Not everyone can afford a brand new car and there are fewer still who can splurge on the really premium models but, you can still impress your mates without breaking the bank by buying a car that looks far more expensive than it is! Clever, right?! So, if you’re not seriously flush with cash, worry not, for the following five gems will sure make you look like you’re made of money!
1 - 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550
It looks like something that celebs would be driven around in but don’t let that fool you – the 2007 S550 for instance is a lot more affordable than most think. Its 5.0-litre V8 is buttery smooth (and very potent) and it features goodies such as heated, cooled, and massaging seats, radar-assisted cruise control, and not to mention oceans of room for the whole family. Best of all is the stellar road presence that it has and the sublime ride quality. It is a very compelling car to own - but if you do buy one and take your friends for a night out, be prepared to pay for dinner because, yep, they’ll think you’re loaded… It can be yours today for around Dh35,000.
2- 2011 BMW 740i
The Merc is ideal if it’s just road presence that you are after but if you are more of a spirited driver then you could do a lot worse than a 2011 740i. This full-sized BMW is basically a road missile; power comes from a twin-turbo inline six that makes 322 horses. It has the thrust but packing a fab chassis too means it can also carve the corners. And it’s loaded with tech and kit and a suave cabin to boot. And a huge boot. Back in 2011 it would have cost Dh400,000 but they can be found for just Dh50,000 now. Not bad for the ultimate driving machine.
3 - 2006 Audi A8
Featuring an aluminum body which was hailed to be 60 per cent more rigid than its predecessors, it packed 19in wheels and an adaptive air suspension and looked pretty nifty with that new single-frame grille. It also featured adaptive front headlights, a rain sensor and Audi's parking system with a graphic display. Power came from a 4.2-litre V8 that made 335 horses and permanent Quattro all-wheel drive was standard. Now yours for the bargain sum of just Dh15,000!
4 - 2005 Porsche Boxster
Not many would be able to resist carrying a set of Porsche keys in their pocket and if you want a fun-filled convertible then the 2005 Boxster is one to seriously consider. The base 2.7-litre flat-six had 236 horses while the Boxster S got a 3.2-litre making 276. There aren’t many other guaranteed ways to look rich other than driving an old Porsche and when these go for just Dh20,000, you’ve got to be tempted!
5 - 2008 JAGUAR XK
Driving any Jag will do the trick but we’d opt for the 2008 XK; featuring the classic long bonnet and short deck proportions, it offered great handling and loads of power; the 4.2-litre V8 made 300 horses! Today, it can be yours for just Dh30,000!
1991 Bentley Turbo R
Featuring a turbocharged 6.75-litre V8, classic looks and incredible build quality, this is the way to look large and in charge, roll deep on the cheap and, er, ok you get it by now. Yours for Dh50,000 – that’s less than a fancy Nissan…