3. Nissan March
Base Price: 175,932 pesos ($9100 USD)
The Nissan March is a sporty little hatchback that has been described as happy-looking due to its double-layer grille and huge headlights. Made in Thailand, the March features a long wheelbase for a hatchback of 2440mm. It also has a high roofline and ample rear leg room, making it comfortable for the driver and passengers alike. The interior styling is based on circles, with round vents and a circular disc for ventilation and audio controls.
You get a 1.2 liter, three cylinder engine with the March that can get you up to 152 km/hour. The automatic version comes with air conditioning standard, but the manual one does not. The suspension handles the bumps and ridges of city driving, but is not equipped for off-roading. All in all, the March is a sturdy city vehicle that keeps you comfortable behind the wheel.
4. Chevrolet Beat
Base Price: 186,032 pesos ($9700 USD)
The Chevrolet Beat is also sold in the United States under the name Spark, but there its price reflects some extra costs related to U.S. regulations, including 10 airbags! In South America, you get the same 103-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine without expensive unnecessary elements. The Beat is made by GM Daewoo in South Korea.
The first generation of Beat featured distinctive cat-eye headlights but these have been swapped out for more understated rectangular lights in the newer model. The new front end has a lower front fascia and the rear end features new taillights and hatch door. Inside, you’ll find that the revised Beat has a stylish new gauge cluster and center stack, plus an updated Chevy MyLink infotainment system.