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Intro Welcome to the Car Xpress Car Buyers’ Annual for 2008 This is our comprehensive guide to all the cars in the region, which are available either now or in the very near future. We haven’t featured every single model variant - there is only so much paper in the Middle East! - but where they exist, we’ve suggested you contact the relevant dealer for more in-depth details. The first thing you will notice about this guide is that we’ve avoided listing the cars by manufacturer. Instead, we’ve presented them within their appropriate class, which is further divided taking into consideration factors like price range, street cred, and desirability and so on. A model’s most popular body style is featured, with the rest mentioned alongside. For instance, the Nissan Tiida and Chevrolet Optra are available in both hatchback and sedan variants, but the former is included in the hatch segment while the latter is featured in the sedan segment. Hatchback Sedan SUV Why have we done this?

We know that whenever we want to buy a car we rarely know exactly which make or model to choose, or indeed, which one we should choose because of its superior qualities or pricing. By presenting the different makes and models side-by-side, you can compare them more easily. And even if you do have a specific model in mind, you can use the index to locate it and then compare it to its competitors which may possibly be more suited to your requirements, and which you may not even have known were available in the region. Where possible, we have presented a short ‘resume’ of each car’s most useful specifications Engine size (cubic capacity) Power (bhp) Torque (lb-ft) Transmission Acceleration (0-100kph) Top speed (kph) Economy (lt/100km) And, as an extra helping hand, whenever there is a vehicle that we have road tested and has proved to be outstanding in some or several aspects, we have given it a ‘Car Xpress Super model’ rating. We have not given prices for any of the vehicles - even though that may have figured in our appraisal of our choice of ‘Super model’ - as these vary a great deal throughout the region from country to country, and from month to month. Dealers also frequently offer purchasing incentives which we can’t take into account. We hope you find this guide a useful introduction to help you with your next car purchase. Safe driving!

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This Car Xpress Car Buyers Annual 2008 has been produced independent of the Middle East International Motor Show (MEIMS) and its partners and therefore MEIMS bears no responsibility with regard its contents. The material used in this publication is intended for informational purposes only. A sincere effort has been made to report details accurately, however, as specifications, models and pricing vary over time, readers are advised to use the data herein as a guide only, and to seek specialist assistance before acting on information offered in this publication. All text and layout remains the copyright of Kalimat Group International FZ LLC, unless stated otherwise. Car Xpress is fully independent, and its views are not those of any company mentioned herein. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. © 2008 Kalimat C Group a r XInternational press Annual

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Glossary of terms: We have attempted to list the most commonly used acronyms in the industry today. You’ll see that while most are generic terms, a few are brand-specific, like BMW’s SMG and Volkswagen’s DSG. Explaining each one of them is beyond the scope of this guide, but you can always contact your local dealer for further information on any particular technology.

4WD AWD ABS ASC ASR BA/BAS CBC CL CC CVT DBW DOHC DSC DSG DSR EBD EFI ESC ESP EuroNCAP EW FWD GPS HDC HID HUD IDSPlus ISOFIX LDW LSD MPFI MSR OEM OHV RPM RSC RWD SBC SMG SMT SOHC SRS TC/TCS TFSI TPMS VDIM VIN VSA VVT 6 NOV 2007

Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive (Audi Quattro, Mercedes-Benz 4Matic, Volkswagen 4Motion) Anti-lock Braking System Automatic Stability Control Anti-Slip Regulator Brake Assist Cornering Brake Control Central Locking Coupe Convertible Continuously Variable Transmission Drive-By-Wire Dual Overhead Camshafts Dynamic Stability Control Direct Shift Gearbox (VW Group) Dynamic Steering Response (SEAT) Electronic Brake force Distribution Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Stability Control Electronic Stability Program European New Car Assessment Programme Electric Windows Front-Wheel Drive Global Positioning System Hill Descent Control High Intensity Discharge (headlamps) Head-Up Display Interactive Driving System Plus (GM) International Standards Organisation FIX. A standard for installing child seats into cars, intended to make fitting child seats quick and simple. Lane Departure Warning system Limited Slip Differential Multi-Point Fuel Injection Motor Schleppmoment Regelung (a function that modulates engine braking torque when changing down through the gears) Original Equipment Manufacturer Overhead Valve Revolutions Per Minute Roll Stability Control Rear-Wheel Drive Sensotronic Brake Control (Mercedes) Sequential Manual Gearbox Sequential Manual Transmission (Alfa Romeo Selespeed, Maserati Cambiocorsa, BMW SMG) Single Overhead Camshaft Supplemental Restraint System Traction Control System Turbo Fuel Stratified Injection Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (Toyota) Vehicle Identification Number Vehicle Stability Assist Variable Valve Timing (Honda VTEC, Toyota VVT-I, BMW VANOS, Porsche VarioCam) Car Xpress


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To help you get as much information about a vehicle as quickly as possible we’ve used icons that run along the black section of the title bar for each vehicle. These instantly show you what drive, gearbox and access options are available for a particular model. Below is a simple key to what these icons mean:

Front wheel drive Rear wheel drive All wheel or four wheel drive

4-speed gearbox with automatic selection 5-speed gearbox with manual selection 6-speed gearbox with automatic selection and a manual over-ride (Tiptronic, for example)

Two door Two door with a tailgate Four door Four door with a tailgate

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People buy hatchbacks for various reasons: they can’t be bothered lifting stuff over the lip of the trunk, they prefer the aerodynamic shape, they like the fact that the rear window is the back of the car, or they don’t particularly like putting their toy poodle in the trunk. Hatchbacks also tend to be very stable because there is no overhang past the rear wheels. Whatever you reason for looking in this section, you won’t be disappointed by what’s on offer in the region. It has to be said that there are very few American hatchbacks (as opposed to combis) over here, so most models are very European in terms of style, and you don’t get more European than the stunning looks of the Alfa Romeo 147 GTA. At the other end of the scale, and the price range, is the Suzuki Liana, which, even so, is no less versatile and occupant-friendly. For most people, choosing a hatchback is also a matter of economy, with many models being able to return between 4.5 and 8 litres per 100km. Naturally, the hot-hatches like to guzzle a little more, but by sedan standards they are still the supermodels of the car world.

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Chery QQ

Looking more or less like Daewoo’s Matiz, the little QQ is Chinese manufacturer Chery’s interpretation of a micro city runabout. Available with a 1.1-litre or an ultra-frugal 800cc 3-cylinder, the QQ lets buyers choose between a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The front and rear seats are double track and can be adjusted synchronously in the four directions. The separate back seats are independently reversible.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.1 litre inline-4 67bhp 66lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 19secs 135kph 5lt/100km

Keyless entry, 13-inch alloy wheels and ABS as standard Price: AED23,000 – 26,000

Interestingly, the Chery website emphasises “The doors and windows can be easily closed and opened to guarantee your safety and give you the most fantastic view during the delightful journey”. Even the rear view mirrors are “delicately designed with a sense of motion bringing you the best rear views”. Interesting touches, there!

Chevrolet Aveo

The Chevrolet Aveo is a surprisingly roomy and refined entry-level car that delivers surprising little extras that make a big difference. Available as a 5-door hatch and compact sedan, the Aveo comes at a rather affordable price. Features for all models include a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission, air-conditioning with cabin-air filtration, power steering, AM/FM stereo, six-way adjustable driver seat, rear-window demister, engine immobilizer, remote fuel door and a practical 60/40 split-bench rear seat that folds for more cargo room. 10 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.4 litre inline-4 94bhp 96lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 13secs 175kph 7lt/100km

Dual-stage front airbags Price: AED35,000 – 49,000


reasonably priced Chevrolet Spark

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.0 litre inline-4 65bhp 67lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 14secs 156kph 6lt/100km

800cc 3-cylinder model also available

The Spark is Chevrolet’s foray into the mini-car segment, and comes in two variants - 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre. Offering a comparatively large amount of space and feeling of roominess, the new Spark could well be the perfect choice for young first-time owners looking for the greater freedom and fun that having your own car allows. The rear seats can be split 60/40 and the interior offers a number of clever storage locations, with shelves, trays, bottle and canholders. Chevrolet have not skimped on safety features either, with driver, passenger and side airbags, head restraints for all five seats, pretensioners, belt force limiters in the front and the latest generation four-channel ABS brakes from Bosch.

Citroen C2

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 110bhp 108lb-ft 5-speed automatic or manual 0-100kph in 11secs 195kph 6lt/100km

SensoDrive automated manual gearbox with steering wheel controls Available with a choice of 5 engines - 4 petrol engines and 1 diesel – ask dealer for options Price: AED52,000 – 56,000

The Citroën C2 is a compact 3-door hatch that can seat four adults. Since its launch in September 2003, the range widened with a sportier C2 VTS with a 1.6-litre 125bhp engine and 5-speed manual transmission. The C2 boasts two sliding, independent rear seats designed to fold down easily, and a tailgate that opens in two sections so that the boot can be accessed in all circumstances even when limited space is available. Equipment like variable-assistance electric power steering, automatic headlamps and cruise control are available, as are reversing sensors and retractable electric rear view mirrors. Car Xpress

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Fiat Grande Punto

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.4 litre inline-4 77bhp 85lb-ft 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 13secs 165kph 6lt/100km

Due on the region in 2008 Price: AED38,000 – 45,000

Successor to the angular Punto is the larger and equally stylish - though in a curvy feminine sort of way – Grande Punto. The chic supermini has received rave reviews from the press and the public since its worldwide launch, and might well be on its way to the Middle East. Two engine options, 1.2 and 1.4-litre, are likely to be mated to 5-speed manual and automated manual transmissions. A decent equipment list is expected, including electric windows, airbags and ABS. Expected to be available in 3 and 5-door versions, the tidy handler should be on the list of those looking for a small hatch with some Italian flair.

Citroen C3

The C3, since its introduction here, has offered major innovation within its segment, in terms of architecture and high-end specifications. The range has been expanded and currently a range of engines, including four petrols and two diesels are available here. Body styles include the SUV-inspired C3 X-TR as well as a sporty 3-door coupe-convertible, the C3 Pluriel. The contribution of efficient electronic management, combined with well-chosen gear ratios has significantly boosted the performance of the range, while maintaining very low fuel consumption. 12 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 110bhp 108lb-ft 5-speed automatic or manual 0-100kph in 11.6secs 162kph 7lt/100km

1.4-litre engine also available Reversing radar, NaviDrive system and integration of SensoDrive gearbox Trendy 3-door Pluriel model also available Price: AED41,000 – 68,000


reasonably priced Citroen C4

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 177bhp 149lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10secs 206kph 8lt/100km

Multi-functional, fixed-centred steering wheel Driver info displayed on a translucent strip in the centre of the dashboard Price: AED55,000 – 68,000

The funky C4 is available in 3-door and 5-door versions. Besides the new-generation engines and interesting styling, the C4 offers a comprehensive list of equipment as well as modern driving aids. The innovative Lane Departure Warning System warns the driver on motorways and main roads if the car crosses the lane markings, unless he has activated the indicator. Xenon dual-function directional headlamps - a feature usually seen on higherend vehicles - make their appearance on the C4. Driving comfort is further enhanced by the speed limiter and low tyre-pressure warning system, two features rarely seen in this segment.

Dodge Caliber

Dodge enters the hatchback segment with the SUV-inspired Caliber, a bold and muscular five-door with the brand’s trademark crosshair grille. Three engines are offered here, including a 1.8 and 2.0-litre motor, as is a smooth Continuously Variable Transmission. Following the norm with practical hatchbacks, the Caliber features a number of storage areas as well as front and rear seats that can be folded flat. Standard and optional highlights include variable height seating, beverage cooler, Boston Acoustics speakers, leather interiors, front and side airbags, alloy wheels and ABS.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.4 litre inline-4 173bhp 164lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 8.5secs 200kph 9lt/100km

2-4-litre comes with a sportier set up than other models Price: AED58,000 – 70,000

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Daihatsu Charade

The entry-level Daihatsu, available only as a five-door hatchback, offers decent equipment and performance for the money. The Charade’s interior gets a seat slide mechanism, tilt steering wheel, driver’s seat height adjustment and adjustable seatbelt anchors. The compact body permits a 157-litre luggage-carrying capacity while the split rear seats fold independently to accommodate a variety of cargo needs.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.0 litre inline-3 58bhp 67lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 13.5secs 160kph 5lt/100km

Dual front airbags Price: AED30,000 – 35,000

Attention has been turned to the engine and suspension to provide for a reasonably refined ride, while the 8.4-metre minimum turning circle makes it easy to navigate narrow roads, turn tight corners, and manoeuvre into small parking spaces.

Daihatsu Materia

Daihatsu’s wild-looking Materia reminds us of Toyota’s hip Scion xB, with its boxy looks and sharp edges. Recently introduced in the region, it’s available with 1.3 and 1.5-litre engines, accompanied by 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmissions. The interior is dominated by a centrally-mounted instrument cluster, à la Toyota Yaris, and boasts a number of storage spaces and aesthetic touches like illuminated door speakers and door trim. Comfort features include tiltable steering wheel, seat height adjuster and adjustable seatbelt anchors. Airbags, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), ABS, EBD and Traction Control are some of the safety features available in the Materia. 14 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.5 litre inline-4 102bhp 102lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 12secs 170kph 7.5lt/100km

Price: AED43,000-50,000


reasonably priced Daihatsu Sirion

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.3 litre inline-4 86bhp 89lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 11.5secs 170kph 6.5lt/100km

4-star Euro NCAP-rated body with crumple zones Price: AED40,000 – 42,000

Daihatsu’s current Sirion is a lot more sharply styled than the old model and is packed with features like a CD player, electric windows and air conditioning as standard. Thanks to clever computer-aided design, the car’s safety features now include side-impact beams to defend against collisions from all angles. Front disc brakes and rear drums are assisted by ABS. Able to seat five at a push, there is plenty of headroom both front and rear, although legroom is somewhat restricted for longer journeys. The rack and pinion steering is light and a tight turning circle allows for ease of manoeuvrability.

Dodge Caliber

Dodge enters the hatchback segment with the SUV-inspired Caliber, a bold and muscular five-door with the brand’s trademark crosshair grille. Three engines are offered here, including a 1.8 and 2.0-litre motor, as is a smooth Continuously Variable Transmission. Following the norm with practical hatchbacks, the Caliber features a number of storage areas as well as front and rear seats that can be folded flat. Standard and optional highlights include variable height seating, beverage cooler, Boston Acoustics speakers, leather interiors, front and side airbags, alloy wheels and ABS.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.4 litre inline-4 173bhp 164lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 8.5secs 200kph 9lt/100km

2-4-litre comes with a sportier set up than other models Price: AED58,000 – 70,000

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Ford Focus

The Focus has always fulfilled its role in the family car niche perfectly well. The latest models, which include 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks as well as a sedan and 5-door wagon, are the result of Ford’s Global Shared Technologies initiative, and have taken elements from Ford’s partners – namely the Volvo S40/V50, the Mazda 3 and Ford’s own C-Max – to produce a stunning, solid and characterful car with some of the highest Euro NCAP ratings of any vehicle in this or other classes.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 100bhp 111lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 13.5secs 180kph 7lt/100km

Various trim levels available Optional thorax and side curtain airbags Price: AED51,000 – 65,000

For 2007, the Focus has been upgraded with freshened-up interiors and new exterior colours. Three engines are available in the region, along with a choice of manual and auto ‘boxes. An affordable sport-styled family car with a brilliant engine, outstanding balance and handling, the little Ford offers buyers good value for money.

Hafei Lobo

According to the website, the Lobo - meaning ‘treasure on the road’ - is designed by none other than the house of Pininfarina. In case you didn’t know, Hafei goes on to say Pininfarina even does designs for Ferrari and Maserati! The little Chinese hatch looks quite contrived inside and out, and features a tiny motor which the company claims is good enough for 5lt/100km. 16 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.1-litre inline-4 62bhp 63lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 19secs 130kph 5lt/100km

Engines developed in cooperation with Mitsubishi Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing


reasonably priced Fiat Punto

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.2 litre inline-4 80bhp 75lb-ft 5-speed automatic or manual 0-100kph in 11.4secs 166kph 6.5lt/100km

Ask your local dealer for availability and pricing on the 23 models

With a body shape that dates back to 1994, the Punto has much more modern lines than its forebears and features an angular tailend. It comes in a ‘please all’ selection of 23 derivatives, six levels of interior spec, and a choice of five petrol and diesel engines (including the 1.3 and 1.9 Multijet diesels). The smallest 1.2-litre produces just 60bhp while the 1.8-litre engine pushes out 130bhp. Most models offer a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes (which feature a manual/sequential select mode). Top of the range models also come with electric windows, airbags, cruise control, trip computer, and Fiat’s Dualdrive variable powerassisted steering.

Ford Fiesta

As popular as ever, the Fiesta features a tidy conservative interior, with very good ergonomics for passenger comfort and safety, and a stylish exterior housing a range of willing engines. The taller body shape allows for much more room, with the 5-door being the better choice for tall rear-seat passengers. All models feature two airbags (with side curtain airbags as an option), deadlocks, central locking, CD player, electric front windows and intelligent wipers.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.4 litre inline-4 80bhp 94lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 15.4secs 166kph 5.5lt/100km

ABS brakes as standard Price: AED36,000 – 40,000

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Honda Jazz

There is no doubt about the cleverness of the Jazz, especially in terms of its use of space, with the modern design allowing for remarkably good head and rear legroom (for example, the fuel tank was moved both to permit greater cabin space and to give the tank better protection).

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.5 litre inline-4 121bhp @ 5,700rpm 115lb-ft @ 2,800rpm 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 11.5secs 160kph 7lt/100km

Price: AED45,000 – 50,000

As can be expected, the 1.5-litre Honda motor isn’t thirsty, but nippy and quick of the mark, making it a lot of fun to drive and not too noisy as a result of efficient insulation. Standard features include driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, CD player and Honda’s own “Magic Seats”.

Hyundai Atos Prime

The Atos Prime is Hyundai’s entry-level offering here. With its tallish stance, the tiny Korean does seem to offer decent room for its size. Available in 1.0 and 1.1-litre guise, with a choice of manual and automatic transmissions, the Atos lays claim to excellent fuel economy. Prices are rock bottom and, unsurprisingly, features and equipment are sparse; you do get air conditioning and a cassette player as standard, while the better-specced variants get power windows and an airbag for the driver. 18 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.0 litre inline-4 55bhp 60lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 16.5secs 140kph 6lt/100km

Manual gearbox available on 1-litre model Price: AED25,000 – 28,000


reasonably priced Hyundai Getz

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 105bhp 106lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 9.8secs 175kph 6.5lt/100km

Manual gearbox only on 1.1-litre model Price: AED25,000 – 38,000

Hyundai’s stylish supermini, the Getz, has had a thorough makeover. It still looks tasteful and has a spacious interior. With a choice of either 3 or 5-door hatchback, and 1.1-litre, 1.3-litre or 1.6-litre engines, the Getz, with its excellent levels of standard equipment compares favourably with the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo. It also comes with an industry leading warranty.

Hyundai Matrix

The Matrix has a very European look, drafted as it was by the renowned Italian automotive designer, Pininfarina. It is not only stylish on the outside. The interior is spacious, aided by the light from the sunroof, you have very good visibility, and there are no less than 10 separate stowage solutions. The gauge cluster is in the centre of the upper dash. While ABS is standard, traction and directional control systems and dual front and side airbags are optional. The Matrix offers a choice of 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre engines with manual and automatic transmissions.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.8 litre inline-4 121bhp 118lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 11secs 184kph 8.5lt/100km

5-speed manual available on the 1.6-litre model Price: AED34,000 – 41,000

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Kia Cerato

Kia’s take on cars like the Toyota Corolla comes in 5-door hatchback and sedan variants. The Cerato comes with 1.6 and 2.0-litre engines for the region and offers features like six airbags, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and Traction Control. The interior gets air conditioning, thoughtful storage areas and a decent-sounding JVC CD/ MP3 player with four speakers.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 104bhp 106lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 11.2secs 185kph 7lt/100km

Price: AED37,000 – 50,000

Split/fold rear seats, electric front windows and remote locking are other features. The 2.0-litre DOHC engine under the bonnet of the Cerato makes for a lively drive, with top speeds in the region of 200kph.

Kia Rio

Only the Rio name remains from the previous incarnation of this mini (that drives like a supermini). It has stylish looks, 29% more luggage space, a choice of perky diesel and petrol engines and a great standard equipment list including air con, ABS with EBD, twin front airbags, power steering, remote central locking, alarm, front electric windows and a CD player with MP3 compatibility. And there has been no compromise made on safety either. Holding a 4-star EuroNCAP rating for front and side impact crash safety and a 3-star rating for pedestrian safety in a crash, the Rio is a worthy competitor to the Clio and Fiesta at the larger end of the small car market.

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.4 litre inline-4 94bhp 92lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 12.3secs 177kph 6.5lt/100km

Price: AED31,000 – 39,000


reasonably priced Kia Picanto

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.1 litre inline-4 64bhp 71lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 18secs 150kph 6lt/100km

Price: AED24,000 – 35,000

The Picanto is surprisingly roomy, colourful and functional for a car of its size and class. All the controls are ergonomically placed and angled towards the driver. Interior features include electric front windows and door mirrors, leather steering wheel, body coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles, central locking, tinted glass and MP3 player - and that’s only the base model. Safety features include ABS (with EBD), dual front airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and threepoint seatbelts all round as standard.

Nissan Tiida

Nissan’s Tiida attempts to bridge the gap between buyers seeking Japanese efficiency and those chasing Euro chic, and the company plans to go straight to the top of the small car sales charts in the GCC with the launch of its compact duo that delivers interior roominess, high quality interiors and comfortable stressfree environment. The Tiida hatchback and sedan became instant best-sellers when first introduced in their homeland, proving that automotive rules can be broken by creating a small car that has the spaciousness, the comfort, and the luxury of a full-size upper-end sedan.

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The Tiida brings unprecedented style and comfort to a traditionally price-driven market segment where the bare essentials have been the dominant characteristics. Interior fit and finish reflect the Tiida’s Japanese origins and there’s a real sheen of quality to the interior.

Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 110bhp 109lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 11.5secs 180kph 7.5lt/100km

1.8-litre engine also available (with optional 6-speed manual box) Price: AED45,000 – 62,000

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Opel Astra

The new, third generation Astra with its exciting and dynamic appearance, sets itself apart from its competitors. It introduces into the segment the adaptive IDSPlus suspension with Continuous Damping Control (CDC), previously reserved for luxury vehicles and for exclusive sportscars.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.8 litre inline-4 140bhp 130lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 11.5secs 190kph 8lt/100km

Features alloy wheels as standard Price: AED60,000 – 65,000

Its new panorama windscreen ensures fantastic forward and sideways vision as well as giving the new Astra a sportier look than previous models. Other technical highlights include the steering-linked AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting) headlamp system with dynamic curve light – another first in the segment – driver and passenger front and side airbags, ABS, power steering, reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel, multi-function display panel, remote control central locking, engine immobiliser, electric front windows and radio/CD player.

Peugeot 206

The diesel and turbodiesel engines of the 206 range – from the frugal 1.4-litre to the zippy-2.0 litre – are some of the best in the class, with the petrol versions delivering the power smoothly and efficiently. The 2.0-litre models come equipped with either manual or auto Tiptronic transmission. Derivatives, which include a 3-door and 5-door hatchback as well as a 2-door coupe-convertible, have a welltuned chassis and the more powerful models are very responsive. Standard features on all models include power steering, electric windows and mirrors, and passenger and driver’s airbag. Side airbags are optional as is ABS. The 206RC cabriolet comes with either a 1.6 or 2.0-litre engine and features sporty extras such as alloy wheels, CD player and a colour-coded leather interior. 22 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 138bhp 142lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 8.5secs 204kph N/A

As standard features include driver and front passenger airbag, electric windows, CD player and central locking Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing


reasonably priced Opel Corsa

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.8 litre inline-4 125bhp 122lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 9secs 202kph 8lt/100km

Automatic gearbox available on 1.4-litre model Price: AED40,000 – 50,000

Now over ten years old, the Corsa’s shape is a little in need of a makeover, offering as a result slightly less interior space than several of its competitors. However, the cabin is still of high quality and ergonomically well-designed, and the Corsa features a range of both active and passive safety features, giving it a 4-star EuroNCAP rating. With an improved chassis and transmission, Speed Sensitive Power Steering, four engine choices and one of the lowest servicing and running costs for its class, the little Corsa may well be worth considering.

Peugeot 207

The 207 has been a European staple in the hatchback segment for many years, which in itself says bundles about the popularity and functionality of this model. The 207 is available in 7 variants depending on how racy you want to be. The 207 Urban is the basic model with a 90bhp 1.4-litre engine and 5-speed manual gearbox, while the RC is the boy-racer version (see Hot Hatches section). Also available as a convertible in the guise of the ‘CC’ model, and in either 3-door or 5-door, the 207 certainly has choice, if you are looking for a nippy and stylish little runabout.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre turbocharged 150bhp 177lb-ft 4-speed auto w/ Tiptronic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 8.5secs 210kph 6lt/100km

Built-in ‘perfumer’, on-board computer and Cielo panoramic sunroof are a few of the features available Same engine as the MINI Cooper S Price: AED45,250 – 85,000

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Proton Gen-2

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 110bhp 109lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 13.7secs 175kph 6lt/100km

Ask dealer for pricing and range

The Gen-2 sits on a mostly Malaysiandeveloped platform and employs an engine – named CamPro – co-developed with none other than Lotus, which is owned by Proton. Both the exterior and interior styling is an acquired taste, looking more like a 90’s design rather than anything contemporary. Then again, it’s cheap to buy, cheap to run and gives you decent safety kit as standard.

Proton Savvy

The Savvy’s funky exterior styling reflects Proton’s idea of the ultimate city car. Small on the outside, this perky little thing affords decent space for passengers and their shopping bags. You do get airbags, ABS and EBD in addition to a CD player and remote locking. And great mileage too! 24 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.2 litre inline-4 75bhp N/A 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 14.4sec 170kph 5lt/100km

Ask your dealer for pricing and model options


reasonably priced Renault Clio

With a 5-star EuroNCAP crash test rating, an enormous cabin, excellent noise suppression and nearly 4 metres long, the Clio is literally the giant in its sector. The spacious interior is thanks both to the Clio’s overall length and to the corner positioning of the rear wheels, giving the car greater stability and storage with less intrusion from the rear wheel-arches.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.4 litre inline-4 98bhp @ 5,750rpm 94lb-ft @ 4,250rpm 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 11.5secs 185kph 7lt/100km

2.0-litre engine also available with a manual box 15 inch alloys on even the base model Price: AED35,000 – 72,000

Elsewhere the Clio, which comes in sedan, hatchback and sport models, has features including hands-free unlocking and ignition key card, as well as tyre pressure monitoring and cornering headlights. Cabin equipment is based on the Megane with plenty of tactile surfaces, clear dashboard and instrumentation (including a digital readout of driver information in the centre of the panel between the speedometer and rev counter), as well as electric front windows, CD radio with finger-tip remote control and trip computer.

Suzuki Swift

Suzuki’s new global car, the Swift is aimed at the likes of the Peugeot 206 and the Opel Corsa. While some may criticize it for drawing too much from the MINI design book, the Swift does in fact stand out on its own. The blackedout A- and B-pillars, along with what Suzuki refers to as a 1.5 box design, definitely marks the little Swift out in the supermarket parking lot. A sporty 3-spoke steering wheel dominates the sophisticated yet functional cabin, which is well-built and feels nice to the touch. The hightech 1.5-litre motor makes for a spirited drive and well suits the tidy handling characteristics of the Swift.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Acceleration Top speed Transmission Economy

1.5 litre inline-4 101bhp 98lb-ft 0-100kph in 10secs 175kph 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 7.5lt/100km

Driver and front passenger front and side airbags Price: AED45,000 – 50,000

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SEAT Ibiza

The Ibiza’s sharp styling and impressive equipment choice have made it very popular over the years. It is easy to drive around town and comes with a diverse choice of engines – a 64bhp 1.2-litre (manual shift), a 75bhp 1.4-litre 16-valve engine with manual or auto transmission, and a 100bhp 1.4-litre 16-valve engine. The Sport features a 115bhp 2.0-litre manual gearbox. 1.9-litre diesel engines are also available, with an upper output of 130bhp.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.4 litre inline-4 100bhp @ 6,000rpm 93lb-ft @ 3,800rpm 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 15.5secs 170kph 7.5lt/100km

ABS, traction control and driver/front passenger airbags as standard Price: AED40,000 – 70,000

The latest Ibizas feature subtly revised looks (new front and rear bumpers and re-designed double Xenon headlamps), better quality trim and improved equipment, which includes sports suspension, selective pump injector technology, fully galvanized body, electronic power-steering, collapsible steering column, and anti-lock braking.

Skoda Fabia

The new Fabia has yet to reach this region, but it will indoubtedly make the same impression as its ‘What Car Best Car of the Year’-winning predecessor. Once again, it is well equipped, offers a smooth ride, is spacious, has comfort levels rivalling that of cars in the next class up, has a range of reliable and sporty engines and it’s relatively cheap. The interior is reassuringly simplistic yet ideally arranged, with a good driving position, decent seats and well-placed pedals. In all Fabias, the ABS system with Dual-Rate power brakes and MSR engine brake torque regulator provide for safe halting and good handling. You can also opt to have ASR traction control or the ESP stabilization system. 26 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.4 litre inline-4 105bhp 113lb-ft 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic 0-100kph in 10secs N/A 7.5lt/100km

Engine choices: 1.2-litre, 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol, and 1.4-litre and 1.9-litre turbo diesel


reasonably priced Suzuki Ignis

A perfect runabout supermini – the high driving position, light easy controls and power steering of the Ignis make it great for shopping trips around town, as does the 419 litres of luggage space in the rear. The energetic 1.3-litre engine is light on fuel and belts out a jaunty 94bhp. The 5-door GL version is available in either 2 or 4-wheel drive, with airbags and ABS as options.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.3 litre inline-4 94bhp 87lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 11.5secs 160kph 6.5lt/100km

Price: AED 43,000 – 49,000

The interior affords a quiet and comfortable ride and, unlike some rivals, the height of the Ignis allows for four occupants to be seated without a squeeze. The smooth ride is aided by MacPherson struts at the front and Suzuki’s isolated trailing link suspension at the rear.

Suzuki SX4

Suzuki’s all-new 5-door hatchback, the SX4 draws inspiration from SUVs for its butch looks. The design theme carries forward to the interiors, where soft-feel textures and circular motifs are used to good effect to hint at an active lifestyle. A 5-speed manual ‘box is available, which links up with the nicely weighted 3-spoke steering wheel for a reasonably sporty drive. ABS, EBD, airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and a tyre pressure monitoring system are some of the safety features available, while standard and optional comfort features include keyless entry, automatic temperature control, CD/MP3 player with steering wheel-mounted controls, stability control and traction control.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 143bhp 136lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 11secs 190kph 9lt/100km

Safety features: ABS brakes with EBD and seatbelt pretensioners Price: AED50,000 – 60,000

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Toyota xA

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.5 litre inline-4 103bhp 102lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 11secs 170kph 7lt/100km

ABS with EBD as standard Remote keyless entry Price: AED 50,000 – 55,000

This car was an instant hit in 2003, with sales far beyond forecasts. That trend has continued through recent years and Toyota sees the little nugget as a real trendsetter, especially with a lot of new drivers now entering the market in the UAE. Its dynamic styling is satisfying the youth market’s need for expressing its individual identity and is an impressive complement to the Toyota vehicle range.

Volkswagen Polo

The Polo has been a solid supermini contender for since the mid ‘90s, and the 2007 version promises to extend that legacy. The 5-door hatchback is available in three styles – Standard, Comfortline and Highline – and comes with a range of petrol and diesel engines. Standard equipment includes powered and heated exterior mirrors, power steering, speed and seatbelt warning systems, tinted windows, rear window wiper/washer system and turn signals integrated in the exterior mirrors. Safety features include ABS and front airbags, while Climatronic air-conditioning, central locking system, power windows front/rear, leather trim, electric ‘plus’ package and sliding glass roof are other standard and optional extras.

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.4 litre inline-4 75bhp 93lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 13secs 170kph 7lt/100km

Price: AED50,000 – 55,000


reasonably priced Toyota Yaris

Since its launch in 1999, the Yaris has been lauded with awards including ‘European Car of the Year’. Having been Toyota’s best-selling and best value car in Europe, the new 2007 Yaris promises to continue to attract young sporty buyers in the Middle East.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.3 litre inline-4 86bhp 89lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 12secs 175kph 6lt/100km

2005 J.D. Power and Associates survey gave the Yaris top marks for Service Experience, Performance, Interior Comfort, Style and Ownership Costs Price: AED38,000 – 50,000

The stylish and modern design of the Yaris is cheerful and confident, as well as being roomy enough to carry four passengers with ease and plenty of legroom. The rear seat flexibility provides various seating configurations and a flat luggage area, using a convenient 60:40 split design. In terms of driving, the Yaris, available in 5-door hatchback and sedan variants, is lively and entertaining, especially the 1.3-litre VVT-i model.

Alfa Romeo 147

The 147 is offered in a choice of 3 or 5-door and comes with a range of engine sizes from 1.6 to 2.0-litre to suit all pockets and expectations, with the 2.0-litre petrol and 1.9-litre JTD diesel being the pick of the bunch. It oozes Italian style, especially in the sleek interior, and its bold new profile and elongated headlights make it an eye-catcher wherever you take it. Engine weight has been significantly reduced, leading to a noticeable improvement in balance, handling and performance.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 150bhp 133lb-ft 5-speed auto with manual or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 9.5secs 207kph 9lt/100km

Safety features include ABS, Dynamic stability control and front, side and curtain airbags Ask your dealer for engine options Price: AED99,000 – 118,000

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Audi A3

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 113bhp 114lb-ft @ 4,000rpm 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 13secs 190kph 8lt/100km

Only the 3.2-litre V6 comes coupled to a 6-speed auto with manual shift gearbox Price: AED90,500 – 142,500

Audi has always been safety conscious and concerned with build quality, practicality and performance. The new A3 follows in that tradition by earning 4 stars in the EuroNCAP crash tests and being stuffed with safety equipment. Meanwhile, the top-end model has a 3.2-litre V6 engine that is extremely agile and quick while being very comfortable and sporting plenty of trunk and passenger space. Available in 3 or 5-door, the Sportback is unique in this compact class.

Volkswagen Beetle

A new, smoother, exterior design and higher levels of interior appointments have made the 2006 Beetle stand out from the crowd. It also now has a choice of seven engines and transmissions allied with a host of options, including a cabriolet version. Standard exterior equipment extends to a rear spoiler, steel wheels with full trim, and colourcoded mirror housings. A ‘deluxe’ electrics package is optional, along with leather trim, and special paint effects. Look out for special edition versions which frequently appear. 30 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 150bhp @ 5,800rpm 162lb-ft @ 2,000rpm 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 8.7secs 205kph 9lt/100km

Other engine available is a 102bhp 1.6-litre inline-4 Ask dealer about convertible availability Price: AED68,000 – 100,000


PREMIUM BMW 1 Series

The 1-Series holds its own pretty well against its nearest competitors, and even pushes ahead in some aspects, such as class-leading rear-wheel drive performance, runflat tyres with puncture warning system, six airbags, brake force display, on-board computer, ISOFIX child seat mountings and CD player. Options include BMW’s revolutionary iDrive Controller, sports seats, keyless access, voice-activated radio and Bluetooth technology.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 150bhp @ 6,200rpm 147lb-ft @ 4,600rpm 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 8.5secs 217kph 7lt/100km

Engine options: 1.6-litre inline-4, 2.0-litre inline-4, 2.0-litre diesel inline-4 and 3.0-litre inline-6 All engines available with 6-speed auto or 6-speed manual box Price: AED90,000 – 170,000

Available in four engine sizes, the 1-Series ranges from 115bhp for the 116i to 150bhp for the 120i. This propels the 120i from 0-100kph in just 8.7 seconds. All but the 116i and 118i come with 6-speed manual gearboxes. Look out next year for the all-new 1 Series convertible.

chrysler pt cruiser

In 2006, Chrysler celebrated more than one million Chrysler PT Cruisers models built and sold around the world. With such record sales figures, it’s evident that the Chrysler PT Cruiser continues to be a popular choice, at least in certain regions. Quality, performance and functionality give the Mexican-built Chrysler PT Cruiser, along with its distinct styling, a unique niche. For years leading consumer magazines have recommended the PT Cruiser for its consistently high levels of quality and refinement. Available now with keyless entry and an increased selection of exterior colours and interior fabrics and styles, the PT Cruiser continues to express its individuality in an ever bland marketplace.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.4 litre DOHC 150bhp 165lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100km in 9secs N/A 9.5lt/100km

230bhp 2.4-litre high output turbocharged engine also available Price: AED70,000 – 75,000

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 109bhp @ 4,200rpm 184lb-ft @ 1,600-2,600rpm CVT or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 10secs 200kph 8lt/100km

Engine options: 1.5-litre inline-4, 1.7-litre inline-4, 2.0-litre inline-4 and a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 Price: AED99,000 – 136,000

This is Mercedes’ entry to a new market segment of Compacts Sports Tourers and it’s been on sale in the region since July 2005. One of its major advantages is the sandwich concept developed by Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to the space-saving arrangement of the engine and transmission, partly in front of and partly beneath the passenger cell, the new B-Class offers the interior spaciousness of larger saloons and estate cars despite its compact external dimensions. The B-Class also reaches new dimensions in flexibility and load capacity. A wide range of engines and options covers all requirements from workhorse to sporty fun car.

MINI Cooper

specifications As much an icon as ever, the new MINI Cooper stands for young, sporty and fun motoring. With its beefed up image, rock-solid road holding and spacious and original interior, the Cooper is all about stylish functionality. 32 Annual Guide

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1.6 litre 4-cylinder 175bhp @ 5,500rpm 177lb-ft 6-speed manual / 5-speed manual or CVT 0-100kph in 9.2secs 225kph 9lt/100km

The MINI Cooper is also available as a Cabriolet Only the Cabriolet is available with the 5-speed manual or CVT gearbox Price: AED95,000 – 105,000


PREMIUM Peugeot 307

The 307 is a spacious wedge with an uncommonly large windscreen. The 5-door, 5-seat hatchback has three variants, with a 110bhp 1.6-litre engine and either manual or Tiptronic automatic transmission.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 180bhp 150lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 9.5secs 225kph 9lt/100km

The 307 is also available as a 2-door convertible and 5-door wagon Other engines: 1.6-litre inline-4 A 4-speed automatic gearbox is available for both 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre variants Price: AED50,000 – 97,000

In the 307SW wagon, the windscreen continues upward into a panoramic glass roof. A 5-seat car, it also offers a 7-seat option. The cabriolet version looks sexy and handles extremely well – combining great looks with good performance.

Renault Megane

The Mégane is possibly Renault’s most flexible and comprehensive range of vehicles, thus allowing it to appeal to a much wider market depending on whether you want an out-andout sportscar, an open-top cruiser or functional family carrier. There are currently five variants available to the Middle East buyer.

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Carrying the much prized 5-star maximum EuroNCAP, rating, it is expected to make a big impact in the Middle East markets (excuse the pun!). Lively on the open road, safe on bends, the Mégane hatch has exceptionally good handling and offers real driving pleasure.

Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 115bhp @ 6,000rpm 112lb-ft @ 4,200rpm 4-sp auto + sequential shift or 5-sp manual 0-100kph in 11.1secs 193kph 9.5lt/100km

Body styles: 3-door and 5-door hatchback, 2-door and 4-door sedan, or 5-door tourer Engines options: 1.4-litre, 1.6-litre VVT, 2.0-litre VVT, or 2.0-litre turbo depending on model Price: AED50,000 – 100,000

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SEAT Altea

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 102bhp @ 5,600rpm 103lb-ft @ 3,800rpm 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 12.8secs 181kph 7.7lt/100km

Safety features include ABS, TCS, twin front, side and curtain airbags and central locking Price: AED40,000 – 70,000

Billed as the sexiest ‘people carrier’ ever, the sweeping lines and sharp styling gives the Altea a very sporty look. Reflecting its development as one of the new ‘Audi Brands’, it’s not just a pretty face. There’s a range of modern and efficient engines, a comprehensive equipment list and it uses interior space to full effect – although it only has five seats. The FR (Formula Racing) model adds a sporty flavour to the mix with a 200bhp 2.0-litre TFSI engine, improved handling and high specification. The Altea combines driving pleasure and the emotional design characteristics of sportscars with the multi-functionality sought by younger buyer.

SEAT Leon

The Leon hatch comes in three main petrol engined derivatives ranging from the 85bhp 1.4-litre motor with a 6-speed manual transmission, to the top-of-the range Cupra R, which kicks out 240bhp from its 2.0-litre TFSI engine. Features include a fully galvanised body, collapsible steering wheel and pedals, side impact beams, ABS braking, power steering, Seat’s proprietary ‘Total Traction 4’ system, sports suspension and selective fuel injection. 34 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 102bhp @ 5,600rpm 109lb-ft @ 3,800rpm 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 11.7secs 184kph 7.6lt/100km

Available in 6 models depending of levels of comfort or sportiness Engines: 1.4-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TFSI The 2.0-litre engine is also available with Tiptronic and DSG gearboxes Price: AED56,000 – 94,000


PREMIUM SEAT Toledo

The sportscar looks both inside and out, which are derived from Seat’s racing series in Europe, are echoed in the new Toledo’s performance. Basically an Altea with a big boot, the Toledo has been designed to fulfil the role of family car, which it does effectively, and also adds a dash of extra appeal courtesy of its bold looks. So it ought to attract the style-conscious buyer.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 150bhp @ 6,000rpm 147lb-ft @ 3,500rpm 6-sp Tiptronic auto or 6-sp manual 0-100kph in 9.7secs 206kph 8.3lt/100km

Available in three trim levels from comfort to sports Price: AED90,000 – 100,000

All models are fitted with extensive safety systems including ABS, Traction Control, Dynamic Steering Response, Electronic Brake Assist and Electronic Stability Program. Options also include satellite navigation, dual zone air conditioning and a multi-function storage bin.

Volkswagen Golf

The New Golf has Trendline, Comfortline, and Sportline models in a choice of petrol and diesel engines. All are direct-injection units, ranging from 102bhp at entry level to the 250bhp R32 at the top end (see ‘Hot Hatches’ section). Basic interior features include storage pockets in doors with flat-weave fabric trim on seats and door panels. Among optional extras are burr walnut veneer inserts, Climatronic air conditioner, sport seats with leather trim, and metallic or pearl paint finishes. The Sportline has sports suspension and 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-covered three-spoke steering wheel, and cloth upholstery. Looking for extra space? The Golf Plus, with its raised roof line, stretched interior, and higher seating position on the optional heightadjustable driver’s seat will provide occupants with noticeably more room.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre turbocharged inline-4 200bhp @ 5,100rpm 206lb-ft @ 1,800-5,000rpm DSG or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 7.2secs 235kph 8lt/100km

Other engines: 1.6-litre inline-4, 2.0-litre inline-4 and 3.2-litre V6 Price: AED68,000 – 145,000

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Volvo C30

The Volvo C30 is quite a departure for the Swedish manufacturer, but is sure to cater to a youthful ‘urban-lifestyle’-oriented buyer. It is not designed to be a family car, although there is ample space for two adults and two children. While the front end resembles others from the Volvo stable, the rear is quite distinct, offering not only a spacious rear storage area but excellent rear visibility and airiness to the cabin.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.5 litre turbocharged 227bhp 236lb-ft 5-speed Geartronic auto or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 7secs 235kph 9.5lt/100km

Built of Ford’s C1 platform (Ford Focus, Mazda5, Volvo C70) Standard front, side, and side curtain airbags, seatbelt pretensioners for all four seats, whiplash protection system (WHIPS), and side impact protection system (SIPS) Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing

It is also a very stable car being front wheel drive and with rubber pushed right to the four corners. With a choice of four petrol engines (at least for the international market) topping out with the T5 227bhp 2.5-litre turbocharged, the C30 is a hatchback to be reckoned with, especially as it also maintains the industry-leading safety features of the Volvo brand.

mini cooper clubman

Almost a year after the launch of the new model generation, MINI has enlarged its model range by an equally innovative and irresistible car concept. The MINI Clubman, through its truly surprising design, stands out clearly from conventional concepts and categories. With more storage and legroom than its smaller Cooper cousin, the Clubman is sure to find an avid market for young couples and families in the region. 36 Annual Guide

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1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder 175bhp 177lb-ft 0–100kph in 7.6secs 224kph 6.3lt/100km

Built in honour of the 1969 MINI Clubman Estate Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing


PREMIUM SEAT Toledo

The sportscar looks both inside and out, which are derived from Seat’s racing series in Europe, are echoed in the new Toledo’s performance. Basically an Altea with a big boot, the Toledo has been designed to fulfil the role of family car, which it does effectively, and also adds a dash of extra appeal courtesy of its bold looks. So it ought to attract the style-conscious buyer.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 150bhp @ 6,000rpm 147lb-ft @ 3,500rpm 6-sp Tiptronic auto or 6-sp manual 0-100kph in 9.7secs 206kph 8.3lt/100km

Available in three trim levels from comfort to sports Price: AED90,000 – 100,000

All models are fitted with extensive safety systems including ABS, Traction Control, Dynamic Steering Response, Electronic Brake Assist and Electronic Stability Program. Options also include satellite navigation, dual zone air conditioning and a multi-function storage bin.

Volkswagen Golf

The New Golf has Trendline, Comfortline, and Sportline models in a choice of petrol and diesel engines. All are direct-injection units, ranging from 102bhp at entry level to the 250bhp R32 at the top end (see ‘Hot Hatches’ section). Basic interior features include storage pockets in doors with flat-weave fabric trim on seats and door panels. Among optional extras are burr walnut veneer inserts, Climatronic air conditioner, sport seats with leather trim, and metallic or pearl paint finishes. The Sportline has sports suspension and 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-covered three-spoke steering wheel, and cloth upholstery. Looking for extra space? The Golf Plus, with its raised roof line, stretched interior, and higher seating position on the optional heightadjustable driver’s seat will provide occupants with noticeably more room.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre turbocharged inline-4 200bhp @ 5,100rpm 206lb-ft @ 1,800-5,000rpm DSG or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 7.2secs 235kph 8lt/100km

Other engines: 1.6-litre inline-4, 2.0-litre inline-4 and 3.2-litre V6 Price: AED68,000 – 145,000

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BMW 130i

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre inline-6 265bhp @ 6,600rpm 232lb-ft @ 2,750rpm 6-speed automatic with manual shift 0-100kph in 6.0secs 250kph 9lt/100km

Only vehicle in segment with rear wheel drive Other engines: 1.6-litre inline-4, 2.0-litre inline-4, 2.0-litre diesel inline-4 Price: AED110,000 – 165,000

The 130i is the top-of-the-range for the 1-Series and delivers outstanding performance for a car of its class. The lightweight 3-litre 6-cylinder engine happily revs to the redline at 7,000rpm and has a limited top speed of 250kph at the top end of the 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox. Safety and security systems include ABS brakes, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Dynamic Brake Control and Cornering Brake Control, and six airbags.

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hot hatches peugeot 207rc

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre turbocharged inline-4 175bhp 192lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 7.1secs 220kph 7.2lt/100km

Built-in ‘perfumer’, on-board computer and Cielo panoramic sunroof are a few of the features available Price: AED72,000

Peugeot claim their new hot hatch, the 207RC is as exhilarating as the legendary 205 GTi. The exterior gets the requisite bits like spoilers, big wheels, chrome rearview mirrors and twin exhaust pipes, while sport bucket seats trimmed in grippy Alcantara grace the interior. Thanks to the turbo, the Peugeot engine is extremely responsive and excellent ballance results in lots of fun driving.

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MINI Cooper S

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 turbocharged 172bhp 191lb-ft 6-speed automatic with manual shift 0-100kph in 6.7secs 223kph 7lt/100km

Features Dynamic Stability Control for improved traction Look out for the John Cooper Works Special Edition Price: AED140,000

The latest generation of MINI’s hot hatch is here and it’s an absolute hoot to drive. The Cooper S is small, and has a small motor, but that does not stop it from putting a grin on the driver’s face. The interiors are pretty chic too with callbacks to the original MINI in the shape of the large circular speedo in the middle of the dash, but with space for just two adults in there.

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hot hatches renault renaultsport clio

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre 16 valve inline-4 197bhp 159lb-ft 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 6.9secs 216kph 7.5lt/100km

Only 500 F1 R27 vehicles will be produced Utilizes Renault’s hands-free keycard technology Price: Ask dealer for details

The very ‘hot hatch’ 197 Clio Renaultsport has the Cooper S firmly in its sights. With a perky 2.0-litre motor and fantastic handling the 197 has adapted much of the technology developed through Renault’s F1 involvement, including wheel arch air extractors, Brembo performance brakes, an F1-style rear diffuser and twin exhaust pipes. As a tribute to their F1 Driver’s and Constructor’s world championship victory last year, Renault is also producing a limited edition 197 F1 Team R27 which will be slightly more trimmed for the circuit than the standard version.

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renault renaultsport megane

The MĂŠgane RenaultSport combines cutting edge technology and design with an exceptional driving experience. A Cup Chassis option is also available, providing an even more intense driving experience.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 turbocharged 225bhp 221lb-ft 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 6.5secs 236kph 8.5lt/100km

Front and rear suspension has been reworked and stiffened to prevent body roll and torque steer Price: AED95,000+

Available in 3-door and 5-door configurations, the sporty MĂŠgane offers an independent steering-axis front suspension that provides steering precision while eliminating the feedback effects often encountered in front wheel drive cars.

seat altea fr

Designed to quicken the competitive pulse, sculptured to emanate and deliver sports performance, the Altea FR flaunts a robust, sleek wedge profile, muscular proportions and sports detailing. Silver-coloured side mirrors, 17-inch wheels, chromed double exhaust pipes and a tuned sport suspension are some of the features differentiating the hot Altea from its lesser brethren. 42 Annual Guide

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2.0 litre inline-4 turbocharged 200bhp 207lb-ft 6-speed DSG 0-100kph in 7.7secs 220kph 7lt/100km

2.0-litre diesel engine also available Price: Ask dealer for details


hot hatches seat leon fr / cupra

The hardcore Leon Cupra delivers the most powerful engine ever installed in a SEAT production car. Built and race-tuned by the same hands that prepare cars for SEAT’s WTCC team, the Leon goes and stops as well as it looks.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 turbocharged 240bhp 221lb-ft 6-speed manual or DSG 0-100kph in 6.4secs 247kph 6.5lt/100km

Features steering wheel mounted paddle shifts with DSG model Price: ask dealer for details

If you want slightly less buzz, then there’s the 200bhp FR version.

Volkswagen Golf Twincharger

Worth a mention all on its own is the fact that VW have produced a tidy 1.4-litre dualturbocharged FSI engine that combines the advantages of a turbo diesel with those of a petrol engine and squeezed it into a Golf. Both a mechanical compressor and a turbocharger generate maximum power and torque throughout the rev range while keeping fuel consumption to a minimum. The new Twincharger or GT Sport is an example of how Volkswagen’s FSI technology (direct petrol injection) can be developed to provide driving fun and improve efficiency. The powerful boost provided by the compressor in the low rev ranges is amazing. At higher revs, the turbocharger takes over. The Twincharger achieves the torque development of a large naturally aspirated engine, but with much lower consumption values.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.4 litre inline-4 170bhp @ 5,100rpm 177lb-ft @ 1,800rpm DSG 0-100kph in 7.3secs 220kph 7.3lt/100km

This model recently featured in the 2007 film ‘Bourne Ultimatum’ Ask dealer for availability and pricing

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seat ibiza fr

Even the little Ibiza gets the FR treatment with new front and rear bumpers, honeycombed lower front grill, 17-inch alloy wheels, twin exhaust pipes, silver side mirrors and the distinctive FR logo on the tailgate.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.8 litre turbocharged inline-4 150bhp 162lb-ft 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 8.4secs 216kph 8lt/100km

130bhp 1.9-litre diesel also available Price: Ask dealer for details

The comfort zone features a unique sporty steering wheel, gear shift knob in leather and well-bolstered seats. Options include multifunctional steering wheel with fingertip control over a CD/MP3 player, AUX-in, iPod速 and USB connections.

subaru impreza wrx

The new Subaru WRX has received mixed reviews since its appearance on the marketplace recently, mainly due to its redesigned rear-end, but nevertheless it still retains the grunt of its predecessor, even if it is marginally slower in a straight line. It is, however, both shorter and lighter, and arguably more nimble. With a 2.5-litre flat-4 configured engine, the WRX has a peak power of 224bhp and 226lb-ft. First impressions of the WRX suggest that it is somewhat of a softer chassis and less of a boy racer than the previous model. Look out for the STi version coming to a Subaru showroom near you in late 2008. 44 Annual Guide

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2.5 litre turbocharged boxer flat-4 224bhp 226lb-ft 4-sp auto with Sportshift or 5-sp manual 0-100kph in 6secs N/A 10.5lt/100km

Front, side and head airbags as standard, as are Traction Control, Stability Control, ABS and EBD Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing


hot hatches Volkswagen Golf gti

The GTi has been one of the most iconic sports hatchbacks since the mid-70s. Clever reinvention by VW has kept this stunning front wheel drive ‘Tasmanian Devil’ on the wish-list of any boy racer worth his salt.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.2 litre V6 250bhp 236lb-ft 6-speed DSG 0-100kph in 6.5secs 250kph 9lt/100km

Colours include “Tornado Red”, “Diamond Black”, “Candy White”, “Coastal Blue”, “Reflex Silver”, “Steel Grey”, and “Laser Blue” Price: AED96,000

Equipped with the standard 6-speed gearbox, the GTi accelerates to 100kph in just 7.2 seconds while the DSG version gets there even quicker, with pretty good fuel economy into the bargain. The interior is as sporty and ‘clean’ as ever, and does not lack for space and comfort either.

Volkswagen Golf r32

The 3.2-litre V6-powered R32 is VW’s most sporty Golf yet. With a maximum output of 247bhp at 6,300rpm, 18-inch wheels and the 4Motion variable all-wheel-drive, the R32 handles corners like a Porsche 911 – but at a fraction of the price. The Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) – which is also used in the Bugatti Veyron – featured on some models takes the R32 to the 100kph mark in 6.2 seconds and it tops out at a speed of nearly 250kph. Inside the R32 is well-equipped with semibucket style front seats and an attentiongrabbing aluminium motif on the door panels, dash and gearshift. It is available in both 3 and 5 door variants, and comes with bi-xenon headlamps, dual-zone climate control, and a 10-speaker hi-fi.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.2 litre V6 250bhp @ 6,300rpm 236lb-ft @ 1,500rpm DSG or 6-speed automatic with manual 0-100kph in 6.2secs 250kph 9.5lt/100km

3 times as many of the original R32s as expected were sold, hence the 2007 version Price: AED126,000

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The sedan market in the Middle East has always been very important alongside that of the SUV, and for several reasons. Most sedan buyers want a car that is large enough for the family, comfortable enough for granny, possibly has a choice of luxury options, and that has relatively good economy. All the cars in this category need to be able to seat two adults and three children, they also need to have adequate storage space and be primarily designed for road use. Sedan buyers also want to retain a degree of sophistication when climbing in and out of their means of transport that is often not an option with the elevated floorpan of the SUV. The choice of sedans that are now available to the discerning buyer is immense: in engine capacities, styles, performance, luxury and price. Ranging from the diminutive Suzuki Liana and the budget Chery Eastar, to the Jaguar S Type R and the Rolls Royce Phantom. And that choice is made no less difficult by the Korean invasion in the shape of Hyundai and Kia, who are both producing high quality, spacious and affordable competition to the well-established Toyotas, Hondas, Fords and Chevys. Keep an eye out as well for the Chinese who are coming to the table with some very competitively priced models. With the sedan segment always representing a huge chunk of over-all sales – thus making the competition between manufacturers extremely vigorous – it means that if you shop around, you can really hit upon some great deals – and besides, you’re in the Middle East, so haggle!

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Chery Eastar

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.4 litre inline-4 130bhp 146lb-ft 5-speed automatic with Tiptronic 0-100kph in NA 195kph 7lt/100km

Two engines available: 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre Price: AED50,000 – 75,000

Very few people in this region will have driven this car yet. So here’s an unedited bit from the company’s Middle East website: “A concentrated expression of the cream of cars, Chery Eastar series boasts an outfit up to the grade of an overseas deluxe car – interior decoration made of mahogany, seats upholstered in genuine leather, Mitsubishi engine and manual & automatic integrated transmission. All these are an overall reflex of what a car should be in your beau ideal of life. The advent of Chery Eastar enables UAE’s automobiles to move forward abreast with the world.” So there you have it!

Chevrolet Epica

With outstanding safety options and enhanced comfort features, the all-new 2007 Chevrolet Epica is in a class of its own when it comes to putting the safety and comfort of drivers and passengers first. Highlights include class leading generous amounts of space, superior noise insulation and a comprehensive range of standard comfort and safety equipment. The Epica is available in two versions, the LS and LT. In the pleasant interior, the ergonomically designed cockpit with its large circular instruments makes life easy and comfortable for the driver. Even the basic LS version has a height-adjustable driver’s seat, electric windows in the front and rear, remotecontrolled central locking, thermal insulation glass, air conditioning and an FM/AM CD audio system. 48 Annual Guide

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2.5 litre inline-6 156bhp 177b-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10secs 210kph 9lt/100km

Other engine option is a 142bhp 2.0-litre inline-6 Price: AED60,000 – 75,000


reasonably priced Chevrolet Lumina

Built from the ground up, the all-new Lumina retains the impressive drive performance that is one of the strong hallmarks of this distinctive brand, and offers a combination of good looks and outstanding performance. Inspired by the world’s most expensive cars and aspirational brands, the design of the ‘07 model is based on a simple concept to push the four wheels closer to the corners of the car, reduce space between the front wheels and bumper and deliver a purposeful stance.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.6 litre V6 240bhp 244lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8secs 250kph 11lt/100km

Other engine available is a 360bhp 6.0-litre V8 in the SS model Price: AED 85,000 – 138,000

The 2007 Lumina has an improved body structure, which helps provide an extremely solid driving sensation, improved directional stability and sharper handling at high speeds. There is an enhanced on-centre feel about the steering, which is now more sensitive, responsive and offers the driver greater feed back and awareness of the road surface conditions. A near 50:50 weight distribution between the front and the rear also contributes to the feeling of a well-balanced car.

Dodge avenger & Charger

Available throughout the Middle East now, the 2007 Dodge Avenger and Charger are the small and big brother version of the same concept. While the Avenger is a front wheel drive 4-speed automatic and only really in the style of a muscle car, the Charger is the real thing and no less so than its 1970s namesake. With a high output V6 engine, the optional HEMI® multi-displacement V8 or the thunderous SRT 6.1-litre powerplant and a modern design to back up its 21st century muscle car power, the Charger has sports car handling combined with cutting-edge technology. An example of this technology is the allnew 2007 Dodge Charger races into the car market with bold, provocative styling and substance without losing the convenience of a modern sedan.

specifications Engine 3.5 litre V6 6.1 litre SRT HEMI® V8 Max power 250bhp 431bhp Max torque 251lb-ft 420lb-ft Transmission 5-speed AutoStick® Acceleration(0-100kph) 8.9secs 4.9secs Top speed 208kph 275kph Economy 10lt/100km 14lt/100km

MDS or multi-Displacement System cuts four cyclinders when not required to aid fuel economy Price: AED84,000 – 165,000

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Chevrolet Optra

GM’s top-seller in the entire region, this compact sedan is a small car that believes it is somewhat bigger.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 109bhp 93lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 14.3secs 170kph 7.5lt/100km

Price: AED48,000 – 59,000

The Optra is a versatile, practical and highly affordable vehicle aimed at young families seeking comfort, convenience and reliability. It comes in three derivatives – 4-door, 5-door and wagon – with a choice of 1.6 and 1.8-litre engines, and manual or automatic transmission.

Chrysler Sebring

Following on from its split with Daimler, Chrysler has managed to continue production of their new 2008 Sebring which is, it has to be said, a vast improvement on the previous incarnation. With cloth or optional leather interior and a range of amenities including remote start and even heated cup holders, the new Sebring is finding its place in the midsize sedan category. Although a 3.5-litre V8 and 2.4-litre inline-4 are available elsewhere, it’s only the 2.7-litre V6 which is available here in a front wheel drive configuration. 50 Annual Guide

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2.7 litre V6 190bhp 189lb-ft 5-speed auto with Auto Stick 0-100kph in 8.5secs 208kph 9.2lt/100km

Front wheel drive on all engines with AWD an option on the 3.5-litre (not yet available in the ME) Price: AED78,900 – 90,000


reasonably priced Citroen C5

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 210bhp 210lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 230kph 10lt/100km

Engine options: 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre petrol, and 1.6-litre, 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre diesel Price: AED70,000 – 110,000

The C5 has the distinction of being the first Citroën vehicle to feature Xenon dual-function directional headlamps, front parking assistance, a speed limiter and a lane departure warning system. The interiors are spacious and comfortable, the latter due to numerous soundproofing techniques and an auto-adaptive Hydractive suspension.

Kia Optima

The Optima is the result of a design collaboration between Kia’s teams on three continents: the USA, Asia and Europe. It is equipped with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine or a 2.7-litre V6, which is Kia’s most powerful powerplant. The Optima has 4-speed H-Matic sports automatic transmission in the 2.0-litre model and is a delight to drive quickly in its Tiptronic mode. Levels of luxury and equipment belie the economic price.

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The top-of-the-range comes with alloy wheels, cruise control, full power options, ABS, dual airbags, a sunroof, keyless entry and a CD player. The LX variants will have airbags as standard from 2007. Buyers can opt for either leather or fabric seats.

Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 DOHC 140bhp @ 6,000rpm 137lb-ft @ 4,500rpm 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 12secs 208kph 7.9lt/100km

Price:AED48,500 – 70,000

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Ford five hundred

specifications Engine 3.5 litre Duratec V6 Max power 265bhp Max torque 249lb-ft Transmission 6-speed automatic Performance figures not available Economy 11lt/100km

Rated the safest full-size passenger car in America. Available electronic stability control and all-wheel drive Available in SEL and Limited trims Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing

The 2008 Five Hundred arrives in the Middle East adding a full-size sedan to the Ford lineup. The new model boasts an array of features that make it distinctive and provide quiet, fast and safe driving. Highlights include upgraded exterior styling, improved powertrain, an allwheel-drive system, standard safety features and structural advancements to further enhance crash protection. The five hundred also has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety in the US.

Ford Mondeo

Since coming to the Middle East in 2003, the Ford Mondeo has successfully carved itself a niche position in the mid-size segment with ordinary car buyers and in the retail and fleet sectors thanks to class exclusive and segment leading features. The Mondeo goes even further technologically and in terms of driving dynamics with the introduction of two new derivatives, the 2.5-litre V6 automatic, and Europe’s ever popular sports performance version, the ST220, which is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. 52 Annual Guide

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2.0 litre inline-4 151bhp 140lb/ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 10secs 188kph 7.8lt/100km

Available also with a 2.5-litre V6 or a 3.0-litre V6 engine The 3.0-litre ST200 version features a 6-speed manual gearbox Price AED75,000 – 95,000


reasonably priced Honda Accord

The Honda iVTEC Accord is one of the most sophisticated, stylish and exciting high performance sports sedans in the world. The new 166bhp 2.4-litre iVTEC (Intelligent VTEC) and the new 244bhp 3.0-litre V6 VTEC engines, combined with state of the art safety and comfort features, provide an inspiring ride.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 24-valve iVTEC 244bhp @ 6,244rpm 211lb-ft @ 5,000rpm 5-speed automatic 0-100 in 7.3secs 208kph 10lt/100km

A 5-speed manual gearbox is available on the 2.4-litre but not on the 3.0-litre V6 Standard ABS, EBD with a host of options for safety, interior and exterior Price: AED73,000 – 105,000

With ABS brakes as standard on all models as well as dual front, side and curtain airbags, remote central locking, dual-zone climate control and electric windows, you can be assured of both comfort and safety whilst driving.

Honda City

The City is the perfect way to experience the pleasure of owning and driving a Honda for the first time. The 16-valve fuel injected engine packs in all the performance you need and the innovative suspension, design and speed sensitive power steering provide a comfortable and stable drive, making it the perfect `urban` vehicle. The clever use of interior space also ensures there is plenty of room for the entire family.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.3 litre 4-cylinder 16-valve 95bhp 87lb-ft 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 13secs 160kph 7.2lt/100km

Two engines available: 1.3-litre 4-cylinder and 1.5-litre 4-cylinder Standard equipment: electric windows, air con, radio CD player, dual airbags and 14-inch steel rims Price: AED44,000 – 50,000

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Honda Civic

Building on the success of previous models the new Civic creates a whole new dimension in motoring pleasure, but without a single element carried over from the old model. A high performance VTEC engine propels the Civic along at a top speed of over 200kph. The sporty new styling and technology provides the performance and environmental consideration you would expect from Honda.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.8 litre 4-cylinder 16 valve 140bhp @ 5,800rpm 128lb-ft @ 4,300rpm 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10.2secs 205kph 6.8lt/100km

ABS brakes and airbags and cool dashboard Price: AED54,000 – 67,000

The new spacious interior provides excellent levels of comfort with a high quality finish not common to the compact segment. Standard features include electric windows, trip computer, remote central locking and alarm, front and side airbags, emergency braking assistance in conjunction with ABS and EBD, combine to make the New Civic a real leader in its class. Watch out for the hybrid engine that is likely to be on offer as the new model gets into its production run.

Hyundai Accent

At first glance the Accent states style and fun. A closer look reveals aerodynamic styling that makes the Accent economical as well. Exterior details such as semi-flush side glass and tapered side mirrors also direct air away from the cabin to reduce wind noise. The Accent’s1.4-litre and 1.6-litre sedans have 5-speed floor shift manual transmissions as well as a 4-speed auto variant. As standard the Accent comes with air con, power steering and radio/cassette player while higher priced variants feature central locking, electric windows and mirrors, and foglights. 54 Annual Guide

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1.4 litre inline-4 DOHC 94bhp @ 5,500rpm 92lb-ft @ 3,000rpm 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 13secs 180kph 6.7lt/100km

Price: AED33,000 – 35,000


reasonably priced Hyundai Azera

The new Azera is a car to be reckoned with, especially in the case of its immediate Toyota rivals. A replacement to the XG, the Azera is packed with safety equipment including a total of eight airbags, plus standard traction control and Antilock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.3 litre V6 DOHC with VVT 235bhp 225lb-ft 5-speed Shiftronic automatic 0-100kph in 8.2secs 234kph 10lt/100km

Two engines available: 2.7-litre V6 and the 3.3-litre V6 Features include keyless entry, electric windows, power steering, MP3 compatible radio and CD player Price: AED66,900 – 89,000

The Azera boasts more interior space than the BMW 360i, and has a luxurious finish throughout, more expected of cars like the Lexus. Take into account Hyundai’s exceptional warranty, and you have a top-of-the-range car at a mid-range price.

Hyundai Elantra

Designed for form and function, the Elantra is a departure for Hyundai but the result is an aerodynamically efficient car with minimized external noise. Following the functional theme, the Elantra’s elegantly slim roof pillars allow for good all-round visibility. A range of two petrol engines are available in the Middle East, the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre. All come with electric windows with tinted glass all-round, tilting steering wheel adjustment and 60/40 split rear seats for extra storage.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 DOHC 121bhp @ 6,000rpm 107lb-ft @ 5,000rpm 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 12secs 185kph 7.2lt/100km

Driver airbag only on basic models with dual front airbags in top trim Price: AED40,000 – 55,000

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Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata’s mission is to offer safety, performance and value with style and refinement. The result is a saloon that looks both fashionable and functional and is extremely spacious. Although it is not a luxury car, there are many touches apart from the Audi-type looks that would make you think so, such as the aerodynamic front air dam, contoured rocker panels and a subtle rear rise in the deck lid to direct airflow around the cabin to provide an exceptionally quiet ride.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.3 litre V6 162bhp @ 6,000rpm 164lb-ft @ 5,000rpm 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 7.8secs 229kph 8.3lt/100km

Standard equipment includes central locking, electric windows, air con, and fog lamps Price: 54,500 – 75,000

The Sonata 2.4-litre models both have 5-speed floor shift manuals or 4-speed automatic transmissions. The Sonata 3.3-litre V6 adds power and tilt steering, electric mirrors, mud guards and fog lamps.

Kia Opirus

At the top of the range of Kia’s sedans, the Opirus delivers all the luxuries. The 2007 version is only available in the region with a 3.8-litre V6 engine. With just a 5-speed automatic transmission, it features ABS, ESP, TCS, BAS and ECS as standard.

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Inside, there is dual zone air conditioning, power front and rear seats with an integrated memory for positioning seats, steering and mirrors, eight airbags and a 4-inch monitor that displays outside temperature, fuel, mileage and other information.

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3.8 litre V6 200bhp @ 5,500rpm 260lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 7.6secs 220kph 11lt/100km

5-speed auto comes with a manual shift option Keyless entry and power door locks as standard Price: AED75,000 – 92,000


reasonably priced Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 comes in three variants, while the Mazda 6 Sport has V and R grades also, with a choice of all-aluminium 2.0-litre or 2.3-litre variations of the inline, 4-cylinder MZR engine.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.3 litre inline-4 16-valve 164bhp @ 6,000rpm 155lb-ft @ 4,000rpm 4-speed auto or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 8.7secs 214kph 9lt/100km

Sporty body kit available as an option as are alloy wheels Price: AED57,000 – 77,000

Inside, Mazda claims, is more shoulder room and more legroom in the back than any of the Mazda 6’s major competitors. The capacity of an already spacious boot expands with 60/40 split folding rear seats. Standard features include dual-stage airbags, double-bottom front armrest box, a storage box above the centre stack, and front cupholders.

Mercury Grand Marquis

Mercury’s flagship 6-passenger large sedan enjoys growing popularity in the GCC, especially in Saudi Arabia. It is available in GS and LS trims and two body styles. The GSL has a 6-inch longer wheelbase and more space in the back, while the LSE 5-passenger sports model has a floor-mounted gear shift. The updated and facelifted 2005 model featured improved sensors for the vehicle’s safety system response – specifically tailoring passenger seat airbag deployment to the presence and size of the front passenger. Luxury options include a new woodgrain instrument panel appliqué, new wheel choices and two-tone paint across all series.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.6 litre SOHC V8 225bhp @ 5,250rpm 272lb/ft @ 4,250rpm 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.5secs 200kph 11.3lt/100km

Features the Mustang 4.6-litre engine (detuned) Price: AED 80,000 – 89,000

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Mercury Milan

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.3 litre inline-4 160bhp 155lb-ft 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 9secs 210kph 8.7lt/100km

Built on the Mazda 6 platform and uses a Mazda engine Price: AED70,000 – 90,000

Show stand: Hall 3, 3D

The Milan challenges the perceptions of what an exceptional mid-size car should be by combining distinctive, sophisticated styling, an expressive, modern interior and segmentleading quality, all at a reasonable price. It boasts sleek exterior styling with standard LED taillamps and satin aluminium grille and exterior accents.

Mitsubishi Galant

In the Middle East the new Galant comes with just one engine size – a pokey 2.4-litre MIVEC. Coupled to Mistubishi’s INVECS-II 4-speed automatic gearbox with Sports Mode it allows for clutchless manual gearshifts as well. Two primary trim variants are available, DE (the basic) and ES, to which you can also add the Diamond Package plus a sunroof, and a Leather Package. Even the basic DE comes with driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags and side door impact bars. 58 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.4 litre inline-4 170bhp 157lb-ft 4-speed automatic with clutchless manual 0-100kph in 11.5secs 190kph 10.5lt/100km

Keyless entry on all models Price: AED65,000 – 76,500


reasonably priced Mazda 3

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre inline-4 105bhp @ 6,000rpm 1107lb-ft @ 4,500rpm 4-speed auto or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 10.9secs 175kph 7.5lt/100km

Airbags are limited to driver’s as standard and optional front passenger Price: AED51,000 – 58,500

Built on the same platform as the Ford Focus and the Volvo S40, the Mazda 3 is very solid on the road as well as looking stylish. It has the reputation of being an innovative, performancedriven car among consumers and automotive press alike, although the only variant available here is the 1.6-litre engine which isn’t as slick as its 2.0-litre sibling. The Zoom-Zoom ethos of Mazda continues to forge ahead and redefine what’s possible in the compact vehicle segment, however the ‘3’ could do with having a little more ‘zoom’.

Mercury Montego

The 2007 Mercury Montego full-size sedan offers crisp, responsive handling, modern performance and impressive fuel economy. With increased safety features as standard equipment for model year ‘07, including traction control, front-seat side air bags and Ford’s innovative Safety Canopy side curtains with rollover protection, the Montego comes in Base and Premier trim levels with distinctive exterior design, contemporary, and roomy interior; and available features such as allwheel drive (AWD), SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a new 18-inch wheel option and two new exterior colours.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 203bhp 207lb-ft 6-speed automatic or CVT Not available Not available 10lt/100km

Built on a Volvo inspired platform Traction control standard on all models Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing

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Nissan Sunny

Very few cars can boast being the 9th generation, but the Nissan Sunny can do just that, which is a testament to its abiding popularity. The current version retains all the characteristics that have made Sunny one of the most successful small cars in history.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre 16 valve DOHC 118bhp @ 6,000rpm 47lb-ft @ 4,000rpm 4-speed auto or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 9.5secs 180kph 7.3lt/100km

Dual front airbags are optional Power steering and air con as standard Price: AED42,000 – 47,000

It is available in two model variants – the Super and EX Saloons. A stylish external silhouette presents a contemporary appeal, while on the inside, elegance goes hand-in-hand with comfort and refinement. Under the skin, Nissan’s superlative new QG engine and impressive technologies heighten the perception of quality, shifting preconceived ideas of small car features.

Opel Vectra

A new front end disguises major chassis changes that make the latest Vectra more able to compete with the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6, and heralds the beginning of a new era for all Vauxhall products. It is also technically and stylistically more refined than the earlier models. The adaptive high-tech chassis system IDSPlus with electronic damping control provides outstanding dynamics, comfort and safety. The Vectra also debuts the adaptive brake lights as standard in the mid-size category. The 100bhp 1.6-litre engine, available for the first time in the Vectra sedan, makes Opel’s midsize range more attractive than ever. Fancy a bit of extra power, then test drive the 3.2-litre V6 powered GTS. 60 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre turbo inline-4 16-valve 226bhp @ 5,500rpm 195lb-ft @ 2,500rpm 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 9.2secs 226kph 9lt/100km

6-speed manual only available on the GTS Engine options: 1.6-litre, 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre Turbo, 2.2-litre, 2.2-litre Turbo, 3.0-litre Turbo, and 3.2-litre Price: AED80,000 – 90,000


reasonably priced Mitsubishi Lancer

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 152bhp 146lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 8secs 200kph 9lt/100km

Engine options: 1.3-litre inline-4, 1.6-litre inline-4 and 2.0-litre inline-4 (Ralliart model only) Price: AED36,000 – 54,000

This is the new Lancer, template for the almighty new Evo X. Looking much sharper than the outgoing model, the car also increases in dimension and heft. The interiors are vastly improved too, looking less rental and more upmarket. The Lancer still remains one of the few affordable cars that you’ll be happy to drive through the twists and turns.

Nissan Altima

The 2008 Nissan Altima offers luxurious appeal and expressive styling that sets its owners apart. With a mild body update dropped onto nissan’s new ‘D-platform’ which offers better ride quality and stability, this world-class sedan and top-seller in the GCC markets is available in two engine sizes, the 3.5-litre and 2.5-litre, and two variants: the 4-door sedan and the new 2-door coupe. A sense of confidence comes naturally when you are inside the Nissan Altima; every detail is designed to enhance control. From the wellpositioned fine vision meters to the telescopic steering wheel with power tilt that provides the ideal driving position, you are always comfortably in command. The 2008 Altima also features the new Xtronic CVT gearbox which offers smoother acceleration and improved economy.

specifications Engines Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.5 Litre inline 4 3.5 litre V6 188bhp 285bhp 190lb-ft 270lb-ft 6-speed manual or CVT 0-100kph in 7.5secs 0-100kph in 7.2secs 195kph 230kph 8.7lt/100km 10.2lt/100km

Standard features include keyless entry and start/stop, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist, and iPod connectivity Price: AED70,000 – 110,000

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Skoda Octavia

The new Octavia A5 – so called because it’s built on VW’s A5 platform – is new to the Octavia range, and is Skoda’s push at exploring new territory while also retaining the Octavia’s inherent personality.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 116bhp 125lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 12.5secs 195kph 7.5lt/100km

Three engines available: 1.6-litre, 2.0-litre, and a 1.8-litre turbocharged 6-speed automatic gearbox available on 1.6-litre engine AED: 54,000 – 70,000

For a car of its price, the A5 is a very enjoyable drive, combining intelligent engineering with sharp responsive handling which lets you know you are still turning the wheel. It also has buckets of active and passive safety features. The A5 is a well-built, tidy and ergonomic car, which also happens to look pretty good.

Toyota Camry

Even though the latest Camry is the poor relation to Toyota’s prestigious Lexus models it sells by the dozen and is the leading model in its family segment. The 2007 model was given a significant makeover which not only made it look more ‘butch’ but gave it a better aerodynamic shape. It is as well equipped as any executive model, is sturdily built and has lots of room. It is no accident that taxi drivers’ throughout the Gulf use them day in, day out. They are spacious, reliable and offer a comfortable ride. The latest model has been created with luscious exterior styling, boasting a simple and dynamic form with a bold image that looks both elegant and sporty. 62 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.4 litre inline-4 158bhp @ 5,600rpm 160lb-ft @ 4,700rpm 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 9.5secs 194kph 8lt/100km

According to JD Power, the Camry has outsold every other car in the US for 8 or the last 9 years Price: AED71,000 – 90,000


reasonably priced Proton Waja

The 2007 Waja sports an entirely newlydesigned front end, with changes that include fog lights, turn signal lamps, hood and garnish, and front bumper and grille for better aerodynamics and a more sophisticated presence. The car is available in five new colours ; metallic twilight blue, metallic Iridescent white, metallic gray, metallic brilliant red and burgundy.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre 16V DOHC 110bhp 109lb-ft 5-speed automatic of 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 11secs 190kph 6-5lt/100km

Features dual airbags, ABS and Bluetooth Apparently surpassed 8 leading European marques in head-to-head road tests Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing

While the interior is reminiscent of the original design, the choice of new texture leather, a two-tone black and light brown upholstery, steering wheel trim, parking grip and manual gear shift knob creates an entirely new look and feel. Additional features introduced into the new Waja make it one of the most well-equipped 1.6-litre sedans in the market (in its price category) in terms of safety and features comfort accessories.

Renault Laguna

Here is a small range of midsize cars that touch on the luxury segment with their 2.0-litre turbo derivatives. A little larger than the Meganes, the upper end of the Laguna range does enjoy various luxury benefits including electric seats, tyre monitors and keyless entry. The leather sports seats are very popular. Combine this wth lots of get up and go from the turbocharged 2.0-litre powerplant, great roadholding from the slightly stiffer suspension, and you have a fun car in an exclusive package.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 170bhp 200lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9secs 220kph 9lt/100km

The 2008 Laguna has recently been launched in Europe, but is not expected in the GCC for several months Price: AED35,000 – 49,000

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SEAT Cordoba

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.4 litre 100bhp @ 6,000rpm 92lb-ft @ 6,000rpm 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 11.5secs 193kph 6.5lt/100km

Available in 12 colours including Lluvia Blue, Magico Black and Emocion Red Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing

Although the Cordoba is showing its age a bit beside the likes of the Ibiza and the Altea, it is still a reliable, stable and fun car. The standard three variants – the Reference, Stylance and Sport – feature electronically-controlled powersteering, anti-lock braking, side impact beams, fully galvanized body, collapsible steering column, sporty suspension, Xenon lights, Dynamic Steering Response, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Programme, and selective pump injector technology. Two petrol engines are available: a 1.2 and a 1.4-litre. There is a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel but we doubt sales are too high in this region.

Subaru Impreza

Subaru’s 2007 Impreza has received quite a facelift, with a distinctly meaner look to the front elevation. It comes in sedan and sports wagon versions, each with 95bhp 1.6-litre TS and 125bhp 2.0-litre GX model variants. Transmission options are 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. With the Impreza you get supercar thrills at a reasonable price. Few cars can match the bangs-per-buck. And the bangs in the new model are bigger than ever. All engines have a power increase, 0-100kph times have come down and there’s sharper acceleration. But performance fans will still be catered for when the range-topping, turbocharged WRX STI arrives. 64 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.6 litre boxer 4-cylinder SOHC 95bhp @ 5,200rpm 105lb-ft @ 3,600rpm 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 13.5secs 174kph 8.2lt/100km

Standard features include ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, side airbags, front bucket seats, xenon headlamps and CD player The 2008 Impreza is due in the region sometime next year – as yet engine variants and pricing are not known Price: AED51,000 – 72,000 Show stand: Zabeel Hall, Z-7


reasonably priced Toyota Corolla

The best selling car in the world since its introduction in 1996, the Corolla’s popularity continues. Each year since its arrival in the UAE, the Corolla has grown from strength to strength.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.8 litre DOHC inline-4 1136bhp @ 6,000rpm 121lb-ft @ 4,200rpm 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 8.9secs 200kph 6.5lt/100km

Optional DVD system available as is a leather interior Price: AED46,500 – 66,000

This is thanks to the intelligent design of the interior, which has a well thought-out driving position making it comfortable to drive for hours on end, the pedals are well placed and the controls are easy to reach and use. Most models have at least electric front windows, CD stereo and remote central locking, colourcoded side mouldings and air conditioning. Overcoming the barriers of culture, climate and language, the Toyota Corolla keeps on expanding its sales territory.

Suzuki Liana

The Suzuki Liana is famed for being Top Gear’s choice of vehicle for their ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment in which the Liana is thrashed about on a testing circuit to see which star can get the quickest time. That in itself is testament to the durability of this little sedan. Only available with a 1.6-litre engine here, the Liana does have a choice of 4-speed auto or 5-speed manual, and can be loaded up with features such as ABS, dual front airbags, keyless entry, air con and CD sound system. It may not be the prettiest of cars, but for the money, you can’t really complain.

specifications Engine Transmission Max power Max torque Acceleration Top Speed Economy

1.6-litre inline-4 4-speed automatic 104bhp 106lb-ft 0-100kph in 14secs 175kph 7lt/100km

Price: AED45,000 - 50,000

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Alfa Romeo 159

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.2 litre V6 260bhp 238lb-ft 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 7secs 240kph 11.5lt/100km

Safety features include driver and front passenger airbags, knee and side impact curtain airbags Due to arrive in the region in 2008 Price: AED110,000 – 150,000

The dramatic looking 159 expresses the spirit of Alfa Romeo, a marque that has always been a symbol of seamless performance and charisma. Designed by Giugiaro in collaboration with the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the 159 oozes character from every angle. The interiors are typical of the marque, combining leather and metal to present the occupants with the perfect driving environment.

Alfa Romeo 166

After playing the angles of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Alfa Romeo’s new softer and more rounded statement is most dramatic in its flagship model, the 166. It comes with high levels of equipment and comfort, a wide range of engines, options that include leather or cloth seats, leather steering wheel, navigation system and other luxuries. 66 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 220bhp 195lb-ft 4-speed automatic with Tiptronic 0-100kph in 8.6secs 236kph 13lt/100km

Standard features include ABS, EBD, parking sensors, Xenon headlights, dual front and side airbags Price: AED190,000 – 200,000


premium Audi A4

Audi recently entered a new phase in the standard of their vehicles, and the A4 is testament to their development. The architecture of the driver’s area, especially the cockpit is a pioneering piece of automotive design.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.2 litre V8 420bhp 317lb-ft 6-speed Tiptronic auto or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 5secs 250kph 13lt/100km

CVT is limited to the FWD 1.8-litre and 2-litre engine variants Other improvements include larger brake discs and new braking system and stability control Price: AED121,000 – 196,000

Beautiful wood inlays are reminiscent of the luxurious A6 and A8 range. For this region there are 5 engine variants to choose from: 1.8-litre turbo, 2.0-litre and 2.0-litre turbo, 3.2-litre V6, and a 4.2-litre V8 available in the S4 and RS4 sedan and cabriolet models (see Sports Sedans section).

Cadillac BLS

The BLS provides a critical entry model to the luxury segment for the Cadillac brand. The striking wedge shaped contours of the little Caddy underscores the company’s progressive design direction. The most evident feature is the crease line at the front and rear. The BLS features jewel-like headlamps, fog lamps integrated into the body-coloured bumper and a wide air intake below the grille. The vertical taillights leave no doubt the BLS is a Cadillac. The interior is highlighted by a three-spoke leather steering wheel and an analogue clock in the centre stack.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.8 litre turbocharged V6 255bhp 258lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 7.5secs 245kph 11lt/100km

Features include six airbags, StabiliTrak, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and electric windows Options: leather upholstery, 17 or 18-inch alloys, Bose sound system and rear parking sensors Price: AED: 100,000 – 130,000

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Audi A6

This car, the Audi sales force will remind you, was the first ‘World Car of the Year.’ It is a new breed of Audi that builds upon the quality of past generations, offering outstanding driving dynamics, high technology, superior comfort and a wide range of equipment.

specifications

Four engine variants start from the 2.0-litre turbo, through the 2.4-litre V6, the 3.2-litre V6 to the 5.2-litre V8. CVT is available on all but the 5.2-litre S6. The big engine also gets the 18-inch alloy rims to help get the Quattro four wheel drive power onto the tarmac.

Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.2 litre V6 255bhp 244lb-ft 6-speed auto or CVT 0-100kph in 7secs 250kph 10lt/100km

4WD is only available on the 3.2-litre and 5.2-litre as is the S-Line sports package (sports suspension, alloy wheels, sports seats, sports steering wheel, etc.) Also available is the Allroad ‘estate’ A6 Adaptive air suspension is also optional Price: AED145,000 – 330,000

BMW 5 series

The BMW 5 Series is now into its fifth generation and remains the company’s bestseller in the GCC region. It has also won more ‘Best Car of the Year’ awards than any other model of any other maker. The saloon offers elegance, sportiness, space and comfort. As the years and upgrades have progressed, it has also become more technologically innovative, now boasting features like Active Steering, Adaptive Headlights, Bluetooth technology and run-flat tyres. There are 9 engine variants including two diesels ranging from the 2.0-litre 520d diesel to the 5.0-litre 550i petrol. 68 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine: Max power: Max torque: Transmission: Acceleration: Top speed: Economy:

3.0 litre straight 6-cylinder 254bhp @ 6,600rpm 221lb-ft from 2,500-4,000rpm 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 6.5secs 250kph 9.5lt/100km

xDrive four wheel drive system is available on the 525 and 530 models One option is the Head Up Display which reflects data off the windscreen for ease of viewing Price: AED175,000 – 405,000


premium BMW 3 Series

The new 3-Series is ground-breaking. It is larger, faster and yet more fuel efficient and eco-friendly than any previous model. A delightful drive combined with technical innovation, great facilities and fantastic styling, although the iDrive interactive console is not quite there yet.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre twin turbocharged inline-6 306bhp 295lb-ft 6-speed auto or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 5.5secs 250kph 9.7lt/100km

Automatic or manual gearbox is available across all engine sizes (2.0-litre, 2.5-litre, and 3.0-litre) Price: AED125,000 – 235,000

Several engine options are available in this region including, for some reason, a 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre diesel. The top-of-the-range 335i which has a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine is a must to take for a test drive. While the ride is a bit stiff for town driving, it cannot be beaten on the open road.

Citroen C6

A car inspired by great Citroëns of the past, the C6 takes the essential cues of executive saloons – elegance, sophistication and on-theroad presence – and combines them with the marque’s own key values. As such, the values are expressed through avant-garde technology, based on styling and the pursuit of comfort, and through engines that place the emphasis on driveability rather than sheer power.

specifications Engine Max Power Max Torque Transmission Acceleration Top Speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 215bhp 214lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.5secs 230kph 9.5lt/100km

C6 has the longest wheelbase of any car in this segment Features as standard 9 airbags, electric front seats, alloy wheels and push button handbrake Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing

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Cadillac CTS

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.6 litre V6 255bhp 250lb-ft 5-speed auto or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 6.5secs 208kph 14.5lt/100km

16-inch wheels can be upgraded to 17-inch (as standard on the top models) The CTS was originally tested on the Nurburgring circuit in Germany Price: AED110,000 – 145,000

Cadillac’s entry-level model was launched in this region in 2005. It is designed to make the US luxury brand appeal to younger buyers, with its new 2.8-litre engine that achieves 210bhp and 195lb-ft of torque. The 2.8 litre V6 VVT is a modified version of the 3.6 litre VVT CTS engine. The colours read as though they are tailored for the GCC market - Stealth Gray, Sand Storm and Moonstone. Every one looks great with the 16-inch painted or machined wheels.

Cadillac STS

A big service interval of three years, combined with enhanced performance and luxury bring this premium mid-size sedan right up to date. The creation of the STS-V model which houses a 4.4-litre supercharged Northstar engine, adds another dimension to the car completely. The STS is Cadilac’s attempt to once again nudge into the luxury sedan market, and for the pricetag you do get a lot of quality for your money, including leather power seats, dual zone air con, 17-inch alloys, cruise control and ‘perceived quality’ items such as the push button start. Look out for the long wheelbase SLS variant coming to the region early in 2008. 70 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.6 litre V8 320bhp 315lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 6.3secs 248kph 11.5lt/100km

The 3.6-litre and 4.6-litre models are available with either RWD or 4WD The supercharged STS-V reaches 100kph in a fraction over 5 seconds Price: AED150,000 – 250,000


premium Chrysler 300C

specifications Engine: Max power: Max torque: Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.7 litre HEMI® V8 340bhp @ 5,000rpm 390lb-ft @ 4,000rpm 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 6secs 250kph 14lt/100km

The 5.7-litre engine features ‘Chrysler cylinder deactivation’ which cuts fuel to four cylinders when not needed, for better economy Price: AED148,000 – 178,000

The new Chrysler 300C is about power, performance and a mass of industry awards. The advanced technology and luxury of this European-built flagship from the US end of DaimlerChrysler is unquestionable, and its introduction to the Middle East markets came hand-in-hand with including virtually every desirable luxury, convenience and safety feature into the standard package.  Available with either the 5.7-litre Hemi V8 or the thunderous 6.1-litre SRT-8 V8 engine.

Chevrolet Caprice

The legendary ‘ship of the desert’ was given a makeover early last year so will not receive another for a couple more. The new chrome grille on the Royale (the most luxurious of the four derivatives) gives a distinguished appearance to the front, whilst the LED brakelamps increase in intensity depending upon the brake pressure applied. The modern and angular exterior harmonizes beautifully with the enduring saloon shape and offers a more European profile. It is also the only large car to offer the choice of two accomplished powertrains, the renowned 6.0-litre V8 and the smaller, more economical 3.6-litre Alloytec V6, both providing unrivalled power and torque. The bigger engine is found in the SS and Royale versions, while the V6 is standard equipment in the LS and LTZ.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.0 litre V8 360bhp 390lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 6secs 250kph 14.5lt/100km

Options include satellite navigation, two rear DVD screens and leather upholstery Price: AED97,000 – 146,000

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Ford Crown Victoria

The latest incarnation of Ford’s all-time favourite large-size sedan is the result of intensive vehicle and component testing, and as a result offers class-leading ride, handling, space and performance – while also delivering greater value for money.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.6 litre V8 (single exhaust model) 224bhp @ 4,800rpm 272ft/lb @ 4,000rpm Electronic 4-speed auto with overdrive 0-100kph in 9.5secs 200kph 11.5lt/100km

This is Ford’s largest sedan and is very roomy inside even if the handling suffers Price: AED77,000 – 100,000

The Crown Victoria continues its legacy of uncompromising comfort and safety. Ford’s rear wheel drive sedan comes in three variants and brings traditional large car style to those Middle Eastern customers who seek roominess, comfort and a smooth ride.

Honda Legend

For 20 years the Legend had been the flagship brand of the Honda automotive family, and the company says it represents a tireless quest for the ultimate in driving luxury. From the beginning, the Legend has represented the epitome of prestige engineering: commanding power, elegance, comfort, protective shielding and reassuring reliability. This new model for 2008 builds on that reputation, however don’t expect a revolution in terms of design. Driving dynamics are enhanced by the new SH-AWD (Super-Handling All Wheel Drive) intelligent traction system. Regardless, the Honda is still a solid and reliable car. 72 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine: Max power: Max torque: Transmission: Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.5 litre V6 SOHC VTEC 295bhp @ 6,200rpm 259lb-ft @ 5,000rpm 5-speed automatic with ‘SportShift’ 0-100kph in 7.3secs 250kph 12lt/100km

As standard 17-inch alloys, leather upholstery, Bose sound system, navigation system, Bluetooth, adaptive front lights, dual front airbags, side curtain airbags Price: AED170,000 – 180,000


premium Infiniti G35

specifications Engine: Max power: Max torque: Transmission: Acceleration: Top speed Economy

3.5 litre V6 DOHC 305bhp @ 6,200rpm 268lb-ft @ 4,800rpm 5-speed auto with manual mode 0-100kph in 6secs 253kph 10.5lt/100km

Both the G35 sedan and coupe are built on the sturdy Nissan 350Z chassis Price: AED135,000 – 150,000

Infiniti have made specific alterations to their successful three-year-old model in order to make an impact in the GCC region. These include higher levels of air conditioning and suspension designed to cope with higher speed motoring over here than in the US. As ever, comfort and luxury are uncompromised. If you prefer a more sporty feel then take a look at the G35 Coupe (see Sportscar section).

Jaguar S-Type

The S-Type, Jaguar’s executive saloon, is sold here with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol with just the automatic transmission. Comprehensive safety features in every S-TYPE include front, side and side-curtain airbags, Jaguar’s Adaptive Restraint Technology System and ABS.

specifications

There is a wide range of standard interior features, including automatic climate control with dual zone control for driver and front passenger, electrically adjustable seats, multifunction steering wheel controls for cruise control, trip computer the Alpine sound system.

Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.2 litre supercharged V8 400bhp 412lb-ft 6-speed auto with manual shift 0-100kph in 5.5secs 250kph 11.7lt/100km

Other engine options are: 3.0-litre V6 and the normally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 Safety features include ABS, traction control and all-round airbags Price: 139,000 – 250,000

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Jaguar X-Type

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 235bhp 210lb-ft 5-speed auto or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 7.5sec 230kph 11lt/100km

Front wheel drive is offered only on the 2.1-litre V6 variant Standard features include leather interior, electric driver’s seat adjustment, electric windows, remote locking and alloy wheels Price: AED100,000 – 141,000

The X-type is the first Jaguar with four wheel drive and the first to offer a diesel engine. It provides advanced ideas within a compact, comfortable and affordable package. Available with a choice of three engines, which include the well-proven 3.0-litre V6 engine that you will find elsewhere in the Jaguar range. It is also the first Jaguar to offer an estate wagon derivative for larger families requiring extra storage space for polo paraphernalia.

Lexus GS

The all-new GS has propelled the Lexus midsize sedan into a new league. More streamlined and aerodynamic than its predecessor, the 2006 GS is a combination of simplicity, elegance and seamless anticipation. Add a quality interior that lacks nothing for comfort and entertainment and you have a classic Lexus that will add to the legend.

specifications

Refinements include adaptive front lights, push button ignition, keyless entry and Lexus Voice Navigation System, as well as VDIM (Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management) to ensure vehicle stability, impact absorption and passenger safety features.

Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

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3.0 litre V6 228bhp 221lb-ft 6-speed auto with sequential manual 0-100kph in 8secs 235kph 11.5lt/100km

Leather seats, keyless entry, start/stop button, Bluetooth, stability control and a host of airbags come as standard Price: AED182,000 – 210,000


premium Lexus ES

Since its introduction, the ES300 has had the reputation of being one of the finest sedans available within the small luxury segment and has been identified as a luxury vehicle that provides absolute value for money.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.5 litre V6 272bhp @ 5,600rpm 254lb-ft @ 3,600rpm 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 7.2secs 220kph 9.3lt/100km

Available features include a 14-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, DVD navigation, and panoramic glass roof Price: AED143,000 – 162,000

The addition of audio and multi-information switches on the steering wheel and a change in design of the front headlamps and rear combination lamps, together with all-round parking sensors, seat heating and wind ventilator, emphasize the luxury and high quality the ES300 has become known for.

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The CLS combines the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and practicality of a saloon. Space is at the level of a saloon, while the design lines possess the emotionally charged character of a coupé. The CLS350 comes with a newly developed V6 engine which has a best-in-class output of 272bhp and delivers its maximum torque of 258lb-ft at a mere 2,400rpm. The lively V6 engine is paired with the world’s first 7-speed automatic transmission (7G-TRONIC), which comes as standard.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.7 litre V6 272bhp @ 6,000rpm 258lb-ft between 2,400-5,000rpm 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC) 0-100 kph in 7secs 250kph 10lt/100km

Engine sizes: 3-7litre V6, 5.5-litre V8 and 6.2-litre V8 Extensive options include keyless start, Active Light System for corner illumination, semi-active air suspension and COMAND control display Price: AED292,000 – 478,500

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.8 litre 4-cylinder 155bhp 169lb-ft 5-speed auto or 6-speed manual 0-100 kph in 9.5secs 223kph 7.9lt/100km

Engines: 1.8-litre supercharged, 2.0-litre supercharged, 2.5-litre V6, 3.0-litre V6 and 3.7-litre V6 An optional AMG sports package is also available for all variants Price: 115,000 – 202,000

The C-Class models, in three styles: the Classic, the Elegance and the Avantgrade, are very appealing in a range of ways, not least the powerplants available. Yet they still have a great deal in common: dynamism, great styling and the latest safety features. The C-Class is also environmentally-friendly, being produced under CFC-free manufacturing processes, and they also use low-consumption and lowemission engines. The new C-Class Sport will attract younger buyers that have already embraced the ‘Sports’ package. There are also eight variants available according to engine size.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

This is the workhorse of Mercedes’ mid-size sedans. The latest incarnation of the ever popular saloon has a more sporty appearance than its predecessors while preserving its values of comfort and safety. The interior is also enhanced with dynamic multi-contour seats that create a whole new experience by adjusting the air pressure in the side bolsters in line with the prevailing lateral acceleration. An AMG sports package is also available and offers an impressive combination of choice equipment features. If extra performance in a full 5-seater is what you require, then check out the E63 AMG. 76 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration: Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 231bhp @ 6,000rpm 221lb-ft @ 2,400-5,000rpm 7-speed automatic 0-100 kph in 8secs 250kph 9.5lt/100km

Engines: 1.8-litre supercharged, 3.0-litre V6, 3.7-litre V6, 5.5-litre V8 and the 6.2-litre V8 Options include COMAND control display and navigation, keyless start, and semi-active air suspension Price: AED154,000 – 423,000


premium Saab 9-3

The 9-3 Sport Sedan and 9-3 Convertible launched Saab’s unprecedented product development program in 2005. This 9-3 is designed to deliver a unique, fun-to-drive experience that sets the standard for its class. The interiors are classy, unique and very comfortable.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.8 litre V6 turbocharged 255bhp 258lb-ft 6-speed automatic or manual 0-100kph in 6.8secs 250kph 11lt/100km

The top-of-the-range 2.8-litre Aero comes with ReAxs four wheel steering Options include keyless entry, Xenon headlamps, 6 CD changer, Bluetooth and mobile SIM reader Price: AED 99,000 – 180,000

Four trim levels are available called, for some reason, Linear, Arc, Vector and Aero, and they come hooked up to just two engines, a 2.0-litre turbo inline-4 and a 2.8-litre turbo V6. All models are available with either manual or automatic transmission.

Saab 9-5

In 2005 Saab sought to enhance its reputation for excellent value in performance-oriented mid-size sedan models with the launch of new models in both the 9-3 and 9-5 ranges. The changes to the 9-5 included a stylish new wheel design for Arc models and a freshened range of exterior colours. Each 9-5 model has a turbocharged and intercooled 2.3-litre inline-4 engine, with Aero models now receiving the 2.3-litre High-Output Turbo (HOT) engine, rated at 260bhp.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.3 litre light pressure turbo 260bhp @ 5,500rpm 256lb-ft (with boost to 273lb-ft) 5-speed auto or manual 0-100kph in 7secs 250kph 9.5lt/100km

Aerodynamic 0.29Cd for sedan Saab Trionic engine management system adjusts ignition timing, fuel injection, turbo boost pressure and the electronic throttle for optimum combustion Price: AED130,000 – 175,000

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Peugeot 407

Following the extensive re-styling of the smaller models over the past couple of years, 2006 saw Peugeot’s five-seat family sedan receive a similar treatment that defined ‘the Peugeot look’.

specifications Engine: Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 24-valve 215bhp 214lb-ft 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 235kph 10lt/100km

Only the 3.0-litre V6 features Tiptronic borrowed from Porsche As standard on all variants: keyless entry, ABS, electric windows, stability control The Coupe comes equipped with 8 airbags Price: AED69,000 – 97,000

The 407 is slightly larger than the 406 that it replaces and is built on the well tried Peugeot owned Citroen C5 platform. It comes with a range of manual and automatic transmissions and the automatics have a Tiptronic function. Safety is paramount and it has a 5-star EuroNCAP rating without sacrificing any of its cornering or cruising performance. Large families might like to take a look at the SW estate car.

Peugeot 607

The Peugeot 607 arrived in the region’s showrooms towards the end of summer 2005 but was actually restyled in 2004. It is a mid-life revision of the original elegant executive saloon which has a 210bhp 3.0-litre V6 engine and a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Dynamic electronic stability program, electronic brakeforce distribution, and ABS are among standard safety features. The 607 has 17-inch alloy wheels and comes with an electric sunroof, motorized 600 litre boot, colour-coordinated leather upholstery and an optional GSM phone. 78 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine: Max power: Max torque Transmission: Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 24-valve 210bhp 210lb-ft 6-speed auto with Porsche Tiptronic 0-100 in 9secs 233kph 10.5lt/100km

Leather interior Safety features include 8 airbags as standard, dynamic stability program, traction control and emergency brake assist Price: AED132,000


premium Skoda Superb

This largest and most luxurious of the Skoda model line boasts state-of-the-art technology, original-design, user-friendly comfort, and a broad assortment of added equipment, along with a range of modern petrol and diesel engines to choose from. Its foremost advantage however is space: it’s unusually comfortable interior, both for passengers in the front and rear seats, beats many famous brand competitors.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.8 litre V6 193bhp @ 6,000rpm 206lb-ft 5-speed auto with Tiptronic 0-100kph in 9.5secs 232kph 10.5lt/100km

Engines available are: 1.8-litre turbocharged and 2.8-litre V6 The name ‘Superb’ first appeared on a Skoda in 1934 Price: AED77,500 – 109,000

Available in 3 specification derivatives – Classic, Comfort and Elegance – the Superb offers features including clear-optics headlights, fog lights and Climatronic airconditioning or electric windows. Other options are a television, advanced audio system and cooler box to truly customize your Skoda. Safety-wise, the Superb has driver and passenger airbags, all-round disc brakes with ABS and EDS, and ISOFIX child seat mounting capabilities.

Toyota Avalon

Toyota’s latest flagship model, the Avalon, was introduced mid-2005 so will not receive any serious revision for a couple of years yet. But it will not need to. Here is a head-turning car that still fulfils three core objectives: for the interior and exterior to exude sophistication and distinction at a glance; for the interior to be refined yet comfortable; and for the engine to provide plenty of power to ensure both a comfortable ride and high performance. The interiors, especially of the top-of-the-range Limited Edition, are truly comfortable, with the soft perforated leather seats offering deep-seat comfort with loads of legroom for rear seat passengers. Creature comforts are offered through a sophisticated climate control and a JBL sound system.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.5 litres V6 268bhp 248lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 7.2secs 208kph 9lt/100km

Rear passenger seats recline by 10 degrees for extra comfort High Intensity Discharge headlights, keyless entry and push button start/stop are standard Price: AED101,000 – 120,000

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Volvo S40 & V50

specifications Engine Max Power Max Torque Transmission Acceleration Top Speed Economy

2.5-litre turbocharged inline-5 220bhp 236lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 7.2secs 235kph 9.5lt/100km

Other engine options: 1.6-litre inline-4, 2.4-litre inline-5 Only the 1.6-litre engine is available with a 5-speed manual box Price: AED77,000 – 133,000

The S40 is Volvo’s entry-level luxury car, complemented by the V50 estate. Typical of the marque, the S40/V50 duo receive unique, square-shouldered styling. The interiors remind you of Scandinavian simplicity and style, with their floating centre console and surfaces clothed in either leather or T-Tec, the latter material inspired by wetsuits and rugged outdoor gear!

Volvo S60 & V70

The S60 is Volvo’s middle-rung luxury car, complemented by the V70, a capacious 5-door estate version. As we’ve come to expect of the brand, safety plays a big role here – it comes loaded with gizmos like a blind spot detection system, adaptive headlights, active chassis technology and lots more. The interiors are stylish too, with lots of storage space and world-class entertainment options. 80 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.5 litre turbocharged inline-5 300bhp 295lb-ft 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 6.7secs 250kph 11lt/100km

Other engines: 2.4-litre inline-5, 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-5 and a 2.4-litre turbocharged inline-5 Price: AED100,000 – 180,000


premium Toyota Aurion

The Aurion is effectively the Camry’s big brother using, in fact, the same front wheel drive platform. New in 2007 the Aurion is only available with one engine, the 3.5-litre V6 with a dual VVTi system for improved efficiency and economy.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.5 litre V6 268bhp @ 6,200rpm 248lb-ft @ 4,700rpm 6-speed auto 0-100kph in 7.2sec 228kph 9lt/100km

Price: AED92,000 – 110,000

Show stand: Zabeel Hall, Z-14 & 15

As ever the interior of the Aurion is both spacious, comfortable and calming through the concentration on engine, wind and road noise reduction, while an extensive options list includes keyless entry, electrically adjustable seats, interactive entertainment and navigation display, tilt and slide sunroof, as well as safety equipment like ABS, ESC and a range of airbags.

Volkswagen Passat

The latest Passat is almost as big as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class but undercuts the base model price considerably. The Passat raises the bar for interior quality in the Mondeo-size sector and has an upmarket appeal absent from most mainstream manufacturers. High-quality interior equipment and fittings, such as napa leather upholstery, distinguish the Passat.

specifications

Petrol engines for the Passat range from 2.0-litre inline-4 FSI with a turbo version of the same, to 3.2-litre V6. Front wheel drive is controlled by a choice of 6-speed auto with Tiptronic or on the 3.2-litre VW’s Direct Shift Gearbox transmission.

Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.2 litre V6 250bhp 243lb-ft DSG 0-100kph in 6.9secs 246kph 10lt/100km

Only the V6 model is four wheel drive Price: 86,000 – 105,000

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Volvo S80

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.4 litre V8 315bhp 325lb-ft 6-speed automatic with manual shift 0-100kph in 6.5secs 250kph 12lt/100km

Other engines: 2.5-litre turbocharged inline-5, 3.2-litre inline-6 Only the V8 is all wheel drive Price: AED124,000 – 177,000

Flagship of Volvo’s line-up, the S80 packs even more techno-wizardry than the S60. It even comes with a Personal Car Communicator which, among other things, boasts a heartbeat sensor (!) that lets you know if anyone’s still inside the car. Adaptive cruise control, highend audio, and bags of safety equipment complement a wonderfully capable car; a genuine, albeit understated alternative to its German rivals.

Audi A8 & S8

In line with all the ‘luxury’ brands, Audi’s top model, the A8 leads the company’s Middle East sales figures. Offering the luxury and performance that many are seeking in today’s affluent society, the latest revision of the A8 was launched at the 2005 Dubai International Motor Show. The top end of this ‘top end offering’ is the 12-cylinder limousine, powered by a massive 6-litre engine that produces 450bhp.

specifications

Standard features include 18-inch alloys (with 19-inch as an option), visual park assist, leather interior and adaptive headlights. Only the 3.2-litre V6 is front wheel drive while all the other variants run on Audi’s Quattro four wheel drive system.

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6.0 litre V12 450bhp 428lb-ft 6-speed auto with Tiptronic 0-100kph in 5.2secs 250kph 13lt/100km

The A8 is built on Audi’s low weight and high rigidity ASF (Audi Space Frame) Adaptive air suspension improves ride quality as well as handling CVT is only available on the 3.2-litre variant Price: AED268,000 – 405,000


premium Volvo S40 & V50

specifications Engine Max Power Max Torque Transmission Acceleration Top Speed Economy

2.5-litre turbocharged inline-5 220bhp 236lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 7.2secs 235kph 9.5lt/100km

Other engine options: 1.6-litre inline-4, 2.4-litre inline-5 Only the 1.6-litre engine is available with a 5-speed manual box Price: AED77,000 – 133,000

The S40 is Volvo’s entry-level luxury car, complemented by the V50 estate. Typical of the marque, the S40/V50 duo receive unique, square-shouldered styling. The interiors remind you of Scandinavian simplicity and style, with their floating centre console and surfaces clothed in either leather or T-Tec, the latter material inspired by wetsuits and rugged outdoor gear!

Volvo S60 & V70

The S60 is Volvo’s middle-rung luxury car, complemented by the V70, a capacious 5-door estate version. As we’ve come to expect of the brand, safety plays a big role here – it comes loaded with gizmos like a blind spot detection system, adaptive headlights, active chassis technology and lots more. The interiors are stylish too, with lots of storage space and world-class entertainment options.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.5 litre turbocharged inline-5 300bhp 295lb-ft 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 6.7secs 250kph 11lt/100km

Other engines: 2.4-litre inline-5, 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-5 and a 2.4-litre turbocharged inline-5 Price: AED100,000 – 180,000

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Bentley Continental Flying Spur

The Flying Spur made its regional debut at the Dubai International Motor Show in 2005 and is the four-door version of the Continental GT Coupe. Its powerhouse of a 6-litre W12 engine has made the Flying Spur the world’s fastest 4-door sedan, being able to rocket to 312kph and reach 100kph from standing in just 5.2 seconds.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6 litre W12 552bhp @ 6,100rpm 479lb-ft @1,600rpm 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 5.2secs 312kph 17.7lt/100km

Standard features: twin bi-xenon headlamps, 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, infra-red laminated glazing on all windows The upholstery uses more than 11 hides Price: AED800,000 – 900,000

All this and absolutely no compromise on luxurious comfort and drive quality. Some might think that the interiors are a bit over the top with the use of Burr Walnut, but don’t forget that every Bentley is built to the customer’s requirements and there are four other veneers to choose from.

Lexus LS460

This was the first Lexus model to make an impact in the USA when it was launched in the early 1990s. The development of the latest iteration, the LS460 was based on a concept of automotive values that focus on dynamism, the fundamentals of engineering excellence, human-centred technology, and revolutionary manufacturing techniques. The car’s interior design is a synthesis of luxury, tranquility and protection: the very highest level quality of wood, leather and elegant metal highlights are combined with an unprecedented precision of fit and finish throughout. Indeed, entering the LS460 is like entering the opulent interior of a private jet, and ensures that the driver and passengers always travel first class. The big Lexus is available in three versions, a standard version with 5 seats, and a long wheelbase with 4 or 5 seats. 84 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.6 litre V8 342bhp 335lb-ft 8-speed automatic 0-100kph in 6.8secs 250kph 10.2lt/100km

The LS460 features the world’s only 8-speed automatic gearbox Long wheelbase version has a 19-speaker Mark Levinson sound system specially designed for the LS interior ‘soundstage’ Price: AED285,000 – 350,000


luxury Bentley Arnage

The existing Arnage range comprises the ‘R’, the ‘RL’ (long wheelbase) and the ‘T’. Very little has changed on the face of the Arnage for the past few years, however various powertrain and chassis enhancements have upped the output of the twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V8 to 500bhp and it now has a 6-speed ZF automatic transmission.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.75-litre turbocharged V8 450bhp 737lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 6.5secs 288kph 19.5lt/100km

New safety devices include ESP and a tyre monitoring system Thin film technology information panel An engine plaque states ‘63/4 LITRE TWIN TURBO’ Price: AED1,103,000 – 1,404,000

New features include exterior design, round headlamps with Xenon dip and Halogen full beam, a revised bonnet line and the choice of either a matrix or vaned radiator grille. Interior luxury is understated, if a little fussy, with a huge collection of suspension, steering and braking features.

BMW 7 Series

The current 2006 upgrade of the 7 Series, three years after the new model was introduced, has set new standards of luxury and performance. It is now two years since it was launched and has ensured that the top-end BMW has retained its place in the market. Improvements to the patented iDrive interactive communications, entertainment, navigation and climate system have made it far easier to use, although it still needs further development. With a range of new engines, interior developments and subtle exterior changes, the 2006 7-Series continues a fine tradition of luxury driving.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.8 litre V8 360bhp 361lb-ft 6-speed auto or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 6secs 250kph 11.5lt/100km

Engine options: 3.0-litre inline 6, 4.0-litre V8, 4.8-litre V8 and 6.0-littre V12 All 7 Series cars feature Steptronic manual gearshift Price: AED270,000 – 500,000

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Cadillac DTS

This is very much a Cadillac standard among executives around the world. It used to be known as the DeVille, but has been reduced to a string of letters to reflect modern trends.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.6 litre V8 Northstar 290bhp 285lb-ft 4-speed auto 0-100kph in 7.2secs 210kph 11lt/100km

Safety equipment includes 6 airbags as standard, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and StabiliTrak traction control Price: AED170,000 – 192,000

The DTS is designed and engineered to continue the DeVille’s sales success, which dominated its segment in the US with nearly 50% of sales for nearly two decades. Two variants of the Northstar 4.6-litre V8 engine have been available for 2007. There is also a large range of customizing options. The armour-plated version, introduced in 2005, is finding a ready market in the region.

Infiniti Q45

Infiniti’s flagship Q - a balanced fusion of style and technology, luxury and performance - is rumoured to be replaced by a fresh and more appealing alternative to Lexus’ LS460. The sleek body has an engine to match, although the handling belies its luxury intentions. The interiors are slathered in leather and wood, and you get enough gadgetry to keep yourself busy at the stoplights. 86 Annual Guide

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4.5 litre V8 365bhp 346lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 6.6secs 250kph N/A

As standard performance-tuned active dampers and an excess of luxury features Price: AED220,000 – 230,000


luxury Maserati Quattroporte

Designed by the renowned Italian, Pininfarina, the Quattroporte has a curvaceous yet aggressive appearance. The name simply describes the car – the Quattroporte or ‘fourdoor’ sports sedan is seen by its maker as the rebirth of the “Italian flagship car”. The Quattroporte boasts a luxurious leather interior with finishes in mahogany, rosewood, walnut-root wood and others.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.2 litre V8 400bhp @7,000rpm 332lb-ft @4,500rpm 6-speed auto or 6-speed auto with paddles 0-100kph in 5.2secs 275kph 15.7lt/100km

Available in Automatica, Executive GT, Sport GT and Sport GT S versions The latest GT S version has been given a racing set up in suspension, brakes and appearance Price: AED485,000 – 530,000

It features a multimedia system that includes onboard computer controls, satellite navigation system, CD player, television up front, and a rear seat entertainment system for games, videos and more. There is only one power option – a 400bhp 4.2-litre V8 – which ensures the performance is as sporty as the appearance.

Maybach 57 & 62

Powered by either a 5.5-litre or 6.0-litre twinturbo V12 engine, the Maybach accelerates from 0-100kph in around five seconds – mega performance for such a large car, and is even bigger than its cousin, the Mercedes S-Class. It is available in three variants, depending on engine size and body: the 57, the 57S and the long wheelbase 62. All have an extensive array of luxury features like air suspension and speed-sensitive power steering. The ‘S’ version of the Mayback 57 is even hotter than the standard thanks to the up-rated 6-litre V12 which the Maybach engineers have enhanced with Mercedes-AMG experts. The interior is a stylish living room, richly furnished in leather and wood. Safety is ensured by ten airbags.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.0 litre twin turbocharged V12 612bhp 737lb-ft 5-speed auto 0-100kph in 5secs 275kph 17.5lt/100km

Luxuries include a refrigerator, high-resolution TV screens and an optional, panoramic sunroof with electrically adjustable transparency Price: AED1,700,000 – 2,000,000

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Jaguar XJ & XJR

Jaguar’s executive XJ series boasts a catalogue of sales points. Among them, for the LWB version is a ‘best-in-class’ rear accommodation, offering a substantial 999mm (more than 39 inches) of legroom and very class-competitive headroom. There is a choice of four optional rear-seat configurations, including fixed or poweradjustable bench layouts and individual powered and heated rear seats separated by a centre console.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.2 litre supercharged V8 400bhp @ 6,000rpm 408lb-ft @ 4,100rpm 6-speed auto 0-100kph in 5.3secs 250kph 12lt/100km

Engine options: 3.0-litre V6, 3.6-litre V6, 4.2-litre V8, and 4.2-litre V8 supercharged Standard are alloy wheels, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable front seats, 8-speaker sound system Price: AED185,000 – 345,000

Recognising that this vehicle might well be chauffeur-driven, there are burr walnut-finished business trays that fold down from the front seat-backs, and are big enough to hold a notebook computer for passengers who need to work on the move.

Lincoln Town Car

The latest in the line of legendary Town Cars was launched for 2005 and continues to offer the luxurious ride and comfort for which the model has become renowned. The Town Car’s defining qualities include room, ride and comfort, as well as impressive driving dynamics. It was the first car in history to receive 5-star US government safety ratings in all five categories – and has done so two years in a row. The Town Car offers engineering improvements that result in an exceptionally smooth ride allowing occupants to feel comfortable and connected to the road. Three trim series are available – Signature, Signature Limited and Signature L. 88 Annual Guide

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4.6 litre V8 240bhp 287lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.2secs 208kph 11.5lt/100km

Long wheelbase version available Options include High Intensity Discharge headlamps, sunroof, powered boot lid Price: AED135,000 – 180,000


luxury Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG

specifications Model Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed

S65 AMG 6.0 litre turbocharged V12 612bhp 737lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 4.3secs 250kph

Engine options: 3.0-litre V6 (S280), 3.5-litre V6 (S350L), 5.5-litre V8 (S500L), 5.5-litre Turbo V12 (S500L) and 6.0-litre turbo V12 (S600L) and the 6.0-litre Price: AED320,00 - 932,500

The S-Class continues its record as the topselling luxury car in the Middle East thanks to a combination of innovation and design. The 2006 S-Class, unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show features a new step in road safety. The PRE-SAFE occupant protection system predicts accidents and prepares the car’s occupants to best survive a crash by initiating safety measures, such as pre-tensioning seatbelts, raising seat backs to the optimum position and even closing the sunroof. Clear-lens front lights, redefined tail lamps, a taller radiator grille, multi-contour seats and the exclusive ‘designo couture’ interior package enhance the overall image.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

The Phantom has been around for a couple of years now but the latest car to carry the Phantom name – which has officially been voted the ‘Best Car in the World’ by Autocar magazine – is the first totally new Rolls Royce for a generation, and the first to be built under the BMW Group. The designers have remained true to the original Rolls Royce philosophy, while building the best Rolls ever. Unlike previous models, the Phantom is very much a ‘driver’s car’, though passengers can still languish in exquisite personalized luxury. If you want to feel the wind in your hair, then take a look at the Drophead Coupe which harks back to the classic luxury coupes.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.75 litre V12 453bhp 531lb-ft 6-speed ZF automatic 0-100kph in 6.1secs 240kph 15lt/100km

All cars are built to the purchaser’s own exterior and interior specifications 22-inch alloy wheels are standard as is air suspension for the most comfortable ride possible Price: AED1,252,000 - 1,495,000

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Audi RS4 & S4

Powered by an exceptionally compact V8 petrol engine delivering 340bhp, and available with either six-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic transmission is the S4 Quattro saloon, capable of a 5.6-second 0-100kph time and a governed top speed of 250kph.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.2 litre V8 FSI 420bhp 317lb-ft 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 4.8secs 250kph 13lt/100km

As standard are satnav, Bluetooth, Bose sound system, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, parking sensors, rain sensor, and iPod interface

Price: AED238,000 – 312,000

The hotter RS4, the first ever B-segment Audi RS saloon, features a combination of eightcylinder power and FSI direct petrol injection and a new generation of Quattro four-wheeldrive technology. Its seductive combination of handling and all-wheel drive grip has won applause from motoring hacks and enthusiasts the world over. Available in sedan, convertible and Avant guise, the RS4 is a masterstroke from Audi.

Audi S6

Using the Gallardo super car’s 5.0-litre unit, which was developed by Lamborghini in conjunction with Audi, as its foundation, the new 5.2-litre V10 FSI engine that appeared first in the new S8 Quattro has been tuned to suit the specific characteristics of the new A6 range flagship. Channelled through a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with software revisions that enable even swifter gear changes than existing A6 models, this exceptional output gives the new S6 Quattro the potential to cover the 0-100kph sprint in 5.2 seconds and to reach a top speed limited electronically to 250kph. 90 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.2 litre V10 FSI 430bhp 400lb-ft 6-speed automatic Tiptronic 0-100kph in 5.2secs 250kph 12.5lt/100km

Features full time Quattro all wheel drive Price: AED330,000


sports Volkswagen Phaeton

Volkswagen’s flagship challenge for the likes of Mercedes-Benz and BMW is the full-size Phaeton saloon, designed for speeds of more than 300kph and powered by a 12-cylinder, 450bhp W12 engine that uses electronicallycontrolled acceleration. A 240bhp 3.2-litre V6 is also available.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.0 litre V12 450bhp 412lb-ft 5-speed automatic with Tiptronic 0-100kph in 6secs 250kph 14.5lt/100km

Both the 3.2-litre V6 and 4.2-litre V8 come with a 6-speed auto gearbox with Tiptronic Safety equipment includes ABS, engine braking control, EBD, stability control, and 8 airbags Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing

The interior features myrtle wood trim for the fascia and centre console, with ‘pearl’ fabric upholstery or Vienna leather. Climatronic air conditioning is standard, along with cruise control, infotainment system with seven-inch colour display, air suspension with electronic regulation of shock absorbers, seat massage function and 18-way electrical adjustment.

BMW M5

With the newest M5, BMW has invented an even faster, even more complete 4-door allarounder that sets new standards for just how much sportscar performance and driving pleasure can be packed into a luxury sedan. Not much has changed for the year – like you needed it! The German cruise missile goes about its business with a subtle-yet-aggressive design, variable differential lock for enhanced traction and handling, electronic damping control, gorgeous 19-inch wheels, and a highrevving Formula 1-inspired motor with, get this, 11 shift programs.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.0 litre V10 500bhp 383lb-ft 7-speed SMG 0-100kph in 4.5secs 250kph N/A

The much bemoaned 1st generation iDrive system has been improved in the new M5 Options include head-up display and a Harman Kardon Logic7 sound system Price: AED405,000

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Cadillac CTS-V

The CTS-V provides high-performance driving enthusiasts with a serious, credible alternative to imports in the highly competitive, lowvolume luxury performance segment, including the BMW M-Series, Mercedes-Benz AMG Series and Audi S-Series.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.0 litre V8 400bhp 395lb-ft 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 4.6secs 260kph 11.5lt/100km

The 2008 CTS-V is yet to reach this region Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing

The interior features unique trim bits while the exterior gets a unique front fascia with an integrated aero splitter for better aerodynamics. Stainless steel mesh grilles, both below and above the bumper, offer a unique front appearance and allow for free air flow into the engine compartment.

Cadillac STS-V

Upping the STS mantle and taking the fight to the likes of Mercedes’ AMG and BMW’s M division is the supercharged STS-V. The big Caddy is capable of exceptional performance for an automobile of its size, while also providing a high degree of hand-crafted interior luxury. Like AMG, the Northstar V8 engines are hand-assembled. The interiors of both cars feature extensive use of leather wrapped surfaces, created by craftsmen who cut, wrap and sew leather around components individually. Aluminium accents adorn the steering wheel and instrument panel, while real wood accents the center stack and door trim. 92 Annual Guide

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4.4 litre SC V8 469bhp 439lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 5secs 250kph 13lt/100km

Safety features include Brembo highperformance vented disc brakes with fourpiston callipers,. traction control and StabiliTrak stability control. Price: AED250,000


sports Chevrolet Lumina SS The design of the new Lumina exploits the benefits of a large rear wheel drive platform, delivering classic proportion and athletic stance. It is a new and exciting architecture that holds true to the vision. It includes subtle sporting details that are indicative of the car’s image and a tribute to the brand’s motorsport heritage.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.0 litre V8 360bhp 390lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 5.5secs 250kph 14lt/100km

Developed under the Holden badge in Australia and based on the renowned Commodore Price: AED138,000

More power, more torque and more refinement characterize the engines of the Lumina S and SS. The 3.6-litre V6 engine is available in the new Lumina S and delivers a standard peak power of 240bhp at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 247lb-ft. The Generation IV all-alloy 6.0-litre V8 EFI engine is standard on the Lumina SS and delivers a whopping peak power of 360bhp at 5,700rpm and peak torque of 384lb-ft. Until now, the 6.0-litre V8 engine had been available only in the iconic Chevrolet Corvette. It is one of the most advanced and technically accomplished engines General Motors has ever produced. But there is one more surprise up GM’s sleeve: The CSV CR8 (see Sportscar section).

Jaguar S-Type R

Jaguar’s performance version of the flagship S-Type saloon goes about business with a stonking 400bhp motor. Though it does seem a bit dated compared to its German rivals, there’s absolutely no denying the big cat’s laidback charm. Styling is typically understated, with 18-inch wheels and a mesh grille giving the game away. In line with the car’s character, the two-stage, adaptive damping ride control maximizes comfort and handling by switching the system’s dampers from their normal ‘soft’ setting to ‘firm’ in order to improve stability, particularly during cornering or braking.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.2 litre V8 supercharged 400bhp 408lb-ft 6-speed automatic with manual shift 0-100kph in 5.6secs 250kph 12lt/100km

Safety features include ABS, stability control and traction control, plus driver, passenger side and curtain airbags Price: AED250,000+

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Chrysler 300C SRT8

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.1 litre V8 430bhp 420lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 5secs 278kph 14lt/100km

New features include reworked instrument cluster, new centre console, remote start and adaptive cruise control Price: AED:178,000+

The upgraded version of the 300C, tuned by the boys at SRT, is a monster with a 6.1-litre HEMI V8 under the hood. It also exemplifies America’s love for pure brute power, this time wrapped in a tux, probably a result of getting married to a German! The interiors lack European flair, but all is forgotten once you get behind the wheel for some raw rear-wheel drive fun.

Dodge Charger SRT8

With its infusion of Street and Racing Technology DNA, the Dodge Charger SRT8 provides exactly what performance enthusiasts want in their American muscle sedan: more power, world-class ride and handling, benchmark braking, functional and aggressive-looking exterior enhancements and a race-inspired interior. And it’s got more than just straight line speed – the hotted Charger benefits from SRT-tuned dampers, specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushes, and large diameter anti-sway bars. The ride height is also lowered, while handling is enhanced with specially tuned ESP. 94 Annual Guide

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6.1 litre V8 430bhp 420lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 5secs 275kph 14lt/100km

Standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels and sturdy sport front seats Ask dealer about various enhancement packages Price: AED165,000+


sports Lexus IS

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 230bhp @ 6,200rpm 221lb-ft @ 4,400rpm 6-speed auto with manual paddle shift 0-100kph in 7.5secs 235kph 13lt/100km

Optional 14-speaker Mark Levinson audio system Safety features: dual front airbags, side impact airbags, curtain airbags, knee protection airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC and traction control Price: AED120,000 – 140,000

The IS300, which is only available with the 3.0-litre engine in this region, is a stunning, bulldoggish performance sedan. While the interior is equal to a luxury brand, the drive is gripping to say the least thanks to the rear wheel drive and 230bhp V6 under the hood, and it makes it equal to, if not excelling, some of the German brands in the same segment. As standard the IS300 comes with, among others, electric front seats, electric windows, keyless entry, start/stop button and High Intensity Discharge headlamps.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Over the years, the Evo has built a reputation as a giant killer. Since the 1992 original, eight generations of the devastatingly capable sedan have been devoured by enthusiasts worldwide, and now it’s time for the all-new Evo. Significant improvements have been made to the existing Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, and it’s supposed to be a huge improvement over the current Evo’s handling. Active Brake Control and revised Active Yaw Control ensure power delivery precisely tailored to road conditions. The interiors are a big jump from the existing model, while the transmission will hopefully be a 6-speed manual with paddle shifters. Actual specs are a bit vague, but the 2.0-litre will be carried over from the current model.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 276bhp 311lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 4.8secs 260kph 10lt/100km

ABS, EBD and Brake Assist as standard 18-inch alloy wheels and paddle shift gear change on GT version Price: ask dealer for availability and pricing

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Infiniti M45

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.5 litre V8 325bhp 336lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 5.8secs 240kph 12lt/100km

Standard features include remote key and push button ignition, electric driver and passenger seat adjustment and Bose sound system Price: AED200,000 – 210,000

The sleek, powerful and luxurious M45 epitomizes the essence of Infiniti. Catering to the senses with a spacious leather-trimmed cabin that is warm and inviting, the M45 boasts other innovative and technologically driven features like push button start, braking sensors and active rear steering, which significantly enhances cornering stability. On the safety front, the M features adaptive headlights in addition to Brake Assist, EBD and lots of airbags.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG

The sharp-looking new C-Class gets the AMG treatment, courtesy the glorious 6.3-litre V8. The high-revving naturally aspirated motor perfectly suits the little Benz, which has been vastly upgraded over the regular sedan. Typical AMG styling covers the C63, which means you get a bonnet with power domes, distinctive AMG radiator grille, flared front wings, rear apron with a black diffusor insert, sports exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipes et al. The interior gets sports seats and a flat-bottom performance steering wheel in addition to other trim bits. 96 Annual Guide

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6.3 litre V8 457bhp 443lb-ft 7-speed AMG 7G-TRONIC automatic 0-100kph in 4.5secs 250kph 13.5lt/100km

Best in class acceleration 14-inch front and 13-inch rear vented brake discs Price: Dependent on options


sports Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.2 litre V8 514bhp 465lb-ft 7-speed AMG 7G-TRONIC automatic 0-100kph in 4.5secs 250kph 14lt/100km

Features AMG stabilizers for the shocks which adjust the air spring tuning to all driving situations Price: AED430,700 dependent on options

What happens when you instil a car that exudes effortless superiority with motor racing DNA? The answer is a breathtaking blend of practically limitless power, dynamism and hallmark Mercedes-Benz comfort. The latest in-house development to come out of the Affalterbach engine workshops – the AMG 6.2-litre V8 power plant – graces the E63 with a level of agility that is amongst the best in class, bringing a wealth of motorsport technology to the road.

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class AMG

Stylish, sporty, and seductive, the CLS 63 AMG with the naturally aspirated V8 ensures that every trip is nothing less than express delivery. And with its distinctive styling – from the prominent 3-rib grille, chiselled front apron, side sills, and subtle rear lip spoiler – this fourdoor coupe boldly declares its intentions.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.3 litre V8 514bhp 465lb-ft 7-speed AMG 7G-TRONIC automatic 0-100kph in 4.7secs 250kph 14lt/100km

AIRMATIC DC suspension for consistent ride quality with self-levelling control Features ABS with Brake Assist and ESP. Price: AED484,000

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Saab 9-3 Aero

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.8 litre V6 turbocharged 255bhp 258lb-ft 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 6.9secs 250kph 11lt/100km

Two turbocharged engines available: 2.0-litre inline-4, and a 2.8-litre V6 The top Aero model features ReAxs four wheel steering Price: AED100,000 – 180,000

Drawing from its aircraft heritage, SAAB likes to market the performance variant of its 9-3 sedan as being aircraft-inspired. It comes with almost every feature SAAB offers, including the sweet turbocharged 255bhp motor. It also comes with a subtle bodykit, lowered sporttuned chassis and all the safety bits including ESP, ABS, TCS and EBD.

Subaru Impreza WRX STi & WRX

Like its arch-rival, the Lancer Evo, Subaru’s latest Impreza WRX is an all-new model. But unlike the Mitsubishi, which hasn’t completely strayed from its styling or body configuration, the Impreza WRX looks a different animal altogether, and is available in a 5-door version too. Talk about appealing to a larger audience! Though it’s softened down a bit and lost some of the old-school character, you wouldn’t mistake it for anything else. We can’t wait for the STi. 98 Annual Guide

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2.5 litre turbocharged flat-4 224bhp 226lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 6secs 250kph 10.5lt/100km

5-star US Gov. crash test rating Brembo performance brakes, symmetrical all wheel drive and semi-bucket STiembroidered front seats as standard Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing


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OK, so you don’t want just an A to B mode of transport. You want something that offers you that extra bit of functionality that enhances your lifestyle. Whether that is being able to take you into the wilderness at weekends, taxi-ing your extended family from mall to mall or lugging your jet skis to the beach or camel feed to the racecourse, most manufacturers will be able to offer you a vehicle to fulfil your needs. While the MPV market may seem to have stagnated a little as the 7-seater SUV has made its presence felt, there are still a choice of ‘people carriers’ that offer the comfort, space, elegance and economy you don’t get with an SUV. Having said that, with so much opportunity to go off-road in this region – even if it’s only on to the beach – the 4x4 has to be a serious consideration for the adventurous. And just flicking through the pages of our SUV section will show that there is no greater choice than that available in this segment, from the traditional workhorse Nissan Patrol to the funky new Toyota FJ Cruiser, to the sleek Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and bespoke craftsmanship of the Spyker D12.

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Audi Q7

Here is a ground-breaker by any measure. The Q7’s design language follows the branding cues we have seen in the re-launches of the A3, A4 and A6 series road cars, with a deep radiator grille and streamlined lighting clusters. Audi recently made a corporate decision to go ‘green’ and the Q7 makes use of advanced and recyclable materials to a greater degree than anything the company has ever built before. Add to the green theme all of the comfort and refined gadgetry that you expect in a luxury SUV and Audi’s entry to this highly competitive segment is likely to establish them within it.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.2 litre V8 FSI 350bhp 325lb-ft 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic 0-100kph in 7.5secs 245kph 14lt/100km

Available with a hybrid fuel system for a 15% fuel reduction Price: 182,000 - 238,000

Infiniti FX35

Introduced to the Middle East in 2005, the FX is Infiniti’s dramatic venture into the crossover SUV market. It introduces a host of original features for the segment, from soft leather interior seating to its outstanding performance. A 2.85m wheelbase enabled the designers to give it an aggressive exterior, long bonnet and the unmistakable radiator grille. The interior is reminiscent of an aircraft cockpit, with its highly ergonomic instruments and controls, while power comes from the 3.5-litre V6 engine that drives most of Nissan’s top models. Add a 5-speed automatic gearbox that can go Tiptronic, and you have a sports car in an SUV’s clothing. 102 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.5-litre V6 289bhp 274lb-ft 5-speed automatic with manual shift 0-100kph in 7.4secs 250kph 12lt/100km

Driver adaptive learning algorithm senses driving style and adjusts gearshifts to suit Price: AED175,000-180,000


suv BMW X5 Its predecessor was the trendsetter creating a brand new segment in the market. And now the new BMW X5 is raising the driving experience in a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) to an even higher level. Powerful 8- and 6-cylinder engines, BMW xDrive permanent all wheel drive once again enhanced to an even higher standard, and a brand new optimized suspension give the new model excellent agility and driving dynamics. The new V8 power unit develops a maximum output of 355bhp, and the new 6-cylinder inline engine with its magnesium/aluminium composite crankcase offers 272bhp.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.8 litre fuel injection 355bhp 350lb-ft 6-speed automatic with Steptronic 0-100kph in 6.5secs 240kph 12.5lt/100km

As standard safety features include run-fat tyres, adaptive headlights, plus Dynamic Stability Control (HDC, ABS, ASC, DTC and Trailer Stability control) Price: AED200,000-300,000+

The large and highly versatile interior of the new BMW X5 offers maximum function and space for up to seven occupants. And at the same time, thanks to innovative features and equipment, the interior ensures the same calibre and standard as BMW’s performance saloons.

Chevrolet Captiva

The dynamically styled 5-door Captiva is the first compact SUV from Chevrolet not only for the Middle East but also the global market. There are a number of derivatives in the range, including the LS, LT and LTZ, each carefully designed to deliver great value for money. With its compact dimensions, strong, sporty design, and class leading range of features even in the base model version, the Captiva attempts to please a wide audience. It is also one of only a handful of compact SUVs to offer a 7-seater version – perfectly tailored not only for meeting but exceeding the busy lifestyle requirements of large Middle Eastern families on the move. Customers can choose between front wheel and all wheel drive.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.2 litre V6 230bhp 220lb-ft 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 9secs 205kph 11.lt/100km

Safety features include ABS brakes, dual front airbags, optional rollover protection system and traction control Price: AED85,000 – 110,000

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Dodge Durango

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.7 litre HEMI Magnum 340bhp @ 5,200rpm 370lb-ft @ 4,200rpm 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 180kph 13.5lt/100km

Features Chrysler’s Multi-Displacement System which cuts power to 4 of the 8 cylinders when not required for improved fuel economy 3.7-litre and 4.7-litre engines also available Price: AED100,000 – 119,000

The latest Durango is bigger and better than the model it replaced but it still retains the manoeuvrability of a much smaller SUV. In line with most of the more muscular vehicles from Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge, the Durango has a 5.7-litre HEMI engine. This is a vehicle for heavy loads as well as comfort and luxury.

Dodge Nitro

The Dodge Nitro is a bit of a Kinder egg surprise when it comes to exterior design with large masses of plastic and an uninspiring grille. But on the inside it is a rather versatile space thanks to the fold-flat front passenger seat and the patented ‘Load N Go’ flooring in the rear of the cabin which can be slide through the tailgate opening for ease of loading. It is not really designed for serious off-roading but more for urban utility, especially as it only comes with a 5-speed auto box and no low gear option or four wheel drive. However, the 3.5-litre V6 does deliver. 104 Annual Guide

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3.5 litre V6 210bhp 234lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10.3secs 182kph 12lt/100km

Appealing additions include keyless entry and 16-inch steel rims Built in Austria Price: AED88,000+


suv BMW X3

This is BMW’s response to the many smaller SUVs that have been entering the market over the past few years. The design language cannot be mistaken for anything but the X-range that was founded by the introduction of the successful and larger X5. BMW define it as a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The X3 benefits from xDrive all wheel drive which enables adjustable and fully variable distribution of power from the rear to the front of the vehicle. The system recognizes any need for change in power distribution and responds to ensure that the wheels do not loose their grip. xDrive also ensures better grip and traction on slippery or rough terrain without any sacrifice on the tarmac.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre straight-6 228bhp @ 5,900rpm 221lb-ft @ 3,500rpm 5-speed auto with manual or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 7.5secs 210kph 10.5lt/100km

M sports package enhances suspension, aerodynamics and comfort Price: AED110,000 – 190,000

Cadillac Escalade ESV

The difference between this model and the standard Escalade is that the ESV provides even more storage and seating space through its extended wheelbase. It shares the 6.2-litre V8 high output Vortec engine that powers the 2007 Escalade. Ten-way powered cushion adjustment on all eight main seats and dual zone air conditioning ensure the highest levels of comfort for driver and all passengers.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.2 litre V8 441bhp 454lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 7secs 170kph 17lt/100km

ESV comes with the option of 3 rows of seating Total storage space behind 1st row is 3,891cu-ft Price: AED230,000+

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Cadillac Escalade

Escalade has very much been seen as the starting point for the renaissance in Cadillac’s fortunes over the last four years since its introduction. The 2007 Escalade’s angular and solid appearance is typical of Cadillac’s current styling and its biggest engine, a 6.2-litre VVT V8, achieves 441bhp, making it the most powerful full-size SUV on the market.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

6.2 litre V8 441bhp 454lb-ft 6-speed automatic with Drive Shift 0-100kph in 7secs 170ph 17lt/100km

4-door EXT pick up variant also available Price: AED170,000 – 230,000

Cadillac has combined its legendary creature comforts (which now include cooled front seating) with a range of safety features that make it a compelling proposition at the top end of the market. The ESV and EXT luxury pickup are based upon the same platform and design as the Escalade. Power train options are the same for all three.

Cadillac SRX

With a number of top awards already under its belt, the Cadillac SRX is a utility vehicle that drives like a sports sedan. It benefits from a choice of 3.6-litre V6 and 4.6-litre V8 Northstar engines. The 2007 SRX offers several enhancements, including as standard a powered rear liftgate; best-in-class step-over for easier vehicle exiting and an enhanced optional interior package with wood on the centre stack. There are also new colours and a Cashmere interior scheme. Restyled 17-inch and 18-inch wheels have an aggressive design with six exposed lugs and prominent ‘Cadillac signature’ wreath and crest centre cap. 106 Annual Guide

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3.6 litre V6 255bhp 254lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 200kph 12lt/100km

Comes with the option of Magnetic Ride Control for a smoother ride V8 available with a 6-speed auto gearbox Handbuilt cockpit Price: AED130,000 – 190,000


suv Chery Tiggo

Developed in conjunction with Lotus and Mitsubishi Automotive Engineering, the Tiggo is a newcomer to the region and has yet to be tested thoroughly here. Looking rather previous generation RAV4-ish in profile it is a spacious 5-seater available in just one engine in the Middle East, a 2.4-litre inline-4 with either a 5-speed manual (4WD) or 4-speed automatic (FWD).

specifications Engine Max Power Max Torque Transmission Acceleration Top Speed Economy

2.4 litre 4-cylinder 126bhp 148lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 13secs 175kph N/A

All-round disc brakes Alloy wheels Price: AED57,000

Having said that, it comes with a host of safety features as standard, such as SRS front airbags and side impact door beams for all doors, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), elongated front buffer, energy-absorbing steering-column, and pretensioning seatbelts.

Chevrolet Captiva

The dynamically styled 5-door Captiva is the first compact SUV from Chevrolet not only for the Middle East but also the global market. There are a number of derivatives in the range, including the LS, LT and LTZ, each carefully designed to deliver great value for money. With its compact dimensions, strong, sporty design, and class leading range of features even in the base model version, the Captiva attempts to please a wide audience. It is also one of only a handful of compact SUVs to offer a 7-seater version – perfectly tailored not only for meeting but exceeding the busy lifestyle requirements of large Middle Eastern families on the move. Customers can choose between front wheel and all wheel drive.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.2 litre V6 230bhp 220lb-ft 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 9secs 205kph 11.lt/100km

Safety features include ABS brakes, dual front airbags, optional rollover protection system and traction control Price: AED85,000 – 110,000

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Chevrolet Suburban

In 2005 this desert classic received a number of important enhancements to ensure that it remains at the forefront of the region’s motoring consciousness. StabiliTrak stability enhancement system assists the vehicle in maintaining the driver’s intended path by applying a brake force at any corner of the vehicle independent of the driver’s use of the brake pedal.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.3 litre V8 355bhp 372lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.5secs 172kph 14lt/100km

403bhp 6.0-litre engine also available Choice of 2WD or 4WD in three variants: LS, LT and LTZ Price: AED127,000 – 144,000

The 9-seater Suburban comes in 2 or 4-wheel drive versions and Chevrolet claims it packs in more entertainment and comfort options than any other vehicle in its class: among these are Tri-Zone climate control, a DVD system with flip-down 7-inch colour screen, 6-CD in-dash audio player and 9 Bose speakers with a subwoofer.

Chevrolet Tahoe

The Tahoe has been around for a few years, but the 2007 model not only retained the premium appointments, refined ride and handling, but outstanding levels of safety and capability that helped make it the industry’s best-selling fullsize SUV in 2004. StabiliTrak again comes as standard as does ABS and dual-stage front and side curtain airbags. Besides a high degree of versatility, every Tahoe has power windows, cruise control, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, multi-lingual driver information centre, a tri-zone manually controlled heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, rear electronic climate control, and a choice of top-end sound and entertainment systems. 108 Annual Guide

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5.3 litre V8 320bhp 340lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9secs 172kph 14lt/100km

Available as either two wheel drive or four wheel drive in three trim levels: LS, LT or LTZ Price: AED121,000 – 132,000


suv Chevrolet Trailblazer

The Trailblazer is a powerful and rugged mid-size SUV, which also succeeds in being a comfortable and versatile family transporter. It is available in six variants with, as standard a 4.2-litre engine, or optional 5.3-litre V8. Transmission on all models is 4-speed auto, and they feature a sophisticated rear wheel or 4 wheel drive system.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.3 litre V8 302bhp 330lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 170kph 13.5lt/100km

The 5.3-litre engine comes with Displacement on Demand which cuts fuel to 4 of the 8 cylinders when not required for improved economy Price: AED95,000 – 128,000

Safety features as standard on all models include ABS, StabiliTrak, pretensioners on the all seatbelts, head curtain side airbags, and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system anchors for child safety seats in all second-row seats.

Daihatsu Terios

A compact city runabout, the Terios has a 3-cylinder, 85bhp engine common to all three models – the 2WD and 4WD DX, and the 4WD SX. All three have a choice of 5-speed manual (all synchromesh) or 4-speed full automatic transmission. Steering is rack and pinion, front brakes are disc with booster, with leading and trailing drum brakes at the back. Front suspension uses McPherson struts with coil springs, with a five-link rigid axle and coil springs at the back.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.3 litre inline 3-cylinder 85bhp @ 6,000rpm 88.5lb-ft @ 3,200rpm 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 13secs 160kph 8.5lt/100km

ABS and airbags available as options Price: Check with dealer

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Ford Edge

Ford’s new crossover distinguishes itself with bold, American design, a flexible interior, dynamic driving character and a host of innovative features.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.5 litre Duratec V6 286bhp 267lb-ft 6-speed automatic with manual shift 0-100kph in 8.5secs 200kph 11lt/100km

The SEL Plus variant includes leather trimmed front and 2nd row seats, Vista roof, and Dual Zone climate control Price: AED115,000 – 135,000

The Edge delivers spirited performance, fuel efficiency and a smooth, quiet ride from its 286bhp V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. It also delivers on safety, with a host of standard features including Ford’s exclusive AdvanceTrac® with RSC®. As a result it received a ‘Top Safety Pick’ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the US and achieved 5-star crash-test ratings for front and side driver impact from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford Expedition

With 110 cubic feet of cargo volume, the most hip room in all three rows and most third-row legroom, the Expedition continues to offer bestin-class interior space. The Expedition also is the first SUV in its class to offer independent rear suspension for improved ride and handling. Ford also claims class-leading features like fold-flat-to-the-floor second and third row seating, class-exclusive PowerFold™ thirdrow seat, second-row CenterSlide™ section, heated-and-cooled front seats, keyless entry keypad, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control, the Safety Canopy™ system, Reverse Sensing System and power-adjustable pedals. 110 Annual Guide

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5.4 litre V8 300bhp 365lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.5secs 160kph 15lt/100km

Available DVD system for the 2nd and 3rd row occupants in the Eddie Bauer special edition Price: AED120,000 – 160,000


suv GMC Acadia

With its athletic design, the Acadia adds a new dimension to the fastest growing vehicle segment in the Middle East, offering improved levels of comfort, versatility and performance. The exterior profile of the Acadia is sporty, sleek and aerodynamic while its interior reflects style and refinement, and includes three rows of seating which can be configured for seven or eight passengers.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.6 litre V6 275bhp 250lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.2secs 172kph N/A

Optional HID headlights and parking sensors Standard: 6 airbags and StabiliTrak stability control with rollover mitigation technology Kerb weight: 2,240kg Price: AED90,000 – 128,000

The Acadia’s aluminium-intensive 3.6-litre V6 VVT engine is coupled to a Hydra-Matic 6-speed auto transmission and all wheel drive to provide enhanced traction in a multitude of driving conditions and performance with smoothness, quietness and durability.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe is the one of the most elegantly designed SUVs in the market, filled with options yet affordable than many. This go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle boasts ample legroom in a well-appointed interior, and the rear window flips up for easy access. Other features are a two-level storage box under the centre armrest, under-seat storage trays, cup holders and an under-floor storage tray in the back.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.7-litre V6 185bhp 183lb-ft 4-speed automatic with manual shift 0-100kph in 11.5secs 180kph 10.5lt/100km

Redesigned for 2008 Base model only gets one airbag, but top–end gets dual airbags, ESP as well as standard ABS and EBD. Price: 75,000 – 100,000

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Ford Escape

The Ford Escape received a makeover in 2005 so don’t expect any surprises this year. It received an enhanced powertrain, a fresh look inside and out, standard anti-lock brakes and the available Safety Canopy curtain air bag system with rollover protection.

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3.0 litre V6 200bhp 193lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.3secs 175kph 19.5lt/100km

Interior made from 100% recycleable material Price: AED80,000 – 90,000

The small SUV’s style, roominess, fuel economy and affordability continue to make it a segment leader. Ford has aimed it at active, ‘young at heart’ drivers and first-time SUV buyers who desire SUV qualities but in a more compact package.

GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon is the 4x4 of choice for the driver looking for power and off-road capabilities. Arabian Adventures, one of the region’s major off-road adventure companies, made this their vehicle of choice back in 2004.

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Vortec 5.3 litre V8 342bhp @ 5,600rpm 355lb/ft @ 4,400rpm 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.0secs 175kph 15.5lt/100km

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Model variants: Yukon and Yukon XL (long wheelbase version) Engine options: 5.3-litre V8 or 6.2-litre V8 Price: 140,000 – 150,000

The Yukon is rugged, stylish and muscular. Its power and performance come from a 5.3-litre V8 engine which is capable of producing 355lb-ft of torque and 324bhp, but the Yukon is just as happy on the road as in the dirt or on the rocks. Since 2004 it has received increased safety features, new colour options and an eyecatching new wheel design.


suv Ford Explorer

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4.0 litre V6 210bhp 254lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10.3secs 160kph 14lt/100km

Voted America’s favourite Sport Utility vehicle since 1992 Also available is the pick-up SportTrac variant (see Pick Up section) Price: AED105,000 – 130,000

The Ford Explorer is a true multi-purpose SUV with excellent people and cargo carrying flexibility, cargo capacity and off-road capabilities. All models are available with a fold-flat thirdrow seat that provides comfortable seating for seven adults. The independent rear suspension also contributes to the Explorer’s outstanding driving dynamics and ride qualities.

GMC Envoy

The XL is a new version, introduced last year, of the innovative and successful GMC Envoy. It is a dependable, stylish all-purpose vehicle and now boasts one of the most comfortable third row seats of any SUV. Also introduced in 2005 was the Vortec generation-four (GEN IV) 5.3-litre V8 engine equipped with GM’s innovative Displacement on Demand (DOD) technology. This is a system that only uses all eight cylinders when driving conditions demand them. Most of the time two cylinders are merely idling. This enables fuel economy gains of up to 8% in certain driving conditions.

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5.3 litre V8 300bhp 321lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 175kph 8.5lt/100km

Engine options: 4.2-litre inline-6 or 5.3-litre V8 Model variants: Envoy and Envoy Denali (luxury level) with 2WD and 4WD option Price: AED99,000 – 140,000

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Honda MR-V

The latest MR-V is the first 8-seat full-size 4x4 that Honda has built. It is designed to provide the perfect combination of on-road comfort and luxury with off-road performance and capability.

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3.5 litre V6 244bhp 250lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.0secs 175kph 12lt/100km

Built on the Honda Accord platform Variable Torque Management switches from 2WD to 4WD whenever the load requires Price: AED100,000 – 120,000

Building on Honda`s legendary engineering and stylish design heritage, the MR-V incorporates many innovative features such as the Variable Torque Management 4-wheel drive system and Honda`s unique 3.5-litre V6 VTEC engine. Superb equipment levels provide all occupants with excellent levels of comfort, refinement and of course, safety.

Honda CR-V

The all-new Honda CRV has been revised to offer a bolder, larger appearance along with more versatile and improved performance. With Honda now competing in Formula 1 under its own name, the new F1 inspired 2.0i-VTEC engine produces an exciting 150hp, and the new improved interior space and luggage capacity means you can combine driving pleasure with family practicalities. The 4-wheel drive system means you can enjoy smooth on-road performance as well as good off-road capabilities. 114 Annual Guide

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2.4 litre 4-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC 156bhp @ 5,900rpm 160lb-ft @ 3,600rpm 5-speed automatic or manual 0-100kph in 10.5secs 180kph 9.5lt/100km

Built on the Civic chassis Keyless entry, front airbags, 6-CD changer and alloy wheels as standard Price: AED 82,000 – 90,000


suv Hummer H2

The HUMMER H2 has been a runaway success since its launch in 2003. It is a success that is also likely to continue for several years to come as well. Its maker, General Motors, claims that there is nothing to match Hummer’s ability to paddle through deep sand or wadis up to 20 inches deep, or climb 16-inch steps and rocks effortlessly. The H2 SUT (Sport Utility Truck) was new in 2005 and brought a whole new level of capability and flexibility to the segment. The H2 SUT carries passengers and cargo with comfort and ease. Even with four passengers on board, the bulkhead at the rear of the SUT’s passenger compartment remains upright, still providing ample cargo-carrying capacity.

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6.0 litre V8 325bhp 365lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10.0secs 160kph 20.5lt/100km

Able to climb 60 degree gradients Also available as the flatbed SUT (Sport Utility Truck) Price: AED210,000 – 230,000

Hummer H3

The H3 extends Hummer’s appeal by making the brand accessible to a broader range of potential owners. It is the next chapter of the growing HUMMER legacy, delivering authentic HUMMER style and off-road capability in a more accessible, mid-size package.

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3.5 litre Vortec in-line 5-cylinder 220bhp @ 5,600rpm 225lb-ft @ 2,800rpm 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 13.5secs 155kph 13.5lt/100km

As standard features include remote keyless entry, off-road tyres, ABS, traction control, front and side airbags and cruise control Price: AED115,000 – 140,000

The H3 is 16.9 inches (429mm) shorter in length, 6 inches (152mm) shorter in height and 6.5 inches (165mm) narrower than the H2. It is roughly the same length as a mid-size family sedan and comfortably navigates city traffic while still delivering HUMMER’s trademark crawling and climbing capability. Powered by the Vortec 3500 engine with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing, the H3 is projected to reach peak fuel economy of up to 20 litres per 100 kilometres. Car Xpress

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Volkswagen Touareg

People often remark that Volkswagen’s 4x4 looks a lot like a re-badged Porsche Cayenne. It is a reasonable assumption, given that the two Geman builders are under the same umbrella ownership, but the truth is that the Touareg has been entirely independently developed and owes nothing to the luxury sportscar builder. Here is an SUV that combines the best of offroad and on-road characteristics. An integrated radio system and CD player with 10 speakers provides a quality of entertainment to match the surroundings.

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There is quite a range of engine options, from a 6-cylinder petrol to 10-cylinder diesel. Transmission options are both 6-speed manual and automatic. Suspension is independent double-wishbone suspension at front and rear along with anti-roll bars for improved control.

Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.2 litre V8 310bhp @ 6200rpm 302lb-ft 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic 0-100kph in under 8secs 250kph 16lt/100km

High-quality interior with chrome trim, brushed metal, and patterned cloth upholstery. Optional extras include wood interior trim and leather upholstery Engine options: 3.6-litre V6, 4.2-litre V8 and 6.0-litre W12 Price: AED146,000 – 245,000+

Hyundai Veracruz

The Veracruz could be accused of trying to punch above its weight by setting itself against the Lexus RX350 (which was its benchmark in development), however once you get behind the wheel you find there is the same quiet, confident and comfortable ride in all of the three trim levels available, thanks to the unibody construction and the sound dampening technology they’ve used.

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3.8 litre V6 260bhp 257lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 176kph 11.5lt/100km

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Keyless entry on all trim levels Top trim: xenon headlights, electric driver’s seat adjustment, rain sensing wipers, sunroof, dual-zone air con Price: AED94,000 – 130,000

Just one engine, the 3.8-litre V6, is available here with a 6-speed automatic (without a low range) but with fairly good torque distributed to all four wheels. Safety equipment as standard includes ABS with EBD and just the one airbag! Although the top trim includes stability control, dual, side and curtain airbags, as well as a host of comfort extras.


suv Hyundai Tucson

The Tucson is a vehicle that is engineered for maximum driver and passenger security. Comfort, loadspace and driver ergonomics are of the highest order, all built into a stylish body that is equally at home in the city or the mountains. Add the power of a 2.0-litre or 2.7-litre V6 engine that has been proved over millions of test kilometres and here you have a real contender in the small SUV segment.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top Speed Economy

2.7-litre V6 172bhp 178lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10.5secs 190kph 11lt/100km

Competitors: Kia Sportage / Suzuki Jimny / Daihatsu Terios Price: AED50,000 – 80,000

Jeep Compass

A bit of a mongrel in four wheel drive design terms, the Compass at first looks a bit odd, possibly as a result of the combination of car and SUV design cues. It is in a different design league to its larger cousins, the Commander and the Patriot, but up against its rivals in the compact 4WD segment it is roomy and offers slightly more realistic off-road capabilities thanks to the ‘Lock’ option to give more traction on low adhesion surfaces.

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2.4 litre inline 4 170bhp 162lb-ft CVT or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 11.3secs 185kph 9lt/100km

Standard equipment: ESP, traction control, front and side curtain airbags, foglights 17-inch or optional 18-inch wheels Price: AED85,900 – 95,000

A 2.4-litre inline-4 engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to aid fuel economy and smoothness of ride. But you can still drive ‘stick’ using the AutoStick feature to simulate driving with a 6-speed box. Car Xpress

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Jeep Cherokee

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top Speed Economy

3.7-litre V6 210bhp 235lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10.5secs 180kph 12lt/100km

CommandTrac 4 wheel drive is standard on all models Selec-Trac with a low range for serious offroaders is an option Price: AED90,000 – 100,000

The 60-year heritage of 4x4 leadership is the driving force behind the designers and engineers who developed the new Jeep Cherokee. It is taller than its predecessor yet has lost none of its abilities to tackle the roughest of terrain and the steepest of hills. The Cherokee received a mid-life revision last year, in which it received a new IS 43 suspension system, a choice of two 4-wheel drive systems and two powerful engines.

Jeep Commander

The Commander has often been referred to as a 4x4 hearse because of its large tail and the amount of glass behind the driver’s seat, but this makes for a capacious rear storage area and the ability to seat 7 passengers in three rows, although the last row positioned over the rear axle has no lowered floorpan for your legs. Having said that, the Commander is a good solid off-road-capable family-of-five-loadedup-for-a-weekend-of-camping 4x4. With Jeep’s Quadra-Trac four wheel drive system and a 2-speed transfer case with electronic limitedslip diffs., this is not just a soft-roader. It also comes in two engine variants, a 4.7-litre V8 and a 5.7-litre V8, both offering plenty of tug, even if the fuel economy is compromised. 118 Annual Guide

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5.7 litre V8 Hemi 326bhp 499lb-ft 5-speed auto / 2-speed transfer case 0-100kph in 7.4secs 210kph N/A

V8 Hemi version features Multi-Displacement System technology for improved fuel ecoonomy 17-inch aluminium wheels on 4.7-litre model or 17-inch Chrome wheels on 5.7-litre Price: AED111,500 – 139,000


suv ssangyong kyron

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.3 litre inline-4 150bhp 158lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 16.5 sec 160kph 12lt/100km

Features Hill Descent Control, traction control, and ABS with Brake Assist Price: AED75,000 - 85,000

Ssang Yong markets the Kyron as a full-size, dynamically-engineered and radically-styled urban 4x4, at a sub-Freelander price. Slightly smaller than the Rexton, but still plenty big enough - 5 doors, 5 seats, and cheaper than a Santa Fe or an X-Trail. It boasts a host of advanced electronic traction systems like Hill Descent Control (HDC).

Infiniti QX56

The QX56 is one for the luxury buyer who is looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. It has an imposing presence combined with practical elegance and ergonomic thoughtfulness. This full-size offering gets its name from the size of its engine, a 5.6-litre monster that demands respect. The QX56 won the ‘Best New Large SUV’ award from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in the United States.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.6 litre V8 DOHC 340bhp @ 4,900rpm 390lb/ft @ 3,600rpm Electronic 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10.7secs 180kph (limited) 15.5lt/100km

Based on Nissan Armada platform Features RWD, 4WD, 4HIGH and 4LOW gearing options Price: AED200,000 – 210,000

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2006 Grand Cherokee was launched into this region last autumn and is already being seen in some numbers on the GCC roads. Whether you’re looking to climb mountains or just cruise around town, the new Grand Cherokee is designed to enable you to do it in comfort and safety. It is powered by the latest HEMI V8 engine that dramatically boosts performance. The 5.7-litre V8 HEMI in the new Grand Cherokee Limited offers a huge range of power that actually boosts engine output AND improves economy!

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.7 litre V8 HEMI 330bhp @ 5,000rpm 375lb-ft @ 4,000rpm Quadra-drive II All-time 4x4 0-100kph in 7secs 210kph 14lt/100km

Ask dealer for prices and engine options on Laredo and Limited

While the power pack takes the Grand Cherokee to new levels of performance, the interior does the same for passenger comfort. A high-gloss woodgrain finish accents the centre console while you will not find softer leather seats in any market competitor.

Land Rover Range Rover

The latest Range Rover simply takes the marque into a new league. Refinements to the instantly recognizable vehicle include Venturecam – a revolutionary in-car camera, a new 7-inch touch-screen driver interface, premium satellite navigation system, acclaimed Harman-Kardon audio system and an in-car personal telephone integration system – all of which are linked by maintenance free fibreoptics. Land Rover says its supercharged 4.2-litre V8 represents the most refined, most luxurious and most powerful Range Rover ever built. The car comes in two models, with the Vogue continuing as the top of the range. 120 Annual Guide

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4.4 litre V8 305bhp 325lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.7secs 200kph 15lt/100km

Engine options: 4.2-litre Supercharged V8 or 4.4-litre V8 Supercharged model reaches 100kph in 7.7 seconds Price: AED299,000 - 385,000


suv Jeep Patriot If you are not keen on the obtuse styling of the Compass, then the Patriot may well suit your requirements instead. As with the Compass, the Patriot is based on the Dodge Caliber and has a 2.4-litre inline-4 engine. It also offers either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (which, in theory, offers better fuel economy and a smoother ride than an auto). The 4WD system features a “Lock” mode for extra traction in poor grip circumstances. Interior trim is pretty much identical to the Compass but you will find you have more headroom in the Patriot and a more traditional rectangular rear storage space.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.4 litre inline-4 170bhp 162lb-ft CVT or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 11.3secs 180kph 9lt/100km

Standard equipment: ESP, traction control, front and side curtain airbags, foglights 17-inch wheels Price: AED83,900 – 95,000

Available in two trim levels: Sport (airconditioning, front and rear electric windows, electric folding door mirrors and alloy wheels) and Limited which includes leather seats, cruise control, front foglights, stereo controls on the steering wheel and more body-coloured exterior trim.

Jeep Wrangler

A direct descendent of the original Jeep – the 1941 Willys MB -– the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler evolves from more than 65 years of legendary 4x4 leadership. Building on the successful, original Jeep formula with an all-new frame, exterior and interior design, engine, and safety and convenience features, the Wrangler delivers more capability, interior space and comfort, refinement, power and open-air fun. Also worth a look is the Wrangler Unlimited longer wheelbase 4-door version.

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3.8 litre V6 205bhp 240lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 13.0secs 160kph 13lt/100km

Features Active Sway Bar System to allow greater wheel travel to negotiate large obstacles Jeep’s CommandTrac 4 wheel drive system is also available Price: AED89,000 – 115,000

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Kia Sorento

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.3 litre V6 241bhp 226lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.5secs 190kph 11.5lt/100km

Engine options: 2.4-litre inline-4 or 3.3-litre V6 5-speed manual only available on the 2.4-litre model Price: AED75,000 – 90,000+

Kia’s mid-size SUV is a versatile 5-door 4X4 that offers a choice of petrol engines and transmissions. It is an economical buy in its basic form, while there are many options, like alloy wheels, cruise control, sunroof, passenger airbags and woodgrain finishes that can increase the price quite significantly.

Kia Sportage

Kia sales executives told us six months ago that demand for this mid-size off-roader is far outstripping supply. We checked last month and the story is still the same. Kia underwent a major transformation in the run up to winning the contract to be FIFA’s automotive partner for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany, and the Sportage is one of its models that are reaping the benefits. The Sportage comes either as a full time 4X4 or in 2-wheel drive. It is versatile enough to be either a 5-door wagon or 3-door soft-top, with a choice of three engines from a 2.0-litre 16-valve petrol engine to a 2.7-litre version and a 2.0-litre diesel. Options include split folding rear seats, alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, two-tone colours, fog lamps, a bull bar up front, and more. 122 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.7 litre V6 175bhp 178lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10.5secs 190kph 11lt/100km

Engine options: 2.0-litre inline-4 or 2.7-litre V6 5-speed manual only available on the 2.0-litre model Price: AED52,000 – 76,000


suv Land Rover LR2

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.2 litre inline-6 230bhp 294lb-ft 6-speed automatic with Command shift 0-100kph in 9secs 200kph 11lt/100km

Features Land Rover’s patented Terrain Response for controlled driving on all surfaces Price: AED155,000

Land Rover’s LR2 is the replacement for the Freelander. The compact SUV, the company claims, is a luxurious full-size Land Rover in a condensed package and not just a small prestige off-roader with a fat price tag. The styling is a mix of LR3 and Range Rover, which can look quite contrived to some, but the firm says it aimed for a conservative look that appeals to people switching from premium sedans.

Land Rover LR3

The LR3 is the replacement for the long-lived Discovery and retains some of the height associated with the ‘Disco’ but the designers have given it an unmistakably ‘Range Rover’ appearance. While continuing Land Rover’s tradition for building great off-road vehicles, the LR3 offers new levels of interior appointments and technology. It is also equipped with the new Terrain Response technology that Land Rover has been developing over the past few years.

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4.4 litre V8 300bhp 315lb-ft 6-speed automatic with Command shift 0-100kph in 8.5secs 190kph 15lt/100km

Engine options: 4.0-litre V6 or 4.4-litre V8 4.0-litre engine is mated to a 5-speed auto gearbox with Command shift manual Price: AED175,000 - 199,000

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Lexus RX350

The mid-size RX350 builds on the success of its predecessors and is roomier, more powerful and more luxurious. Standard features include memory seats, powered front-passenger seat, fore-and-aft-adjustable rear seat, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. A refined suspension and steering system offer a comfortable ride while providing reasonable road feedback and a tight turning radius.

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3.5 litre V6 270bhp 250lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 200kph 11lt/100km

Competitors: BMW X5, VW Touareg and Volvo XC90 Price: AED155,000 – 190,000

Safety is still high on the Lexus agenda with standard front, side, head and even driver knee airbags, and stability and traction control, Electronic Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution and four wheel ABS with two vented front discs.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The uncompromising looks of the G-Class have remained untouched for over 20 years apart from the interior where the comfort levels have been repeatedly upgraded. The trademark clean-cut, square-jawed lines have already made the <G> a classic, with true cult status. It is a unique vehicle with an unmistakable personality brimming with character. Available in short wheelbase (with a convertible option), long wheelbase and AMG versions, the G is both unique and a very capable and practical SUV choice. 124 Annual Guide

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5.5-litre V8 supercharged 500bhp 516lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 5.5secs 209kph 16.5lt/100km

Engine options: 3.0-litre V6 Turbo diesel, 3.5-litre V6, 5.5-litre V6 and 5.5-litre supercharged V8 Has enjoyed continued success since 1979 Price: AED259,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 445,000


suv Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Engine options: 4.2-litre supercharged V8 or 4.4-litre V8 Standard features include a 13 speaker surround-sound system, DVD navigation, keyless entry and park assist Price: AED299,000 - 399,000

4.2 litre V8 supercharged 390bhp 405lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 7.5secs 225kph 16lt/100km

This sporty version of the timeless Range Rover is very popular and has become a regular sighting on the region’s roads. The ‘Sport’ extends Land Rover’s model range to five and is going to appeal to those with a thirst for adventure. Born of the Land Stormer concept vehicle unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in 2004, the Range Rover Sport is described by the company as the bestperforming and best-handling vehicle it has ever built.

Lexus LX470

This is the luxury version of the Toyota Landcruiser with an elegant and well-equipped interior which can seat up to eight passengers. Generally, the Lexus brand is synonymous with quality, durability and reliability, and the LX470 flies the flag, coming as standard with high-tech features including a video display for backing up, Bluetooth for hands-free operation of your cellphone, and a hydrocarbon sensor automatically which switches the air to the Recirculate mode when high levels of air pollution are detected. Attractive bird’s-eye maple trim and rich leather-trim upholstery complement the luxuriousness of the ride and feel of the drive. Safety features include Electronic Stability Control, 4-wheel ABS, traction control, seatbelt pretensioners, front driver and passenger airbags, and front side airbags.

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4.7 litre V8 250bhp 320lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 12secs 195kph 16lt/100km

Safety features include Electronic Stability Control, 4-wheel ABS, traction control, seatbelt pretensioners, front driver and passenger airbags, and front side airbags Price: AED265,000+

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mercedes-benz m-class

The new M-Class is more aerodynamic than the earlier models, thus helping to reduce wind noise and up fuel economy. It has welded unibody construction with isolated front and rear subframes, which increases its strength but lowers its weight, and it reduces the overall height, making it easier for families to get in and out of.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.5-litre V8 388bhp 390lb-ft 7-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic 0-100kph in 6.5secs 250kph 13lt/100km

5-star universal ratings for front and side impact occupant safety and a 4-star rollover safety rating Price: AED200,000 – 350,000

The interior is of the same standard as the sedans, but with a slightly more rugged and rigid appearance, which suits the M to a tee. Comfortable front leather seats offer as much support as you need either on- or off-road, while the rear seats are spacious and equally as comfortable.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

The GL-Class is a luxurious, spacious crosscountry vehicle that has a great deal to offer, whether you’re on your way to a board meeting or to a campfire. It comfortably seats up to seven people, and combines comfort with adventure, affording an entirely new motoring experience. The individually adjustable AirMATIC air suspension and Off-Road Pro engineering package ensures driving pleasure off-road and the exclusive appointments of the GL make sure you will be relaxed no matter what terrain you move on. 126 Annual Guide

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5.5 litre V8 388bhp 390lb-ft 7-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic 0-100kph in 6.5secs 240kph 13.5lt/100km

Burr walnut interior trim, multi-contour front seats, compass and first aid kit Features Acceleration Skid Control (ASR), Adaptive Damping System (ADS), and SPEEDTRONIC cruise control Price: AED290,000 – 362,000


suv Lincoln Navigator

The Navigator continues to be a favourite premium full-size SUV for those looking for a spacious, comfortable interior with refined driving dynamics.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.4 litre V8 300bhp 365lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.5secs 160kph 9.5lt/100km

Interior includes leather and real wood trim 18-inch wheels as standard with an option of 20-inch DVD screen in the rear Price: AED 190,000 – 210,000

In its recent upgrade (2004) it received the latest 335bhp 5.4-litre 3-valves-per-cylinder engine. The Navigator is also the only American-built full-size SUV to be equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which provides increased refinement and better fuel economy than the previous 4-speed automatic gearbox.

Mahindra Scorpio

Only the top version of the first (and, so far only) 4x4 to be designed and built entirely in India is offered in the Middle East market. It does, however, have a major selling point – its price of less than $15,000. The Scorpio is a basic but spacious 4x4, well appointed with comfortable leather seats, plenty of load space and PAS.

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Novel marketing ideas make it an attractive purchase for re-export to the subcontinent, while the sales team says it is targeting the ‘aspirational market’ in the 27-40 year-old age bracket with an income between Dhs5,500 and Dhs7,500 per month.

Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre inline-4 116bhp 135lb-ft 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 19secs 145kph 10lt/100km

Has won at least 3 ‘Car of the Year’ awards internationally Renault engine Price: AED60,000

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Mercury Mariner

Introduced in 2005 as Mercury’s entry-level, small SUV, the Mariner built on the style and success of the mid-size 4-door Mountaineer. The original Mariner delivered a high level of design sophistication, more standard features, premium interior materials and unique content in a smartly packaged, fuel-efficient model.

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3.0 litre V6 200bhp 193lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100km in 10secs Not available 11lt/100km

Other engine option is a smaller 2.3-litre inline-4, producing 153bhp and 152lb-ft Named Best Compact SUV 2006 by ForbesAutos.com Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing

Now, the 2008 Mariner is completely redesigned inside and out. In addition to fresh sheet metal with new Mercury design cues and a remade interior, the Mariner is updated with a comprehensive safety package, a quieter ride and more refined driving dynamics.

Mercury Mountaineer

For three years in a row, the Mountaineer was recently rated a ‘Best Pick in its Class’ – the highest rating – by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, based on offset frontal impact testing. The Mountaineer builds on its strong safety story using AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control as a standard feature. This system uses electronic controls and active intervention to reduce the chances of an ‘untripped’ rollover accident. The Mountaineer is available in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. 128 Annual Guide

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4.0 litre V6 231bhp 275lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10.5secs 160kph 18lt/100km

Built on Ford Explorer platform 3 rows of seating for up to 8 occupants Leather upholstery Price: AED105,000 – 120,000


suv Mitsubishi Nativa

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 188bhp 195lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 13.0secs 175kph 13lt/100km

Driver and front passenger airbags as standard Keyless entry Optional leather upholstery Price: 75,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 90,000

This all-rounder SUV boasts a versatile interior with luxury appointments including optional leather seats and trim. Standard equipment includes powered wing mirrors, overhead console boxes, wood-print centre panels, cupholders, a large centre armrest containing a storage box, power windows and keyless entry.

Mitsubishi Outlander

The Outlander, with the provocative styling and all-road brilliance to back it up, expresses who you are and where you>re headed. Outlander breaks new ground - the uniquely aggressive front grille says it all. It speaks in forms you understand, in images that inspire your imagination. A sophisticated integration that harmonises with any surrounding, yet always ensures the recognition its breakthrough styling deserves.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0 litre V6 220bhp 203lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9secs 200kph 10.5lt/100km

Engine options: 2.4-litre inline-4 or 3.0-litre V6 CVT gearbox only available on 2.4-litre model Price: AED70,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 80,000+

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Mitsubishi Pajero

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.8 litre V6 250bhp 243lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10.5secs 200kph 13.5lt/100km

Engine options: 3.0-litre V6 or 3.8-litre V6 Features an RV meter displaying compass, time, date, air pressure, altitude and external temperature Price: AED88,000 – 140,000

The new Pajero gets on with an authoritative and sophisticated new look, which continues beyond its peripherals to the interiors as well. It retains its rugged rally heritage and Mitsubishi’s time-tested 4WD systems and technology. The new front-end design is accentuated by the stylish headlamps, grille and front bumper designs that give it a powerful, ground-hugging stance. Available with two engines, the new Pajero has been widely welcomed by automobile enthusiasts around the world as a luxurious all-round SUV.

Nissan Pathfinder

When we tested the 2006 Pathfinder we found that it offers performance, style and comfort, combined with unprecedented flexibility, offering really good value for money. The new Pathfinder is bigger and bolder than its predecessor, with a longer wheelbase and cleaner lines. It is more powerful too, boasting a 4.0-litre V6 engine delivering 291bhp.

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With three rows of seating it is also designed for those families who want to join in the offroad experience. The second row seat split is a versatile 40/20/40 and, with the second and third row seats lowered it has as much storage space as the Range Rove HSE.

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4.0 litre V6 DOHC 291bhp at 5,600rpm 300lb-ft at 4,000rpm 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9.0secs 190kph 13lt/100km

4WD offers a Hill Start Assist and a Hill Descent Control function Leather seating is optional Price: AED106,000 – 131,000


suv Nissan Armada

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

5.6 litre V8 340bhp 413lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.0secs 190kph 15lt/100km

New for ‘08: nav and DVD entertainment systems, Bluetooth, intelligent key, rear-view camera, Bose audio, auto air-conditioning, power-folding third-row seats, front and rear parking sensors and 20-inch alloy wheels Price: AED127,000 – 150,000+

The Armada represents Nissan’s first offering in the full-size SUV market segment and the company claims it offers best-in-class versatility and performance. Inside the impressive cabin there is huge amounts of passenger space and storage while, as you would expect, a vehicle of this size offers plenty of raw power too, through the same 5.6-litre aluminium-alloy V8 engine that powers the luxury Infiniti QX56. The Armada also boasts comfort and luxury levels that come close to its luxury brand, and completes Nissan’s SUV line-up in the Gulf markets, where the company already claims the dominant position in the segment

Nissan Murano

The Murano is now a common sight on the region’s roads. As Nissan’s first ‘crossover’ vehicle it features an elegant, futuristic passenger cabin of leather, brushed aluminium and a level of ergonomic concern that would not be amiss in one of the luxury brands. It shares its award-winning VQ 3.5-litre V6 engine with the Infiniti FX35 and the company’s bigger sedans, so it is both a good freeway runner and mountain or dune crawler. Safety is, as you would expect nowadays, given major treatment, with side impact airbags to augment the front seat airbags.

specifications Engine size: Max power: Max torque: Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.5 litre V6 VQ35 266bhp at 6,000rpm 262 lb-ft at 4,400rpm CVT with 6-speed manual mode 0-100kph in 9.0secs 200kph 11lt/100km

New for 2008 are LED tail-lights, intelligent key, silver-coloured roof rails, polished side sills and illuminated steering wheel switches. Price: AED126,000 – 130,000

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Nissan Patrol

Nissan’s flagship SUV is the class-leading Patrol, known as much for its off-road capabilities as for its on-road handling and maneuverability. The 2008 Wagon-Super Safari T3 delivers superior driving performance from a 4.8-litre, 6-cylinder engine that generates 280bhp and 333lb-ft torque.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.8 litre V6 280bhp @ 4,800rpm 333lb-ft @ 3,600rpm 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 10secs 190kph 10lt/100km

New features include navigation, chrome door handles and new instrument panel Price: AED92,000 – 175,000

The new-look Patrol presents a perfect integration of luxury and ruggedness. It maintains the same DNA as its predecessor yet, inside, new door-trim and upholstery, padded armrests, and a completely redesigned instrument panel add to new levels of comfort and luxury.

Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is a compact crossover built on an all-new platform. It is aimed at car buyers who want a more dynamic design that is distinctively different to the typical large and aggressive SUV. The top half has a sleek dynamic form with a distinctive shoulder line which rises at the rear – a design cue similar to the Nissan Murano. The lower portion features large, pronounced wheel arches and a slightly elevated ground clearance. The 2008 Nissan Qashqai model is the first to reach Middle East showrooms, boasting distinctive interior and exterior design, cockpit cabin concept, and Nissan’s dynamic safety engineering. 132 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre 4-cylinder 142bhp @ 5,200rpm 148lb-ft @ 4,400rpm CVT with manual mode 0-100kph in 11.0secs 180kph 8lt/100km

Alloy wheels fitted with 17-inch tyres Features: Bluetooth, Xenon headlamps, dual zone air-con, 6-speaker audio with 6-disk CD changer, rear parking sensors, intelligent key and rain sensing wipers Leather seats are available as an extra option. Price: AED70,000 – 80,000


suv Nissan Xterra

The Nissan Xterra was originally introduced in North America in the 2000 model year and was marketed as a simple, but capable SUV with the slogan ‘Everything you need, nothing you don’t’ and won motor Trend ‘SUV of the Year’ award in 2005. Power comes from a 4.0-litre V6 engine (DOHC, 24 valves), mated to 5-speed automatic transmission, producing 291bhp at 5,600rpm and 301lb-ft torque at 4,000rpm.

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Three variants available: the X, S and SE Keyless entry, power door locks, mirrors and windows, cruise control (on SE models), Available front-seat side impact airbags, and roof-mounted curtain airbags Price: AED90,000 – 110,000

4.0 litre V6 291bhp 301lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 9secs 190kph N/A

Three trim levels will be available in the Middle East: Xterra X, S, and SE. All feature power windows and mirrors, power-assisted steering, audio system, manual air-conditioning, remote keyless entry, alloy wheels, low tyre-pressure indicator, and separate steps on rear bumper and rear bumper side.

Porsche Cayenne

The second generation of the Cayenne has been restyled and endowed with more powerful, direct injection engines. Porsche Stability Management, with its brake assist function, advanced trailer stabilization system and off-road ABS, comes as standard on all Cayenne models. Dynamic bend lighting, the bi-xenon headlamps fitted as standard to the Turbo (optional on other models) increase active safety. Keep a look out for the special edition ‘Transsyberia’ model to celebrate the completion of the first Trans-Syberian Rally in 2007 by a number of Porsche Cayenne S vehicles.

specifications Engine Transmission Max power Max torque Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.8 litre V8 turbocharged 6-speed automatic 500bhp 516lb-ft 0-100kph in 5 sec 275kph 15lt/100km

Drag coefficient of Cd 0.35 Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is available as an option Price: AED187,000 - 470,000

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Saab 9-7X

The Saab 9-7X all wheel drive mid-size SUV was unveiled in Bahrain in June 2005 to join the automaker’s international product portfolio. It is designed to complement the 9-5 Sedan and SportWagon, and 9-3 Sport Sedan and Convertible to comprise the broadest, most diverse line-up in Saab’s history.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.2 litre inline 6 cylinders 275bhp 274 ft/lb 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 172kph 13lt/100km

Safety features include front dual airbags, front side-curtain airbags, rollover sensor, 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions, ABS brakes and stability control Price: AED170,000 – 180,000

The 9-7X’s profile is clean and uninterrupted, without any big bumper offsets or protruding shapes and forms. The tail lamps are vertically stacked with clear acrylic lenses, reflector optics and precision-detailed bezels combining to create a three-dimensional, jewel-like effect. The 4.2-litre Inline-6, elected one of the ‘10 Best Engines’ by Ward’s Magazine, delivers 275bhp and 274lb-ft of torque. The 5.3-litre V8 delivers 300bhp and 329lb-ft of torque.

Spyker D12 Peking to Paris

The Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris is a four wheel drive, 4-door, 4-seater luxury SUV (or super SUV, according to the company) with a spacious interior and a high performance W12 engine sourced from Volkswagen. The sumptuous interior features a multifunctional steering wheel with F1-style shift paddles and a triple dashboard designed in the style of an airplane cockpit. The all-aluminium body sits on an aluminium space frame, and gets 24-inch Aeroblade wheels. The car is custom-hand built using only the best materials available. 134 Annual Guide

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6.0 litre W12 500bhp 450lb-ft 6-speed automatic 0-100kph in 5 sec 295kph N/A

Full leather sports seats, multifunction leather steering wheel, Surround Sound Digital Audio and Spyker Communications Management (SCM) Price: AED1,100,000 - 1,200,000


suv Ssang Yong Rexton

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.2 litre inline-6 220bhp 230lb-ft 5-speed automatic with manual shift 0-100kph in 12secs 190kph N/A

3.2-litre engine built under license by Mercedes-Benz Price: AED85,500 – 95,000

The biggest 4x4 from the marque, the Rexton is a Giugiaro-designed 4X4 with up to 7 seats and decent on-road and off-road ability. With 163bhp or 183bhp on tap, it’s up to anything you can throw at it. Ssyang Yong claim to have a better power-to-weight ratio than rivals like the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Terracan.

ssangyong actyon

Coined from ‘Active’ and ‘Youth’, the Actyon attempts to convey a spirit of vitality and adventure. It looks distinctive anyhow, with a mix of sleek lines and a wedge-shaped profile. You can get it specced with leather seats, electric mirrors, alloy wheels, CD player, keyless entry and much more. Safety features include airbags, ABS-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, traction control, hill descent control and stability control.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.3-litre inline-4 150bhp 158lb-ft 4-speed automatic 0-100kph in 16secs 165kph 12lt/100km

Features include keyless entry, cruise control, alloy wheels and CD player Price: AED60,000 - 70,000

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Subaru Forester

Here is an under-rated vehicle that the uninitiated do not realize is bred from serious off-road competition. All Subarus come with 4x4 as standard, while the manufacturer’s rally cars ruled the WRC roost for several years during the ‘90s. Key features of the small-size Forester include a multi-point fuel injection system, electricallypowered windows, power steering, power door locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and fog lamps.

specifications Engine: Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.5 litre horizontally opposed 4 173bhp 166lb-ft @ 4,400rpm 4-speed auto 0-100kph in 11secs 185kph 9.5lt/100km

Keyless entry, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 4-wheel independent raised suspension, 4-wheel antilock brakes ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Price: ask dealer for pricing options

Safety equipment includes 4-channel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, front airbags – the passenger airbag is designed to deploy at one of two force levels depending on crash severity – side airbags in the front, and active head restraints that move forward to cradle front occupants in low-speed rear impacts. Only the 2.5-litre flat-4 Boxer engine is available in the region.

Subaru Outback

Outback is one of those vehicles that is difficult to classify. It is available as a sedan or a wagon, yet its 4x4 capabilities enable it to find a slot in the SUV segment. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, 6-way powered driver’s seat, cruise control, a CD player and keyless entry. Power is provided by a choice of 2.5-litre SOHC flat-4 or 3.0-litre DOHC flat-6 engines. Standard transmission is 5-speed or 4-speed electronically controlled automatic as an option. 136 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine: Max power: Max torque: Transmission: Acceleration Top speed: Economy:

2.5 litre flat-4 170bhp @ 5,600rpm 170lb-ft @ 4,400rpm 4-speed electronic auto N/A 198kph 9.5lt/100km

Options include Vehicle Dynamic Control and eight airbags Price: AED82,000 – 89,000


suv Subaru Tribeca

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.0-litre flat-6 245bhp 219lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 10 sec 195kph N/A

5 or 7 seat configuration possible Safety features include the Roll Sensor System and ABS with Brake Assist Price: AED110,000 - 130,000

With the B9 Tribeca, Subaru hopes to offer an entirely new alternative to the conventional SUV. It’s also the first sevenpassenger crossover vehicle to be powered by a six-cylinder, horizontally-opposed boxer engine. Most strikingly, it is also the first Subaru to feature the dramatic aerospace-inspired styling.

Suzuki Grand Vitara

The Suzuki Grand Vitara offers sleek new styling, a larger and more powerful standard V6 engine, safety features that include six standard airbags and Electronic Stability Program® (ESP) including traction control. The new Grand Vitara is longer and wider than the previous model and offers increased interior space for driver and passenger comfort. In addition to extra headroom and more front and rear legroom, the Grand Vitara offers 24.4 cubic feet of storage space with the seats up and 68.9 cubic feet when the seatbacks are folded forward. From standard front and rear side-curtain airbags to the availability of SmartPass™ keyless entry and start system, the 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara reaches a new level of sophistication in this market segment.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.7 litre V6 DOHC 185bhp @ 6,000rpm 184lb-ft @ 4,500rpm 5-speed automatic or manual 0-100kph in 9.5secs 183kph 11.5lt/100km

Also available with the smaller 138bhp 2.0-litre inline-4 engine Price: AED80,000 – 90,000

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Suzuki Jimny

This compact, 3-door 4X4 manages to achieved maximum utility from compact dimensions. Headroom is more than ample for four occupants. The seats are larger than you might expect and there is useful baggage space for a weekend away.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

1.3 litre Inline-4 16-valve DOHC 85bhp 81lb-ft 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 17secs 140kph 7.5lt/100km

Optional features include ABS brakes and front airbags Price: AED48,000 – 55,000

The Jimny is powered by Suzuki’s smoothrunning 80bhp all-aluminium M13A 1.3-litre engine, coupled with 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission with a low range option. Its Drive Action 4X4 system uses an air-locking hub which allows on-the-go shifting between two- and four-wheel drive.

Suzuki XL7

Suzuki’s flagship 4X4 is now getting on for two years old. Its features include full power options, halogen headlamps, tinted glass and ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution. Inside, there are dual airbags, separate folding and reclining rear seats, map lights, front and rear air conditioning, radio, cassette and CD player for a 6-speaker audio system. The Deluxe version has leather upholstery, sunroof, fog lamps, a leather-covered steering wheel and a wood effect instrument panel. 138 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.6-litre V6 252bhp @ ,500rpm 243lb-ft @ 2,300rpm Electronic 5-speed auto with manumatic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 183kph 11.5lt/100km

Keyless entry, power windows, cruise control and alloy wheels come as standard Price: AED90,000-110,000


suv toyota fj cruiser

The FJ Cruiser is as distinct now as the Hummer H3 was a couple of years ago. Its trendy and colourful exterior design hides a muscular 240bhp 4-litre V6 engine coupled with an advanced 5-speed automatic transmission and differential lock, which deliver a powerful and responsive drive offroad, and smooth acceleration on-road. The engine incorporates a pre-cleaner to handle desert driving conditions, and suppress the penetration of dust and fine sand into the combustion chamber.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.0 litre V6 240bhp 278lb-ft 5-speed automatic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 180kph 13lt/100km

3 front wiper blades improve visibility in rain Exclusive FJammer 327W sound system Rear-opening rear passenger semi-doors Price: AED111,000 – 130,000

The FJ Cruiser’s extremely strong, frame-based platform and lightweight body are designed for off-road, outdoor leisure activities as well as urban driving. It has short front and rear overhangs, tough suspension, and a minimum ground clearance of 245mm. The interior looks a little plasticy, but if you’re going to be serious about using the FJ Cruiser off-road, then the surfaces are extremely easy to clean.

Toyota RAV4

The latest revision of the RAV4 has even more ‘attitude’ than the previous generation. This trend-setting and decidedly young-looking offering is a mixture of freshness and style in the small SUV segment. The RAV4 is surprisingly spacious and has been designed for comfort and stress-free driving. The 5-door version offers plenty of luggage space even with five people in the car.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.4 litre in-line 4-cylinder 166bhp @ 6,000rpm 165lb-ft @ 4,000rpm 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 10.5secs 185kph 9lt/100km

Safety features include ABS with EBD, and driver and passenger air bags Price: AED82,000 – 106,000

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Toyota Fortuner Toyotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest 4x4 product is the result of three years of R&D as part of its innovative IMV project. It is a mid-size 4x4 designed to fit between the RAV4 and Prado to enable Toyota buyers to move smoothly through the sizes from entry level to their full-size Land Cruiser, as their families (and pay packets) grow. The Fortuner represents many automotive innovations, including adopting the highly rigid frame of its foundation vehicle, the Hilux, rather than the monocoque chassis of its competitors, to deliver top performance in difficult conditions.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.0 litre V6 with VVTi 235bhp @ 5,200rpm 277lb-ft @ 3,800rpm 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 10secs 180kph 13.5lt/100km

Also available is the 158bhp 2.7-litre inline-4 engine Driver and front passenger airbags Price: AED86,000-102,000

A 4.0-litre V6 engine with Intelligent variable valve timing (VVT-i) delivers 235bhp and maximum torque of 277lb-ft. This is generated at low speeds through the VVT-i technology, and it has highly efficient intake and exhaust characteristics that make it capable of delivering smooth revs up to high speeds. Comfort and interior equipment are excellent, though electronics, like seat adjustment and parking sensors, are kept to a minimum in an effort to keep the price competitive.

Toyota Land Cruiser In this region the major competition among the Japanese full-size SUVs has been between the Land Cruiser and the Nissan Patrol. These are the two that you will still be comparing if you are a serious buyer in this segment. The Land Cruiser began its life as a strong, reliable workhorse and has gradually become a prestigious family 4WD known for its strength, reliability and comfort. The 2007 year model features a series of internal and external improvements and developments. Externally, it is distinguished from the previous generation by a new headlamp design, a new radiator grille, new cladding sticker design, new coloured side step end cover, and new alloy wheels. The models have also been upgraded. The GXR now features full-time 4WD, previously available only in the VXR range. Touch-screen voice navigation with a rear-view camera and Bluetooth capability have been introduced in the top of the range VXR model, and a new keyless entry system is now available in both the GXR and VXR. 140 Annual Guide

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specifications Model: Engine: Max power: Max torque: Transmission: Acceleration Economy

LC STD/GX 4.5 litre in-line 6-cylinder 240bhp @ 4,600rpm 300lb-ft @ 3,600rpm 5-speed manual 0-100kph in 12secs 13lt/100km

Other engines options: 4.7-litre V8 (VXR model) and 4.2-litre diesel (GXR model) High Intensity Discharge headlamps for GXR models Price: AED111,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 219,000


suv Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

The 2007 Prado provides a combination of luxury, aggressive performance and ultimate power. New engines include a 2.7-litre petrol, 3.0-litre diesel and a new 4-litre petrol unit offering significantly improved performance.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

4.0 litre V6 160bhp @ 5200rpm 181lb-ft @ 3800rpm 6-speed manual or 5-speed auto 0-100 in 9.5secs 180kph 13lt/100km

Transmission options: 4-sp auto (2.7-litre GX 3-dr & 5-dr), 5-sp auto (4.0-litre VX 3-dr & 5-dr), 5-sp man (2.7-litre petrol & 3.0-litre diesel GX 5-dr), 6-sp man (4.0-litre VX 5-dr) Price: AED100,000 – 145,000

The exterior features a front bumper protector with over fenders, side steps and cladding panels incorporated into the body. Inside, chrome and wood grain accents, sculpted door trims and a flowing instrument panel exude a rugged appeal while not compromising exceptional comfort levels.

volkswagen tiguan

This “small brother” of the Touareg is recommended to all those car drivers who enjoy the individual visual appearance and versatility of an SUV, but also expect a premium level of comfort, agility and variability. Its chassis sets new standards in the world of SUVs, because it is extremely driving-active and safe. All five engines – for the first time on the global SUV market all engines are charged without exception – already deliver, powerful propulsion just above the idling speed.

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Off-road the latest radio-navigation system navigates its occupants back to civilization using its off-road function. Meanwhile, with up to 1,510 litres of cargo space, the Tiguan exhibits van qualities. 2,500kg of trailer load also define the absolute best value in the Tiguan segment.

Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.0 litre TSI 198bhp 206lb-ft 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual 0-100kph in 75.secs 211kph 9lt/100km

Engine options: 147bhp 1.4-litre, 168bhp 2.0-litre turbo, 198bhp 2.0-litre Price: Ask dealer for availability and pricing

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Volvo XC70

This offering from the legendary Swedish carmaker is a solid stationwagon that combines the high safety levels for which this autobuilder is known with serious off-road capabilities. Every vulnerable area – the wheel arches, front and rear fenders – is protected by a polyplastic cover to ensure that there is no damage to paintwork even during the most testing offroad excursions.

specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

2.5 litre turbocharged inline-5 210bhp @ 5,000rpm 236lb-ft @ 2,275rpm 5-speed automatic Geartronic 0-100kph in 8.5secs 210kph 11lt/100km

Standard features include keyless entry, xenon headlights, power windows, cruise control, electrically adjusted driver’s seat Price: AED145,000 – 150,000

Comfort levels include leather upholstery, parking sensors and mobile phone docking port. The standard powerpack is a turbocharged 2.5-litre 5-cylinder unit that might read a little small for the size of car, but which delivers plenty of power and torque in all conditions.

Volvo XC90

The largest offering from Volvo, this is a midsize luxury SUV. It has greater ground clearance than its stationwagon brother but also benefits from polyplastic covers to protect all the vulnerable areas. Three engine options are now available in the region: the 210bhp 2.5-litre turbo, the 235bhp 3.2-litre and the 315bhp 4.4-litre V8. The XC90 enjoys extra safety features over the XC70 and feels significantly more spacious. Comfort levels are right up there with the recognized luxury brands. 142 Annual Guide

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specifications Engine Max power Max torque Transmission Acceleration Top speed Economy

3.2 litre inline-6 238bhp 235lb-ft 6-speed automatic Geartronic 0-100kph in 9.5secs 210kph 11.5lt/100km

Sports package adds 19-inch wheels and stiffer suspension as well as some exterior trim enhancements Price: AED145,000 – 190,000


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