Here’s how the Suzuki Jimny won our 2019 Car of the Year award

Do you agree with our choice?
by Drei Laurel | Jan 9, 2020
PHOTO: Mark Jesalva

Alright, so the Suzuki Jimny is our reigning Car of the Year. The Japanese carmaker’s tiny off-roader beat out some pretty stiff competition, including but not limited to the all-new Toyota Supra, Kia Stinger, and all-new Mazda 3.

So, how did we at Top Gear Philippines come to this conclusion? By voting on it, of course. We chose based on one simple premise: Which car model made the most impact in the market in 2019? We’re not talking about sales or marketing impact, but mainly what got people excited and this year.

A total of 13 in-house staff and contributing writers made up the panel for Car of the Year 2019. Each panelist gets to pick five cars from a list of qualified vehicles, with the first to fifth picks getting 10 points, seven points, five points, three points, and one point, respectively.

Here’s how each member of the team voted in 2019:

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Paulo Subido

1st Place – Suzuki Jimny

2nd Place – Kia Stinger

3rd Place – Toyota Supra

4th Place – Toyota Hiace

5th Place – Mitsubishi L300

Dinzo Tabamo

1st Place – Suzuki Jimny

2nd Place – Toyota Corolla Altis

3rd Place – Mazda 3

4th Place – SsangYong Rexton

5th Place – Kia Stinger

Robby Consunji

1st Place – Suzuki Jimny

2nd Place – Toyota Supra

3rd Place – Mitsubishi Strada

4th Place – Mazda 3

5th Place – Geely Coolray

Niky Tamayo

1st Place – Mazda 3

2nd Place – Toyota Supra

3rd Place – Geely Coolray

4th Place – Chevrolet Corvette

5th Place – Suzuki Jimny

Jason Tulio

1st Place – Toyota Hiace

2nd Place – Ford Everest

3rd Place – Toyota Supra

4th Place – Suzuki Jimny

5th Place –Mazda 3

Andrei Laurel

1st Place – Mazda 3

2nd Place – SsangYong Rexton

3rd Place – Suzuki Jimny

4th Place – Toyota Hiace

5th Place – Kia Stinger

Leandre Grecia

1st Place – Mazda 3

2nd Place – Toyota Corolla Altis

3rd Place – BMW X7

4th Place – Honda Accord

5th Place – Suzuki Jimny

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Ian Magbanua

1st Place – MG 6

2nd Place – MG ZS

3rd Place – Kia Stinger

4th Place – Mazda 6

5th Place – Mitsubishi Strada

Andrew Guerrero

1st Place – Suzuki Jimny

2nd Place – MG MG5

3rd Place – Toyota Supra

4th Place – Toyota Corolla Altis

5th Place – Honda Accord

Carlo Chungunco

1st Place – Suzuki Jimny

2nd Place – Toyota Corolla Altis

3rd Place – Mazda 3

4th Place – BMW X7

5th Place – Chevrolet Corvette

Joey Bernardez

1st Place – Toyota Supra

2nd Place – Kia Stinger

3rd Place – Suzuki Jimny

4th Place – Mitsubishi L300

5th Place – Rolls-Royce Phantom

Raymond Figuerres

1st Place – Suzuki Jimny

2nd Place – Toyota Corolla Altis

3rd Place – Toyota Supra

4th Place – Mazda 6

5th Place – Isuzu MU-X

Matthew Galang

1st Place – Toyota Supra

2nd Place – Suzuki Jimny

3rd Place – Kia Stinger

4th Place – Mitsubishi Strada

5th Place – Mazda 3

Final results? First place and our Car of the Year award goes to the all-new Suzuki Jimny with a total of 82 points. The Toyota GR Supra (54 points)  and all-new Mazda 3 (45 points) find themselves in second and third place, respectively. And rounding out the top five are the Kia Stinger (26 points) and Toyota Hiace (16 points), in fourth and fifth respectively.

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So, do you agree with the results? Any violent reactions? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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