MANILA: The Philippines automobile market is young and there is an immense opportunity for automakers to offer their high end vehicles to the citizens. So, here we have some top picks which can be considered as a smart choice. We have categorized the best performing cars as per segment, such as Sedan, hatchback and SUV. The three brands are popular for producing performance driven vehicles and hold a great impact on the global automobile market. These models have much to offer in the competitive automobile market and will fulfill all the expectations of the auto enthusiasts.
The 2016 Ford Focus is a high performance compact car that holds body styling of sedan and a 4-door hatchback. It is available in three trim levels, namely- S, SE and Titanium along with Focus Electric. The SE model in particular consists of numerous option packages like large 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, LED running lights, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering, premium leather upholstery and an eight-way power driver seat. The 2016 Focus is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that churns out 160 hp of maximum power and 146 pound-feet of peak torque. For 2016, the Ford Focus comes equipped with a new Sync 3 technology interface mated with six-speed automatic transmission gear box for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.
Land Rover Discovery Sport is mainly known for its toughness and rugged outlook. It has finally made its way to Philippines and the company has partnered with LRPhils Motors Inc., as their official distributor. The SUV is no doubt a powerful machine which comes with sporty 7- seating configuration.
The standard models comes with halogen headlights equipped with LED or Xenon. Company has properly re-profiled the exteriors with ultimate styling which comes with sloping roofline, roof mounted spoiler, and circular taillight design. Under the hood lies a 2.2-litre TD4 turbo diesel that churns out 150 PS of maximum power at 3500 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque at 1750 rpm. The top trim gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged all-alloy gasoline engine that produces maximum power of 240 PS at 5800 rpm and a peak torque of 340 Nm at 1750 rpm. The diesel engines come mated with either a 9-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission system while the petrol variant comes paired with 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Dodge Charger is a compact 4-door sedan which is known for its high performance engines throughout the globe. The company uses this platform for several other cars as well as well. This Sedan comes with two engine options along with different configurations in six variants for Philippines.
Charger is presently available in variants equipped with two different powerful engines such as 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 and 5.7-litre V8 engine. The robust 5.7-litre V8 engine is capable of producing maximum power of 370 hp at 5250 rpm along with a peak torque of 535 Nm at 4200 rpm. Both of these engines are mated to eight-speed transmission. It can attain a top speed of 328 kmph and hardly takes 5.6 seconds to reach 199 km/h mark. The car comes with more features and robustness including accessories like DTR lights, full trunk tail light and large 17 inch alloy wheels. Apart from the performance, the sedan holds a good command on handling and braking functionality as it gets front independent suspension and 5-link rear suspension. The braking equipment installed in this car include brake assist, ABS, electronic stability control, ready alert braking, and rain brake support.