Underrated sedans: MG 5 vs. Changan Alsvin

Underrated sedans: MG 5 vs. Changan Alsvin

Sedans have been the common vehicle of choice for first-time car buyers because they are affordable and easy to drive.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How much is the MG 5?

    Pricing for the MG 5 ranges from P658,888 to P938,888.
  • How much is Changan Alsvin?

    Pricing for Changan Alsvin ranges from P579,000 to P679,000.
  • It's a good thing that the local market has been swamped with a wide range of options from various manufacturers. Of course, competition favors the consumers.

    If you're in the market for a new (or first) car, two of the most affordable and reliable options are Changan Alsvin and MG 5.

    Both vehicles sport a traditional sedan look. The MG 5 is equipped with LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps (DRLs), auto folding side mirrors, and rear glass defogger. Meanwhile, the Changan Alsvin comes standard with projector halogen headlamps, chrome grille, and side mirror repeaters.

    Changan Alsvin

    On the inside, the MG 5 and Changan Alsvin are both equipped with leather seats. The MG 5 features a 10-inch color display touchscreen, while the Changan Alsvin has a seven-inch touchscreen. Both cars come with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

    The MG 5's high-performance engine is mated to a CVT with manual mode, while the Changan Alsvin's engine is paired with a five-speed dual clutch transmission.

    MG 5

    The MG 5 and the Changan Alsvin may not have as many safety and security features as other popular (and more expensive) sedans, but they are fairly useful given the vehicles' low price. The sedans are both equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), reverse camera, rear parking sensor, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and child lock. The MG 5 comes with additional features such as cornering brake control (CBC), brake assist (BA), auto hold brake, and electric parking brake. Meanwhile, the Changan Alsin has blind spot view camera and monitor.

    The specs of the top trims of the MG 5 and Changan Alsvin are listed on the chart below so you can further compare the two affordable sedans.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    MG 5 CVT Alpha

    Changan Alsvin DCT Platinum

    Length (mm)

    4,601

    4,390

    Width (mm)

    1,818

    1,725

    Height (mm)

    1,489

    1,490

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,680

    2,535

    Kerb Weight (kg)

    1,230

    1,115

    Luggage Capacity (L)

    512

    382

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    45

    40

    Engine

    1.5-liter Inline-Four Cylinder DOHC 16V DVVT

    1.5-liter Naturally Aspirated

    Displacement (cc)

    1,498

    1,480

    Maximum Power (ps/rpm)

    114/6,000

    107/5,500

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    150/4,500

    145/3,500-4,500

    Transmission

    CVT with Manual Mode

    Five-Speed Dual Clutch (Wet Type)

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Front: MacPherson

    Rear: Torsion Beam

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Drum

    Steering System

    Three-Mode EPS

    EPS

    Wheel

    Two-Tone 16-inch Alloy

    15-inch Alloy

    Tire

    205/55R16

    185/55R15

    Headlamps

    LED Projector with Leveling, Automatic On/Off

    Projector Halogen Type with Up/Down Adjustment

    Daytime Running Lamps

    LED

    LED

    Seat Material

    MG Leather Style

    Leather

    Driver Seat Adjustment

    Six-way Power

    Six-way Manual

    Air-Conditioning

    Electric

    Manual

    Reading Lamp

    Rear

    Front

    Sunroof

    With

    With

    Multimedia System

    10-inch Color Display Touchscreen with Bluetooth and USB Connectivity

    Seven-inch Touchscreen with Bluetooth and USB Connectivity

    Speakers

    Six

    Four

    Cruise Control

    With

    With

    Airbags

    Driver, Front Passenger, Side, and Curtain

    Driver and Front Passenger

    Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

    With

    With

    Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    With

    With

    Cornering Brake Control (CBC)

    With

    Without

    Brake Assist (BA)

    With

    Without

    Auto Hold Brake

    With

    Without

    Electric Parking Brake

    With

    Without

    Reverse Camera

    With

    With Auxiliary Lines

    Blind Spot View Camera and Monitor

    Without

    With

    Rear Parking Sensor

    With

    Three-Eye

    Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

    With

    With

    Child Lock

    With

    With

    Body Colors

    Moon White, Meteorite Black, Carbon Gray, Extreme Speed Red, Morning Gold, and Laser Blue

    Glory Red, Deep Blue, pearl Black, Silver Gray, and Snow White

    PRICE

    P938,888

    P679,000

     

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    Length 3995 mm
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    Width 1735 mm
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    Height 1515 mm
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    Power 82
    89
    98
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    Torque 113 Nm
    132 Nm
    123 Nm
    132 Nm
    135 Nm
    Front Brake Type Ventilated Discs
    Ventilated Discs
    Ventilated Discs
    Discs
    Ventilated Discs
    Rear Brake Type Drums
    Drums
    Discs
    Drums
    Drums
    Alloy Wheels No
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    Headlamp Type Halogen
    Halogen
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    Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank Yes
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