MANILA: The Philippines is a huge market of sedans and with automakers introducing and revamping more in this segment, the charm is never going to fade away. Though the first car is still preferred to be a hatch of entry level for the majority of Filipinos, the second car which they prefer is definitely a sedan. There are 42 automotive brands available in the Philippines apart from a couple of them, all have at least one sedan in their fleet; all thanks to the popularity of this segment. If you are also planning to buy a sedan but confused between the wide options available in the market, we have got a quick guide for you. Surely we have compiled the best sedans with a restricted budget of PhP 700,000 which is good enough to allow you to be a proud owner of a sedan with good brand value, power, mileage, features and not to miss out – looks.
Just go through these sumptuous options which would surely help you in making a selection -
The beautifully crafted South Korean beauty Kia Rio is offered with a choice of 2 engines – 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre. The 1.2-litre engine knocks out 87 PS of power at 6000 rpm along with 120 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The bigger engine, however, delivers 107 PS of peak power at 6300 rpm and 137 Nm of peak torque at 4200 rpm. The sedan possesses a striking structure with curves and creases to show an impressive stance from a distance. Not only looks, Kia Rio sedan has got overall dimensions worth 4370 mm x 1720 mm x 1455 mm (L X W X H) along with 2570 mm of wheelbase to fit 5 passengers with comfort in the cabin. Further, the cabin has a manual air conditioner, tilt adjustable power steering, trip computer and power outlet. This cabin is fitted with CD player, MP3, USB, AUX, Bluetooth and 4 speakers depending on the trim. Safety is also kept under priority which can be imagined with the protective features packed within. You get driver side airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System, Vehicle immobilizer, High mount stop light and keyless entry with alarm in this economical Kia drive.
Nissan Almera, the modest yet graceful model is well known in the Philippines automotive market for its sleek style and chrome highlighted curves. The newest Almera model comes with an option of 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre engines where the small one delivers 79 PS of power at 6000 rpm along with 106 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm and the bigger sibling shows its virtue by churning out a peak power output of 99 PS at 6000 rpm and peak torque of 134 Nm at 4000 rpm. The refreshed design is further complemented with dimensions worth 4425 mm x 1695 mm x 1505 mm (L X W X H) and 2600 mm of wheelbase. The gracious cabin is loaded with features like manual/automatic air conditioner, power windows and sliding & reclining fronts seats. Coming to the entertainment facility, you get 2 DIN AM/FM unit, MP3, AUX connectivity and CD player with 2-4 speakers, depending on the variant. You also get dual SRS airbags, ABS, BA, EBD, the keyless system with remote, vehicle immobilizer and rear parking sensors.
Honda Brio Amaze enjoys the same popularity as its hatch sibling in the economical segment. The car is equipped with a 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine which is the advantage point for the Japanese brand. This sole engine churns out 100 PS of high power at 6000 pm along with 127 Nm of high torque at 4800 rpm. Thick chrome, eye-catchy style and flowing lines are something which Honda ensures in its entire fleet and the same treatment is given to Brio Amaze for that amazing appeal. This Honda sedan measures at 3990 mm x 1680 mm x 1485 mm (L X W X H) and wheelbase counting to 2405 mm. The dual tone interior gives this economical sedan a feel of luxury while features like manual air conditioning facility, tachometer, engine temperature warning light, pillow type head rests and 12 V accessory socket make your traveling comforting and convenient. To add the fun element, the manufacturer has added CD/DVD player, Bluetooth, AUX and USB connectivity with 2-DIN Honda DVD navigation system, depending on the trim. Apart from its i-VTEC engine, Honda is famous for its safety aspects and this sedan has also inherited the same. You get G-CON body structure, dual airbags, ABS, EBD, vehicle immobilizer, keyless entry system and seatbelt reminder features in this drive ensuring the best of protection against any adverse situation.
Can this list be compiled without an American entry? We say 'No'. The Ford Fiesta sedan is powered by a 1.5-litre which knocks out 112 hp of power at 6300 rpm along with 140 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm. The trapezoidal front fascia with slats in chrome ensures that it doesn't look like a budget sedan and something definitely upper class. Dimensions of this sedan count to 4320 mm x 1469 mm x 1722 mm (L X W X H) and 2489 mm of wheelbase. The cabin is well furnished with manual air conditioner, multi-functional steering, trip computer, power windows and doors. The entertainment facility packed in this Ford drive comprises of a CD player, AUX, USB, MP3, Ford SYNC with Bluetooth and voice control. For your peace of mind, the American giant has appointed dual frontal airbags, driver seat belt reminder, ABS, EBD, ESP, engine immobilizer and remote keyless entry system.
Another South Korean entry in this list is Hyundai Accent sedan which is offered with an option of 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre power-units. Where the 1.4-litre engine has the capacity to generate a power counting to 100 PS at 6000 rpm and torque worth 133 Nm at 3500 rpm, the 1.6-litre powertrain is good enough to release 136 PS of power at 4000 rpm along with torque falling between 260 Nm/1500-3500 rpm and 300 Nm/1750-2500 rpm. At its exterior, Accent possesses curvy headlamps, bold radiator grille and a creased bonnet. The fluidic styling which gives it an impression of motion even if it is not, is what makes it stand apart from the crowd. The dual tone interior trim houses comforting features like central door locks, trip computer, manual air conditioner and portable ashtray. To add fun and entertainment on-board, Hyundai has provided AM/FM, USB port, AUX compatibility, MP3 and 4 speakers. The safety features are also pretty competitive with driver side airbag, ABS, ESP, EBD and keyless entry.