There are so many great cars out there right now that it’s almost impossible to choose your top five – it’s like picking your all-time favourite songs, the list is always changing!
However, among the Teslas and the Lamborghinis, the Nissans and the Mini Coopers, there are five brands that keep their places in the listings every year. These are cars, SUVs and trucks that are not just great to drive, but are reliable, have the ability to cope with the often-extreme weather conditions in the UAE, and offer all-round performance and versatility. So after much deliberation and several attempts at narrowing it down, here (in no particular order) is our list of the top five best cars to buy in the UAE.
The Land Cruiser was a hit from the first moment its wheels hit the tarmac. In almost every survey you’ll find the Toyota Land Cruiser comes out on top. The Land Cruiser price in the UAE is mid-range, making it an affordable luxury vehicle that’s got both on and off-road capabilities, plenty of room for all the family, and the drivability to make it just as happy on the daily commute as when it’s dune-bashing at the weekend.
With a heritage stretching back to the 1940s and a reputation as one of the most reliable 4x4s on the market, the Jeep Wrangler is perfectly suited to the challenging road conditions in the UAE. It’s tough, it’s rugged, but it’s also far from ‘basic’ – the Wrangler is a premium quality SUV that’s also great fun to drive too. Jeep Wrangler prices in the UAE have stabilised in the last couple of years, meaning a late-model pre-owned Wrangler is now more affordable. They also hold their resale value well, too.
Two Toyotas in the top five? That just goes to show how good this Japanese brand is. The Corolla is one of the best-selling cars in the UAE, and in fact, it’s also one of the top sellers in the world. Since 1974 the Corolla has been the go-to family saloon car, thanks to its reliability, performance and build quality. Modern Corollas also have Hybrid technology so they’re perfect for the stop-start rush hour commute as well as those long-distance road trips. The Toyota Corolla 2019 price in the UAE sits in the affordable bracket, and as they resell so easily dealerships are always on the lookout for pre-owned Corollas to buy at a good price.
We had to include at least one American muscle car on the list, and it could only be this one. Dodge Charger prices in the UAE have dropped slightly in recent years, making them affordable and highly desirable. The Charger is sleek, elegant, and with a grunty V8 short block engine under the bonnet, the stuff of every petrol-head’s dreams. If you’re looking to buy a car in the UAE and just love the whole idea of the ultimate road trip, the Dodge Charger is the one for you.
It may not be to everyone’s taste, but the Honda Civic is one of the world’s best selling cars for a very good reason – it just keeps going and going and going! Reliability is the byword for Honda, which has also built a reputation for innovation and superb build quality. If you want a car that won’t let you down, is economical, practical, and a pleasure to drive, then the Civic is the car for you. They’re very affordable too, with pre-owned models always in demand on the dealership forecourts. Whether it’s the daily commute or a family trip to the coast for a week’s holiday, the Civic ticks all the right boxes.