Top 10 cars to buy in 2020 for Nigerians | Naijauto's Picks


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We won't let this virus spoil the entire year of 2020. Let's throw money into fun investment! Check out our Top 10 cars to buy before the year ends!

So, thank God we have all successfully crossed the river of time into the last quarter of 2020. (By the way, is it really a new decade? SMH) As usual, it's that time of the year when folks make plans. For some, it's building their own home, traveling overseas, executing a business or work-related project, or buying a car. This is where comes in, to give you the absolute best advice about the top 10 cars to buy in 2020 for Nigerians as the year is closing.

Naija, being Naija, naturally has some salient features that a car must have in order to be considered Nigeria-capable. They include, in no particular order, affordability, fuel economy, and durability Also, and again naturally, such vehicles span the gamut of auto segments and may be found as sedans, minivans, SUVs, and even the odd hatchback.

You should also note that these cars can be new or used. So, without further ado, let's get into it:

10.  Hyundai Grand i10

The Hyundai i10's first generation was manufactured in 2007 and lasted until 2013. The second generation debuted the following year in 2014 and comes in hatchback and sedan variants.

This sporty hatchback was first launched in India but has gained some popularity in Nigeria due to its affordability, fuel economy, and small size that makes it nimble in Nigeria's notoriously heavy traffic.

It has been described as a "starter car" and is great for unmarried young people or even a small family. Features include voice recognition on steering wheel, keyless entry, 1.1-litre four-cylinder engine, dual airbags, and power windows.

Its rivals include the Suzuki Swift as well as the Mitsubishi Mirage. The stallion group, which represents Hyundai in Nigeria, offers 3 free services for every Hyundai i10 bought from them.

New Price   ₦3.5m 
Used Price   ₦500000 - ₦2.2m


The Hyundai Grand i10, small, spacious and truly elegant

9. Kia Rio

You really can't talk about popular cars in Nigeria without a mention of at least one of Korean automaker Kia's products. This time we have selected the Kia Rio.

The 2019 Kia Rio presents as both a 4 door sedan and a 5-door hatchback. This sub-compact vehicle is loved for its classy interior, cool handling, Korean engineered fuel economy, and of course its affordability.

The 2019 model features include Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, power windows, and a rearview camera. Performance-wise, check out 130hp with 6-speed auto transmission powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Rivals include the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit

New Price   ₦2.6m - ₦6.8m
Used Price   ₦350000 - ₦2m


The Kia Rio certainly gives other cars in its segment a run for their money

8. Toyota Rav4

One of Nigeria's most loved crossover-compact SUVs, the Toyota Rav4 combines fantastic fuel economy, good handling, mesmerizing technology and features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and smart driver-assist tech.

The 2019 Rav4 is a complete redesign and you may not find the earlier versions as interesting though they are solid cars. For instance, there won't be Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and fuel economy isn't as great.

However, this SUV, with rivals like the Honda CR-V. 203 HP allied with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine make this a great buy for Nigeria. Ideal for a small family.

New Price   ₦5m - ₦20m
 Used Price   ₦1m - ₦18m


The Toyota Rav4 represents cutting edge auto tech from one of Nigeria's biggest brands

7. Honda Pilot

What can we say about the Honda Pilot? Is it the near matchless safety tech or the rugged, boxy design we should start with, or perhaps the 7-8 persons carrying capacity? True, this midsize SUV has been knocked some for its less than glamorous interior design and boxy (some say ugly) outer shell, still, if you want a rugged, reliable car with good fuel economy, you could do a lot worse than the Honda Pilot.

Remember you can buy a used Honda Pilot if the new one is unaffordable. Rivals include the Toyota Highlander.   

New Price   ₦27m and below
 Used Price   ₦1m - ₦15.5m


The Honda Pilot might not be the prettiest on the roads, but scores where it matters: reliability, affordability and safety

>>> Read more: What to remember when shopping for a new or used Honda Pilot

6Honda Accord 

Yeah, yeah, we know this list is incomplete without the almighty Honda Accord, easily one of the most sold and bought mid-size sedans in Nigeria.

What makes this car so sought after? Try cheap maintenance, affordability, ruggedness on Nigeria's roads, great safety, spaciousness, decent handling, and.... the list goes on.

A couple of turbocharged four-cylinder options come with the latest models. The 2020 model started life with the redesigned 2018 model, and to save cash, you may as well opt for the 2018 or 2019 models as there is nothing dramatically different in the 2020 model.

You may, of course, buy a used Honda Accord instead. Rivals include the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry.

New Price   ₦22m and below
 Used Price   ₦680,000 - ₦13m


Honda Accords have always run on Nigerian roads, and 2020 won't be different

5. Lexus RX350

The Lexus RX350 is the best selling Lexus SUV in Nigeria these days. It bears some similarities with the earlier Lexus RX330 but packs a lot more in its kitty.

This midsize luxury SUV certainly provides affordability in its factors for attraction, though you might need to aim at earlier models if you are not pocket heavy. The latest 2020 model offers 290hp, 5-7 seating, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, 6 USB ports, revamped styling inside and outside, and the luxury of the Lexus brand.

Its rivals are the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

New Price   ₦34m and below
 Used Price   ₦2.3m - ₦21m


The Lexus RX350 is the essence of a luxury SUV in an affordable size

4. Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna is Nigeria's best-selling minivan or family car, and for good reason.

Great trunk or cargo space, roomy interiors, seats for 7-8 persons, good fuel economy, and a host of so many tech features, we wouldn't know where to stop. But let's start with 8 -speed auto transmission from 2017 and up, smartphone integration, Apple CarPlay, and all the infotainment features you can dream of. Performance is easily one of the best in its segment with 296hp v6 engine, 18 mpg/ 24 mpg fuel economy and AWD.

Its most prominent rival is the Honda Odyssey.

New Price   ₦29m and below
 Used Price   ₦700,000 - ₦11m


The most bought Nigerian minivan is again set to rule 2020

>>> You may like to read this: SUV vs minivan head to head: 2010 Honda Pilot vs 2010 Toyota Sienna

3. Toyota Highlander

When you are the country's most purchased compact or midsize SUV, it's quite a reputation to continue to live up to. The Toyota Highlander has been doing so for years, and we will tell you why.

Confident, dependable performance, affordability, cheap maintenance (tips to maintain your Toyota Highlander here), excellent interior finishing, beautiful exterior design, and fuel economy that at 19-30 for city and 24-28 for the highway is totally competitive for this segment.

Add 7-8 seating in three rows for the last two latest models, 185hp -306hp, front-wheel, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, 8-speed auto transmission, and all wheel drive options, and you have a solid SUV that doubles as a family car for Nigerian roads.

Its rivals include the Honda Pilot, Ford Edge, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

New Price   ₦28m and below
 Used Price   ₦1.7m - ₦19m

Video: 2016 Toyota Highlander - Review and Road Test

2. Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of Nigeria’s most sold luxury sedans and a popular Toyota brand in the country. Nigerian roads are positively riddled with Camrys of all makes, year models, and prices.

This car is so popular, it threatens to even replace the Toyota Corolla as Nigeria's highest selling car.  The latest 2020 model is part of the last generation from 2018 and boasts 203hp inside a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Interior features include a touch screen that is 7-inches, six-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto now standard for all trims, Siri Eyes Free, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Add fuel economy in the region of 22 to 29 city and 32-42 highway and you have a winning midsize luxury sedan on all fronts.

Competition comes from the Mazda 6 and the Honda Accord.

New Price   ₦21m and below
 Used Price   ₦1.8m - ₦12.5m


The Toyota Camry could easily become Nigeria's best selling car one day

1. Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is well known in Nigeria for its excellent fuel economy, cheap maintenance, durability, ruggedness, and affordability. These and more are the reasons this car is Nigeria's and the world's best selling car of all time.

The 2020 model packs 139hp in a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Interior features include Apple CarPlay, USB ports, Bluetooth, and voice recognition.

Its rivals include the Mazda 3.

New Price   ₦5m - ₦14m
 Used Price   ₦1.3m - ₦5.5m


The Toyota Corolla carries a lot of love from Nigerians

Special mention: Luxury car for Nigeria

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a full-size luxury SUV that is known in Nigeria to depict the utmost success, class and financial attainment.

Forget fuel economy when talking about this vehicle because it's for people who can afford to spend a little extra to enjoy this off-road machine.

Mixing luxury with rugged reliability, this SUV comes with AWD, 5 seating capacity, 416-577 horsepower, nine-speed automatic transmission, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular park assist, forward collision warning, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

Interior cabin design is the exclusive Mercedes standard with COMAND infotainment system, Burmester Audio with 15 speakers, Apple CarPlay, USB, Bluetooth, and Android Auto. To save cash, you could avoid the latest 2020 model and go for brand new earlier versions or used models.

Its rivals include the Land Rover Range Rover as well as Lincoln Navigator.

New Price   ₦50m - ₦180m
 Used Price   ₦4.5m - ₦140m


The G-Wagon is the zenith of luxury SUVs in Nigeria

These are top 10 cars to buy in 2020 for Nigerians. We hope the year closes with good investments for you!

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Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Car buying & selling

Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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