MANILA: Often people with small family look for compact and comfortable class which come with a good fuel economy and performance. As a beginner, there are many questionnaires regarding the first car. The first thing that comes into the mind while choosing the car is the reliability and then affordable daily commute. So, at CarBay, we suggest you some cool hatchbacks that will suit your personality. Hatchbacks are actually compact small cars that are suitable for daily commute and come with a 5-door design. These vehicles are engineered for decent performance and good fuel economy preferred for driving in city traffic.
Chevrolet spark is five door hatchback that was unveiled at New York International Auto Show 2015, traveling through forth years of production. At present, in the current generation Spark, Chevrolet has offered some premium features like Android Auto capability. Spark is popularly sold under the name of Opel Karl and Vauxhall Viva in many different countries. Chevrolet Spark comes with two engine variants- 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre. The 1.0-litre Ecotec 3-cylinder engine produces a maximum power output of 75 HP and maximum torque of 95 Nm. The car also comes installed with the latest 7-inch MyLink infotainment system and features Apple Car Play Connectivity. Additionally, Chevy has also installed cruise control and Corsa's City-mode heated steering wheel in the current model, making both driving and parking easier.
Suzuki Alto 800 is known for its compact design, low price and decent fuel economy. This compact hatchback is going through its 8th generation after its introduction in 1979. The new Suzuki Alto 800 is amazingly simplified and lovable. This hatch is preferred by people looking for a compact budget vehicle. It comes powered by a standard 796 cc F8D engine, mated with a 5-speed manual transmission that churns out a peak power of 47 hp at 6200 rpm along with a maximum torque of 68 Nm at 3500 rpm. The ventilated disc brakes offer a great braking power and the latest safety features like collapsible steering column, side impact beams and Immobilizer prove to be a great utility.
Apart from developing powerful vehicles, Honda has also come up with some subcompact hatchbacks, and one of the premium classy car is “Brio”. As the name suggests, the car is full of energy and perfection. Brio was initially launched at the Philippines International Motor Show on September 18, 2014. From that time onwards, Brio has made a special place in the Philippines auto market. It is available in multiple Variants; S MT, S AT, V Navi MT and V Navi AT for the local residents powered by a 1.3-litre i-VTEC, in-line 4 cylinder SOHC engine that churns out a maximum power output of 100 PS and peak torque of 127 Nm. The car is comfortable from inside as the seats are installed with pre-tensioners and load limiter seat belts that are too good in absorbing jerks generated on bad surfaces.
Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the affordable compact hatchbacks in Philippines. It is known for its sporty look and outstanding mileage. Under the hood lies a 1.2-litre 3 cylinder, 12-valve petrol engine that produces a maximum power output of 78 PS and peak torque of 100 Nm. The exterior comes with a radiator black-coloured grille with a chrome finish. The power side mirrors with LED turn lights gives it a neat look. The cabin area is undoubtedly spacious and comfortable. For assuring better handling, the front wheels are equipped 13 inches of dual ventilated disc brakes, along with a 7-inch drum brakes in the rear. The braking system is also included with other advanced functions like anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution as well. It also features with safety equipment like SRS airbags, ABS and key-less entry system.
Kia Picanto comes with an amazing design styling and bold bodylines. The sporty outlook of the car puts it in the buying list of top family hatchbacks. Picanto comes powered with 2 engines- 1.0-Litre EX MT and 1.2-Litre Ex AT Gas along with D-CVVT technology. The 1.0-litre engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 69 PS at 6200 rpm along with a peak torque of 94 Nm at 3500 rpm. Meanwhile, the 1.2-litre engine churns out a peak power of 87 PS at 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 120 Nm at 4000 rpm. The interior looks upmarket and comfortable as the seats come with premium fabric upholstery. The other areas come with chrome accent equipped with instrument panel and air vents. From the safety point of view, this hatchback is simply outstanding as it gets 3-point ELR belts in the front along with 2 similar ELR seatbelts in the rear. This hatchback also comes with ventilated disc brakes at front and drum brakes in the rear in order to provide great braking. Picanto is also packed with McPherson strut with stabilizer and coil spring front suspension for good handling and grip while driving at high speed.