Turbocharging enables small engines to produce as much power as bigger naturally aspirated units. It’s a win-win for carmakers who must meet more stringent emission standards, and for motorists in Singapore who want a bigger car without paying more road tax.
Applying this formula to crossovers, which are the most popular type of car today, should make for a winning combination.
Tempting buyers with its sharp lines and well-equipped cabin is the Seat Arona. The Spanish brand, which is owned by Volkswagen, will undoubtedly want to capitalise on the fact that its parent company has no equivalent model available here.
Offering buyers an even more unique driving experience is the rugged-looking Hyundai Kona. Unlike its more powerful turbocharged 1.6-litre sibling, which has a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, this entry-level variant is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The newest newcomer in this story is the MG ZS. Formerly a British brand, MG is now owned by Chinese manufacturer SAIC Motor. The ZS has a surprisingly nice design, with its front end resembling a Mazda CX-5 and a rear end resembling the Hyundai Tucson. But as we shall soon discover, the ZS actually has more to offer than just lookalike styling.
Which of these cheap and good 1-litre crossovers will buyers find the most “one-derful”? Keep reading and find out!