Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review: 2014 Toyota Wigo 1.0G M/T

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Owning a brand-new car should be stress-free. No anxiety attacks when thinking about payments. No worries about reliability. No agonizing over fuel and maintenance costs. Toyota’s latest addition to their line-up, the Wigo, is promising just that: it’s all about easy-to-own, easy-to-drive, and easy-to-enjoy. But can it live up to the promise? I spent an entire week with the Wigo 1.0G M/T—the full-loaded model that doesn’t break the psychological P 500,000-mark (P 499,000 to be exact). Just how well does it perform? Read on.

First and foremost, if you’re expecting the Wigo to perform like a Camry or 86, you better realign your thinking. It’s a city car and it comes with all the pros and cons commonly associated with such. Measuring at just 3,600-mm in length, it can squeeze through the tightest of spots, be it on the road or in the parking lot. More than once, people back into the space occupied by the Wigo only to realize that there’s a car parked there. It’s that tiny. Thankfully, tiny doesn’t mean the lack of character.



On the contrary, the Wigo looks sharp and snazzy. It doesn’t have the same futuristic anime vibe as the Corolla Altis or Vios, but it’s a design that will wear very well. The angular headlights with carbon fiber-esque inserts and the triangular front fog light surrounds give the front fascia some character. The rear is somewhat more generic, but the rear spoiler does cut a nice rear profile. Plus, the six-spoke 14-inch alloys and 175/65R14 fill the wheel wells very well. If there’s one criticism I’d level against the Wigo is the abundance of chrome. I’m sure Toyota has determined that the city car crowd loves the shiny stuff, but it’s a bit of an overkill on the Wigo. It’s everywhere—the upper and lower grille, the door handles, and even the door moldings. It looks more aftermarket than factory stock, and even then, it’s not something pretty.

For its size, the Wigo’s cabin is surprisingly roomy. The interior echoes the exterior’s design theme with a pleasantly modern feel. As expected for a sub-half-a-million-peso car, the interior materials are hard and plasticky. However, the fit and finish are surprisingly consistent—a testament to Toyota’s build quality whether you’re talking about a luxury sedan or an entry-level city car. Instead of going all black, the Wigo uses shades of gray. Together with the expansive windshield, thin pillars, light metal applique, and extensive patterning on the seats, it gives an airy feel especially from the driver’s seat. Surprisingly, the front seats don’t offer headrest adjustment while the rears do. Although this is to pinch every penny possible, it certainly is a recipe of possible whiplash injury (it’s that low). The rest of the seats though are largely okay for spending traffic in except for those with sensitive back or bums. In terms of luggage space, the Wigo has enough for a weekend out-of-town trip. The rear bench can be folded as a single piece to increase loading space even more, but it won’t result in a completely flat loading space and will reduce the maximum occupant count to two.



Despite being priced so aggressively, the Wigo is excellently equipped. Aside from the prerequisite power windows, door locks, and mirrors, the center console contains a 2-DIN touchscreen audio system with USB, Apple iPod, and Bluetooth capability; perfect to keep the driver and passengers entertained. It’s also GPS navigation ready if you wish to shell for the additional cash for the receiver and SD card. The instrument cluster also has a multi-information display that shows range and mileage. Dual SRS airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard equipment as well.

With a week planned out for the Wigo, it’s great to test it in various road conditions to simulate typical scenarios that an owner would encounter. Like most three-cylinder engine, the Wigo doesn’t have the smoothest idling—it sounds rickety, uneven, and just plain unbalanced. As you give it enough gas though, the engine starts to smoothen out. The 1.0-liter engine tops out at just 65 horsepower and 85 Nm of torque, but considering the Wigo’s bantam weight, it’s spritely through city traffic as long as the roads are flat enough. Its behavior changes rapidly depending on the grade of road. On steep inclines (or when fully-loaded), the Wigo will struggle. One time, I tried “hanging” it in the middle of a steep incline only to have it stall. Even by dumping the clutch and giving full throttle, it barely made it through. The five-speed manual has long but precise throws, reminiscent of the Corolla AE92. The light clutch pedal is also very easy to modulate, though the engagement is on the high side.



Driven purely in the city, the Wigo is a perfectly great commuter car. The electric power steering is light and quick, resulting in a tight 4.7-meter turning radius. The suspension is well-balanced between comfort and responsiveness, and reacts the same way whether fully-loaded with passengers or not. The sightlines also make it easy to slot into the tightest of spaces, sometimes to the chagrin of jeepney drivers and motorcycle riders alike. As a long-distance tourer though, the Wigo’s weaknesses start to emerge. NVH is almost non-existent with all sorts of noises permeating the cabin at high speeds. The steering also starts to lighten up at around 80 km/h as if the Gajah Tunngal tires aren’t contacting the road anymore.

With a gearing designed more for city driving than highway driving, the Wigo’s fuel economy is largely dependent on the speed you’re traveling on. In city traffic, it manages 12.7 km/L if you follow the Eco light religiously. On the highway, if you keep your speed at a constant 80 km/h, it returns 23.1 km/L. However, add just 20 km/h more (100 km/h) and this efficiency drops to 18.5 km/L.



For all its misses, you can’t deny that the Toyota Wigo is priced affordably. And because of that, it begins to look like a bargain. Designed as your first brand-new car, the Wigo provides excellent fuel economy and packaging together with Toyota’s penchant for making nearly indestructible cars. It may still be some ways away from the Corolla Altis or even the Vios in terms of driving performance; but for what it is, which is an entry-level city car, it’s a perfectly great choice.



2014 Toyota Wigo 1.0G M/T
Ownership Toyota Wigo 1.0G M/T
Year Introduced 2014
Vehicle Classification Sub-Compact
The Basics
Body Type 5-door hatchback
Seating 5
Engine / Drive F/F
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 1.0
Aspiration NA
Layout / # of Cylinders I3
BHP @ rpm 65 @ 6,000
Nm @ rpm 85 @ 3,600
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 91~
Transmission 5MT
Cruise Control No
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 3,600
Width (mm) 1,620
Height (mm) 1,520
Wheelbase (mm) 1,450
Curb Weight (kg) 800
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Axle
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Drum
Tires 175/65R14
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 2
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes
Traction / Stability Control No
Parking Sensors No
Exterior Features
Headlights Halogen
Fog Lamps Yes
Auto Lights No
Auto Wipers No
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Fixed
Steering Wheel Material Urethane
Seating Adjustment Manual
Seating Surface Fabric
Folding Rear Seat Yes
On-Board Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes
Climate Control No
Audio System Stereo
CD
MP3
Aux
USB
Bluetooth
No. of Speakers 2
Steering Wheel Controls No

103 comments:

  1. What about the In- depth review of the 2014 Mazda 3 1.5V? It's been a month already when you said you are going to review it thoroughly.

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    1. Kung di ka maka antay, bakit di na lang ikaw gumawa ng review?

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    2. ^ Ulysses Ang is that you hiding?

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    3. Nope. Why would I hide haha. Our Mazda3 review will come out real soon! :-)

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    4. Hi Ulysses, Is Wigo a good car for out of town trips, like Baguio?

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    5. You can bring it, but I won't really recommend it if you do it regularly. With a small engine and a small fuel tank, the Wigo might struggle going up to Baguio without refueling. It's really a city car more than anything else. But if you push it, it can go up.

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    1. Hi Sir Ulysess, ask ko lang hindi ba nakakatakot i drive sa highway like nlex ang wigo lalo ang kasabayan ay malalaking bus? and kaya ba makarating ng Bataan or Subic ang wigo from Manila? Thanks

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    2. It's not built for highway driving, but kaya niya. It's not really planted and you'll feel the difference between going 80 and 100 km/h. By 100 km/h, you feel like the front tires already losing grip. Also, fuel economy isn't too good when you're doing high speed...the gearing is designed more for city use.

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    3. Hi i have 2016 toyota wigo and drove it couple of times in slex and skyway from manila to santa rosa even brought it to tagaytay. Even reached 110kph but no problem at all

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  3. Does it come with vanity mirrors? The brochure says it does but when I saw an actual unit, it was not there.

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  4. sir, do you think the Wigo can modestly manage to climb Tagaytay or Baguio with 5 people on board, plus some light baggage?

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    1. Yes it can, but don't expect it to be able to overtake trucks and the like.

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    2. Hi...my dad says its not capable of going to far places such as tagaytay or baguio..because of its cc (not familiar with the term) pls help.. planning to buy wigo..but want it to be worthy thanks!

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    3. ^ I believe it can, as long as the driver is competent enough.

      Tagaytay is not exactly far though. Not even remotely steep.

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  5. A poor man's car. Sana yung mga nag upgrade na galing sa motor, hindi barumbado mag maneho ng wigo nila. Baka ang mga wigo bigla na lang natin makita sa daan na singit ng singit kahit saan tulad ng mga bwisit na motor.

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    1. Excuse me, but I beg to disagree with you, for calling it a poor man's car. So what if it's not that pricey? I own one, and it's worth the money, and it performs well.

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    2. mayaman ka ba? 500k pa din yun. ..i..

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    3. sabi nga ng isang kidnaper na tanga, kaylangan ko pang ransom, ang sabi bibigyan kita ng 500 thousand, sabi ng kidnaper, maliit yan, gawing mong milyun, sabi ngayon ng negociator, bibigyan kita ng kalahating milyun, ayun pumayag na.

      hoping you said its a poor's car eh bka isa ka dyan sa utak ng holdaper na yan

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    4. wag mo laitin ang mga mc riders, pasalamat ka't nakakabili ka ng 4 wheels, parang sino ka na...

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    5. bro porket nakabili ka sasakyan mu wigo o anumang car yan .. yabang mo na..anu ba meron sa car mo ? sabihin nila bigtime ka??

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    6. anung poor man's car ? bobo ang mga poorman bumibili ng 2nd hand bobo... at paanu masisingit yang wigo na yan ehh kasing laki din naman sya ng mirage celerio at eon ..... nakita mo na ba sila sumingit? bago manghusga alamin mo muna gago !!!!!!!

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    7. Isa lang tong Wigo sa walong kotse ko brad. Ikaw ba ilan ba kotse mo? bilin ko na lahat.

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    8. toyota wigo is not a poor man's car isipin mo may nakita kang taong mahirap bumile ng new car hindi diba. and siguro mga mahihirap jan bumibili ng second hand na car o kaya jeep kaya ba ng poor man na bayaran yung monthly ng 10k?

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    9. comedy mga nagreact dito.. halatang MC riders lahat haha relax guys

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    10. sakit nun brad, wigo eh poorman agad? pero mas malupit yung poorman 2nd hand ang bininili. lol got my Z3 pero 2ndhand lang.. im so poor haha

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    11. Sakit naman, got my H2 Alpha and im a poorman

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    12. Second Hand lang po H2 ko and I'm a poorman

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    13. Define "poor" muna.. Everyone may have a different perspective as to the extent of poorness.. I'm earning more than enough for myself and I can definitely get a loan for a brand new Wigo but not maybe for my own house or cars worth a million. A lot more out there can't afford as much. But am I still a poor man? -Kalbo!!

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    14. a poor man's somebody/something - that is similar to a well-known person or thing but is not as good.

      Paki-explain. I lab u! Hahahaha.

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    15. Kung maka-pagpost at comment parang alam nila meaning nung idiom ah. Hahaha!

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    16. Poor can be defined by your lifestyle. I guess it's more of being practical kung bumili ka ng wigo, that you can spend your money to other finances or investments like condo or any property that will increase it's value after few years. Car is not an investment. Maybe to those guys that we call millionaires or billionaires, but for peeps likes me. I'd rather be practical and get the what you call "poor man's car"

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    17. Kahilas nimo oi...poor man's car gud tawn... hilas ayg paghinilas oi

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    19. yes! it is a poor man's car kaya nga maraming salamat sa toyota for making a poor man's car. may karapatan din sa comfort ang mga poor people kagaya ko. :)

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  6. i can Request to Review the Toyota Hiace Super Grandia (Leather & Fabric)

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  7. i just want to verify does your wigo have 4 speakers mine is A/T G and it has only 2 speakers. additional info yes it can go to any point of the philippines except those doesnt have a decent road even a every steep road like bituka ng manok been there fully loaded and it went very nice not slow not fast but it is decent enough and safe enough to go through it :)

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    1. It does have provision for rear speakers, but unfortunately it only has 2 speakers.

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  8. to the one saying wigo is a poormans car how about hyundai eon or other class which is way cheaper than wigo. it is not for poormans car the maintenance and insurance is still expensive so it is not

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    1. It depends on your definition of a poor man's car. The fact that it was engineered to fit a price (sub-500k) with very obvious compromises makes it a poor man's car. Though it comes with standard features found on more expensive cars (ABS, touch screen HU, etc), you cannot deny the basic feel of the car - from its trim to its engine.

      Personally though, anyone with money to buy a car is not a poor man. Heck, only 10% of the country's households have cars.

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    2. In this country if you own a car you are not poor.OK

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  9. the chart indicated that it has 4 speakers? from what it know, it only have 2 speakers. please confirm.

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    1. There are provisions for rear speakers, but unfortunately the Wigo only has front speakers (2).

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  10. is the engine toyota? or daihatsu?

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    1. daihatsu is a subsidiary of toyota

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  11. daihatsu engine? toyota wigo?

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  12. Matipid ba talaga sa gas ang wigo compare sa old brother nya na charade? or sa same age competitor nya na eon, celerio, or i10? Thanks in advance!

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  14. hi, may i know whats the gross vehicle wieght rating of wigo?

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    1. Yes, I would like to know also. Anybody???

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  15. Hi, this wigo m/t does have an ABS feature? the ebrochure says no, please confirm. thanks

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    1. WIGO G variant has abs feature except for E variant

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  16. I owned a Wigo A/T G and it's simply awesome. Easy to drive, easy to maneuver and easy to park. Also it's really fast. With Wigo, we just go and go :)

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    1. Oo, ang wigo mo parang mga bwisit na motorsiklo lang. Go lang ng go! Singit lang ng singit! Parang mga insekto.

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    2. May abnormal na naman na kulang sa pansin dito, yung nag sasabi insekto. Ano kotse mo YABANG HA???

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    3. yan ang pinoy kulang sa pansin.
      Takong. nice.
      Any review sa FC ng wigo mo?
      salamat

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  17. sadya ba nag moist yun loob ng head light?

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  18. Does this car includes keyless entry Sir Uly?

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    1. It has power door locks, but no factory-installed keyless entry.

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  19. Anyone who owns or wants to own this pile of crap is a poor motherfucker. True story.

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    1. Oh cmon you just envy them...just because you cant buy one. We've got several vehicles from collectors to luxury down to the basic.. And i decided to get one and guess what im ok with how it feels when i drive around the city and even rich people are conscious about gas nowadays. And safetywise its low profile so i feel much safer than being on 7mil car. "people who call other people names are the exact people who they claim others to be"

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    2. I just had my improved wigo this month and im inlove with it. Perfect esp for first time car owners like me. I wasnt expecting a great performance considering the price but driving it certainly gave me more than what I bargained for. Plus the generous interior and overall appeal... mine is red. I love my wigo :)

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  20. I'll sell my mazda 3 2007, then use the money for down payment for wigo. Hope I'm doing the right thing. Low monthly, tipid sa gas, ok naman sana performance. Wish me luck.

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    1. im sure wala ka mazda 3. wahaha

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  21. hi sir i have a question wigo is for long driving?
    for example from makati to subic

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    1. There is a forum at Wigo auto club of the philippines (WACP) at facebook, some1 drove Wigo for 10 hrs long drive one stop for gas. Wow!

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    2. what about manila to baguio how many litters of gas? http://fmsingles.com

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  22. I think p2000 worth of gasoline will be enough round trip

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  24. I own toyota wigo,,, but the fuel consumption is same with my isuzu dmaxx 3.00 with the same route.. and i think the 2.5 diesel had more fuel savings than 1.0 wigo..

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    1. but without the diesel noise and carbon footprint from black diesel smoke

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  25. I plan to buy the wigo G A/T is the alarm and keyless entry included or an add on?

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  26. Hi i'm from Hyundai,
    You must try our Grand i10!!

    0915-8772012 / 0942-8473262

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    1. but its still a Korean brand :(

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  27. Tanong ko lang po yung sound quality ng speakers ng Wigo? Claro po ba yung sounds? Malakas po ba?

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    1. Klaro naman po. Pero, kung mahilig ka sa sounds you can upgrade it but you can still use the audio/video unit mo kasi maganda na ang settings. Ang mga speakers lang nang wigo medyo maliit medaling mag overload pag mag volume ka nang malakas. Pero, kung music at news lang gusto mo klarong klaro po.

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  28. Hi guys. I'm a proud owner of toyota wigo 1.0 G

    I've bought this last June 2015
    The second day I tried to break-in the car with 4 people going south.
    going from full idle to 100kmph is a breeze. St most I stayed in for 100kmph to 140kmph
    No issues of whatever

    Top speed of 155kmph (Sagad na tapak) so far hahaha although it is still accelerating ayoko lang masyado mabilis kasi natatakot ako.

    And yes. Wigo is very light. I experienced a bus passed us by while I was running 120kmph na feel ko sa loob yung pag wiggle due to fast wind

    I tried to go to baguio with four people. Kennon Road daan. Ok naman no issues. I stayed on low gear. Didn't get the chance to make some overtakes kasi makitid daan plus di ko Ramdam hatak. Maybe if I'm alone kayang kaya. Full tank lang from fairview to baguio then back to slex

    I'm planning to go to Sagada this week with four people including me.
    What do you think? Should I push wigo more or I'm at my limit with it?

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    1. Hello sir,

      Natry mo sya sa Sagada? If yes, kumusta naman performance nya? MT ba sayo or AT?

      Planning to get one next month.

      Thanks thanks!

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  29. I just owned new wigo this January. It's worth waiting for.
    nice car more leg room both for passenger and driver.
    8-10km/l ang gas kung city drive kasi traffic. But, environment friendly cya.

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  30. i purchased my wigo m/t g, last november 2015, so far ok naman ang performance, as to fuel effeciency ok din pag just follow the required speed at naka eco mode , byahe ako nang 280 km at 60 to 80kph naka ubos ako nang 14liters kibale 20km/l, pero pag city drive 13km/l lang yata.

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  31. i purchased my wigo m/t g, last november 2015, so far ok naman ang performance, as to fuel effeciency ok din pag just follow the required speed at naka eco mode , byahe ako nang 280 km at 60 to 80kph naka ubos ako nang 14liters kibale 20km/l, pero pag city drive 13km/l lang yata.

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    1. Hi, ask ko lang hindi ba nakakatakot i drive sa highway like nlex ang wigo lalo ang kasabayan ay malalaking bus? and kaya ba makarating ng Bataan or Subic ang wigo from Manila? Thanks

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  32. is wigo M/T ok for southroad? Mla-Bicol(legaspi city)kaya po ba?planning to buy one..thank u..

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  33. Title: Review: 2014 Toyota Wigo 1.0G M/T

    Please lets review the car itself no other blah2x.

    Thanks admin and guys who comment/review. I think its a nice car and no bad comments/review like suzuko and eon has plenty of complaints..

    I give it a go.. will buy one soon.. wtg

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  34. Hi po. Which is more fuel efficient - Wigo or Mirage? Undecided between the two. First time car owner, travelling from Novaliches to Mckinley. Help me decide!

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  35. Hi. Tanong ko lng, ok ba gumamit ng commercially-available na engine oil para sa wigo? Kasi sabi ng toyota special ung oil para sa wigo. Salamats

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  36. if you have 5 passengers, how many kilograms must they be....tag 72 kg weight, ok lang po kaya?

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  37. which is which? wigo or eon? as eon offers fuel efficient away from wigo. my daily travel will be from baging silang, caloocan to camp crame and vise versa..

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    1. i prefer Wigo than Eon. But Grand i10 is much more better than the two.

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  38. Is it true that its engine will not last more than 5 years, depending on the use, beacuse of its small type engine?

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    1. Any engine with poor preventive maintenance will not last.

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  39. hi, balak ko sana kumuha ng wigo at ipasok to sa grab. ok kaya ipasok ang wigo sa grab?

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  40. Hi, ask ko lang hindi ba nakakatakot i drive sa highway like nlex ang wigo lalo ang kasabayan ay malalaking bus? and kaya ba makarating ng Bataan or Subic ang wigo from Manila? Thanks

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    1. Hindi nakakatakot idrive ang wigo sa Nlex, Slex, Sctex, Tplex, etc. as long as you maintain your car in good running condition. Being a small car with a 3 cylinder engine does not mean it can't be driven in highways or for long drives. Just drive defensively.

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  41. Hi,

    Did Toyota Wigo can travel from Manila to Bicol. Because I am planning to take that long drive if possible.

    Please advise.

    Thank you,

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  42. hi,

    di po ba to matag-tag gaya ng eon? eon kasi marami nagsasabi ramdam kahit simpleng lubak lang.

    thanks!

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