These two represent what is often the first car for many drivers or an economical second car for small families. And on July 2023, the all-new Wigo and the updated Brio were launched just a day apart, with new features and promising even better value.
These may be small hatchbacks, but given that these are high-grade variants, Honda and Toyota didn’t skimp on the safety gear.
Although there is no active-safety suite for either car, there are dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes and ISOFIX anchors for child restraints as standard.
Toyota Wigo G
Honda Brio V
However, the all-new Wigo takes the win for having Vehicle Stability Control as standard. Although low-powered cars like these are unlikely to get drivers into trouble, it’s always nice to have that extra margin of safety.
Matter of budget
The all-new Wigo and the refreshed Brio certainly offer plenty of equipment for those eyeing a small hatchback.
But something that will definitely make buyers think is the price – the top-spec Wigo G is ₱729,000, while the mid-grade Brio V is ₱827,000.
Unlike the Spec Showdown between the Mitsubishi Mirage and the Brio, in which I gave the win to the Brio because the Mirage was too expensive for an 11-year-old model, the price gap between the Honda and the Toyota is considerable.
In effect, the Brio is now priced to take on the larger 4-cylinder Toyota Vios XLE, which is roomier, more powerful and offers more safety gear.
SO, if you’re eyeing a subcompact hatch with a more refined and premium feel, then the Brio is more your style.
But if you just need a well-equipped hatchback with a CVT, stellar fuel economy and proven mechanicals, then the all-new Wigo might be for you.
Would you take the Honda or the Toyota?
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