So we got a 2016 Changan CS75
Absolutely no one takes Chinese cars seriously in the UAE, just like no one used to care about Korean cars a decade ago. But look what the latter has done since then. The Chinese are a taking longer, but we are starting to spot the first signs that they will become world-class players soon. And this Changan CS75 is leading the charge, from what we can see.
Styling-wise, it does not look like they’ve blatantly copied any other design, as is customary with other Chinese brands. Sure, there are some inspired styling elements, but on the whole, it is a very generic design that does not offend anybody.
Inside, the hard plastics reminded us of last-generation Hyundai/Kia crossovers, only with more modern design. However, there are still padded armrests and such, and there is no shortage of tech, with touch controls, a good stereo and what not.
Space is excellent, offering more rear legroom than a 5-seater Land Rover Discovery Sport, and just as much boot space. There’s no option for a third row, but in these compact crossovers, they’re irrelevant anyway.
Aside from one or two shabby bits that put its build quality on par with American cars, the level of refinement and feeling of solidity is what surprised us the most. And it drives just as well as any Korean car. More on that in the full review.