Top 5 affordable SUV in Kenya

Could people in Kenya buy an affordable SUV?

Nowadays, the muscle SUV become more famous, when many politicians, celebrities choose them to travel around the country. Driving a powerful car with all-wheel drive (AWD) or 4 wheel drive (4WD) is also the symbol of wealthiness & luxury. Instead of buying a new expensive SUV, Kenyan could choose an affordable SUV from used car store like CAR FROM JAPAN. The buyer can choose a used SUV in good condition, with reasonable price from both Western & Japanese car makes.

As usual, Toyota leads the SUV model, outselling every car make in used SUV segment with Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Land Cruiser VX, etc. Nissan comes with the X-Trail model, and Mitsubishi following with the Pajero. Honda CR-V is the potential model in midsize and full-size SUVs range. A good choice for Western car make is BMW X5; this SUV has stylish, elegant exterior, powerful engine and can recognize any time on the road.

Let’s take a quick look over all of them to find out the affordable SUV for you.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is the second largest flagship on Toyota Land Cruiser series. While Land Cruiser VX is quite expensive, you could choose the Prado instead. Toyota Prados have dual-range, full-time four-wheel drive. The Prado is classified as a large SUV, lower price. The turbo-diesel engine is more fuel-efficient than the gasoline engine in a Prado, it uses 7.9 litres/100km with the manual gearbox in the test road, and in the real world, we expect to use about 10.5 litres/100km with either gearbox.

Toyota Prado has large third-row seats, it’s comfortable for both passengers and has enough space for large luggage. The air-conditioning is available in all Prado model, and it can cool down both front & rear passenger. 7 airbags are set up in the Prado to protect the passenger: two directly in front of the driver and passenger; a side airbag for each front passenger that protects the upper body; head-protecting curtain airbags covering the front and rear side windows; and an airbag in front of the driver’s knees.

Sir JOSEPH KIGURU GACHOMBA from Kenya with the Toyota Prado - affordable SUV in Kenya
Sir JOSEPH KIGURU GACHOMBA from Kenya with the Toyota Prado – Read his testimonial now!

The 4th generation is available since 2009. This generation of Prado features advanced 4WD and an array of electronic gadgets. The engine remained the same, although the automatic gear change points were altered for maximum fuel economy rather than maximum performance, even in Sports mode. You could choose the 4th generation of Prado with the price from 2,800,000 KES.

Nissan X-Trail

Since 2001, the Nissan X-Trail was the great choice in mid-size SUV market, with reasonable price. The car maker from Japan introduces the car with the unique but luxury look & fuel-efficient. The X-Trail is available in both gasoline and diesel, but the diesel version uses the least fuel. Nissan X-Trail has high ground clearance and a part-time four-wheel drive (4WD) option make it more power on the tough roads.

Nissan X-Trail has big cabin room for both driver, front & rear passengers. The front seat has plenty of headroom. The third seat row is configurable, so the car has more space for cargo & goods. The X-Trail is safe & reliable, it has 6 airbags: in front of the driver and passengers, to protect them in frontal crashes; one outside each front seat about chest level to protect in side crashes; and a curtain airbag extending down each side at head level to protect those in the front and second seat rows from side crashes. The car also has stability control, auto braking, etc.

The Nissan X-Trail 2001 after delivered to customer - affordable SUV in Kenya
The Nissan X-Trail 2001 after delivered to customer – Image: CAR FROM JAPAN

The buyer could find the used Nissan X-Trail version 2010, at the price of 950,000KES and over.

Honda CR-V

Literally, it’s a Honda Civic with the SUV outlook. Honda uses the Civic platform to develop the Honda CR-V. The CR-V is bigger than other mid-sized SUV in the market, it’s comfortable & efficient crossover for 5 passengers. Honda CR-V is available with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and it’s medium SUV with reasonable price.

Nowadays, Honda releases on gasoline engine version of CR-V. But you could get the diesel by purchase the used CR-V at CAR FROM JAPAN. The Honda CR-V has 6 airbags to protect driver & passenger: two directly in front of the driver and front passenger; a side airbag to protect the upper body of each front occupant, and a curtain airbag on each side to protect the heads of front and rear occupants. Besides that, CR-V offer other safety option like reversing camera, seatbelt reminders, daytime running lights, etc. The car has only 5 seats with large cargo space at the rear. The second seat row could be folded for more room.

The used Honda CR-V 2010 is ready to ship to our customer - affordable SUV in Kenya
The used Honda CR-V 2010 is ready to ship to our customer – Image: CAR FROM JAPAN

Kenya buyer could choose the pre-owned Honda CR-V manufactured since 2010 from 1,230,364KES. The car at this generation has more feature like anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction control, and Vehicle Stability Assist.



While the price of the new SUV is still too high, buying the second-hand SUV from Japan could be a smart choice. If you want an high-performance SUV but on a budget, a used Toyota Prado or Nissan X-Trail from Japan should be on your list. For more cars, please visit our SUV stock list to find the most affordable SUVs for you.