Sold in China as the Geely Binyue, but known in the Philippines as the Geely Coolray, this subcompact crossover was released in the Philippines on September 25, 2019.
As of April 2020, Sojitz G Auto Philippines, the official distributor of Geely automobiles here in the country only has the Coolray available, with the bigger Geely Azkarra compact crossover underway. Despite that though, they’re making a killing when it comes to selling it.
Which 2020 Geely Coolray should you buy? – Variant Comparison
As such, we can say that it has arrived in a time where Chinese car companies are on the rise in the country. This is especially true in the crossover market where the MG ZS, and the Geely Coolray itself, are rather affordable options for many Filipinos without compromising quality.
This makes them a legitimate threat to the Japanese, European, and American made crossovers that were available here in the country for the longest time.
Now, some of you are already aware of this and are considering buying a Geely Coolray in the near future. This, in turn, begs the question: which Coolray variant is the right one for you? Well, let’s find out, shall we?
Geely Coolray Variants: Differences in Exteriors
When it comes to design, there aren’t many noticeable differences between the three Coolray variants. All have this very futuristic look to them that’s sure to catch the attention of people even causing them to wonder: “what car is that?”
It is, after all, relatively new to the Philippine market and coupled to that, all of its variants are adorned with rather unique design choices like the “Expanding Cosmos” grille, the quad exhaust tips, it’s faux carbon fiber accents, roof rails, as well as a very prominent rear spoiler.
Note though that despite having the same 4,330mm length, 1,795mm width, 1,609mm height, and a 2,600mm wheelbase, the Geely Coolray Sport stands out the most.
While there are differences, the overall shape and roofline of the Coolray is the same across all variants
This is because it has full LED headlights and fog lamps, which is simply better than the Coolray Premium and Coolray Comfort’s halogen set. The Coolray Premium, like the Sport, however, does come with a larger set of 255 55 R18 wheels compared to the Coolray Comfort’s 215 50 R17.
Apart from that, these variants are of the same size, 196mm ground clearance, and even the mechanical parts – but more on that later.
Geely Coolray Variants: Differences in Interior
When it comes to the Coolray variants’ cabins, the most obvious would be their seat covers. The Sport, of course, comes with leather, the Premium with easy-to-clean but sturdy PVC, and the Comfort’s seats are covered in Fabric.
The design and the hyper-modern shapes found on the dashboard and the center console remains the same all across three variants. The 10-inch touchscreen is also standard and it comes with the same QD Link smartphone mirroring capabilities.
And lastly, all variants of the 2020 Geely Coolray come with a default trunk capacity of 330 liters, automatic climate control, cruise control, and all of them can comfortably fit in five passengers.
Despite what variant you're getting, the Coolray will come with those brilliant looking A/C vents
The Coolray Comfort, however, doesn’t come with a smart keyless entry system, but a push to start button is available for all the variants.
Only the Coolray Premium and Sport comes with a sunroof, and the only Coolray variant with an electronically adjustable driver seat is the top-of-the-line Coolray Sport.
The Coolray Sport however does with come leather clad seats, which is always a plus
Geely Coolray Variants: Engine and Performance
All the Geely Coolray variants are powered by a surprisingly strong, 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 gasoline engine. The said engine can make 177 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 255 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed wet type dual-clutch automatic.
Standard on all Coolray variants is a front MacPherson strut Independent Suspension for the front, a torsion beam type suspension for the rear, and disc brakes all around.
With this setup, all the variants of the Geely Coolray can do a 0-100 km/h time of 7.9 seconds, and it can return an average fuel consumption rate of 15.5 km/L. Do note that these figures are according to Geely and you might get different results depending on real-world conditions.
Geely Coolray Variants: Safety
In terms of passive safety equipment, all the Geely variants are equipped with dual front airbags, side airbags, and curtain airbags.
The crown jewel of the Coolray’s safety equipment, however, is its active parking assist and it’s basically a nifty gadget that enables the Coolray to park itself. Do note that this feature is only available on the top-of-the-line Coolray Sport. The same goes for the blind-spot monitoring, which isn’t available on the Comfort and the Premium variants.
Only the Coolray Sport variant has the active parking assist function
Aside from that, only the Sport and the Premium come with a tire pressure monitoring system and smart keyless entry.
All of the three Coolray variants come with an electronic parking brake, electronic stability control, anti-lock braking with electronic brake distribution, rear parking sensors, and hill start assist.
Geely Coolray variants: Pricing
Geely Coolray 1.5 Comfort Turbo
Geely Coolray 1.5 Premium Turbo
Geely Coolray 1.5 Sport Turbo
>>> Refer to our Geely Coolray price list and estimated down payment details
Geely Coolray variants: Which one is right for you?
We’re going to say it outright: for the features that the Geely Coolray is offering, it’s a steal. This is regardless of whether it’s the base Comfort trim or the top-of-the-line Sport.
The Sport though is actually the cherry on top in the Geely Coolray cake with its active parking assist, but you know what, not many people will need that and instead will be more than happy with the model’s surprisingly beefy inline-3 engine.
More and more people are getting familiar with the Geely brand partly due to the Coolray's standout design
>>> Related: Full list of Geely dealerships in your area
The question is, is Geely able to provide ample after-sales services? Well, if you ask us, then that just might be the case because Sojitz G Auto Philippines is expanding, and fast.
So in the end, let’s put it this way – if you want the brilliant conversation starter and/or if you actually have trouble with parking then get the Coolray Sport. If you really want to enjoy a vehicle with less electronic knick-knacks, then get the Coolray Comfort.
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Know more about Geely Coolray
The Geely Coolray is a subcompact crossover that recently entered the Philippine automotive market. This model comes in three variants which are the Comfort Turbo, the Premium Turbo, and the Sport Turbo. Physically, all variants are the same size at 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, and 1,609 mm tall. The engine across all variants is a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline with a power output of 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque. It also features LED daytime running lights and headlights for the top-of-the-line Sport variant. The Coolray’s cabin is decked in black and accented with red design details on the dashboard and the seats. It also comes with 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment that sits at the center of the car. For additional safety and convenience, the Geely Coolray has a park assist feature and a 360-degree camera view.
Cesar G.B. Miguel
Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
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