’s Bi-Weekly Roundup – 23 July 2021

BMW iX3 Singapore price

BMW’s first all-electric SUV is now on sale in Singapore, and the company has a new boss too. Meanwhile, there’s a Skoda that’s a well-kept secret, as well as a bunch of new Kias

BMW’s iX3 is here, and it’s the cheapest X3 you can buy in Singapore

BMW’s first all-electric SUV, the iX3, has gone on sale in Singapore, and it headlines the market with its price tag of S$252,888 inclusive of COE, making it the cheapest X3 version you can buy here. It also undercuts many of its fellow electric SUV rivals in the market, and for more details you can read our news story here.

BMW Group Asia has a new boss

BMW Group Asia will have a new managing director starting from 1 September, with Lars Nielsen (above) replacing Christopher Wehner, who will be relocating back to Germany to take up a role with Mini. Nielsen will have some very big shoes to fill, as he takes over from Wehner’s legacy that has seen BMW emerge as the top luxury car brand here last year. Find out more about the appointment in our news story here.

The Škoda Superb is the best kept secret for luxury car buyers in Singapore

If you’re looking for a sedan that offers excellent value in Singapore, there’s arguably few better choices than the Škoda Superb. With plenty of space, class-leading features, and excellent performance, the Superb is the smarter choice for car buyers in Singapore. Check out why you should consider this luxury sedan that’s simply clever, and you can watch our YouTube video above too

Facelifted Kia Cerato set to arrive here in August

One of Kia’s best sellers here, the Cerato sedan, is due to get a mid-life facelift, with the updated version set to go on sale here in August. Featuring sharper and cleaner styling, the facelifted Cerato is expected to build on the current version’s competitive edge. Details on local spec are yet to be finalised, but read our exclusive news preview story here.

New Kia Sportage revealed, and set for end 2021 Singapore launch

Another Kia that’s set to arrive in Singapore later this year is the all-new Sportage SUV, which has recently been unveiled. The fifth-generation Sportage is based on the latest Hyundai Tucson, which itself has just recently made its local debut. Like the Tucson, the new Sportage offers sportier styling and a fully-digital interior, and for more details check out our news story here.

The Kia Stonic goes mild hybrid, but is it actually more efficient?

Here’s a Kia you can buy now in Singapore, the updated Stonic crossover, which now gets a new 48-volt mild hybrid drivetrain as part of its mid-life facelift. Has it actually made the car more efficient though, and how does it affect the drive? Lionel finds out in his review here.

The updated Kia Stinger GT remains one hell of a performance machine

In an era of electric this and hybrid that, there’s sometimes no replacement for displacement. The Kia Stinger has received a mild facelift, and the flagship GT model, with its 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, remains as exciting to drive as ever. Lionel clearly had a great time driving it, and you can read his review here.

Lexus is holding an auction for its hybrid models this weekend

Fancy a deal this weekend? Lexus is holding an auction for three of its hybrid models, and you essentially get to name your own price for the ES 300h, IS 300h and UX 300h. It’s an opportunity to get some potentially substantial savings off purchasing a Lexus, and the auction format is pretty novel too. Find out more details here.

More electric car chargers for Singapore

The electric vehicle (EV) movement is ramping up speed in Singapore, and it’s encouraging to know that the relevant infrastructure is being put in place to encourage the take up of EVs here. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced that it will offer grants for non-landed private residences to install electric car chargers, while Tesla has also set up its first Superchargers in Singapore. Click on the relevant links above to find out more.

The electric Mini gets a facelift, after just a year

Speaking of EVs, the Mini Electric has been given a facelift, barely a year after it was launched. What are the changes though? Ben has taken the car out for a test drive to find out, and you can check out his review here.

We drive the facelifted Hyundai Kona, BOTH hybrid and electric versions

More facelifted electrified cars! This time it’s the Hyundai Kona that has received a nip and tuck, and we have driven both the hybrid and full EV versions. Lionel took the Kona Hybrid, while Derryn got the full Kona Electric experience, and you can read their respective thoughts on our site by clicking on the links.

How different is the new Audi A3 from its platform siblings?

It’s probably a bit of a coincidence (or not) that we’ve seen the local launches of the new Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia and Audi A3 all in quick succession recently. The three models all share the same platform and drivetrain, but offer very different driving experiences. We’ve reviewed the Golf and the Octavia, and now Ben checks out the A3 to see how much different the Audi is from its siblings.

New Audi RS 3 puts big power into a small package

Meanwhile, if you want an even more powerful A3, Audi has just announced the new high-performance RS version, and it’s scheduled to arrive in Singapore early next year. With bolder, more aggressive styling, the RS 3 is one hell of a mean machine indeed. Check out all the details in our news story here.

Derryn goes green over the Audi RS Q3 Sportback

Equally wild, and effectively the RS 3 in SUV form, the Audi RS Q3 Sportback is most definitely a head-turner, especially in this shade of Kermit (sorry, Kyalami) Green. It’s one hell of a riot to drive too, according to Derryn, who made the rest of us go green with envy when he took it for a test drive. Read his review here, and hopefully you don’t get too green-eyed.

The Porsche Macan gets another facelift

Another SUV that offers incredible performance is the Porsche Macan, and Porsche’s smallest SUV has received yet another facelift, following its last one in 2018. It features slightly revised looks, a revamped interior, and more power across the range. Porsche has dropped one version of the Macan from the lineup though, and you can find out which one here.

about the author

Ben Chia
CarBuyer's senior staff writer went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben