2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury Review | Philkotse Philippines

Updated Aug 12, 2020
Editor's rating 4.0
Redefining the compact crossover game – and a Chinese brand at that.

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury: Redefining the compact crossover game

Coming off from the Coolray’s notable sales performance in the local market, Geely Philippines introduced the five-seater compact crossover Azkarra last May. Aside from expanding its local model lineup to two models, Geely PH obviously wanted to take advantage of the Coolray’s momentum and hope that it will somehow transition to its bigger sibling, the Azkarra. However, the Azkarra has a huge hole to fill as the Coolray is selling like hotcakes since its launch in the country. 

In fact, last June, the Coolray sold more units as compared to four car companies combined. Yup. Four. Car. Companies. Combined. You can’t blame the local market for being captivated with the Coolray though since it is a car that comes with striking exterior design, premium-looking cabin, and bang-for-the-buck safety and tech features. 

With that, we asked Geely PH to lend us an Azkarra to see if it has what it takes to perform or outperform the Coolray in terms of design, features, technology, and ultimately sales. We got hold of the top-spec 2020 Azkarra Luxury variant. Here is Philkotse’s Geely Azkarra review.

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury Mild Hybrid Crossover | In the Metal

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury Review: Exterior

The 2020 Geely Azkarra has a bold and composed stance. It’s a vehicle that features the right dose of no-nonsense design along with distinctive details that give a premium look.

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The 2020 Geely Azkarra is a premium-looking compact crossover

The large black grille of this vehicles is accented by chrome trims that are not exaggerated. Instead, the chrome trims complement well to the Azkarra’s black grille, and further highlights its embossed finish.

Then, you have the sharp-looking headlights that are integrated with daytime running lights that further adds to its composed and premium look. Again, you can see chrome or silver trim accents on the bumper. But they’re subtle and blend well to the whole design of the fascia.

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The Azkarra comes with a Euro car vibe

Moving on to the side, the 2020 Azkarra has this European car vibe going on. It has straight character lines that run from front to the back. Still evident are the subtle splashes of chrome trims that complements the overall side profile of the vehicle.

The fender flares, on the other hand, add muscle to the Geely Azkarra model. For us, the most attention-seeking design to the Azkarra’s side is attributed to the two-tone wheels, which give the vehicle extra style points.

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury

It looks awesome from front to back

The rear looks great as well. The wraparound taillights, chrome bar accent, spoiler, and bulky bumper complete the Azkarra’s bold and composed look.

In addition, the dual exhaust pipes give the Azkarra a pinch of a sporty appeal. Overall, the exterior design of the 2020 Azkarra is awesome. We can’t put a finger on what we don’t like about its exterior.

Compared to the Coolray, the Azkarra features a more mature design, and it’s like an individual that’s already set for life and preparing to settle down. The Coolray, on the other hand, is the younger, carefree version.

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2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury Review: Interior

If you like the exterior as much as we do, then this top-spec 2020 Geely Azkarra interior could be the haymaker for you to decide that you want to have this car.

The interior of the Azkarra is plush and is without a doubt premium-looking, which could go head-to-head with its segment rivals such as the Mazda CX-5. However, if you ask us, this 2020 Azkarra arguably has the best-in-class cabin.

2020 Geely Azkarra Interior

Best-in-class interior cabin?

Once you open the door, you’ll be greeted by a two-tone interior theme of tan and black. The cabin also comes with splashes of silver and glossy black trims, which goes well with the cabin’s overall theme. The 2020 Azkarra Luxury variant features Nappa leather seats that come in light brown, which plays a huge role in making the interior look premium and give you that Euro car feels.

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The Azkarra's two-tone interior theme is stylish

The leather seats at the front, specifically the driver’s seat, is comfortable to sit at as it hugs you and puts you in place during the duration of your drive.

It has an electronic seat adjustment with lumbar support that allows you to set your preferred position easier. It also comes with a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel that’s integrated with audio controls, among others.

The dashboard design, as well as the center console up to the center armrest, comes with an intricate design. It’s like a one fluid motion that creates a seamless look that starts from the Azkarra’s massive 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system to the gear lever and up to the center armrest. You have to pat Geely on the back for coming up with an awesome design.

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Look at that massive 12.3-inch touchscreen

With that in mind, the Azkarra’s touchscreen is one of the stars of this vehicle’s interior. It doesn’t just look massive but it also makes the Geely Azkarra 2020 look elegantly smart.

While the touchscreen is a welcome sight, we think that it could be too intimidating for individuals who are not that techie.

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What a view

The 2020 Azkarra also comes with a panoramic sunroof for that added premium feel. The rear seats of this vehicle can accommodate up to three individuals. However, to experience full comfort, seating two people behind is the way to go.

Rear leg- and head-room is generous, and two people standing 5’8” below will certainly have a comfortable time at the back. Cargo space is also decent and could fit an assortment of items such as four overnight bags, three to four medium-sized luggage, a week’s supply of groceries, among others.

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury Review: Technology

The Geely Azkarra comes with a ton of tech features. One of which is, as said earlier, the massive 12.3-inch touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The said touchscreen is responsive to every touch and comes with display icons that look stylish.

The Azkarra is also integrated with cameras placed around its exterior, which gives you a 360-degree panoramic view of the vehicle’s surroundings. It’s like having a bird’s eye view of what’s in front, at the back, and at the side of the Azkarra.

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury

Geely Azkarra's 360-degree panoramic view

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury Review: Safety

Safety-wise the Azkarra is not lagging as it is equipped with a bunch of features. It has dual front airbags as well as side and side curtain airbags.

You’ll also feel confident while you’re on the road since this vehicle comes with an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control, stability control, hill start assist, and hill descent control. Clearly, the Azkarra is a vehicle that looks stylish and loaded with safety and tech goodies.

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury Review: Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the Azkarra is powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, similar to the one fitted to the Coolray, which delivers 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque. This top-spec Azkarra though comes with a 48V Electric Motor Synergy (EMS), a mild-hybrid electric system in simpler terms.

With the EMS, the Azkarra Luxury variant gets an additional 13 hp and 45 Nm of torque, pushing the maximum power output to 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque. It comes with four drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Off-road.

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury engine

The Geely Azkarra has a power output rating of 190 hp and 300 Nm of torque

The Azkarra drives well and it delivers power whenever you need it. It absorbs the city’s dilapidated roads, has good forward visibility, and comes with a light steering feel. Moreover, the steering wheel design makes the Azkarra fun to drive as it helps you steer the vehicle more comfortably when you’re making a turn or when you’re parking.

Since this vehicle comes with a mild-hybrid system, we anticipated on how this technology will work. In case you’re unfamiliar, one of the features of a mild-hybrid system is the engine start/stop, which shuts off the power unit when you’re in a full stop.

This is similar to how Geely’s EMS system works, but the Chinese car brand made it a bit different. According to Geely, its EMS or the mild-hybrid system shut off the Azkarra’s engine when you slow down and reach the speed of below 15 km/h. This in theory helps you yield better fuel economy.

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury front quarter

This compact crossover delivers decent fuel consumption ratings

However, during our time with the Azkarra, we only experienced its mild-hybrid system coming to work on a few occasions. We were quite expecting it to be activated more often as we drove this Azkarra around the city. What we got is that it sometimes works when we come to a complete stop but sometimes it doesn’t.

The same thing goes when we reduce our speed and lift our foot off the accelerator pedal. As a whole, the mild-hybrid system of the Azkarra is not consistent. On the brighter side, Geely’s mild-hybrid system previews the future possibility of this technology.

Despite that, this Azkarra still registered decent fuel economy figures. During our drive around the city, the Azkarra yielded 8.6 km/l while driving at an average speed of 18 km/h. with the Comfort drive mode engaged.

On more bearable and moderate traffic, the Azkarra posted 10.7 km/l while driving at an average speed of 40 km/h with the Eco drive mode engaged. Overall, the Azkarra delivers a reasonable fuel economy despite the inconsistencies of its EMS mild-hybrid system.

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2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury Review: Conclusion

As a whole, the Azkarra is a capable five-seater crossover that can easily take you to places. Compared to the Coolray, the Azkarra is the mature version of the two.

It’s a vehicle that comes with a more subtle design but a more premium-looking stye. Technology-wise, it’s a close call, we wished that the Azkarra also comes with the self-parking tech found on the Coolray.

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The Azkarra is a solid addition to Geely PH's model lineup

So, will the Azkarra sell like hotcakes? It could. However, we think that it can’t outperform the sales performance achieved by the Coolray.

But, on the other hand, the Azkarra is definitely a solid addition to Geely PH’s local lineup and we believe that it is redefining the compact crossover game.

The Azkarra and the Coolray give Geely PH a one-two punch model combo that has no other intention but to throw strong and accurate punches to make its presence felt even further in the local market.

2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury Review: Price and Variants

Geely Azkarra price in the Philippines - 2020

Variants
Price
Geely Azkarra Premium 2WD
Php 1,438,000
Geely Azkarra Luxury 4WD
Php 1,598,000

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2020 Geely Azkarra Luxury Review: Specs

Overall
Make
Geely
Name
Azkarra Luxury
Body Type
Compact Crossover
Dimensions & Weight
Lenght
4,544 mm
Width
1,831 mm
Height
1,713 mm
Wheelbase
2,670 mm
Engine & Transmission
Type
1.5TD Turbocharged, 3-Cylinder, DOHC with EMS
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Displacement
1,477 cc
Turbo
With Intercooler
Transmission
7-Speed Wet Dual Clutch
Drivetrain
4WD
Horsepower
190 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque
300 Nm @ 1,500-4,000 rpm
Drive Mode Selector
With
Steering
Gear Type
Rack & Pinion
Power Steering
Electric Power Steering
Steering Wheel Material
Urethane
Steering Wheel Controls
With (Mode, Volume, & Channel)
Steering Wheel Adjustment
Tilt
Exterior
Rear Spoiler
With
Outer Door Handles
Body Color with Chome Accent
Sideview Mirrors
Power Fold with Puddle Lamps and Turn Signal
Antenna
Shark's Fin
Interior
Seat Material
Nappa Leather
Driver Seat
6-Way Power
Passenger Seat
4-Way Manual Adjust
Rear Seats
60:40 Folding with Two Position Recline
Wireless Charging
With
Console Storage
With Cooling
Aircon
Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
Audio
8 Speakers
Screen Display
12.3-Inch, 720p, Phone Interaction
Power Steering
Electric with 3 Modes
Adjustment
Tilt & Telescopic
Audio Controls
With
Cruise Control
With
Mirror Link
With
Safety & Security
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
With
Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
With
Dual SRS Airbags
With (Driver & Front Passenger)
Front Row Side Airbag
With
Side Curtain
With
Traction Control
With
Electronic Stability Control
With
Hill Descent Control
With
Hill Start Assist (HSA)
With
Suspension
Front
MacPherson Strut
Rear
Multi-Link
Brake
Front
Ventilated Disc
Rear
Disc
Parking Brake
Electronic
Brake Assist
With
Auto Brake Hold
With
Tires & Wheels
Tire Size
225 / 60 R18
Wheel Size and Type
18-inch Aluminum
Spare Tire
Space Saver

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Author

Martin Aguilar

Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. Aside from his interest in cars, he loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball (note: video game only), eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.

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