How We Rate Cars
in Our Reviews

Philkotse Car Reviews

Buying a brand-new car is one of the awesome rewards you can give to yourself or to someone. The Philippine automotive market offers a lot of brand-new cars for sale that could confuse you as to which car best suits you and your needs.

As such, Philkotse is driven to help car buyers have an informed decision before purchasing a brand-new vehicle. Philkotse's editorial team composed of experienced motoring journalists provides comprehensive, in-depth, and unbiased car reviews of brand-new vehicles available in the Philippine market.

How do we review cars?

We start doing our initial assessment before the car test unit is delivered to us. We do it by looking at the car's spec sheet to familiarize ourselves with its features and see how it stacks up against its segment rivals. Upon getting the actual car test unit, we begin our in-depth assessment by looking at it from all angles. We evaluate its exterior styling, interior layout, cabin space, luggage compartment, and engine performance. We also look into the functionality of the car's tech features and assess how it contributes to the overall driving experience. Moreover, we take into consideration the car's standard retail price and determine if it's justifiable. As a whole, we want to share all the important details about the car to help buyers choose the right vehicle.

Where do we test drive the cars?

We test a car by driving it within the city, out on the open highway, and occasionally on provincial roads. The main objective of our test drives is to take the vehicle on places or roads where it would most likely be driven by the potential car buyer once the purchase has been made. Through this, we can give our honest assessment of how a certain car test unit performed in terms of power delivery, handling, and overall ride comfort.

How do we test the car's fuel economy?

Fuel economy is a crucial detail when you're on the lookout for a brand-new car. As such, we take into account how the car test unit performed in terms of fuel efficiency. In the city, we deliberately prefer to drive the car out during the weekday rush hour traffic. From time to time, we do early morning strolls around the city to see the car's fuel economy when driven at a more relaxed pace. On the other hand, we test the car on the open highway while driving at an average speed of 90 km/h. We use the car's onboard fuel economy meter to determine the fuel economy rating for each run.

How do we score car reviews?

We use a 5-point scale system, 1 being the lowest, 5 the highest, along with 0.5 increments. We based our scoring system using five categories: Aesthetics, Safety & Technology, Performance, Comfort & Practicality, and Value for Money. Of note, Philkotse's editorial team based the vehicle's score in comparison with its direct competitors or segment rivals.

What does each car review score category evaluate?


Based on the overall exterior and interior styling of the car. It also covers the overall design and built quality of the car's exterior and interior.

Safety & Technology

Covers the number of safety features equipped in the car as well as the functionality of the car's tech features such as its multimedia touchscreen and other driver-assist technology.


Included in this category is how a car drives in the city as well as on the highway. It also looks into acceleration, transmission, suspension, and handling.

Comfort & Practicality

Looks into the overall ride comfort when the vehicle is driven on different roads. This also covers if the vehicle can deliver its intended purpose.

Value for Money

Determines if the car's sticker price is worth it based on its aesthetics, safety & technology, performance, and comfort & practicality.