When it comes to purchasing a car in Singapore, the first thing that pops into most minds are the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices, which are currently at the lower levels in recent years.
Low COE prices have driven down the prices of new cars, which makes them more attractive than ever. Other than price, it is important to choose a car that serves the needs of your family. Naturally, a good family car is one which delivers a good driving experience, whilst still providing comfort and safety for the whole family. Last but not least, it has to have space for everything you inadvertently have to shop for.
Have a look at some exciting options for those young at heart with plenty of drive!
Small (Five Seats)
Honda Jazz 1.3L
Max Power: 99hp @ 6,000rpm
Max Torque: 119Nm @ 5,000rpm
Top Speed: 180km/h
VES Band: A2 (-$10,000)
Distributor: Kah Motor
While the supermini segment is full of offerings, only a handful of cars are able to deliver a package that satisfies a majority of people. It is the car that delivers an engaging driving experience yet remains comfortable enough for a fuss-free commute through town.
The third generation Jazz is powered by a 1.3-litre engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for smooth acceleration. It packs driver safety safety systems like stability control, hill start assist and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD).
With ample limb space, the space in the Jazz is arguably the best in its class, coupled with Honda’s ingenious chassis design which allows for the “Ultra” rear seats. These seats can be lowered to create a flat floor or raised to create space to suit different forms of cargo. The Jazz delivers seating for five adults and a big boot.
Opel Crossland X 1.2A Turbo
Max Power: 110hp @ 5,500rpm
Max Torque: 205Nm @ 1,500rpm
Top Speed: 187km/h
VES Band: B ($0)
Distributor: Auto Germany
While superminis have a strong demand, the “crossover” market segment has been gaining popularity in the past decade. Crossovers, or “compact utility vehicles” (CUV), generally are said to combine the practicality of a hatchback, with “tough” off road styling and design. Crossovers generally ride higher than regular hatchbacks, offer better visibility yet maintain the ease of use and low running costs.
One of the newer crossovers on the block is the Opel Crossland X, powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre engine. It has brisk performance, yet offers frugal fuel consumption and low road tax. It also packs driving safety systems like traction control, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
Practicality-wise, the Crossland X features a maximum load space of up to 1,255 litres and plenty of handy storage pockets throughout the cabin. The cabin is spacious for five adults and it comes with ISOFIX, a secure way of securing child seats, as standard. The Apple CarPlay compatible IntelliLink touchscreen audio system comes as standard, as is the six-airbag system to protect all occupants in the event of an accident.