With the introduction of VAT, various SALIK toll gates, increasing fuel prices and the recent push by the government to promote public transport, driving on a budget is more important than ever. Here are some of the most affordable cars you can get in Dubai.
Estimated price- AED 53,000
Engine- 1.5 litres
Mileage- 6.9 litres per 100 KM
The Sunny is a common sight on the streets of Dubai, and for a good reason. An efficient, compact family car, it does a great job of getting you from point A to point B on a budget. It may not be much to look at (although the new design has really improved the aesthetics of the Sunny line, with subtle chrome grille accents and door handles, and a more rounded shape), but it is cost-effective, has a great resale value. The best part is, the car is utterly reliable and truly one of Dubai’s most trusted workhorses.
Estimated price- AED 42,000
Engine- 2.0 litres/ 1.6 litres (depending on model)
Mileage- 7.5 litres per 100 KM
Another Dubai favourite, the Lancer is durable, aesthetically pleasing (for its budget) and a great pick for both families and individuals. The sports sedan offers comfort, a smooth ride, and like most compact Japanese cars, great resale value. The ‘sport’ in the name isn’t just for show, it can hit 100 km/h in just 10.7 seconds and packs a top speed of 198 km/h.
Estimated price- AED 37,500
Engine- 1.4 litres
Mileage- 5 litres per 100 KM
A compact hatchback that seems tailor-made for younger drivers (especially students), the Spark has features such as enhanced safety, device connectivity with Apple CarPlay, rear-park assist and a tire pressure monitoring system. The vehicle takes very well to the city, zipping around while being very fuel-efficient, and fitting in the tightest of parking spots. It comes in a wide range of colours, so it’s easier than ever to stand out.
Estimated price- AED 33,600
Engine- 1.0 litres
Mileage- 5.5 litres per 100 KM
Just like its unseemingly large luggage space in the trunk, the Celerio is more than what meets the eye. Suzuki’s smallest and cheapest model is quickly making a name for itself in Dubai. Cheap, spacious, light and sensible, the Celerio is a good pick for smaller-sized families. The acceleration and top speeds aren’t going to set any hearts racing, but it will get you where you need to be.
Estimated price- AED 44,100/ AED 52,395
Engine- 1.4 litres
Mileage- 6.3 litres per 100 KM
Coming in both sedan and hatchback varieties, the Rio punches above its weight, and has stylish exteriors and comfy interiors to boast. New technology has made its way to the latest iteration, including automatic emergency braking, improved connectivity and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system.
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