Again, there are many offerings in this category, but the Hyundai Grand Genesis ($246,999) and Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid ($518,088 without COE) shine brighter than the rest, for different reasons
ST-Torque Best Buys of 2014 - Luxury saloon Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid ($518,088 without COE, above). -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Again, there are many offerings in this category, but the Hyundai Grand Genesis ($246,999) and Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid ($518,088 without COE) shine brighter than the rest, for different reasons.

The Genesis offers exceptional bang for the buck. The large sedan is stylish and imposing, with a creditable interior and luxe features such as soft-closing doors and adaptive cruise control. Turbocharging its 3.8-litre V6 and including navigation would have made it more compelling. Still, at its price, nothing comes quite close.

Porsche's Panamera has been around for a while and, going by its visibility on the road, it is hugely popular. But the e-Hybrid - a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid - is a unique proposition because it can run solely on battery power for about 30km, at highway speeds.

This is because of a large battery bank that can be recharged via a wall socket, making it feasible for someone in Singapore to commute between work and home without emitting any tailpipe emissions.

The car's only downside is its exorbitant price, which is close to what you would pay for the exotic BMW i8.