Car of the Year 2018

Car of the Year 2018

Our winner is announced!

Premium SUV

Lexus RX 350 L

A longer RX350 means it can carry more, and it does. Now able to do more with capacity for 7, the RX 350 L takes versatility up a few notches.

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Land Rover Discovery 7 seater 2.0

Land Rover's large 7-seater SUV delivers excellent flexibility, together with a large interior. Now with a more fuel efficient 2.0 Ingenium engine, their large Disco is also more reachable.

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Compact Premium SUV

Jaguar E-Pace 2.0 First Edition (249 PS) (A)

With a mix of styling cues from its larger F-Pace sibling and the F-Type, Jaguar's baby Jag SUV boasts a refreshing design and is powered by their award-winning Ingenium engine.

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Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design

We love how Volvo went ahead boldly and upholstered their new compact SUV with an orange carpet. The XC40 is their first attempt at building a "real" compact-sized SUV, and it is daringly different!

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BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport X

The BMW X2 turns conventional BMW design on its head. And we say this in quite a literal sense. While it looks the part of being able to handle the Singaporean urban jungle, BMW had included some lovely design elements, like the roundal on the C-pillar, reminiscent of the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL and they have also turned its Kidney Grille on its head, bringing about a car with more visual girth.

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Jeep Compass

A good attempt at styling, the Jeep Compass offers pretty good passenger accommodation. Powered by a Fiat-sourced 1.4 litre turbocharged engine, the Compass delivers sufficient grunt to tackle urban Singapore, with some off-roading cred.

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Infiniti QX30

How about a Q30 with a little more height for easier entry and exit? The Infiniti QX30 helps complete their SUV range. Powered by a Mercedes-Benz sourced 2.0 turbocharged engine, the QX30 is quite nimble, while offering up pretty good comfort for its size.

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Compact SUV

Opel Grandland X 1.2 Turbo Innovation

Family-sized accommodation that will not break the bank. The Opel Grandland does indeed look quite grand, and offers family practicality without breaking the bank.

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Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech Active

The French always have a thing about playing with materials. The 3008 boasts quite a unique dash, with a liberal use of metal and fabric. Practicality too is one of the strong points of the 3008. With a generous boot and it does look quite handsome too.

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SEAT Ateca Xcellence

From its edgy styling, its luxuriously appointed interior and its rigid MQB platform, the SEAT Ateca offers a great family car with an equally great soft roading experience. Its 1.4 litre turbocharged TSI engine powers all four wheels through a quick shifting 6-speed DSG transmission. The Ateca also boasts pretty sharp handling for its size.

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Hyundai Kona 1.6

Hyundai's compact SUV is serious fun to drive. Handling is very sharp, all thanks to its full time 4wd. A 0-100km/h timing of 7.9 seconds even ensures that the Kona can keep up with a few hot hatches too!

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Toyota C-HR

Toyota builds a spaceship which delivers quite a spirited driving experience. Power comes from a 1.2 litre turbocharged engine, mated to a CVT transmission for optimum fuel efficiency. That rear sloping roof also works to the advantage of owners, reducing the possibility of the bootlid knocking into a low beam in our HDB multi storey car parks.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T

The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross combines Coupe-like styling with SUV practicality. Its new 1.5 litre engine is turbocharged for increased performance, while its CVT transmission ensures a smoother driving experience. Occupant comfort is good in this car, with a good amount of space for all. A large boot opening also means easy loading and unloading of cargo.

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City-Chic SUV


The SEAT Arona delivers well on build quality. Powered by a 1.0 3-cylinder turbocharged engine,and mated to a quick-shifting DSG transmission, the car is surprisingly nimble, while fuel economy is an excellent 20km/l. A stylish exterior also means that the car easily stands out from the crowd.

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Hyundai Kona 1.0 GLS Turbo

Hyundai offers the only manual car we have tested this year. For those who love the idea of driving stick, the Kona is also quite easy on the pocket. Under the hood, a turbocharged 1.0 3-cylinder engine powers the car. Quirky styling also makes heads turn.

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Compact 7-Seater SUV

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TSI Style

It comes with umbrella holder in the front doors! how about that? The Kodiaq is able to ferry 7 around. The Czech brand has delivered a car with quality which rivals its German sister brand. It's 2.0 turbocharged engine puts power to all four wheels through a 7-speed DSG transmission, ensuring a sure-footed drive for the family. Its list of equipment and thoughtful touches like mechanical door protectors makes the Kodiaq quite the ideal workhorse for the occasional extended family.

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Peugeot 5008 1.6 e-THP Allure EAT6

Just like their 3008, the 5008's dash is truly a bold move by the French manufacturer. With seating sufficient for the occasional extended family, and for added versatility, a removable last row of seats.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 SE (5+2 Seats) (Adventure Pack)

How about being able to truly go offroading with more people on-board? The additional two seats in the Land Rover Discovery Sport adds to its versatility. With a wading depth of 600mm, and true off the beaten path capabilities, the Disco Sport does add an element of fun to your drive.

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Compact Performance Hatch

Volkswagen Golf GTi

It is hard to beat an icon. The Volkswagen Golf GTi gets a mid-life facelift, with more creature spoils and updated looks. Powered by a potent 2.0 turbocharged engine, mated to a quick-shifting 6-speed DSG transmission, the Golf GTi hits 100km/h in just 6.4 seconds. Handling is sharp, thanks to its rigid MQB underpinnings. Practicality too is one of the strong points of Volkswagen's performance compact hatch. No-wonder the Golf GTi has attained cult status.

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MINI John Cooper Works Hatch

MINI has clearly defined the term "Pocket Rocket" with their John Cooper Works range of cars. Their hatch is the smallest of the cars, and offers a platform which is rigid, and a short wheelbase for very nimble handling. It's lovely cheeky looks, makes the car as fun to look at as it is fun to drive. The updated car gets a fancy set of "Union Jack" themed tail lamps, and an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission.

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Renault Megane RS

Every now and again, Renault springs a surprise on us! The new Megane RS takes the hot hatch game quite a few good steps higher. The new car is the only one in its class to feature 4-wheel steering, which sharpens the car's handling greatly. its 1.8 litre turbocharged engine punches out an impressive 280bhp and 390 Nm of torque. Look out Golf GTi!

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Compact Hatch

Volkswagen Golf Highline 1.4 TSI

When you combine a platform shared with the iconic Golf GTi, together with a fuel efficient 1.4 litre turbocharged engine and a quick-shifting 7-speed DSG transmission, you end up with a hatch, which delivers a slice of driver heaven. Practicality too has not taken a back seat, with a car that easily seats 4 in comfort.

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Hyundai i30

Hyundai pulled off a Golf! Well almost. Their new i30 hatch boasts a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine, mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Doesn't that ring a bell? Well it is actually a very practical car, and it comes rather affordable as well.

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Mini Cooper 3 Door

A very personal car, with handling like a GoKart. The refreshed MINI Cooper gets a new, more efficient transmission and "Union Jack" stylised tail lamps. Handling is sharp and accurate, and even with its milder 3-cylinder engine, the Cooper is truly a joy to drive..

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Subcompact Hatch

SEAT Ibiza Style Plus

Light and nimble handling, good build quality and some nice levels of equipment. All the hallmarks which makes the SEAT Ibiza a very attractive buy! Its 1.0 turbocharged Volkswagen-sourced engine works well with its 7-speed DSG gearbox. With 200 Nm of torque on-tap, the tiny hatch does not feel at all sluggish.

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Suzuki Swift

Cruise control, paddle shifters, automatic headlamps, reverse camera... the list goes on. The new Suzuki Swift is truly an attractive package. The new car offers more space, especially for rear passengers than its predecessor, and its new 1.0 turbocharged "Boosterjet" engine is quite free-revving and the car is very nimble.

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Volkswagen Polo Beats 1.0 TSI

The new Polo is bigger than the previous car, in-fact, it is rather large. Its 1.0 turbocharged engine delivers 200 Nm of torque, pretty impressive! The car is equally impressive on the inside, with its digitised instrument cluster and very comprehensive infotainment system. For the first time too, the Polo is also available with a "Beats Audio" entertainment system.

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Compact Sedan

Kia Cerato SX 1.6

Bang for buck family sedan. The KIA Cerato is styled with inspiration from their Stinger. With a very affordable point of entry price, to a features-laden top-of-the-line model (which is still affordable) the Cerato is a very attractive buy for families.

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Skoda Octavia Ambition 1.0 TSI Plus

When space is king, the Skoda Octavia offers up plenty of it, especially for those in the rear. Boot space is excellent, and in true Skoda practicality, the Octavia's boot lid opens up in liftback style, making it easier to load and unload. Its 1.0 turbocharged engine, together with a 7-speed DSG transmission offers easy-on-pocket day-to-day running cost, while delivering 200 Nm of people-moving torque. Ride comfort too is very good, with a generous amount of suspension travel.

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Compact Station Wagon

Volkswagen Golf Variant 1.4 R-Line

All the good things that a 1.4 litre Golf Hatch brings... with even more utility! The Golf Variant offers an attractive utility vehicle for those who may need a family workhorse with more space. Like the Hatch, the Golf Variant offers sharp handling, a luxurious interior and very good build quality.

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Hyundai i30 SW

Hyundai's i30 also has an "extra space" model. Their station wagon is an affordable offering for those who want more utility. Powered by a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine and mated to a 7-speed dual clutch built by Hyundai themselves, the i30 SW is truly an economic and practical choice.

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Executive Performance SUV

Maserati Levante S 3.0 GranLusso

Lovely on noise, the Levante S delivers a quite the entertaining drive. Their petrol 3.0 V6 delivers a better high end, versus their previous diesel engine too. Practicality too is good, with a generous amount of space for passengers. We also love the road presence on this one!

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Porsche Cayenne S

Porsche's new Cayenne has got one of the prettiest dashboards in the business. Their large SUV is powered by a smooth-revving 3.0 V6 engine, which delivers 440 bhp and 550 Nm of torque. For the first time, Porsche Surface Coated Brakes are offered, with impressive stopping power, and as a side benefit, the brake rotors present an impressive mirror-like finish with prolonged use.

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BMW X4 xDrive20i xLine

If you do love the handing of the BMW X3, the X4 is even tighter. Coupe styling ensures that the X4 stands out of the crowd. Thoughtful bits of equipment like Gesture Control helps to keep driver's eyes on the road.

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Executive Performance Car

Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo

We love how Porsche's Panamera is styled. It's lovely dash, with elegant glossy black finish is such a joy to look at. For those who want to stand out a little more, and would like just a little more utility room, the Sport Turismo is a good match. Powered by a 3.0 V6 turbocharged engine, the Sport Turismo is offered in 4-wheel drive, ensuring impeccable road manners.

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Maserati Quattroporte GranLusso

Literally means four doors. But the Quattroporte is quite a bit more than that. We love how the car commands road presence. Under the hood, its 3.0 V6 makes quite a lovely noise, and there is just a little hint of Ferrari in this car.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG E 63 S

All the plushness a luxurious E-Class should have, and right under the hood, the AMG E 63 S gets a 4.0 bi-turbocharged V8 engine. Brutal, is the best way to describe it. Yet gentle enough when you dial down the beast inside.

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BMW broke with tradition by introducing 4WD into the new M5, but if it is anything, it isn't anything sacrilegious at all. The new car does such a fine job of putting its power down onto the tarmac, and easily redefines the executive commute to and from the office... with a small detour to Sepang.

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Performance Coupe

Audi RS 5 Coupe

We love the styling exercise of Audi's RS 5 Coupe. With wider track and box-style wheel arches, we cannot help thinking about their legendary ur Quattro. Under the hood, the RS 5 Coupe is powered by a silky smooth 2.9 litre V6, and it is quite the Audi for the purist.

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Porsche 911 Carrera T

Carrera T is built for the purist at heart. With Porsche's mad obsession of building sports cars with the heavy bit at the rear, the Carrera T feels balanced. The car has been further lightened by thinning of the windows and a reduction of insulation. Even the door pulls have been replaced by cords.

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Large Luxury Sedan

Mercedes-Benz S 320 L

The S-Class had gone through an extensive facelift for 2018. A new selection of engines. The car has been further refined to ensure the best ride quality and those who love a wafty ride will certainly love how the S-Class rides.

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Lexus LS 350

Built for a younger crowd, the LS flagship handles almost like a sports car when the 'Sports +' drive mode is selected. But on most days, it provides a comfortable ride, thanks to its adaptive suspension. Takumi workmanship is a Lexus hallmark, and the LS interior is built to very high standards.

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Audi A8 L

Audi's flagship sedan stands toe-to-toe with its other German and Japanese counterparts. Loaded with tech and very impressive safety features, the new A8 also has a commanding road presence.

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Compact Electric Car

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

We were pleasantly surprised with Hyundai's electric car. Quick in acceleration off the mark, the car also provides a surprisingly well-balanced ride. Something we never expected from a green car.

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Renault Zoe

With cheeky-looking face, the Renault Zoe is the French manufacturer's effort in making the world a little greener. Its small footprint and surprisingly good handling makes this quite a fun car to be in.

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Compact Executive Sedan

Skoda Superb Laurin and Klement 2.0 TSI

We certainly appreciated the amount of thought that has gone into building the Skoda Superb. At almost 5 metres long, the Czech brand's flagship offers a massive boot, with a liftback style tailgate for easy access. A long wheelbase also means excellent legroom at the rear, which rivals cars larger than its class. Ride comfort too is hard to beat, with their Dynamic Chassis Control sorting the bumps on the road; and we can dare say, the Superb rides more comfortably than cars way above its class.

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Audi A4 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Ultra S Tronic

Audi's entry A4 features their new B-Cycle engine. Fuel efficient, sharp in handling and with one of the best dashboards in the business... The A4 does deliver more value than its German counterparts.

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Opel Insignia Grand Sport 2.0 Turbo

Opel's new Insignia is sharper in looks than its predecessor, handling has also improved. Build quality is also very good. Its liftback style boot is also handy for loading and unloading bulky items.

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Special Mentions

Best Comeback
Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

Alfa Romeo is back for real. The new Giulia features all the good things you would expect from the Italian brand. Ferrari engineers descended onto the company to help build a sub-supercar with four-doors. A longitudinally-mounted engine set a little backward from the front axle together with a rear-mounted transmission for better balance. Lightweight carbon fibre driveshafts are utilised to shave off a little more weight. The Giulia also makes all the right noises, while it delivers such a lovely drive.

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Best For Work & Play
Audi RS4 Avant 2.9 TFSI Qu Tiptronic

Audi has a thing for estate cars. Perhaps going a little left-of-field is actually a cool thing. We love how versatility meets performance. The RS 4 Avant is such a unique offering in its class. Powered by a 2.9 litre V6 and driving all four wheels, and capable of delivering your groceries after a day out at Sepang... who could ask for more!

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Thrill Seeker's Choice
SEAT Leon Cupra 290

Spanish manufacturer, SEAT went a little crazy with the power in their hot hatch. The Leon Cupra boasts 290 horses, and all of this is concentrated into the front wheels!

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