- You need to have a residence visa and a valid UAE driving license before you buy your first car.
- Looking for a car that is within your budget should take into account VAT as well.
- The value of a new car depreciates very quickly in the UAE, be prepared to sell your car for a lot less than you bought it for just 1 year later.
Living in Dubai has its advantages when it comes to owning a car. In a place where the latest models and high-end cars are commonly seen on the roads, you would be happy to know that almost anyone can afford a car in Dubai if they stick to their budget.
UAE has recently applied VAT, meaning you should now consider it as an extra in your budget when buying a car.
There are so many brands and ranges to choose from, but thanks to oil, it is guaranteed vehicles are much cheaper to buy in the UAE than in non-gulf countries. That said, don’t be tempted, every car comes with a price that includes long-term maintenance costs, repair cost, cost of petrol, license renewal cost and others.
To help you stay within your budget, this article will list popular options for cars to buy within a budget not exceeding AED50,000.
First things first, there are things you must know before you buy a car in Dubai, whether it’s your first or not:
- You need to have a residence visa and a valid UAE driving license before buying any car from the country.
- The value of a brand-new car depreciates very quickly in the UAE, so be prepared to sell your car for a lot less than you bought it for just one year later.
Let’s explore together 7 budget-friendly, fuel-economic, and best value-retention cars to buy in Dubai today:
Chery Arrizo 3 2018
A Chinese modern and fashionable brand. The car is designed for optimal practicality with a duck-tail back, keyless entry, spacious trunk, and split-folding rear seats to give you more space when needed along with the basic modern specifications.
- At least 2 airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
- High-strength steel plates in many parts of the car for guaranteed safe travel.
- Protects occupants during collisions due to strong steel cockpit
Price in UAE: starting AED 37,695
Nissan Sunny S 2018
The Indian made 2017/2018 ‘S’ model of the Nissan Sunny comes with 14-inch steel wheels, CD/MP3 stereo, AUX jack, cloth upholstery, trip computer and a black grille surround.
Nissan Sunny models have a good resale value compared to other cars.
- Dual front airbags
- ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution)
- Brake assist
- Seatbelts for all five seating positions.
- Tire pressure monitor
Price in UAE: starting AED 49,000
Suzuki Celerio 2018
This cute looking car is what they are calling “A small car with big ideas”. What we can also tell you is that this car is super affordable and you can confidently buy the 2018 model without breaking your bank account.
The Celerio is another Indian made car, and its lightness makes it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in Dubai with a tank capacity of 35 L.
Its small size makes it ideal for a parking, and the storage space is impressive for this car category as it has a trunk capacity of 254 L. plus, you can fold the entire rear seat to make space for luggage.
Among the features are keyless entry and power steering, alloy wheels and rear-side windows that don’t roll down but pop out at the edge for ventilation.
- Dual front airbags
- Fog lamps
Price in UAE: starting AED 29,400
Mitsubishi Attrage 2018
Japanese brand but built in Thailand, Mitsubishi is easy to park and saves money on fuel. This is a car that is good for a first car or for a couple. It comes in nice colors too.
Standard features include power steering, power windows, power mirrors, keyless entry with central locking and fabric seats.
Extra features include cup holders, a trip computer, map reading lamps and central locking
- 2 airbags for the driver and passenger
- ABS and EBD
- Fix child seat anchors
Price in UAE: starting AED 38,745
Chevrolet Aveo 2018
The Chevrolet Aveo sedan is built in Korea. The car is good value for money, with a reliable engine, good safety features, good look, fuel-efficiency and a good price.
Standard features include: steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, radio and phone handsfree controls with LS and LT models introducing complementary features such as 4-way driver seat adjuster, rear park assist, rear seat full folding, 40/60 split, 7-inch MyLinkTM screen with phone integration and 6 speakers.
- Driver and passenger dual air bags
- Anti-theft alarm
- ABS and EBD
Price in UAE: starting AED 48,300
Changan Eado 2018
The new Changan Eado is built in China by the Chinese car manufacturer Changan and is another car that represents good value for money. The car looks quite stylish inside and out.
The standard Eado car comes with: leather seats, power windows, central locking, remote control on key, manual A/C, 4 speakers, leather steering wheel with audio controls, USB+AUX ports, sunroof, fog lamps, parking sensors and hologen headlamps.
- Front dual airbags
- ABS and EBD
- Brake assist (BA)
- Traction control
- Hill assist.
Price in UAE: starting AED 36,745
Hyundai Grand i10
The Hyundai Grand i10 comes in both hatchback and sedan body styles. The sleek look and feel combined with the reliable engine and safety features of the Grand i10 car make it a good option for families.
The standard and optional features include smart key, engine start button, a rear parking assist system, AUX, iPod, USB, Bluetooth and audio control buttons on the steering wheel.
- 4-channel ABS
- A rear defogger
- A rear camera display system
- A rigid safety structure
- A tire defect indicator
Price in UAE: starting AED 39,795
While staying within your budget is important, don’t compromise safety for cost. You might need to take into consideration other factors too such as long travel distances, family size and how many passengers will be using the car among others.
After deciding which car is most suitable for you, check with your bank for financing options. Some car dealers have financing options too, make sure to find the best down payment and monthly installments combination for you.