Toyota Wigo has the same ground clearance as Suzuki S-Presso. Wait, what?

Updated Sep 28, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs

High ground clearance is great, but it also has tradeoffs.

Ground clearance. It is defined as the shortest distance between a flat surface and the lowest part of a vehicle other than the tires.

And here in the Philippines, it is a critical factor when considering a car model especially with how our roads are in the provinces, and in some select less than savory roads in our cities. This is because a higher ground clearance is important in dealing with uneven terrains, while trading off a bit of handling.

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A couple of months ago, Suzuki Philippines introduced the Suzuki S-Presso. It’s a city car that has SUV styling, and 180mm of ground clearance. That’s 20 mm more than the Alto 800 that it replaced, and 35 mm more than the Celerio.

Guess what though; the Toyota Wigo has the same ground clearance as the Suzuki S-Presso. Wait… what?

A picture of the side of the Suzuki S-Presso

It's got the ground clearance to back up its macho looks

>>> Related: 2020 Toyota Wigo debuts in PH with updated looks, P568K starting price

Despite this, do note that the Suzuki S-Presso is a taller vehicle with its 1,565 mm height. The Wigo on the other hand is 1,520 mm tall. This means that while the two city car models will have the same minimum ground clearance, the seating positions are vastly different with the S-Presso having a higher height.

Note also that while we are talking about these two cars having the exact same amount of minimum ground clearance figures, we haven’t yet accounted for how the S-Presso’s suspension is.

We’ve reviewed the Toyota Wigo before and we found that while it was great on straight, paved roads, it does have a bit of body roll, which signifies that its suspension is a bit on the soft side. Also remember that having a higher ground clearance will have tradeoffs like a high center of gravity, resulting in less cornering ability.

A picture of the side of the Toyota Wigo TRD

The new Wigo, while athletic looking, also has 180 mm of ground clearance

As for the Suzuki S-Presso, we’re predicting that due to its height, it will have some amount of body roll comparable to that of the Wigo. That is, if its suspension is as soft as the Toyota city car. If it’s on the stiffer side, then it might have less.

To find out for sure though, we will be getting our hands on a test unit soon, so for a more in-depth review, stay tuned here on Philkotse.com.

Know more about Toyota Wigo 2022

Toyota Wigo

The Toyota Wigo 2022 is the Japanese automaker's entry to the hatchback segment, with a price that ranges from PHP 568,000 to PHP 700,000. It is offered in four variants starting from the E 1.0 MT and going up to the TRD S 1.0 AT which boasts a sportier finish. Only one engine option is used across the range, namely the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine that makes 65 hp and 89 Nm of torque. This engine can be paired to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, depending on the variant. When it comes to dimensions, this hatchback is 3,660 mm long (3,700 mm for TRD), 1,600 mm wide, and 1,520 mm tall. In the local market, the Wigo is competing against the likes of Honda Brio, Kia Picanto, and Mitsubishi Mirage.

Just like the Toyota Rush, the Toyota Wigo is a rebadged Daihatsu model. It is called Agya in other markets. This is made possible by the partnership between Toyota Motor Corporation and Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. The Wigo remains to be one of the best-selling models in the country, finishing third in the sales race last 2020 with 9,145 units sold.  

₱ 573,000 - ₱ 705,000

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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