Motoring Review: The New GAC GA4 1.5 Litre Sedan
The GA4 is the latest large-but-compact sedan from the busy factories of GAC Motor, one of the largest Chinese auto manufacturers, supported and sold in Qatar by DOMASCO from its GAC showroom on Salwa Road.
GAC is increasingly popular in Qatar and its fleet includes saloons/sedans like the GA4, large SUVs like the GS7 and GS8, compact SUVs like the GS3 and GS4, plus the luxurious large sedan GA8 and the super-luxurious one-of-a-kind GN8.
The GA4 is no ordinary family sedan. With six-airbag protection, and widest-in-class in-cabin space from head to toe; this ingenious design boasts quality and charm. #GACMOTOR #GA4 #Sedan #CarDesign #CarLifestyle #UrbanCar #CarsWithoutLimits
Posted by GAC Motor on Thursday, 16 January 2020
All GAC models look and feel strongly built, well-finished as a quality product, and driver-friendly. The GA4 is a good-looking compact (but large!) sedan in the classic tradition. It is impressive how all the GAC models achieve international standards of quality; literally every new car seems to bring with it higher levels of fit and finish. The GA4 continues this tradition perfectly and, backed by Domasco’s trustworthy service, promises a good user experience.
DESIGN & STYLE The new GAC GA4 is a classic beauty. It surprises with its large and impressive proportions – you do get a lot of car for your money! It is well built, too, with a polished luxury look. Raising the appeal level, and adding an air of sportiness, the elegant GA4 has several eye-catching chromed parts such as its wide, three-slat grille and the strips that connect the triangular LED fog lamps, underline the windows, and flank the reflectors at the rear bumper. Like on expensive German cars, good chromework adds a touch of class.
COMFORT & SPACE It’s easy to see why the GA4 is successful: impressive and large on theoutside, the interior will also surprise you.
The GA4 is classed as a compact car, meaning it competes directly with many other sedans from all manufacturers.
In fact, it’s bigger in overall dimensions and it shows, with its large trunk and doors that open really wide to give easy access to the very spacious interior. When you’re driving or just sitting comfortably you’re pretty much sitting in a near-luxurious vehicle without having to pay a heavy price tag. Some people think there may be a catch, like how can you get so much car, and such a good finish, for such an economical price. But there is no trick: GAC, as a Chinese company, has many advantages at this moment in time and we should take advantage while we can.
And enjoy the 8-inch fully-colour LCD touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and great sound from up to six speakers. Materials look good and are touch-friendly, including the luxurious leather seats. There are 18 personalised storage spaces so obviously plenty of them and convenient to reach, plus independent air outlets for the rear-seat passengers who also have USB ports for charging their devices.
Even forgetting the bargain price, this is a truly deluxe, top-quality interior which accommodates five adults and their belongings in comfort. For the price of a compact, GAC offer you the ‘big-car-feel’ of a large and very comfortable family transport.
POWER & PERFORMANCE The GA4 drives perfectly well in Doha traffic with sufficient acceleration and torque from the 1.5 litre powerful engine; the brakes are smooth and powerful, too. It’s also quiet and restful for driver and passengers when cruising, whether in the city or on the new highways springing up around the city. For those who are careful with money, there’s an ECO mode which will save you (more) money on petrol.
TRANSMISSION Smooth four-speed automatic with switchable Eco mode
MAX POWER 113 hp (84 kW) @ 6,000 rpm.
MAX TORQUE 150 Nm (111 lb-ft) @ 4,500 rpm.
SAFETY & SECURITY Latest technology seat belts and airbags, of which there are six airbags (front, side and curtain), ISOFIX child safety seat anchors; electronic stability programme ESP 9.1 by Bosch combines multiple safety systems like ABS, EBD and TCS; hill-start hold control; electronic parking brake with autohold; wide-angle rear view camera; remote key for passive entry and passive start, tyre pressure monitoring system; electric power steering; cruise control; plus high strength safe body design, plus much more.
Guangzhou Automobile Group, the parent company of GAC Motor, is a partner with leading international brands building cars for the Chinese market. In 2018, and for six consecutive years now, GAC Motor has been rated ‘Top Brand’ among Chinese producers in the JD Power Quality Study and the brand is now increasingly visible in international markets like Qatar.
GAC Motor is represented in Qatar by DOMASCO, a long-time leader in the automobile business. There are modern servicing facilities, and DOMASCO has the widest choices for buyers to choose a plan to suit their needs, whether purchase or leasing; check it out, you may get an offer you can’t refuse.
The GAC showroom on Salwa Road is opposite HSBC bank. The friendly staff will explain all you need to know or arrange a test drive of the GA4 or any of the stylish cars and SUVs made by GAC.
Call 4424 8989 to make an appointment or visit their website here.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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