For most Singaporean car buyers, nothing beats the superior quality and advanced engineering that European manufactured cars can provide. However, most continental car models in the market are still quite expensive compared to similar Japanese/Korean car models that dominate Singapore. If you are on the hunt for affordable continental cars, we’ve compiled a list of 5 entry-level cars from trusted continental brands that are perfect for first-time car owners.
1. Peugeot 208 1.2 PureTech EAT6 (A) – $93,999** (inclusive of COE)
The Peugeot 208 is an entry-level hatchback that’s easy to handle and very comfortable to drive. It has a six-speed transmission that has a fuel economy of 22.2 km/L, which means you get to enjoy great savings on petrol. Its three-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive give it better crosswind stability for a safer and a more engaging ride awaits you with this fun, little French compact car.
2. BMW 1 Series Hatchback Diesel 116d (A) – $124,800** (inclusive of COE)
The BMW 1 Series is diesel-powered hatchback that is equipped with a three-cylinder turbocharged engine. It has a six-speed transmission, which has an impressive fuel economy of 24.4.2 km/L. It also has a rear-wheel drive. The main advantage of this is that you don’t feel the steering wheel being tugged when accelerating. This results in a fun and smoother drive.
3. Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI DSG (A) – $94,400** (inclusive of COE)
The Volkswagen Polo is a reliable compact hatchback that has a four-cylinder inline petrol-powered engine. It has predictable handling characteristics due to its front-wheel drive and very responsive gear along with effortless acceleration that makes it a nice car to use in the city. It has a fuel economy of 21.3 km/L and seven-speed transmission.
4. Mercedes-Benz A-Class A180 Urban (A) – $141,888** (inclusive of COE)
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz A180 Urban is the newest entry-level car from the German automobile manufacturer. Its four-line turbocharged engine has a fuel economy of 18.5 km/L along with a seven-speed 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission. The Urban Line of the A-Class features additional standard equipment such as reversing camera, KEYLESS-GO starting function, and other sporty elements in the interior.
5. Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI S-tronic (A)** – $121,433 (inclusive of COE)
The Audi A1 Sportback is another great option for first-time car buyers. It uses a front-wheel drive and contains a three-cylinder inline petrol-powered engine. Its seven-speed transmission has a fuel economy of 22.7km/L, just like the Peugeot 208. This is aesthetically pleasing for a compact car so this car’s sense of style is definitely worth bragging.
These are just some of the affordable continental cars in Singapore that’s perfect for first-time car buyers. Do you have an entry-level continental car model to add to the list? Feel free to share it with us in the comment section below. Prices quoted above are taken from SGCarMart.com. Do note that the images and videos may vary from the actual car models available in Singapore.
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