Dubai: Buying a new car can be a costly option, that’s why a lot of people often end up with a huge loan and struggle to pay it off.
Brand-new vehicles can cost upwards of Dh100,00, with several luxury brands in the range of between Dh440,000 and Dh500,000 in Dubai. But buyers who do a bit of research before parting with their cash -- or signing on the dotted line -- don’t need to create a whole in their bank account just to get a new ride.
Researchers at CarSwitch.com has scoured through dozens of cars and compiled a list of top five sedans in the UAE that are perfect for budget savers. The recommended vehicles “combine space with affordability” and if the price is still outside your budget, you might consider taking a look at second-hand options.
Nissan Sunny: from Dh43,000
This car is popular among residents in the UAE, or those who are used to commuting around the city. It has a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine that whips out 99 horsepower and 134 Newton metre (Nm) torque, not bad for a four-wheel drive.
Hyundai Accent : from Dh44,000
This Korean-built vehicle is also popular among budget-conscious drivers. Its sleek and stylish design makes it stand out from its peers on the road. With a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder engine, the Hyundai Accent produces 97 horsepower, as well as a peak torque at 132 Nm and a top speed of 185 kilometres per hour. “It makes for an efficient city ride complete with good fuel economy and plenty or interior space,” Carswitch.com said.
Kia Rio: from Dh42,000
Also from Korea, the Kia Rio vehicle produces 107 horsepower, 135 Nm torque and a top speed of 183 kilometres per hour. “The performance specs for this one are also good,” the site said. It has a “decent” look and a “nicely designed” cabin.
Chevrolet Aveo: from Dh46,000
This American “crowd-puller” has a lot of features that make driving more convenient, such as Bluetooth, keyless entry, audio controls on the steering wheel and aluminium rims, among many others. It is equipped with a 1.6 litre, 4-cylinder engine and can produce 115 horsepower and 155 Nm torque, with a top speed of 187 kilometres per hour.
Mitsubishi Attrage: from Dh43,900
One of the interesting features of this Japanese car is that it is easy to park. It is equipped with a 1.2 litre, 4-cylinder engine and can churn up 76 horsepower and 100 Nm torque. The body is lightweight and the engine is small, hence it doesn’t gas up as much as the other cars. It doesn’t quite attract a lot of attention, but its spacious cargo space and “extremely affordable” price tag should be more than enough to make up for the aesthetics.