Driving home a winner. Test drive and review of the Geely GL and GS.

By Mark Andrews

South China Morning Post. 18/02/2017

Geely packs quality with a little added fun in Emgrand Chinese auto major stands out from the rest of the pack with its high-riding family car

In Europe in the 1980s, hot hatches were all the rage. There was the Ford Escort XR3i, VW Golf GTI and the tiny Peugeot 209 GTI. These pocket rockets offered enough performance to rattle a supercar at the traffic lights while based on an otherwise mundane small family hatchback.

China, of course, missed out on all the fun, and until recently performance models were strictly import only. Geely had a go at producing a sports car with the Beauty Leopard, in 2003, but didn’t have an engine to match the looks. Brilliance had a more coherent attempt with its Coupe, but it was ahead of its time. It wasn’t until Volkswagen started producing the Golf GTI locally that they started to gain more acceptance.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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