Honda Civic 1.6 : Sedans ain’t dead
Price: Civic 1.6 LX from S$96,999 with COE
Read our review of the Honda Civic LX here
Honda has the sub-S$100k segment tied down with three impressive models and the Civic leads the way here. Recently facelifted, it drives well, still looks great and is also one of the more spacious cars in its class – the rear legroom is probably the best you can find at this price point. There’s a $92,999 with COE ‘non-LX’ base model, but the S$4k upgrade to the LX is well worth it in our view – we detail the differences in our review.
Kia Cerato – Value is still its Forte
Price: Kia Cerato 1.6 EX S$95,999 with COE
Read our review of the Cerato GT Line and Cerato SX
The Kia Cerato (it’s actually dropped the ‘Forte’ bit) is another unsurprising addition to the list, but it does straddle the S$100k price point – the top-of-the-line GT Line model is S$103,999 with COE, and the next in line is the EX which goes for S$95,999 with COE. The GT Line naturally has all the trimmings – wireless phone charger, sunroof, ventilated seats, and four airbags (EX only has two) – so we’d recommend the upgrade if not for breaking the S$100k mark. Still the EX has an 8.0-inch touchscreen (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capable) and a decent load of equipment too.
Toyota Corolla Altis – No compromises
Price: Toyota Corolla Altis Elegance S$101,888 with COE
Read our review of the Toyota Corolla Altis Elegance here
Yes, yes we know we finally broke the budget, but hear us out: At just S$2k over the budget, the sheer amount of improvements – not least the Toyota Safety System active safety suite – the Elegance model adds over the Standard (S$94,888 with COE) are just too good to miss out on. Again, read our review to see the differences, and to find out why the Corolla is now a front-runner once again.