Who doesn’t love an affordable and practical SUV coupè? The brand new Changan CS85 is a 7-seat family vehicle and is related to the smaller CS55. Manufactured by the Chinese brand, it has gained a lot of attention. The best place in UAE to buy used cars in Dubai aka CarSwitch, has covered the review of the car in this article.
How it drives
Not only does the Changan CS85 look great, it also drives well. The drive quality is smooth and comfortable. Since it is powered by a 2 liter turbocharged engine which offers 233 hp and 360 Nm of torque, higher figures than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it is no wonder then that the drive performance is anything short of brilliant.
The engine is paired to a 8-speed automatic transmission which pumps power to the front wheels. This transmission is created by the company AISIN which produces gearboxes for upscale manufacturers like Porsche, Lexus and Lotus apart from many others. The speed and acceleration are also highly impressive.
View of the inside
The ambience of the interior is pleasing and attractive. A bold switchgear, shiny chrome trim and a crystal clear infotainment system are the best parts of the interior. As opposed to the dark exterior, the black and red color combination is aesthetic.
The cruise is well mounted and overall the space is comfortable. At the center of the dashboard, a 12.3 inches touchscreen is located. Everything feels solid with the leather seats. The seats offer cooling and heating. An 8-way power adjustment is given to the driver whereas a 4-way power adjustment is offered to the passengers.
The right balance between ride quality and body control is achieved. Noise levels are suppressed giving a quiet and poised cabin feel. Elegant design details and bits of hard plastic are spread on the inside.
Both the driver and passengers can adjust different temperatures of the AC system due to the dual zone climate control system. Even though it is an SUV coupè, sufficient headroom and legroom is found in the seat rows. At the back, USB charging port, AC vents and cup holders are available.
Features and functions
No compromise has been made on this aspect. Almost each and every feature can be found such as an ambient lighting system, a panoramic sunroof, an 8 speaker audio system and a push start button.
You can also link the smartphone to a camera at the front and the infotainment screen by using the Mirror Link function. The camera also allows you to record the travel on the SD card. In other words, it is basically an inbuilt dash cam which is extremely innovative.
The adaptive cruise control is smooth and the parking skills includes an automated parallel plus perpendicular parking and 360-degree cameras. Moreover, the driver does not have to be inside the car to park it because the parking button on the remote offers to do that.
When this vehicle first came out, everyone thought it looked very similar to the BMW X4. Although it is correct, the similarity is only visible from a few angles. At the front, a very distinct and unique style is seen having a lot of chrome at the grille and bumper. The wipers are made from Bosch.
This layout is flanked by a sequence of LED daytime running lights and automatic LED headlights. The overall bodywork is masculine and bold specifically more at the rear area due to the abundance of sharp lines.
On the back, 4 working chrome exhaust pipes and wraparound LED taillights are given. If there is someone who does not want the black body, other colors are also available which are purple, red, grey and blue.
Much more customization can be done as well. As for the wheels, they are 19 inches big and made of alloy with black paint.
Wrapping it up
With the Changan CS85, the Chinese automaker has definitely made a solid impression on the industry. Changan absolutely has not held back on any aspect of detail of this SUV coupè. If more vehicles as practical and commendable as CS85 are delivered, Chinese brands will build a stronger reputation for themselves. It is available at just AED 131,000 which is highly affordable.