July 19, 2019 By C! Magazine Staff Words and Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2019 GAC GS4

Smooth sailing from here

In the past few years, China has been producing car models that, in my opinion, go toe-to-toe with their direct Asian competitors. The generous standard features of the car, such as the multiple drive modes, 360°-view camera assist when parking and cornering camera assist, and the energetic but frugal turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to a responsive 6-speed automatic, all offer very strong value for money.

The throttle is very sensitive so it forces the driver to be deliberately gentle. The result or reward for driving smoothly is the good fuel economy. Given my active lifestyle and that the GAC GS4 is a sub-compact crossover, I wish it had the optional AWD which would give me more confidence to drive in very wet conditions as well as allow me to go to more places that don’t have paved roads.

Having been given the opportunity to test the car for a week with daily city to city travel, I never had to refill the fuel tank and the GS4 still had just over ⅓ of fuel left of the overall capacity when GAC picked up the test unit. In the terms of fuel efficiency, the GS4 was way better than expected. The trunk is also larger than expected. When looking at the car and seeing its full body, it does not look like it would have a large trunk, but it has 450-liters of capacity with the rear seats up which can fit practically anything someone would possibly need to bring with them. I was able to load 2-sets of small football goals, several full-size balls for practice, loaded all my teammates’ bags as well as my own, and still had spare room in the trunk.

Space in the second row was also not an issue, when 3 of my football teammates, one being 6’3” and the others around 5’10”, sat in the back, they were comfortable thanks also to the rear aircon vents that kept them cool while they enjoyed the two USB ports underneath the vents to charge their smartphones. The ISOFIX mounts were very welcome too, my little 5-year old brother was able to safely enjoy the ride in his childseat. The GS4 comes standard with traction control, ABS, EBD, and multiple airbags.

The GS4 also comes with cruise control, rear parking sensors to support the multiple cameras, a start-stop ignition button, automatic door locks, steering wheel controls, smart key, branded puddle light projectors from the side mirrors, piano black interior trim, a moonroof, and two-tone leather seats. The power steering is over-assisted to the point of feeling almost completely detached from the driver however. The consolation is that parking and maneuvering in tight spots are effortless though because of it. The faux rear exhaust trim also needs to go unless GAC actually uses them like in their larger models.

There is no doubt that the GAC GS4 is an attractive small crossover that is priced competitively. It comes with a good number of standard equipment but it could be even better with some standard packaging adjustments. Despite the lifeless steering, the GS4 handles very well thanks to the fully independent suspension combined with the good-looking two-tone wheels wrapped with 215/55R18 99V XL Michelin Primacy 3ST tires. When set in Sport-mode the GS4’s acceleration will really surprise you too!

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1495 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Multi-Point Injection Intercooled Turbo
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 150 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 173 lb-ft @ 1450-4250 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 180 km/h (112 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 9.2 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 6.8 L/100 kms. overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,188,000.00
What's Great Lively, good fuel economy, fully independent suspension, good sound system, 360-degree parking & turning camera assist, comfortable seats, 11-inch vertical infotainment system with navigation and comprehensive car data.
What's Not So Over-boosted steering, only 2wd, halogen headlights, fake rear exhaust trim, way too much hard plastics, rear seats do not incline.
C! Editors Rating 8.5/10
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