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Subcompact cars are all the rage right now. It seems like another entry is being launched in the segment every month or two, with the most recent addition for sedans being the all-new Toyota Vios, and for hatchbacks, the all-new Suzuki Swift.

It's not a bad thing, but the increased prices that go along with the newly-launched cars are beginning to look like a trend. The Vios 1.5 G CVT, for instance, now easily breaks the P1 million mark. It has us thinking whether we would shell out a premium for a spec-packed subcompact, or a base vehicle that's one segment higher.

Interesting thought, wouldn't you say? So we pit the two options against each other in a simple spec-sheet one-on-one. Let's start with the Mazda 2 and Mazda 3.

The top-of-the line Mazda 2 Premium gets the works: Red brake calipers, fancy 16-inch alloys in a machine gray finish, rain-sensing wipers and a leather interior. The Mazda 3 SkyActiv V is, well, a base variant for a reason. But it's considerably bigger, and features more than enough niceties to get by—automatic climate control, a leather steering wheel, etc.

The 2 carries a price tag of P1,085,000, while the 3 comes in at a very close P1,110,000. Which package would you choose? Let us know in the poll below:

  Mazda 2 Premium hatchback Mazda 3 1.5 V hatchback
Price (Philippine Peso) 1,085,000 1,110,000
Drive FWD FWD
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine 1.5-liter gasoline 1.5-liter gasoline
Power 107hp @ 6,000rpm 108hp @ 6,000rpm
Torque 139Nm @ 4,000Nm 144Nm @ 3,500rpm
Transmission Six-speed automatic Six-speed automatic
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/solid disc Ventilated disc/solid disc
Front suspension MacPherson Struts MacPherson Struts
Rear suspension Torsion Beam Axle Rear Multi-link beam
Wheels 16-inch aluminum alloys 16-inch aluminum alloys
Tires 185/60 R16 205/60 R16
Airbags Driver/passenger, side/curtain Driver/passenger
Dimensions (mm) 4,060 x 1,695 x 1,495 4,470 x 1,795 x 1,465
Wheelbase (mm) 2,570 2,700
Seats Leather Fabric

Which package offers more bang for the buck?

Mazda 2 Premium hatchback

Mazda 3 SkyActiv V hatchback

I'd go with a different segment

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