Car Buyer Advice

Which type of car best suits your lifestyle and needs

Looking to get a new ride for the new year? Whether you are a first-time car owner or someone who has been on the road for a while now, this article serves as a quick and informative read about the current common types of cars in Singapore, and their positives and negatives.

Can’t tell the difference between an SUV and an MPV? Or between a hatchback and a sedan? Not to worry, our car experts at SgMotoringHub have put together a simple guide that breaks down the important differences for you to view at a glance.

4 most popular car types in Singapore

According to Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA), as of 2020, the most sought-after car types are as follow (based on new registrations for the year):


This sunny island and its people really love their sedan cars. As a matter of fact, one out of three vehicles you can see on the road in Singapore is most likely a sedan. Why the popularity? For starters, sedans are typically two-wheel drives and have a long and streamlined exterior.

They are spacious and comfortable, great for small families, and can fit a maximum of four to five passengers.


Similar to a sedan, next on the list is the hatchback – its features are easily recognisable, such as its rear hatch (for increased storage space access) and boxy exterior. Some would liken the hatchback to a mini (Sports/Suburban Utility Vehicle) SUV, as the fold-down rear seats allow for more convenient storage space access. Also, with the hatch located at the rear, the number of doors can amount to five; with more access points, it makes loading and unloading cargo easier.

They are spacious and comfortable, great for small families, and can fit a maximum of four to five passengers.


If you are someone who wants the best of both worlds, SUV is your kind of car. The SUV is a four-wheel drive that combines both characteristics of an off-road and a road-passenger vehicle. Imagine the tough performance of a commercial vehicle for bumpy terrains, the comfort of a passenger vehicle, and the storage space of a van all packed into one. Plus, if you are a little on the short side, you may be glad to know that the SUV has a higher seating position for a much clearer front view of the road conditions ahead.


Much like a Most Valuable Player (MVP) that carries the game, the Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) is well-known for being a “people carrier”. As its title suggests, the multi-faceted vehicle can accommodate up to five passengers, and when the back seats are folded down, it can ferry seven passengers at one go. MPVs are spacious and roomy, and it is no wonder they are a popular choice among larger families and adventurous outdoorsy ones. Though, unlike the SUV, MPVs do not deal well on rugged roads and off-road terrains.

Pro tip: Did you learn something about the common car types in Singapore? Next, you can check out the article: ‘Petrol VS Hybrid cars – Which should you get?’

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