Top best hatchback cars in the Philippines: Price, Specs & Review

Dec 14, 2019 | Same topic: Best advice for car buyers
Compare all the best hatchback cars for your choice in the Philippines market, from popular brands like Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Kia, Mazda and more.

Hatchbacks have always held a special place in the hearts of Filipinos. Not only are they quite practical thanks to a large opening for big items but their overall shape evokes a sense of sportiness and personal motoring.

From earlier models like the Honda Civic Hatchback, Daihatsu Charade, and Kia Pride to the hatchback cars Philippines 2020 like the upcoming all-new Mirage and the much-anticipated all-new Honda Jazz, our love affair for hatchbacks has and will always be there. First things first though...

What is the hatchback car meaning?

As the word implies, a hatchback is a 2 door or 4 door vehicle with no trunk. In its place lies a large hatch door that usually opens upwards and leads directly to the inside cabin. Imagine a station wagon but shrunk down a bit.

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The Civic was and still is one of the most desirable hatchbacks ever

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Some of the more iconic hatchbacks include the original Volkswagen Golf. At the time its design was revolutionary as it had the transverse engine as opposed to a longitudinal application for the hatchback car. Meaning, this opens up alot more room in the back all engine mechanical parts are upfront.

The Golf also had a GTI version that created the term “hot-hatch” which is a modified or souped-up hatchback. Hatchback car automatically became a very popular choice among first-time car buyers as it was affordable yet practical and had sporting potential.

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The car that changed the game; the Volkswagen Golf GTi

In this article, Philkotse.com will be listing down all the best hatchback cars in the Philippines, available in the market this coming 2020.

1. Best hatchback cars of Toyota

Wigo: Toyota shows how they've done

 

Specifications
Name
Toyota Wigo 1.0 G A/T
Engine
1.0-Liter DOHC 12-valve Inline-3, VVT-i
Power
65 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
89 Nm @ 4400 rpm
Transmission
4-Speed Automatic
Price
P 631,000
Review

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Sometimes all you want in a car is for it to last forever

The Toyota Wigo has been a revelation for Toyota ever since its introduction. Buyers appreciate the low cost but solid build quality you can only find in a Toyota. It also helps that it offers an angular design motif, doing away with curves and instead embracing its boxy look.

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Yaris – More than a Vios hatchback

 

Specifications
Name
Toyota Yaris 1.5 S CVT
Engine
1.5L DOHC 16-valve Inline-4 Dual VVT-i
Power
107 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
141 Nm @ 4200 rpm
Transmission
Continuously Variable Transmission
Price
P 1,055,000
Review

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The obscure Yaris lucks out as it shares so many parts with the ubiquitous Toyota Vios

I personally don't see too much of this Toyota Yaris around town then it should and I wonder why that is. It is mechanically similar to the Toyota Vios in every way. Which means that you get the same performance and reliability as the Vios. People are missing out on a reliable and fuel-efficient model with the Yaris.

2. Best hatchback car of Mitsubishi: Mirage – Still a solid choice

Specifications
Name
Mitsubishi Mirage GLS CVT
Engine
1.2-liter DOHC 12-valve inline-3 MIVEC
Power
76 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
100 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Transmission
Continuously Variable Transmission
Price
P 760,000
Review

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For 2020 Mitsubishi will give the Mirage the Dynamic Shield Treatment

The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the best selling cars in the Philippines. It isn’t the fastest, most affordable or arguably the prettiest hatchback out there but it offers you no-frills motoring and reliability thanks to it being built locally.

It was a ton of spare parts available and has built itself quite a following online so if you ever want someone to talk to about the Mirage, everyone is just a click away.

3. Best hatchback cars of Kia

Kia Picanto – VW by way of Korea

Specifications
Name
Kia Picanto 1.2 EX
Engine
1.2L DOHC 16-valve Inline-4 VVT
Power
82 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque
121 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission
4-Speed Automatic
Price
P 745,000
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The old king of small hatches in the Philippines is now in its third generation

I credit the first-generation Kia Picanto as a harbinger of things to come in the local mini-compact hatchback market. At the time of its release customers were looking for relief from the insanely high gas prices and Kia happily obliged with the cute Kia Picanto.

These days the Kia Picanto no longer has that Pokemon like face instead adopted the angry headlights that seem to be the rage. It is still a capable hatchback though.

Kia Rio – The Korean-born German

 

Specifications
Name
2020 Kia Rio Rio 1.4 EX 5DR
Engine
1.4 liter DOHC Inline-4 CVVT
Power
98 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
133 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Transmission
4-Speed Automatic
Price
P 985,000
Review

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VW better wake up, Kia just made a better VW Polo

There was an anecdote a few years back when Kia introduced the Kia Rio Hatchback at an international Auto show where some VW engineers were present. The Germans were flabbergasted as to how the Koreans practically made a better Golf than they did.

Since then the Kia Rio was regarded as a Korean Golf and in its current generation Kia doubled down on that distinction with its Euro-inspired Rio.

4. Best hatchback cars of Honda

Honda Brio – Out to replace the Jazz

 

Specifications
Name
2020 Honda Brio 1.2 RS CVT
Engine
1.2-liter SOHC 16-valve Inline-4 i-VTEC
Power
89 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
110 Nm @ 4800 rpm
Transmission
Continuously Variable Transmission
Price
P 742,000
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Honda Injects sportiness and VTEC into the small hatch segment

The refreshed and facelifted Honda Brio is the newest addition to this Hatchback royale rumble it offers great value per square inch than any other car, in my opinion. It has a 4 cylinder VTEC engine to help it advance. It is both fuel-efficient and peppy enough for spirited driving. After the facelift, it traded in its bug-eye headlamps for a more sleek look.

Honda Jazz: The gamechanger

 

Specifications
Name
2020 Honda Jazz 1.5 RS
Engine
1.5-liter SOHC 16-valve Inline-4 i-VTEC
Power
120 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque
145 Nm @ 4800 rpm
Transmission
Continuously Variable Transmission
Price
P 1,088,000
Review

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The third-generation of the popular Honda Jazz is on its last legs

The Honda Jazz used to be the Japanese brand’s affordable hatchback solution when it was introduced in 2004 after the Civic went upmarket.

It didn’t take to long, however before it was pushed upmarket and gained alot of toys and electronic goodies found only in more expensive cars, hence the Jazz showcased all of Honda’s engineering know-how and even safety features. It no longer is the economical choice, but you a great option all-in-all.

Suzuki Swift – Ninja in Monk’s clothing

Specifications
Name
Suzuki Swift GLX CVT
Engine
1.2-liter DOHC 16-valve Inline-4 VVT
Power
81 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
113 Nm @ 4200 rpm
Transmission
Continuously Variable Transmission
Price
P899,000
Review

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What it lacks in straight-line power, it more than makes up for it in canyon carving skills

I personally have been looking forward to the 3rd generation Suzuki Swift for years and when it was released I was still surprised by how impressed I am.

Suzuki knows how to improve on a platform and this Suzuki Swift is more of an evolution of the previous model. It still has the blacked out Mini-Esque A-Pillar and the same pep as its forebears. The unique rear hidden door handles to make the Swift mimic the look of a 2 door coupe.

 
 

5. Best hatchback car of Mazda: CX3 – Hatchback with high ground clearance

Specifications
Name
2020 Mazda CX-3 Pro 2WD
Engine
2.0L DOHC 16-valve Inline-4 SkyActiv-G
Power
146 hp @ 4000 rpm
Torque
192 Nm @ 2800 rpm
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Price
P 1,300,000
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Who knew to put stilts on a Mazda 2 changes everything for the better?

The Mazda CX3 is technically a crossover. But It simply rides on the same platform as the Mazda 2 only raised up by a few inches. If you do so happen to see the Mazda CX3 on the road, you would have noticed that it still looks small. Why it is in this list because we might actually consider this as a hatchback. For a hatchback, though it gets good height clearance.

So, what is the best small hatchback of 2020?

At the end of the day which is the best hatchback of them all? That’s the beauty of it.

Remember when your choice of hatches are between the Civic and the Pride? That is no longer the case. The best hatchback for you might not even be on this list! Don't forget to check out the all hatchback for sale in the Philippines to broaden your choice.

Source: ROY ROBLES