Are there cars that fare better on Nigerian roads, especially when compared to others based on certain features they possess? The answer is yes because, given the peculiar state of the majority of Nigerian roads, there are certain cars that would struggle to navigate major roads in the country.
In other words, certain cars thrive better than others on Nigerian roads. For instance, certain luxury cars and supercars are not built for most of the state roads and federal roads in Nigeria.
To avoid spending a chunk of your money on car repairs that will be triggered by the impact of these roads on your car, we have come up with this list. This is a list of the top 10 cars that have been built to endure the toughness of Nigerian roads. Have a look.
Though with spacious and comfortable interiors, the Nissan Pathfinder was at a point marketed as an off-road vehicle only. The car originally started out competing with rugged off-roaders like the Toyota Hilux Surf and the Mitsubishi Challenger before carving a niche for itself as a part-time off-roader.
It was rebranded again as a three-row crossover for the current generation to compete with SUVs with AWD capability. Today, the Nissan Pathfinder has a drivetrain that can deliver sharp driving performance and a remarkable off-road experience. It is a great car for the Nigerian road condition.
2. Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling cross-over vehicles in the market and one of the best-selling vehicles overall. In 2018, it recorded over 427,170 in sales. It has an upgraded AWD system with rear-axle torque vectoring.
The car boasts of advance traction control systems that support a driver-selectable system of multiple terrain settings and hill descent control that fits the Nigerian road condition. These features, in addition to a respectable ground clearance, give the RAV4 a high score on off-road ability.
This car has an unrelentingly capable off-road ability that is trusted by many. It possesses a rugged jeep character and comes with an extensive range of customization options from the factory and aftermarket.
The good news about this car is that it offers the popular off-road-focused Rubicon trim level that comes straight from the factory with features such as big all-terrain tires, lockable differentials and a front electronically disconnecting stabilizer bar.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited series is one of the best cars for Nigerian roads. In this series, we have the following cars: Wrangler Unlimited Willy Wheeler, Wrangler Unlimited Sports, Sahara and Black Bear.
The Toyota Avalon possesses a lot of standard advanced safety features. It is a comfortable ride, especially models that come with adaptive dampers. It is fun to drive, and some have referred to this as a car that gives you a Lexus quality at a Toyota price.
The Avalon boasts of a potent 301 horsepower V6 foisted to a smooth-shifting transmission. It has the ability to get up and go in any condition. From long road trips to afternoon and day-to-day cruise, the car is always ready. The Avalon can manoeuvre twisty roads with relative ease.
The Volkswagen Golf has a 4 motion all-wheel-drive system that comes with a front-wheel bias on the street and can convert 50% of the torque to the rear wheels when slippage is detected. Also included is a drive mode selector, which provides for an off-road driving mode that activates the hill descent control and alters how the traction control responds.
Activating the drive mode selector changes the feel of the car. The off-road mode smooths out inputs from the throttle and the traction control begins to work overtime. The unique design of the Volkswagen Golf gives it a special place on Nigerian roads. It might not be an SUV but it was built for Nigeria roads.
Interestingly, the Toyota Corolla is just about the unofficial national car of Nigerian roads. Apart from its fuel efficiency, Nigerians love the car for its long-lasting quality despite the state of Nigerian road.
The Corolla has enjoyable handling, a smooth ride quality, lots of standard advanced driving aids and good durability.
The Range Rover Sport combines a stunning off-road performance with a well-mannered on-road driving. This is in addition to a luxurious cabin; heightened by its audiophile sound system.
It also comes with remarkable driver assistance features that take off the strain during long-distance trips. It has an individual air suspension at each wheel, automatically locking differentials and a network of sensors for tackling high-speed cornering and tough off-road obstacles.
8. Toyota Camry
With a strong fuel economy from a four-cylinder engine, plenty of cabin and cargo space, the Toyota Camry is one of the most popular cars on Nigerian roads. It is easy to drive and is rugged enough for the state of Nigerian roads.
Mercedes-Benz has a lot of incredible vehicles to its name, but the G-Class series is well suited for off-road conditions. The design of the G-Class can withstand the rugged nature of most Nigerian roads.
Its V-8 cylinder engine and its rugged exterior surprisingly retains a unique luxury underneath.
10. Toyota Matrix
The Matrix comes with an aggressive-looking front end, carrying a bulging hood and thin wraparound headlights. The car is capable of facing any obstacle a bad road throws at it. Its off-road reputation is stellar. The smooth body of the Matrix gives it a modern appearance and the hatchback’s forward-swept D-pillars enhance the sporty shape of the car.