Buying a car in the UAE can be an expensive process and with the vast variety of brands and ranges, it’s hard to choose a good budget car.
We chose Dh45,000 as our limit to make down-payment and monthly instalments bearable for all income bands. All of these cars refer to 2017 models unless mentioned otherwise.
Note: These prices are indicative averages and may differ based on model and chosen dealer. Mileage is based on user reviews and official websites.
The 2017 model of the Nissan Sunny looks and feels amazing, and is a value for money choice. To top it off, it has good resale value which is an important factor for expats. It features anti-lock braking system (ABS) technology, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. For our price range, this sedan ticks all the right boxes.
Price Starts at Dh43,000 Passengers 5 Engine 1.5 litres Mileage 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres Website
With a colour choice that beats rivals, the 2017 model of this hatchback comes with enhanced safety features including rear-park assist and a tire pressure monitoring system. The model boasts fuel efficiency and affordable maintenance options. It promises seamless phone and device connectivity with Apple CarPlay and other integration features. If hatchbacks didn’t make it on to your list, this is one you should check out before your final decision.
Price Starts at Dh34,000 Passengers 4 Engine 1.4 litres Mileage 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres Website
Hyundai Grand I10
The Hyundai Grand I10 may be one of the cheapest choices on here but that does not underplay the practicality of this car. With spacious boot space for all the shopping we love to do in the UAE, this is a great choice for a family sedan. Safety features are important in the design with the 4-channel ABS, a rear defogger, rear camera display system and a rigid safety structure. It features a second generation diesel engine.
Price Starts at Dh37,000 Passengers 4 Engine 1.2 litre Mileage Around 5.6 litres per kilometer Website
Another one of our most affordable cars on this list, you can get the Celerio for much lesser during various promotions in the UAE. The 2016 Celerio is designed for tight city driving and its luggage space is phenomenal in this segment as you can fold you entire rear seat to accommodate all of your shopping and luggage.
Price Starts from Dh31,900 Passengers 5 Engine 1.0 litres Mileage Around 5.5 litres per 100 kilometres Website
Mitsubishi Attrage/Mirage G4
With a lightweight design, the Attrage is all about fuel economy and easy driving. This sub-compact sedan may not be your best friend if you are into flashy cars and roaring engines. It’s right up your alley if you are looking for a simple and practical city car at a budget, which works well for couples or small families. The website features some nice colour choices as well, so check with your dealer as to what is available.
Price Starts at Dh38,900/40,900 Passengers 5 Engine 1.2 litres Mileage Around 6 litres per 100 kilometres Website
The Kia Rio comes in sedan and hatchback options, earlier models of both of which are well within our cap limit of Dh45,000. The latest models are around Dh46,000. Combined with stylish exteriors and comfortable interiors, both options look like reliable investments with decent mileage, good safety features and the Kia brand value.
Price Starts at Dh45,000 Passengers 5 Engine 1.4 litres Mileage Around 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres Website
Mitsubishi Lancer EX
The Lancer is a popular budget-friendly option for UAE expats due its amazing features as a family sedan, while having good resale value in the UAE. For its price range, this model has great interior and exterior design, remarkable mileage and above all, durable performance.
Price Starts at Dh39,900 Passengers 5 Engine 2.0 and 1.6 litres Mileage Around 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres Website
For a budget car that also looks good, the Aveo is an apt choice. The focus of its build is fun driving and its features match the design. With smart fuel efficiency and reliable engine power, this car offers value for your money.
Price Starts at Dh45,000 Passengers 5 Engine 1.6 litres Mileage 7.3 litres per 100 kilometres Website