As the rainy season starts and very much flooding the streets little by little, the demand for small crossover SUV’s have been in its all time high. With the ease of driving from your average sedan and the on road presence of a typical SUV, clearly this segment trumps for those Filipino buyers that wants to have the best of both worlds in choosing their road warrior. I will start this blog bringing in to you the list of the affordable small crossover SUV’s that is available today. It goes to show that our local car segment has something for everyone. The list is consist of different crossover SUV’s in different packages. While writing this blog, I was surprised that we have a ton of options to choose from. It’s only a matter of choosing the right one for your needs. So look no further, Here’s the list-
1. SsangYong Tivoli – (Php 785,000- Php 1,080,000)
SsangYong has been rebooted last year and introduces a bold line up of SUV’s, starting with the Tivoli. Being a small crossover SUV, the Tivoli has its quirks of being funky and a capability of a typical hatchback. Space is also very similar to a hatchback – small yet practical use of space and design. Powered by a 1.6L Gasoline engine and can be mated with a 6 Speed manual and Automatic Transmission. I’ve seen them plying around the roads of the metro in decent numbers. Maybe this is the best model to start with, it being the cheapest on this list.
2. Ford EcoSport (Php 795,000 – Php 1,008,000)
This was a daring replacement for the beloved Escape back in 2012. This was also the time when car manufacturers developed a segment that uses the subcompact car chassis, and has given it some stilts to close the gap between a sedan and a compact SUV. Ford definitely hits the sweet spot with the EcoSport. Powered by a 1.5L Gasoline engine and can be mated with 5 Speed Manual or 6 Speed Powershift Automatic. Shared components with the Fiesta, the EcoSport is fined tuned for city dwellers and some occasional out of town trips. Ford also boasts that this car has a 200mm flood wading capability. We see them plying around in great numbers. Which means Ford definitely captured the hearts and demands of a Filipino car buyer. Impending all new version will be out soon. EcoSport is worth a look.
3. Kia Soul (Php 875,000- Php 1,140,000)
The Soul was Kia’s answer to the competition in providing stand out road presence to the masses. Powered by a 1.6L CRDi engine, this is probably one of the thriftiest small crossover in the market today. Design has been its key feature that made it stand out the crowd, while offering value for money. Interior space is well appointed with a decent amount of luggage space. It drives like a car and that’s it. Targeted for the younger market but we see few of them in our roads. Hopefully, the new car buyers will have this considered.
4. Suzuki Jimny (Php 840,000 – Php 895,000)
Suzuki Jimny has been around for more than a decade now. It is probably the first smallest SUV offering after the 90’s recession. It definitely made waves upon its release in the early 2000’s. I am a fan of this amazing small SUV as this can pull through any tough off road situations. Being light and nimble, this car is fitted with a proper 4WD system, enough ground clearance and great departure angles that other big SUVs can’t match. You may think the Jimny is cute but this is one serious off roader. Space is not its strong suit, but it can take you wherever you want it to be and that for me is what make this small SUV stands out.
5. Hyundai Creta (Php 918,000 – Php 1,038,000)
The Creta is new to the small crossover SUV battle. With its shared platform derived from the i30 or Elantra, this crossover is solid as its siblings. Design cues came from Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 that Hyundai is very proud of. It is like the scaled version of the Tucson with the appeal of the Santa Fe. Powering this crossover is a 1.6L CRDi Diesel and a 1.6 MPi Gasoline Engine, mated with a 6-Speed M/T or a 6-Speed H-Matic A/T. It really seats along between its rivals given its price point. The raised ride height is also suited for this monsoon season. Creta is aimed for those people that needed the raised height of the Tucson but with the performance and nifty goodies of the Elantra.
6. Nissan Juke (980,000 – 1,080,000)
Yes, its not a Joke. The Nissan Juke is one of the early iterations of a perfect crossover offering for the masses. Auto-journalists scorned this car several times. Some say its an eye sore on the road. While other say its Nissan’s greatest hit, as it shares some design cues from the iconic Nissan line up like the GT-R, 370Z and the Murano. No doubt it can turn heads. I personally like it because of its uniqueness, packaged in the most modest way possible. Powered by a 1.6L Gasoline Engine mated CVT. It has the nifties of a modern day hatchback. A slightly raised ride height suited for our road works and the design that really gets your attention, proves to be an attractive proposition for today’s new car buyers.
7. Honda BR-V (998,000 – 1,194,000)
BR-V is probably the only crossover SUV on this list that can seat 7 people with a few luggage space to spare. With a shared platform from the Mobilio, the BR-V boasted a lot of features for a small crossover SUV. Being a 7 Seater, it has the 1.5 L i-VTEC mated with a 7-speed CVT that derived from the Jazz & City. The front, side and rear fascia has been redesigned to separate it from the Mobilio. The overall look is okay but the rear quarter panels are somehow not in-tune with the overall look of the car. But as they say, beauty is always subjective. With its price point and globally known H badge, its definitely worth the look.
8. Chevrolet Trax (Php 1,123,888 – Php 1,356,888)
Chevy Trax is one those small crossover SUVs that dares to be different. It has a very unique size point that it stands out. Aimed for younger buyers, this car boasts a lot of technical goodies that any millennial would appreciate. One of which is the info-tainment system that has Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard. It alsohas the newest 1.4 Turbocharged Gasoline engine mated with a 6-speed A/T to optimize fuel consumption and enough power at your disposal. Space has been well laid out regardless of a small foot print on our roads. Like its other competitors, it is a well rounded small crossover SUV.
9. Mitsubishi ASX (Php 1,195,000 – Php 1,295,000)
Mitsubishi ASX is the small crossover SUV offering from Mitsubishi. Like other crossovers, it shares the same platform with the Lancer EX. A refreshed version is already available this year, but most major components remain the same. Powered by a 2.0 L Gasoline Engine and mated with CVT with 6 Speed Sports Mode. It promises to deliver fuel efficiency along with low CO2 emissions, and great performance for every city or highway driving. It has a panoramic roof that is accentuated by mood lights. Definitely a first in its class. It may be one of the oldest in the segment, but it sure can compete with everyone around it. Be sure to check this one out.
10. Honda HR-V (Php 1,249,000 – Php 1,526,000)
As we get close to the end, you can see that the list is entering the premium segment of small crossover SUV. Let’s start off with the HR-V. Most underpinnings are shared with the current Jazz. It boasts an intelligent use of space and ergonomics that made this car even more attractive to some. Powering this small SUV is a 1.8L i-VTEC engine mated with the CVT transmission. Every model trim has the latest safety and convenient features that a car should have. I personally had a go on this model. It was reminiscent of the first gen CR-V. Comfortable yet it is still fun to drive. Given its price point, you definitely need to shell out more. Good thing about this, is that Honda’s resale value is pretty much good than most of its competitors.
11. Mazda CX-3 (Php1,280,000 – Php 1,380,000)
Mazda’s premium crossover SUV offering is really a show stopper. Packed with theclatest and greatest tech and safety goodies, and wrapped into a solid yet fluid design. Powered by a 2.0L SkyActiv-G Engine mated with 6-Speed A/T. The Kodo design principle is what made it stand out among its competitors. Because people can now have a car that was made to be driven by its owners. Dynamic design execution is also extends on it’s road behavior. Definitely it has that same zoom-zoom effect on me.
12. Subaru XV (Php 1,348,00 – Php 1,538,000)
Last on the list is the Subaru XV. This small SUV is one of those that is capable on or off road usage. Subaru has been marketed as premium choice for buyers that know and drive more often than being chauffeured around. Its powered by a 2.0L Boxer Engine mated with A/T and All Wheel Drive. Subaru’s heritage has been tested with its popularity, among premium crossover buyers that dare to be different. This small SUV is a premium example of a crossover that can deliver its promises.
Check out these links
SsangYong PH : https://www.facebook.com/SsangYongPhilippines/
Ford EcoSport: https://www.ford.com.ph/suvs/ecosport/
Kia Soul: http://www.kia.com/ph/showroom/soul.html
Suzuki Jimny: http://suzuki.com.ph/auto/jimny/
Hyundai Creta : http://www.hyundai.ph/Showroom/Creta
Nissan Juke: https://www.nissan.ph/vehicles/new/juke.html
Honda BR-V: http://www.hondaphil.com/model/br-v/
Chevrolet Trax: http://chevrolet.com.ph/trax
Mitsubishi ASX: http://mmpc.ph/model/asx/
Honda HR-V: http://www.hondaphil.com/model/hr-v/
Mazda CX-3: https://www.mazda.ph/cars/mazda-cx-3