well, where to start.
built by Chery in China from 2008-2015, prototype displayed in 2006.
designed by Italian design house Pininfarina (head designer unknown) as a 5 door hatch or 4 door sedan.
Australian market vehicles were imported by Ateco Industries, and all 5 door hatchbacks.
certainly not offensive in the styling stakes, compared to other Chinese cars, hidden rear door handles are a neat touch.
only thing lacking is a rear wiper.
headlights do a good job. only runs cheap H7 bulbs, so easily upgradable if i desire.
whilst the layout of the dials and switches is fine almost, the boot release button is in an odd spot to the right of the hazard switch in the centre stack and the fuel door release is under the dash on the right hand side, however the materials used are the hardest material known to man short of a diamond.
basically, the interior is good, but not great.
Audio is only so-so. MP3 i haven’t got around to making work yet. assuming it does.
seats are covered in “leather” supposedly, very hard and shiny, very slippery.
heater works well
wipers do an okay job.
only one decent cupholder capable of holding a coke can.
comical at best. try driving on a bumpy road at 100km/h (62mph) with very little body control
it was funny and scary at the same time.
i’m looking into putting new shockers into it.
very light, too light honestly, not variable either. very light at highway speeds.
overall not great
noisey and need to be revved away from a stop.
very little low end torque.
i’m too used to putting the Lancer in 2nd and using the torque. can’t do than in the Chery
as for fuel economy, i’ve not really paid much attention to it yet.
discs front and rear and yes they work.
it has stability control, power windows, power mirrors, A/C, remote central locking, ABS
nothing exceptional for the day when it was new.
would i buy a Chinese car again?
looking at a Geely MK next.
any questions, ask away!
they even looked at importing a newer Chery, but nothing came of it.
sedan crash test
2008 results of Chery A3/J3 crash tests, resulting in 5 star rating with C-NCAP