August 01, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2022 Geely Emgrand Premium

The Pinnacle of Value

The 2022 Geely Emgrand Premium model is truly groundbreaking. This is the car that has now set the maximum value standard in our market. It isn’t just the common random model anomaly either, for P848,000.00, you can get the Geely Emgrand Comfort model which has about 90% of the same equipment but you do lose out on the finest feature of the subcompact sedan; its very unique rich combination of blue and vanilla interior composed of good quality leatherette and suede material, and that would be a real pity. The Emgrand Comfort model also uses 4 speakers instead of 6, and loses the side and curtain airbags. For even less money at P699,000.00, Geely Philippines sells the Emgrand S model that comes with a 5-speed manual transmission, 15-inch steel rims, drum rear brakes, halogen projector headlights, analog gauges (not a bad thing, more in this later), 2-speakers for the audio (this is very bad), and reduced safety measures.

Using the excellent BMA platform (the platform is developed from 70 % high-strength steel and 20 % hot-formed steel, designed to exceed European 5-star safety standards) that is used in the award-winning Coolray subcompact crossover, the 4th generation Geely Emgrand drives and rides like a much larger sedan. In fact, it is already the most spacious in its class and even has the ingredients and proportions to compete against the compact sedan segment.

Applying the full-featured formula executed on the top-spec variants of the Coolray, Okavango, and Azkarra, the Emgrand is able to standout even from its own stablemates offering a luxurious cabin that dilutes the wow factor on even the flagship Azkarra Luxury model. The sharp 12.3-inch instrument screen initially looks interesting however the graphics and display treatment are too convoluted, I hope that future firmware updates will offer more user-configurations to optimize the high-resolution display. A traditional analog instrumentation of the tachometer and speedometer would be much better with a bespoke design that is also instantly familiar while simultaneously offering real estate to other preferred driver information that would include infotainment data.

The 8-inch control screen for the infotainment system looks great and does have wireless screen mirroring via EasyConnection but not the straightforward Apple CarPlay and Android Auto app connectivity. It does have a good number of standard features and adjustability (though I wish the drive modes would be managed by a forthright physical toggle) though the 6-speaker system, even after preferred audio quality adjustments, felt under-amplified and lacked range and vibrancy. The trunk has 500-liters of capacity which you can expand by folding the rear 60/40 bench.

The design and finish of the contrasting interior is exemplary, it even has a moonroof. It humbles the interiors of vehicles costing over three times as much. Sure, the rear bench does not have a center armrest but it is quiet and comfortable with very tactile surfaces. The design of the rear climate control vents with USB ports and start/stop ignition are really classy and upmarket. Geely claims the cabin is constructed with 85 % soft-touch materials which is evident on the dashboard, front armrest, and door panels that also have tasteful extra design stitching.

The signature projector LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and rear LED assemblies are top class in design and functionality. The 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels of our gray-colored Premium test unit is wrapped with 205/50R17 89V Chao Yang Radial RP76+ tires. The tire brand is unfamiliar but they run surprisingly good with balanced road performance. The Emgrand Premium has a total of six airbags (Front, Front Side Row, Side Curtain) with traction and stability control, hill start assist, rear parking sensors, cruise control, and a reverse camera.

The powerplant is very modest but it does communicate fairly well with the CVT transmission that simulates 8-gear ratios. The all-disc brakes are good and the suspension tuning of the MacPherson front struts and rear torsion beam have been calibrated optimally for our road conditions. For everyday commuting for work or school, the power is sufficient. The steering feel is very good and is not overboosted. The creature comforts and the massive cost savings will more than make up for the pedestrian dynamic performance.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1498 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Multipoint Injection, D-CVVT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 101 bhp @ 5600 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 105 lb-ft @ 4400-4800 rpm
Transmission CVT

Performance

Top Speed 176 km/h (110 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 11.4 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 6.3 L/100 km Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 958,000.00
What's Great Maximum value, outstanding interior trim and design layout, comfortable, smooth, efficient, comprehensive packaging.
What's Not So Modest powerplant, infotainment system sound quality can be improved further, needs more instrument configuration options.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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