The 2020 Toyota Wigo has just been launched a few short months ago. Naturally, we want to see how it measures against its current crop of competitors.
Far from an all-new version, the 2020 Toyota Wigo is just a refresh of Toyota’s hatch city car, and as is often the case with these minor updates, the biggest tweaks can be found on the car’s exterior. Sportiness has levels up a few notches with the façade, beginning with more pronounced foglight recesses that now link to the lower grille via blacked-out horizontal trimmings. Headlamps are now projector-type and taillights are now LED. The top-of-the-line TRD S trim receives added TRD sideskirts, two-tone rear spoiler, custom lighting units, and TRD badging.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback has a simple yet stylish exterior that gives it a subdued attractiveness that doesn’t really call too much attention. The top-of-the-line Mirage GLX CVT variant is fitted with more chrome accents at the front, dressed up by swept-back headlights and an angular front bumper with integrated fog lamps. Dimpled character lines run parallel along the G4's side, which adds to the overall allure to the sheetmetal. The rear gets large distinctive taillights, a well-defined bumper, and a tasteful rear bumper bookended with slim horizontal reflector lights.
Like the Wigo, the 2019 Honda Brio has an edgier front fascia than its predecessor, thanks to a more pronounced version of Honda's 'Solid Wing Face' design language. The signature diagonal creases on the side doors carry over, albeit with some slight modifications, particularly to the rocker panel. But the biggest change can be found in the rear, where the design takes a more vertical approach and gives the new Brio a taller, more spacious-looking stance than the outgoing model.
The 2020 Suzuki S-Presso is somewhat similar to the previous generation Jimny, beginning with the new front 5-spoke front grille with trapezoid shape silver under garnishes that amplify the overall compact character and style. The lines are noticeably toned down, however. The front and rear bumpers have a contemporary feel but the overall design looks dated. As the cheapest model in the bunch, you really can’t ask for more.
Aside from the redesigned seats, there’s very little change in the standard Wigo cabin, but the top trims do get push start ignition, touchscreen display, powered side mirrors rearview camera, digital A/C, and keyless entry. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity is available solely to the TRD S trim.
Inside, the 2019 Mirage has a pretty straightforward interior layout. There’s plenty of piano black trims around, highlighted by a few silver embellishments here and there. Though the use of hard plastic materials inside the cabin is still prominent, the Mirage's interior is as upscale-looking as it can get, keeping in mind this is a car designed to have an entry-level price point.
The cabin of the new Brio mirrors that of the Honda Jazz, so there are plenty of design cues shared between the two cars. The circular AC vents of old has been replaced with rectangular louvers, emphasizing the Brio's sportier turn. The instrument panel also looks more ergonomic this time around. As for the Brio’s infotainment system, the low-end trim gets an advanced 1DIN integrated audio system, while the high-end variants house a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen operated audio system with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.
The Suzuki S-Presso’s five-seater interior possesses driving amenities such as cup holders and multiple storage spaces, air conditioning that comes with a heater control, and front power windows that provide ease for the driving experience. Its luggage compartment can accommodate 239 liters of storage space.
Toyota’s lively Wigo city car is powered by the same 1.0-liter 3-cylinder DOHC engine with VVT-I found in the outgoing model. It’s good for up to 65hp and 89Nm, with top variants getting paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and the lower ones receiving a 5-speed manual gearbox. The suspension system uses independent MacPherson struts out front and a torsion beam at the rear.
The Mirage hatchback runs on Mitsubishi’s dependable 3A92 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine that churns out 77hp and 100Nm. Car buyers have a choice between a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and 5-speed manual gearbox. The car is supported by a MacPherson Strut/coil spring pairing at the front and torsion beam at the rear.
Under the hood of the latest Honda Brio is the brand's signature 1.2-liter, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine with Programmed Fuel Injection that’s good for 89hp and 110Nm. Transmission choices fall between a 5-speed manual and Honda's Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT). The RS CVT trim and the range-topping RS Black Top CVT variant boast a retuned suspension and sportier driving experience.
Propelling this hatchback is the K10B engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which is similarly fitted on the Suzuki Alto. Good for 67hp and 90Nm, this engine is mated to a sole 5-speed manual transmission option. Suspension is made up of MacPhersons up front and torsion beam out back.
Safety and Convenience
Despite its size, the Toyota Wigo has a surprising amount of legroom at the backseat, making it perfect for barkada nightouts after work. Another barkada-centric feature—both G variants come with an iPod dock that links to four speakers. Navigation display and steering wheel controls are also on hand for added convenience. Airbags, ABS, and seat belt warning come standard on all trims, while the G variants enjoy vehicle immobilizer and alarm system additions.
The 2019 Mirage comes with a push start button, a touchscreen infotainment system with GPS Navigation, and easy-to-reach control buttons laid out in ergonomic fashion. The top Mirage GLX CVT variant comes with standard safety features such as dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), and brake override system (BOS). The infotainment system also turns into a rearview monitor when the gear is in reverse.
The design changes mentioned earlier about the Honda Brio’s rear do more than just enhance the car’s visuals—they also add more workable space to the cabin and cargo hold. As for safety, the Brio's body has been infused with Honda's G-Con technology, helping the car with impact absorption during a collision for the better protection of vehicle occupants. The Brio also has driver and front passenger airbags, anti-lock brake system with electronic brake distribution, engine immobilizer, speed-sensing door locks, and burglar alarm.
The All-New S-Presso features Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology, (TECT) body, which scatters collision energy across the vehicle frame to mitigate damage to the car and passengers. Other safety features of the S-Presso include dual airbags, rear parking assist, and anti-brake locking systems.
Pricing and options
The 2020 Toyota Wigo offers buyers a choice of four trims starting with the 1.0 VVT-I E MT (PHP568,000), the G trims Wigo 1.0 VVT-I G MT (PHP623,000) and Wigo 1.0 VVT-I G AT (PHP658,000) and onto the top-ranging Wigo 1.0 TRD S AT (PHP700,000).
The 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback comes in only two trims—the base Mirage GLX M/T (P699,000) and Mirage GLX CVT (P760,000).
The 2019 Honda Brio has four trims as well, beginning with the base, P598,000 (1.2 S MT) mid-levels Brio 1.2 V CVT and 1.2 RS CVT (PHP658,000 and PHP730,000, respectively) and on to the sportified 1.2 RS Black Top CVT (PHP735,000).
The All New S-Presso is pegged at Php518,000 and is available in a new colorway: Sizzle Orange, Fire Red, Metallic Granite Gray, and Metallic Silky Silver.
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