Whether you’re buying a car for the first time or sorting out a car for your newly qualified young adult, we would probably suggest you consider something cheap and cheerful and that you’re not too worried about getting scratched.
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The experts at CarSwitch.com took a spin through the options and focused on hatchbacks given they’re generally more fun and smaller so easier to drive in high-traffic areas and much easier to park.
As new drivers don’t want a car that’s going to break down or require a lot of servicing and maintenance, we’ve put together our top list for new cars. However, with the introduction of VAT at the start of the new year, that might make it too pricey. So choosing the used car route could be the way to go, but, potential owners need to make sure it’s in the right condition, with no hidden issues, making a pre-inspected used car a great option.
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1. Hyundai i10 – New from AED 35k
A compact physique, 3.58m x 1.59m, leaves you navigating the tight roads of older Dubai at ease. With a 1.2 liter 4-cylinder engine the i10 clocks out 85 horsepower hitting 100 km/h in a little over 12 seconds. Probably not enough for the race the tracks of the YAS Marina circuit, but good enough to get around town in ease.
2. Kia Picanto – New from AED 39k
With similar dimensions to the Hyundai i10, the Kia Picanto will also give little trouble in tough parking spots. It also packs a 1.2 litre engine but clocks out a 100 km/h in a little over 13.5 seconds dragging slightly behind the i10.
3. Chevrolet Spark – New from AED 38k
The spark carries a bit more character than its category counter parts, with a slightly larger body (3.6m x 1.6m) it still manages the tight roads well. It comes with a larger 1.4 liter engine, but similar 4 cylinder and front wheel drive layout. The acceleration to 100 km/h in 16 seconds makes a slightly slower starter.
4. Peugeot 208 – New from AED 55k
If you need something with a bit more space, and much more push, the Peugeot might be your answer. The larger, 4m x 1.7m, body with a 1.6 liter engine and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 8 seconds naturally sets it in slightly higher category.
Those looking for something even more affordable, or perhaps something with a little more luxury, can opt for a used car. CarSwitch.com data shows a 2016-year model used car is at a 40-50% discount to the price new; with that in mind, entry level BMW’s and Audi’s might fit your budget