5 compact sedans you can buy in the Philippines

Updated Jul 12, 2021 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers

Here are the compact sedans we handpicked.

The compact car segment, or C-segment in Europe, is a class of vehicle that’s larger than subcompacts, but smaller than midsize cars. Typically, a compact car can seat up to five people, and most come in a four-door, two-box configuration.

If you’re the observant type, then you’ll have noticed many car manufacturers have dropped their compact car models altogether. That’s because it has been replaced by the more spacious seven-seater MPV models or the many high-riding crossovers models currently in the market.

Compact Sedans you can buy in the Philippines

There are several compact sedans available in the local market

Despite that though, the compact car can still hold its ground in terms of sales numbers globally. First off, a compact car is sufficient if you live alone, or have a small family. Second, an MPV can never catch up to the sportiness and maneuverability of a compact car.

Usually, a compact car is lighter than MPVs and crossovers, and its center of balance is lower too. As such, many driving enthusiasts will always favor the latter. In addition, compact cars are just more stylish (this is up for debate). 

While the list of compact cars available globally is shrinking, we’ve listed our top five picks of the best compact cars in the philippines. And of course, we based our picks on their popularity, accessibility, and value for your money.

1. Toyota Corolla Altis

2020 Toyota Corolla Altis front profile shot

Harking back to the legendary Corolla of old, the current 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis has grown into a sophisticated, and elegant looking sedan. The current model is also notable for being the first generation of the Corolla to come with a hybrid variant. And yes, it’s top-variant is also one of the more affordable hybrid vehicles in the Philippines right now.

Specs
Corolla Altis E and G 1.6
Altis V 1.8 Hybrid
Engine
Inline-4 1ZE-FE Gasoline
Inline-4 2ZR-FXE Gasoline + Electric Motor
Horsepower
121
97
Torque
153 Nm
142 Nm
Transmission
Six-speed manual or CVT
CVT
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD

2. Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic front profile shot

Like the Corolla Altis, the Civic has also grown in size and sophistication. Gone are the high-revving, screaming VTEC models of yesteryears, and what we have now is a calmer, environmentally friendlier, and cushier ride. Make no mistake though, the Civic is still a nimble car.

This is especially true for the Civic RS Turbo which can produce 171 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. Moreover, the Civic has this angular and contemporary style which keeps its youthful spirit alive.

Specs
Civic S and E 1.8
Civic RS Turbo 1.5
Engine
1.8-liter i-VTEC inline-4
1.5-liter VTEC Turbo inline-4
Horsepower
139
171
Torque
174 Nm
220 Nm
Transmission
CVT
CVT
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD

3. Nissan Sylphy

2020 Nissan Sylphy front shot

Nissan’s entry to the compact car market is the Sylphy. The current one we have in the market is the B17 third-generation model. And this one has been available since 2012. It’s old, but regardless, it still offers a comfortable and spacious ride that won’t break the bank too much.

Note however that the Philippine market will inevitably get the new 4th-gen Sylphy, and that version isn’t just a looker, but its engine has gotten a good bump up in power too. For now though, the Sylhpy that we currently have is a reliable and not that expensive compact car in the Philippines with a decent amount of power for its size. In fact, the Sylphy 1.6 MT variant is one of the lighter compact sedans in the country with a curb weight of only 1,190 kg.

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Specs
Sylphy 1.6 MT and CVT
Sylphy 1.8 CVT
Engine
1.6-liter HR16DE inline-4 Gasoline
1.8 MRA8DE  inline-4 Gasoline
Horsepower
116
131
Torque
154 Nm
174 Nm
Transmission
5-speed MT and CVT
CVT
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD

4. Mazda 3

2020 Mazda 3 front profile shot

For some, the Mazda 3 is one of the most stunning looking compact cars in the Philippines. This is thanks to Mazda’s Kodo design language which puts an emphasis on flowing reflective surfaces, strategic use of body lines, and a flowing overall design.

Apart from the look, Mazda also ensures that the Mazda 3 is a joy to drive via its well-balanced suspension design, its g-vectoring technology, its brilliant ergonomics, and the peppy high-compression SkyActiv engine. The only grip we have against the Mazda 3 is that the Philippine market didn’t get the AWD version.

Specs
Mazda 3 Elite 1.5 AT
Mazda 3 Premium 2.0 AT
Engine
1.5 SKYACTIV-G In-line 4 Gasoline
2.0 SKYACTIV-G In-line 4 Gasoline
Horsepower
110
152
Torque
146 Nm
200 Nm
Transmission
Six-speed AT
Six-speed AT
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD

5. Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra front profile shot

And last but not the least is the Hyundai Elantra, which is currently in its sixth-generation version. It’s a simple car when it comes to on-board features but it offers a sufficient amount of space and power for its weight.

Specs
Elantra GL
Engine
1.6-liter Gamma II MPi Gasoline
Horsepower
128
Torque
154 Nm
Transmission
Six-speed MT or six-speed AT
Drivetrain
FWD

Do you agree with our list of compact cars in the Philippines? Of course, there are more here in the Philippines but if you’ve noticed, we’ve chosen some of the most popular, and most accessible models available today. So yes, one or two of your favorites didn’t make the top five.

If you like the list, keep reading here on Philkotse.com for more car buying advice, as well as car maintenance tips.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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