It’s no secret that cars in Singapore are way more expensive than they should be.
Although cars in Singapore are deliberately priced way higher than in other countries, that hasn’t stopped people from buying cars, especially during the pandemic.
With families to visit and errands to run, it’s no wonder why cars are so essential to the Singaporean lifestyle. However, the huge paywall and the recent COE price hike are two of the biggest deterrents to buying one.
There are some cars you can get at a fairly economical price. In fact, these cars will get you safely from point A to B for the best bang for your buck.
Mazda 2 Hatchback - $98,888 A.D.
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The Mazda 2 comes with Mazda's acclaimed Skyactiv 1.5L inline-four engine. Couple it with an actual six-speed automatic transmission and you get a hearty 115bhp. With the Skyactiv system, the engine also becomes more fuel-efficient at a respectable 18.5km/l.
As with most Mazda cars, you will find the interior incredibly inviting with its 5 comfortable leather seats, minimalist centre console and ample space.
Every button and knob is where it should be, making it very easy to settle into the car. What's more, many amenities such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard.
For a hatchback, 280L is enough to fit a couple of luggage. Knockdown the seats however and you get a competitive 980L.
Honda Fit - $93,800 P.I.
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The Honda Fit is one of the better hatchbacks in the market today. Its 1.3L four-banger coupled with a CVT makes 108hp, retaining a fun factor for this car. The fuel economy is also impressive at 19.6km/L combined.
A huge multi-information screen adorns the centre console showing everything you need to know about the car with the multifunction steering wheel making navigation much more convenient. Charging ports and Bluetooth connectivity are also more creature comforts that come with the car.
Legroom and headroom are also ample, and the huge windows give the impression that the cabin is larger despite what its size might suggest.
But the amount of space doesn’t end there. Despite looking very compact on the outside, the Fit offers a cavernous boot of 318L extending to a whopping 1,417L with the seats down!
Mitsubishi Attrage - $89,999 A.D.
From the marque that produced cars of legendary status such as the Lancer Evolution, comes the tame and family-oriented Mitsubishi Attrage.
The Attrage doesn’t come with anything fancy. It being an economy car, you get a 1.2L MIVEC Inline-three engine making a measly 79bhp under the hood. But with a fuel economy of 21.2km/l, you can expect petrol stops to be few and far between.
The interior isn’t the best, with a lot of hard and cheap plastic coupled with vast amounts of faux leather, especially for the five seats the car offers. But it is well put together and comfortable enough for the average Joe.
You can also tell that Mitsubishi designed the interior with convenience in mind, as all the buttons are placed exactly where you want them to be. The infotainment system itself is easy to use too.
At 450L the Mitsubishi Attrage offers quite the gargantuan boot space for a saloon - enough to fit smaller IKEA purchases.
Read a more in-depth review of the Attrage here
Perodua Myvi - $87,999 A.D.
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Cheap and reliable cars do not exclusively come from the Japanese. Just look to our neighbours across the Causeway. If branding isn’t an issue, why not consider the Perodua Myvi.
Under the hood, you would find a 1.3L inline-four engine with a CVT making just 93hp, but manages to push for an impressive fuel economy of 22.2km/l. The good fuel economy is enough for long road trips, but the lack of power leaves out the fun factor other cars on this list might have.
The interior tells a different story, however. In the 1.3L variant, the interior is spacious and well thought out with comfort being at the forefront.
The infotainment system, which offers Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity is tilted toward the driver and the seats can recline up to 180 degrees for what Perodua dubs the “flat mode”. Heck, there’s even a USB charging port on the side of the seat bolsters!
On top of that, the already enormous boot space of 277L extends to a whopping 832L.
Mitsubishi Space Star - $79,999 A.D.
Dubbed the "little sister" of the Attrage, the Space Star could very well be the cheapest car you can get in Singapore.
Its 1.2L inline 3-cylinder engine with a CVT transmission makes less than 80hp. If you have a large family or consistently carry heavy luggage, this definitely will be a turn-off. But for road trips, provided they are on flat terrain, the 23km/l fuel economy is a godsend.
The plastic interior isn't the worst but isn't the best either. But that's to be expected for a budget car. Although not as inviting as other cars on this list, just like the Attrage, it's comfortable enough for the average family.
It does come with some features, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available, as well as a centre cup holder and some hooks for convenience.
It does fall short in terms of the boot capacity, however. At 209L there isn't much to fit other than your average weekly groceries. Knocking down rear seats can temporarily alleviate this problem though.
If you want a more detailed review of the car, you can find it here
Have Your Cake And Eat It Too
In this case, not only are you saving your hard-earned money, but you also get a good selection of cars, each with its unique perks.
Sure, these cars might be lacking in power or the fun element, but what you get in return is a reliable, spacious and comfortable ride.
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