Top Five Most Favourite Sedans Of The UAE – Part III
In the previous two features, we talked about sedans that tick with the customers of the UAE. Some were from Asia, while others were European. In this article, we will move far west and see which American sedans make the cut here in the UAE. Here are five of them, in no particular order.
Cadillac is one of the rising stars of the American automotive industry. While the firm is synonymous with SUVs in the Middle Eastern market with products like the Escalade and the XT4, the fact of the matter is that Cadillac makes equally good sedans.
The Cadillac ATS is a prime example, sitting at the entry-level to the Caddy sedan lineup. The ATS looks right on the money with its elegant looks without using too many character lines. Cadillac has extensively benchmarked the ATS against the dominant player in its segment: the BMW 3-Series. The result of this exercise is that the American sedan is now the lightest in its class with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution front-to-rear.
Inside, the sedan is sumptuously laid out with premium materials and intuitive controls and features available at your command. The 2019 Cadillac ATS starts from AED 138,000 for the 2.5L trim, going up to AED 181,500 for the 3.6L trim.
The Impala has been a historic nameplate for Chevrolet, with the first car to wear the name rolling off the assembly line in 1958. Chevrolet discontinued it for ten years between 1985 and 1994 and then again for four years between 1996 and 1999. The Impala has survived its choppy ride to 2018 and is now a handsome, understated four-door sedan that packs a decent punch and offers premium interiors.
The Chevrolet Impala places heavy emphasis on passenger comfort and experience. Aside from well-supported seating and sorted suspension, engineers at Chevy also added a lot of insulation to the sedan. The result is a car that lets very little of ambient noises inside the cabin. This is the kind of car that you might not love at first sight, but it will grow on you steadily through your period of ownership.
The 2019 Chevrolet Impala begins from AED 107,850 for the entry-level LS trim, going up to AED 160,900 for the top-end LTZ variant.
The Taurus is Ford’s flagship sedan globally, and could soon be on its way out if Ford goes through with its decision of axing all sedans and hatchbacks from its lineup in favour of SUVs, pickups, and the Mustang. The Blue Oval launched the Taurus in the UAE in 2012 refreshed it in 2015.
The sedan is quite large on the inside with generous space for every occupant. The driver is cocooned in a cockpit-like corner that adds to the driver-oriented role of the car. The seats are well-bolstered all around, and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) levels are commendably low.
Ford offers the Taurus in the UAE with a choice of engines ranging from a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-pot to a powerful 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 that makes 371hp and 475Nm. The Ford Taurus starts at AED 121,300 for the base V6 SE trim with the V6 SHO (Super High Output) trim costs AED 209,500.
If ever there was a car with dual identities, the Dodge Charger would fill in the role aptly. Thi is one American sedan that was a thundering muscle car in its first generation. Dodge gave the Charger a four-door layout so that it could make space for the Challenger, the firm’s resident muscle car. However, this does not spell bad news for the Charger.
The car looks aggressive and mean when you view it up front. Lay eyes on it from the back and you will make out a faint resemblance to the muscle car it takes its moniker from. This is a car that wears its four doors proudly. When it comes to the drivetrains, you can choose from a 292-hp V6 to a range-topping 6.2-litre V8 that puts down a staggering 707hp. The latter engine sits under the Charger Hellcat’s hood, making it the most powerful four-door sedan on sale today.
The 2019 Dodge Charger begins from AED 132,300 for the SE trim, with the high-end SRT8 model coming in for AED 204,000.
Although Chrysler is not the most popular brand in the sedan circuit, the fact remains that it makes some pretty kickass cars. The Chrysler 300 is a prime example of a powerful four-door sedan. The company owns Dodge, RAM, and Jeep, and as such leverages the firms’ know-how to offer in its own range of products. The 300 might not have a flashy design, but it manages to look premium as well as commanding. Just the kind of sedan that can ferry high-powered executives to their high-powered conferences.
The clinching argument working in favour of the Chrysler 300 is the huge 5.7-litre V8 that is available in two trims. Armed with a thumping eight-cylinder engine, the big American sedan has got highway cruising covered.
The 2019 Chrysler 300 costs AED 155,050 for the V6-powered ‘Plus’ trim while the fully loaded ‘Alloy Edition’ variant costs AED 196,550.
That concludes our list of five popular American sedans in the UAE. Do you think any other car deserves to be on this list? Feel free to let us know in the comments.