MANILA: The Philippines automotive sector has witnessed a seamless growth in the demand of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) among the Filipinos. The consistent growth in this segment embarks the build quality and reliability of the vehicles. The SUVs offered by the renowned automakers like Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Honda have grabbed a decent amount of market share in this segment. As SUVs are built for delivering great power and torque. It lacks on the fuel efficiency side and eventually fails to score points on the fuel economy. The engineers are working consistently in order to come out with more fuel efficient large vehicles that won’t add much weight to the consumer's pocket. We are listing down some prominent SUVs that offer good mileage without affecting the performance.
Hyundai Tucson is the most fuel-efficient SUV in the segment. The engine offers a mileage of 17 km/L on highways. The recent model comes with the latest Nu-powered powermill. Tucson offers a blend of innovation and comfort. It is optimized for great handling and driving experience. It is available with 2.0-litre gasoline as well as Diesel variant with a mating of 6-speed automatic transmission. The gasoline variant churns out maximum power output of 156 hp and 196 Nm of peak torque, while the diesel variant propels 178 hp of power and 400 Nm of torque.
2. Ford EcoSport (1.5 inline-4) - PhP 775,000 – 985,000
Ford EcoSport is one of the finest SUV from the American automaker. It offers amazing driving package and generous cabin space. On highways, the SUV offers a decent mileage of 15.6 km/L. The 1.5L Inline 4-Cylinder Ti-VCT gasoline engine comes paired to a 6-Speed PowerShift automatic transmission, delivering 110hp of power and 145lb-ft of peak torque.
3. Subaru XV (2.0i) - PhP 1,298,000 – 1,578,000
Subaru XV is an ultimate offroader and offers great braking and handling features. On highway conditions, XV offers a decent mileage of 15.3 km/L. It comes with a 2.0L 4-Cylinder 16-Valve Boxer Engine, paired to Chain-Type CVT. Subaru XV is built for all terrains and rules the Compact SUV segment.
Trailblazer is a powerful SUV and comes packed with amazing features. The 2.8 LTX 4×2 variant churns out 369 Nm of peak torque. The engine delivers a fuel economy of 14.5 km/L. It is equipped with a 2.5 and 2.8-litre inline 4-cylinder DOHC with VGT. It comes mated to a 6-Speed MT and a 6-Speed AT supported by Active Select feature.
5. Hyundai Santa Fe (2.2 R-eVGT) - PhP 1,568,000 – 2,228,000
The Santa Fe comes equipped with a 2.2 liter R-eVGT engine that is capable of knocking out 197 hp of maximum power and 311 Nm of peak torque. The engines offers a decent mileage of 14.1 km/L fuel economy. Hyundai Santa Fe offers both power and performance in a beautiful manner.
6. Toyota Fortuner (G4×2) - PhP 1,292,000 – 1,885,000
This mid-size SUV is an amazing gift from the automaker. Toyota is also a big brand in Philippines and offers great technology featured vehicles to the valued customers nationwide. It comes equipped with a Variable Nozzle Turbo system. On highways, the SUV offers a decent mileage of 13.2 km/L. It is available in three engine variants, namely, 2.5L diesel, a 2.7L petrol, and a 3.0L diesel. Under the reliable Toyota brand, Fortuner has received high values in the resale market.
Looking to the above data, it's clear that the automakers are striving for building high performance and reliable vehicles. The SUV segment is growing consistently in the country and the vehicles are being optimized as per the consumer demands. This year also, the automakers are planning to launch more fuel-efficient SUV’s, also the main focus will be upon hybrid cars.