Is Your Vehicle Right for You? How Do You Pick the Right Car?
There is a vehicle out there just right for you, in terms of the space, features, safety, economy and power. A driver with a small-car lifestyle would feel out of place in a large people carrier. So would a driver qualifying for desert driving every weekend in a small car. Match the right car to the right person and you’ve ensured happy, painless driving. Here’s our guide on how to choose the right rental car for a great experience:
A family of five or more, for instance, might think that a 7 Seater Ford Explorer would be the way to go, even though they would be happier in a Kia Grand Carnival, where the room in the rear is almost a studio apartment.
Budget drivers doing an Al Ain-Dubai commute on weekdays may love the look of the Peugeot 208, but may find the Toyota Yaris Hatchback 1.3L better suited to both budget (it sips fuel and is uber reliable) and comfort as they zip along the highway and squeeze into parking spaces with ease.
A top executive attending multiple meetings all over the city may insist on a Mercedes E class, but would actually find love to have the remote-start in Chevrolet Impala 3.6L cool the car before stepping in.
If you are a tech-savvy person to whom Bluetooth connectivity matters but brag-value doesn’t, the VW Tiguan is a great choice over the others in the small-but-fierce SUV category.
So why doesn’t everyone pick the cars that are most suited to them? Often, it’s because factors other than the vehicle come into play. Here is our take on why people pick the rides they do instead of letting the right vehicle choose them.
Big does not equal safe
You can barely see the diminutive driver as they amble along on Sheikh Zayed Road in a monster SUV. They’re trying to monitor multiple social media groups sharing everything from school holiday schedules to not-funny jokes. No, it’s not a driverless car. It only looks like that.
You will also find someone who has more faith in the car’s body than in the skills of the driver. “You cannot be bullied by other drivers on the road if you drive something big,”. That’s their the logic, where the self-confidence of the driver is inversely proportional to the size of the car.
Smaller cars are much safer and easier to handle. A larger vehicle is likely to have bigger blind spots.
Reliable does not equal resale
We all know the person who will always drive a Sunny, choosing it because it has resale value – even when only leasing it. Its rivals – such as the Chevrolet Aveo, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio or the Hyundai Accent – are better powered and steadier at high speeds. There is nothing you can do to change their mind, unless it is to point them in the direction of a Toyota Corolla or a Honda City, which they may consider.
Brand loyalty is what keeps many car makers in the market. For some people, choosing the right car is a matter of the supporting that country’s economy. There are drivers who only opt for a German badge. The Volkswagen Passat, for instance, attracts users who are safety and performance conscious and are loyal to an established brand.
Our go-to car, a solid, practical and spacious sedan for those who regularly go on longer drives, is the Kia Cerato.
There is more to being outdoorsy than getting the vehicle
Then there is the millennial who thinks acquiring the right car is the best route to an outdoorsy lifestyle. The choice of car is usually a massive 4X4 that can tame any terrain. But their travel route is only from Dubai Marina to Dubai Media City during peak traffic hours.
In our opinion, single drivers who want a trendy and comfortable small car to travel short to medium distances would be best served by a Mazda 3 1.6L hatchback or sedan.
If good looking and fun to drive cars are your preference and you don’t use the rear seats often, the Mazda 6 2.0L or 2.5L is a good choice that doesn’t require you to forgo luxuries in other areas of your life.
If you want features, pick features
Budget drives across segments come packed with features for those who are looking for such options.
Among sedans, the Hyundai Accent 1.4L and the Nissan Tiida are for economy conscious customers who care about what their car looks like and need a car with Bluetooth connectivity. The Chevrolet Cruze LS 1.8L fits the bill of an economy car with great creature comforts.
Among hatchbacks, the Chevrolet Cruze 1.8L provides both features and economy. Among SUVs, for larger families with tech-savvy occupants, the Chevrolet Captiva 2.4L will provide great connectivity while on the move.
The Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4L 7-seater SUV also manages to boast features in a base model that are typically found in top-spec models of other premium badges.
The Hyundai Tucson suits city commuters who want a feature-packed, good looking but small SUV at a budget. In the luxury segment, the Volkswagen Touareg 3.6L SUV suits drivers with a family without breaking the bank
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