[YesAuto Professional Evaluation] The first impression of Dodge Coolway is its domineering appearance and large body, but after in-depth contact, you will find that it is not the brave group of rams raised by Dodge. It may not be the protagonist in “Fast and Furious 5” with the treasury running around the street, but it is definitely a good hand at home travel.
● Appearance size
At present, there are not many 7-seat SUVs within 300,000 on the market, and imported ones are even rarer. Kuwei is undoubtedly the most individual one. Compared with mainstream Japanese and Korean rivals, it is more masculine, and its brand and imported identity are more attractive.
The name Kuwei is very silly, and it can be considered to match its appearance, but it is not a ruthless character on the road. It is the right use for it to take the family to enjoy life.
The configuration of this Cool Wei introduced into the country is different from any model in the US market. Its configuration level is comparable to that of the top models in the US market, but the power and transmission system are still 2.4L front-wheel drive, which is tailored for the Chinese. Custom-made high-configuration, low-power models.
● Central control interior
Compared with the old models, the interior of the Coolway has been improved in quality. Not only the design is more fashionable, but also the workmanship, materials and configuration have also been greatly improved. The center console is all covered with soft-touch materials, and the joints between the components are handled fairly well, and the configuration is not lost to Japanese and Korean opponents of the same level.
There are many highlights in the central control. The new multimedia system based on the 8.4-inch touch screen is exactly the same as the US version, and it should be a directly finished product. The advantage of using the original car's multimedia system is that the system and the car are highly compatible. Not only can the audio and navigation be operated on the screen, but also the air conditioning and seat heating system can be directly operated. This is comparable to those temporarily installed in a Chinese port at a domestic port. Imported cars need to be more sincere.
● Ride experience
The second-row seats of Cooway have a wealth of adjustment methods, which also allows limited space to be allocated more reasonably. In this regard, the fine Japanese used to lead, but now, the Americans are not bad at all.
Many of the potential buyers of Cooway come for its 7-seater practicality. Let's see if it can comfortably seat 7 passengers.
The space experience is basically satisfactory. Even if the height of the three rows of passengers in the front, middle and back reaches 182cm, Coolway can move through the seat to arrange a comfortable ride for everyone, and the treatment of the passengers in the rear two rows is not bad. There are a lot of air-conditioning outlets, audio-visual systems, and storage compartments. Even long-distance travel will not feel torment.
● Storage space
The daily storage compartment design of Coolway is very rich and practical. The four door panels are equipped with cup holders and storage compartments, and the two opening methods of the central armrest box also improve the convenience of daily use. Under the co-pilot seat cushion and the second-row floor, Coolway also designed a hidden storage compartment, which can definitely meet the storage needs of a family outing.
The trunk has different performances in the three states. With the third row of seats open, the rear row is only 340mm deep and can only simply put a few backpacks; the storage capacity of the other two states is very good , To carry 7 people or to carry luggage, this is also the choice faced by most 7-seater models, but fortunately this situation is not common.
The most significant change of the new Couwei is the redesign of the power system. The old 2.7-liter V6 engine is no longer in use, and replaced by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine and a 3.6-liter V6 engine. The 2.4-liter model must be the main force of sales. It was jointly developed by Chrysler, Mitsubishi of Japan and Hyundai of South Korea. It uses all-aluminum material and DVVT variable valve timing technology. The maximum power is 125 kW (170 HP) and the maximum torque is 220 N. ·M, matched with it is a 6-speed automatic manual gearbox.
The engine is somewhat similar to the style of Japanese and Korean models, and the throttle response is very sensitive at the beginning, so it doesn't seem to be strenuous at the start, and it even feels quite light. At the same time, the gearbox also actively cooperates, try to use low gears in exchange for enough torque, usually rarely see the gearbox upshifts below 2500rpm, and when cruising, it will immediately downshift and increase the speed as long as you lightly step on the accelerator. Appears very hard.
If you don't pursue fun, but just drive gently, you will find that the performance of this power system is actually satisfactory. It is very smooth, without experiencing power bursts and shifting frustrations, giving people a sense of ease and stability, showing the indifferent kind of indifference, and it is very suitable for relaxing and comfortable long-distance travel.
Of course, using a 2.4L engine to drive a car body with a curb weight of more than 1.8 tons is destined to be hardly exciting. The mid-stage acceleration performance of this car is average, even if the engine is fully output, there will be no obvious push back feeling, and the overall trend is flat. For those who like to seek fun, it is a bit boring.
Cooway’s steering wheel feedback is moderate, weakening most of the road feel, and the body's response to steering is also very gentle, which is very easy to control. The suspension adjustment is generally soft, carefully filtering road vibrations, while retaining some support, to avoid the erratic feeling of riding a boat. Like the power system, this chassis does not provide any passion elements, everything is mainly comfortable.
As an SUV, the minimum ground clearance of 182 mm is not very high, but it is completely fine to cope with the daily road conditions in the city. It is a pity that the 2.4L model is not equipped with a four-wheel drive system, it is only front-wheel drive, and the range of activities is limited to a certain extent. Consumers who like to climb mountains can only regret it.
● 0-100km/h acceleration test
The engine started at 2500rpm. When starting, the front wheels would briefly break through the ground and make a scream. The low-speed torque was not bad, but this brave momentum was fleeting, the tires quickly returned to calm, and the whole car gradually stabilized in a very stable state. Accelerate, our measured 0-100km/h acceleration time is 12.5 seconds, which is quite satisfactory for an urban SUV.
● 100-0km/h brake test
The full braking attitude is better than expected. The suspension controls the body well, and there is no excessive forward tilt. Unfortunately, the final result did not bring us any surprises. The average braking distance of 100-0km/h is 43.75 meters, which belongs to the ordinary passing level.
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● Fuel consumption test
In the fuel consumption test, we drove the Kuwei for a total of 121 kilometers, of which 30% were heavily congested, and the rest were normal urban roads and some loops. The average speed was about 35 km/h. This is a relatively large city. Better road conditions. In the end, this car consumed a total of 12.98 liters of No. 93 (Beijing No. 92) gasoline, with an average fuel consumption of 10.73 liters/100 kilometers, and its performance was basically satisfactory. It must be said that if the average speed is reduced to about 30 kilometers per hour, the fuel consumption may reach about 12 liters/100 kilometers.
Reasonable fuel consumption reference values (non-rigid indicators) given by us for each class of models
Purely economical minicars: no more than 7 liters/100 kilometers
Small car/hybrid: no more than 8 liters/100 kilometers
Compact/light SUV: no more than 10 liters/100 kilometers
Medium-sized car/medium-sized SUV: no more than 12 liters/100 kilometers
Other models: no more than 15 liters/100 kilometers
In general, the advantages of Cooway are mainly reflected in its large and flexible 7-seat space and many user-friendly detailed designs. But on the other hand, it has basically no progress in terms of performance, and even the power specifications have been reduced. It is gratifying that the price of the new car is a bit cheaper than the old model. This is a bargain for consumers who do not pay attention to power performance. transaction.
Kuwei 2013 2.4L two-wheel drive premium edition
At present, its biggest competitor in the market is the Toyota Highlander. Compared with competitors, the advantage of Cooway lies in its rich storage space and variable seat combination; the disadvantage is that it is an imported car, which is definitely not as good as the domestic Highlander in terms of cost performance. In addition, Coway has only two models on the market. Consumers have limited choices.
Of course, fewer models also avoid the possibility of selection barriers. There is no doubt that the Zhishang version with a guide price of 274,900 is more cost-effective. Compared with the premium version we tested today, it only lacks navigation, DVD, built-in hard disk and reversing image. And other functions, other various seat and storage functions and safety configurations are retained. If you still think it is expensive, then you might as well take a look at another model called “Fiat Feiyue”. In fact, it has changed the standard Kuwei, the configuration is simplified, and the price is lower.
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