents from the previous model. The base model – Dzire GA MT – is powered by a 1.2L 4-cylinder engine that is capable of producing a maximum output of 82hp at 6,000rpm and a maximum torque of 113Nm at 4,200rpm. The said engine is mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 37-liter fuel tank.
Interior-wise, it has simple yet sporty features with mostly black fitting. It can comfortably accommodate five people, has 378L of cargo space, and at the center of the console is a 1DIN radio. Safety is ensured as it is equipped with SRS dual front airbags, 3-point ELR seatbelts, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, brake assist, and an immobilizer. The Suzuki Dzire GA is priced at PHP 549,900 and has two color options which are Metallic Silky Silver and Premium Arctic White.
8. Suzuki APV 1.6 GA MT
If a hatchback or a sedan is not a fit for your preference, the Suzuki APV is a nifty option. The brand has built the APV to be a versatile car that can be a companion to work and to trips with the family. Basically, it's an all-purpose vehicle, hence its name.
Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that is capable of producing a maximum output of 91hp at 5,750rpm and a maximum torque of 127Nm at 4,500rpm. The base variant is equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 46-liter fuel tank.
Given its boxy exterior look, it boasts generous interior space that can accommodate a total of 8, with a 2-3-3 seating configuration. At the center of the console, a 1DIN audio system can be found, and to aid in parking, it also comes with rear parking sensors. The Suzuki APV 1.6 GA MT is priced at PHP 588,000 and has two color options which are White and Pearl Radiant Red.
As we have seen, there are already worthy choices of brand new cars for only over half a million in the local automotive market. Whether you are a first-time owner looking for a starter car, or a family man who loves to go on weekend trips, a budget of PHP 600,000 can get you covered. With all that we listed, still, it is best to go to the nearest dealer for more in-depth details on your prospect car and you might even get lucky to score some of their deals.
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