We love them for their versatility, and go anywhere inspired looks. Compact SUVs have flooded our market over the past two decades. Here, we look at a few gems that are available at the motorshow.
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 GLS DCT Turbo
Even the Koreans have jumped on the bandwagon, when it comes to right-sizing their engines.
The Hyundai Tucson 1.6GLS DCT Turbo, delivers in terms of size, to what you might expect in a 2.0 SUV, but with better torque and fuel savings.
The “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design language for this compact-sized SUV seems to have been translated into a rather beefy looking front end, making the Tucson seem a little bigger than it really is. Black plastic wheel arch surrounds makes the car look rugged, but do not be fooled, as this is only a front drive car; which is more sensible in Singapore.
With 175bhp on tap, and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission swapping cogs, the Tucson is really an entertaining drive. Boot space is a strong point on this car, with 513 litres of space with the seats still up. Fold them down and you get a whopping 1,503 litres.
It is because of these and many other virtues, that we awarded the Tucson 1.6 GLS DCT Turbo, as Oneshift’s Car of the Year!
Read the full review here: http://www.oneshift.com/car-reviews/10728/hyundai-tucson-1.6-gls-dct-turbo
Mazda CX-3 SkyActiv 2.0 Deluxe
What do you get when you have a company obsessed with how a car drives, to build an SUV?
The Mazda CX-3 offers the utility of an SUV, with near hot hatch handling.
lso constant with Mazda, is their obsession for extremely good build quality. Based on the 3 compact sedan, the flowy sculpting of the CX-3 has a clear identity of its own. A pair of twin tail pipes also gives the CX-3 a sporty feel.
Power comes from a 2.0 SkyActiv engine, mated to a well sorted 6-speed automatic, driving, the front wheels.
Sitting on a 2,570mm wheel base, the CX-3 is actually very easy to steer. Suspension travel is not too long for the car, leaving it rather well planted as you take it round the bends.
Read more about it here: http://www.oneshift.com/car-reviews/10737/mazda-cx-3-skyactiv-2.0-deluxe
Opel Mokka X 1.6 Turbo Diesel
Just recently launched, Opel’s offering to the compact SUV segment is their Mokka X 1.6 Turbo Diesel.
But why a diesel power plant? Well they do save fuel, and provide a good amount of torque at the same time. Opel has named their 1.6 diesel their “Whisper Engine” for a good reason. Under normal driving, most diesels do let off an audible diesel chatter, Opel has managed to eliminate this, making sure that what you get in the cabin is a quiet ride.
Other creature spoils come in the form of daytime running lights, with high beam assist, and dual zone climate control.
The Mokka X does not sit too high off the ground, hence getting in and disembarking from the car is actually quite easy.
The Opel booth is not within the Motorshow hall, but located at Suntec’s West Atrium.
Read more about it here: http://www.oneshift.com/car-reviews/10775/opel-mokka-x-1.6-turbo-diesel
With many on the ground already anticipating that this is their answer to Honda’s quite radically designed HRV, the C-HR features more radical sculpting of sheet metal. C-HR by the way, like many funny Japanese car names, stands for Coupe High-Rider.
Thanks to Toyota’s Deputy Chief Engineer, Hiro Koba, the new car promises to deliver a sporty drive. From radically designed headlamps, to the near-hidden rear door handles, and that forward sweeping C pillar, C-HR does promise to excite. Toyota will not reveal much at the moment, but what we know that during the show, we will be able to view the higher performance turbocharged version, producing 116bhp and a made available low down the rpm range torque of 185Nm, coupled to CVT transmission driving the front wheels. Meaning that that, it will still be able to qualify for the normally cheaper Cat A COE. We believe that there will also be a 1.8 hybrid model. Given that there are the CEVs rebates, you might expect that the 1.8 will be priced competitively.
While it is a compact crossover which directly rivals the Honda HR-V, and in a sense the Nissan Juke, you can be sure that with a 2,640mm wheelbase, the C-HR is longer than the Juke’s 2,530mm and the 2,610mm offered by the HR-V would equate to more interior space.
With its winning bold design, especially from sensible-safe Toyota, we can expect to see plenty of them plying our streets soon.
Check back with us, as we provide you with more updates for The Singapore Motorshow 2017, and be sure to check this car and other cars out at level 3 and 4 Suntec Singapore.
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Tickets are priced at:
$6 for entry during weekdays
$8 for entry during weekends
$10 for entry from 1pm on Thursday (special preview) and $6 from 5pm onward