New reality: this “Chinese” will displace Volkswagen and BMW

Less outside than inside


From a distance, the Exeed LX appears smaller than it actually is. It looks like a classmate of the Hyundai Creta, although it is actually the size of a Volkswagen Tiguan.

You’re high up front. Is it useful or not? You have to travel at least a few days to understand it. However, it seemed strange that even in the lowest position of the seat you could look into the salon mirror from above. I am 186cm so taller drivers will be uncomfortable.

The second row has moderate space. A heated seat and a panoramic roof brighten up the journey. There is only one deflector in the middle: it will not work to direct the power to two riders at the same time.

The trunk is small. Lying in a niche between the floor and the dokatka is a very thick foam plastic organizer. It can be pulled out and significantly increase the total volume, or used for small things – there will be a lot of them.

Who does he look like?

The top caps on the LED headlights are reminiscent of homemade tuning. Everything else looks harmonious and attractive.

The top caps on the LED headlights are reminiscent of homemade tuning. Everything else looks harmonious and attractive.

Do you have known features? This is a radically redesigned Chery Tiggo 7, which has already left our market and made way for a model with the Pro prefix. The cars have a common platform. The front and rear bodywork has been modernized, but in profile the glazing line (as it seemed to me) has not changed.

All-wheel drive LX is only possible in an expensive hybrid version. We only have front wheel drive. And in this version (as often happens with the “Chinese”), the rear suspension is still multi-link. Claimed ground clearance is 185mm, but I measured over 190mm with a tape measure. And it is under engine protection. Very good for a mono drive crossover!

New reality: this one The electric drive of the fifth door is non-contact, as the key fob has been sensed nearby. Depending on the configuration, wheels with a diameter of 18 or 19 inches are mounted.

The electric drive of the fifth door is non-contact, as the key fob has been sensed nearby. Depending on the configuration, wheels with a diameter of 18 or 19 inches are mounted.

Turbo, but not with a robot


You will no longer see new Chinese models with naturally aspirated engines – all with turbocharged engines. Exeed LX offers a 1.5-liter unit with 147 horsepower. Chery Tiggo 7 Pro with such a motor drives very well. Let’s see how its premium brother behaves.

But the gearboxes on cars from the Middle Kingdom are of all kinds. The LX is equipped with a nine-speed quasi-speed variator. A comparable CVT sits on the Tiggo and forms a harmonious tandem with the engine.

Rich already in the “base”


The Chinese position Exeed as a premium brand. The LX crossover, although the junior representative of the brand, is richer in equipment than Chery models. There are many inserts of artificial leather, soft plastic. The center console, which merges into the tunnel overlay, is generously covered in black lacquer. Expensive but impractical. This part will be dirty all the time and will get scratched after a few months of use.

The basic level of luxury equipment is very rich. There is a full set of heating, an electric fifth door, LCD screens of the instrument panel and media systems with a diagonal of 12.3 inches, LED optics. The Prestige version will add a panoramic roof, several active safety systems (no adaptive cruise control), all-round cameras.

New reality: this one The instrument panel is designed in the same way as in the older Iksid VX, with three LCD screens. Rich by C-class standards.

The instrument panel is framed in the same way as in the older Exide VX, with three LCD screens. Rich by C-class standards.

Only in the top configuration are six airbags known for cars of this level. And in a simpler version – only four. Not good for a premium. Another strange feature: the front seats only have heating in the cushion, the backrest remains cold. Just, by the way, like the more expensive Exeed VX crossover.

Buy optional

Exeed LX costs 3-3.3 million rubles. These are the realities of the Russian market today. Two months ago, a rich four-wheel drive Tiguan cost so much, and today – a mono-drive “Chinese”. But the dealers already have the cars.

New reality: this one The bodies were painted in only four colours: white, grey, blue and silver. The interior can only be black.

The bodies were painted in only four colours: white, grey, blue and silver. The interior can only be black.

In order not to scrimp on dealer margins or take out a loan at an exorbitant rate, you can take out a subscription crossover. No “extra payments” and large payments at the same time.

The monthly rate includes full insurance, scheduled maintenance, a second set of tires, replacement and storage, roadside assistance. Exeed LX is offered for periods of six months to three years. Depending on the duration and mileage, the cost of a month will be from 74.6 thousand to 106.7 thousand rubles.

Is it also expensive? But it is good that there is such an alternative. And in the current circumstances, this option can be more convenient and profitable than buying.

  • If you need to protect the car radiator, you can always make a protective mesh with your own hands or install a model radiator guard.
  • “Driving” can also be read on Viber.

Source: Z R

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