10 most fuel-efficient passenger cars in the Philippines

By Patrick Everett Tadeo

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - The 10 most fuel-efficient passenger cars in the Philippines

Uncertainties surrounding fuel prices are just among the factors considered by a new-car buyer in making a vehicle purchase. In the US, as much as 84 percent of car shoppers said fuel prices have influenced their car-buying decision. In India, another major car market, the rising cost of fuel is expected to reduce consumers' appetite for buying a new vehicle.

While there is no formal study on the behavior of car buyers in the Philippines, the Pinoys' attitude toward the fluctuations in fuel prices is evident in moves like installing LPG kits in cars or settling with a motorcycle instead of a four-wheeled ride.

Short of taking on either measure, we looked and asked around to come up with what we believe are the 10 most fuel-efficient passenger cars in the Philippine auto industry.


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  • Pompyang May 11 2011 @ 01:06pm
    Wow on the Ford Focus :)
  • TJPewter May 11 2011 @ 01:21pm
    Our A6 can do 6k/l hahahaha it's a 3.0 V6 :)))
  • arjay325 May 11 2011 @ 01:27pm
    TYPO ALERT TGP: A good example is the 1.0-liter, manual-transmission-equipped Suzuki Celerio that ran an incredible 34.34 kilometers per liter of FIEL[FUEL?] during the 2009 DOE-organized fuel-economy run.
  • jrtirona21 May 11 2011 @ 01:34pm
    Wow for the Celerio!!! Very fuel efficient! I wonder what's the ranking for SUV or Crossover...
  • iancmv May 11 2011 @ 01:55pm
    No Chevy Spark or the Hyundai i10???
  • gundam May 11 2011 @ 02:54pm
    wala yung 1.3 na vios?
  • Drift May 11 2011 @ 02:58pm
    No Hyundai Accent?
  • ronallandottk May 11 2011 @ 03:22pm
    Not very accurate, since you only referred to models tested by the DOE and manufacturer's claims, and you tested only one model. There are a lot of other fuel efficient cars that could have made this list had you tested them, like the Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Chevrolet Spark, Hyundai Getz 1.1. Also the Vios 1.5 AT makes it but not the MT? The 1.3 City but not the 1.3 Jazz? How about the diesel Hyundai i30? The BMW 118d? No doubt all of the cars featured are frugal at the pump. But to name the title "10 most fuel efficient in the Philippines" is a stretch without testing them (and other competitive cars) yourself.
  • 6thgear-nitro May 11 2011 @ 04:56pm
    this is not the most fuel efficient cars... just favored by some... biased
  • RS500 May 11 2011 @ 08:39pm
    They should make a new list. There are a lot of new cars in the market that tops most of the cars on the list.
  • ronallandottk May 11 2011 @ 09:05pm
    They should also separate the hybrids. It's a given they're already fuel efficient. And if you can afford a 2M Prius or a much more expensive Lexus, I doubt it if gas at 60P/liter or more will bother you.
  • Rem May 12 2011 @ 12:26am
    Agree, surprised the i30 5MT wasn't on the list. Nabasa ko sabi daw ng Hyundai it consumes 4.7L/100km. Sana na test din nila yun. :D
  • jclogan May 12 2011 @ 10:33am
    Ridiculous article. :) My 2009 MT Picanto can easily get 20 km/l on a highway. And 14-15 km/l on traffic. Vios & City's 1.3 engines wont get that figure without cheating, ask the taxi drivers & city owners.
  • 17Sphynx17 May 12 2011 @ 11:26am
    Well, the article was just based on the 2008 and 2009 DOE test conducted with certain cars/models. This current list here is based on that but it is of course not entirely true when you consider all the cars.

    Isuzu's could certainly beat the some if not most of the figures here as the crosswind can get as much as around 25km/l on highway cruising.

    The route pretty much says it all with EDSA just being the condition of "city" driving (taking note that this would depend on which extreme it is when the test is conducted) while the rest of pretty much open road (NLEX and SCTEX).

    I believe also that the city/vios 1.3 were not included in the list because they would have a harder time running at highway speeds while trying to keep with sipping the fuel. The max I got out of and 2007 Honda City 1.3AT was 15-16km/l on the highway.

    By the way, wasn't there a previous claim of *35km/l for the accent or was it the diesel 1.5 getz as part of the marketing by hyundai? How did that fare?
  • armoj777 May 12 2011 @ 12:19pm
    why buy a prius kung mas matipid ang jazz...
  • Romeo Alfa May 12 2011 @ 02:34pm
    Yup, I agree with jclogan and others. A Picanto can do better than some of these cars. Even my Fiesta can do better than the Altis and the 1.5 Vios.

    To the contributor and the editor, we love your articles here at Topgear. In fact, we always treat this mag as an authority in the car industry. I hope that you be more accurate with the article, if not with the list, at least with the choice of words.Probably, you could phrase it as "some" of the the 10 most fuel-efficient passenger cars in the Philippine auto industry.
  • ronallandottk May 12 2011 @ 03:20pm
    I second that. These are 10 efficient cars. But no way in hell are these the top 10 MOST efficient cars in the Philippines. And to come to conclusions without testing them yourself and relying on others' data is so un-Top Gear-like.
  • jesslink May 12 2011 @ 03:34pm
    so malasado 'tong article na 'to...
    • despotcustodio Feb 11 2013 @ 11:52am
      Tama ka. Tingnan mo yung parte ng source kung ano na lang ang gusto nila. DOE, manufacturer, Fernan L., Paulo S. medyo chop suey.
  • dtkiko May 12 2011 @ 03:59pm
    jesslink: Ahihi.... tama ka chief....
  • koneleaves May 12 2011 @ 10:03pm
    May passengers ba when they took the test? Since passenger cars yung subject ng test.
  • Jawpades16 May 13 2011 @ 12:01am
    The DOE run happened during 2009.. Hyundai did not enter the i10 and the Getz during this run and also Kia Picanto.. Nakausap ko ang isa sa Suzuki Philippines about this run kasi nagtataka din ako kung bakit walang i10, getz, picanto.. 3 persons ang nasa loob ng bawat car.. 1 Driver ng car company, 1 from DOE, 1 from other car company.. Lahat ng cars ay nasa condition na toh: Bawal ilagay sa neutral ang car for free wheeling, Aircon is at Number 2.. Speed is 80kph.. Midnight po ito nangyari.. :D

    Sad to say na wala po yung mga new cars ngayon pero lets wait na magka DOE run ulit at matry ng new cars like Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2.. :D
  • JAZZ May 13 2011 @ 12:20am
    wew seems somewhat biased.. why prefer an expensive car when there are more affordable fuel efficient cars out there
  • tidus1203 May 13 2011 @ 06:15pm
    Midnight??? Kaya naman pala eh, di walang traffic!
  • gvm0116 May 14 2011 @ 10:52pm
    @PTadeo - Can you please be more accurate with you titles next time? You clearly have screwed this up. The list in this article refers to the "A LIST OF SOME OF THE MOST FUEL-EFFICIENT CARS IN THE PHILIPPINES" and not the 10 most. Where's the Hyundai Getz, the Chery QQ, Hyundai i30D, Kia Picanto, Toyota Yaris, Chevy Spark (to name a few)? If your list were to be used as the basis, that would mean that the Altis is more frugal than the QQ which is clearly untrue.
  • zetsumei May 15 2011 @ 11:39pm
    Here's the DOE Link.

    http://www.doe.gov.ph/EE/E10 Fuel Economy Run 2009.html

    They didn't get to test all models. I hope they do this again and add new comers Fiesta and Accent.
  • dominic May 17 2011 @ 12:10am
    every year sana nag tetest sila!
  • Patrick Everett Tadeo
    Patrick Everett Tadeo May 17 2011 @ 05:29pm
    Wow. This article has certainly drawn a lot of criticism, some of which are very understandable. Yes, the title was misleading and for that I apologize. The words "Some of the" should have been added at the beginning. As much as we would like to test ALL of the cars available in the Philippines for the article, that's close to impossible since there are a limited number of test units to accommodate all the media personnel who are test driving it, not to mention the marketing activities the manufacturers and distributors use the test units for. To borrow a test unit, you sometimes have to give notice weeks, or even months, in advance so if we tried to borrow and test all of the cars available in the country, it would probably take a year to find out their real-world mileage, and during that time a handful of new models might debut resulting in an unending number of test drives. That's why I asked the help of your fellow TGP staffers. Unfortunately, we don't always get to note the fuel mileage of the test cars we've driven and that's because either the cars have no fuel mileage meter or it's going to be pretty expensive to top one up, run it until its near empty and then top it up again to compute based on the odometer and the fuel pump reading just how much mileage you got. Enter the DOE eco runs which were the closest thing to real-world test drives as you can get. As noted, some of the currently available models weren't included in the two eco runs and if they were, they weren't that fuel efficient after all. Let's face it, a 1.3-liter car that's pulling a heavier body will always suffer in comparison to a 1.3-liter car that's pulling a lighter body. In a perfect world, the DOE would've compelled all the manufacturers and distributors to submit their cars to the eco runs but that might never happen. The last thing we'd rely on for the article are the manufacturers' fuel mileage claims because: one, we don't know the conditions their test units were run in; and two, we can't always expect them to be truthful about the figures. Based on my personal experience, I've test driven a car where the manufacturer claimed it was good for at least 7 kilometers per liter in city driving but the highest I could ever get out of it was 5 kilometers per liter, hence the apprehension to use the manufacturer's claimed figures. Again, my apologies for the confusion.
  • JoHunter Jun 24 2011 @ 01:26am
    The problem I have here is with the exception of the Altis, these are all sub-compacts. Yes, expected to be fuel-efficient, but they fail when it comes to passenger protection. Sorry but I'd rather drive a car that offers more amount of metal between me and the potential Nova bus ramming into me. Do these models even have crumple zones?
  • kitz1972 Jun 29 2011 @ 04:52pm
    yeah, dapat may "some" sa title. and also to blame is the DOE for misleading the would be buyers of a fuel efficient car. but maybe the real reason is that others were just insensitive to participate.nnif a manufacturer won't lend their car for this test, maybe their car is not really fuel efficient as they claim, or they fear that the car might get engine trouble along the way. we should likewise congratulate those manufacturers who lent their cars for this purpose. it helps to those prospective buyers.nn
  • mondragon Apr 07 2012 @ 06:41pm
    yan ang tntawag na small but teribol hehe.... suzuki alto rules
  • Troytin Apr 09 2012 @ 12:18am
    I currently drive a 2012 Honda Jazz 1.5 AT and i NEVER reached 27.58km/L. This is impossible.
    The REAL FC of the Jazz is between 10km/L - 12km/L (Mixed City and Highway)
    Anung milagro kaya ginawa ng DOE para ma achieve ang 27.58km/L.
    • carwiki9988 Apr 19 2012 @ 09:59am
      Naka D mode ka ba pag city or normal driving? Kasi kapag sports or manual mode, malakas talaga sa gas yun.
      • Troytin Apr 19 2012 @ 11:41am
        Oo sir lagi naman akong naka D mode. Ginagamit ko lang yung S sa NLEX.
        • carwiki9988 Apr 19 2012 @ 07:01pm
          Baka nasa urban yung FC nun, baka matipid din pag sa highway.
  • mitsugas Apr 21 2012 @ 03:17pm
    sana meron results sa stop n go traffic.
  • reggie_arki Jun 26 2012 @ 07:36pm
    d naman totoo mga yan false info..
  • reggie_arki Jun 26 2012 @ 07:37pm
    kainlan bah matipid ang mga honda
    • despotcustodio Feb 11 2013 @ 11:47am
      ewan ko pag dala ko sa casa. pacheck. pagawa mo o hindi 750pesos. Replaced.brake pad, brake shoe, fluid, boots. umabot 27,000. sabog.
  • reggie_arki Jun 26 2012 @ 07:43pm

    Suzuki Alto 0.8L MT Gas – P1.38/km (34 km per liter)
    Hyundai Getz 1.5L MT Diesel – P1.82/km (25.22 km/liter)
    Hyundai Accent 1.5L MT Diesel – P1.97/km (23.38 km/liter)
    Mercedes Benz C-180K 1.8L AT Gas – P2.07/km (22.70km/liter)
    Toyota Vios 1.3L MT Gas – P2.08/km-(22.67 km/liter)
    Ford Focus 2.0L MT Diesel – P2.15/km (21.39km/liter)
    Kia Picanto 1.1 AT Gas – P2.18/km (21.60 km/liter)
    BMW 320D 2.0L AT Diesel – P2.24/km (20.53 km/liter)
    Isuzu DMAX Lt 4×2 2.5L MT Diesel – P2.24/km (20.57 km/liter)
    Isuzu Alterra 4×2 3.0L MT diesel – P2.37/km (19.44 km/liter)
  • reggie_arki Sep 23 2012 @ 03:31pm
    (Your thoughts on the article...)d totoo mga yan vios saka ford fiesta pa rin in desame engine ang mag tipid, syempre smal engine same as susuki small tipid talaga.
  • Shoemaker Nov 29 2012 @ 07:25am
    is this even accurate or near accurate? lol
  • debian14 Jan 18 2013 @ 12:40pm
    I don't know about the other cars but I drive a Jazz 2012 1.3S AT, and all I can say is that the DOE findings about its consumption is a load of bull! I only get 10 - 10.6 kl/litre for this car. Mix city and hiways. Most of the time its just me and a passenger.
  • iyokiyok Jan 26 2013 @ 05:06am
    (Your thoughts on the article...)
  • despotcustodio Feb 11 2013 @ 11:43am
    Pano ba pag test ni Paulo Subido? sa EDSA ba.? accurate ba may instrument ba siya? Yan naman ang mahirap DOE na ang nagtest.
  • chongky Feb 15 2013 @ 11:00am
    if you are decent driver we know nothing gets to those mileage in real life sitution, nothing comes close to those indicated above., probably half of what it says. The best gas mileage i had from my altis 1.8G was 17km. when i travelled from alabang to subic with average speed of 60km/hr. Normally i get 10km/ltr. So i dont know why need to show all these mielage which we cant ever get
  • HaulerBoy Mar 03 2013 @ 04:47pm
    sana may survey din dito sa mga pick up trucks top 10 most fuel efficient. puro kotse lang sa hanay eh.
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