The domestic car market today is filled with cars manufactured by various manufacturers. Vehicles of European, American, Russian manufacture are presented. Recently, however, more and more Chinese models appear. And they immediately became quite competitive. The cost of such machines is not too high, especially in the basic configuration.
At the same time, not all people trust the products of the Celestial country. To dispel the myth about automotive products, we decided to write this review of the best brands of Chinese cars in 2019 and see if they really are what manufacturers represent them to potential buyers. Let’s first understand what you should pay attention to when choosing such products.
How to choose and buy a Chinese car?
There are a lot of brands and models of Chinese cars on the market – about 55 brands are represented in Russian stores, which will differ significantly from each other due to their appearance, equipment and overall production quality. Some brands are quite common, while others are almost impossible to meet, at least in the European part of the country. The first point that you should pay attention to before purchasing any car, regardless of its country of manufacture, is reliability. To do this, you need to study all the performance characteristics of the product, find out how it behaves on the road (there is a test drive service for this), look at crash tests on the Internet and generally get the maximum amount of information on the model you like.
In terms of appearance, the cars are practically no different from their European or American counterparts. On sale you can find cars whose body is almost completely copied from Matiz, Mersedes, BMW. Most crossovers have characteristic aggressive features, but they look very elegant. In terms of comfort, choosing a car will not be the slightest difficulty. The interior of the cars is thought out down to the smallest detail. All interior elements are made either from genuine leather or from high-quality leatherette. The interior space is usually quite spacious, so all passengers will feel very comfortable.
Most cars have a fairly roomy trunk, which will fit everything you need for a long trip. Of course, each buyer will be interested in such an important parameter as the cost of the model they like. The price range is quite wide – literally for any wallet: you can find a new car at a price of 250 thousand rubles to 2-3 million dollars.
When choosing popular brands of Chinese cars to be included in our rating of the best cars, we were guided by all the above factors, and also relied on reviews from experts and users. In addition, we have tried to include ourselves manufacturers that bring to the market the best products in terms of price and quality, so that you can find a device that fully meets your requirements.
The best brands of Chinese cars
This brand appeared on the market back in 1984, but for the first time in Russia they appeared 8 years later. Today, this product is widely distributed in the Far East region; it is not very common to meet it in the European part of the country. The most modern models began to be produced around the middle of the last decade. Masters from the IDEA design company are working on the development of the appearance of the machines. Due to this, the cars are quite attractive and harmonious, the contours of the appearance are smooth. They are quite organically combined with decorative elements, which in general gives the car even more style. The minimum ground clearance is 130 mm – not too much for Russian roads, but the patency is still quite decent. The minimum weight of cars is 1140 kg, the volume of the fuel tank is standard -50 liters. The drag coefficient of the oncoming air flow is 0.27 Cx – a pretty decent indicator.
The body is manufactured using the most modern technologies, laser welding and heat treatment are used for this. Almost half of the elements are made from thin sheet steel. The front of the car looks very nice and interesting. All body lines are smooth, the bumper has significant dimensions, the air intake grille looks beautiful, and there are also fog lights. The ergonomics of the cabin is thought out literally to the last detail. Interior finishing is of high quality. The profile of the chairs has an average level of rigidity – it comfortably supports the back of a seated person, which allows her not to get tired for a long time. The steering wheel is also quite comfortable, on the instrument panel everything is legible, regardless of the brightness of the sunlight.
- Attractive appearance;
- Carefully thought-out interior of salons;
- Powerful motor;
- Low weight of cars;
- Fuel economy.
- Small ground clearance.
This large holding includes several companies involved in the automotive industry. In China, this company is the 7th largest machine manufacturer. The company produces cars, trucks, passenger transport, construction equipment and so on. The company directly cooperates with the famous German company BMW. It has branches in several countries, including Russia, and passenger cars are assembled in Cherkessk. In addition, the company adopts the experience of a number of well-known car manufacturers – Toyota, Mitsubishi, Porshe and some others. All vehicles are manufactured using the latest technology, they fully comply with the latest trends. In the domestic market of passenger cars, you can find only two models. Cars are distinguished by rather compact overall dimensions, which gives them a significant advantage in the conditions of narrow Russian roads.
Appearance, like most Chinese cars, is borrowed from European brands. In the front part, the large radiator grille catches the eye, while on the back side you can see small side lights. There is also a massive bumper, equipped with an overlay made of unpainted plastic. The ground clearance is decent – it is 185 mm, so the car has good cross-country ability. The suspension is autonomous, thanks to which small and medium pits, bumps and bumps are practically not felt inside the cabin. The interior looks very original. The steering wheel is multifunctional, has three spokes, the instrument cluster is very interesting. On the front panel you can find a seven-inch monitor to control the multimedia system. It is liquid-crystal, touch, it is possible to play video. The front seats have good ergonomics and a lot of fine tuning. The back row is spacious – three tall and large people can comfortably fit there. The trunk volume is at least 400 liters.
- High-quality paintwork that is resistant to chips or scratches;
- Independent suspension;
- Significant ground clearance;
- Very comfortable chairs with good orthopedic characteristics.
- Not all models have steering wheel control buttons for the multimedia system.
The opening of this company took place in the mid-90s of the last century. The enterprise today produces a large number of various vehicles, ranging from cars to full-fledged agricultural machinery. Today, representative offices of this company can be found in many countries of the world, including the headquarters in Russia, it is located in Moscow, branches are also provided in a number of cities. In the domestic automotive market, you can mainly find rather large frame SUVs and pickups. If the latter are not very popular, then the former can be found relatively often on Russian roads. SUVs are made in a rather pleasant modern spirit. The proportions are maintained, a separate emphasis was placed on the design of the radiator grille, which attracts close attention. The wheels are equipped with powerful 17-inch alloy wheels, which makes the cars even more attractive.
Overall dimensions are impressive, which is quite natural for SUVs of this class. Ground clearance is 220 mm – not every European or American model can boast of such an indicator. On such machines, you can easily wade a stream, the depth of which is up to 80 mm, climb a slope of up to 28 degrees. The mass is also decent – without cargo and passengers, the car will weigh at least 2200 kg. Internally, the cars are decorated very stylishly, fully consistent with the influence of modern fashion trends. The steering wheel is multifunctional, the panel has a display with a diagonal of 7 inches. The casing is made of plastic with a matte finish. Up to five people can fit in the cabin, depending on the configuration, there can be up to 7 seats, which turns the car into a minibus. The minimum volume of the luggage compartment is 1500 liters.
- High quality workmanship and assembly;
- The original design of both the salon itself and the car body;
- Powerful engine, can run on gasoline or diesel fuel depending on the configuration;
- Significant ground clearance.
- Low exhaust pipe.
The largest and oldest Chinese manufacturer of a wide variety of vehicles. The plant dates back to 1953, and engineers from the Soviet Union took an active role in its construction and equipment. The personnel who worked at the enterprise at that time were trained at enterprises in the USSR. To date, the company is engaged in the manufacture of 6 categories of vehicles – cars, medium and large trucks, SUVs, buses, small vehicles. It is worth noting that the company is the only one among Asian car manufacturers that produces hybrid products. At the same time, the latter is in rather high demand among the European consumer, since it does not cause the slightest harm to the environment. The company develops and sells fairly cheap products for the general public. So, the average price tag for SUVs is only 700 thousand rubles – almost half the price of analogues from well-known manufacturers.
At all automobile exhibitions, Faw products attract close attention not only due to their reasonable cost, but also due to their original appearance. All cars look very modern, just catch the eye. Outwardly, the cars resemble Mazda products, but they also have several original differences: narrower and more aggressive-looking headlights, a reinforced radiator grille, larger wheel diameters, and increased ground clearance. All lines of the body are smooth and streamlined, which facilitates air resistance while driving at medium and high speeds, in turn, this helps to reduce fuel consumption. Inside the cabin, everything looks very expensive, although for its manufacture mainly plastic and high-quality leatherette were used. The steering wheel has excellent ergonomics – palms and fingers will not get tired even after several hours of continuous driving. The front panel is comfortable, looks quite strictly. Depending on the configuration, the machine can be equipped with an engine of 2 or 2.3 liters, the power will be 146 or 154 horsepower, respectively.
- Really high quality cars;
- They look original, although they are similar to Mazda brand products;
- High motor power;
- Spacious salon;
- Low fuel consumption.
- Engines running on diesel fuel are not provided.
6. Dong Feng
Another fairly large enterprise that has been on the market for quite a long time – since 1969. The key activity of the company is the development, production and sale of absolutely all types of commercial vehicles and passenger cars, as well as spare parts for them. Today the company employs more than 100 thousand people. Passenger cars began to appear on the market of our country only in 2014, hatchbacks and mid-size crossovers are the most popular. All of them are characterized by a very attractive appearance, which is able to successfully compete with the products of other brands. All machines produced by the company are distinguished by reliability, durability and unpretentious maintenance. This allows you to operate them even in rather harsh conditions. Therefore, they are preferred by many motorists, especially if they prefer to drive off-road.
The appearance is very attractive, and hatchbacks and crossovers are very similar in terms of appearance. Crossovers are mostly five-door, have original bumpers, an interesting grille. The rear part of the body has been significantly redesigned, with plastic lining on all thresholds. Overall dimensions are decent, but this does not prevent the cabin from being spacious – it can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 5 people. The ride height is around 17 cm. For domestic roads, this is a very decent indicator, which, together with an independent suspension, will provide good comfort. The mass of the car is 1240 kg. The upholstery is made of high-quality fabric, which is resistant to abrasion and is able to retain its original appearance even after several years of intensive use. The front panel is made of durable plastic, it has a characteristic smell at first, but after a while it completely disappears. The minimum boot capacity is 417 liters, and the largest is 1137 liters. Engine power – about 117 horsepower.
- Very good cars in terms of functionality and appearance;
- Rich standard equipment;
- High ground clearance;
- Reliability and durability.
- Somewhat more expensive than other Chinese cars.
5. Great Wall
This is a fairly large Chinese company, in the organization of which the state did not take any part. In this holding there are four enterprises engaged in the manufacture of cars directly, there are also 20 more branches that produce spare parts and other components for the production of cars. The company manufactures crossovers, SUVs, pickups, cars, limousines, minibuses and other similar vehicles. Deliveries to European countries began in the middle of the last decade, where they began to actively compete with local brands. These machines began to be actively sold out, as they had a very attractive appearance and were much cheaper without sacrificing product quality. Today, cars are delivered to more than a hundred countries around the world, 80 of them have their own dealer networks. Around the same time, the company also entered the Russian market. At present, our country is the main importer of the company. Some models are also assembled here – in the town of Gzhel near Moscow, production is also being established in Tula, where by 2020 it is planned to produce about 150 thousand cars annually.
Like almost all Chinese mass-market car manufacturers, various Western models are taken as the basis, and fresh and original touches are brought into their design, which gives the cars their own style. This is especially noticeable in SUVs. Most of them are five-door models, landing is high. Appearance, in particular, the grille, front bumper and some other elements are very reminiscent of the Toyota 4 Runner. The build quality is excellent – all parts of the case fit very tightly to each other, you can’t even slip a sheet of paper between them. The front and rear bumpers, if necessary, can be replaced with power ones. Ground clearance for SUVs starts from 210 mm. The mass of the car is 1760 kg, fully loaded it will weigh 2325 kg. The tank can fit up to 65 liters of fuel, the trunk volume is from 300 liters. Sheathing is made of inexpensive, but very high quality vinyl, which has a very attractive appearance.
- Machines for various purposes are produced;
- Excellent build quality of all elements, including the body;
- Sufficiently powerful engines;
- Long service life.
- SUV fuel consumption is much higher than average.
This brand is produced by Chery Automobile, which was founded in 1997. All work is carried out on the German equipment of the Ford company, due to which the cars are practically in no way inferior to well-known German cars in terms of quality. At first, technology for the production of vehicles was purchased from other companies, but in 2003 it was decided to establish its own department, which began to engage in scientific research and design development. In 2005, the company’s machines began to be delivered to the American market, where they were appreciated by consumers. Today, products are exported to 29 countries of the world, there are factories for assembling cars in several states, including Russia – the factory is located in Kaliningrad. About 150 thousand cars are assembled there annually. The company is engaged in the manufacture of hybrid cars and electric vehicles.
The company mainly produces small-sized vehicles that are excellent in their maneuverability and cross-country ability for Russian road conditions. In such a car, you don’t have to stand idle for a long time in traffic jams; due to its briskness, it is able to squeeze through even a fairly narrow opening. Car bodies do not have anything superfluous, but there are a lot of modern and original additions. Exterior mirrors are usually made of special tinted glass, in addition, they are equipped with a heating system, they have electronic adjustment, roof rails are often installed on the roof. The discs are made of a special lightweight alloy of increased strength. In the cabin, everything is also well thought out, so users in most cases note exactly the comfortable ergonomics. The upholstery of the seats here is fabric – even in the summer months it will not sit on them at all hot. The front seats have a large number of fine adjustments.
- The production of machines is carried out on German equipment;
- A fairly popular brand among consumers;
- Long service life of the vehicle;
- Ergonomic steering wheel and interior.
- Lightweight alloy wheels do not hold the car very well on slippery road surfaces.
Geely Automobile was founded back in 1986 and since then has come a long way from a small workshop to a world famous enterprise that supplies its products to many countries of the world. The company has a whole network of personnel training, has its own training centers. The company today produces over 30 different models, all of which have excellent build quality of all elements. When developing the appearance of its products, the company focuses mainly on the latest trends in the industry and at the same time adheres to its own style. Literally every year the company launches new models on the market, most of which are accepted by consumers very favorably. This depends not only on the quite acceptable cost of vehicles, but also on the excellent workmanship of these products.
For the most part, the appearance of cars is not too catchy, but branded elements immediately catch the eye. These cars have a certain uniqueness in terms of design, they are very colorful compared even to Western products. The headlights are narrow, the taillights and brake lights are elongated. The case has some semblance of a break in the area of the side windows, the side parts are embossed. The rear bumper is equipped with two holes for the exhaust pipes. Ground clearance is not too high – at least 190 mm. It is clearly not enough for off-road driving, but it is quite enough for asphalt, gravel or dirt roads. In the basic configuration, the minimum weight of the machines is 1550 kg. The salon is decorated in a sporty spirit. All its elements are distinguished by rigor and style.
- The original appearance of cars, which is difficult to confuse with other brands;
- Ideal for asphalt and dirt roads;
- Interior design is almost always made in a sporty style.
- Can’t ride off road.
This group of companies is exclusively engaged in the production of passenger cars, other vehicles such as passenger buses, motorcycles, ATVs and scooters. The company was originally founded in 1992 and at first was engaged in the repair of motorcycles. The company released its first motorcycle after almost 10 years of its existence – in 2003. A couple of years later, she began manufacturing cars. Initially developed minivans and pickup trucks, classic passenger cars began to be produced a little later. Today it is a fairly large organization that has its offices in many countries of the world, and its products are in well-deserved demand. Since 2010, machines have been assembled in Russia, and today there are plans to build another plant. The company is mainly engaged in the production of front-wheel drive cars, but there are also all-wheel drive cars, but so far there are not too many of them.
Various European models are taken as the basis for the appearance. In particular, the Lifan 520 was developed on the basis of the 1991 Citroen ZX. Nevertheless, it was decided to add some original elements. In particular, the appearance of the radiator grille, the shape of the front and rear optics, and a number of minor details have changed. Thanks to this approach, it was possible to significantly reduce the air resistance at high speeds – it is approximately at the level of 0.3. The salon in most cases is performed in dark colors, on which traces of dust or other contaminants will not be noticeable at all. The basic equipment, as a rule, is not too rich – it includes a spare wheel, power steering, air conditioning and windows equipped with electric lifts.
- All cars are equipped with a steel body, additionally reinforced with stiffeners;
- Attractive interior, regardless of model;
- Air conditioning included as standard;
- Good steering ergonomics;
- The presence of orthopedic chairs.
- Not too much ground clearance.
In the first place of the best brands of Chinese cars is the products of the Great Wall company, which began manufacturing these cars relatively recently – in 2013. Initially, this direction was developed for the production of crossovers and SUVs, and the management adheres to this position until today. Currently, this product is ranked 7th in popularity in the world in its segment, it is supplied to 40 countries, including most European countries, the American continent. Russia became the first country where the import of these cars began. When developing this machine, the company’s engineers were guided by prototypes already on the market. Such a vehicle as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado was taken as the basis for the design of the appearance. However, here it was decided to make several key changes that gave additional originality to this product. Already in the process of product presentation, the audience enthusiastically accepted this car.
All products are quite expensive, so not every car enthusiast can afford it. Both bumpers are painted in body color, with the rear having a square shape. The false radiator grille is covered with a layer of chrome, which makes it possible to give the design additional originality and attractiveness. The side mirrors have a heating system, an electronic drive that will adjust their position. The daytime running lights are made with high-brightness LEDs. The lower parts of the doors have laser illumination. Overall dimensions are decent, and the car has a significant ground clearance – 230 mm. The interior is also quite attractive – the engine is started with a button. All seats are trimmed with natural leather, which makes the car belong to the premium class. The seats are also electrically adjustable. The front panel has an 8-inch display. It is liquid-crystal, touch-sensitive, the climate control system control panel is located quite conveniently – it is easy to reach it even while driving at high speed.
- Cars have significant ground clearance;
- Increased width and diameter of wheels;
- Brand cars perform well in off-road conditions;
- Very comfortable and spacious interior.
- Except for the high price and large dimensions, it was not found.
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The review of the best brands of Chinese cars has come to its logical conclusion. We have given the history of each company involved in the manufacture of such cars, and also considered the distinctive characteristics of each type of product, while trying to collect the maximum amount of information. We hope that it will be quite enough for you to decide which brand of car will best suit your requirements. If you still have any questions, then you may well ask us in the comments to this article.