Top 10 Popular Car Brands in Nigeria


Throughout the world, the automobile industry is believed to be one of the most important industries. Even the United Nations affirmed that Nigeria holds the biggest target for the industry due to the country’s large population. It also has the biggest automobile market in Africa.

It is the dream of every Nigerian to own a car not minding the poor condition of roads in the country. The importance of car cannot be overestimated as it aids movement, and some people feel it makes them look classy. It is regarded as a measure of wealth and standard of living among Nigerians.

It is also very useful in emergency situations and safety. This is why it is not a surprise that Nigerians spend more than 1 trillion naira every year on the importation of vehicles.

Top 10 Popular Car Brands in Nigeria

For the average Nigerian, a vehicle is the second most expensive thing he/she would buy after a house. It is considered a must have asset. This is why Nigerians are always searching to know the most popular and economic car brands to buy.  In a particular order, here are the top ten popular car brands in Nigeria.

10. Nissan

Nissan is a car brand manufactured by a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer. Over the years, the brand has made a name for itself because of its safety ratings and reliability. It produces a wide range of commercial and passengers’ vehicles. It is very affordable, and it has a good engine that can move smoothly on Nigerian roads. Some of the popular Nissan cars in Nigeria like Altima, sunny and primera are useful in commercial transportation.

9. Hyundai

Hyundai is manufactured by a Korean automobile manufacturing company. The car is designed to have a good shock absorber such that it can be used for up to 5 years before giving regular issues under proper maintenance. The car is also less expensive, consumes less fuel and has an exotic design.

8. Volkswagen

Volkswagen has come a long way in its journey of automobiles. From manufacturing the iconic beetle, modifications have been made and it has manufactured a lot of useful vehicles like SUV’s, Sedans, passat and sport cars in this modern day. It is recognized in Nigeria for its durability, ruggedness and good fuel economy.

7. BMW

Fully written as Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, BMW is manufactured by a German multinational manufacturer known for its brand of luxury vehicles. The company was founded in 1916 and has proven to be a dependable car brand maker with its high-performance features. BMW is a luxury car known for its quality and loved for its speed and balance.

6. Land Rover

Land Rover is an off-road vehicle manufactured by Jaguar land rover, a subsidiary of tata motors. It is a luxury car with high durability due to its off-roading abilities that can be matched only by a few cars. Land rover is very impressive and easy to maintain. Most people love it because of its space which allows comfortability during driving.

5. Lexus

Lexus is a sleek car with an impressive appearance. It is a luxury vehicle manufactured by Toyota. Its ride quality is great, and the drive is usually smooth. It is loved by almost every Nigerian, who are always willing to check out new modifications. It is useful in long distance journey, giving the driver a smooth drive. Even though Lexus is a luxury car, it is quite affordable and gives good value for one’s money.

4. Mercedes Benz

Mercedes Benz, simply called Benz is a German luxury vehicle. The company offers a wide range of versatile light commercial vehicles. The vehicle was founded by famous car inventor, Carl Benz and was named in honour of him and his partner. Benz is known for its excellence in handling, ride comfort and fuel economy. Its engine is also efficient in noise reduction and automatic transmissions.

3. Kia

Kia is the second largest automobile manufacturer in South Korea and commonly referred to as a sister to Hyundai. Kia offers the best range of engine options. It has a sleek body which gives it a great appeal. It also has a wide range of comprehensive long-term warranties, which is why many drivers prefer to go for it.  It is loved by car lovers for its reliability, lightweight and fuel economy.

2. Honda

Honda is a very popular car brand loved for its performance and durability. It has been around for years and is a top choice for many car buyers. It is manufactured by a Japanese public multinational manufacturer of automobiles. It is also recognized for its controlled driving dynamics, strong safety scores, low fuel consumption and high resale value.

1. Toyota

Toyota is the most popular car brand and one of the bestselling in Nigeria, particularly its Corolla make. It accounts for the highest number of cars found on Nigerian roads. It is relatively cheap when compared to other brands and can easily be afforded. For many years, it has remained the favourite of many Nigerians due to its reliability, low fuel consumption, high resale value, spacious interior and outstanding quality. It has a long line of models that is well known and accepted.

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