The Best Mainstream Sedans in Singapore [Updated]

CarBuyer Team

Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: Kia Cerato
Page 3: Mazda 3
Page 4: Skoda Octavia
Page 6: Also consider: Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla Altis

2020 Toyota Corolla Altis

Our pick: Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 Elegance from S$117,888 with COE (September 2021)
Read our review of the Toyota Corolla Altis Elegance and Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid

The Toyota Corolla Altis is the sort of car that sells itself year after year, but in the past decade the model found itself a mid-range choice rather than a front-running one due to an outdated platform and merely-ok safety features.

That all changed with the new 12th-gen model launched in late 2019. Running on Toyota’s new-gen platform (TNGA), it’s been rocketed back to front-runner status since it now looks thoroughly modern, delivers a much improved drive and refinement level, and packs a lot of equipment as well. 

There are three models on sale here – the Standard and Elegance models, both with a 1.6-litre non-turbocharged engine. The Standard is S$7k cheaper, but the difference to the Elegance is noticeable, especially since the latter packs Toyota’s active safety systems, which we highly recommend.

The most expensive model is the hybrid, which now costs S$147,888 with COE, but has all the trimmings, and the very frugal 4.4L/100km full hybrid powertrain.

Check out our full video review of the current Toyota Corolla Altis Elegance and Hybrid, below

Unlike the Mazda 3, the Corolla has no major drawbacks to consider – room for rear passengers is generous, it’s comfortable and easy to drive, but also has improved dynamics over previous models which were exciting to drive as watching paint dry. 

The Hybrid model is the most expensive, but fantastically fuel efficient

While we can’t comment on the long term ownership experience, the value-add here is from the Toyota brand with its vaunted reputation for good customer service and reliability. There’s a reason the Corolla is the best-selling car in the world, and the current model makes that quite clear.

The new Corolla makes great strides in safety, especially in contrast to its predecessors

Also consider: Honda Civic

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