April 24, 2014
Chery FulwinMonday, December 2, 2013
A well-equipped compact vehicle
During its brief time in the country, Chinese car-maker Chery has bet on the market’s most competitive segment with its Fulwin model, a hatchback that stands out with its pleasant design, comfort and the incorporation of double airbags and ABS as standard.
I was able to test drive the Fulwin, whose attractive exterior is the work of Italian studio Torino Design, which gives the car an identity of its own. The vehicle is 4.13 metres long, 1.68 wide, 1.49 tall and has a wheelbase distance of 2.527 metres.
The Fulwin has a modern design in harmony with other Chery models. It has wide and pronounced bumpers that showcase the brand’s logo, as well as a ribbed V-shaped bonnet. A beehive grill increases the influx of air and reduces the aerodynamics coefficient. The front headlights have a boomerang shape and are electronically adjustable, bringing about an aggressive presence. The robustness of the rear is accentuated by taillights based on a tree-dimension concept.
The 15-inch rims have a pleasant design and are encased in Giti Comfort 228 model tyres with a 185/60 R15 measure.
Regarding equipment, the Chery Fulwin is a very complete car. The interior includes electrically adjustable windows with a one-touch system, remote control locking, CD, MP3, four speakers, and air conditioning. The front seats are manually adjustable, the steering wheel’s height is also adjustable and there is a large amount of slots to place objects.
Without doubt, one of its strongest aspects is its spaciousness, with good space in the back row and a 380-litre trunk making the Fulwin stand out in the segment.
An ACTECO engine developed by Austrian company AVL is responsible for driving the vehicle’s 1,275kg forward. The engine has 1.497cc, four lined up cylinders, a double overhead camshaft and 16 valves, and is capable of 107HP at 6,000 rpm. Response is solid even at low revolutions, with a maximum torque of 140 Nm at 3,000 rpm, so it logically moves in a more agile manner.
The weight/power relationship weighs in at about 11.9kg per horse power. Top speed is 168 kilometres per hour, with a 0 to 100kmph acceleration achieved in 12 seconds.
Two thousand eight hundred rpm are required to drive at 100kmph, with a consumption rate of 5.91/100km, while at 120kmph the rpm rises to 3,200 and consumption to 7.41/100km. These are very good numbers for a vehicle that weighs 1,200kg.
Driving is very comfortable, facilitated by a manual and precise six-speed gearbox with smooth gear changes.
With regard to safety, the Fulwin includes double front airbags, ABS and EBD brakes, front anti-fog headlights, and an alert for the driver to use his seatbelt.
The final equation is positive for the Fulwin, which stands out as a quality product due to its equipment and mechanics. It has enough in its arsenal to secure its own share of the B segment. Its aggressive price makes it very competitive against the competition. The Chery Fulwin has a two-year or 60,000 kilometre warranty.