With the Ramadan promotions gaining steam it could be the perfect time to purchase a new car, or negotiate the best deal on a used one.
The experts at CarSwitch.com scanned the market to identify the top five affordable family cars.
As SUVs are particularly popular for families, there is a quite a range out there to choose from- from compact SUVs to larger 4×4 SUVs, SAVs and trucks – so the task is not exactly a piece of cake. You need to consider the room you need (5seater or 7seater), safety features, tech/infotainment features and the luggage space. Take a look at the top five, ranked based on value for money, serviceability, safety features and comfort for the family:
1. Nissan Pathfinder (starting price AED106,000)
A versatile option packed with safety/driver assist features, and combining comfort and capability, the Nissan Pathfinder is among the most family-oriented SUV’s out there. It stands out with a second-row bench seat that tilts forward, allowing third-row access even with a child seat mounted. It also offers convenient cargo space, around 50 cubic meters with the third row stowed. The 7-seater Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5litre V6 engine, making it one of the more powerful options on this list.
2. Ford Explorer (starting price AED 130000)
The price tag may be a bit hefty but it’s definitely worth it. One of the larger SUVs on the market, the Ford Explorer has a spacious and comfortable interior. Chock full of safety and tech features, including remote engine start, parking assist, collision warning system and many more, this ride combines maneuverability with power, earning a high ranking on our list of family cars.
3. Hyundai Santa Fe (starting price AED 99,000)
The under 100k price tag is not the only thing it has going for it. When it comes to family vehicles, Hyundai Santa Fe has it all! A comfortable interior with family-friendly features, plenty of luggage space and good looks. The base model Santa Fe comes equipped with 2.4litre, 4-cylinder engine contributing to a comfortable driving experience. It’s easily one of the best midsize SUVs available in the market today and one of the safest!
4. Kia Sorento (Starting price AED 86900)
A crossover SUV, the Kia Sorento is right up there competing with the likes of the Honda Pilot and Toyota Fortuner. Though it offers both the 5-seater and 7-seater setups, it’s less roomy than its rivals. If easy parking and maneuverability is what you are after, it easily wins out. Sorento is the jack-of-all-trades with a sleek, modern exterior, smooth driving experience and plenty of safety features. We are loving Kia’s smart lift gate. Just stand near the rear hatch with the key fob in your pocket and there you go! Perfect for those times when your hands are full.
5. Mitsubishi Pajero (starting price AED 89900)
An all-round SUV, this dynamic car is all about high-quality features and top-notch performance. A five-door, 7-seater, it’s almost as good on off-road territory as it is on the city streets making it the ideal choice for the more adventurous families. The thing that we loved about the Mitsubishi Pajero – a 7.0 inch touchscreen that can mirror your phone! The various seating and storage options ensure comfortable long drives for the driver as well as the passengers.
If you are searching for the ideal family-oriented vehicle with an even more affordable price tag, keep an eye out for slightly used but make sure it’s inspected or check out CarSwitch.com’s pre-inspected inventory straight from end sellers.