Driving impression: GWM C20R

By admin
22 October 2013

With a bold design, an array of standard features and keen pricing, the GWM C20R is destined to make waves in its segment.

The GWM C20R is proof this Chinese car manufacturer is a force to be reckoned with. With a bold design, an array of standard features and keen pricing, the C20R is destined to make waves in its segment. It competes against vehicles such as the VW Polo Vivo Maxx and Renault Sandero Stepway – but the C20R is more modern and appears to be a better all-round package.

This model is based on GWM’s C10 hatch but is more butch in appearance thanks to a different grille and air dam design, integrated fog lights, black wheel-arch liners, 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and SUV-like front and rear underbody plates in a contrasting silver colour. On the inside the C20R has a modern dashboard, similar to that of the C10. The layout is straightforward and all controls are within easy reach of the driver. What’s more, everything feels solid.

The car comes packed with standard features such as air conditioning, an MP3-compatible audio system with auxiliary and USB inputs, electric windows, park distance sensors at the rear and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Safety wise, there are two airbags and ABS brakes.

The driver’s seat and the steering wheel are also adjustable and overall interior space is good, with more than enough room for four adults or a small family.

The boot has a double floor – handy for security – and the rear seats not only fold forward but also offer reclining and fore-aft sliding. The drive also doesn’t disappoint for a car in this segment and it feels equally at ease in city conditions as on the open road. Overall the C20R makes a lot of sense and is definitely worth considering if you want an eye-catching hatchback under R160 000. Like GWM’s Steed bakkies and H5 SUV, the C20R will definitely alter perceptions about Chinese cars.

  • Price: R154 900
  • Engine: 1,5-litre petrol
  • Power: 77 kW @ 6 000 r/min
  • Torque: 138 Nm @ 4 200 r/min
  • Fuel consumption: 7,7 litres/100 km
  • Warranty: Three-year/100 000 km
  • Service plan: Three-year/45 000 km

Wilmer Müller

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