It goes without saying that Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are the most popular vehicles in the Philippines. Since they are designed for delivering great power and torque, SUVs usually come with relatively low fuel efficiency, particularly in comparison with sedans or hatchback. With fuel prices being on an ever increasing trend, the SUV can be an expensive investment to many Filipino drivers.
That is why Philkotse has come up with a list of 10 most fuel efficient SUVs currently marketed in our country. These models are reviewed to deliver good mileage while still offering great performance.
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1. Hyundai Tucson
Price: ₱ 1,113,000 – ₱ 1,578,000
Fuel consumption: 9.5 km/L in city and 17 km/L on highway
The Tucson is a nice combination of premium comfort and innovation in terms of both interior and exterior design. Having an average fuel consumption of 9.5 km/L when driven in city and 17 km/L on highway, the Tucson is obviously one of the most fuel efficient SUVs in the segment. This is all due to the replacement of the Theta-II engine with a new Nu-power power mill.
The Hyundai Tucson 2020 is obviously one of the most fuel efficient SUVs in the segment
Hyundai Tucson is available in the Philippine market with 2.0L gasoline as well as diesel engine options, all mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel variant allows maximum power output of 178 hp and 400 Nm of torque, while the gasoline variant propels 156 hp and 196 Nm of peak torque.
2. Ford EcoSport
Price: ₱ 795,000 – ₱ 1,008,000
Fuel consumption: 8.0 km/L in city and 15.6 km/L on highway
The Ford EcoSport is one of the finest SUVs from its American carmaker
Having a sleek design with boxy shape and sculpted sides, supported with high ground clearance, under-chassis skid plates and wading depth, the Ford EcoSport is one of the finest SUVs from its American carmaker. Known as an entry-level off-road car, the vehicle comes with generous driving cabin and premium packages. It offers a thrifty 15.6 km/L consumption when driven on highway thanks to a 1.5L in-line 4-cylinder Ti-VCT gasoline engine with a mating of 6-speed PowerShift automatic gearbox. The EcoSport can produce maximum power output of 110 hp and 196 Nm of torque.
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3. Subaru XV
Price: ₱ 1,348,000 – ₱ 1,538,000
Fuel consumption: 15.3 km/L on highway
The Subaru XV comes with a decent mileage of 15.3 km/L in highway conditions
Although having a strange appearance mixing between a hatchback and an SUV, the Subaru XV’s popularity among Filipino drivers has still been on the rise thanks to its amazing features. The XV offers a nice balance between great handling features, high ground clearance and premium packaging. What is more, it comes with a decent mileage of 15.3 km/L in highway conditions and available with a 2.0L 4-cylinder 16-Valve Boxer Engine, connected to a Chain-Type CVT.
4. Chevrolet Trailblazer
Price: ₱ 1,378,888 – ₱ 1,881,888
Fuel consumption: 14.5 km/L on highway
Trailblazer is said to be a powerful SUV supported with premium features
Giving off a fuel economy of 14.5 km/L, Chevrolet Trailblazer is said to be a powerful SUV supported with premium features. Under the hood, it is equipped with a 2.5 and 2.8L inline 4-cylinder DOHC with VGT, paired with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 2.8 LTX 4×2 variant can pump out 200 hp and produce a maximum output of 500 Nm torque.
5. Hyundai Santa Fe
Price: ₱ 1,723,000
Fuel consumption: 14.1 km/L on highway
Hyundai Santa Fe has been entitled “the perfect concoction of an SUV, minivan and crossover”
Although having similar power and performance to Tucson, the Hyundai Santa Fe distinguishes itself from its fellow through a higher touch of style and complexity. Delivering 197 hp and 311 Nm of peak torque, Santa Fe has been entitled “the perfect concoction of an SUV, minivan and crossover” by car experts. The engine offers a compelling 14.1 km/L fuel economy, making it a great passenger vehicle for those who are looking for a family car with decent fuel consumption.
6. Toyota Fortuner
Price: ₱ 1,413,000 - ₱ 2,183,000
Fuel consumption: 10.2 km/L in city and 14.2 km/L on highway
The Toyota Fortuner, based on the Hilux pick-up truck, is Toyota’s most popular mid-size SUV as well as one of the brand’s best-selling models in our country.
This is Toyota’s most popular mid-size SUV as well as one of the brand’s best-selling models
The Toyota Fortuner is available in 3 engine variants: 2.4L diesel, 2.7L petrol, and 2.8L diesel engine. Particularly, this 7-seater SUV features a Variable Nozzle Turbo system which helps boost a higher performance, but still save more on fuel. The car gives a consumption of only 10.2 km/L in the city and 14.2 km/L on highway. Besides, its 80L fuel tank can provide a touring range of more than 700 km.
A glossy, edgy look and updated features inside are also the reasons why you should consider this cost-effective and versatile SUV alongside its high resale value.
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7. Subaru Forester
Price: ₱ 1,468,000 - ₱ 1,948,000
Fuel consumption: 9.0 km/L in city and 11 - 13 km/L on highway
The Subaru Forester is a practical compact SUV for families in the Philippines. Subaru offers many outstanding features with a lower starting price than other competitors in the same segment like the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4.
Owning an aggressive exterior design with the signature hexagonal grille, full-bodied hood and uniquely-designed rims, the 5-door SUV will make you immediately think of a great outdoor adventure.
The Subaru Forester is a practical compact SUV for families in the Philippines
The Subaru Forester comes standard with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine producing 170 hp along with a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder with 250 hp. A 6-speed manual transmission is available for base engine, while a CVT is optional with the base engine and standard with the turbocharged engine.
As regards the fuel efficiency, the 2.0L turbocharged diesel uses least fuel with a consumption of 11 km/L in the official test (on the highway). This fuel consumption is said to be low estimate for the class.
8. Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Price: ₱ 1,415,000 - ₱ 2,000,000
Fuel consumption: 8.0 km/L in city and 14.3 km/L on highway
A classy design, a reliable performance and an excellent fuel economy are main factors that makes the Montero Sport continue to gain popularity these past years. Click here to read our expert review for the Mitsubishi Montero Sport.
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport features a classy design, a reliable performance and an excellent fuel economy
Gifted with new 2.4L clean diesel engine with Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Electronic Control (MIVEC) system, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport can easily gain an output of 181 hp and 430 Nm of torque. Moreover, MIVEC system is also responsible to improve fuel consumption and lower exhaust emissions.
In the city, the car achieves 8.0 km/L while on the open roads and drinks fuel at a rate of 14.3 km/L with a constant pace of 80 to 90 km/h. Another option from Mitsubishi that you can take a look at is the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross. The car is also in our list of top 10 most fuel efficient cars in the Philippines in 2021.
9. Kia Sorento
Price: ₱ 2,300,000
Fuel consumption: 10 - 12km km/L
The Kia Sorento is a comfortable 7-seater SUV which is beautifully finished inside and outside, well-equipped, and enjoyable to drive.
The Kia Sorento is a comfortable seven-seater SUV
Mechanized by a single engine diesel variant of 2.2L capacity, the Sorento can churn out 194 hp at 3,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 422 Nm at 1800 - 2500 rpm. Power is fed to all wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic feature.
10. Mazda CX-5
Price: ₱ 1,550,000 - ₱ 2,222,400
Fuel consumption: 12.7 km/L
This is the first SUV by Mazda following the KODO-Soul of Motion design language, which tells us the true definition of sportiness.
Most striking feature of the CX-5 that piques our interest is the dynamic SKYACTIV technology. This Mazda’s technology coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission can offer an ideal balance of driving pleasure and fuel efficiency.
Most striking feature of the CX-5 that piques our interest is the dynamic SKYACTIV technology
As for the hardware, the CX-5 is powered by 2.0L and 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engines. The 2.0L unit knocks out 153 hp and 200 Nm of torque whereas the bigger one gives an output of 185 hp and the peak torque of 250 Nm.
The Mazda CX-5 provides an average mileage of 12.7km/L in combined driving layout.
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