Geely Emgrand vs. the competition

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The Geely Emgrand is the latest addition to the carmaker’s local roster. It sits alongside the Coolray, Okavango, and Azkarra, and is the only sedan in the Chinese carmaker’s lineup.


  • What powers the Geely Emgrand?

    The Geely Emgrand is powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline powerplant that can be mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
  • How many variants does the Geely Emgrand have?

    The Geely Emgrand is offered in three variants: S, Comfort, and Premium. They are priced at P753,000, P945,000, and P999,000, respectively.
  • Like its crossover and sport utility vehicle (SUV) brethren, the Geely Emgrand wears an elegant, yet slightly aggressive, exterior. At the fore is a pair of either projector halogen or projector LED headlamps, flanking its Energy Pulse grille. Below the headlamps are LED daytime running lights (DRL).

    Geely Emgrand Premium

    Its side profile is highlighted by power side mirrors and a set of either 15 or 17-inch wheels.

    At the rear are two “Rhythmic” tail lamps, a bold “GEELY” badge, and a hands-free trunk release.

    Inside the Geely Emgrand are either fabric or leather seats, a leather-wrapped multi-functional steering wheel, and a leather shift knob. The cabin also boasts a 12.3-inch full digital instrument panel and an eight-inch infotainment system.

    Geely Emgrand Premium

    Under the hood of the Geely Emgrand is a 1.5-liter gasoline powerplant that can be mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Regardless of the transmission, the Geely Emgrand puts out a respectable 102 horsepower (hp) with 142Nm of torque.

    Geely Emgrand Premium

    It is currently offered in three variants: S, Comfort, and Premium. They are priced at P753,000, P945,000, and P999,000, respectively.

    With a combination of decent exterior and interior appointments, a capable engine, and an appealing price tag, the Geely Emgrand comes in as a viable option for local car buyers looking for a new daily driver or a weekend family vehicle. But does the Hong Kong-based brand’s sedan have what it takes to make it to the top ranks of the Philippine automotive scene? Let’s see how the Geely Emgrand stacks up against the competition.

    MG 5

    The MG 5 is one of the sedans within the Geely Emgrand’s weight class. And like the latter, the former also dons a stylish yet sporty exterior. At the front end is a large grille bordered by LED headlamps with automatic on and off functions and LED DRLs.

    MG 5 Core Plus CVT

    Similarly, the MG 5 sports power side mirrors with indicators. It rides on a set of either 15 or 16-inch wheels.

    Its rear is bedecked with LED taillamps and a trunk with 512 liters of boot space.

    Opening its doors give owners access to the MG 5’s seats finished in either fabric or MG Style Leather. As an added touch, the range-topping variant of the MG 5’s driver’s seat comes with lumbar support. Accompanying the stylish seats is a steering wheel wrapped in either leather or polyurethane and a leather shift knob. And while it does not have a full digital instrument cluster like the aforementioned Geely Emgrand, the MG 5 can be had with either an eight-inch or a 10-inch infotainment system.

    MG 5 Core Plus CVT

    Power comes from a 1.5-liter engine mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT with Eco and Manual Mode. This setup makes 112 horses with 150Nm of pulling power.

    The MG 5 is currently offered in five variants with prices ranging from P658,888 to P938,888.

    Toyota Vios

    The Toyota Vios is arguably one of the most popular sedans in the country. Its latest iteration sees the perennial family and Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) car wear a Camry-esque exterior with either a pair of four-bulb halogen or three-tier LED headlamps flanking its large frowning grille. The higher variants also get LED DRLs and LED fog lamps.

    2020 Vios

    At its side are repeaters integrated on either the vehicle’s fender or on the side mirror. It is fitted with either 14, 15, or 16-inch wheels — depending on the variant, of course.

    The rear packs a pair of LED rear combination lamps.

    Customers looking to dress up the Vios can do so by choosing the available GR-S variant which adds a slew of exterior appointments namely a front bumper skirt, side skirts, a rear bumper skirt, and a rear spoiler.

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    Inside the Toyota Vios are fabric or vinyl seats. It comes with a steering wheel finished in either leather or urethane as well as a shit knob that comes in either of the said materials. Those who opted for the Gazoo-fied trim get seats swathed in suede and synthetic leather with red stitching. Similarly, the steering wheel and the shift knob of the GR-S grade come with the same material.

    Past the steering wheel is either an analog or an Optitron instrument panel. It is complemented by either a 2DIN audio unit (for lower grades) or a 6.75-inch infotainment system (for higher variants).

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    The Toyota Vios is powered by either a 1.3-liter or a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. Depending on the engine and transmission setup, the Toyota Vios can generate as much as 97hp to 105hp with 120Nm to 140Nm of torque.

    It is offered in seven variants and is priced from P686,000 to P1.035 million.

    Photos from Geely, Toyota, and Ruben Manahan IV

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