While the market is filled with hot looking hatchbacks and SUVs, sedan cars remain the most popular category among all car body types. The reasons behind this are multiple and include safety, security of a lockable boot, recognisable and thus more aesthetically acceptable shape, and the stability which leads to good handling and cornering that stem from the relatively low center of gravity. For all the above reasons, sedans are destined to conquer Singapore’s car market once again this year, so here are the five top sedan cars you should consider.
1) Honda Civic 1.5 VTEC Turbo
The latest Civic is a virtually flawless vehicle that features great design, powerful engine, great ride quality, superb handling, and enough cabin space. The Japanese manufacturer has created a medium-sized sedan that can move swiftly thanks to its 170 hp turbocharged motor but is quite economical as it only burns about one liter every 15.4 kilometers. The continuously variable automatic transmission takes the burden (and also some pleasure) of changing gears out of the driving experience and does the job in the most fuel efficient way.
2) Opel Insignia 1.6 Turbo Diesel
The German-built Insignia has shaken the sedan market ever since it was first released, and its updated versions continue to cause positive buzz and high expectations. The turbocharged 1.6 diesel engine that powers this beautiful car boasts one of the best fuel consumption rates, at 20 km/L, while the 134hp of power are enough to get the 1.5 tons car from 0 to 100km in just 10.9 seconds. The technological features like the nav system, the rain sensing wipers, the remote boot release, Bluetooth connectivity, multi-zone air conditioning and memory seats ensure a comfortable ride for both the driver and the passengers.
3) Toyota Camry 2.0
The Camry is another classic example of Toyota’s safe and sound quality build approach. It feels safe to drive under any condition, is adequately powered (165hp), very well equipped for the comfort of the passengers, large enough to carry a lot of things (484 liters of boot space), and very economical (14 km/L). Contrary to other Toyota models, the Camry feels more luxurious on the inside as it boasts great fittings finishing and deluxe materials touches here and there.
4) Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI R-Line
When we’re talking about sedans, there is no way to leave the iconic VW Passat outside. The latest 2.0 TSI – 217hp engine combined with the 6-speed DSG transmission is capable of top notch performance like 0-100 in 6.7 seconds, 350 Nm of torque and a top speed of 246 km/h. The rear suspension is a sophisticated four-link axle type which ensures good stability and handling performance even in the most stretching cornering situations.
5) Mercedes-Benz E-Class Avantgarde
If you want a taste of elegance combined with futuristic technology, then you should look no further from the brand new E-Class. The new design philosophy is bringing more futuristic styling to what used to be a boring “old-man’s” series, while the muscularity of the car body is adding a new dynamic element to the car. On the technical side, there is a 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox, a 2 liter turbocharged 181hp engine that delivers 300Nm of torque. The interior is filled with intuitive touch screens, while the list of automated safety and control systems is simply mind-boggling.