Toyota Wigo 2020 Philippines Review: All the Small Things

Oct 18, 2019
Editor's rating 3.5
User's rating 5.0
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Toyota Wigo 2020 Philippines Review: Introduction
  • 2. Toyota Wigo 2020 Exterior
  • 3. Toyota Wigo 2020 Interior
  • 4. Toyota Wigo 2020 Review: Engine and Performance
  • 5. Toyota Wigo 2020 Review Philippines: Safety
  • 6. Toyota Wigo Philippines Price & Variant
  • 7. Toyota Wigo Philippines Specs
  • 8. Toyota Wigo 2020 Philippines Review: Conclusion
Read on our full-scale Toyota Wigo 2020 Philippines Review, regarding its design, engine, features, specs & price.

1. Toyota Wigo 2020 Philippines Review: Introduction

The last time we reviewed the Toyota Wigo in 2017, we called it an affordable car, which was true; so much so that the title of that review was exactly that: “An Affordable Car”. Well, leave it to Toyota to teach the young guns in the auto industry a thing or two about making cars. Somewhere around the middle of the last decade, gas prices spiked to ridiculously high levels. Largely due to politics, and I will leave it at that.

2020 Toyota Wigo doors wide open

The Filipino market warmed up to the Wigo, in part due to its affordability and versatility

Anyway, the resulting uproar made car companies come up with smaller vehicles and revitalize their mini-subcompact hatchback offerings, led by Korean marques Kia and Hyundai with their Picanto and Getz models, respectively. Other cars companies followed suit, making the subcompact hatchback segment one of the hottest in the Philippines.

Toyota entered the party uncharacteristically late in 2013, yet managed to dominate the market in the succeeding years with the Wigo, a rebadged Daihatsu Ayla. Six years into production and with a heavily stylized facelift, does the 2020 Toyota Wigo have what it takes to earn your attention? Keep reading our expert Toyota Wigo 2020 Philippines Review, brought by Philkotse.com to get yourself answered.

2. Toyota Wigo 2020 Exterior

While most cars in this segment feature funky, youthful designs taking advantage of a mini-subcompact hatchback’s cute dimensions (I’m looking at you Picanto!), Toyota went in another direction with the 2020 Toyota Wigo exterior. It doesn’t have the Pokemon-Esque air of its contemporaries, instead of going for a sportier, Angry Birds kind of appeal.

2020 Toyota Wigo on the Road

The Toyota Wigo exterior gives off an "Angry Birds" vibe

Large, scowling headlights flank a large air dam and aggressive front chin. Compared to the previous model, you'd be hard-pressed to find curves here, as the sharp body lines on the side panels evoke more athletic aspirations. The 90s-era door handles, however, are a dead giveaway of its econobox nature, yet I don’t find anything offensive about them at all.

2020 Toyota Wigo rear view

Toyota Wigo 2020 cargo space

The rear design of the Toyota Wigo

Although the design gets quite fussy at the rear, I’d have to say that the “Nintendo button” tail lamp cluster lends more character and appeal to the car. It’s an overall good look, although most people probably won’t be doing double-takes. Like a good cup of coffee, it does the job.

>>> More comparison of the Wigo with its rivals the market segment for your reference:

3. Toyota Wigo 2020 Interior

Inside the Toyota Wigo, you will find a sea (or a pond, depending on who's looking) of black and plastic materials. Although at par with other vehicles in this segment, the Wigo manages to scratch the bottom end when it comes to interior material and still comes off as inoffensive.

Hard plastics abound, sure, but I have to say that everything about the Toyota Wigo interior tells you Toyota knew what they were doing when they designed the car.

2020 Toyota Wigo Interior Dashboard

The 2020 Toyota Wigo interior is a sea of black and plastic

The instrument panel is well-lit with easily readable fonts, the large touchscreen with built-in navigation on the center stack has being slightly canted towards the driver, and everything within reach. Seats are thinly padded, but you can chalk it up to Toyota's efforts to reduce weight.

I love that the steering wheel has echoes of the FJ Cruiser and GT86, two among many Toyota models. As for driving the car, I have no complaints at all; in fact, I find the spartan interior helps the driver focus more on the drive.

4. Toyota Wigo 2020 Review: Engine and Performance

The most overused cliché about small cars have always involved the words “dart” and "go-kart". Well, threading the car around the metro did give me the impression that I'm at the helm of a go-kart. There is only so much that 66 horses and 84 Nm of pull can do on a drive, but with just an 860-kg curb weight for the top-of-the-line Wigo G variant, those figures allow the car to fly.

This helps with fuel economy immensely; city driving with horrible traffic nets 10-11km/l. You might sweat the gridlocks, but this car won't.

2020 Toyota Wigo Engine Bay

Temper your expectations of the 1.0L engine, and you won't be disappointed

The four-speed automatic transmission is willing to put the power to the front wheels, though drive-by-wire technology now points the engine towards the economy rather than off-the-line acceleration. The Toyota Wigo takes its time with 14 seconds to reach 0-100 km/h, which isn't necessarily bad.

The suspension is compliant, but if you're looking to carve corners, you're better off elsewhere. The MacPherson front struts and rear torsion bar are best suited for urban jaunts. Thanks to that short wheelbase though, you can pretty much chuck this around town, like, well, a go-kart.

5. Toyota Wigo 2020 Review Philippines: Safety

Standard safety features aboard the Toyota Wigo 2020 are exactly that: standard. You get seat belts, antilock brakes with EBD and dual front airbags. I suppose you should still thank your lucky stars that you get them at all at this price point. A decade ago, these features were nowhere to be found in this class; all you get were seat restraints and a prayer. It’s therefore nice to see Toyota offering these features at no extra cost.

2020 Toyota Wigo airbags

You can thank your lucky stars that the 2020 Wigo now comes with more standard safety features

6. Toyota Wigo Philippines Price & Variant

Model
Price
Toyota Wigo 1.0 TRD AT price
P696,000
Toyota Wigo 1.0 G AT price
P631,000
Toyota Wigo 1.0 G MT price
P596,000
Toyota Wigo 1.0 E MT price
P557,000

>>> Refer to our Toyota Wigo Philippines price list to get the details on monthly payments

Toyota wigo 2020 side view

Prepare around P600K and you can drive home this hatch

7. Toyota Wigo Philippines Specs

 Overall
Name
Toyota Wigo 1.0 G AT
Body Type
Dimensions
Length
3,600 mm
Width
1,620 mm
Height
1,520 mm
Number of Doors
5
Number of Seats
5
Engine
Engine Size
1.0 L
Displacement
998 cc
Number of Cylinders
3
Number of Valves
12
Transmission Category
4-Speed Automatic
Performance
Power Train
Front-Wheel Drive
Max Output
66 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque
89 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Fuel Capacity
33 L
Features
Wheel Material
Alloy
Wheel Size
14 inches
Air-Conditioning System
Manual Dial Cooler
Entertainment System
Navi-ready Display Audio
Connectivity
USB port and Aux-in
Navigation System
Yes
Power Steering
Yes
Power Windows
Yes
Steering Wheel Audio Control
Yes
Safety Features
Driver's Airbag
Yes
Front Passenger's Airbag
Yes
Anti-Lock Brake System
Yes
Immobilizer
Yes
Security Alarm
Yes
Electronic Door Locks
Yes

>>> Schedule a visit at the nearest Toyota Philippines dealerships for more information on the promos, financing options, etc

8. Toyota Wigo 2020 Philippines Review: Conclusion

Say what you will about the Toyota Wigo 2020 Philippines, but it's a good first car for small families who want to experience the safety, convenience and fuel economy of a well-built Toyota. This won't be the car for you if you are used to driving compact cars, much fewer SUVs. But in a world where function increasingly outweighs form and practicality is the norm, the Wigo is your best bet.

Toyota Wigo 2020

Despite its shortcomings, the 2020 Toyota Wigo is standing big for what it is

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Source: ROY ROBLES

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