’s Weekly Roundup – 11 June 2021

We test the Mk8 VW Golf in Singapore (at last), BMW unveils the new 4 Series Gran Coupe, and there’s an exciting new hot hatchback here that you can’t buy…

We drive the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf in Singapore

The Mk8 Volkswagen Golf is here at last, and we’ve given it the full CarBuyer road test treatment. The evergreen hatchback retains broadly the same formula that has made it such a favourite through the years, but the latest version now features a 1.5-litre drivetrain with mild hybrid tech for greater efficiency. Click here to read our verdict.

BMW reveals the new 4 Series Gran Coupe

2021 BMW 430i M Sport Gran Coupe scheduled for Singapore Q4 202121 BMW 430i M Sport scheduled for Singapore Q4 2021

BMW this week pulled the wraps off the second-generation version of its 4 Series Gran Coupe. Set to arrive in Singapore in Q4 this year, the 4 Series Gran Coupe blends the 4 Series’ dramatic looks into a (slightly) more practical four-door package. Three petrol-powered versions are scheduled for our shores, namely the 420i, 430i and the high-performance M440i xDrive. Click here to find out more details and check out the electric version which debuted first, the BMW i4.

BMW facelifts the X3 and X4 midsized SUVs

BMW has been very busy, because it has also announced facelifts for its X3 and X4 midsized SUVs this past week. Featuring sleeker styling and huge upgrades in tech, the updated X3 and X4 models are expected to go on sale in Singapore by the end of 2021. The high performance X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition gets more torque too, and you can find out the deets by clicking here.

Toyota GR Yaris arrives in Singapore, but…

One of the most eagerly-awaited enthusiast cars has arrived in Singapore at last, with the Toyota GR Yaris making its official local debut on 5 June. If you’re looking to snare one from official distributor Borneo Motors though, we have bad news: the car has been officially sold out. Nevertheless, if you’d like to know what the GR Yaris is all about, click here to read our news coverage.

The Lexus LS 500h luxury limo is…sporty?

One of the plushest, most comfortable luxury limos you can buy, the Lexus LS, has been updated. The facelifted car gets mld upgrades to the interior and tweaks to its suspension, but remains as soothing to drive as ever. Lionel takes the top-spec LS 500h hybrid version for a test drive, and comes to a slightly surprising conclusion, which you can read about by clicking here.

This is the facelifted Jaguar F-Pace’s nicest addition

Jaguar’s most popular car in Singapore, the F-Pace SUV, has been given a mid-life update, and we’ve driven it this week. The changes are subtle, with slightly revised styling and an upgraded interior, but one addition stands out more than the rest – Read our test drive verdict here.

Renault Arkana set to arrive here in Q3

Renault is planning to introduce its Arkana crossover SUV to Singapore in the third quarter in Singapore, bringing in a dose of sporty style to the (very crowded) SUV market here. The Arkana is a compact coupe-SUV that mimics the style of the BMW X6 and the likes, with its swoopy roofline and sporty design. It will be offered with a hybrid drivetrain locally too, and you can click here to find out more if you’re interested.

Ben takes the ginormous Hyundai Palisade out for a drive

Hyundai’s gigantic Palisade SUV has arrived in Singapore, and we have taken it out for a local test drive. Featuring a massive 3.5-litre V6, and seating for eight, this gentle giant of an SUV offers a compelling alternative for those looking for a plush and luxurious family SUV that doesn’t cost as much as what a German equivalent costs. What does Ben think of it though? Read more by clicking here.

Condo dwellers now have a new way to charge their electric cars

A local company, Charge+, has developed a new solution to electric vehicle charging for residents of condominiums in Singapore. The service will see Charge+ build and maintain charging points in condominiums at no cost to the condo management, and generate income through service fees and subscriptions from users. To find out more about Charge+’s charging-as-a-service model, read our news story 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.