Shopping for your first car can be a more stressful affair than stepping into a brand new job, but those ready to take the leap will soon discover that the hunt for the right entry-level car is a whole new ball game.

While we all dream about zipping through town and pulling up in Bentley’s new speedy Bentayga or any one of these roadsters, the reality is that the exorbitant taxes in Singapore will most likely push your dreams back a decade of so, if you’re lucky.

But while they’re suitably more compact and not as fast as the big boys, these entry-level cars also have a thing or two to shout about on the road. From Mini’s iconic Cooper to BMW’s sporty 1 Series, here are the best rides you’ll want to start of in with.