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Cars You can Buy in PH Under Php500K

With today’s traffic and the volume of people using public modes of transportation during rush hour, commuters end up getting exhausted queuing in line and squeezing through the crowd. Sometimes, we even look like we’ve already been through hell before we get to our offices at 9am.

Because of this, having your own car is shaping up to be a necessity nowadays. It doesn’t really have to be a super expensive one, but something simple and reliable that you can drive to work and back home. Plus, with today’s banks offering different loaning plans, you can find yourself a good deal without really breaking the bank.

For this article, we round up vehicles you can buy with a price not going over Php500,000.


Note: The photos used here aren’t necessarily the exact models as the listed specs. They’re used simply as a guide/visual aid. 

2015 Suzuki Alto 800 Standard


The most affordable among the bunch is the Suzuki Alto Standard variant. At Php398K, its 796cc engine is just enough to be a daily driver but think twice about bringing it to Baguio City fully-packed. Meanwhile, it has a Deluxe variant which is a bit more expensive at Php438K and includes other functionalities like power window.

2015 Suzuki Alto 800 Standard/Deluxe specs:
0.8L SOHC 12-valve inline-3 engine
48PS of power
68Nm of torque
5-speed M/T
5-door hatchback
13-inch steel rims
3,395 x 1,490 x 1,475mm (dimensions)
2,360mm (wheelbase)
725kg (curb weight)
Standard key, standard lock, and no alarm
3-year warranty


2015 Geely LC 1.3 GL


The Geely LC offers a basic package but looks good doing so. It’s powered by a 1.3-liter engine and has a hatchback design with big, rounded head lamps up front. Despite its size, it can fit 5 people so it has no problem carpooling on your way to work. Pricing is at Php448K.

2015 Geely LC 1.3 GL specs:
1.3L DOHC 16-valve inline-4 engine
85PS of power
110Nm of torque
5-speed M/T
5-door hatchback
14×5-inch alloy rims
3,598 x 1,630 x 1,465mm (dimensions)
2,340mm (wheelbase)
973kg (curb weight)
Keyless entry, central lock, and alarm
5-year warranty


2015 Toyota Wigo E MT


This 3-cylinder Toyota Wigo asks Php473K and offers a 1-liter engine on a 5-speed manual transmission in return. Just like all the other vehicles on this list, it runs on gas.

2015 Toyota Wigo E MT specs:
1.0L DOHC 12-valve inline-3 engine
85PS of power
110Nm of torque
5-speed M/T
5-door hatchback
13-inch steel rims
3,600 x 1,600 x 1,520mm (dimensions)
2,450mm (wheelbase)
1,410kg (curb weight)
Standard entry, standard lock, and alarm
3-year warranty


2015 Kia Picanto 1.0 LX


Kia’s 2015 Picanto offers a modest 1.0-liter engine that pushes 69PS of power to its front wheels. It’s pretty much a basic car but could also be potentially easy on the gas compared to its A/T counterpart. It has a retail price of Php485K.

2015 Kia Picanto 1.0 LX specs:
1.0L DOHC 12-valve inline-3 engine
69PS of power
94Nm of torque
5-speed M/T
5-door hatchback
13-inch steel rims
3,595 x 1,595 x 1,490mm (dimensions)
2,385mm (wheelbase)
845kg (curb weight)
Keyless entry, keyless lock, and alarm
5-year warranty


2015 Lifan 520 1.3 DX MT


Chinese automobile manufacturer Lifan includes their 520 DX MT which is a 5-seater sedan that’s more than capable of bringing you around the metro. The vehicle has a 3-year warranty with a price of Php498K.

2015 Lifan 520 1.3 DX MT specs:
1.3L DOHC 16-valve inline-4 engine
87PS of power
115Nm of torque
5-speed M/T
4-door sedan
16(F) and 17(R) inches alloy rims
4,370 x 1,700 x 1,473mm (dimensions)
1,155kg (curb weight)
2,540mm (wheelbase)
Standard key and lock with alarm
3-year warranty


2015 Haima 1 1.2 Deluxe


Another Chinese company is Haima that offers the Haima 1 which is a 3-door hatchback with 1.2-liter engine. It’s not the fastest but its 5-speed manual transmission should help you in saving precious fuel. It has an SRP of Php499K and comes with a 3-year warranty.

2015 Haima 1 1.2 Deluxe specs:
1.2L DOHC 16-valve inline-4 engine
91PS of power
112Nm of torque
5-speed M/T
13-inch alloy rims
3,662 x 1,540 x 1,502mm (dimensions)
2,332mm (wheelbase)
Standard key, lock, and no alarm
3-year warranty


Bonus: 2015 BAIC M20 Basic


If you have a bit of extra cash to spare and you’re looking for a vehicle for your growing family, BAIC’s M20 might be something you’d want to consider. It’s an 8-seater MPV with a 1.5L engine that’s priced at Php578K.

2015 BAIC M20 Basic specs:
1.5L DOHC 16-valve inline-4 engine
115.5PS of power
150Nm of torque
5-speed M/T
5-door MPV
14-inch steel rims
4,440 x 1,700 x 1,783mm (dimensions)
1,270kg (curb weight)
2,790mm (wheelbase)
Keyless entry, central lock, alarm
3-year warranty

Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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13 Responses

  1. wtf says:

    when making the list, can you be more extensive? why are suzuki celerio and alto not included in the list? how about kia picanto?

  2. klonoa says:

    how about toyota wigo?

  3. Berkano says:

    This guy talks about traffic these days and then recommends cars. What a daft prick!

  4. NotAlto says:

    I think that’s a celerio

  5. mark says:

    Hi! First of all, I’ve been a fan of most of the content in this site but this list of cars under P500K is somewhat lacking. The car pictured as the Alto is indeed the previous-generation Celerio, while the Kia Picanto pictured is the three-door, which is not available in our market. However, I’d give a pass on the the inclusion of the Hyundai i10, which had been phased out in our country (according to a Hyundai salesman at this year’s Manila International Auto Show) for reasons even our local car news sites won’t cover.

    • Hi!

      Thanks for being a fan of the site! And thanks for spotting that one out. Sorry if the 3-door Picanto confused you, but we’ve mentioned at the beginning of the article that not all the photos will be the exact models of the cars and serve only as visual guides. Also, we’ve updated and took out i10 from the list.

      Thanks for the feedback.

    • mark says:

      That was fast! More power to you, guys!

  6. Robert Gonzales says:

    Add two reliable cars in your list:
    BAIC MZ40 @468,000. and
    FOTON GRATOUR @490,000.

  7. Fox Hunter says:

    no automatic cars? manual is murder in the traffic of metro manila.

  8. Kael Viktor says:

    no love for Hyundai EON?

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