Zhonghua Sedan Review

2004 Zhonghua Sedan 1.6L from China

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carToyota VIOS

Summary:

Good alternative to many of the (overpriced) Japanese brands

Faults:

With the exception of one of the radio buttons falling off, nothing has gone wrong with this vehicle.

General Comments:

I purchased this vehicle in 2004. At the time, the price was about 20% cheaper than a comparable Buick Century vehicle in China. I had some initial doubts and skepticism about the vehicle, as Zhonghua is a relatively new automaker, even here in China.

In any event, the Zhonghua has proven to be a considerably better vehicle than my previous car, a Toyota VIOS. The displacement of the engine is on the low side, being at 1.6L, but this is sufficient for city driving in most Chinese cities, where speeds rarely reach beyond 60km/h.

In terms of fit and finish, the vehicle is well put together, and even after 35,000 km of driving in some of the most potholed roads in Asia, the car is still rattle free.

One complaint though, is the relatively low quality of the leather interior, which does not feel as soft as some of the other cars I've seen.

The car has been VERY reliable, and has never left me stranded. A very good effort by a new manufacturer! Incidently, Zhonghua is also the licensed contractor for manufacturing the BMW 5-series in China, so I guess their quality control systems must be sufficiently up to snuff, in order to warrant BMW's willingness to have them as a sub-contractor...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2005

19th Jun 2005, 06:18

I haven't had the opportunity to drive a Zhonghua automobile, but I have ridden in a few and must say they're impressive. It is a very large automobile with presence comfing from the Italian Pininfarina design. The car is soft and cushy, but can be floaty at times. I consider it an attractive Chinese Buick. Early Hyundais were very unreliable and cheap, incomparable to the 25000-32000USD Zhonghuas.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review