The automobile market is one of the most lucrative in Ghana today. This is mainly because banks have become more flexible in the provision of car loans. Better remuneration at work has contributed significantly to the number of people seeking financing for cars. Some of the factors that influence the choice of vehicles in Ghana include the brand, availability of spare parts, cost of maintenance, fuel efficiency, resale value, and the impact the car has on one’s social standing. So let’s look at some of the most popular cars in Ghana.
Like most countries in Africa, Toyota cars are some of the most popular in Ghana. For years, the older models of the Toyota Corolla were common on the road. However, in recent years, the newer models have become more popular as used car buyers do not just consider price anymore. The features also play a significant role in the choice of car to buy.
The Toyota Corolla has a 1.8 4-cylinder engine that cranks out 132hp. The engine size of the Toyota Corolla has remained the same for years. The changes that have been significant in the different models is in the body and the additional features. The 2013 model has brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, daytime running light, and child safety locks. Some of the notable features in 2015 are a telescoping steering wheel with accessory controls, a CD stereo with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth streaming audio, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, side curtain airbags, and traction control. The estimated MPG is 26 city and 35 highway.
The Hyundai i10 is a favorite among many car buyers in Ghana. It is not just its small engine size that buyers find appealing, the maintenance fees are also low. It also has enough space for four people, which is excellent for a car its size. Buyers can choose between the 1.0 and 1.2-liter engines.
Sub-compact cars like the Hyundai i10 are popular in cities like Accra where traffic can be quite intense, especially during peak hours. Having a small car also comes in handy when it comes to parking. Some of the specifications include air conditioning, electric front windows, foldable rear seats to increase cargo space, CD audio system, passenger and driver airbags, central locking, and front and rear crumple zones. This car is not just convenient, it is also a safe car with a smooth, supple ride that is fun both for the driver and passengers.
The Hyundai Accent is a popular car for people with small families in Ghana. It has a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. Although this engine is slightly bigger than that on the Hyundai i10, it is still cheap to run. The cost of repairs is equally low, and the spare parts are readily available in most stores that stock spare parts for cars. Additionally, having mechanics who have a clear understanding of the vehicle they are working on is a bonus that has lured people towards this car. This is a great car for people looking for a fuel efficient car that has more power. This engine produces 130hp.
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Other features in the recent models of the Hyundai Accent include rear door child safety locks, stability control, emergency brake assist, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, front fog driving lights, dusk sensing headlamps, Auto delay off headlights, and passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation. It is important to note that the features vary depending on the trim level.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Sedans and hatchbacks are not the only popular cars in Ghana. Buyers are also looking for cars that are reliable, especially when they travel to areas where the road conditions are not great. This is a car that is bought by Ghanaians whose priority is the engine power as opposed to fuel efficiency. The Toyota Land Cruiser is also a safe option for those who are on the highway a lot.
This 4WD comes fitted with a 5.7-liter 8-cylinder engine, wi0th 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine cranks out 381hp and has a combined MPG of 15. The features in this car have also contributed significantly to the demand. They include engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, front fog driving lights, electronic Brakeforce distribution, stability control, emergency brake assist, remote anti-theft alarm system, rear height adjustable headrests, audio and cruise control on the steering wheel, cargo area light, and keyless ignition. The available features depend on the model and trim line.
Toyota Camry has been popular on Ghana road for years. The Older models were a favorite for drivers then, the newer models remain so for buyers today. This car was first introduced to the market in 1983. The Camry sparked the competition between Toyota Sedan and Honda Accord. Over the years, the difference between these cars has narrowed as competition became intense. The recent models of this car have more powerful engines, yet are still fuel efficient.
This is a great family car that seats five people, is spacious, and reliable. Some of the features include brake assist, auto-on-headlights, child safety locks, emergency trunk release, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, traction control, and 4-wheel ABS. Toyota Camry also has different engine sizes that create more options for buyers. For example, buyers of the 2015 Toyota Camry get to choose between the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and the 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Both have a 6-speed automatic transmission. The trim lines available in the more recent models are L, SE, XLE, and XSE.
The auto industry in Ghana is primarily influenced by individual preference. Some opt for subcompact cars for fuel efficiency, while others pick luxury cars because of their status in society and financial situation. In spite of individual preference and needs, buyers have common interests when buying used cars in Ghana, such as the resale value, ground clearance, readily available spare parts, and affordability. Very few buyers can afford new vehicles.
Most of the cars in Ghana are bought preowned. This is because these cars are more affordable since the first owners bear the significant cost of depreciation.