Who would have recognized that vehicles costing 1,000,000 pesos can be thought-about “inexpensive” at the present time? It appears solely yesterday when seven-figure value tags have been the market of the prosperous. Or possibly I’m simply getting outdated. Fortunately, 1,000,000 bucks right now would nonetheless internet you a advantageous piece of four-wheeled equipment. That’s nearly a revelation when not too way back, the bestselling Toyota—at the least for a short time—was the Fortuner.
In the present day, 1,000,000 bucks will solely get you half a midsize SUV, which appears to be the dream automotive of most Filipinos. However that very same quantity will nonetheless allow you to deliver dwelling a winner of a automotive. Listed here are 10 examples, organized alphabetically, that give most bang in your million bucks.
Chery Tiggo 2 Professional
The Chery Tiggo 2 Professional has the excellence of being the nation’s lowest priced crossover with an computerized transmission. However that shouldn’t be sufficient to make it worthy of entry in a ten Greatest checklist. What would make it worthy—bearing in mind our P1 million value ceiling—embrace excessive construct high quality, stable driving dynamics (acceleration, braking and dealing with), first rate gas economic system, and a good variety of consolation, comfort, and security options—all of which the Tiggo 2 Professional confidently presents. Consider a good-looking Euro-inspired styling and the business’s finest guarantee—a whopping 10 years/1 million kilometers for the engine—and also you’ve received your self a shoo-in for this checklist.
(P753,000 – P999,000 for all 3 variants)
Geely could also be finest recognized for its widespread Coolray crossover, nevertheless it’s the model’s subcompact mannequin, the Emgrand, that’s punching above its weight. It’s considerably larger than lots of its rivals, trying nearly as huge and as spacious as compact sedans. It has a really sturdy resemblance to the three-classes-bigger Volvo S90 full-size sedan. Better of all, three of its out there variants slip in beneath our 1 million-peso ceiling—not like some fashions that can have a sparsely featured entry-level variant slipping in beneath 1 million whereas its different variants soar all the way in which to P1.2 to 1.3 million.
(P650,000 – P808,000 for all 4 variants)
Within the early 90’s, the tiny hatchback was the entry-level kind of automotive. In the present day, it nonetheless is, however with an enormous distinction in comparison with its now-old-school predecessors. The hatchbacks now supply extra options than luxurious vehicles of only a few a long time in the past. Among the many present crop of hatchbacks in our 1 million-peso value ceiling, the Honda Brio is definitely one of the best. General construct high quality is excellent (for its value). Inside house is astonishing (for its measurement). And efficiency is totally pleasant (for its measurement and value). Shopping for a Brio is under no circumstances a compromise in consolation, efficiency and house. It’s actually a funds Mini Cooper. I’ve three adult-aged youngsters and am virtually an empty-nester; I’d get a Brio for a each day driver if I had further funds mendacity round. The fabulous gas economic system is simply the icing on the cake.
(P998,000 for entry-level GL MT variant)
I wished to place the upcoming Hyundai Stargazer right here. I’ve pushed it and this new 7-seat subcompact MPV, which begins at P998,000, is worthy of inclusion on this group. Nevertheless it gained’t be out there till after a pair extra weeks. Which implies the nod goes to the Hyundai Creta. Taking on from Hyundai’s earlier subcompact crossover, the bestselling Kona, the Creta presents one of the head-turning designs in its class (matched by bigger-than-average 17-inch alloy wheels). It should be identified, although, that solely the entry-level Creta GL with the handbook transmission slips in beneath our 1 million-peso ceiling. The cool options like good driver-assist options, digital parking brake, wi-fi charging, and USB ports for the rear, include the higher-grade variants that hit a 1.3-million-peso excessive. Nonetheless, if you’d like a high-fashion crossover however are on a million-peso funds, the Creta ought to make your brief checklist.
(P835,000 – P990,000 for all 4 variants)
The truth that the Kia Stonic is available in 4 variants and all of them match beneath 1 million bucks is mighty spectacular. It additionally sports activities exterior styling that works two methods: 1) it’ll resonate properly with the youthful set and a pair of) it’ll make the older set really feel younger once more. The Stonic exudes the identical vibe as a Mini Cooper—perky, spritely, and spirited. For a lot of, that’s fairly sufficient—so long as it’s received Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (which the Stonic has).
(P658,888 – P938,888 for all 4 variants)
The ZS crossover is what put MG on the map within the Philippine market, nevertheless it’s the MG 5 subcompact sedan that deserves a better look. First off, it’s pretty massive for its subcompact categorization, endowing it with each further street presence and cabin house. Secondly, it seems to be elegantly understated, nearly like an Audi sedan. It doesn’t scream, “Have a look at me!” nevertheless it’s this minimalism that can make it look contemporary even a few years down the street.
Nice worth comes from its entrance and rear LED lights, 360-degree digital camera, enormous 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 512 liters of trunk house, energy sunroof, entrance/aspect/curtain airbags, energy driver’s seat, amongst many others.
(P853,000 and P963,000 for the two MT variants)
Do you know that out of Suzuki’s 9 fashions, seven have six-figure SRPs? Solely two breach the million-peso mark. Which made it a tad troublesome to choose one for this checklist. However after trying on the spacious APV, the versatile Carry, the perky Celerio, the dependable Dzire, the lovable S-Presso, and the fun-to-drive Swift, my vote went to the bestselling and extremely versatile Ertiga, a mannequin that wants no introduction. It was—and nonetheless is—a benchmark within the subcompact 7-seater MPV market.
(begins at P813,000)
Right here’s a automobile that wants no introduction. The Mitsubishi L300 is the OG of this bunch. Heck it’s the OG of ALL present automotive fashions, having been round—in Versa Van kind—because the 80’s. The L300 we all know now has been round for 3 a long time—and now boasts a clear and highly effective 2.2-liter turbo-diesel Euro IV-compliant engine growing a powerful 200Nm of torque. Regardless of being a mannequin sufficiently old to be categorized as “old style,” it’s nonetheless one in every of Mitsubishi’s bestsellers—to the tune of over 200,000 models offered in its enduring mannequin run.
(P779,000 – P999,000 for 3 variants)
The earlier Nissan Almera was among the best vehicles in its class, with excessive construct high quality and refinement, a snug trip, a spacious inside, and a fuel-efficient engine. What it lacked was pleasure in its ho-hum styling and in its lackluster driving dynamics.
Enter the brand new Almera. Retaining all of its earlier optimistic attributes, it now additionally boasts a lot sharper and sportier styling and a way more thrilling (but nonetheless economical) drive, because of a turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine that pumps out 160Nm of torque (152Nm for the CVT; the earlier Almera had 134Nm). It additionally comes full of a complete host of good driver help options you’d usually discover in luxurious sedans. All for a beginning value of P779,000. The Almera is available in 4 variants; three of the 4 are available in beneath P1 million. That’s nice worth proper there.
(P833,000 and P948,000 for the two 1.3 MT variants)
Simply probably the most improved participant of the yr, the all-new Avanza is the veritable swan (or silk purse, relying in your literary reference). Eschewing the earlier mannequin’s crude rear wheel-drive and inflexible rear axle (and its awkward tall boy-narrow physique profile), the brand new Avanza initiatives a way more assertive and upscale styling with a wider and longer physique.
Nonetheless powered by 1.3- and 1.5-liter VVT-i inline-4 engines (however ditching the outdated 4-speed auto in favor of a contemporary and far more fuel-efficient CVT), the Avanza abruptly surges forward within the subcompact 7-seat MPV race. From a automotive you wanted to purchase, the Avanza is now really a automotive you need to purchase. That’s a heck of a giant distinction there.