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The transport sector in Nigeria is in a state of coma. Transport by air is out of reach both physically and financially in that there are just a few airports nationwide, and airfares are very prohibitive. Sea transport has no established system. Railway transport is as good as dead. As a result of all these, only road transport is the most reliable, most reachable, and most affordable means of transport in Nigeria.Information Guide Nigeria

Despite this helpless picture, road transport is still very, very unreliable, compared to the world’s minimum standards, in real terms. The roads are littered with potholes at the best or completely washed away at the worst. The resultant from this is that vehicles that ply the roads are subjected to bumps and knocks that lead to fast wear and tear. The worst-hit is the public transport sector. Those vehicles that need to ply the roads on a daily basis experience so many knocks that it will require constant and costly maintenance to keep them in top shape. So, public transport vehicles, more often than not, appear haggard, rough, and uncomfortable for the commuter.

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To escape this menace, there’s then a wild rush by many who can spare some sizable sum of money to have their own private cars.OFFICIAL: Rangnick Names Man United New Captain

A private car, no matter how old or unkempt it is, has assumed so much importance that it is a mark of status symbol, and anyone who has one is accorded a special rank. To own a private car means exemption from the maddening crowd lining up the streets and motor parks waiting for outdated and overused vehicles that will commute them in obvious discomfort to their destination. It means a guarantee to move at your own convenience, at your own speed, and at your own safety. The benefits are in fact, limitless.

But, owning a car is not always a do-it-all solution to road transport problems. The cost price of the car is a determinant for purchase, a factor that plays a crucial part in car ownership. There should also, be available, cheap, affordable, reliable, and easily accessible maintenance personal and facilities to take care of the vehicle. These facts inform importers of vehicles on what brand to bring in, into the country. Let’s now consider the 10 brands most common in the country that check all these boxes and many more.

1. TOYOTA Rav 4

This is an SUV; a well-loved and favoured car in Nigeria. Just like other high-rise cars, its ability to stride over potholes, and maneuver through uneven roads contributes to it being a toast of many. It combines amazing fuel economy, fantastic performance, perfect technology, and some lovely features like Android Auto, Apple Car Play, and smart driver-assist tech. Some of these features are, regrettably, missing from current versions.

A brand new one can cost up to twenty seven million naira. A fairly used can go down to one million naira, and upwards. This is of course, subject to the state of the car, and the model.

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2. Honda Accord 

The Honda Accord can be identified easily as one of the most desirable sedans of the mid-size category in Nigeria. It is highly sought for as it prides itself on cheap maintenance, being very affordable, being rugged on Nigeria’s roads, great safety, spacious, and decent handling.AUST Postgraduate School Fee Schedule 2021/2022

The latest models (2020, precisely) compose of turbocharged four-cylinder options, along with the redesigned 2018 model. But, in actual fact, there’s not much difference between these and the 2019 models.

A new car costs up to twenty two million naira. A fairly used one can be acquired for about six hundred thousand naira upwards, subject to model, and extent of usage.

3. Toyota Highlander

This is Nigeria’s most purchased compact or midsize SUV.  The Toyota Highlander is seen by many as a car that is confident, has dependable performance, highly affordable, has low maintenance costs, possesses excellent interior finishing, has beautiful exterior design, and above all, fuel economy that is totally competitive for any segment of the economy.BEST CARS TO BUY

The last two latest models have been boosted with a 7-8 seating in three rows.  These, including an 185hp -306hp, front-wheel, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, 8-speed auto transmission, and all-wheel drive options make this car a solid SUV that doubles as a family car for Nigerian roads, as well as a personal car for business or pleasure trips.

It has a price range of up to twenty eight million naira for a new one, and prices down to one million, seven hundred naira for fairly used ones. Of course, the final price, as always, depends on the model and extent of usage.

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4. Toyota Corolla

This is a very popular car in Nigeria, well known for its excellent fuel economy, low maintenance costs, high durability, rugged, and affordable. For these reasons, this car is Nigeria’s and the world’s bestselling car as recorded by world auto mart statistics.Npower recruitment

One of the latest (2020) models is fitted with a 139hp in a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Its interior features include Apple CarPlay, USB ports, Bluetooth, and voice recognition.

Its price is range is up to fourteen million naira for a brand new one, and down to one million three hundred naira for a fairly used one.

5. Mercedes-Benz G-Class

This is one car that can be addressed as a full-size luxury SUV, known in Nigeria to depict the first-class grade of utmost success, class, and financial attainment. For one to be able to use this car, he must have a healthy means of reliable and trusty income as its rate of fuel consumption is next to nothing.dollar to naira rate

Mercedes-Benz G-Class mixes luxury with rugged reliability. It comes with AWD, 5 seating capacity, 416-577 horsepower, and nine-speed automatic transmission. Added to all these are special safety add-ons including automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular park assist, forward collision warning, and driver drowsiness monitoring systems.

Its interior cabin design is such that is known to be exclusively Mercedes standard. It is fitted with a COMAND infotainment system, Burmester Audio with 15 speakers, Apple CarPlay, USB, Bluetooth, and Android Auto, among other items of convenience and luxury.

It has a price range of up to fifty million naira for a new one and prices down to five million naira for fairly used ones.

6. Kia Rio

This is one of the most popular cars among the range of Korean automaker Kia’s products that are found in Nigeria. It is packaged as both a 4 door sedan and a 5-door hatchback, a mixture that gives it a unique taste for car lovers. It is a sub-compact vehicle, loved for its classy interior, cool handling, Korean engineered fuel economy, affordability, and portability. Women love this car for this last-mentioned quality: portability.

One of the latest (2019) models’ features includes the following: Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, power windows, and a rearview camera. Performance-wise, it goes out at 30hp with a 6-speed auto transmission powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine.

Kia Rio has a price range of up to two million, six hundred thousand naira for a new one, and prices down to three hundred and fifty thousand naira for fairly used ones.

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7. Hyundai Grand i10

The Hyundai i10 model of cars has been presented to the general public in several batches or generations. The earliest generation was manufactured in 2007 and lasted until 2013. The next generation came the following year in 2014 in two variants: the hatchback and sedan variants.

This sporty hatchback has gained some popularity in Nigeria due to its affordability, low fuel consumption potentials, and small size. The reduced size appearance makes it nimble in the country’s frustratingly heavy traffic.

It was first launched in India and has been described as a “starter car.” This is because it appears exclusively great for unmarried young people and for small families. The attractive features include voice recognition on the steering wheel, keyless entry, 1.1-litre four-cylinder engine, dual airbags, and power windows.

A brand new one can cost up to three million, five hundred thousand naira. A fairly used can go down to one-half of a million naira, and upwards. This is of course, subject to the state of the car, and the model.WAEC result

8. Honda Pilot

This midsize SUV has been criticized by many for its non-glamorous interior design and outer shell cover that looks like a box. But when the desire is neither class nor luxury but convenience, this rather rugged car is supposed to be a top pick. Under these conditions, this reliable car with good fuel economy should be a top pick.

Honda Pilot has a near matchless safety tech and 7-8 persons carrying capacity.

It has a price range of up to twenty seven million naira for a new one and prices down to one million naira for fairly used ones.

9. Land Range Rover Sports

This list will not be complete without including a Range Rover. This is a model SUV powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder with 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. This is a dream of a good car certainly enjoyed by many due to its speed and excellent ability to remain stable on uneven or even untarred roads.

Land Range Rover Sports has a price range of up to sixty million naira for a new one and prices down five million naira for fairly used ones

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10. Volkswagen Golf 

The entrance of this car into the Nigerian auto market was greeted with a lot of derision and disregard for no other reason but for the very low price, it commanded for purchase. Some called it “minimum wage.” Others called it “pure water.” It was so disregarded that most of the VW Golf you would find around were only used as taxis. However, all that has changed. Today, this car has taken its rightful place and now is regarded as any other car. It is a fine car with excellent performance and a speed that beats the imagination compared to its size.

Brand new ones cost up to nine million naira, while fairly used ones drop down to about three hundred thousand naira in price.JAMB Result

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