A mansplaining-free guide to buying your first car (KSA, we’re looking at you)

In terms of historic milestones for women, it doesn’t get more celebratory than today - the day that finally marks Saudi Arabia welcoming female drivers to the roads. If that means you'll be purchasing your very first car, here’s Grazia’s guide to choosing the right one for you...
A mansplaining-free guide to buying your first car (KSA, we’re looking at you)

The Classicist

High End: Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

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  • Refined and luxurious but with sporty details
  • Plenty of luggage space
  • Engine tuned for added power
  • First four-door Bentley to achieve a 200mph top speed

Mid Range: Mercedes E Class Cabriolet

  • Contemporary luxe at its best
  • Sporty with a soft drop-top
  • Spacious with four seats
  • Easy-to-use drive-assistance system 

Affordable: Cadillac ATS

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  • Four-cylinder turbo engine
  • Magnetic Ride Control 'reads' the road and automatically adjusts to road surfaces
  • Constructed from advanced metals meaning it's lighter, therefore more fuel-efficient and faster
  • Easy to control

The New Mum

High End: Range Rover

  • Intuitive in-car infotainment system called Touch Pro Duo
  • Fuel-efficient engine
  • Four seat comfort; can be changed to five
  • Climate control, ambient lighting and great sound system

Mid Range: Porsche Cayenne

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  • Classic sports car brand
  • Turbocharged engines
  • Cutting-edge assistance systems
  • Ultimate in comfort

Affordable: Ford Edge

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  • Equipped with cutting-edge safety features like Roll Stability Control and Curve Control
  • Dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags, glove box and driver's knee airbags
  • Bold design
  • Easy to control

The Poser

High End: Mercedes G Class

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  • Rugged, off-road vibes mixed with cool
  • Robust, imposing ladder-type frame
  • Luxury 4x4
  • Iconic

Mid Range: BMW M4

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  • Lightweight; built for speed
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Tight handling
  • Slick design

Affordable: Toyota 86

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  • Sport steering wheel with audio controls
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Body-strength reinforcement for safety
  • Luxe yet affordable

The Adventurer

High End: Toyota Land Cruiser

  • Iconic four-wheel drive
  • Ultra-reliable
  • Can handle the toughest of terrain
  • Rugged and powerful

Mid Range: Land Rover Discovery

  • Equally at home in the city or off-road
  • Can tow up to 3,500kg
  • Excellent on all terrain
  • Includes a suite of driving, parking and towing aids

Affordable: Jeep Wrangler

  • Says adventure
  • Rugged yet refined
  • Luxury touches like lighting in the footwell and illuminated cup holders
  • Capable on most terrain

The Eco Warrior

High End: BMW I8 Roadster

  • Goes from 0 to 100km/ hour in 4.6 seconds
  • Iconic design
  • Plug-in hybrid engine
  • Sporty, fun look

Mid Range: Tesla Model S

  • Achieved the highest safety rating of any car ever tested
  • Performance meets safety
  • All-electric
  • Dual motor all-wheel drive

Affordable: Nissan Leaf

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  • The world's best-selling all-electric car
  • Features an e-Pedal which monitors traffic conditions and helps to prevent collisons
  • Compact
  • Apple Carplay

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