Best Car Deals in UAE

PROMOTIONAL OFFERS AND SPECIAL PRICES

Know the best car deals here and wherever applicable, I have linked them to the reviews in the CAR REVIEWS segment. We have made efforts to make sure all the ongoing car deals and offers in the UAE are listed here. Even after Ramadan, some of the brands are offering attractive deals. They seem to favour those who wish to keep the car for a longer term and also ease the initial burden by contributing in part or full to the down payment. Short leasing deals are also available.

All offers featured below may be subject to Terms & Conditions and unless otherwise mentioned the prices featured are in AED. Check with the respective dealer for details of the offer. (Brands featured are in alphabetical order.)

To help choose the best deal that suits you, read the quick guide to choosing the Best Deal.



Check out the newly launched SUVs and Crossovers of 2017

http://drivemeonline.com/new-cars-in-ramadan-buying-spotlight/

Take a quick look at newly launched saloons in 2017

http://drivemeonline.com/more-cars-in-ramadan-buying-spotlight/

 

AUDI – Al Nabooda Automobiles

(New offer to be confirmed)

 

BMW

15% Down Payment support

Free Insurance for a year

5 years/100,000 km service

Repair (Warranty) for 5 years/200,000 km

BMW Connected Drive Features available

 

BRIDGESTONE/AUTOPRO

Free tyre-check services

In Autopro Car Wash

Until 27 July, 4pm-9pm

At ENOC service stations in Media City, Ibn Battuta and Meadows

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CADILLAC

5% cash discount

One year Insurance

Registration

10 years unlimited mileage warranty

4 years or 100,000 km comprehensive service

[The above offers exclude Escalade high end trims and CT6]

No Payment till 2018 Option available

A donation to charity with every purchase

ATS from AED 129,000

CTS from AED 164,500

CT6 from AED 233,000

CTS-V from AED 342,900

ATS-V from AED 282,500

CHANGAN

Full down payment

Free insurance

Free warranty (check if this valid on full 5 year warranty)

5 years/150,000 km warranty

Cash buys: AED 10,000 straight discount and 1 year insurance

 

CHEVROLET

(Unless otherwise mentioned all are 2017 models)

SAVINGS AS MENTIONED NEXT TO MODEL

Spark AED 5000

Aveo AED 3000

Cruze AED 12,000

Malibu AED 10,000

Trax AED 14,000

Captiva AED 20,000

Impala AED 20,000

Camaro AED 22,000

Corvette AED 5,000

Trailblazer AED 10,000

Traverse AED 30,000

Suburban AED 20,000

Tahoe AED 35,000

Silverado AED 23,000

Corvette 2016 AED 50,000

 

CITROEN

5 years service contract

5 years unlimited warranty

Roadside Assistance

Registration

Guaranteed Trade-in up to 5 years
C3

Starting AED47,900

C5

Starting AED67,900

DS3

Starting AED 54,900

DS5

Starting AED 114,900

[Citroen cars gives you the advantage of a ‘clearance sale’ for new models. 2015 models are sold at a heavily discounted price and the offer to trade-in with a 5 year term is a relief for those who wish to buy]

DODGE

20% down payment contribution!

WITH 5 years or 100,000 km Warranty, Service and Road Assistance

Free Insurance and Registration on some models

 

FIAT

3 year Service

5 year Warranty

Price savings as mentioned alongside

FIAT 500 AED 4,500

FIAT 500X 2016 AED 18,000

 

FORD

(On select 2017 models)

Zero deposit

Buy now, pay in 2018 (4 months installments paid by Al Tayer Motors and up to 4 months deferred payment)

5yrs extended service plan /100,000km

5yrs warranty/100,000km

1yr free insurance

+ Price offers: (may not be valid with above offers)

2016 Mustang AED 119,950 onwards

2016 Expedition Save up to AED 40,000

2016 F-150 Starts at AED 129,950

2016 Explorer from AED 124,950

 

GEELY

0% interest

From AED 750 per month onwards for 5 years

Free Insurance

Free Warranty

Emgrand X7 Sport is a new model and does not have insurance or warranty for free!

Warranty is for 5 years or 100,000 km except Emgrand GS which is 4 years

[The above is valid on financing offers and buying on cash will attract discounts between 5000 and 10000]

 

GMC

Savings alongside the model

ACADIA 22,000

TERRAIN 24,000

YUKON 35,000

YUKON XL 30,000

SIERRA 25,000

 

HONDA

Free service contracts on all new cars

1-year free insurance on selected models

Savings of up to 70% on upgraded service contracts

Trade-ins on all makes

5 years unlimited mileage warranty

Up to100% finance

Roadside assistance

 

CR-V from AED 89,900 (AED 1,399 per month)

Accord from AED 82,900 (AED 1,299 per month)

Accord Coupe from AED 104,900 (AED 1,599 per month)

Honda City from AED 52,900 (AED 799 per month)

Civic from AED 67,900 (AED 999 per month)

Odyssey J from AED 104,900 (AED 1,599 per month)

Honda Odyssey from AED 139,900 (AED 2,199 per month)

Honda Pilot SUV from AED 115,900 (AED 1,799 per month)

 

Check out the newly launched SUVs and Crossovers of 2017

http://drivemeonline.com/new-cars-in-ramadan-buying-spotlight/

Take a quick look at newly launched saloons in 2017

http://drivemeonline.com/more-cars-in-ramadan-buying-spotlight/

 

HYUNDAI – GENESIS AND CENTENNIAL

AED 7000 to 12,000 reduced price

5 year warranty and service are already standard

 

INFINITI

Guaranteed Scratch & Win rewards of up to AED 100,000

100 per cent of down payment on new vehicles

Courtesy car while servicing

5 years/100,000 kilometres complimentary service

5 year extended warranty

1 year insurance

 

JAGUAR LAND ROVER (On select models)

Up to 12 months’ deferred payment

Up to 8 months’ installments paid by Al Tayer Motors

5 years’ service and maintenance

5 years’ warranty

5 years roadside assistance

 

JEEP – Western Motors 800 JEEP (5337)

Renegade AED 84,999 onwards

Grand Cherokee AED 134,999 onwards

Wrangler AED 119,999 onwards
5 years 100,000 warranty

5 years 100,000 service contract

5 years roadside assist

Free Insurance and Registration

+ Scratch & Win Prize

JEEP – Trading Enterprises, Dubai

20% down payment contribution

With 5 years Warranty, Service Contract ad Roadside Assistance

On some models, like the Renegade, the offer might vary

KIA

Complimentary 1 year insurance

0 down payment solutions

5 years/150,000 km manufacturer warranty

120 days deferred payment

Minimum salary AED 3000

Trade-in available

2017 model prices slashed:

CERATO AED 59,900 is now AED 49,900

OPTIMA AED 69,900 is now AED 63,900

SORENTO AED 89,900 is now AED 79,900

CADENZA AED 89,900 is now AED 82900

LEXUS

Offers vary according to model

20% down payment support on GX and ES

10 %, 15% or 20% of the price as down payment contribution

 

 

LINCOLN (Offers across 2017 model range)

Savings of up to AED 20,000

1yrs Insurance

5yrs/100,000km Warranty

5yrs/100,000km Service package

 

MASERATI

One year complimentary insurance

3 years/unlimited mileage warranty

3 year/60,000 kms service contract

Substantial cash advantages on cash purchases

Ramadan monthly instalments:

Ghibli AED 2650 onwards
Levante AED 3000 onwards
Quattroporte AED 3550 onwards
GranTurismo/GranCabrio from AED 4450

 

MAZDA

Mazda 3 AED 59,900 – Free Ziebart window tinting

with Navigation + Rear View Camera + Sunroof

Mazda CX-5 AED 74,900 – Free Ziebart window tinting

with Cruise Control + Rear view camera + Alloy wheels

Lease to Own option on select models:

No additional cost + Low monthly rental + No bank approval

Additional packages with terms and conditions:

Free Insurance

3 years/60K service package

Ramadan Cash back

Free window tinting

5 years/140,000 km warranty

0 down payment option

Trade-in price offer

MERCEDES-BENZ – Gargash Motors

E-Class from AED 2,999/month over 2 years

Finance program covers:

1 year insurance

3 years integrated service package

SMART repair for 2 years

Window Tint from Solar Gard

 

(This deal has to be checked if available now)

 

MITSUBISHI

PICK YOUR DEAL

  1. 0% interest for 4 years on selected models of Pajero

2.

1st installment after 4 months

Warranty 5 years/100,ooo km

Service up to 50,000 km

Free Llumar Tinting and Scotchgard

3

Zero deposit

Free service

Free insurance

Free warranty

 

• Up to 2% trade-in bonus for any car

Win 5 Lancer EX Cars

 

0 interest on select models of Pajero

Free insurance – T&C apply

 

ASX from AED 59,900 or 926 p.m.

Lancer EX from AED 39,900 or 617 p.m.

Montero Sport from AED 75,777 or 1082 p.m.

Pajero from AED 89,900 or 1390 p.m.

Outlander from AED 78,900 or 1217 p.m.

(Check the fine print for clauses)

 

NISSAN

AED 5 million in guaranteed cash back. Cash back varies according to model.

(Check if prices are the same as below)

Nissan Juke from AED 54,500

Altima at AED 69,500

Pathfinder at AED 107,500

Savings of around AED 40,000 on select vehicles

OPEL

3 year / 60,000 km service and maintenance

5 year unlimited km warranty

Free Insurance for 1 year

10% down payment support

PEUGEOT

3 year / 60,000 km service and maintenance

5 year unlimited km warranty

Free Insurance and registration

A chance to win a trip to Paris

 

PORSCHE

[Check if still available]

Cayenne

AED 2600 per month for 24 months

 

Flexible down payment options

Service and Warranty packages

Trade in benefits for Porsche owners

 

RENAULT

Guaranteed Cash Rewards worth AED 1 million and gold worth AED 400,000

(below offer validity awaits verification)

PACK 1: Valid on 2016 Duster, Koleos, Captur and Symbol

1 year Free insurance

Free service till 100,000 km

Warranty up to 1 Million km

PACK 2: All models (Excludes Phase 2 Symbol and New Megane)

0% interest offers

20% downpayment

PACK 3: On Talisman

0% Finance for 3 years

20% down payment

OR 1 year free insurance + 2 years / 40,ooo service (should check this – doesn’t sound as good as the above pack)

 

SUBARU

Discounts on all cars

(AED 25,000 on STi to AED 3,000 on Legacy)

Free package:

Up to 5 years warranty

3 year service

Registration

Insurance

Roadside Assistance

Window Tinting

SUZUKI

With 7 year unlimited km warranty

Free package:

2 year/40,000 km service

Registration

Tinting

Parking Sensors

Baleno

From AED 39,900

(Was AED 78,000)

Grand Vitara

From AED 59,900

Vitara

AED 63,900

Ciaz

AED 41,900

(AED 47,000)

 

TOYOTA –

RAMADAN to RAMADAN

Buy this Ramadan. Pay next Ramadan.

(How much of Down Payment it involves and if there is any interest etc. will be furnished soon. )

VOLKSWAGEN

Standard: 6 year unlimited km warranty + 3 year/45,000 km service + 1 year vehicle insurance

Down payment made for Passat, CC and Toureg [So, Customer gets Passat for AED 78K, CC for AED 98,500 and Touareg for AED 145k onwards)

Cash savings of up to AED 45,000

1 year Insurance on Tiguan (check for other models)

(Roadside Assistance was available – check if it is with new package)

 

VOLVO

XC90, XC60 and V90 Cross Country

S90, V40

As per Volvo selection programme:

Up to 20% dealer down payment contribution

2 years buy back guarantee

 

At the end of agreement, customer can

Renew the agreement

Rretain the vehicle by paying the balance

Return the vehicle.

2 years’ service contract, Unlimited kilometers warranty

Roadside assistance.

+ 1 year insurance on S90 only

 

S90 from AED 2,849* monthly

V40 from AED 1,499*

 

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265 Responses to Best Car Deals in UAE

  1. AMIT says:

    I was looking to buy SUV in Dubai.
    My budget is Max 70k
    Please suggest

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Within that price range, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Renault Duster and Captiva are a good place to start. If you are not in a hurry, why not wait to try the upcoming Mazda CX-3. Or during Ramadan offers, chances are the Suzuki Vitara could fall in that bracket, too. Have fun test driving, Amit!

  2. nithin says:

    I am waiting for the launch of redesigned Nissan murano and mazda cx9 in uae. when do you think these will get launched in uae?

  3. Elie Farhat says:

    Hello do you have any idea what will the Ramadan offers be ? i was considering on buying the GMC terrain , what do you suggest ?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      0% interest offers. 5 year warranty and service. Free Insurance. Cash discounts.. Let’s see how the promotion rivalry works out to the buyer’s advantage this time! I have a feeling there could be some good pre-Ramadan offers as well. Watch this space for highlights! Addressing your second query, the last time I drove an Opel Antara (same car), I was impressed. The new look Terrain impresses even more. A full drive review will be posted as soon as it is available. And all the best :-)

  4. Akilesh NS says:

    Hello sudeep.
    I am planing to buy hyundai tucson 2.4 AWD full option. What is your review about this car.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      The new Tucson is a huge improvement on the earlier edition. The 2.0L in the earlier version was a flat drive but the later Santa Fe I reviewed was rather impressive. The choice of the 2.4L engine is the way to go. Akilesh, I will post a detailed review soon. In the meanwhile, happy testing the Tucson, the Xtrail and the RAV4. And don’t forget the all-new spaceship from Kia! :-)

      • Akilesh NS says:

        Thanks Sudeep

      • Riju Abraham says:

        Good Day,

        What will be the best option to go for in the SUV’s.I drive daily around 300km. My options are
        1) Hyundai Santafe. (2) Nissan X-Trial and (3) Mistubishi Montero.
        Advise appreciated and any other suggestions welcome.

      • Bosco says:

        Hi ,
        I am looking to by a SUV MID range, as I have a low budget below 70. Any suggestions

        • Sudeep Koshy says:

          You might already have the Tucson and Sportage in your list. You may also try the Suzuki Sx4 or Vitara, and if you are the kind that will give SsangYong a go, drive the Tivoli (Al Ghandi) and the Chevrolet Trax. The new Geely Emgrand X7 Sport might surprise you with aggressive deals and great value. Always happy to discuss more!

  5. Stef N says:

    I have a budget of 1500 aed a month…what SUV’s could I get for that?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Stephanie, let me assume that you are planning for 5 year payment @1500pm and have set aside another 20K for down payment. Which means we are looking at options costing around 100,000 (because you’ll be paying some interest too). That should point you to the Nissan X-Trail, Toyota RAV4, or the likes of the new Hyundai Tucson. Upsize your budget a little and you could also look at the all-new Toyota Fortuner or the Volkswagen Tiguan base trim – considering there are offers all around. Define your need, and your preference Stef and check back anytime! :-) [Reviews of most of these cars are available on Drivemeonline.com]

  6. Jigz says:

    Hello.

    Buying my first car. Can you recommend me a non-hatchback automatic car which can fit a monthly mortgage of AED 1000 to 1200 for 4 years; 0% downpayment?

    criteria in order of importance:

    1. safety and reliability
    2. ease of maintenance and low maintenance cost
    3. comfort
    4. resale value

    thanks!

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi, The 20% down payment is mandatory these days but some showrooms do help you with clever payment plans. That said, at a 1200 per month instalment limit, there are some obvious options answering your priority criteria. Go with the Toyota Yaris sedan or Nissan Sunny, or why not go for a European option, the Peugeot 301. I won’t comment on the new Kia and Hyundai in that segment as they are pending reviews. If you will opt for a 5 year plan, you’ll have access to stalwarts like Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla, as well as the Ford Fiesta. By the way, see if the MG350 or 550 (AW Rostamani Trading) have good deals inclusive of service. Those cars could surprise you!

  7. Fizaan says:

    Hi Sudeep, very informative data.

    My budget is around 1800Aed as monthly instalments for a period of 5 years. Down payment of 20,000aed. I am looking at either an SUV or an entry level german luxury sedan (size and power dont matter if this category). Is it possible to aim for the same at this budget?

    Thanks in advance

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Fizaan,

      You have a good budget that allows you to look at vehicles around AED 115,000. For the German sedan part, let’s start with an entry level Volkswagen CC or an Opel Insignia. I would prefer those to a BMW 316i. (unless you are taking that crazy offer at Sharaf DG (UAE) – LG TV + 3-series for 90K or so!) If you aren’t particular about German, this is a good time to check out the Peugeot 508 – you’ll get a full option executive sedan at that price. As for SUVs, the trio to try would be Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-5 and a 2015 Ford Explorer. Besides stalwarts like X-trail or RAV 4 if you will.

      • Fizaan says:

        Thank you so much for your reply. What are your views on the Audi a3 top of the line or basic audi a4?

        • Sudeep Koshy says:

          Test the A3 by all means; after all it was the ‘world car of the year’ at launch. The A4 is one of the noteworthy launches so far in 2016 though the starting price is 145,000. The drive is much smoother, the rear room and boot space is ample and one of the nicest cabins that money can buy. The 252 hp Quaatro is way sportier and powerful in handling than the 190 hp version though! (Check back in a week for a full review +video.)

  8. Doni says:

    Hello Sudeep,

    I would appreciate your advice on choosing the best car for my budget as I am struggling for a while now. I have been choosing a sedan to upgrade for my wife for about a month now, which would be safe, comfortable, fun to drive and powerful at the same time. I have come up with the Mazda 6, Honda Accord and Toyota Avalon (my budget is no more than 150K). While I like Mazda 6 for being fun to drive and being made in Japan, I read reviews that it can be noisy in highways and the interior is not as nice as in Accord in Avalon. Accord seems to be a perfect choice, but the fact that they are built in China now really questions the quality side, aside from the fact that they say the cabin is not very quite either. Avalon seems a great car, comfy, luxury like interior, best reliability, but for 157K option they didn’t even put a blind spot monitor and lane departure warning, which is ridiculous of them I think.

  9. savio says:

    Hi Sudeep, any recommendation for a pre owned Mercedes or any other SUV within the range of AED 150-170.

    Can you also recommend any new suv.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Savio, You need to define your usage further. The available options are too many; try a mix of elimination and choice. For around AED 160K, you should be able to get a two-year old ML or a three-year old X5. As for new, you could try the Volvo XC60, an Audi Q3, Infiniti FX or why not the new Discovery Sport? Go on a mission of discovery :-)

      • savio says:

        Thanks for your suggestions. I did some research and test drove a new Jeep Grand cherokee 2015. Im still to make up my mind on a limited variant v6 for 150K or a feature loaded pre owned summit v8 for 175k from the dealer. My only concern is the resale value say after 2 years. I drive around 60 km per day will fuel consumption on the v8 be more.

        Thanks

        • savio says:

          Hi Sudeep,

          I have finally narrowed down my decision to go ahead with either pre owned 2015 Mercedes ML 350 or New Jeep Grand limited.

          Please suggest which one would be worth the investment in terms of fuel / ride and resale value.

          Also should I consider the 2016 infiniti QX 60.

  10. Sahal K says:

    Hey Sudeep,

    I am looking for an SUV with my maximum budget around AED 240,000.
    Which ones do you recommend?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hey there, it’s a little tough to operate on that one liner :-) but the price surely helps. First, define your ‘space’ both inside the cabin and outside, how far out there you would really take your new SUV. Anyway, some test drives you shouldn’t miss are: new Volvo XC90 (full option is 300K but try the mid level), GL400, Audi Q5 and Volkswagen Touareg (you can go top-specs on both) as well as a sporty Infiniti QX70 or Ford Explorer. Going the whole hog, you can go full option Jeep Grand Cherokee or the 2016 Land Cruiser is all-new too. Read the review http://drivemeonline.com/toyota-land-cruiser-2016-first-impression/ Happy hunting Sahal!

      • Sahal K says:

        Thanks a lot for that.
        I am looking at something that provides more luxury options than Sport.
        About size, a 5 seater would just be fine.

        What do you think of the Porsche Cayenne?

  11. karim says:

    I am looking to buy a car within the range of 65000 to 85000 but to be very reliable for daily long trips around 250 km but comfortable and doesnt make sounds..thanks in advance

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      2.0L Toyota Corolla top spec and the new Honda Civic, both for around 75K; Volkswagen Passat or Camry for around 85K; the VW advantage would be that your service will happen only once in 2 months, whereas others might require you to do that every 5 weeks. In case you fancy a crossover, the entry level RAV-4 and X-Trail will still make sense as they give around 9 or 10km for every litre, which matters for long distance driving. All the best Karim.

  12. Joe says:

    What are your views of the Audi a3 ambition 1.4tfsi or is the Golf a better car?

    Is there any unbeatable offers around 90k or less?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Audi A3 as you would know was World Car of The Year at launch. The Golf ticks almost every box a small family or individual driver would care for. 90K will get you a well-specced A3 during Ramadan with 5 year packages. Personally, I prefer a full-specced Golf 2.5L for over 10K less.

  13. Danish says:

    Hi Sundeep,
    Is this right at moment to buy Fortuner old shape? Most likely resale will be down with introduction of new shape.

    Thx n regards
    Ali

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Ali, The new Fortuner is an even more capable car; so may be you would want to go for that once you test drive it. But yes, if they have stocks, the old shape should logically offer a good deal. The resale won’t be down yet, as the new model has just been introduced. Plus, I don’t expect the Fortuner to suffer much in that department. (By the way, it’s Sudeep) :-)

  14. abbas says:

    Helloo Sudeep,

    I am driving a Nissan Altima 2009 model and want to upgrade my car. I do not take car on interest so is the 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.5L for 111K on 0% interest for 4 years a good offer?

    Or should I wait for ramadan offers?
    Will it give more 0% interest offers of Nissan Xtrail or Patfinders?

    Is there any other crossover or SUV currently on 0% interest which I am missing?

    Awaiting your reply.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Abbas, 0% interest deals are always good to save around 10 to 12000 dirhams on a 4 year deal. Please check with the dealer what the original price of the said model was so as to determine how much you are actually saving. See if you are getting Extended Warranty as well. Ramadan offers will be at least as good even if they aren’t better. Yes, we may expect more 0% offers but no clue who will offer what! :-)

    • mohsin khan says:

      Dear Abbas,

      Please also let me know if you find any such deals with other dealers.
      I understand that you dont want to go for interest due to religious reasons and I have the same approach.
      I would appreciate if you let me know about it if you find any such information which can help me refrain from interest based deals.
      My email is mohsinrkhan86@yahoo.com.

      Thanks

  15. Jimson says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    I am planning to buy a small suv. What you think about all new kia sportage 1.6L ? Please advice me regarding this

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Jimson, sorry for the delay. I had not driven the Sportage and had to arrange a quick test before answering you. The new Sportage is rather stylish and though the cabin feels compact, it is just right for people under 6 ft. The 2.0L and 2.4 L engines are rather nippy but the 1.6L might not provide the same smooth satisfaction. Do take a test drive of the 2.0L and 1.6L and let me know too. :-)

  16. karim says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    Can you please recommend for AED 750.00 monthly for 5 years without downpayment for economical and less maintenance car?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Karim, Sorry for missing out on the response so far. Let me take it that you will be making arrangements for the 20% upfront payment separately. So, 750 a month will allow you to look at a car around 50K. Test the Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio and Mazda 2 to start with. Look for 5 year service and warranty offers during Ramadan along with good price deals on 2016 and 2015 models. Let me know your progress.

  17. Aofs says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    I am looking for advice on buying a new SUV with 4WD. I want a reliable offroad 4×4.The two options I had in mind were JEEP GC or Ford Explorer. Being a 7 seater the FE seems quite big . My budget will be between 1500 to 2000 monthly repayments. Someone also suggested Toyota Fortuner. Whats your advice on buying any of the above cars either new or pre-owned? I definately want it under warranty with a service package so obviously 2015 or 2014 models are also an option.
    Do buy new or not? What would you advise? Any information on car specs would also help.
    Was just introduced to this website and it’s really informative…Thank you ☺

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi, if your off-road usage is moderate and you want comfort too, they are good options. While, both have a multi-terrain option switch, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a slight advantage of ground clearance. For both, the full option might be beyond this budget. You could get a 2014 or 15 model but then this is a great time to secure good deals on new purchases, along with the peace of mind of warranty. Yes, the new Fortuner is quite capable and will fall right within your budget. If the off-road usage is heavy, check out the FJ or the Xterra as well.

  18. mohsin khan says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    I read all your response and appreciate your effort on educating us well in this field while also helping people select their right car.
    I want to know which brand/dealers offer 0% interest on cars anytime.
    My budget is maximum 100K and I dont want to go for interest due to my personal beliefs (irrespective of price gain or loss).
    I saw Mitsubishi pajero the only one yesterday after doing some research in showrooms.
    Can you let me know which other brand or cars can come with such offers now or in ramadan?
    I understand finally dealers will decide on such scheme but you being the expert can give me possible chances in this ramadan through your experience of seeing previous ramadan offers.

    My preference cars were Hyundai Tucson/Santafe, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota Rav4, Kia sportage/optima, Nissan X-Trail.. but i would manage to adjust with 0% interest for others as that’s my prime concern.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Mohsin Khan, I understand your concern. Dealers of Hyundai, VW, Audi Peugeot and some others have offered 0% schemes in the past. This Ramadan too, there would be some offers. But as it is an arrangement with the Bank and the Dealer, some of the other benefits might not be available. You have chosen some good models. Please type Santa Fe / RAV 4 / X-Trail / in the Search slot on top right hand side to read those DriveME reviews. Check back for the Ramadan offers Mohsin. All the best.

  19. Sam says:

    Hi Sudeep, am new to Dubai – test drove x3, q5, qx70, Touareg, GLC – 2016 models. budget around 210k. X3 is out (expensive) – q5 cramped back legroom. Touareg SEL decent ride but felt just too heavy and not fun to drive. GLC250 is ok but felt outside noise was more than what merc quality should have (again not much fun) – left with QX70 n it’s nice. Great power, neat interior.fun ride!

    You think it’s good time to get qx70?..price being offered with option 180k at Infiniti seems expensive for such old model car? But compared to competition feels worth it (maybe). Do you think With Ramadan coming likely will have better deal?.. Also the car has been out for sometime now including the same FX it previously was so wondering if it’s better to buy a different make/model.

    Just want to get your thought. In addition I saw exactly similar spec new qx70 with dealers for only 150k price range ( with only 100km run). Why the big difference between Infiniti and the auto dealers? – safe to get one from a auto dealer?

    Any suggestion/thoughts provided is much appreciated. Cheers!

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Sam, thanks for your one line reviews. Noted :-) You don’t seem the cold-feet kind, so why spare the Volvo XC60 test? Go ahead and let me know too. The QX 70 looks great and is a smart sporty SUV. And given that the just launched QX50 and 60 are not a far cry from current design, that part needn’t be a worry. And getting a special trim always keeps it desirable.

      When you say auto dealers, I believe you are talking about used car dealers as against authorised dealers (of new cars). Double check the new car price against WHAT PACKAGE COMES WITH IT. Warranty, service, Insurance etc. And in any case, a pre-owned car could drop from 180k to almost 160k even if it is done only 100km. So no surprise there! Check if the ‘just-used’ car comes with warranty/service package backed up by the authorised dealer. That should distance any concerns. All the best.

  20. ed says:

    HI. I just got my Driving License 6 months ago and confused on weather I will go for a used car vs a new one. My wife and I havea 2 year old kid but I am looking for a budget wise car which can provide comfort and safety as well. My two options were Toyota Avanza vs Hyundai Creta because they fall around 50kaed. My wifeand I are both 5’10 and I guess it is something to consider. Honestly I have no idea about cars, my first time to buy if ever. I appreciate your help and the web site. God Bless

  21. S says:

    Hi, this was a very useful article. I will be soon moving to Dubai and was given a transportation allowance of 2250 by the company … however, i don’t mind adding adding 750 out of pocket to take my budget to 3000. what is the best 7 seater SUV that I can buy in that range? It will be mostly for city driving, and frequent trips from Dubai to Abu Dhabi …. I like the Tahoe deal going on for 1,699 per month, does that require a down payment ? can you provide any details on that Tahoe offer? How much would insurance be for Tahoe per year?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hey S, In that budget, you can consider very comfortable and Popular 7-seaters like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ford Explorer and the new Infiniti QX60. Unless otherwise specified, most deals these days assume a down payment. The insurance ballpark for Tahoe should be around 4000 in the first year. With service and warranty covering 7 years, even I am impressed with the deal. For accurate details, check with the dealer/agent. All the best!

  22. Ahamed says:

    Economic in fuel consumption (upto 2ltr engine only – daily 200kms travel!!),
    Reliable brand,
    SUV or above,
    Fairly good looking,
    0% interest deal,
    Which car would u suggest?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Among SUVs, Toyota RAV 4, Nissan Xtrail are good for your kind of use; they are rather fuel-efficient while the new Hyundai Tucson could be counted in, too. You may want to check out the VW Tiguan and new Honda CR-V. The good thing about service intervals of 15K is that you will need routine service once in 3 months while the others, every two months. On that note, why don’t you try the Volkswagen Passat for service interval & comfort, and the Toyota Prius for fuel economy too? As for 0% deals, keep checking back.

  23. Chris Besse says:

    Dear Sudeep,

    Thanks for the offer summary. Really helpful. Could you recommend some sedans / hatchbacks based on the following details?

    1. I’m male, single, in my early 30s, just got my UAE license a month ago, currently renting a Yaris. Might start a family in 2 years.
    2. My budget is 70-100k. My main usage is 20mins per way per day driving to work. No SUVs because… I’m single. My driving skill is limited, though I try to be careful all the time.
    3. I value: 1) Safety, 2) Comfort, 3) Ease to drive (easy to park) and maintain (good mechanics), 4) Resale value (might change to SUV later for family). Last things I need: 1) Good look, 2) Brutal acceleration. Ok, I’m indeed a boring person…
    4. I tried Volvo V40. It really fits. However, it is above my budget and relatively small. If I need a family car later, selling it seems problematic as it is not that popular.

    Thanks and have a nice day!

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hey Chris, Let me start by congratulating you on delivering a perfect brief. With your kind of drive, you’ll need to service the car, only once in 10 months! Many of the cars I have suggested below come with blind spot alerts and parking guidance cameras. So your driving/parking worries will be sorted.
      You may want to drive the Mazda 3 hatch, Nissan Sentra, Ford Focus, new Hyundai Elantra and the ‘classic’ VW Golf. You could even keep them even after you forego your single status. They are good looking, too, if you don’t mind! By the way, SUVs are not only for family safety, but for those with the great outdoors in mind! :-)

  24. Muhammed says:

    My main purpose would be commuting from sharjah to dubai daily and going long distance to other emirates during weekends. I am planning to shell out a maximum of 1200 per month for 5 years without downpayment. Or a used car for 3 years installment.

    Since I am driving altima and got a hang of the power it gives, I want to drive a cross over that has similar power and comes under my budget. The only issue of altima being tough to park.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Muhammed, So we are looking at a price range of 65K ±. Add a little more and try testing the VW Passat or the 2.5L Jetta during Ramadan offers. Also test the new Elantra and the Kia Sportage 2.0L, the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur. Yes, going for a used car will allow you to upgrade to a higher spec version. If you buy one with a camera or parking sensors, parking woes will be sorted too! All the best.

  25. Rasheed says:

    Hi Sudeep. I am looking for an SUV that would provide good ride comfort, luxury options and decent sporting features as well. Which one would you recommend? I am currently looking at BMW X5 or Porsche Cayenne.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Rasheed, please read my reply above to Sandeep. Feel free to discuss further. All the best mate.

  26. Sandeep says:

    Hello Sudeep
    I would like to buy an SUV that would provide good ride comfort, luxurious option and fair bit of Sporting features as well. My budget would be around 300K. I would like the SUV to look good from outside as well.

    As of now, I’ve been thinking of going for the BMW X5 or the Porsche Cayenne.

    Any suggestions of which one to go for?

  27. raj says:

    hi sudeep
    im planning to buy my first car in uae just want to know should i go for new car or certified cars having budget of 45 to 50k

    the following criteria are reliability safety comfort easy on maintenance and resale
    and want yours on renault captur mazda2 and ramadan discounts

    Thnaks

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Raj, If you are comfortable with your driving, no reason why you shouldn’t go for a new one, given that there are so many good deals and options that will fit your budget. Test drive the new Mazda 2, Kia Rio and the evergreen Toyota Yaris as well as the Renault Captur and the MG . That will help you answer some big questions like you actually want a hatchback or a compact SUV, you prefer style or comfort etc. As for Ramadan offers, check this page then.

      • raj says:

        Hi Sudeep Thanks so much for the reply im planning to buy hatchback or sedan the options i have kept KIA RIO or CERATO, MAZDA2, LANCER. Jus wan your reviews on kia after sales n services.

  28. lifas says:

    Nice info .Can you explain the mentioned toyota offer

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Lifas, This is like a lease deal, where you pay low monthly instalments for two years and then you have the option of either continuing to pay the balance or just return the car to the dealership. There will obviously be a restriction on mileage per year, so for additional kilometers you will have to pay extra. This is much better than a car hire if your daily use is around 50 km. For more info, check with Al Futtaim Motors.

      • noor says:

        hy sandeep. i m waitnig for ramadan offer from al futtaim…i m planing to buy corrola2015 model with 0% interest and with low installament plan….could u please tell me about offers which i can expect….which will best for me….less then 50km average daily..it is suitable for me autally

        • Sudeep Koshy says:

          Noor and everyone else who has decided on ONE particular brand and ONE particular model, have a chat with the showroom personnel and they might do whatever they can best to accommodate your request. Regardless of what the promotion is, slight adjustments may be made in individual cases, if is not against government and corporate guidelines. BY THE WAY, the name is SUDEEP :-)

  29. Cynthia says:

    Hi Sudeep, good day~ I am planning to buy a Jeep Wrangler next month, do you know if the dealers have any special offer during the Ramadan? Thank you ~

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Most of the dealers I checked with have confirmed on having Ramadan deals but due to competitive market, they will announce it only close to the season. Check back for updates, Cynthia and all the best!

  30. zohaib says:

    Hi sudeep.
    i am new in dubai and in process of getting the license and will go for my first car.
    i dont have a big budget so i will just go for pre-owned sadan i looking for 700-800 per month installments. personally i really liked mini SUVs but they are out of budget for me.
    i looked into some care and i like mazda 3 sadan and honda civic. i am kinda confuse now. most of people sugesting me just go for japanese car cause of reliability, maintenance cost and resale value.

    i dont have much car knowledge, i would really appreciate you suggest me something. and brands to look into. and what do you think about mazada 3 and what other cars i look in same category.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Zohaib, you have chosen well. New Honda Civic and Mazda 3 are the top models of the segment. As it happens, the reviews of both these cars are not currently available on Drivemeonline.com. Your budget (5 year plan) will allow you to look at cars that are around 60K if you are willing to pay the 20% downpayment. So, you may also try the Ford Focus and the Kia Cerato for taste. Ramadan deals might help. You don’t need to discard your SUV plans because Renault Duster and the Suzuki Jimny (if you wanna go hard core!) will fall right within budget. Happy hunting!

  31. San says:

    Hello Sudeep, lovely content and information you provide to all of us so I wanted to join in and get some help.

    I am looking for a car to buy and I am thinking about a convertible. Most likely will be used unless there are some special offers available. My budget isn’t fully set but between 50-75K. You are welcome to share car options if greater than 75K as I haven’t fully laid out my pay plan. I prefer German cars but I don’t know the reliability of slightly older models.

    If you can provide me with some good convertible options that would be amazing. Otherwise feel free to provide me with non convertible options that you think are a good deal. Im in my early 20s, single man, recently got a job and that’s my story.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi San, indeed this is the time to feel the wind in your hair and not let the worries get into your hair. :-) Mazda MX-5 is a popular option and Renault has options too. Owners of these have told me maintenance isn’t that painful. You can also look at a 2010/11 model Mercedes SLK or Porsche Boxster. There is always a luck factor involved in pre-owned cars, but you can reduce risk by buying from a friend’s friend or paying a little extra at the certified car dealers. As you seem to enjoy driving, why not try cars like a three year old Volkswagen GTI, a brand new Mazda 3 or a Renault Clio Sport? Have fun testing San!

  32. Umm Khalifa says:

    Hi Sudeep.. i am looking for a small budget on car with space for 2 kids and stuffs we shop.usually a family oriented and safe car + less on installments + durable.
    please suggest.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi, adding to this the info you provided regarding your preference for a Japanese family car with ample leg/boot space and low on maintenance, I would suggest you look for a Yaris sedan, Nissan Sentra, Honda City – 3 or 4 years old cars can be bought at good prices or you might even find good Ramadan deals on these. You might also like a Peugeot 301 if you are used to European styling and comfort. All these cars answer to your safety and space requirement – including a large boot.

  33. an says:

    Hi Sudeep:

    Its great to read your replies to all the queries posted in this site. Very informative. I am planning on buying a 5 seater or 7 seater crossover We are a family of 3. Last year when my parents and brother visited us (my dad, brother and myself are all more than 6 feet tall) I realised how uncomfortable my yaris is for 5 well build adults plus my daughter and thus my decision to go for SUV / crossover.

    5 seater SUVs like x-tral and CRV are great for 4 adults, with the 5th seat best for children. I personally liked the CX9 as an overall vehicle (it has got a premium feel) and with the current reduced prices for the outgoing model. Please suggest your views between 5-seater and 7-seater SUV/crossovers and also between the choices I have zeroed down – CX9, Pajero and Fortuner.

    Thanks,
    Anand

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Good thinking Anand; you have shortlisted well. You might still want to keep a few things in mind. A large 5-seater might give you more rear legroom and boot space than a 7-seater. It might also be a more engaging daily drive and particularly X-Trail gives you rather good fuel economy too.

      Also, make up your mind on how much of off-road abilities vs city skills you might need because Mazda CX-9 is an urban crossover favouring style and long drive city comfort. However, this could be the best time to buy a CX-9 – at the offer price, you won’t miss the new SkyActiv model :-) Pajero is the capable one among the three and matches the CX-9 offer pricing. Toyota, too, has good offers on the outgoing Fortuner but the new one is more stylish, comfortable and capable. Anand, test them and let me know what you think too.

      • an says:

        Hi Sudeep:

        Thanks for your reply. :) After driving the bigger crossovers / SUVs, I have actually started liking the terrific drive view, drive position and command over the road that these big vehicles provide compared to a sedan (no offence intended to the great sedans out there though :). I have a budget of 100k (with a little bit of plus / minus here and there) and accordingly I started looking out.
        Though X-trail has a good overall package, I somehow didn’t like its CVT engine (its a little noisy and not that pleasure to drive). In my test drives, I found honda CRV, CX9, Murano and sorento to be better than X-trail at an overall level. Plus the headroom in X-trail is not much if you purchase a moonroof /sunroof trim.

        I love the new Fortuner design and style plus also liked it while I test drove it. Just that its out of my budget. Still will wait to check out Toyota’s Ramadan offers (but don’t expect much looking at the history of toyota offers). That leaves me with the following options – Rav4, CX9, Pajero – All mid trim models of these vehicles are falling around 100k right now.

        My heart goes to CX9. It has got a better premium feel and overall drive pleasure as compared to the other two plus right now it looks like the best value for money within 100k.

        Please let me know your views on the Cost of Maintenance and other reliability factors on these 3 vehicles. I know CX9 might fetch me the least resale value after 5 years among these 3 vehicles but will it be a deal breaker ?

        As always, looking forward to your insightful answers.

        Thanks,
        Anand

  34. Jade says:

    Hi Sudeep, can you please explain the offer of toyota. because im still confused why is it too low, is there a no DP option? or what, i will appreciate ur reply

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Jade,
      It could look a little baffling initially, so no worries! Yes, there is a 20% down payment involved and you also benefit from over 5% discount from Toyota’s side. 45% of the total is aimed to be paid in the first 2 years. As 20% already goes as down payment, the remaining amounts to a small EMI. If you wish to keep the car after 2 years, simply pay up the balance 55% in 3 years. In case you wish to return the car after the 24-month plan, you can choose to give it back and walk away. Wait a minute: Your car shouldn’t have done more than 20,000 km in 2 years – extra kilometres are chargeable, like daily taxi contracts. Makes sense – the dealer needs to re-sell it!
      So, if you wish to keep the car only for 2 years and you go around less than 200 km a week, only then this is a great deal to go for!

  35. Kapil says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    It would be great if I get your valuable inputs. I would like to buy a compact SUV. My budget is arround 70k.

    1. What would be your opinion on buying a pre-owed certified cars

    2. What is your opinion on ford-ecospot, hyndai tucson and Mistibishi ASX.

    3. I prefer the one which have very good saftey features even for rear passenger.

    Thanks in advance,
    Kapil

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Kapil, the 3 compact SUVs are all impressive, especially in the safety parameters. What was your take on the test drive? The new Tucson looks fab and could be the most satisfying drive with its 7-speed double clutch gearbox. The ASX also has a sleek styling and a 2.0L engine but you might or might not like the CVT transmission. The Ecosport has the smallest engine but is high on safety and fuel economy. Badge value and comfort features could give the new Hyundai Tucson the slight edge. Pre-owned certified does make sense because they usually come with warranty and remaining service package. Why not try the Ford Escape and VW Tiguan in that? If it is Hyundai Tucson, better go for the new version.

  36. Birjees says:

    Hi Sudeep. I was looking into the 2016 Toyota prado gxr 2.7L. I’ve been waiting for Toyota’s Ramadan offers. Can we expect any more than the ones you’ve mentioned? Also what’s your review for the car since that make and model is the max my budget allows.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Birjees, as of now, the showroom personnel are also not aware of any upcoming deals. The 2.7L might come across as a li’l tardy for the Prado. If you are keen of the Prado GX-R, take a look at the brand new Fortuner higher trims as well. Test drive them both before choosing. Check back for the deals.

  37. S says:

    Hi Sudeep, whats your opinion on the LEXUS GX 460 Premier? apparently Lexus is putting 20% down payment so they are claiming the final cost on base model will only be 168K from the original 210K, and this offer is only valid through bank loan.

  38. Mohamed Kabir says:

    Hi Sudeep ,

    Good Day

    Please suggest your review on Mitsubishi Lancer EX -2015

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Kabir, the last time I drove a Lancer was more than 12 years ago; hence I will let that question pass. The car has undoubtedly added style and sparkle to it since and I will make it a point to review the new Lancer and the Pajero at my earliest. All the best.

  39. Bhavin says:

    Hi Suddep,

    I am new to dubai. I am planning family car with around 50k-60k bydget with full option.
    can u guide me?
    And pls give your view on cherry tiago and MG cars.
    Thanks.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Bhavin, 60 K or near about could get you some good cars and also some generously configured options like the Nissan Sentra, the Yaris sedan or Hyundai Elantra. Now, if full options mean sunroof, alloy wheels and gadgetry, the more economical yet established Chinese brands might work for you, as you wisely have found out. Here is one of the better Chinese cars which is a spacious family car – Geely Emgrand GT review from DriveME http://drivemeonline.com/geely-emgrand-gt-gatecrashers-ticket/ – and this MG 6 review might give you a feel of the MG cars; they have become more involved and active recently. http://drivemeonline.com/mg-6-turbo-review-fastback-and-furious/

      • Bhavin says:

        thank you sudeep,
        i saw your review on geely emgrand gt and mg6.you have sumed it up very nicely. i like it both but my question is are they reliable on long term and about their resale value. I have heard some negetive reviews about chery tiago and thier cars.Specially i think Geely is good deal. pls give your thought about cherry tiago,mg5,geely emgrand 7,geely emgrand x7. i might use a suv also.

        Thanks and Regards,
        Bhavin

  40. Erkut Curaoglu says:

    Hi Sudeep,
    Thank you for your suggestions, they are really helpful.
    So now, i want to buy a SUV. I`m trying to avoid to give down payment.
    I need to rent a car, so instead of rent car i decided to buy one.
    1- Jeep Wrangler ( i`m fan of this SUV)(3 doors its ok for me)
    2-Pajero ( actually i want to wait until Ramadan maybe there will be a option without Down payment)
    3-Fj cruiser
    So any sugesstion, i`m planning to use this car for 5 years and than i want to sell without any difficulties please suggest with keeping this goals also.
    Thank you

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Erkut, if you are a regular adventurer, especially in the desert, my suggestion would be FJ, Wrangler and Pajero in that order. However for a Jeep fan, the order doesn’t apply! :-) Jeep could give you 5 years comprehensive package like last year; Pajero is already at a good price, but Pajero or Jeep both could help you tackle your worry of down payment. Check with them. As for easy resale, just take care of your car and maintain a service history. :-) Especially with the Wrangler and FJ, it will be of great help so as to reassure buyers that these capable SUVs have been well maintained.

  41. Mohini says:

    Hi we are looking budget car under 50k.please advise us

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Mohini, there are some pointers that could help in choosing your car. Whether you want to buy i) a sedan or a hatchback ii) what is priority for you? comfort and the fun of driving or resale value and reliability… iii) what’s your extent of usage? iv) Do looks matter? and so on…

  42. Nauman says:

    Hi Sudeep,
    I am interested in infinity QX-50 and my budget is around 160K including down payment.
    1) What are the pron and consin buying QX-50?
    2) what other best offers I can have ?

    Thanks in advance

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Nauman,
      The 2016 QX50 is a compact crossover that comes with all that is good about Infiniti, including some sporty characteristics of the drive. The 2016 version is priced at around 155k while the 2015 model saves you around 11,000 dirhams. The difference is virtually non-existent. Check this ‘Review on Demand’ for starters and go for a test drive to ensure if it’s the perfect match. http://drivemeonline.com/review-on-demand-2016-infiniti-qx50/

  43. Shahzad says:

    hi Sudeep, I came to know Ramadan promotion of 0% interest for Volks Wagon preowned, but I am confused if I will go for VW preowned, maintenance will be expensive and hectic, please advise if maintenance for volks wagon is not expensive and car is reliable/fuel efficient and my daily drive is near to 200 kms…please advise,
    regards,shahzad

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Shahzad, Considering that you drive 200km, the advantage with Volkswagen will be the 15000 km service interval. That is, yearly, when you will need 7 or 8 services for a vehicle with a 10k service interval, VW will need only 5. A car like Passat would give excellent comfort for your long drive while keeping fuel consumption reasonable. If you go for the new one, you get a 5 year no interest scheme while the 5-year warranty will save the worry, but you will exhaust the 45K service plan in hardly a year! A VW could be more expensive to maintain if your luck goes the wrong way when compared with a Toyota, which are chosen as Taxis for a reason!

  44. Javed says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    I have a budget of around 120k. Looking for a luxury saloon car, which would be a bit low on maintenance and loaded with all the latest tech features. Can you suggest few options with the Ramadan 2016 offers going on ?

    Thanks a lot

    J

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Javed, assuming you might throw in a few thousands more if you fall in love with a car, please test drive the new Audi A4 2.0L and the Infiniti Q50 (tech-rich). Two other cars that are a good bargain during Ramadan are the Cadillac ATS and the Lexus IS. You may also like the Ford Fusion or VW Passat (good payment plan).

      • Javed says:

        Thanks Sudeep. 1 more query. I love the IS 350 and Audi A4. Looking for reliability, lesser cost on maintenance and drive feel. What would you suggest out of the 2 cars ?

        Thanks.
        J

  45. Munish says:

    Dear Sudeep
    We have almost finalize to buy Nissan Altima, but recently I have seen few pics of revised model of Nissan altima 2016 (revised). Do you have any information when the new model going to be launched in UAE.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Munish, the revised Altima with the grille and lamps like the new Maxima was launched a couple of weeks ago but will be available in showrooms only in a couple of months. The difference is mainly in the gadgetry and the style upgrade.

  46. Jijeesh says:

    hai suddep ,gud evng i am looking for an SUV with an EMI of maximum AED 1750/- (60 months),with zero down payment ,can u please sugest the best option to go for.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Check out the Toyota Fortuner, Santa Fe, Pathfinder, Honda CRV, Tucson and new Volkswagen Tiguan for an idea of what you are looking for. If you are into more SUV action, try the Nissan Exterra as well.

  47. Fares says:

    Hello,
    Between mazda 3, vw passat, kia optima and sportage. Which one to choose?
    Thnks

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Dear Fares, that’s like asking which fruit to choose from a mixed bowl – this depends on your taste, need, and in this case – personality :-) Passat is one of the most practical and comfortable cars in the market, while Sportage is a stylish, compact and youngish choice. Kia optima serves the purpose of a Passat for flashy tastes, if you ask me – and Mazda 3 was on the world car of the year shortlist when launched. SO what would you prefer?

  48. Richard says:

    With dealers announcing their Ramadan offers do you expect Toyota Al Futtaim to offer similar upgrades on models as they have done the past couple of years or are their current financing offers likely to be their only offers during Ramadan?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Richard, Just as you wanted, Al Futtaim has brought back the “Upgrade” festival this time. E.g. A Corolla at the price of a Yaris, or the next trim level of a model. Happy buying.

  49. mohamed says:

    hi sudeep , am planing to buy an suv car this rmadan ,am kinda cofused betwen 3 cars ;jeep renegade ,kiA SPORTAGE AND HYUNDAI TUSCON , IF U HAVE ANY IDEA about ramadan offers and wich one should i go for ,thx

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Mohamed, the nature of these compact SUVs are quite different. Taking a test drive will help you choose one, almost instantly. Jeep’s Ramadan offers make this a good time to choose Renegade, if you like it.

  50. Bhavin says:

    hello sudeep,
    Your review for me was very helpful. But this geely is dependable for 4-5 years and what about their resale value. And what about used cars in UAE. Because in India they are rubbish always. Can we trust here used cars if i am getting good deals and they can last for 4years. And one more thing is i have heard that in RAK they are giving Dodge Charger in 50k. Probabaly they are imported, so can i trust to buy this imported cars and is it ok to drive this car in UAE and what about their registration.
    Sorry for giving you this much trouble but your guidance will be very helpful for me as i am new in Dubai.
    Thanks in Advance.

  51. Andrew J says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    I am planning to buy a new car this Ramadan. I have only moved to UAE a month ago, and I only have a small amount saved for a car (5000). However I am looking to spend about 2000 AED a month for a car, to have it paid off in about 3 years. I am looking at the Kia sportage and the Jeep Renegade. However how flexible are car dealerships with little or no down payments?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Andrew, especially during this Ramadan season in mid-year, you will find most dealers at their flexible best. 20% down payment is legally mandatory. However, at least some of them do offer ways within legal parameters, in which the whole weight of the down payment doesn’t fall on you. Managing through flexible financing or by contributing the value of special deals as down payment from the dealer’s side are a couple of ways of tackling this.

  52. mina says:

    hi Sandeep,

    I am buying my first car and a lady who is fond of hatchbacks like tiida. Can you suggest the best options since my knowledge of cars is none :).

    P.S my budget is around AED40,000, trying to get take advantage of the ramadan offers.

    thanks cheers :).

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Mina, With Ramadan offers, you could buy the Mazda 2, Suzuki Swift or Kia Rio.
      Also try the new, Hyundai i20 and Nissan Micra. Happy driving :-)

  53. Abhilash says:

    Hi Sudeep,
    I am planning to buy the 2016 model Renault Symbol Mid option car, this car is for a 4 membered family use and I am mostly concerned about the safety, can you please advice on the renault symbols performance, mileage reliability and safety also advice shall i go with renault or any other car in the same budget.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Abhilash, Renault Symbol starts at a 39K and goes to 43K. The 4k difference gives you camera, navigation, alloy wheels and automatic side mirrors which is a good bundle. The boot space is around 570 L which is why the Logan (related) is a popular taxi in India. Safety-wise, related Clio has 5-star NCap. Do check with the dealer on safety specs like airbags, adequate warnings etc. and check visibility from the car on your test drive. As for comparison, drive the Sunny and also the Yaris sedan and Mazda 2, which should be accessible during Ramadan offers.

  54. Darshan says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    I have almost shortlisted 3 models (Honda civic, Nissan Altima & KIA optima). All the models falls under same price category. I am really confused for the final selection. Sometimes, I will be struck with a thought about Toyota corolla (2015 Model, 2.0 L). Kindly help me in this regards.

    Eagerly waiting for your reply.

    Cheers Brother

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Darshan, That’s a good shortlist and you are right, takes Corolla to complete the picture. Current Corolla is part of Al Futtaim’s Ramadan offer. You will find Nissan Altima and Toyota Corolla reviews on DriveMEonline.com. New Civic has left my garage but is still at my desk: It is an eye-stopper and has some advanced options if you spend a few dirhams more. Nissan Altima could feel a bit staid now that the new model is almost here but the way to find out your match is to TAKE A TEST DRIVE.To add to your confusion, drive the MAzda 6 too while you are at it. Consider the season’s offers too, narrow down to just two, and let’s discuss again Darshan.

      • Darshan says:

        Hi Sudeep, Thank you for the reply. I missed out a important model here (Mazda 6). Last evening, I had got a chance to see Mazda 6. Seriously, Its a worthy addition to the list. Now, I narrowed my selection to Nissan Altima & Mazda 6. Considering the offer, Mazda 6 is having positive edge. Mazda 6, there is some contradictory technical issue persists. The latest Mazda 6 is 2.0 L or 2.5 L engine?? if it’s 2.5 L, then I will go for it. Thank you for your amazing thoughts Sudeep :)

        Cheers Brother

  55. awad says:

    is there any SUV offer with 0% interest rate during this Ramadan??

    thank you

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Please scroll through the listed offers Awad. In case you get to know of anything outside this, please keep us all posted. All the best.

  56. Tarek says:

    Hey hi
    What would be the price of fj cruser after ramadan promotion
    What is the down payment? And monthly payments ?

  57. Vicky says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    Really impressed to see your suggestions to all; this is very helpful. I am also planning to buy my first car in UAE and confused between Mitsubishi Lancer EX & Toyota Yaris Sedan or Corolla (Basic option).

    I have AED 15,000 in hand for down payment & can go up 1500/month as an installment.

    Need your advise as Lancer EX seems cheap basic model price (AED 39,500/-) having all basic required options but doesn’t have resale value (it that true?); and am not sure about the driving pleasure/comfort. I am driving Corolla in my home country since many years so thought to change my mind for Mitsubishi (anyways its Japanese brand so expecting the better quality); and to be honest price difference is another catch. Lancer is 40k and Yaris is 55/ Corolla 60+.

    Need your expert advise on this. Will appreciate your help! Thanking you in advance.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Vicky, first of all, I don’t quite get why aren’t thinking the next segment given your budget – as per your 15K advance and approx. 1500 per month, you can easily look at cars costing close to 80K with a four year loan plan and 100K with a 5 year plan. No point being extravagant so let’s look at the first kind. Why not test the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra full option or mid option – no worry about resale value – and give the Mazda 3 a shot? At this price, you can even look at the VW Golf and the Passat entry level – with current Ramadan offers, makes sense! Let me know how it goes.

  58. Aravind says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    It was great to see all your replies. I got my driving license just before three month. I am planning to buy a car in this ramadan offers. I will use car daily on a average of 75 KM. I am looking for sedan or SUV. My budget is EMI 1000 AED & 20% DP. I am looking for a car with cruise control & Look of the car really matters. Please suggest me some cars.

    Thank you

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Aravind, going by what you described I have picked 5 each for you to view and test. Depending on a shortlist of 3 that you choose, we could work on further options in a more focused way. All the best.

      Sedan/hatches: Sentra, Elantra, Renault Megan, Ford Fiesta, Mazda 3, Peugeot 208 GT Line
      SUVs: SsangYong Tivoli, Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke, 2.0L Kia Sportage, Hyundai Creta

  59. nithin shenoy says:

    Hi sudeep,
    I am waiting for the launch of the new models of 3 cars
    Nissan Murano
    volkswagen tiguan
    mazda cx9
    any idea when these will be launched in uae. I have now been waiting for about 5 months.
    although ramadan would seem to be a good time to buy a car, i would still prefer waiting for these models as i have read and seen good reviews for these.
    please let me know how locg would i have to wait

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Nithin, Looks like, all three model launches are being planned close to the Q4. September – October. If you are lucky, the CX9 might hit the shores a little earlier.

  60. Ray says:

    Hi Sudeep

    Am a new driver and i know nothing about the cars, i saw MG350 and i thought i can be able to afford it its now on offer at 35999, kindly let me know if this is a good deal and also suggest for me any other better model ranging at this price, Thank you very much.

    Regards
    Ray

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Ray, MG 350 price looks very appealing. Check if the 6 year warranty and other offers are still valid. If you are looking for a small sedan in that range, you may also test drive the Kia Rio Sedan, Hyundai Accent, Peugeot 301, Suzuki Swift D’zire and the old favourite Nissan Sunny (1.5L). Don’t forget to compare their warranty period and interest offers for a final comparison. All the best; let me know how it goes.

  61. Farhan says:

    Hi

    I am planning to buy SUV. Please suggest which is best for price and quality point of view.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Farhan, being more specific would help me pick a few for you from the sea of choices available in today’s market. Like a. what is your budget b how intense is the usage c. Do you care for driving pleasure or resale value more. etc.
      Stay in touch.

  62. Sufyan says:

    Hi Sundeep,

    Need suggestion, I have filtered some of the cars, toyota yaris sedan SE+, nissan sunny SL, and nissan tiida 1.6 SV. My range is around 50-50k. I will do the 40% down payment and rest through islamic bank in 1 year max. My Average drive daily might be around 130 km. What would you suggest If i have choosen right cars? are they upto that mark to drive at this average daily? And is there any other option available? I am not sure about Lancer. I have driven all 3 cars but still for such long distance, i am still confused which one is comfortable too .

    I know i have asked a long list, but hoping for a good reply :)..

    Thanks

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Sufyan, The current Ramadan offers might ‘upgrade’ you to a Corolla instead of Yaris sedan at the same price as their offer goes. 130 km is not a long drive for either the Sunny or a Tiida :-). But do try the Nissan Sentra and even the new Emgrand GT ( for around 60K, it’s a comfortable well-endowed car – check if there is a value assurance after 2 or 3 years). All these cars, please find reviews on the site using the “SEARCH” button on top right. Let me know how it goes. Always a pleasure to be of help.

  63. Meesum says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    What do you think off the 2016 Audi Q7? Is it worth the extra money? Plus do you have any idea of the mileage of Q7 and how does it compare to the Infiniti QX70?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Meesum, the 2016 Audi Q7 is much more refined than the outgoing model, and the handling is more confident and pleasurable. The top end offers plenty of tech and this time Audi has built an impressive 7-seater in its class. My test mileage was 8km/L on a mixed drive – rather cool for a car of its size – while the 0-100 came up in 7.2 sec. I agree it’s a little pricey, but the X5 is no less in that! As for QX70, it is a more sporty SUV with plenty of style to impress those leaning towards Infiniti. Cabin tech wise they both have different styles. So, define your need starting from 5-seater or 7-seater, service intervals, character of handling etc. and things will be clearer.

  64. Jimson Thomas says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    I am planning to buy SUV. My budget is up to 85000. Can you please suggest me a good value car. And what is your review about Subaru XV and mazda CX5 2.0L?

    Thanks

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Jimson, Please find my CX-5 review here. The AWD is my preference in that. http://drivemeonline.com/mazda-cx-5-review-right-considerations/
      The XV is mostly built for the city life but you have the advantage of the AWD. As for other options offering good value, do familiarise yourself with the Toyota RAV4, X-Nissan Trail, Hyundai Tucson and the Suzuki Grand Vitara also. It will give you an idea of what your type of car is.

  65. Samina says:

    Hi Sudeep, thank you for the valuable info…
    I am planning to buy an economical car with 20% down payment and the emi of 750 or so..
    The daily drive is just around 50km, my main concerns are for safety, as I will be driving with my 10 month old..
    I have Hyundai Tucson 2010 model, which has now started giving off a tit bit of maintanace..
    I had in mind the Toyota corolla, Honda city… Not sure how much the emi would go upto (I almost have no knowledge about the cars)
    Could you suggest what options should I look at.

    Thanks

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Samina, Keeping in mind the EMI you have mentioned you may look at cars costing around AED 50,000 on a 5 year payment plan at interests around 2 – 2.5%. Toyota Yaris, Peugeot 208 (Euro 5-star) and Kia Rio. Make sure the ISOFIX baby seat clips on the back seat are convenient for you to operate. If you push your budget a little, you may also test and explore the Mazda 3, Chevrolet Cruze (5-star US rating) and the SsangYong Tivoli if you prefer a Compact Crossover. When you shop for them, make sure the safety options are available in the trim level you choose. Most of these cars are reviewed (except Cruze and Mazda 3) on my pages. Please search on Top Right Hand to get to the respective page. All the best!

  66. Vinan Havanis says:

    Dear Sudeep

    I have a budget of 100k AED. I am single and value driving experience. As a recent licence holder , the question was always between new and used car which I seemed to have got through.

    Need your opinion on the following four cars so that it might help me with my decision. The Volvo V40 , Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and the VW golf.

    Please feel free to suggest outside the above four as well if you please. I am tending towards the V40 post my test drives with all the cars

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Dear Vinan, You have chosen well. Volvo V40 is smooth, stylish and spacious and its R design for 99K is great value! Being single, why not try the Honda Accord Coupe or Accord Sport B version instead of the regular? VW Golf is an excellent drive of course and you could try the Toyota Aurion instead of Camry in case Al Futtaim Motors has it in the Upgrade plan in ramadan. You may also test the Mazda 6 and VW Passat as well. If you haven’t come across them already, you will find all these cars reviewed on Drivemeonline.com Just search on the right hand Top corner.

      All the best.

      Sudeep

  67. S says:

    Hi Sudeep, what is your opinion on the Honda Pilot, I was looking for a large SUV with seating capacity for 7 and V6 engine ….. currently they have the base Pilot for AED 110,000 ….. do you think this is good value for money? How is the resale on this car, and what other 7 seater vehicle can i consider under AED 110,000 that will be better value than the Honda Pilot?

  68. Raghunath says:

    Dear Sudeep,

    Planning to spare 2350/- per month EMI for 4 wheel drive option with 4 years duration.

    I have models in mind, Pathfinder or Pajero or Prado or QX 60 or Lincoln MKT.

    how much should be kept for down payment?.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Good to see your shortlist Raghunath – all notable SUVs in their own way. The amount earmarked will be enough to cover close to 100K of the total value if you calculate interest @ 3 or 3.25%. All these cars have different prices. The Pajero might not need this high an EMI as it will cost you less than 100K. The QX60 will cost you around 145K, which will require 29,000 as down payment. The legal DP requirement is 20%.

  69. Seneeb says:

    Dear Sudheep,
    I would like to purchase 2016 Toyota Fortuner GXR. I would like to hear your opinion on that car. And what are the offers I can get now for this car?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Seneeb, The last season’s schedule prevented me from testing the new Fortuner even though i was present at the launch. I’ll be doing that at the earliest test dates available but the vehicle is all-new with comfortable interiors, better capabilities and the same popular reliability reports.

  70. Vijeesh Vijayan says:

    Hello sir,

    I am planning to have a used car worth 25,000 max. Nissan sunny 2014 is in my mind. Could you please advise which are be the best used cars in this price range? Appreciate your kind advise in advance.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Vijeesh, The question should be slightly modified to mean “the best cars for you” :-) If you are looking for a basic car with a proven track record and reliable resale value, yes you may consider the Sunny, Toyota Corolla or the Yaris. In the current market conditions, you should be able to get a decent purchase with this budget. The 2014 Corolla could cost more.You may also test drive 2012-2013 Ford Focus/Fiesta for taste. Also look out for any purchase that will leave you with at least a year of service on top of the warranty.

  71. Vishal says:

    Dear Sudeep,
    I have really enjoyed reading your reviews…Thanks for sharing your knowledge…appreciate it. I am looking to upgrade to an SUV. I am currently driving the honda accord…fabulous car…must say…I am looking at 2 options here…1) Land Rover Discovery sport and 2) Audi Q5 My budget is around 200K. Out of these 2 which one would you recommend in terms of 1) Reliability 2) Service & Maintenance 3) off roading (not hardcore off roading though) and 4) Cost.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Vishal, Thank you for staying connected to DriveME. As we speak, the new Honda Accord has hit the market. But let’s stick to the Q5 and Discovery Sport today. :-) While the Q5 scores better in the drivability and sportiness, the off road capability buttons favour the Discovery Sport. However the Q5’s Quattro does help with the sticky situations. The character and feel of both the vehicles are slightly different. A test drive should sort your dilemma out. The warranty and service package evens out both the cars (5 years) while Discovery Sport enjoys a slight edge with cost. All the best. Let me know.

  72. Arun says:

    Hi sudeep, Iam planning for an upgrade from a normal saloon car to a 4 wheel drive due to acute knee pain, i travel not less than 5000 kms a month, i have a monthly budget of 1200, could manage 20% downpayment. Please suggest me an option considering the maintanance cost since I travel a lot and wants to limit the maintanenace cost as well. Thx friend

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hey Arun, as your case is specific, it is better to test drive and see how much pressure the accelerator requires, the shifting space and angle between the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal as well as the seating posture you are comfortable with. Further, the Ford Escape could give you a warranty + service deal; RAV 4 is known for low maintenance, and try the X-Trail, GMC Terrain or Chevrolet Captiva for their feel of driving. As you drive a lot, I am looking at long-term warranty or maintenance coverage as well.

  73. Kiran says:

    Hello Sudeep, You are doing a wonderful job and I am highly impressed with your reviews and request you to help me for a better choice. Right now I drive Nissan Sentra and wishes to upgrade to a SUV. I ma planning to go for a pre-owned car and my budget would be roughly around 75K, monthly 1350, with down-payment. I am a sales executive and drives more than 6000 kms a month and I am highly concerned with the maintenance and fuel efficiency. Considering these aspects I have shortlisted 3 cars, namely, Mazda CX-9, Mitsubishi Pajero and Nissan X-trail. Please advise me.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Kiran, let me start by saying I don’t think moving from a sedan to an SUV is as much an “upgrade” as a “cross over” :-) It is a different experience and preference altogether, you see! So, you drive around a lot and you’ve chosen well. Fuel efficiency of these cars are good, especially the X-Trail. At 75K, you’ll get a slightly closer model year of the Pajero, so perhaps you will get it with warranty. Driving comfort for a guy who drives 6000 km does matter, and the pre-owned Mazda could score more in that dept. My advice would be: This being the best time to grab a deal on new automotive, why not go for it. It won’t be much higher than your specified budget. You will end up having a long warranty though these brands don’t give out service deals usually. Peace! :-)

  74. Bob says:

    Hi Sudeep, ant update on dealership offers towards the end of the year as shown above?

    I am currently looking at a Volvo XC90 t6 or a Audi Q7?
    Volvo currently offering 10 per cent discount it stingy service package, Audi no offers but 3 yr service and 5 year warranty.

    Having driving both there is little between them imo…any insight resale values? Reliability?

    Thanks bob

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Bob, an update of offers will happen in two days. Sorry, I should admit that we got carried away with more than 7000 hp across 12 cars to celebrate the 500 posts landmark! (Are you following them on the site?) :-)
      XC90 and Audi Q7. I can imagine your dilemma coz they are excellent choices and both all-new. Even in reliability, both are quite comparable just as in other parameters. The resale in our part of the world gives the new Q7 a slight edge. I suggest you check out the cabin telematics – and see which one do you find simpler.

  75. Nagaraj says:

    Hi Sudeep, I hope you are doing well.

    My requirment is a 7 seater SUV with a budget of 130 to 140 K AED. I do about 75 Km a day. Am confused betwen the 2.7 Ltr and 4.0 Ltr version of the Fortuner. The 4.0 Ltr version is approximately 140 K with insurance and Maintenance, which gives me the option of buiying bigger SUV such as Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer. The secondary factors that i also consider are comfort, reliability, fun to drive and fuel economy.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Nagaraj, good job doing the shortlist. Now it’s easier – sort of :-) If you are serious about the 7-seater part, then the Pilot or Explorer or Durango could offer you more comfort. Fun to drive still keeps the new Honda Pilot and Explorer in the list but the low clearance limits off-roading abilities. If you do like the ‘bulky bulwark’ styling of Durango, they do offer great deals these days. All four pointers you mentioned could still bring you back to the Fortuner and the 4.0L version makes it a little more interesting to drive, even in the sands.

  76. VIren says:

    Hi, can you please tell the best offers going on the car, need for lady and budget is between AED 60-100k, looking for best deals going now.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Viren, There are many offers and flexible deals around. So I would suggest you shop around for some cars the lady likes and take a test drive. So she will get to know what is easier and more convenient for her, in parking, handling etc. As for deals, scan our Best Deals page to see all the deals, but I found Mitsubishi ASX and Pajero; Kia Sportage; Toyota RAV4 and Camry – all have good offers. If you would like something premium, try the Volvo V40 – it is at a good price!

  77. Sawyer says:

    Hi, I am looking for hyundai genesis models in this page but not here.
    Can you tell me the best offer for genesis?

  78. Thulasiram says:

    Hi I am planning to buy Renault Talisman, how about your opinion for the same

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      With a very modern and engaging cabin tech, I say it is a car to consider alongside Camry, Accord and Passat – and in some respects even better! We have tested the car extensively across the UAE. The Renault Talisman full review will be posted sometime next week. I will update you on that.

  79. Joyal says:

    I would like to buy a car new one only but without downpayment and with service package . My maximum range is 120000aed. Monthly less than 2000aed . Pls suggest a good one

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Joyal, that’s a good budget to have options. Just try to define some parameters you are looking for mate! Like SUV or sedan; do you need top end specs or want less of tech but more handling enjoyment; any make preferences like European or Japanese; and so on.

  80. Jad says:

    Good thing I found this. Great job! I hope that you will keep updating this esp this coming Ramadan where almost all dealers have good deals.

  81. Moiz says:

    Hello Amit,
    I bought a full option 3.5 Pajero last year, but i am not happy with its fuel economy and the hard handling. I am thinking of changing the car this year. Saw the New Koleos, what are your reviews on that car? Renaults are not good in terms of resale value in past, would this nissan inspired Koleos be also the same and lose half of its value in just 2 years?

    My criteria are a family SUV, 0% interest, good handling.

    Even Audi Q2 & Q3 are up for 0% interest. should I wait further for ramadan offers or these options are good to try?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      There is a huge difference between earlier Koleos and the current one – in terms of styling and the drive, and it is likely to have better resale than before. If you are used to Pajero size, you may want to check out the GMC Acadia or Chevrolet Trailblazer. Two recommended test drives this season would be the upcoming 3008 from Peugeot (surprise!) and the brand new Honda CR-V! The Peugeot 3008 was Car of The Year in Geneva Motor Show 2017!

      Now that Ramadan is just round the corner, you might benefit from a better deal. Q2 is a nice compact SUV and it is a fun looking car but if your criteria is more practicality and space, Q3 or even the Tiguan could be a better option.

      By the way, the name is SUDEEP :-)

  82. Bj says:

    Dear sudeep

    I am planning to purchase Nissan sunny 2017..My budget is 50 k…Will it be good. Or any option..

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hello Bj, your budget is good enough for a good car with impressive packages during this season. Nissan Sunny is a tried and tested car; you may also try the reliability of a Corolla (they often have upgrade offers) or try the new Accent, which I hear is good too. If you want more for the money, new Chinese brand Geely Emgrand GT could leave you surprised!

    • Bk says:

      Dear sudeep, my budget is 45 to 50 k…I have choices of lancer ex,Yaris,accent,Figo, which will be better option…I m not traveling more…ac should be good…

      • Sudeep Koshy says:

        Hi BK, These days most ACs are good. But then, a stylish car could benefit from a bit of window tinting especially if you are sensitive about the cooling. Like a Yaris, most of these are proven cars, you may also try the ever-reliable Sunny and the Kia Rio.

        • bk says:

          dear sudeep, how is nissan juke option,they are giving at 54k, but its sale to be stopped this year..for spare parts in future and resell in future,what do you think…

          i m fining nissan juke better than yaris sedan..pl guide

          • bk says:

            waiting

          • Sudeep Koshy says:

            Sorry BK. Missed your query. Answer is next to the question.

          • Sudeep Koshy says:

            Hi BK, You’re right. Nissan has already replaced the Juke and the Tiida with Nissan Kicks compact crossover in this market. The Kicks is already gaining in popularity. Even though it is not as quirky as the Juke, it is somewhat funky. If you are a fan of the Juke, and you get a good deal as the model is withdrawn, spare parts shouldn’t be a worry for a few years at least, as is the norm. Resale might drop, but may be you can trade in the same for another Nissan after a few years. Check this option with them.

  83. Motasem says:

    Hi Sudeep
    I’m confused, I would like to by a new car with rang 2000/month
    What you suggest for me ?? I need one that it’s price not go down quickly,
    Should I wait for Ramadan offers ?
    Regards

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Dear Motasem, While more info and your preferences will help me in suggesting a car – including factors that matter to you most – I can make a safe answer as per consistent market trends and your price point – Toyota Camry and Corolla, Nissan Altima, Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Pajero and in recent years, Mazda 6. As for offers, now that we are almost in May, not checking out Ramadan offers wouldn’t be justified!

  84. Simone Marchese says:

    I like the Porsche cayenne deal, my budget is 3200 all in and I don’t want to put any downpayment.
    do you now if Porsche will help with that? my other option would be a Jeep GC night eagle..

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Porsche does have a financing option of their own; so they should be able to help you out with flexible DP if this offer is still valid. If Jeep has a Night Eagle edition available, you might want to hurry once the Ramadan offers start. Coz a Jeep fan could beat you to it!
      The GC Night Eagle might be a rarer presence here than a ‘normal’ Cayenne, but you might want to decide if there is a particular machine character you prefer!

      • Simone Marchese says:

        Tks man… since the GC night eagle was not available the color I wanted, I finally went for a GC Trailhawk.. really cool car with interesting feature. I’ll get it in a couple of days…

  85. vai says:

    Hi, can you advice me if the offer from sharaf for BMW is good?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi, The offer by itself is quite good as it is a 320i. It totally depends on – i) if you need a big TV or if you have cracked a deal with someone who needs a big TV. ii) What extent is the BMW warranty and service available with the deal? I guess it is the international warranty of 2 years with no service package. Please check that and if you are fine with that – the combo price is fantastic!

  86. Parthiban says:

    Hi,

    I’m planning to buy new Nissan Altima 2017. Current offer price for the mid spec is 73500/- AED. Earlier it was 83000 AED. how about the new altima 2017 in terms of spec, reliabliity, price worthy and resale? kindly need your suggestions on this.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      The new Altima had a mid-cycle refresh recently but no major changes. The savings seem to be substantial but this being the buyer’s season, hop around to compare the packages and savings on its competitors as well. While there are similar sedans that drive better, the specs and space of the Altima are rather good, Parthiban.

  87. Hady says:

    I am planning to buy an Audi S3 2017 .

    Do you suggest to wait as tge price is quite high 180K .

    I am in love with this car but i found it over priced.

    Kindky suggest.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      I agree the price is a bit high but then the S badge doesn’t come cheap and if you look at the M2 you’ll end up paying more. May be you should also try the Mini Cooper S Works, Merc A 45 and the Lexus IS 350 F-Sport. On a wild card entry basis, get behind the Volvo S60 Polestar with 350 hp and 500 Nm. They had some good offers going last time I checked! You can always come back for your S3! :-)

  88. Adel says:

    Hi i wanna buy a subaru wrx
    First whats your idea about it and when is the best time to come and buy andhow much discount do u think i can get from the dealer and where????

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Adel, As you know the Subaru WRX is a niche car preferred by enthusiasts like you. So outlandish deals need not be expected. However, during Ramadan, a general benefit should be available, especially if there is previous model year available. Check with Al Khoory Automobiles (Dubai)

  89. Adel says:

    Tanx a lot about ur nice and encouraging reply
    And one more thing about subaru Cuz i wanna export it to iran i wanna know whether its parts are expensive comparing to other brands orno? How much its side costs and monthly costs??
    Tanx in advance dear

  90. Shailendra ram Singh says:

    Hi sandeep,

    I am audi lover as my first car was A4, and I enjoyed very much. Now according to time and money. I m looking for something strong and sports looks. My budget is 12k and I want to have car which I keep for long time. My current looks on Dodge Charger sxt, audi, jeep and impala.

    I don’t want to be too much confuse but every car have it’s on impact.

    Please assist me what you think I should go for.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Shailendra, Right said. Each of these cars has its own impact. :-) Price range could vary a bit with the Audi and Jeep. Anyway, it’s simple to solve. Do take a test drive of the Charger, the new Audi A4, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Impala. I will be surprised if you aren’t impressed by the new A4 but again, I won’t be surprised if you choose between the Charger and the Impala. Let me know. :-)

  91. George says:

    I am planning to buy a used (1-2 years) or brand new SUV within the price range of 120K – 150K. What models do you recommend ? I do not go off roading and it will be used for home>office and usual weekend family activities and rarely out of city drives. Prefer brands like as Jeep, Land Rover, Mercedes, BMW, Lexus.. Do you recommend to buy during Ramadan or by year end ?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi George, That was a clear brief. Thank you. :-) If you decide to go for a new car, Jeep Grand Cherokee will give you a decent trim level for 150 with a 5 year warranty and service package, going by their previous year Ramadan packages. New Mazda Cx-9 too will fit your description nicely. As this is the time to explore, see if you like the Volvo XC60 or the new Peugeot 3008 – it was World Car of The Year at 2017 Geneva Motor Show – and you could get a full option for your starting budget! You might find deals on previous model of Lincoln MKX too. Considering cars up two year old cars will take your price set to around 250K – which could include the ML class or Lexus RX or the Land Rover Discovery Sport (one year old). Check for the remaining warranty and service package.

      As for Ramadan or Year End, this time they are 7 months apart, so that’s totally up to your urgency of getting a car!

  92. kunal says:

    hi sudeep,
    i am thinking of buying malibu 2017 ltz model. just heard of toyota camry platinum edition ramadan offer where they are paying the down payment for us. between malibu and camry whats your choice? also any offers that may come for ramadan from chevrolet stable?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Kunal, If Toyota is paying 20% down payment that could be a substantial saving. Chevy too is offering a savings focused plan with AED 10K on Malibu. The new Malibu is quite impressively styled after the Impala and scores big in space and frills. Traditionally known reliability, resale value and a better AC are Toyota’s assets. Please compare the Platinum specs too.

  93. RASHIN says:

    Hai Sudeep,
    I am planning to buy a SUV CAR in this month.My budget is 90k. I would like to go for Toyota
    RAV 4(2017) or HONDA CR-V(2017).But i am little bit confused.Which one is better option.which offer is better?
    Not only offer which vehicle is more reliable and having good resale value?Any other car suggestion from your side?
    Thank you brother

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hey Rashin, You have chosen two closely priced cars, so comparison should be easy. See what you are getting for the price in terms of features and specs and which drive you like better. As your priorities are resale and reliability, you have chosen right but you can probably try the X-Trail too for a final comparison. As both your choices have maintain almost similar value after 3 or 4 years. As for reliability issues, RAV-4 has had a smoother run in the past but they have been pretty close in the last decade but considering a 5 year warranty and service could give you peace of mind.

  94. Saksham Agrawal says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    I am planing to buy a new car with-in a month or soo.

    I would prefer to buy an SUV and I want to spend AED 1200 to AED 1350 without down payment.

    I had few test drives of Tucson, CX5, Montero Sport, Civic, Cruze, Nissan Kick and Geely X7 Sport

    Out of which I like Geely X7 and Civic as they are coming with full options and looks luxurious too.

    As Geely is new brand, I am worried about its reliability and maintenance. Do you think is it worth to buy? How about it’s resale value?

    Civic is but expensive it’s full option is bit higher from my budget

    Also, please advise if you have any suggestions or options

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Saksham, Please read the recent article on a selection of new SUVs published a couple of days ago. I have mentioned Geely Emgrand X7 Sport http://drivemeonline.com/new-cars-in-ramadan-buying-spotlight/. Soon enough a full review will be published too. Geely as a company has benefited from their association with Volvo. They are frugal with power but very practical in terms of space, capability and premium comfort. As for resale value, they are offering a 50% assurance after 3 years on trade-in. Please check if they are offering a long term warranty this season, so that you don’t need to worry about maintenance too.

  95. Kumar says:

    Hi sudeep
    Good day!
    I would like to buy a small SUV during this Ramadan offers.My budget is 65-70k. Looking for your kind advise on Mitsubishi ASX-2017 and also suggest me the other best vehicles within this range

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Kumar, Please do test the Chevrolet Trax and Ford Ecosport to confirm your style preferences! You may also drive the Geely Emgrand X7 Sport and the Changas Cs75 for an overall understanding of your options. Round off your trials with the Nissan Kicks and needless to say, start with the ASX.

      Do take the time to let me know what you think.

  96. RASHIN says:

    Hai Sudeep,
    Thanks for your valuable advise.I want to know CR V 2017 when it will be available in uae market?
    comparing 2016 and 2017 model which one u will prefer?If it launched in ramdan there will be any offer?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      The CR-V was launched yesterday but please check with showroom when will the sales start. It is the 5th generation and an impressive vehicle. You can read the first drive report tomorrow on Drivemeonline.com As for offers, you might find a benefit package; anyway they have promised that it is priced to surprise! :-)

  97. Venkatesh says:

    Hi Sandeep,

    Good day,

    I am Planning to buy new sedan type car.

    Please suggest best car in below:

    1. Nissan Sunny
    2. Mitsubishi Lancer EX

    Else, If your having any other option. Please post.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Venkatesh, You have chosen safely. You could also try the Yaris hatch and the new Hyundai Accent for the best offers and for variety.

  98. Yuvaraj says:

    Hi sudeep,

    I have reading this article with comments for past 2 months. Nice suggestions by you. Recently I got a driving license and I don’t drive back in india. I am looking for sedan or crossover within 1000aed EMI. I am very confused whether I should be going for a new car or used car.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hey Yuvraj, It doesn’t matter if you haven’t driven back in India. Here you can choose your favourite car and enjoy driving it. :-) If you are planning a long-term purchase you may choose a new car, something as reliable as a Toyota Corolla! If you want a Crossover, check out the new Nissan Kicks or the Ford Ecosport for a taste. The stylish and spacious Suzuki Ciaz could be more affordable compared with India. Use this time to take these test drives and find out what kind of a car do you like most and suits you best. As for pre-owned cars, at the same 60K budget you can look at models originally costing a 80-85K. Like the segment of Camry and Accord just two years old. If your favourite models are from brands that lose 40% in 2 years, then a pre-owned is recommended. Good luck!

  99. Sudheer Kumar says:

    Hi Sudeep,
    I would like to go for a 4×4 in this Ramadan and budget is 130 to 150 K, What would be the best deal

    Thanks Sudheer

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Sudheer, During Ramadan offers, Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 4×4 worth looking at, with good warranty and service cover. The new Pathfinder is worth looking at and so is the top trim Fortuner, if you are an off road aspirant or an adventurer. If you aren’t too keen on deserts, Ford Explorer and a Honda Pilot might be comfortable options. Do take a test drive. Good luck.

  100. Paul Cyriac says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    I came to know about you via HIT FM.

    I am in search for a car for me. Got stuck in three options. Toyota Prado, Volkswagon Tiguan and Nissan Pathfinder are those ones. In my preference 1st choice is Tiguan then Pathfinder and at last place is Prado. Would you please enlighten me with your valuable advise?

    Regards,

    Paul

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Paul, The new Pathfinder is a rather capable and practical car and it is a 7-seater. The Tiguan is more compact yet could probably be more of a pleasure for city usage and if your partner also drives, she might like it more. While the Tiguan is reasonably capable, if you plan occasional off-roading, the Pathfinder might be more suitable for you, especially as the new version is well-equipped in the top trims.

  101. Allan says:

    Hi Sudeep, thanks for collating all this info. Do you know anymore about the Volvo offer? I think the XC60 / XC90 deal sounds interesting but I’m worried as I might be leaving the UAE In 1 year. If the deal is about renew or return after 2 years, how would this work if I was to try and return the car after 1 year?

    Thanks

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Allan, You can choose an early settlement option if you return the car before 24 months. A settlement equity based on balance instalments will be applicable. (The showroom will help you with further details. Anyway it is possible. :-))

  102. Shaji says:

    Hi sudeep..

    I would like to buy a sedan or hatchback car without down payment option during this Ramadan offers.My budget is 45 to 50k. Looking for your kind advise on Mitsubishi Lancer EX2017, Honda city 2017 and also suggest me the other best vehicles within this range.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Besides Lancer and City, do test drive and study Peugeot 301 (practical and spacious), Hyundai Accent (new and interesting), Mazda 2 (stylish and improved), Kia Rio (nice drive and spacious) – the last two are hatchbacks that I have in mind. See what suits your drive comfort and compare the offers. Some of them will be willing to help you with the downpayment. (Check offers listed on this page). Toyota Yaris also gives you the flexibility of payment.

  103. RASHIN says:

    HAI SUDEEP,
    I am waiting for your review regarding Honda CR-V 2017,And i would like to know the honda ramdan offer is interesting?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Coming up this weekend bro. :-) The Honda offers are there on this page. Check and compare with the others too!

  104. Binu says:

    Hi Sudeep,
    Love your reviews on Hit 96.7. I was looking at the new CR-V for my wife but the display car is not yet available (Bookings are open though). Do you think it’s a good choice or do you have any alternate suggestions in a similar price range. 120K tops.

    Thanks.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Thank you Binu. :-) Car buying is a great opportunity to experience different cars and choose what answers to our needs and appeals to our senses. Honda CR-V new generation is improved in design (a tinge more masculine too), drive feel and space configuration. The Top trims have plenty of gadgets too. While you are car shopping for your wife, why not test drive the totally new Peugeot 3008, Volvo XC60, the new Mazda CX-5 and the VW Tiguan too? As for the Honda CR-V, a full UAE test drive is coming up very soon. Stay tuned. Keep reading! :-)

      • Binu says:

        Hi Sudeep,
        I know you’re a busy man but thank you so much for taking out the time for poor souls like us:) I will definitely look into your suggestions (have already checked the Mazda but not the Volvo or Peugeot). Will keep you posted!

        • Sudeep Koshy says:

          Always welcome! Enjoy the drives. :-)

          • Binu says:

            Hi Sudeep,
            We checked out both the Honda and the Peugeot but she did’nt quite enjoy the stance and seating of either of these vehicles. And since we already have a saloon, we feel now that a hatch might be a more sensible choice.

            Do you have any suggestions? I was thinking of looking at the Volvo V40, Audi A3 and the VW Golf / GTI. But I’m also concerned about the maintenance cost of these vehicles. Would you know how much it costs to service an A3 (for example) once it’s free service period is over? Thanks.

          • Sudeep Koshy says:

            Hi Binu, Thanks for letting me know. Yes, the category of vehicle depends totally on individual comfort. The A3 and Golf (even if it is not a GTI, it would make a lot of sense for your wife!) both have 15K service intervals, hence it won’t far too costlier than vehicles with more frequent service requirements. Yes, AC or drive train components going wrong could be more expensive, but then during Ramadan 5 year warranties are in place. While you are checking out the V40, try the XC60 as well. Going by budgets and preferences I think the Golf or Mazda 3 might work well for you. By the way, when checking out cars, remember to deflate lumbar support and start adjusting seat backs from scratch to suit your comfort.

  105. Bk says:

    Please suggest between juke16 and sentra17.. as resell and performance because both are at same price..juke will b stopped this year..pl guide

  106. Franklin says:

    Hi,
    I am interested in getting a SUV but with Unlimited Mileage service contract for 3 or 5 Years. The budget is between 100 – 150K. What are the best options available during Ramadan.

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Hi Franklin, that’s a tough ask though that sort of an offer happens once in a blue moon. Unlimited mileage warranties are available but usually service contracts specify kilometres – 60/100/150k. The new generation of SUVs launched last month are a fine lot – Pathfinder, CRV, or the urban crossovers like new Peugeot 3008 or 2016 Subaru Outlander has some interesting deals too. Specifying your usage pattern will help choose better. For instance, if you want a smooth urban crossover that practical and premium, Volvo XC60 will be a pleasant surprise!

  107. Fazaan says:

    Hi Sudeep,
    I am planning to buy new car with zero percentage interest option.So there is only available for Mitsubishi.
    Can you please suggest about Montero sports or Pajero is the best option
    Please suggest if there is any bad review about montero?

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      Sorry for the delayed response Fazaan. I did request a test of Montero but Mitsubishi doesn’t seem to have a media test car for that model. Will give it a shot soon and keep you posted.

  108. amine says:

    Hi Sudeep,

    Thank you for this blog.
    I’m looking for a new car with 0% interest loan. What are the car dealers that propose this offer?
    Regards,

    Amine

    • Sudeep Koshy says:

      After Ramadan, many of the offers have been discontinued but many dealers are continuing with very similar if not the same deals even now. So chances are, if they did offer 0% interest offers during Ramadan (as listed in here) you could work something out with some of them. Having said that, car dealers are vying with each other to give you an edge in some form, so one that doesn’t offer an interest free could help you with a bundle of maintenance savings, and saving on insurance. So, ideally shortlist a few cars and work a package out.

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