by Venus Zoleta, on category "Car Insurance"
October 20, 2017
Working on a tight budget for your first ever car purchase and looking for a bang-for-the-buck option?
Among the most affordable and most practical vehicles to consider are mini hatchbacks that are small on the outside yet big on the inside. Hatchbacks are also among the easiest to buy, contributing to vehicle sales growth in the Philippines.
Compared to other popular hatchbacks in the Philippines such as Ford Fiesta, Honda Jazz, and Mitsubishi Mirage that cost PHP 600,000-700,000, Toyota Wigo and Hyundai Eon come with lower price tags at around PHP 500,000 as of October 2017.
Eon is cheaper than Wigo, with its lowest-priced variant being offered at less than half a million bucks.
(Note: This is just based on suggested retail prices, not the car’s actual value for money.)
Under the hood of Wigo’s 2017 model lies a 1.0-liter DOHC with VVT-i (variable valve timing) engine that churns out 66 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Eon’s Epsilon engine is smaller at 0.8 L and produces a lower output of 56 horsepower at 5,500 rpm.
The bigger an engine and the higher its power output, the more powerful it is. A more powerful engine has a higher top speed, can tow a trailer better, and can accelerate better.
Considering these things, Hyundai Eon—with its smaller engine and lighter weight—is expected to be more fuel efficient than Toyota Wigo.
Interestingly though, Wigo has a slightly higher fuel economy at 21.5 km/L compared to Eon’s 20.8 km/L. This means Wigo covers a slightly farther distance per liter.
However, it’s important to note that other factors affect fuel efficiency, including how and where you drive and doing regular car maintenance.
Hyundai Eons sold in the Philippines lack the basic yet extremely important safety features: airbags (in most variants) and anti-lock brakes. The 2015 model got poor safety ratings from the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), a group that tests car safety in Southeast Asia.
In its May 2016 test, NCAP gave Eon zero out of four stars for Adult Occupant Protection. It cited poor protection for the driver due to the severe damage to the passenger compartment during the crash test. Its Child Occupant Protection compliance is only 27%.
Toyota Wigo, equipped with two airbags and an anti-lock braking system (except for the 1.0E variant), got four out of four stars for Adult Occupant Protection and 82% for Child Occupant Protection.
Toyota Wigo and Hyundai Eon look like identical twins with slightly different sizes. The Toyota hatchback is longer by 6.5 in, wider by 2 in, and taller by 0.08 in than its Korean counterpart.
Not much difference between the two in terms of size, but if you want something more compact, then the obvious choice is Eon. Whichever you choose, it’ll fit easily in your garage, tight corners, and narrow streets.
However, if you prefer a bigger headroom and legroom inside the car, then you’ll be better off driving the slightly bigger Wigo.
Both mini hatchbacks don a sporty exterior. Hyundai Eon leans toward elegance with its metallic body color options, while Toyota Wigo exudes a fun, youthful, and energetic vibe with its vibrant color choices.
Despite being compact, both hatchbacks provide enough space for a small family of five. Their stylish interiors are almost identical.
Hyundai offers a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty, the first and only one of its kind in the Philippines. It provides more coverage compared to the 3-year or 5-year limited warranty of other car manufacturers. This, however, applies only to Hyundai cars bought from December 1, 2015 onward.
Toyota’s warranty is a bit limited at 3 years or 100,000 km. It also has separate manufacturer warranties for the battery, audio system, and tires.
The Toyota Wigo vs. Hyundai Eon final verdict: it’s a toss-up. Both hatchbacks are ideal for city driving for small families, young professionals, and first-time drivers.
Which offers more value for money? The smarter choice depends on your budget and priorities when it comes to features. Wigo is more powerful, safer, and more comfortable, while Eon is cheaper, smaller, and lighter with a better warranty coverage. Regardless of your choice, once you’ve bought a new hatchback, your driving habits and strategies for saving on car expenses like car insurance and maintenance will determine how far your hard-earned money will go.