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The Best Small Luxury SUVs in Singapore [UPDATED]

CarBuyer Team
15/09/2021

  • Page 1: Introduction
  • Page 2: Audi Q3
  • Page 3: BMW X1
  • Page 4: Lexus UX

  • Also Consider

    Cars that aren’t the top of the class but still worth consideration

    Mercedes-Benz GLA

    Our pick: Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Progressive from S$212,888 with COE (September 2021)
    Read our review on the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 here

    The second-generation Mercedes GLA marks a big step up from its predecessor, being more ‘SUV’ than before, putting it in a better position to take on its German rivals like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Looks are subjective of course, but the new GLA’s sales figures since its launch demonstrates that Singaporeans have taken to it pretty well.



    The new GLA is bigger all round from its predecessor too, which translates to better interior room all round. Some of the interior bits do still feel a bit low rent, but the car is reasonably well-equipped, and the cabin ambience is second to none in this class, with some decent tech bits to make it feel futuristic.

    As a driving proposition, the GLA is pretty average, although a marked improvement over its predecessor. The 1.3-litre engine with 163hp in the GLA 200 performs alright, although it’s not the smoothest unit around. It rides and handles capably though, good enough to at least compete alongside the class leaders.

    Volvo XC40

    Our pick: Volvo XC40 T4 from S$189,000 with COE (September 2021)
    Read our review on the Volvo XC40 here

    Volvo’s XC40 is, like every other car mentioned here, already a strong seller which proves just how much people are in love with the idea of a small, premium SUV. It has many strong points – safety, a cool design, lots of thoughtful features, and good space all around. But at the price, it doesn’t quite match up to the strong suit laid down by Audi, BMW and Lexus as our drive of the XC40 T5 shows: it doesn’t drive as well as it looks despite having plenty of power, the infotainment system is hard to use, and it doesn’t quite translate into a luxury European experience that can challenge the best of them. 

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