The Best SUV in UAE (Top 10)

If you’ve noticed one thing about the streets of the UAE, then it’s likely this: there are A LOT of white cars. Almost half of all cars in the country are white, and about a good third are black. Something else you probably also noticed is the sheer number of SUVs on the road. If you’re in the market for a new SUV, then the UAE streets have likely been a generous supply of eye candy. To help you settle your angst and indecisiveness about which SUV to go with, here is our pick for the best SUV in UAE and the top four that follow it. Our list includes each SUV’s price, specs, and a quick link to each model’s brand page for more details.

Selection Criteria: the Best SUV in UAE

In compiling our list, we’ve considered the following:

  1. The car’s performance (engine, horsepower, torque, etc.).
  2. The vehicles on and off-road capabilities (even though some favor one terrain over the other).
  3. How well the car depreciates over time.
  4. How fast it gets our hearts pumping.

We’ll provide you with a list of the top 10 SUVs, and then we’ll discuss the top 5 in detail.

The 10 Best SUVs in UAE

  1. Nissan Patrol
  2. Toyota Land Cruiser
  3. Lexus LX
  4. Chevrolet Tahoe
  5. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  6. Mercedes-AMG C63
  7. BMW X5
  8. Porsche Cayenne
  9. Mitsubishi Pajero
  10. Toyota RAV4

1) Nissan Patrol – The Best SUV in UAE


Usually, you’d find the Land Cruiser at the top of a list like this, and that’s purely out of its sheer performance capabilities, as will be seen in the coming section. However, since our list considers depreciation, and Nissans are known for how well they can keep their value after one year of use, the Patrol is our pick for the best SUV in UAE. The Patrol retains about 82% o 85% of its original value after one year of use and also comes with a powerful 5.6-liter (naturally-aspirated V8) engine, 400 horsepower, and 560 Nm torque. 

The new 2022 model has solidified the Patrol’s reign as the all-time best SUV in UAE. The Nissan Patrols’ sleek body and intimidating LED headlights are more reasons the ferocious Land Cruiser usurper is on the top of our list. Its muscular modern stature, paired with its 20-inch alloy wheels, makes this SUV turn heads wherever it passes.

The Nissan Patrol 2022’s price starts at AED 199,990.

ModelNissan PatrolNissan Patrol
Engine4.0-liter naturally-aspirated V65.6-liter naturally-aspirated V8
Horsepower275 horsepower400 horsepower
Gearbox7-speed automatic7-speed automatic
Drive configuration4WD4WD
Acceleration11.5 seconds6.6 seconds
Top speed200 km/h200 km/h
Fuel consumption8.5 kmpl or 11.7 L/100 km6.9 kmpl or 14.4 L/100 km
Fuel capacity140 liters140 liters
Max seating capacity8 individuals8 individuals
Curb weight2,642 kg 2,845 kg

2) Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series


Likely what is summoned to mind whenever the word SUV is uttered in the Middle East and the Arab world, the Land Cruiser is as old as time itself. 

The 300 series, which debuted with the 2022 Land Cruiser, was one of the most anticipated vehicles in the SUV genre. The Japanese brand that is seen as a luxury vehicle where it’s from deservedly holds that crown with its rich and spacious interior that accompanies its superior on-road and off-road capabilities.

Much lighter than its 200 series predecessor, this new version of the vehicle delivers the same off-road vigor with a lighter body.

The Toyota Land Cruiser 2022 300 Series’ price starts at AED 229,900.

ModelToyota Land CruiserToyota Land Cruiser
Engine4.0-liter naturally-aspirated V63.5-liter twin-turbo V6
Horsepower271 horsepower409 horsepower
Gearbox6-speed automatic10-speed automatic
Drive configuration4WD4WD
Acceleration10 seconds 6.7 seconds
Top speed195 km/h205 km/h
Fuel consumption9.4 kmpl or 10.6 L/100 km9.3 kmpl or 10.7 L/100 km
Fuel capacity110 liters110 liters
Max seating capacity8 individuals8 individuals
Curb weight2,400 kg 2,450 kg

3) Lexus LX


Now, if you thought the Land Cruiser was luxurious, then let us introduce you to number three. Sporting a slim body design that can only be compared to the 200 series Land Cruisers, but taking that look to a new height of elegance is what makes this SUV absolutely hypnotic to look at. With an engine that slightly overpowers the Nissan Patrol, this vehicle only lags behind in torque and horsepower.

The Lexus LX 2022’s price starts at AED 495,000.

ModelLexus LX
Engine5.7-liter naturally-aspirated V8
Horsepower362 horsepower
Gearbox8-speed automatic
Drive configuration4WD
Acceleration7.7 seconds
Top speed220 km/h
Fuel consumption6.9 kmpl or 14.4 L/100 km
Fuel capacity138 liters
Max seating capacity8 individuals
Curb weight2,740 kg

4) Chevrolet Tahoe


Lagging tightly behind our top 3 SUVs for the UAE is the Chevrolet Tahoe. The difference in engine and torque capabilities between this car and the top 3 is almost negligible.

With all-around parking sensors, traction control, and electronic stability control, users of the Chevrolet Tahoe will find no difficulty off-roading. Moreover, the vehicle’s “Four-Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension” allows its height to be lowered and raised. 

We’ve said this about almost every SUV on the list so far, but the looks on this one… The way the vehicle’s headlights integrate with its lattice grill and Chevy emblem is just magical.

The Chevrolet Tahoe 2022’s price starts at AED 187,000.  

ModelChevrolet Tahoe
Engine5.3-liter naturally-aspirated V8
Horsepower355 horsepower
Gearbox10-speed automatic
Drive configuration4WD
Acceleration7.5 seconds
Top speed185 km/h
Fuel consumption7.8 kmpl or 12.7 L/100 km
Fuel capacity100 liters
Max seating capacity9 individuals
Curb weight2,485 kg

5) Land Rover Range Rover Sport


Another luxury SUV on the list, the Range Rover Sport is the sportiest and most powerful luxury SUV on the market. 

A bit smaller than the Range Rover line, the Sport is still a sizeable SUV. With a higher torque and horsepower than all of the SUVs in our top 5 list, the Range Rover Sport was no easy vehicle to rank, and it is with great difficulty that we place it in the number 5 position. 

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2022’s price starts at AED 351,960.

ModelLand Rover Range Rover SportLand Rover Range Rover Sport
Engine3.0-liter V6 with a mild hybrid system5.0-liter supercharged V8
Horsepower355 horsepower567 horsepower
Gearbox8-speed automatic8-speed automatic
Drive configuration4WD4WD
Acceleration6.6 seconds4.5 seconds
Top speed209 km/h280 km/h
Fuel consumption10.8 kmpl or 9.2 L/100 km7.8 kmpl or 12.8 L/100 km
Fuel capacity104 liters104 liters
Max seating capacity5 individuals5 individuals
Curb weight2,151 kg 2,310 kg

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