The Best Mainstream Sedans in Singapore [Updated]

CarBuyer Team

Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: Kia Cerato
Page 4: Skoda Octavia
Page 5: Toyota Corolla Altis
Page 6: Also consider: Honda Civic

Mazda 3 Sedan

2019 Mazda 3 Sedan

Our pick: Mazda 3 1.5 Elegance from S$104,888 with COE (September 2021)
Read our review of the Mazda 3 Elegance sedan here, as well as the range-topping Astina sedan model here

The Mazda 3 sedan is one of the rare cars that doesn’t just have what should expect from a normal sedan, but even a luxury one as well. The current seventh-generation model debuted in mid-2019, and is about as sexy-looking as you can expect a regular sedan to be.

Mazda made great leaps forward in the interior with its minimalist, high-quality cabin design and materials, all of which feel like something from a luxury car. Another example of its out-of-segment value is the 8.8-inch infotainment system, which comes with full navigation and 3D graphics. 

It’s the sort of interior which sets the driver up for a pleasing experience, and the Mazda 3 delivers here with enjoyable dynamics and agility without being tiresome or flighty. The 1.5-litre drivetrain with mild hybrid tech is very frugal at a quoted 5.5L/100km. 

Watch our video walkthrough of the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback at its spiritual homeground of Mine Circuit in Japan

There are three trim variants sold in Singapore, all with the same 1.5-litre engine: Classic, Elegance, and Astina. Elegance is the one we recommend, since it hits the sweet spot in terms of pricing and features.

It includes most of the premium features the more expensive Astina model has, and looks identical with the same 18-inch wheels. It also packs a huge amount of safety features, again something many luxury cars lack, which includes radar cruise control, lane keeping assists, driver monitoring, and more.  

The Mazda 3 is a safety champ, with a huge range of active safety features you won’t find even in luxury cars

The drawbacks are that the rear passenger space isn’t as generous as its rivals and the ride is on the firm, sporty side, so if you enjoy your cars comfy be aware. That aside, the Mazda 3 is clearly one of the best mainstream sedans in Singapore right now, if only because it manages to include premium features at a still mainstream price.

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