Funky C10 hatch from GWM

THE Chinese automakers have established themselves on our soil – and they no longer produce dubious offerings that raise an eyebrow.

GWM is one such manufacturer and they have catered to the market with value-driven offerings like their range of Steed bakkies and more recently, the C10. The GWM C10 is geared towards the B-Segment market and seeks to win the hearts of a younger crowd, who want a reasonably priced car, but don’t want to go without the nice to have features.

Its outward appearance might divide opinions and feelings, but the mere fact that it gets us talking is a good point. Up front it has a very distinctive visage, with a bold grille that many have described as resembling that of a face of a walrus. From the side profile it is more conservative and less offensive, it appears to look a great deal like the previous generation Toyota Yaris.

Powering the GWM C10 is a 1.5-litre engine with variable valve timing technology. It has a power output of 77-Kilowatts and 138 Newton metres of torque, which is certainly ample for the application of buzzing around the concrete jungle. This is mated to a manual transmission with five forward gears.

The level of standard features inside is quite remarkable for the amount of money you pay. You would probably get less from a similarly priced Volkswagen Polo Vivo. The C10 comes equipped with air-conditioning, a multi-function steering wheel and an audio system with MP3 compatibility and a USB port to accommodate your music devices. It also has reverse park assist, electric windows, remote central locking, power steering and front fog lamps.

Safety is also quite imperative in this market: especially for those seeking a car for their newly-licensed youngsters. The C10 boasts an assuring amount of standard safety kit. It comes with dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic brake force distribution. It’s also got a buzzer to alert you to fasten your seat-belt – a feature we have come to expect on more expensive cars.

To further sweeten the deal, GWM has thrown in a 3-year/100 000 kilometre warranty on the C10 as well as roadside assistance if anything does go wrong.

At R139 900, the funky GWM C10 certainly represents exceptional value for money and poses a strong argument to those seeking a cool, compact and well-equipped ride for the city. 

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