Subcompacts are the bread and butter of most car manufacturers in the local auto market. The segment’s city-friendly size and affordable price tags make it the perfect entry point into the world of car ownership, and consumers know it.
Last year, three new nameplates entered the Philippine market in hopes of grabbing a slice of that sweet, sweet subcompact pie: the Kia Soluto, Hyundai Reina, and MG 5. All three of these offerings have one thing in common, too—they’re all manufactured in China.
Thankfully, offerings made in the People’s Republic aren’t as despised as they used to be. Carmakers have put great effort into shedding that stigma, and buyers have taken notice.
All three cars feature modern-looking designs to go with their manageable dimensions, and while their interiors are composed mostly of hard-plastic material, none give the impression you’re sitting in anything in anything below the segment standard.
The Soluto and Reina share the same DNA, as well as the same 1.4-liter inline-four gasoline engine capable of 94hp and 132Nm of torque. The MG 5, meanwhile, packs a significantly more potent 1.5-liter gasoline mill with an output of 112hp and 150Nm of torque. The three sedans start at P665,000, P648,000, and P658,000, respectively.
To learn more about these three subcompact offerings, check out the short video clip above.