There are over 24 popular Chinese car brands available in the global car market. However, not all of these vehicles are popularly driven in Nigeria. In fact, Japanese car brands have always dominated the Nigerian car industry, and it’s only recently that Chinese cars are beginning to gain a lot of attention.
As such, the two popular Chinese car manufacturers whose vehicles are becoming popular in Nigeria are Changan and Geely.
In this article, we share the top cars from these car brands you can buy in Nigeria today.
- Geely Coolray
Geely Coolray is a popular compact SUV manufactured by the Chinese automaker Geely. The Geely Coolray is a subcompact crossover vehicle that is manufactured by a Philippine automobile company. The vehicle was first launched in the Philippines and three variants were released which are Comfort, Premium, and Sport.
A single power plant is available for all the trim levels with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine. The engine produces 177 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. It is built off Volvo’s BMA platform.
The way the Geely Coolray drives is what car owners will love the most. The amount of power it delivers with every accelerator input is quite impressive. The Coolray comes with a lot of technological features. The build quality is also something to like especially when it is seen close up.
The only problem is the manual downshifting which has a bit of a delay and it spoils the fact that the vehicle could have been great. Also, the fact that the vehicle does not have rear AC vents makes the fuel consumption more even with heavy traffic.
- Geely MK
If you are operating on a limited budget, then the Geely MK sedan is the appropriate vehicle you should purchase. The vehicle uses a 1.5-litre engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox that has been proven to be solid. The sedan which has a build like the BMW has good performance and is affordable for buyers.
The Geely MK 1.5 is truly a car for the budget-conscious. At that price, you are getting yourself a car that will transport you, your family, and your bags (thanks to its large boot space) to your destination quite comfortably and quickly. At the same time, you get a fair share of safety equipment like SRS airbags, ABS, and front disc brakes.
Other features include privacy glass and a factory sound system with a CD player, which also comes in standard with the car. Even with all its flaws the Geely is a car that is easy to drive and maneuver but will it last? That remains to be seen.
- Changan Uni-K
The Changan Uni-K is one of the most popular vehicles from the Changan Chinese automaker. The 2023 model of this vehicle stands out especially, as it goes toe-to-toe with other popular brands like Toyota midsize SUVs like the RAV4.
The Changan Uni-k is a mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by Changan since 2020 with the 1st generation being the same generation as the 2023 model. The Changan Uni-k 2023 is available in 2 trims, which are Limited Elite and is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
The exterior features of the vehicle include the front features a huge front grille, LED headlights, daytime running lights, and front fog lights. The sides feature 21-inch wheels with 265/45 tires, electrically retractable body-coloured door handles, body-coloured power folding, and adjustable side mirrors with turn signals. The rear of the Changan Uni-k 2023 features LED taillights, rear fog lights, 4 exhaust tips, cargo access, and a roof spoiler.
In the interior, owners will find features that include leather seats, multifunctional leather steering wheel, adjustable driver and front passenger seats, foldable rear seats, front centre armrest with storage and cupholders, ambient lighting, power windows, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control with AC vents.
The technological features in the Changan Uni-K and the infotainment shows off a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, 3.5, 10.25, or 9.2-inch connected info cluster, navigation system, Bluetooth, voice command, and a Sony 12-speaker sound system.
- Changan CS75 Plus
Changan has another model that’s becoming popular in Nigeria. This particular vehicle was modelled to look like the Lexus luxury ride, as is evident in its features. According to critics, the CS75 Plus is the most stylish model in Changan’s lineup. The vehicle has an aggressive styling, and thin, swept-back headlamps paired with the wide grille give the SUV a sporty appeal.
The interior is adorned with a plethora of red leather, from the dashboard to the side panels, centre console, and seats. The interior of the cabin is well designed with plenty of legroom and headroom for passengers.
In the engine category, the CS75 Plus is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged gasoline mill that generates 178hp and 265Nm of torque. This is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels.
Chinese cars in Nigeria are yet to outnumber or get more popular than Japanese brands like Toyota and Honda or Korean brands like Hyundai. However, the Chinese car market in Nigeria is gradually thriving and if you’re looking for some of the models to consider, the above-listed cars should be on your list.