To the outside world, the UAE car market is one that is full of flashy, loud, and fast sportscars and supercars. However, to those who live here, it is quite evidently an SUV-loving market. A vast majority of the UAE car market is made up of SUVs and their derivatives.
While tens of thousands of people already own SUVs, there are hundreds of thousands more who would love to own an SUV in the UAE. Whether you are looking to upgrade from your current SUV or you are a prospective SUV buyer, or even if you are just looking for insight, here is a list of the top 10 SUVs to buy in the UAE.
10. Land Rover Range Rover
The Range Rover is quite simply the most luxurious SUV on this list. Plush leather seats, spacious interiors, one of the most powerful OEM music systems from Meridian, large screens, etc, are all available in the Range Rover.
The Range Rover also features an extremely capable drivetrain system that allows it to take on the toughest terrain. A large V8 engine combined with Land Rover’s signature Terrain Response system allows you to take on the sand dunes whenever needed, while it will also feel right at home in the most luxurious places.
9. Suzuki Jimny
The Suzuki Jimny is the smallest SUV on the list of top 10 SUVs to buy in the UAE. However, it is in no way less capable compared to the rest. Alright, it has the smallest engine too, which makes it slightly less capable on the road. However, the 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine is capable enough to allow the SUV to comfortably cruise at highway speeds and also to putter around town.
It can seat only four, but it can easily take on the sand dunes and wadis in the UAE thanks to its short wheelbase and a proper 4WD drivetrain with low ratio. In fact, it even comes with Brake LSD traction control, and all of this combined with the low weight makes it very capable indeed.
8. Hyundai Tucson
The Tuscon is the most popular Hyundai SUV in the GCC market. Its no-nonsense approach is much appreciated by owners and it has been a reliable and efficient SUV to own in the region. It comes with a bootload of features and the SUV also looks great.
The Hyundai Tuscon is powered by either a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine or a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine. It is available in AWD and FWD configurations. Thanks to its futuristic headlamp design, it stands out among a crowd of SUVs.
If you’re on the lookout for this interesting SUV, DubiCars has over 200 new Hyundai Tucson SUVs for sale in the UAE, and if pre-owned cars are your thing, DubiCars has over 100 used Hyundai Tucson SUVs for sale in the UAE.
7. Lexus LX600/LX570
The LX600/LX570 is the flagship SUV from Lexus and they are among the most luxurious SUVs in the world. It is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser and uses the same powertrain. While the LX600 is the latest LX generation, the LX570 is the previous generation. However, both models are still immensely popular.
The Lexus LX600/570 combines typical Lexus luxury with a reliable, bulletproof, and capable powertrain from Toyota. This makes it a potent luxury vehicle and out here in the UAE, a Lexus LX is sure to get a lot of respect from other motorists.
6. Jeep Wrangler
This is an SUV that is instantly recognisable thanks to its iconic design. It also has amassed a cult following over the years and many swear by its off-road capabilities. It can be had with either a four-cylinder or a V6 petrol engine. It is also one of the most customisable vehicles on this list with many custom options being sold by Jeep as add-ons.
In the UAE, the Jeep Wrangler is one of the most popular SUVs and lots of them can be found heading out for some dune bashing on the weekend. There is no dearth of parts for the Jeep Wrangler and one can always find both OEM and aftermarket parts support for the Wrangler.
In a market where it is very popular, it is quite easy to find a Jeep Wrangler for sale. There are over 200 used Jeep Wrangler SUVs for sale in the UAE and several new Jeep Wrangler SUVs for sale in the UAE.
5. Mitsubishi Pajero
The Mitsubishi Pajero is one of the most popular SUVs in the UAE. With a rich heritage springing from winning the legendary Dakar Rally multiple times, the Mitsubishi Pajero has now taken on a more urban role. It is now mostly found commuting on the roads and highways in the UAE. However, it still is very capable of taking on the rough stuff and the sand dunes.
The Mitsubishi Pajero is available in short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase variants and is powered by either a 3.8-litre V6 or a 3.0-litre V6 engine. It does get a proper 4WD drivetrain with low ratio. It is also very spacious and practical.
4. Mercedes-AMG G55/G63
The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen or the G55 AMG/G63 AMG is the definition of ‘Big Bad SUV’. It is the quintessential gangster SUV, not in the literal sense obviously. All over the world, the biggest stars own a G-Wagen. However, in the UAE, the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen is a rather common sight and one that isn’t reserved only for superstars. That being said, however, the SUV does make you feel like a superstar.
You can choose between a massive Bi-Turbo V8 petrol engine or a supercharged V8 petrol engine. It can seat five in comfort and it boasts one of the most attractive interiors of any car in the world. Apart from the aforementioned AMG-powered models, the SUV is also available in G500 and G350 variants.
3. Nissan Patrol
The Nissan Patrol is one of the most iconic cars, especially in the UAE. It is reliable, and bulletproof and Emiratis often swear by them. There is just enough luxury inside the cabin to keep everyone happy and the SUV has a ‘get out of my way’ attitude that is very much loved by the locals.
You can choose between a V6 or a V8 engine in the new Nissan Patrol while it is also easy to find the old classic Nissan Patrol in the classifieds section. The Nissan Patrol is very much capable of making mincemeat of the sand dunes in the UAE desert.
If you want to get yourself a Nissan Patrol to go dune bashing and drive around in town with swagger, here are used Nissan Patrol SUVs for sale in the UAE and new Nissan Patrol SUVs for sale in the UAE.
2. Toyota Prado
Fondly known as the baby Land Cruiser, the Toyota Prado possesses capabilities that place it almost on par with its bigger and more powerful sibling. It comes with the bulletproof reliability that Toyota is very well known for. The SUV also features a spacious and practical interior that makes it a favourite for buyers.
The Toyota Prado is powered by either a 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine or a 4.0-litre V6 engine. Older models can also be found with a 3.0-litre or 3.5-litre engine. It comes with a very capable 4WD system complete with a proper low-ratio transfer case.
1. Toyota Land Cruiser
The number one spot on the list is taken up by an SUV that offers a bit of everything. The Toyota Land Cruiser is an SUV that does everything you need it to and it does it well. Want to drive in the desert, around town, to another Emirate, to another country in the GCC, or even to another part of the world? The Land Cruiser is an SUV that is very much capable of doing so.
Thousands of examples of the Toyota Land Cruiser are found on UAE roads and they are expected to stick around for the next few decades as they don’t easily age. It is a comfortable SUV with a decent number of features and it certainly looks imposing.
As a result of being so popular, it is easy to find a Land Cruiser for sale in Dubai. There are over 900 new Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs for sale in the UAE while over 300 used Land Cruiser SUVs are also up for sale.