Cash-crushing crossovers: Ford EcoSport vs. Chery Tiggo 2 vs. Toyota Raize

Cash-crushing crossovers: Ford EcoSport vs. Chery Tiggo 2 vs. Toyota Raize

Most sub-P700,000 cars comprise of small sedans and hatchbacks. And while those cars have their own merits, those looking for the style, space, and ride height of an SUV might have to look elsewhere. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the starting prices of the Ford EcoSport, Chery Tiggo 2, and Toyota Raize?

    The EcoSport and Raize start at P750,000 and P746,000, respectively. The Tiggo 2 retails for P695,000.
  • What are the ground clearance measurements of the EcoSport, Tiggo 2, and Raize?

    The EcoSport clears the ground at 209mm, and the Raize at 200mm. Meanwhile, the Tiggo 2 offers 186mm of ground clearance.
  • But these buyers don't need to look too far. After all, there are loads of subcompact crossovers in the market that retail below P800,000 — and still the choices are multiplying.  

    The recently-launched Toyota Raize is attempting to steal a slice of the sales pie away from current models, examples of which are the Ford EcoSport and Chery Tiggo 2

    But which of them best bring big SUV benefits at small-car sizes and prices?

    Starting at P750,000, the EcoSport is the baby in Ford's range. It was launched in 2014, so the EcoSport is considered to have started the local small crossover frenzy. 

    The EcoSport attempts to belie its dinky dimensions with a front end with a larger grille, new alloy wheel design, and a reskinned rear bumper, all of which were added during a mid-life refresh. The spare tire mounted on the sideways-opening tailgate is a throwback to SUVs of yesteryear. 

    Ford EcoSportFord EcoSport TitaniumFord EcoSportWhile the top-tier EcoSport is equipped with Sync3 infotainment, the EcoSport Trend isn't too far behind with the essentials. These include a nine-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and audio controls in the tiller. 

    The EcoSport Trend is powered by a 1.5-liter engine, which sends 125hp and 150Nm of torque to the front wheels via a five-speed manual. While the front rollers might relegate the car to paved roads, the 209-millimeter ground clearance can still handle light off-roading. 

    Over at the relatively new brand Chery, the Tiggo 2 is, well, the smallest produce of the bunch. The Tiggo 2 starts at P695,000. 

    Like many Chinese cars, the Tiggo 2's looks are distinctive. C-shape design elements on the headlights, LED daytime running lights (DRL), and taillights adorn the exterior. The black body cladding and silver roof rails make the Tiggo 2 appear more like an SUV. 

    Chery Tiggo 2Chery Tiggo 2 ProChery Tiggo 2

    Even in entry-level MT trim, the Tiggo 2 is well-equipped with touchscreen infotainment, intelligent and tailgate remote key, and multifunction steering wheel controls. An orange and black color scheme brightens up the cabin. 

    Under the Tiggo 2 MT’s hood is a 1.5-liter engine that delivers 106hp and 135Nm. A five-speed manual should eke out the best economy from the 50-liter fuel tank that's paired to the engine. But when the Tiggo 2 is driven more adventurously than economically, the car's 186mm ground clearance should be up to the job. 

    Next in the lineup of cash-saving crossovers is the Raize, which starts at P746,000. Now, considering that the price is on par with the Vios — the country's best-selling car — then Toyota has a potential strong-seller in its hands (and it expects to sell 1,000 units of the model a month — Ed.). 

    The styling can surely attract buyers, too. The Raize wears a triangular front air dam flanked by triangular fog light housing, which comprise of the Toyota family face. Out back, the Raize's wraparound rear windscreen could be a nod to the old Fortuner. 

    Toyota RaizeToyota Raize Rear quarter Panel midToyota Raize

    In the equipment front, the entry-level Raize E is equipped with an Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-enabled eight-inch touchscreen infotainment and manual climate control. Meanwhile, safety features of the Raize E consists of two airbags, immobilizer, and reversing sensors.  

    The Raize E is motivated by a 1.2-liter, naturally-aspirated, three-cylinder engine that produces 88hp and 113Nm of torque. Obviously, the Raize's headline turbo one-liter isn't in this dogfight, but the Raize E's five-speed manual should provide some driving thrills. And at least the Raize E shares a 200mm ground clearance with its siblings. 

    Now we've got the highlights covered, let's recall the original question: which among the entry-level EcoSport, Tiggo 2, and Raize represents the best value-for-money? The answer lies in the spec sheets of these three models. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Ford EcoSport 1.5 Trend MT

     

    Chery Tiggo 2 MT

     

    Toyota Raize E MT

    Overall Length (mm)

     

    4,325

     

     4,200

    4,030

    Overall Width (mm)

     

    1,765 (without mirrors)

     

     

    1,760

     

    1,710

    Overall Height (mm)

     

    1,656

     

     

    1,750

     

    1,605

    Ground Clearance (mm) 

     

    209

     

     186

    200

    Luggage Capacity  (L)

     

    330 

     

     420

    369

    Engine Model

     1.5L Petrol

     

    1.5 Variable Valve Timing (VVT)

     

    WA-VE

    Engine Type

     Naturally-Aspirated, Four-Cylinder, Inline, 16-Valve

     

     Naturally-Aspirated, Four-Cylinder, Inline, 16-Valve, VVT 

     

    Naturally-Aspirated, Three-cylinder, Inline, 12-Valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) with VVT-i

    Displacement (cc)

     1.5

     1.5

    1.2

    Maximum Power Output (hp/rpm)

     125/ 6,000

     

    106 / 6,000

     

    88/6,000

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

     

    150/ 4,500

     

     

    135 / 2,750

     

    113/- 4,500

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

     42

     50

    36

    Transmission

     Five-Speed Manual 

     

     Five-Speed Manual 

     

     

    Five-Speed Manual 

     

    Drivetrain

     

    Front-Wheel Drive

     

     

    Front-Wheel Drive

     

    Front-Wheel Drive

    Suspension

     

    Front: McPherson Independent

    Rear: Torsion Beam

     

    Front: MacPherson Independent

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Front: MacPherson Strut 

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Brakes

     

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Solid Discs 

     

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Solid Discs

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Leading-Trailing Drums

    Tires and Wheels

     

    215/60R17 Alloy

     

     

    205/55 R16 Alloy

     

    205/65R16 Alloy

    Headlamps

     Halogen

    Halogen

     

    Halogen

     

    Tail Lamps

     Standard

     Standard

    LED

    Daytime Running Lights

     Without

     With 

    With

    Front Fog Lamps

     With

     With

    With

    Front Grille

     Silver Finish

     Chrome

    Black

    Seat Material

     Fabric

     Fabric

     Fabric 

    Seat Type and Adjustment

     

    Driver: Sliding, Reclining, Height

    Front Passenger: Sliding, Reclining

    Second Row: 60:40 Split Folding

     

    Driver: Sliding, Reclining, Height

    Front Passenger: Sliding, Reclining

    Second Row: 60:40 Split Folding

    Driver: Sliding, Reclining, Height

    Front Passenger: Sliding, Reclining

    Second Row: 60:40 Split Folding

    Economy Meter

     With

     With

    With

    Drive Mode

     Without 

     Without 

    Without

    Instrument Panel

     2.3-Inch Instrument Cluster Display Screen 

     

    Touch Screen Display with AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, CD Player, and USB and Auxiliary Input

     

    Optitron  

    Steering Wheel Material

     Three-Spoke Urethane

     

     Three-Spoke Urethane

     

    Three-Spoke Urethane with Silver Ornament

    Steering Wheel Switch

     Audio

     Audio

    Audio

    Sun Visors

     

    With Mirror and Lamp

     

     

    With Mirror and Lamp

     

    With Mirror and Lamp

    Inside Door Handle

     Silver

     Silver

    Silver

    Assist Grip

    Front: One

    Rear: Two

    Front: One

    Rear: Two

    Front: One

    Rear: Two

    Door Trim

     Fabric

     

    Orange and Black

     

    Molded, Full Trim with Fabric with Stitching

    Glasses Case

     With

     With

    With

    Seat Back Pockets

     With

    With

    With

    Cool Box

     Without

     Without

    Without

    Front Personal Lamp

     With

     With

    With

    Room Lamp

     With

     With

    With

    Luggage Room Lamp

     With

     With

    With

    Keyless Entry

     With

     With

    With 

    Keyless Start

     Without

     Without

    Without

    Power Windows

     

     Auto Up/Down with Jam Protect for Driver

     

     

     Auto Up/Down with Jam Protect for Driver

     

     Auto Up/Down with Jam Protect for Driver

    Power Door Locks

     With

     With

    With

    Air-conditioning System

     Manual

     Manual

    Manual 

    Audio Type

    Nine-inch Display Audio with Aux, USB, Bluetooth

     

    Touch Screen Display with AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, CD Player, and USB and Auxiliary Input

     

    Eight-inch Display Audio with Aux, USB, Bluetooth, Voice Command, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Smart Device Link (SDL)

    Speakers

     Four

     Four

    Four

    SRS Airbags

     Driver, Passenger,

     

    Driver, Passenger, 

     

    Driver, Passenger, 

    Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

     

    With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

     

     

    With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

     

    With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

     With

     Without

    With

    Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)

     Without

     Without

    Without

    Pedal Misoperation Control 

     Without  Without  With

    Seatbelts

     

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

     

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

     

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter (x2)

    Second Row: Three-point ELR (x3)

     

    Child Restraint System

     

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

     

     

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

     

    Isofix and Tether Anchor

    Emergency Brake Signal

     

    Without

     

     Without

    Without

    Parking Support

     Without

     Reverse Sensors

    Reverse Camera and Clearance, Back (x2) Sonars 

    Available Body Colors

     Absolute Black, Crystal White, Ruby Red

     

    Black, Red, White, Orange, Blue, Gray, and Sand

     

    Gray Metallic, Silver Metallic 4

    PRICE

     P750,000

     

     P695,000

     

    P746,000

     

    Photos from Ford Philippines, United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI), Toyota Motor Philippines, and Roy Robles

     

     

     

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