Nothing quite says, “You’ve arrived” (or, “Bro, hatid mo naman ako pauwi after ng inuman!”) quite like a brand-spanking new car.
If you’re sick and tired of the morning MRT crush; if you’re ready to trade up from your old hand-me-down beater; if you’ve got the cold hard cash to make the downpayment, plus the salary to keep on making the monthlies—congratulations, you are ready to buy your first car.
But what to get?
Thankfully, every year, the staff of Top Gear Philippines assembles the awesome cars coming this year to the Philippines into one special Roll-Out issue. Here’s a look at the cover of the snazzy 2017 edition:
While the cars featured inside range from the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, they’ve also previewed some great “first-car-I-bought-with-my-own-money” picks: practical, nimble city cars whose price tags won’t break the bank. Here are 5 of these cars, and what the editors have to say about them.
Estimated price range: P500,000 - P750,000
Style points: “The Hyundai i10 is charming in its own unique, slightly quirky way.”
Why you should get it: “Buyers in the mini-hatch segment will want to check out the i10 if they want something more stylish than a Mitsubishi Mirage or a Toyota Wigo.”
Estimated price range: P790,000 - P1,000,000
Coming: Second half 2017
Style points: “A new grille and reshaped headlights give it a friendlier (some might even say, cuter) appearance.”
Why you should get it: “The new Ecosport brings a much better interior package, including an 8-inch touchscreen, chargers galore, and many connectivity options with your phone.”
Estimated price range: P550,000 - P675,000
Coming: Fourth quarter 2017
Style points: “The Picanto has always been a sportier option compared to other superminis.”
Why you should get it: “It puts a new meaning to the phrase ‘affordable hot hatch.’”
Estimated price range: P600,000 - P700,000
Coming: Third quarter 2017
Style points: “The Ignis combines a lot of retro design cues for a very unique look. Plus, its interior will put bigger brands to shame!”
Why you should get it: “It’s a fuel-efficient and easy-to-park city car with the attributes of a crossover.”
Toyota Corolla Altis
Estimated price range: P890,000 - P1,300,000
Coming: It’s out now!
Style points: “This 2017 update—just in time for the Corolla’s 50th birthday—is much bolder and sportier.”
Why you should get it: “The Corolla is Toyota’s best-selling car for a reason. One word sums it up: reliability.”
Need more expert car advice? Want to take a look at the other stunning cars (plus motorbikes and watches) coming out this year? The Top Gear Roll-Out book is out now in newsstands for just P195.