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Evidence doesn’t add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists – what we think

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Recently in Russia have passed test drives Geely Atlas. Journalists who have tested the car, confused in the testimony: someone suspension is soft, some hard, someone our Atlas literally fell in love with, and someone I hated. 

We read all the articles, reviewed all the subjects, took Atlas for a few days and tried to find the truth.

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

To make it clear how controversial feel this car is, to quote a recent article about Geely Atlas in Russian "Autoreview". Colleagues take the car for a long test drive – and at the end comes another great article in the category "Fitting" the views of the editorial staff. What happened, read one page from two very reputable automotive journalists of the CIS.

Oleg Rastegaev: "Impressive level of comfort. Moderately stiff suspension confidently work out the bumps and makes it quiet! Other sources of noise too well "screwed".

Ivan Shadrichev: "Not pleased with the car and comfort: insulation is weak, and the suspension of the pits does not like speaking of hard blows but knock". 

And this one article! How so?

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

No, automotive journalists often suffer from professional deformation, "excessive maneuverability" and "vibrations of the unsprung masses". But that is so… So we took the car for a few days, collected the opinions of the owners, gave it to different people. And conclusions of Belarusians coincided not with all the conclusions of Russian journalists. 

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

We care about this car because it is partially Belarus. And, judging by the ratings of our articles, and indifferent to Atlas readers. Notice with what love British auto journalist Jeremy Clarkson talks about Range Rover. No, all the flaws he always says the tests are objective, but all of them imbued with a passion for the brand, although this car is also not all British… Here we have a similar situation.

Be sure to view story Top Gear about the British auto industry. Belarus and Britain, of course, to compare properly, but we have much to be proud of. There is much to move and what to develop: MAZ, MZKT, BelAZ, "Amkodor" Tractor "Belgee", "Unison" and so on. And the military-industrial sector? We have developed a light tank invisible BRDM 2T with bronekapsuly! Read our article about what components produced in our country that can be used in Geely cars, and stop whining in the comments. Yes, the problems, to put it mildly, a lot, but we must follow the example of the proud Britons. The plot Top Gear though not in this scale, but I can repeat.

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

We ourselves are the miracle of the Belarusian-Chinese engineering have the right love to criticize and easy to read criticism of other Belarusians in the comments. Our native Belarusian-Chinese. But when do the Russians, and at some points not quite objectively, that directly touches the Patriotic feelings! So on to the review of the Russian press.

Russian videobloger (by the way, very talented) Constantine Zarutskiy, or Academeg, acted as "good COP". Its video, which received over a million views and is called "Why buy "Korean" if there is Geely Atlas?". The title already clear that the car made the author a good impression. It is doubtful that the test is paid up, because proposals for advertising from other companies (not auto) him enough, and the reputation of the blogger cares. Spotted many interesting points that drew the attention of the professional motoring journalists, for example: "the present bifurcated exhaust". By the way, he is also well versed in "the Chinese" and takes something like our "showdown".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Journalist motor.EN Alexander Miroshkin – "bad COP". The text of his, well, emotional. His colleagues from kolesa.ru Cyril Savchenko turned out to be less sensual but more informative and, we think, objectively. 

The professionalism of the author there is, of course, the article Nikita Gudkov from drive.EN. "Fitting" "Autoreview" also corresponds to the level of publication, but somehow the opinions of the journalists of this edition at some points very different. However, sometimes this also happens… Also take note the video of Alexander Vinogradov "Behind the wheel" . 

Chassis

Let’s start with the most controversial moment: soft or hard at the Atlas suspension, rulitsya or not? In some it is soft, others hard, some turns, not others. Very contradictory get the car! The Russians somehow hard, although all of our tests of the Belarusian – soft. And our roads are too imperfect…

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Leonid Golovanov from "Autoreview": "When I found and activated in menu sportregion electric power steering, justification and podmazochnaja stiffness. Yes, shivers could be less, but steer nice!"

His colleague Ilya Glebushkin says differently: "And about the tense overtaking on the track and not want to remember. How about valkosti suspension if already tired shock absorbers".

Sergey Sremski, "Autoreview": "Atlas strongly lurches and does not possess the precision in the turns, although the tight suspension I was expecting a completely different temperament".

In General, many Russians pendant somehow hard. Our opinion is that soft. Maybe a little more attentive to detail, but the wheels 18. Talked with two owners of this car: both agree that soft. One of them said that the rear shocks I would like to make a little softer. We provide the car and the people who are far from automotive subject matter because they have no "professional deformation" as journalists "Autoreview" and ABW.BY. Only the few suspension "a little more attentive to detail". 

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Really liked the opinion of the owner of Skoda Rapid and part-time editor of the Belarusian talk show "Vascular us" Evgeny Voloshin. Leave the language of the original statements:

"On Gati machine Kissa Yak pan! Wellm Macca, cha, s Godness. My Rapid arctc I noisy on the background of the Atlas. ASCE sajs high, Yak on the throne. Not velim, Macca, Cauchy, dinana machine, razganata Yak chugunok, ale Belarusian gentry ncode not spacesci. Into ASCE treba Belarus? NSK the Costa? Ale geta natani for us atomal consumption palva ¡Iago Vysok. Kazhu W: machine for Pano!"

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

And for the modern Belarusian lords, chairmen of collective farms, because on rough gravel and forest paths we traveled "Yak shalenogo". The field can be very fast to go around, grabbing the hand of a tractor base on dyed diesel fuel.

Alexander Miroshkin, motor.EN: "But the absolute combo of pain and suffering: the primer! Before you get in the car, pay attention to the symbolic amount of insulating material in the arches. But as soon as there are pebbles, sand or dirt from the wheels, it seems that no insulation there at all. What a cacophony there will be spiked?! While aerodynamic sounds, and the motor minimally climbs inside, even if the beats in cut-off. And fidgety and hilly roads of Sochi not to twist it does not work".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

As a journalist spotted "a symbolic amount of insulating material in the arches" under a tightly installed rear lockers is a mystery. And they are generally made of soft material to reduce the sounds from stones, sand or mud. The front arches are covered with plastic only partially, but they are covered with a layer of corrosion mastic (however, this layer is sometimes no, and sometimes its too much). And zvukoizolyatsii the car at all from the inside. In terms of noise isolation at the car no problems. Primer is basically the element of Atlas.

In what place the pendant cost? You "Koreans" Atlas at all compared? Of these, only Hyundai Creta knows how to move quickly on the bumpy road. The level of energy intensity is nearly the Renault Duster and Renault Kaptur, which we recently tested, is still fresh impressions. Kaptur, by the way, 17’s wheels to detail is no less sensitive. Maybe the suspension is a bit "dense" but this allows you to quickly navigate through the rough roads, preventing its breakdown. Back, probably made a little tougher, because its energy intensity by old Emgrand X7 at full load had any questions. But in General special it does not cause discomfort. "Kissa Yak pan" – really so.

That aerodynamic noise and engine in the cabin at the bare minimum, you will agree. But in General, the same leader in the class, KIA Sportage noisier and stiffer. 

Manageability

Alexander Miroshkin, motor.EN: "The long wheel from lock to lock in three turns. Therefore, neither of which precision and sharpness, however. This reaction force is matched well to wield "the wheel" nice, though you have often to intercept".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

The jet effort just the same all the not so good: in normal mode the ride is not stopping, but informative steering is still not enough, if "anneal". With "long wheel" – strange, because three turns from lock to lock is a bit. Let’s just say it is the standard for a modern car. And the eversion is great, in town you can turn literally on a dime. 

About handling more professionally put it Nikita Gudkov from drive.EN: "In the first kilometers Atlas seems Zippy. The suspension is firmer, steering is not lazy, brakes intelligible. However, on a long journey idyll is melting, Reactive stress on lightweight handlebars implausible even in sport mode, the electric power steering. The rolls are nasty in and of themselves, and their illogical buildup in the corners. Although in the limit of Atlas maintains a neutral understeer, and soft Belarusian tires Astarta to this chassis fit".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Kirill Savchenko from kolesa.ru the steering wheel seemed more informative: "Despite the power, the force on the covered skin "the steering wheel" with a fashionable slant higher, any hand and taste. And "zero" absolutely tangible and clear. Trying to turn around on a standard strip – there! Without the hook of the curb".

Let’s just say Atlas is not for racing, but fine to ride on it. Rolls in limiting modes are great, but the car is tall and heavy, and the suspension is impressive. But ordinary Belarusian "pan" anyway "neutral or oversteer". He goes slowly, slowly, with dignity. When the drive no questions to handling and stress on the wheel at all. On the track in a straight line machine "it is short". What else is needed?

On three wheels in style "hot hatch" it is also possible. Fun with some, but the car gets on two wheels as the old "the Chinese" the reverse cracking skid with disabled stabilization system. Not the most grippy in the world tires from Astarta "Belshina" this chassis is really good. Note the very good brakes on their effectiveness and informativeness of the pedal itself.

About the handling of one of our focus groups of ordinary drivers did not say a word. So, nothing caused problems. One owner, who we met near a car dealership, it is generally said that the car is no worse than his old BMW X5. That’s it!

Dynamics

Continue reading Nikita Gudkov from drive.EN: "Top motor 2.4 power is not enough, 6-speed "machine" – responsiveness. The dynamics is sluggish, with traditional Chinese two-second time delay after pressing the accelerator and ryokami in transient modes".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

The main drawback of Geely Atlas, who said all Russian journalists, and we absolutely agree – the machine "not going" and "eats". And with the responses, all good, if you compare with a ride on the old Emgrand X7 with the same motor. The firmware is obviously different, because from the place the car breaks down briskly. Initially, even the feeling of the dynamic of the car, but then you go 60 km/h, depress pedal "gas" in floor to dramatically accelerate and go into some "the hole" in the flow – and nothing happens. "Machine" not in a hurry to throw the gear down even in sport mode, not to mention ordinary. And transfer to the same stretched…

Cyril Savchenko, kolesa.ru: "The engine is running smoothly, the flow within "dozens" in the city, if you drive without any traffic jams. Cheer on our 2,4-litre engine still manages by switching to manual mode, but not dramatically. Stretch of Australian automatic transmission company DSI, now become Chinese, makes itself felt, and ineffective braking on descents. But shift smooth, "machine" don’t bother with a special noise".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

10 l in the city really difficult to achieve. We are on the road in a leisurely style turned out to 8.2 l in the city almost bright – 13. In any case, the motor is uneconomical, heavy, all-wheel drive… Consumption is high.

Korean two-liter "atmosferici" similarly, anywhere "do not go" but they are fine tuned "machine" therefore the special issues it causes. Roar into "kik-Daun" but trying to accelerate. At Atlas a good insulation of the engine compartment, even in the cutoff of the motor muffled. But to get it to pick up momentum due to blunt "machine" difficult. It shifts gears very smoothly, but slowly responds to the pedal "gas" to the floor. 

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Constantine Zarutskiy he measured about 13 seconds of acceleration to "hundreds". With "two pedals" would be a little faster, but still a lot. In the leisurely style of the Belarusian "pan" you can go, but the St. Petersburg "nobleman" such dynamics can be missed. 

Therefore, it was necessary to Russians to immediately bring the 1.8-liter turbo engine capacity of 184 HP and give a test to journalists only this version, and about "two and four" write in a press release. It is clear that taxes in Russia for powerful motors high, but the impression of the car from our Russian colleagues would be completely different. 

Body and build quality

Ilya Glebushkin: "But it beckons as a bright picture with "Aliexpress". Replace fancy grille than easier – I wouldn’t have guessed it was the guest from China. Transit through Belarus – joining body panels are almost smooth, plastisol bottom distribute generously as fertilizer in a potato field".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Colleagues, repeated a thousand times: our beautiful country called Belarus, Belarus does not exist. And with the radiator grille’s all right. What do you see? However, this is very subjective, someone she doesn’t really like.

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Nikita Gudkov, drive.EN: "The body is designed with the competences of Geely-owned Volvo, you’ll be a large share of high strength steels. On the right picture are highlighted in green panels, galvanized for corrosion protection".

Kirill Savchenko, kolesa.ru: "The bottom exterior of the Atlas – pillar is invisible, hidden under glass, authentic profile and eye-catching, but absolutely not a Chinese face. Well, what’s not to like?"

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Nikita Gudkov, drive.EN: "However, under a plastic flap power unit I intend to only 16 cm of ground clearance. Low hanging gas tank, especially in 20 centimeters from the ground – the exhaust tract in the area of the rear of the gearbox. And on our car after off-road exercise started "fail" sensor fuel level".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

And we have more than 175 mm! Nearly 180 mm. Malleable protection besides promnetsya a little off-road. Importantly, it does not exercise tank or crankcase… ground clearance a little on the background "rogues" Duster/Kaptur. But the bumpers do not stick out much. The gas tank hangs low is inherited from Emgrand X7, and for that – it seems that from Toyota RAV4.

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Nikita Gudkov, drive.EN: "At first glance – why not. The design is simple, but without repulsive Asiatic. The body is assembled and painted better than, for example, cars Ford EcoSport or Honda CR-V. While changing from machine to machine gaps of the fuel tank flap and the transitions between the front fender and rack roof does not allow to compare the quality with Russian plants Volkswagen or Hyundai/KIA. Unlike the Chinese, Belarusian "Satin" – additional anticorrosive. There is some galvanized body panels, no fenders, no seals on the bottom of doors. The doors themselves are not "bow" threshold – easy to get dirty".

The build is good – it’s a fact, and feels no worse than the Russian. Seals at bottom of doors and fenders not really enough.

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Constantine Zarutskiy, channel AcademeG: "On "the face" too many lines, all of it is so complicated. But now the trend is to do the minimum. For all the abuse that Audi – they are too similar to "Chinese". We have lived up to such CP*nor that the VAG group makes its copy "Chinese"! Before it was the opposite. But I would have done things differently- easier. The view is, no matter what, though frankly secondary. Lights from "Goblin" Subaru Forester".

Hardly VAG copies "Chinese" but it is written beautifully.

Nikita Gudkov, drive.EN: "To slam the door requires too much force".

Here doors open and close very well, then I do not agree with Nikita in any way. They just themselves are heavy, because they have a lot of noise. Therefore, if the car is bias to the left, close left doors really need to make the effort.

Alexander Miroshkin, motor.EN: "Worked in Volvo and Ford Peter Horbury invented the SUV good proportions and almost saved the crossover from the essential attributes of a Chinese design, although the decor grille still scary".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Rolls Russian journalists are afraid, the radiator grille is scary… But overall design and build quality of all colleagues impression more positive. And inspection of the machine under the hood from Zarutsky right balm for the soul.

Constantine Zarutskiy, channel AcademeG: "See: seal the air filter… little blombacka on each seal, so that nothing is knocked. Every detail of the car is marked. All macocco to nobody withdrew. For thermal protection on each reel. To Kostya, the dog stooped, couldn’t make it out. Right a very tight control!"

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

"Strict control" – it’s basically about the Belarusians.

Interior and ergonomics

Leonid Golovanov, "Autoreview": "Well, really, what’s there to tell? On the sour smell of cheap leather, impossible to avoid bus landing in a high chair?"

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

In the heat the smell does seem a little "sour" in the beginning, but the good old Chinese phenolic and there is no trace. And cheap leather in appearance can not be called. 

Kirill Savchenko, kolesa.ru: "A beginner, as it should be in XXI century, exudes no fragrance. The materials are not saved, that is obvious. Soft plastic front panel, baggy insert is aluminum, continued the doors to the elegant handles… Even frameless multi-language 8 inch multimedia on Android – very decent in appearance".

Although with the smell of someone like…

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Daria Lavrova, "Autoreview": "It is a modern car with design, albeit interspersed with discreet replicas, but spacious, comfortable, with a sense of care and attention to important details. For the wheel to sit comfortably, seats with lateral support, not enough only "right" the armrest between the seats and suitable for my height of departure the helm. And of course, it is difficult to live without lighting near the mirror sun visor".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Alexander Miroshkin, motor.EN: "But why this a very good interior are unable to put a normal front seats?! Pillow short, the profile of the back is a mess, and the Chinese interpretation of lateral support is the discrimination of people of my (slightly extensive) build. Her task is not to keep you inside the seat, and desperately mashing the sides. If you go long on "Atlas" then, most likely, to a chiropractor".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

The only seat not enough lumbar support adjustment, and the rest for a Chinese car, they are just divine. But lateral support rollers people "a few broad physique" may create discomfort.

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Nikita Gudkov, drive.EN: "Landing in tight pseudoparticles chair will not suit everyone. High the driver wants to go below and find that when the pillow falls backwards. Steering wheel not enough in the sky for themselves. Nice large mirrors, a wide area steklosetki, but the rear window is low and partly covered by a massive headrests. The camera will help, but only if a clean lens and so are not illuminated by the sun – otherwise you can’t see anything. Headlights are halogen only, with a failed "torn" spot beam".

At the end of the year will be a version with led headlights. But one halogen spotlight, as we recently wrote, is worth $ 845! One! For what?

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Oleg Rastegaev, "Autoreview": "Open the door – and on the ground appears a colored projection logo! Soft plastic front panel is adjacent to the pleasant view plates under the aluminum. The handles on the doors of the original form – to the touch, almost metallic. And power Windows – all four! – with the automatic, and the rear window descends to the end! Everything they touch, a matter of respect. Including steering wheel, steering wheel leather quality (although, most likely it’s leatherette)".

Sergey Sremski, "Autoreview": "But bench fit behind the wheel me uncomfortable, though justified by the open space at the back of the couch, but the microscopic range to adjust the rudder will be satisfied only driver with telescopic forearms".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Konstantin Sorokin, "Autoreview": "European ergonomics, the buttons and controls are very good tactility – even imitation stitching "in a circle" looks like a real seam. Here are just a naked strip of electric heating of the windshield on the background of such suits is like sticking gum from the pants. Really none of the designers did not pay attention to this disgrace? The back of the driver’s seat is also outraged: no matter how much "play" adjustments, and the top cushion is still pressed in the shoulders".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Constantine Zarutskiy, channel AcademeG: "Most importantly the salon. For the money Atlas interiors destroys Creta. You see – this is the salon! Even when compared with Sportage – wow! LCD tidy! The thickness of the chairs! Handles like Cayenne! For such money – it’s a very cool salon. And even has a temperature display tire! The wheel just does not like it: hard, sharp seam".

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

The tire temperature – this even in "Maybach" no! And the touch sensors Keyless entry on door handles? 

Oleg Rastegaev, "Autoreview": "The reason for the criticism was the only multimedia: navigation iGo problems with the address input, Handsfree MIC mounted in the back of the driver’s seat, so on the other end barely hear me, and management "music" too confusing. To crack same interface trip computer me and failed. The salon really destroys competitors, although it is not without minor nuances: the screen flashes, speakerphone works so-so, and the flight computer did not understand one". 

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Navigator is not the best in the world, but why map of Russia in it, and a full map of Belarus no? How so?

Nikita Gudkov, drive.EN: "Powerful soundproofing is said to be developed under the auspices of the Volvo, includes inserts in the doors and thick wheel arches. At city speeds it provides premium quiet in the cabin. The body is monolithic: those killed on the Sochi roads not gritted any one panel. However, after 80 km/h begins to play with the wind at the mirror, drew the attention of limp zadanie them in need of a motor…"

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

The motor, even when twisted, not much buzzing. The same "Koreans" also not particularly fast ride, but roar, as if going for takeoff. And the Assembly is really good. For the Assembly of Belarusians praised, it’s nice. 

Conclusions

The rest of the tests just like everyone else. All praise the back row for a space, and the trunk is blamed for a small amount. Only Zarutsky said that the rear seatbacks are upright. And when you put a child seat, the child sits with his head thrown back – for this you need to carefully choose the car seats. But the findings are all very interesting.

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Alexander Miroshkin, motor.EN: "In the case of "Atlas" the shock came on the competitors. In Geely believe that he is able to steal customers from Nissan X-Trail, KIA Sportage, so, Toyota RAV4 and even, God forgive me, Mazda CX-5 VW Tiguan. Seriously?!"

With Mazda CX-5 and VW Tiguan have given Lihue. But "Koreans" – why not? THE KIA Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Creta can get easily. "French" Duster and he Kaptur "destroys" interior, as correctly pointed out zarutskiy. Even with the Nissan Qashqai can be overcome – in fact pendants "European". As Tiguan: front suspension "German" knocking in a rebound, if you quickly pass "speed bumps". On the Atlas in front of them can not slow down – this is a very important feature of the car for our roads. And silence…

Continue reading Alexandra Miroshkina: "In short, "Atlas" imperfect. Moreover, the puncture wounds got in the major disciplines, everyday comfort and basic convenience. But the biggest problem is the desire of the Chinese to compete with models, which "Atlas" to fight early and there is no need. Because really it’s competitor expensive versions Creta Hyundai and Renault Kaptur, to whom he can show off materials or extra space on the second row. Even at the prices "Atlas" falls into the category of expensive "Crete" and "Captures" and barely reaches the competitor which see it in Geely".

So it’s good that competitors are more expensive! And comfortable the situation is even better than more expensive cars… Read the journalist "Autoreview".

Leonid Golovanov: "Crossover with fine design, great ground clearance, spacious interior and a good chassis. In short, I would not be surprised if Mr. Sufu not only will not allow to build a plant in Russia, but will block oxygen to the Belarusian enterprise "Belgee". Because Atlas is already cheaper than classmates and this is the first in my memory, Chinese car I "tried on" not without pleasure. Right way, the Chinese comrades. Just make sure that the button Sport don’t have to press every time after switching on the ignition. And add the heated steering wheel".

Yes! Need to re-flash the engine ECU and change the algorithm of automatic transmissions, you need a heated steering wheel and rear seats. And "to pull the plug" really it can…

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Nikita Gudkov, drive.EN: "Rates at Atlas are great. Under him (and a couple of models) in the Belarusian Zhodino built a factory of a full cycle of Assembly performance as much as 60 thousand cars a year with the prospect of increasing issue volume by half. To understand: last year’s bestsellers Creta Hyundai or Renault Duster in Russia these numbers are not reached. But the Chinese, with the support of the Belarusian government invested in an ambitious project of $ 330 million. While the plant "Belgee" no stamping, and the level of localization doesn’t exceed 30%. In this Atlas do not buy less than a million rubles… Good Atlas? Good. Is it worth the money? In my opinion, no. Is there any chance to sell the crossovers Geely tens of thousands? Only if you follow the beaten track of the Russian market leaders like Hyundai/KIA and Renault. Success is impossible without a profound adaptation of the car to our conditions. And conducted a head office far away, and Russian engineers. While the brand had no good name, it is not necessary and raising prices. If Geely prefer to learn from their mistakes, then there is a two to three years. And then eh, not Atlas".

The stakes are really high…

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Ilya Glebushkin: "That’s rare for most Chinese crossovers all-wheel drive is the argument. But to put yourself in the experiment, finding out how reliable will be the Atlas and how rapidly will drop its price, I’m not ready yet".

This is the main problem of the car.

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Constantine Zarutskiy: "Geely Atlas is a machine for the city and highway, for family, for quiet person with a calm head. It is a car, calculated for normal everyday life. This is its main plus. The quality of bodganov-joints are all fine. But the 18-th wheel will be in good money for the tires, and it is important in this segment. This car just "thrive" Duster, he’s cool Sportage. He’s better than Creta 100%. However, all this is at variance to the price range. If you are not afraid of Chinese brand, the price and quality of the car is very balanced. No, if you wanted Sportage, it is not necessary to watch Atlas. But if you are looking for options, Geely "gonna tap that ass" all competitors".

The verdict ABW.BY

The views are very different, the critics are also missing, and not always objective. Confidence in the reliability of the car and overall brand yet. Marketers need just torn to sell this car in Russia went up the hill. Because if you do not go, the factory in Zhodzina will be covered with a copper basin. Who will pay for it? That’s right – the Belarusians. 

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Therefore, marketing, marketing and more marketing. Let Zarutska machine for slaughter. Us "Autoreview" – resource test. Send an expedition around the world (it is called Atlas). Remove viral advertising video with jumping. She had to make a very tough test in the media to prove to the Russians that the car is reliable. Judging by the reliability of the Emgrand X7, where our colleagues from the magazine "Large" took a trip to Oymyakon, the Atlas well they can withstand, moreover, made better. 

You need the Russians to take turbirovanie version because the driving styles of the average Belarusian "pan" in Ashmyany and Russian "nobleman" in Moscow are very different. On the dynamics of the acceleration of our focus groups of ordinary Belarusian drivers complained unit. 

Evidence doesn't add up. What about Geely Atlas was written by Russian journalists - what we think

Need "finished" things like heated rear seats, steering wheel and windshield. "To fix" "machine" – he has normal "throw" gear down at "kik-Daun". And sell, sell, sell: the machine itself will not do it. Even assuming that it is worth the money and really no worse than Korean and some Japanese competitors, but in the silence and softness even better than many of them.

"Kissa on Atlas saprati Yak pan!" 

Yuri GLADCHUK
Photo by the author and Vadim SENKEVICH
ABW.BY

What can be improved in Geely Atlas?

During the analysis of the Russian press and a careful test drive, we thought a list of possible improvements of the car: 

1. To change wiper relay on something to keep it down, it clicks loudly in the night during rain, although no one, except us, did not notice.

2. Add the adjustable lumbar support. At first, the habit he is bulging out, I want to remove. Then you get used to, but adjustment still will not be superfluous. However, it is unlikely the improvement can be done, and the chair and so very good.

3. Add heated seats to rear, full heated steering wheel and windshield is important for adaptation to the Russian conditions. Have "Koreans" it’s all there, "Chinese" – no. And the mud flaps and seal bottom edge of door not to forget.

4. Let the motor is not the most economical and torquey, but the Korean competitors "do not go". The responses are set up better than the same motor in the old Emgrand X7. But the Koreans "machine" works better. The Australian DSI’re not in a hurry to throw the transmission during hard acceleration, even in sport mode. Flashing just ask. 

5. Add the optional metal crankcase, gas tank and the body of the connection mechanism, all-wheel drive and rear differential.

6. Be sure to give the Russians to test the 1.8-liter turbulence with a panoramic roof, active cruise control, led headlights and a withholding system in the lane, when it will be available. Moreover, it is desirable to hold test-drive somewhere far away: a world Atlas to help is to point a finger at any place.

7. Distribute anti-corrosion paste more evenly. Sometimes its too much and sometimes not at all. 

8. 845 dollars for one headlight. Maybe it makes sense to make it a little cheaper?

9. To repair the speaker. It does not work on the other end can not hear anything.

10. Where the Belarusian card in the Navigator?

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