4-way comparison: Toyota Vios Vs. Geely Emgrand Vs. Honda City Vs. Nissan Almera

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It’s time for another comparison! but before we get to that, some background first. The (longtime) king of the sub-compact sedan segment has been the Toyota Vios. Ever since its introduction many years ago, it has consistently dominated the segment, and at times even became the best-selling car in the country.

As proven by the Vios, the sub-compact sedan segment is lucrative, therefore other manufacturers have stepped up and thrown their hats into the ring.

For this comparison, Let’s see if the Toyota Vios still has what it takes to stay on top, or have the competition got enough to dethrone the Vios?

Do take note that for the purpose of this comparison, we chose to highlight the top-of-the-line variants of each model.

Below are the criteria we used, which are based on what we think matters most to the consumers.

Toyota Vios Gr S Front

Toyota Vios GR-S

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Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 4,467mm x 1,730mm x 1,475mm

Ground clearance: 140mm

Engine: 1.5 Liter  Dual VVT-I, 4-Cylinder In-Line
DOHC 16V EFI

Power and Torque: 107PS and 140Nm

Transmission: 10-speed CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 42 Liters

Toyota Vios Gr S Interior Dashboard

Infotainment: 6.75” Infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Safety: anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability control, ISOFIX anchors for child seats, six airbags.

Price: PHP 1,020,000, PHP 1,035,000 (Pearl White)

Geely Emgrand Front Quarter

Geely Emgrand Premium

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 4,638mm x 1,822mm x 1,460mm

Ground clearance: 151mm

Geely Emgrand Rear

Engine: 1.5 Liter D-CVVT, 4-Cylinder Engine, 16 Valve DOHC

Power and Torque: 102PS and 142Nm

Transmission: 8-speed CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 50 Liters

Geely Emgrand Dashboard Interior

Infotainment: 8” Infotainment screen with wireless screen mirroring via EasyConnection

Safety: anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability control, ISOFIX anchors for child seats, dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain airbags.

Price: PHP 908,000

Honda City Rs Front

Honda City 1.5 RS CVT

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 4,553mm x 1,748mm x 1,467mm

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Ground clearance: 134mm

Honda City Rs Rear

Engine: 1.5 Liter In-line 4 Cylinder DOHC i-VTEC

Power and Torque: 121PS and 145Nm

Transmission: CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 40 Liters

Honda City Rs Dashboard Interior

Infotainment: 8” Infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Safety: anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability control, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, ISOFIX anchors for child seats, dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain airbags.

Price: PHP 1,069,000

Nissan Almera N Sport Front

Nissan Almera 1.0 VL Turbo N-Sport CVT

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 4,530mm x 1,740mm x 1,460mm

Ground clearance: 135mm

Nissan Almera N Sport Rear

Engine: 1.0 Liter Turbocharged, Inline 3-Cylinder (HRA0)

Power and Torque: 100PS and 152Nm

Transmission: XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 35 Liters

Nissan Almera N Sport Dashboard Interior

Infotainment: 8” Infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay

Safety: anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability control, hill start assist, ISOFIX anchors for child seats, dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain airbags.

Price: PHP 1,098,000

Comparison Verdict

I’ll be honest and say I was quite surprised by the outcome of this comparison, because not only is the Toyota Vios GR-S still a strong “value for money” choice, but it also is one of the more affordable options.

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Geely Emgrand Front

However, the winner of this comparison is the Geely Emgrand Premium. I have to say as well, based on the specs alone it wins by a wide margin. The Geely Emgrand Premium is the most affordable (by a longshot), the biggest, tallest, and also features a sizeable fuel tank capacity. Safety-wise, the Geely Emgrand has a whole host of airbags, more than the Vios GR-S, and matches the Honda City RS and Almera VL Turbo N-Sport.

It has to be said though, that while the Honda City RS is the (second) to the most expensive choice, it has the most powerful engine, and in the case of the Almera VL Turbo N-Sport CVT, it has the most torque output, both counts for something but the price difference is quite significant.

Ranking:

1st: Geely Emgrand Premium

2nd: Toyota Vios GR-S

3rd: Honda City RS

4th: Nissan Almera VL Turbo N-Sport

Pablo Salapantan

Pablo Salapantan

Pablo's first word was probably "Car", and this has developed into a personal passion that has consumed his professional life as well.

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