5 Subcompact sedans you can own for under P12,000 a month

Be a rational, budget-conscious Asian
by Drei Laurel | Aug 28, 2018


These days, there's a subcompact sedan from about every manufacturer for almost any budget. Whether you're on the hunt for a simple, reliable daily driver or a well-specced model with all the bells and whistles, chances are there's something for you.

If the rising prices of fuel and the worsening inflation rate is making you second guess your finances, you're probably going to want to settle for a bare-bones base variant. But don't let that get you down, because there are still a handful of worthwhile options on the lower end of the price spectrum.

Below are five subcompact sedan offerings from major car companies still worth checking out. We've narrowed down the prices to almost the bare minimum: A 20% down payment, and 60 months (five years) of amortization. We computed each one's cost using the BDO Auto Loan Calculator. Take your pick.

Again, we have to stress that just because your numbers show you can afford a vehicle doesn't necessarily mean you should buy one. Always consider other, more pressing financial obligations, as well as your future stability.

Volkswagen Santana 1.4 MPI Trendline MT

Price: P686,000

20% DP: P137,200

60 mos. Monthly: P11,777

Toyota Vios 1.3 J MT

Price: P685,000

20% DP: P137,000

Monthly: P11,760

Suzuki Dzire 1.2 GL+ AM/T

Price: P698,000

20% DP: P139,600

Monthly:  P11,983

Nissan Almera 1.2 MT

Price: P657,000

20% DP: P131,400

Monthly: P11,279

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 GLX MT

Price: P666,000

20% DP: P133,200

Monthly: P11,434

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