Let’s face it, unless you have an exceptionally generous [spouse, parents, siblings, sugar daddy, sugar mummy, mysterious foreign benefactor; delete as appropriate], nobody is going to buy you a car.
Which means you’ll probably have to go it alone, but if you ask us, that’s not really such a bad thing. Mainly because there’s no greater horror than discovering the Ferrari waiting for you under the Christmas tree has been specced in the wrong colour (i.e., anything other than Rosso Corsa) and with the wrong coloured seats (i.e., anything other than tan leather, but black Alcantara is also acceptable).
And going by the logic that the best gifts are the ones you buy yourself, here’s our top picks for the cars you can buy at almost every price point. More enlightened minds might even call it an informal Car of the Year award…
No car in Singapore is cheap, considering that for the price of a Toyota Corolla here, you could buy yourself a very handsomely appointed Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (yes, we have a soft spot for completely daft American muscle cars, so sue us).
That said, it’s not impossible to find yourself a very decent driver’s car and not lead yourself to complete financial ruin, like our picks here will show. Granted, they’re exclusively hot hatchbacks, so if you’re allergic to ‘bumless’ cars, you’d best turn away now. But before you do let us remind you of the breed’s virtues—usable daily, practical with a big boot, speedy and best of all, they’re relatively affordable.
Now we’re cooking with gas (gasoline, or the sort you get piped into your home, take it in what sense thou wilt), or at least some serious coin. Now when you’re flashing that sort of cash, you can expect to find something really nice and borderline exotic.
While there aren’t a lot of standouts in the $200,000—$400.000 price point, it represents the sweet spot when it comes to speed and looks. This money will likely get you a car that’s rapid enough, but not a widowmaker; and good looking enough, but it won’t raise any suspicions with the neighbours that you’re moonlighting as an organised criminal.
But if you don’t need to buy new, you’ll also find plenty of used gems of the thoroughbred exotic variety—how does a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG or a McLaren 12C sound to you?
At this price range, you’re moving into serious supercar territory. Cars at these price points will have serious speed, serious good looks, will put a serious smile on your face and a serious ability to put a dent in your bank account—not just from their purchase price, but from their running costs as well.
Still, if you have the economic wherewithal to afford one of these machines, there’s very little chance you’ll be disappointed. Going by the old adage “you get what you pay for”, you certainly will be getting plenty of bang for your buck here.
What is even money?
If you can afford a car that costs over three-quarters of a million dollars here, it means you’re probably above piffling concerns like financially-induced deprivation, eating non-gourmet food and mortality.
Suffice it to say, the cars here are the crème de la crème, the top of the pops, the picks of the litter and other assorted cliches.
Some of the cars here don’t have prices listed, which is carspeak for “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it”.