Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Which affordable hatch would you prefer?

Updated Jul 23, 2020
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Introduction
  • 2. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Dimensions
  • 3. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Interior
  • 4. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo 2019: Engine and Performance
  • 5. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Safety Features
  • 6. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Prices in the Philippines
  • 7. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Which hatchback would you prefer?
It is the head-to-head between Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo. Read on the in-depth comparison to determine which one is the better entry-level hatchback available in the Philippines.

1. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Introduction

In the battle of the car brands here in the Philippines, the subcompact hatchback segment, despite having obviously small and “cute” models actually duke it out as one of the largest market segments in the country right now.

Why? Well because these cars are small and easily maneuverable especially in Metro Manila, they cost less to acquire and are easier to maintain and while these vehicle are indeed diminutive, they are by no means less practical. They even consume less fuel but can still fit up to five people. So yeah…a lot of Filipinos are fond of these small hatchbacks.

As such major car brands have strived to improve their own subcompact hatchbacks and two of those are most notable in being dominant in the aforementioned market segment in recent months. One is Honda with their recently released 2019 Honda Brio and the other one is Toyota with their ever popular Wigo.

So without further ado, let compare Toyota Wigo vs Honda Brio in terms of dimensions, interior, engine and performance, and of course; price.

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2. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Dimensions

Toyota Wigo vs Honda Brio: Dimensions
Honda Brio
Toyota Wigo
Length (mm)
Width (mm)
Height (mm)
Wheelbase (mm)
Cargo Volume
258 liters

With the latest Honda Brio 2019, Honda has given it more in terms of size and exterior looks. It’s now more aggressive with the front of the car adorned with a set of new, sleeker headlamps, plus a really sporty looking grille. The rear though has become much more convenient than its predecessor.

2019 Honda Brio in yellow

Gone are the funky looks and enter a much sportier-looking 2019 Honda Brio

As for the Toyota Wigo 2019, not much has changed but noticeable are the new sleeker chrome grille whose upper chrome portion flows towards the pair of large projector headlamps. The Wigo now also appears larger than it was before in lieu of its new kit.

Like the Brio though, the Wigo’s rear is kind of tame aside from the presence of a roof spoiler. One advantage that the Wigo has over the Brio though is the availability of a TRD body kit set whereas the latter still does not have an equivalent Mugen kit.

A picture of the 2019 Toyota Wigo front view

The latest iteration of the Toyota Wigo has the same overall shape as its predecessor

Based on the table above, the Brio nor the Wigo doesn’t actually have a clear cut size advantage to each other based on numbers alone. The Brio while being significantly longer than the Wigo also has a lower ride height and a lower wheelbase.  

As you might not know, having a shorter wheelbase does have its own set of advantages and disadvantages. A shorter wheelbase which the Brio has makes it much more maneuverable without losing much stability as it does have low ride height.

On the other hand, the Wigo is significantly taller as such, it needs a longer wheelbase to keep it stable. Due to this, the Brio’s stance and its proportions are significantly much more rakish than the Wigo’s and that’s always a plus in our book.

Before going for further comparison of these two hatches, let's take a look at our expert review for comprehensive understanding:

3. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Interior

When it comes to the interior, both the Brio and the Wigo, by virtue of being entry-level hatchbacks, does have an ample amount of cheap plastic parts.

As for ergonomics and the overall visual design though, things are simply better looking inside the Honda Brio especially on the RS variants. Inside both cars though, controls are easy to reach and easy to understand and the seats are equal in the comfort and space they provide.

2019 Toyota Wigo steering wheel and dashboard

Honda Wigo 2019 interior is plain but functional and decently comfortable

When it comes to interior features like stuff for entertainment and comfort, there isn’t actually much differences. The lowest spec Brio and Wigo both come with a 2DIN audio system whilst the higher spec units both come with a navigation ready Touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and USB ports.

A picture of the Honda Bro 2019 steering wheel and dashboard

The 2019 Honda Brio interior was revised to look sportier than ever before

For the sporty cabin, we’ll give this one to the Brio.

>>> Check our more car comparison on the same segment for further reference: 

4. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo 2019: Engine and Performance

Toyota Wigo vs Honda Brio: Engine
 Honda Brio
Toyota Wigo
Engine size
1.0 L
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
Transmission Type
5-Speed Manual or CVT
5-Speed Manual or 4-speed automatic
Power Train
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive
Max Output (HP)
Max Torque (Nm)
110 Nm
89 Nm
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
35 L
33 L

Now for this section, it comes very obviously that the Brio’s Inline-4 1.2-liter gasoline engine makes a bit more than that of the Wigo’s 1 liter inline-3. It even has i-VTEC even on the lowest spec variant.

The Brio’s L12B makes around 89 horsepower and 110 Nm of torque whereas the Toyota Wigo’s 1KR-DE makes 66 horsepower and 89 Nm of torque.

A picture of the 2019 Toyota Wigo's engine

Toyota Wigo 1-liter inline-3 engine

A picture of the 2019 Brio's engine

Honda Brio's inline-4 engine trumps the one on the Wigo in terms of both horsepower and torque

The Toyota Wigo has a really light curb weight of around 860 kg for the top of the line 1.0 G AT whereas the Brio RS Black Top CVT weights at a heavier 992 kg. This means that we still prefer the Honda Brio because despite being a bit heavier, its power to weight ratio comes out at 0.041 which is better than the Brio’s 0.035.

5. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Safety Features

When compared side by side on paper, the Brio and the Wigo’s safety features are almost identical. Both have dual front airbags, door ajar warning, crash sensors, anti-lock braking systems, and child safety locks.

In real-world crash testing, the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program has given the Honda Brio four stars whilst the Toyota Wigo also gets four stars. So all in all, both are competent in terms of safety features and their ability to protect their occupants in the event of a crash.

To look for more affordable options of Toyota and Honda vehicles, kindly refer to our:

6. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Prices in the Philippines

Toyota Wigo Philippines price list
Toyota Wigo 1.0 TRD AT
Php 696,000
Toyota Wigo 1.0 G AT
Php 631,000
Toyota Wigo 1.0 G MT
Php 596,000
Toyota Wigo 1.0 E MT
Php 557,000

>>> Refer to our Toyota Wigo Philippines price list with monthly payment

Honda Brio Philippines price list
Honda Brio S MT
Php 598,000
Honda Brio V CVT
Php 658,000
Honda Brio RS CVT
Php 737,000
Honda Brio RS Black Top CVT
Php 742,000

>>> View full Honda Brio price installment list in the Philippines

By comparing the variant range of the two hatchbacks, we can quickly surmise that the Toyota Wigo overall is much more affordable than the Brio. While most would say that the Wigo has the Brio beat in terms of being more affordable, take into mind first that you’re getting exactly what you pay for.

7. Honda Brio vs Toyota Wigo: Which hatchback would you prefer?

Now as we’ve said above, the Wigo is indeed much more affordable than the Brio. We should also remember though that the Brio has more power and it also offers much in terms of styling especially the top-of-the-line Black Top variant.

In the comparison between Toyota Wigo vs Honda Brio, the Wigo does perform well in its intended purpose but the overall shape of the Toyota made hatch hasn’t actually changed much from previous versions.

So in short if you want sporty looking, sporty-ish driving car, get a Honda Brio. If you want to save more money, get a Toyota Wigo. But then again, the Wigo as we’ve said earlier has TRD body kits available.

>>> Related: Which 2020 Honda Brio should you buy? [Philkotse Guide]

A picture of the 2019 Honda Brio RS

A picture of the 2019 Toyota Wigo

So which one would you prefer? The more affordable? Or the sportier? In the end, it is up to you!

To broaden your search for different car models, kindly refer to our Cars for sale section. Hope you will find your dream car soon!



Cesar G.B. Miguel

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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