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 are 2016 models unless mentioned otherwise.
Note: These prices are indicative and may differ based on model and chosen dealer. Mileage is based on user reviews and official websites.
These two cars are originally priced above our budget but if you hurry up you can get these for lower than Dh45,000.
1. Peugeot 301
This French manufacturer gives us great style and performance with the 301 model but being above our maximum limit, we almost didn’t include it. Almost. Until we saw the special limited sale price of Dh32,500 on the 301 Access (2015 model) and Dh44,000 on the 2016 model. With comfortable interiors and a superior driving experience, getting this car now is a good decision.
Price Starts at Dh53,000 (Sale price at Dh32,500 for the 2015 model and Dh44,000 for the 2016 model) Passengers 5 Engine 1.6 litres Mileage Around 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres Website
2. Hyundai Accent
What we love about this one is that it looks classy and elegant and it's just Dh1,000 above our max limit. It has appealing interior colour choices as well. With options of diesel and gasoline engines, the focus is on fuel efficiency. For safety freaks, this model has 6 air bags and comes with anti-lock braking system (ABS) technology.
Price Starts at 46,000 (Dh44,600 after region- wide summer discount) Passengers 5 Engine 1.4 and 1.6 litres based on fuel used Mileage Around 6 litres per 100 kilometres Website
3. Nissan Sunny
The 2016 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
4. Chevrolet Spark
With a colour choice that beats rivals, the 2016 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 Dh41,000 Passengers 4 Engine 1.4 litres Mileage 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres Website
5. 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 Dh33,900 Passengers 4 Engine 1.2 litre Mileage Around 5.6 litres per kilometer Website
6. Suzuki Celerio
Another one of our most affordable cars on this list, you can get the Celerio for as low as Dh32,900 given the current promotions in the UAE. The 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 Dh38,000 (Dh32,900 if you snag the summer promotion deal) Passengers 5 Engine 1.0 litres Mileage Around 5.5 litres per 100 kilometres Website
7. 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 Dh39,500 Passengers 5 Engine 1.2 litres Mileage Around 6 litres per 100 kilometres Website
8. Kia Rio
The Kia Rio comes in sedan and hatchback options, both of which are within our cap limit of Dh45,000. 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 Dh43,900 (hatchback); Dh44,900 (sedan) Passengers 5 Engine 1.4 litres Mileage Around 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres Website
9. 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 Dh42,500 Passengers 5 Engine 2.0 and 1.6 litres Mileage Around 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres Website
10. Chevrolet Aveo
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 Dh44,000 Passengers 5 Engine 1.6 litres Mileage 7.3 litres per 100 kilometres Website