GAC GA4 2020 Philippines Review: It's Time For Some Real Talk

Oct 26, 2019
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  • Table of contents
  • 1. GAC GA4 2020 Philippines Review: Introduction
  • 2. GAC GA4 2020 Exterior
  • 3. GAC GA4 2020 Review Interior
  • 4. GAC GA4 2020 Review: Engine and Performance
  • 6. GAC GA4 2020 Philippines Review: Safety
  • 6. GAC GA4 2020 Philippines Price & Variant
  • 7. GAC GA4 2020 Specs
  • 8. GAC GA4 2020 Philippines Review: Conclusion
GAC is on the right track with the 2020 GA4 Sedan. Is giving away the barn enough to get people in the door? Read this GAC GA4 2020 Philippines Review.

1. GAC GA4 2020 Philippines Review: Introduction

Chinese brands have come a long way from their early beginnings in the local market. Remember how their cars used to be horrible, with subpar interiors that break if you so much as look at them funny, and asthmatic engines with awful suspension systems? 

It was just the worst. I’ve always wanted to give these cars a fair shake and the benefit of the doubt whenever I take them on a test drive, but if the past was any indication, I would end up feeling disappointed.

GAC GA4

GAC wants to give you everything you want in a car with the 2020 GA4

The times are a-changing, though. With brands like Foton, BYD, MG, and Geely making strides in the local car scene, offering vehicles that are on par with, and even exceed their more mainstream counterparts, Chinese brands are now on the offensive in vying for a significant share of the market.

Enter GAC, one of the biggest carmakers in China that has forged partnerships with marques such as Honda, Toyota, and Mitsubishi. They bring their technological and manufacturing know-how to the Philippines, showcasing the GA4  as one of their bets for the compact sedan segment.

Can GAC make headway in a market that's already dominated by traditional leaders such as Honda's Civic or Toyota's Altis? Let’s find out GAC GA4 2020 Philippines review.

2. GAC GA4 2020 Exterior

The 2020 GAC GA4 creates an imposing presence, no matter what you think of its country of origin. I’ve never been a fan of chrome, but the massive shiny grille flanked by large, projector-type halogen headlights and daytime running lights work so well.

I wouldn't blame you for finding hints of Honda here and there, as this could be a result of GAC’s manufacturing partnership with the Japanese carmaker. The lower part of the bumper features triangular fog lamps housed within a smooth, chiseled chin.

GAC GA4 2020 rear view

Soft character lines along the sides meld well with the strong features on both ends of the GA4

The profile features a soft character line running across the door handles from the edge of the headlamps; nothing else breaks the monotony along the side, but you can appreciate how GAC put effort into designing those diamond-cut 17-inch alloy wheels.

The rear end continues this theme of elegance and sophistication, with red LED wishbone light strips on the arrowhead-shaped tail lights, finishing off with a subtle integrated ducktail spoiler. There are only so many words to describe the understated panache of the GAC GA4.

I'd go so far as to say that pictures don't do it justice; you'd have to see it in the metal to fully appreciate it. With this level of GAC's design quality, you can hear the mainstream brands shaking in their boots.

3. GAC GA4 2020 Review Interior

When I first climbed aboard the 2020 GA4 at MIAS 2019, I was just plain shocked at the level of kit that GAC has put into this car. Gone is the plastic smell that marred Chinese cars of old, now replaced by the aroma of leather and soft-touch materials.

The seats are made of perforated hide that breathes easier and cools faster, helping you avoid burns in case you leave the car in scorching weather. Power adjustable front seats are standard, as well as an A/C vent for the rear passengers.

Headroom at the back isn't the best though, due to the car’s sloping roofline, but it's hardly a deal-breaker for me. Trunk space is top-notch as well, with a low loading area for easy access. Tucking down the 60/40 split-fold rear seats gives you access to the cargo bay, and even expands the car's carrying capacity.

GAC GA4 2020 Interior

GAC's interior game is head and shoulders above its competitors. Everything is top-notch

The leather-wrapped steering wheel doesn’t seem to be derived from any other model, featuring convenient control buttons for hands-free communications, entertainment, and cruise control. The uniquely shaped dashboard, door panels, and armrest are made of indulgent soft-touch material.

The big surprise about the 2020 GAC GA4 interior is the presence of a power sunroof. There's a glorious 8-inch touchscreen (no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, sadly) and a push-button start, too. It's like GAC went all out in here, probably including even the kitchen sink!

4. GAC GA4 2020 Review: Engine and Performance

The GAC GA4 comes in two engine flavors: a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter mill that makes 114 hp and 150 Nm of torque, and a more powerful 1.3-liter turbocharged powerplant generating 137 hp and a 202 Nm of torque. The latter comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission that puts the power down to the front wheels, launching the car to 100 km/h from a standstill in less than 12 seconds.

Driving the GA4 around town in mostly heavy traffic, you'll thank your lucky stars that GAC gave this a 6-speed auto instead of a CVT or even a dual-clutch gearbox. The GAC GA4 engine is tuned nicely with the transmission, enabling you to downshift for more speed when necessary.

The GA4 sports independent suspension on all four corners, but don’t mistake this for a sporty car; tackle a particularly aggressive curve with the GAC GA4 2020, and the understeer and body roll will immediately make their presence felt. GAC primarily designed the car for casual city driving and the occasional highway cruise.

GAC GA4 engine

The 1.3-liter turbocharged engine makes highway cruising a piece of cake

With that in mind, driving the GA4 is a soft, relaxed affair, almost boat-like. I do wish it had higher-profile tires though, as the slim rubbers on the 17-inch alloys don't seem to agree with Metro Manila’s crater-like potholes and poorly-planned speed bumps. If you must know, the fuel economy on the GA4 is middling at best.

In heavy traffic, the GAC GA4 nets around 7-8 km/l which is not bad, something I can personally live with. A combined-cycle should see improved fuel economy though, hovering around the 10-11 km/l range. Just remember to keep the turbo from spooling during acceleration, as is the tendency of small-displacement turbocharged engines, and you'll be fine.

6. GAC GA4 2020 Philippines Review: Safety

Did I mention that GAC pretty much threw everything they had on the GA4? The safety features of this car are quite impressive. There are front and side airbags, ABS with brakeforce distribution, stability control, cruise control, electronic brake hold, hill start assist -  the list goes on. At this price range. GAC isn’t pulling any punches in sprucing up the GA4 to make it as competitive as possible. And speaking of price.

GAC GA4 2020

The GAC GA4 packs a number of safety features

6. GAC GA4 2020 Philippines Price & Variant

Model
Price
GA4 1.5 MT
₱788,000
GA4 1.3 Turbo 6-speed AT
₱988,000

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7. GAC GA4 2020 Specs

Specs
Name
2020 GAC GA4 1.3 Turbo 6-speed AT
Body Type
Dimensions
Length
4,692 mm
Width
1,805 mm
Height
1,500 mm
Wheelbase
2,660 mm
Number of seats
5
Curb Weight
1,325 kg
Engine & performance
Engine
1.3 l 4A13M1 Turbo inline-4
Number of valves
16
Fuel capacity
50 L
Transmission category
six-speed automatic
Max power
136 hp
Max torque
202 Nm
Safety features
  • Driver and front passenger airbags with side-airbags
  • Auto-Unlock on Collision
  • EBD
  • Child safety locks
  • Traction control
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Hill-start assist
  • Automatic Brake Hold
  • Back-up Camera
  • Cruise Control
Other features
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Multi-Link
Front Brake
Disc
Rear Brakes
Disc
Tire Size
205/50/R17
Keyless Entry
Yes
Push to Start Button
Yes

8. GAC GA4 2020 Philippines Review: Conclusion

I’ve been more than a little apprehensive over reviewing a Chinese car, mostly because of the horrible personal experiences I’ve had, but I took a different approach with the 2020 GAC GA4. I had no idea that GAC was a Chinese brand, and I first saw the GA4 and experienced it inside and out, imagine my astonishment.

If I were to make my first Chinese purchase, it would be this car; I’d fork over that downpayment without batting an eyelash to be quite honest. And to tell you the truth? No other car gives you the same amount of kit and performance for the price.

GAC GA4 review

This could easily be my own first Chinese-branded car

I hope you see this GAC GA4 2020 review in Philippines helpful! And don't forget to stay tuned and keep your eyes on Philkotse.com as we have more reviews news and insights in store for you!

Source: Roy Robles

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