2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited Review | Philkotse Philippines

Updated Mar 21, 2022

User's: 5.0/5 Editor's: 4.3/5
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2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited Review | Philkotse Philippines

In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Tech & Safety
  5. Engine & Performance
  6. Fuel Efficiency
  7. Verdict
  8. Variants & Price
  9. Color Options
  10. Specs

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited Review: Taking over the crossover segment

The crossover segment in the Philippines has been gaining popularity through the years. One of the reasons why is due to the influx of Chinese car brands such as Geely, MG, Chery, among others.  

Among the three, Geely Philippines is by far the car brand that has set a solid foothold when you talk about crossover vehicles. It can even be said that Geely is one of the significant players in the local market that paved the current crossover trend. Why so? Well, look at how the Geely Coolray disrupted the market. 

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Since its launch in 2019, the Coolray has been selling like hotcakes, which says a lot when you talk about putting an end to the stigma associated with Chinese cars. The strong sales performance of the Coolray also contributed to making the Geely brand a household name in the Philippines. 

In case you’re still on the ropes of getting one for yourself, read on to find out the things that this five-seater subcompact crossover brings to the table. Here’s Philkotse’s 2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited full review.

4.3/5

Geely Coolray 2022 Review

How we do our reviews
  • aesthetics
    4.5/5

    Overall exterior & Interior design, build quality, form vs function

  • Safety & Technology
    4.0/5

    Number of safety & tech features, consistency during usage

  • Performance
    4.5/5

    Power delivery, acceleration, transmission, suspension, handling

  • Comfort & Practicality
    4.0/5

    Overall Ride Comfort, Space, Storage Areas

  • Value for Money
    4.5/5

    Sticker price vs overall package

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited Exterior Review: Sunburst Gold head-turner

The Coolray that we’ve test-driven comes with the new Sunburst Gold color. The said exterior paint is exclusively available on the top-spec Sport Limited variant. The said color might not appeal to everyone but I like how it makes the Coolray stand out every time I took it out for a drive.

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited full front

Look at those sharp character lines

The exterior of the vehicle looks almost the same as other Coolray variants. Aside from the noticeable Sunburst Gold paint, the Sport Limited trim features subtle yet distinctive differences. The front end still has the same looks compared to the regular Coolray. It has the Expanding Cosmos grille with a red accent, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED foglamps. The Coolray Sport Limited also has the same angular bumper, and lip spoiler. 

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited side

Variant-exclusive 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels

The same story goes for the side profile but the Coolray Sport Limited is fitted with a set of 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels, which complements well to the Sunburst Gold exterior paint. The simplicity of the wheel design also balances out the striking color of this specific Coolray. 

Aside from the similar design cues, the Sport Limited trim still has the same dimensions compared to the regular version. It is 4,330mm long, 1,795mm wide, and 1,609mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,600mm, and a ground clearance of 196mm.

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited rear

The 2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited has an athletic stance

The rear still has the same athletic design that the Coolray is known for. It has LED taillights, a rear spoiler, quad exhaust pipes, and a diffuser. You might argue that there are not enough aesthetic changes to the Coolray Sport Limited but just like what they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited Interior Review: Modern cabin

The Geely Coolray Sport Limited has a modern-looking two-tone cabin along with a clutter-free dashboard layout that’s accented by brushed aluminum trim. 

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited interior dashboard

The Coolray comes with a modern cabin

The modern interior layout has been one of the Coolray’s strong selling points. For its price point, the cabin is integrated with materials that will give you the satisfaction of getting more than what you paid for. It also appeals to the younger demographic of car buyers since the interior has a youthful vibe to it, which is synonymous with other cars in Geely PH’s model lineup. 

The advanced and feature-rich layout is a welcome sight but it could be a bit intimidating for individuals who favor a more conventional interior. But, you do have to take note that cars available in the Philippines are starting to break up their relationship with the traditional cabin layout that most of us got accustomed to. That said, expect more touchscreen interfaces, digital displays, and even electronic vehicle controls in modern cars such as the Geely Coolray.   

The Coolray comes with a flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in leather, and it is integrated with several buttons such as Cruise Control. The Sport Limited trim also has paddle shifters in case you want to take over the shifting duties. 

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited seats and panoramic sunroof

Two-tone seats, and panoramic sunroof

One of the things that I appreciate with this Coolray is the leather seats, which have good cushioning. The seats also have a firm construction that I find good as it supports the body well when driving or when sitting as a passenger. The driver gets a six-way power-adjustable seat while the front passenger gets a manual adjustment. Another thing you’ll appreciate is the integration of the seat ventilation, a new feature that’s exclusive to the Coolray Sport Limited trim.     

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited rear seats

Adequate legroom for the rear passengers

The rear seats can accommodate up to three individuals but the leg- and elbow-room of the person seated in the middle is a bit compromised. For maximum comfort, it’s best if two individuals are seated at the back, and the leg-room is more than enough for persons standing 5’5”. I do wish that the Coolray comes with rear aircon vents but at least passengers at the back benefit from a USB port. Of note, this vehicle has a panoramic sunroof with an updated cover that’s now a tad thicker. 

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited cargo space

Loading an assortment of cargo is no problem

Another thing you’ll appreciate with the Coolray is its spacious cargo area. With 330 liters of cargo volume, loading an assortment of stuff is possible. The cargo area can accommodate a week’s supply of groceries without a problem with space to spare for other items.

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited: Tech & Safety Review

The Geely Coolray Sport Limited’s head-turning athletic exterior and modern interior layout are complemented by a lot of tech features. This is another reason why this crossover has been taking over the local market.

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited steering wheel

The Geely Coolray is indeed loaded with features

Placed right at the center of the dashboard is a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen that comes with a floating-type design. It’s like having a tablet in the center, which is a nice touch as compared to having the touchscreen smacked into the dashboard itself. 

It also has crisp icons, and it is responsive to every touch. However, I do wish that it already has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as these two contribute a lot when you talk about the overall driving experience. The Coolray does have QD Link but it doesn’t come close to the seamlessness that the Apple CarPlay delivers. 

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited rear camera

360-degree camera gives crisp images

The infotainment touchscreen transforms into a monitor for the Coolray Sport Limited’s 360-degree panoramic camera, a useful feature whenever you’re parking in tight spaces. You’ll also appreciate that this vehicle has a digital instrument cluster, which is a big plus considering the price point of the Coolray Sport Limited. The digital cluster changes interface per drive mode that includes: Eco, Normal, and Sport.   

Another trick that this Coolray variant has in its sleeve is the automated parking assist. This feature allows the Coolray to park automatically by itself in a parallel or perpendicular position with just a push of a button. 

In terms of safety, the 2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited is equipped with the following: driver and passenger airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and an anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution. It also has stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control, parking sensors, blind spot detection, and tire pressure monitoring. With that, one can consider that the Geely Coolray Sport Limited is a feature-loaded subcompact crossover.

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited: Engine & Performance Review

The Geely Coolray Sport Limited is still powered by the same 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that delivers 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to a 7-speed wet dual clutch transmission. Geely did not give the Coolray Sport Limited any power upgrades but that’s fine since this crossover already has lots of it.

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited engine

Powered by a 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine

The Coolray has a light steering feel, which helps lessen driver fatigue especially when you plan to use this crossover as your daily drive. Although I find the steering wheel a bit too light but, it gives relatively precise input. Another thing I notice is that the transmission is smooth like butter. It has no shift shock even at low gears, giving you a pleasant driving experience.

In terms of ride comfort, the Coolray continues to impress as it has a good suspension setup. It’s not too firm nor too soft, and it absorbs road impacts well. The Coolray can make driving more bearable along the dilapidated roads of EDSA. On the open highway, it is stable and planted, giving you confidence behind the wheel. The light steering wheel also gets a bit firm as you reach highway speeds.

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited front

The Sunburst Gold exterior paint makes the Coolray standout

It’s also worth noting that the Coolray has minimal body roll, and handles well when driving through tight turns. This gives the impression that this five-seater subcompact crossover is fun to drive on winding roads. 

The Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) are kept in check. Outside noise is reduced to a minimum, which is a plus considering the Coolray’s price point. What I also like is how the engine noise is kept at bay. But, you can still hear a bit of engine grunt especially in low revs or when you’re about to accelerate from a standstill, which is fine. Geely did a good job in suppressing the engine sound resulting in a quiet cabin.        

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited front shot

Crossover swag

The thing that stands out the most with the Geely Coolray is its power delivery. The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine has a notable throttle response when driven using the Normal mode. The engine is lively from the get-go, resulting in swift acceleration. The peppy engine along with the light steering feel, and the good suspension setup allows the Coolray to live up to its “Bring the Fun Back in Driving.”

In case you want a more performance-oriented drive, it has a Sport mode, which makes the default setup of the Coolray to be more sprightly as the engine revs at higher RPMs.  
On the other hand, the power delivery gets a bit sluggish when you select the Eco mode as it prioritizes a more fuel-efficient drive.

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited: Fuel Efficiency

When it comes to fuel economy, the Geely Coolray Sport Limited registered 7 to 8 km/l while being driven at an average speed of 10 to 20 km/h. On the open highway, it posted 18 km/l while driving at an average speed of 90 km/h. The said numbers are on par with its segment rivals such as the Volkswagen T-Cross

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited: Verdict

The added features such as the 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels, power tailgate with height memory function, ventilated front seats, and the variant-exclusive Sport Limited Sunburst Gold exterior paint comes with a sticker price of Php 1,218,000. In comparison, the Coolray Sport Limited is Php 20,000 more expensive than the regular Sport trim.

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited front

2022 Geely Coolray Sport Limited in Sunburst Gold exterior paint

So, is it worth the additional price tag? Well, it is worth it if you want to have a distinctly unique Coolray that’s made possible by the new Sunburst Gold exterior color, and the gloss black alloy wheels. It’s also worth the additional 20K if you’re particular with having a power tailgate, and front ventilated seats.

Regardless of which Coolray variant you choose, Geely’s subcompact crossover is one of the vehicles that should be on your shortlist when you’re shopping for a brand-new car. With its athletic exterior styling, modern cabin layout, lots of tech features, and a potent turbo engine, it’s really a no-brainer as to how and why the Geely Coolray has taken over the local market.

2022 Geely Coolray: Variants & Price

 

Geely Coolray Variants & Price in the Philippines

Geely Coolray 1.5 Comfort

Php 978,000

Geely Coolray 1.5 Premium

Php 1,088,000

Geely Coolray 1.5 Sport

Php 1,198,000

Geely Coolray 1.5 Sport Limited

Php 1,218,000

2022 Geely Coolray: Color Options

 

Geely Coolray Color Options

Orange, Vermilion, White, Silver, Blue, Cloud Blue, Sunburst Gold

2022 Geely Coolray: Specs

 

Overall

Make

Geely

Name

Coolray Sport Limited

Body Type

Subcompact Crossover

Dimensions & Weight

Lenght

4,330 mm

Width

1,795 mm

Height

1,609 mm

Wheelbase

2,600 mm

Ground Clearance

196 mm

Engine & Transmission

Type

1.5 Turbocharged 3-Cylinder

Fuel Type

Gasoline

Displacement

1,477 cc

Transmission

7-Speed Wet Dual Clutch

Horsepower

177 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

255 Nm @ 1,500-4,000 rpm

Drive Mode Selector

With

Exterior

LED Headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED foglamps

Lip front spoiler

18-inch gloss black alloy wheels

Rear spoiler

Sunburst Gold exterior paint (variant exclusive)

Interior

Seat Material

Leather

Driver Seat

Power adjust

Passenger Seat

Manual adjust

Rear Seats

60:40 Folding with Two Position Recline

Aircon

Automatic Climate Control

Screen Display

10.25-inch infotainment system with QD Link

Steering Wheel

Leather-wrapped / Tilt & Telescopic

Audio Controls

With

Cruise Control

With

Mirror Link

With

Panoramic Sunroof

With

Ventilated Front Seats

With

Power tailgate with height memory

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 Independent

Rear

Torsion Beam

Brake

Front

Disc

Rear

Disc

Parking Brake

Electronic

Brake Assist

With

Auto Brake Hold

With

Tires & Wheels

Tire Size

215 / 55 R18

Wheel Size and Type

18-inch alloy

Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar

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Martin is a BA Literature graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before being the Content Editor of Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

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