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After listing down the best 7-seater diesel cars in the Philippines, we go next in giving you the list of the best compact cars or space-saving hatchback your half million pesos or P500k budget could buy.

Although the prices have increased after the implementation of excise tax by the Philippine government, most cars remain affordable in the range of P500k to P1M. Find out the top compact hatch with a manual or automatic gearbox list below in no particular order.

Top compact cars in the Philippines

Suzuki-Celerio-2018-2019-2020-Philippines-PriceSuzuki Celerio

  • Price: P550,000 to P590,000
  • Engine: 1.0 liter gasoline or petrol, 3 cylinders
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual or auto CVT
  • Power: 67 HP @ 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 90 Nm @ 3,500 rpm
  • Fuel capacity: 35L, n/a efficiency km/l
  • Safety: Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Features: ABS, Electronic Door Lock, Immobilizer

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Toyota Wigo

  • Price: P550,000 to P690,000
  • Engine: 1.0L gasoline or petrol, 3 cylinders
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic
  • Power: 66 HP @ 4,000 rpm
  • Torque: 89 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
  • Fuel capacity: 33L, n/a efficiency km/l
  • Safety: Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Features: ABS, Electronic Door Lock, Immobilizer, Security Alarm

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Kia Picanto

  • Price: P620,000 to P790,000
  • Engine: 1.0 liter gasoline or 1.2 gas
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual or automatic 4-speed
  • Power: 67 HP @ 5,500 rpm or 84 HP @ 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 96 Nm @ 3,500 rpm or 121 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
  • Fuel capacity: 35L, n/a efficiency km/l
  • Safety: Driver’s airbag
  • Features: ABS, Electronic Door Lock, Immobilizer, Security Lock

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Hyundai Eon

  • Price: P500,000 to P520,000
  • Engine: 0.8L gasoline or petrol, 3 cylinders
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Power: 56 HP @ 5,500 rpm
  • Torque: 75 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
  • Fuel capacity: 32L, n/a efficiency km/l
  • Safety: No airbags
  • Features: No securities

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Chevrolet Spark

  • Price: P690,000 to P850,000
  • Engine: 1.4L gasoline or petrol, 4 cylinders
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual or auto CVT
  • Power: 99 HP @ 6,200 rpm
  • Torque: 128 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
  • Fuel capacity: 32L, n/a efficiency km/l
  • Safety: Driver and front passenger airbags, ISOFIX for babies’ carrier
  • Features: ABS, Electronic Door Lock, Immobilizer

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Suzuki Alto

  • Price: P440,000
  • Engine: 0.8L gasoline or petrol, 3 cylinders
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Power: 47 HP @ 6,200 rpm
  • Torque: 68 Nm @ 3,500 rpm
  • Fuel capacity: 35L, n/a efficiency km/l
  • Safety: Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Features: ABS, Electronic Door Lock, Immobilizer

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Mitsubishi Mirage

  • Price: P580,000 to P680,000
  • Engine: 1.2 liter gasoline or petrol, 4 cylinders
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual or auto CVT
  • Power: 76 HP @ 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 100 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
  • Fuel capacity: 42L, 4.6 km/l
  • Acceleration: 11.7 seconds 0 to 100 kph
  • Safety: Driver’s airbag
  • Features: Immobilizer

Best fastest and most powerful compact car?

With a 1.4 liter engine, the Chevrolet Spark is the fastest among the lineup. The cylinder is also 4 compared to 3 for most. But for its speedier engine comes a bit more expensive offering starting at a P600k price.

Just within the P500k range, the Mirage is next with its 1.2L engine while offering fewer security features and limited driver’s airbag.

Best fuel-efficient compact car?

There are no results in this category as we don’t have the complete numbers. But given that the more expensive hatches produce higher torque and horses, it does not mean that these cars produce less fuel efficiency. Else, the lesser power does not mean it is fuel-efficient compared to the more powerful rivals.

We will update you once we have the complete fuel consumption rating for all compact cars.

Cheapest compact hatch or cars?

For below P450k price, the Suzuki Alto undercuts the competition. It has the least torque and horses but its lighter, smaller, and parking space-saver build may compensate for the small engine.

The runner-up is the Hyundai Eon with the same engine size at 0.8 liters though it features better exterior and interior. Practical-wise, both are efficient and reliable compact hatches.

Let us know which compact do you think is the best value for your money.

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