When you absolutely want the best deal for a vehicle that will get you from point A to point B with the least amount of fuss, look no further than this list. We’ve narrowed down the most affordable cars in the Philippines, spanning many brands that have a presence in the country, or are currently establishing their presence and gaining a foothold in the market.
The prices we indicated in this list are from base models, and the list ordered in a descending format. So before we reveal the most affordable passenger car in the Philippines, let’s go over several under the P700,000 budget. The cheapest car listed on our Car Guide is at the end of this list.
Mitsubishi Mirage - P699,000
The Mirage is a subcompact hatchback that offers a good set of features paired with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine with a choice of five-speed manual or a CVT, plus all the basics you need to start tackling the streets of the metro. A good choice for a first car. You can also decide between a sedan and a hatchback, though the Mirage G4 sedan does assume a higher price tag.
Chery Tiggo 2 - P695,000
A newcomer looking to prove itself once again, the Tiggo 2 is from a familiar brand in the Automotive industry called Chery. Now with a new lineup behind it, the Tiggo 2 in its manual variant is the most affordable Chery vehicle that you can buy, and it’s also a crossover, which makes it one of the most affordable cars in its segment. Equipped with a 1.5-liter engine capable of producing 106 hp and 135 Nm of torque, the Tiggo 2’s specifications point to it as being a capable all-around vehicle for most cases.
Chevrolet Spark - P694,888
This is Chevrolet’s entry in the subcompact hatchback segment in our country, sporting new looks, and an updated interior. The Spark offers a 1.4-liter gasoline engine mated to either a five-speed manual or CVT which makes 99 hp and 128 Nm of torque. You also get Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system which includes phone mirroring and audio streaming functions.
Tata Manza - P690,000
Hailing from India, the Tata Manza features two models that come equipped with either a gasoline or diesel engine. The car only comes with a manual transmission option and could appeal to consumers looking for an affordable diesel option, or just a generally affordable car.
Volkswagen Santana - P686,000
If you wanna go, German, the Santana is the most affordable car from Volkswagen’s stable right now. Featuring a solidly built chassis and a punchy 1.4-liter gasoline engine with a nice shifting five-speed manual transmission (automatic variants get a 1.5L engine), the Santana will also surprise you with the little touches, such as power mirrors and windows, keyless entry and trunk access, body-color handles and mirrors, and rear fog light. It drives like any European car would without hurting your wallet.
JMC Hunter - P680,000
Built in partnership with Isuzu Motors and Jian Ling Motors of China, the JMC Hunter is aimed at those looking for a reliable workhorse at a budget. You’ve got the usual variety of single and double cab variations, meaning you can haul cargo and a few passengers, too, and also have the option of 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains. A 2.8-liter diesel with a five-speed gearbox provides power to the JMC Hunter.
Haima M3 - P679,000
An entry-level vehicle from Haima, the M3 is a subcompact that can serve as an alternative to many of its rivals in the Philippines. Equipped with a 1.5-liter engine with 112 hp and 147 Nm of torque that can be mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT, the M3 is good enough to do city crawls and more open city driving. With a good amount of space for not that much money, the subcompact at its price makes for an interesting choice.
In JAC’s lineup, the J4 is the brand’s subcompact offering for the Philippine market. It has a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated motor that produces 111 hp and 146 Nm of torque, which is enough for normal city driving. Going up in price gets this car a CVT, and more features to boot. The vehicle features a good amount of space and even a light-tone interior if configured as such.
Mahindra Enforcer - P665,000
India’s best selling pickup is here. With a highly configurable chassis and dependable engines, the Mahindra Enforcer is also the vehicle of choice for the Philippine National Police. You have an option of 4x2 and 4x4 variants, and a 2.5L diesel engine with a five-speed manual transmission does all the heavy lifting.
Kia Soluto - P665,000
Being one of the standouts in the Kia lineup for its budget-friendly-feature-rich background, the Soluto is one of the better-equipped budget vehicles out in the market. It comes with a 1.4-liter motor that produces 94 hp and 132 Nm of torque, a large boot, a very capable infotainment system, a leatherette interior, and the option to choose between an automatic and a manual for all trims.
Hyundai Reina - P663,000
Hyundai’s entry-level offering comes in the form of a sedan called the Reina. Equipped with a good set of features, youthful looks and a large trunk, the Reina with its 1.4-liter engine may surprise drivers with the performance that it brings to the table even with 94 hp and 132 Nm of torque. The model can come with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, and gets a capable infotainment system in its upper trims.
Toyota Vios - P662,000
A mainstay on Philippine roads and an entry on our list, the Toyota Vios is one of the country’s workhorses and can be had for under P700,000. There is no shortage of these cars in the country, and there are models up and down the lineup with different price points that cater to different budgets and needs. At its base, you will have to deal with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 1.3-liter gasoline motor with 98 hp and 123 Nm of torque, with basic features, but there are also CVT variants available in the upper price ranges.
MG 5 - P658,000
Introduced in the Philippines to take on heavyweight subcompacts in the industry, the MG 5 is larger than its rivals and is closer to modern compact cars, and it features more tech to boot. With a 1.5-liter engine that churns out 112 hp and 150 Nm of torque standard throughout the lineup, the MG 5 at its Core variant is laden with enough standard features that may entice many at the price point that it occupies.
Nissan Almera - P657,000
Aimed at taking a sizable chunk of the subcompact sedan category, the Nissan Almera is fitted out with a generous standard kit, such as front airbags, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, speed-sensing door locks, and even a rear air-con vent. The Almera uses either a 1.2-liter or 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto. A highlight is also the generous 490 liters of trunk space for those long getaways.
BAIC M50S - P638,000
Another car that we reviewed with an exceedingly low price and a rather good value proposition is the BAIC M50S. Equipped with a 1.5-liter engine that pushes 114 hp and 150 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the small MPV is capable enough for most jobs. Also, with high headroom and loads of legroom paired with two captains’ chairs, it’s one interesting value proposition.
BAIC MZ45 - P598,000
This model is a longer version of another model on this list. With its increased length, MZ45 can seat up to 11 passengers. It features a 1.2-liter gasoline engine that produces 86 hp and 108 Nm of torque making for fair performance mated to a manual transmission. At one point BAIC Philippines sold this model configured as an ambulance.
Honda Brio - P598,000
Is the Jazz a little out of reach but want the same zippy driving feel and sharp looks? The Brio may just be your best bet. Powering the Brio is a 1.2-liter gasoline engine that’s mated to either 5-speed manual or CVT. Steering wheel controls, ABS, and even dual airbags are standard fare along with the ever-important speed-sensing door locks for mid to high variants.
Kia Picanto - P590,000
The third-generation Kia Picanto has always been a solid choice for those looking for a subcompact hatchback. Refreshed styling that’s very European and a refined interior add to the fact that this Picanto is also roomier. The engines are untouched, and still offer a choice of 1.0-liter and 1.2-liter variants mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.
Suzuki APV - P588,000
Suzuki’s entry-level multi-purpose vehicle, or “All Purpose Vehicle”, which is what APV stands for, lives up to its name, but with a price tag that is not too heavy on the wallet. While big on space, it comes with basic features especially at its lowest trim level. The vehicle can seat up to eight people, and for the price it commands, it could be worth a look. If you are on a tight budget.
JAC S1 - P585,000
The JAC S1 is a feature-packed offering despite being arguably one of the smallest subcompact crossovers on the market. LED lighting, a 7-inch touchscreen head unit, airbags, ABS, a tire pressure monitoring system, and ISOFIX mounts for child seats are all standard fare. The JAC S1 is powered by a 1.3-liter gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Changan Honor S - P585,000
The Changan brand is a relative newcomer to the Philippines. With a few commercial offerings out, the marque was also able to introduce an affordable 8-seater to the market in the form of the Changan Honor S, which can be had for under P600,000. The model features enough space and has provisions to seat one more person rather than the industry standard of seven.
Foton Gratour - P580,000
Not to be outdone by its rivals, the Foton Gratour seats eight people in comfort. Available with a myriad of configurations to fit your needs, the Gratour is powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual. Higher variants get fog lamps and daytime running lights (DRLs) for added road presence.
Suzuki Celerio - P558,000
The Celerio is currently the smallest and lightest car in Suzuki’s lineup. It comes with a 1.0-liter gasoline motor that produces 67 hp and 90 Nm of torque, which is enough for the purpose that this car was built for, and that is city driving. The Celerio is also equipped well enough with enough tech and features for driving in the city.
Toyota Wigo - P568,000
Toyota’s hatchback is a bestseller, and with good reason; it’s a good looking and well-equipped car backed by a solid reputation. Airbags, ABS, and seat belt reminders are standard, and you even get a funky exterior and easy to drive dimensions. The Wigo runs on a 1.0-liter gasoline engine that delivers 66 hp and 89 Nm of torque and is available in either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
Suzuki Dzire - P549,900
When it comes to affordable sedans, Suzuki has a formula. Starting at just a hair under P550,000, the Dzire features a 1.2-liter gasoline engine and some surprises even at its base variant which features a 5-speed manual. Upper trims can get an automatic gear shift (AGS) transmission which does work as a traditional automatic gearbox with a few quirks attached.
Suzuki S-presso - P518,000
The smallest crossover in the Suzuki lineup, the S-presso features a 1.0-liter gasoline engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. There is only one variant of this entry-level car available, and it has similar underpinnings to the Suzuki Celerio, which also has the same engine running the show. The gasoline powerplant produces 67 hp and 90 Nm of torque. Ample enough for the size and weight of the car.
BAIC MZ40 - P488,000
With a seven-seater variant and a good amount of space, the BAIC MZ40 is one of the bigger vehicles in this list but is the most affordable consumer vehicle you can buy. This car is powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Throw in dual sliding doors and you’ve got a capable family hauler for just under P500,000, and tops this list in terms of being the cheapest passenger car in the Philippines.
*These are the vehicle prices as of writing. All prices are subject to change without prior notice.