Ramadan car guide: SUVs

15 Jun 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Y’s must-read guide to the top auto deals during the Holy month. This week, we take a look at the best SUVs money can buy.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan


With its distinctive shape, sculpted bodyline and timeless design, the Volkswagen Tiguan brings to the table an incredibly stylish crossover that is capable, both, on and off the tarmac. As the Tiguan marks a decade of existence, it is quite easy to see why the SUV is loved by many– the Tiguan is quintessentially German.

The Volkswagen Tiguan, aside from its handsome looks and spacious interior, is also packed with the latest technologies, safety and driver-assisting technologies, making it the perfect crossover for the discerning buyer.


  • Leather-trimmed 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Multi-function display “Plus”/”Premium”
  • Central locking with radio remote   control
  • “Climatic” air-conditioning system
  • Silver anodised roof rails
  • Composition Media (CD Player, SD-Card reader, AUX-in, USB)
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • Panaromic Sunroof
  • Automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror,
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • 1,510-litre luggage compartment
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Park distance control
  • “Rear assist” rear-view camera
  • Savannah 19” alloy wheels

SPECIFICATIONS (Tiguan Track & Style):

  • Engine: 2.0-litre Turbocharged
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Horsepower: 200hp
  • 0-100 kph: 8.5 sec
  • Top speed: 207 kph
  • Gearbox: 6-speed automatic
  • Fuel Consumption: 9.9-litres/100kms



Y Recommendation: 

“The Volkswagen Tiguan is an absolute cracker of a vehicle. It does everything that a family can throw at it – the school and shopping runs and on-and off-tarmac exploration – very efficiently. There really is a lot to like about the Tiguan. It is a formidable vehicle by all means.”

 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS


Taking an imposing lead on every road, the new GLS effortlessly fulfills the Mercedes-Benz promise of “The Best or Nothing”. The spacious and versatile 7-seat tour de force from the iconic brand sets high standards for SUVs within its class, thanks to its sublime combination of pure luxury and performance. It’s the ultimate cross between the S-Class and the G-Class. Mercedes-Benz continues to shape the future of mobility in Oman, enjoying a special place in the hearts of Omani drivers since its arrival in the Sultanate in 1972.

The Mercedes-Benz GLS, with its handcrafted biturbo V8 engines is engineered for the ultimate performance– the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC is the world’s fastest full-size 7-seater. All models of the SUV also provide state-of-the-art technology, exceptional levels of safety and comfort, as well as navigation, driving and entertainment systems.


  • DYNAMIC SELECT controller with six transmission modes
  • AIRMATIC air suspension with ADS PLUS Adaptive Damping System
  • 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
  • 7-seater
  • Largest Capacity in segment with 2300-litres, including EASY-PACK tailgate
  • Electric panoramic sliding sunroof
  • Large media display with glass finish and touchpad
  • 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel trimmed in Nappa leather
  • Intelligent Light System with LED headlamps
  • THERMATIC automatic climate control
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC
  • Collision Prevention Assist


Variants: Mercedes-Benz GLS 500 4MATIC & Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC

  • Engine: 4663 cc
  • Horsepower: 455 hp
  • Cylinders: V8 with biturbo and direct injection
  • Transmission: 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Fuel Economy: 11.3- 10.9 (litres/100kms)



Y Recommendation:

“The Mercedes-Benz GLS is an SUV that truly lives up to its name. It is packed with desirable features, and is also a very stylish full-size SUV that is well suited for big families. Everything about the GLS is perfect – it’s almost like someone spent decades developing each and every component in the SUV. The GLS makes you feel good about yourself.”

2016 Subaru Forester


The 2016 Subaru Forester was designed to put distance between itself and the competition. This compact SUV offers an unbeatable combination of all-road/all-weather capability, reliability, top-notch safety, exceptional value and sheer driving enjoyment. The legendary Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD is augmented here by X-Mode, a system that offers added control when conditions are at their worst.

The 2016 Subaru Forester incorporates the very best of Japanese engineering while blending it with new-age technologies such as blind spot monitoring, Continuously Variable Transmission and a powerful Boxer engine.


  • Boxer Engine
  • Transmission & Symmetrical full time   AWD system.
  • X-Mode & Hill Descent Control
  • Lineatronic CVT
  • 5-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Touchscreen control
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Eight-way power adjustable   driver seat
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual-zone air-conditioning   system
  • Cruise control
  • High Grade Multi-function display
  • Steering mounted steering controls
  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE)
  • Power rear gate


  • Engine: 2.5-litre
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Horsepower: 171 hp
  • Torque: 235 Nm
  • Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)


Y Recommendation:

“The Subaru Forester is an impressive machine. It’s spacious, powerful and incredibly well built. Its all-wheel drive prowess also makes it an impressive off-roader while carrying five people in comfort. It does the job, and some. The Forester is your all-in-one vehicle to suit all your needs.”

2016 Renault Duster


The Renault Duster is a strong and reliable SUV with basic off-road capabilities combined with a spacious interior, designed to give the comfort of a saloon car. The Duster’s compact footprint and high ground clearance ensures that it is meant for all kinds of terrain.

Renault is a world-class brand today, focusing mainly on important aspects such as safety, style, performance, value and reliability– keeping alive the motoring heritage of Renault. The Renault principle of safety is outlined in four basic points: prevent, correct, protect and educate.


  • LG Touch Screen
  • Media Navigation 2.0
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control and Speed Limiter
  • Reverse Camera
  • 50:50 front/rear torque split (4WD only)
  • ABS, EBA
  • Bulb Day Time Running Lights (DRL)
  • Defrosting rear Window
  • Audio Controls on Steering
  • 16”Alloy Wheels
  • Keyless Entry
  • Longitudinal roof rails
  • Split folding rear seats


  • Engine: 1998 cc
  • Horsepower: 135 hp
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Fuel Economy: 7.3-litres/100 kms

Model Variants: PE,SE and LE


Y Recommendation:

“The Renault Duster is an excellent SUV. It rewards its buyers with numerous features, which are only present in vehicles of a much higher class. Apart from that, with its 2.0-litre engine, and substantial low-end torque, it is also a nifty off-roader – it will help you pull out of tricky situations. The Duster is really a value-for-money SUV.”

2016 SsangYong Tivoli


The Korean manufacturer SsangYong lives up to its reputation for quality yet again with its new Tivoli. Cutting-edge technology, modern styling and outstanding performance- the new Tivoli delights users with its road presence and superb performance. It combines premium features such as cruise control, smart steering, rear view camera, ABS, and a gutsy 1.6 litre engine.

Founded in 1954, SsangYong Motor Company is the fourth-largest automotive manufacturer in South Korea. The new Tivoli, the latest SUV from the reputed Korean manufacturer, offers leading-edge design combining luxury, style and performance at a price as comfortable as its ride. The new Tivoli is modern and ergonomic to match the needs of the demanding driver, yet luxurious and well-appointed to give comfort with a dash of style. 


  • Dual front airbags
  • Power folding door mirrors with LED indicators
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • 7” Smart Audio with Touch
  • HDMI Port (RDS)
  • iPod connection
  • Bluetooth
  • Rear view camera
  • Dual-zone full auto AC
  • Projection headlamps with LED daytime running lights
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • 18” alloy wheels
  • Audio controls on steering wheel


  • Engine: 1.6-litre
  • Cylinders: 4 (inline) with DOHC
  • Horsepower: 126 hp
  • Torque: 159 Nm
  • Transmission: E-Tronic 6-speed auto with manual mode



Y Recommendation:

“The SsangYong Tivoli is a handsome crossover with rugged looks and impressive capabilities. Its efficient engine and  host of driver convenience features make it a great choice for the discerning automobile enthusiast. We were impressed by just how much fun it is from behind the wheel – and despite its advantages, it is easy on your wallet.”

2016 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

Mitsubishi Montero 1

With its rugged looks and off-road capabilities, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport truly wins the hearts of true adventurists. Now in its third generation, the SUV packs Japanese reliability and design, and integrates it with Mitsubishi’s world-class technology that has been developed over years of research and development. This should give the driver an SUV that can handle the challenges both on and off road, while also offering hassle free ownership.

The new Mitsubishi Montero Sport has the looks, design and power that will satisfy the needs of the buyer. However, the SUV is not just all talk and no action. It comes with a galore of new technologies, as well as a host of active and passive safety features that will take care of the needs of you and your family.


  • 18”alloy wheels 265/60R18
  • Chrome plated power door mirrors with auto folding function
  • LED headlamps with DRL (GLS HL & PREMIUM)
  • Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body
  • ABS, Brake Assist & EBD
  • Hill start assist (HSA)
  • Trailer stability assist (TSA)
  • Active Stability and Traction control (ASTC)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear differential lock
  • Turn lamps on door mirrors
  • Hill Descent control(HDC)
  • Hands-free Bluetooth and voice control system
  • Leather seats
  • 6.1” LCD display audio
  • Rear view camera
  • 7 airbags (GLS Premium)
  • Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS)
  • Blind spot warning system (BSW)
  • Forward collision mitigation system (FCM)


  • Engine: 3.0-litre MIVEC engine
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Power: 291PS
  • Torque: 285Nm
  • Drive system : super select 4WD II
  • Transmission: 8 speed automatic


  • Front- Independent double wishbone, coil spring with stabilizer bar
  • Rear- 3 link, coil spring with stabilizer bar



Y Recommendation:

“The Mitsubishi Montero Sport, with its handsome looks and off-roading capabilities should certainly appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers. The design is thoroughly unique and macho– it appeals to the youngster in you. The Montero Sport, along with its bigger brother, the Pajero, is all set to take on the deserts and rocky roads in Oman.

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