Car (South Africa)

Geely Emgrand

5 seats, 368–656 L 2 airbags, ABS, EBD, stability control R8 415 No road test


0–100 km/h: 10,50 seconds Top speed: 185 km/h Power: 102 kw Torque: 172 N.m Fuel consumptio­n: 7,80 L/100 km

The first Geelys launched locally were the compact LC and MK4/MK in 2013. By 2015, the Emgrand sedan, also known as the EC7, had joined the list. We never got around to testing the Emgrand, but there are some up for grabs at reasonable prices. The badge is oddly reminiscen­t of that of the Cadillac brand, so perhaps this was the intention. The car was designed to be an upmarket offering and so has many features such as disc brakes all-round, four airbags, a four-star Euro NCAP safety score, dual-zone climate control and a spacious boot with fold-down seats. A lack of steering-wheelmount­ed controls was an odd omission and the plastics used in the cabin are hard, but the layout is quite attractive.

The naturally aspirated 1,8-litre petrol engine produces 102 kw and 172 N.m. Depending on spec level, two or four airbags are fitted, with ABS and the usual other features. Things to watch for include noisy power steering, knocking over bumps signifying worn anti-roll bar bushes, and water leaks in the cabin or boot. If you can find the source, a repellent spray such as Tectyl 506 may help. Noise insulation was not great and the engine timing chain may need replacemen­t around 150 000 km, so check for rattling from the engine. Finding parts for these cars takes time and they may have to be imported. Our advice is to tread carefully.

Geely Emgrand 1,8 2017, white, 114 000 km, R89 990

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