The Best Luxury Small Sedans in Singapore [Updated]

CarBuyer Team

Getting a taste of luxury motoring need not mean having to drive a big, expensive limousine. looks at the best luxury small sedans you can buy here in Singapore

Why you should trust us: is the online version of CarBuyer Singapore, which is currently the only homegrown car magazine on newsstands here and has been in circulation since 1997, pointing out the good, bad, and ugly of Singapore’s car market.

What makes these cars ‘the best’? :

Cars here have been tested and voted on by CarBuyer’s editorial team. We have a combined experience of more than 70 years in the industry and have tested thousands of cars. In short, you can rely on us to tell you what’s worth your time and dollars – and what’s not.

First published June 19 2020
Updated December 29 2022
: Audi A3 Sedan 1.0, BMW 216i Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz A 180 Saloon


Welcome back to another instalment of Best Of, a regularly updated guide series where we pick the best cars in each segment to buy here in Singapore.

Next up, we’re looking at luxury small sedans, a relatively new segment that has only emerged recently, but one that is set to grow in popularity in the coming years.

The entire segment kicked off with the debut of the first-gen Mercedes-Benz CLA in 2014 – it was an immediate hit around the world, and also in sedan-loving Singapore. With it, luxury makers realised there was untapped demand for luxury four-doors with price tags and dimensions smaller than executive sedans like the BMW 3 Series

Small luxury sedans attract the younger and more affluent set, as they serve as an entry point for premium brand motoring, but without having the associated high costs of a full-size luxury sedan.

This segment is essentially monopolised by the Big 3 Germans: Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, and just to prove how important these cars are in our market, all three have versions with powertrains that help them qualify for a Category A COE (engines with a capacity of below 1.6-litres and producing no more than 130hp), helping them become more accessible to a larger audience.

However, with COE premiums reaching near-record highs in 2022, it has meant that the starting price point of a luxury small sedan today is now at least S$200,000, inclusive of COE.

Nevertheless, for singles or young couples who don’t need such a big car, a luxury small sedan might come across as a better fit for their lifestyles and image. 

Other core features of luxury small sedans that appeal to the younger buyers are small turbocharged engines that offer the good balance of performance and fuel efficiency. Their compact dimensions also mean they’re easier to drive around town as compared to their larger-sized brand siblings. And being luxury cars, they also have a high degree of connected-ness and technology onboard.

(Models are listed in alphabetical order, not merit)

Continue to page 2: Audi A3 Sedan

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5


Audi bmw luxury Mercedes-Benz sedan small

About the Author

CarBuyer Team

CarBuyer Singapore brings the most relevant, accurate and useful car news to Singaporeans in both print and online formats.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CarBuyer – Revolutionizing The Online Car Marketplace In Singapore

Buy Used And New Cars Online
Start your car buying journey with CarBuyer as we connect you seamlessly to the industry’s best CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealerships. As a one stop car online portal you can now buy your new ride, be it a pre-owned car or a brand new car from trusted dealers all over Singapore, all in one place. Our ever expanding listing of quality and covet-worthy cars, new and second hand, from both owners and trusted car dealers, will leave you spoilt for choice. Refine your search by vehicle type, registration year, price, mileage, engine type, transmission, annual depreciation value and more to find the car that best suits your needs, taste and lifestyle. You can even search for your car by dealer or directly by owner.

Sell Your Car In An Instant With Confidence
We all know how selling a car in Singapore can be a daunting task especially for a first time car seller; from trying to get a valuation for your car, finding a trusted dealer, to getting the best quote on your vehicle. CarBuyer understands the hassle and even the costs involved and have as such partnered with Huawei to develop a FIRST in Southeast Asia AI car valuation tool that is able to provide a car’s resale value at the snap of a finger. Backed with a consortium of trusted CaseTrust-SVTA accredited car dealers you can be assured that you are getting the best price for your vehicle and do not have to worry about any hidden costs.

The Ultimate Car Shopping Experience Online
CarBuyer platform is the first of its kind to be backed by Huawei’s Artificial Intelligence and cloud computing, enabling it to be able to offer users transparency and enhanced security, all with the one aim of enhancing customer experience. So come on over to buy and sell used cars online at the best prices at CarBuyer Singapore. Connect easily with dealers in real-time via our online video call feature, or schedule a test drive when you’re ready. Have some questions? Get them answered instantly with our chatbot moderated by our responsive team. Stay in the loop with our car-related tips, reviews and news. Learn the ins-and-outs of your car, as well as global and Singapore’s car updates at your own pace.