Class and safety: Geely Emgrand vs. Nissan Almera

Class and safety: Geely Emgrand vs. Nissan Almera

The Emgrand has arrived.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What is the price and notable features of the Geely Emgrand Premium?

    For P908,000, the top-spec Emgrand gets a leatherette interior, digital driver's display, and remote trunk release.
  • What is the price and notable features of the Nissan Almera VE CVT?

    At P998,000, the Almera VE CVT features a turbocharged one-liter engine, as well as advanced safety features.
  • It's Geely's first entry into the subcompact sedan scene, and it aims to threaten more established players from familiar makes  — such as  Nissan with the Almera — with big car looks, feel, and features. What a way to make a grand entrance (sorry, we couldn't resist). 

    Geely designers gave the Emgrand a front fascia that features a so-called "Energy Pulse" waterfall grill, which is flanked by sleek LED headlamps. Below these are one of the most reasonably-sized air dams and faux fog light housings you'd find in modern cars. 

    Meanwhile, the Emgrand's sides feature prominent shoulder lines, which meet the rear LED tail lamps. These rear lights come in a one-piece shape, formed by 190 LED bulbs that project three different light patterns when the car is locked or unlocked.

    Geely Emgrand quarter right rear

    Along with tasteful chrome bits and a rectilinear shape, the Emgrand possesses a styling that's more akin to more expensive metal. But we should expect no less than refreshingly clean styling from Geely. After all, the Chinese carmaker owns Swedish Volvo now, so the former could be taking many minimalist design cues from the latter's book.  

    Meanwhile, the Emgrand's big car feel could be attributed to its 1,250-kilogram curb weight, although a bit higher compared to this sedan's peers, is said to result to a more settled ride. What could also contribute to the Emgrand's refinement is its Geely-designed B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA), something it shares with the Coolray,

    Geely Emgrand

    As for features, the Emgrand is equipped with goodies that, back in the day, were the reserve of upscale and European metal. The "follow me home” headlight function illuminates one's path after disembarking from the car. The trunk also offers remote-release convenience. A leatherette-lined interior and sunroof add to the premium items list. 

    Now we come to the Almera. In contrast to the Emgrand's classy and comfortable projection, it seems that the Almera wants to specialize in sportiness and safety. 

    But let's not forget the Almera's swoopy styling, a huge improvement over its predecessor's bug-eyed appearance. As part of Nissan’s "Emotional Geometry" design-speak, the Almera proudly wears the brand's V-Motion grille and boomerang-shaped LED lights front and back. The blacked-out C-pillar saves the car's shape some visual bulk. 

    2022 Nissan Almera Rear Quarter

    For a more sprightly performance, all Almera cars pack a small one-liter, three-cylinder mill under the hood. It may be a small engine in terms of displacement, but thanks to turbocharging, the Almera's engine can produce 100ps and 160Nm from a lowly 2,400rpm. An N-Sport body kit spices up the exterior. 

    As for the Almera's safety gadgets never before seen in subcompacts, they are all bundled in the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite. The NIM contains 360-degree camera, intelligent emergency braking (IEB), and rear cross traffic alert (RCTA). 

    2022 Nissan Almera Dashboard

    By providing a view of the Almera's surroundings to the driver, he or she can park in spaces made tight by people or objects. IEB stops the car when its senses a potential accident with the vehicle in front. When the car is reversing, the RCTA detects approaching cars from both sides when parking and provides this warning to the driver.

    And so the Emgrand and Almera have a lot going for them — all for just a bit under P1 million. To know more about the similarly priced classy Emgrand and safe Almera, refer to the cars' spec sheets below. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Geely Emgrand Premium

    Nissan Almera 1.0 VE Turbo CVT

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,638

    4,530

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,822

    1,740

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,460

    1,460

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,650

    2,620

    Ground Clearance (mm)

    122

    135

    Curb Weight (kg)

    1,250

    1,080

    Trunk Space (L)

    500

    474

    Engine Type

    1.5 Naturally Aspirated, Inline-4, 16-valve, DOHC, with D-CVVT

    1.0 Turbocharged, Inline Three-cylinder (HRA0)

    Maximum Power Output (ps/rpm)

    102/5,600

    100/5,000

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    142/4,400-4,800

    152/2,400-4,000

    Transmission Type

    Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

    Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

    Idling Stop System

    Without

    With

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    50

    35

    Recommended Fuel

    91 (RON)

    95 (RON)

    Emission Rating

    Euro 4

    Euro 4

    Suspension

    Front:  MacPherson Strut 

    Rear: Torsion Beam 

    Front: Independent MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer

    Rear: Torsion Beam with Stabilizer

    Brakes

     

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

     

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Drum

    Wheels

     17-inch Aluminum Alloy

    15-inch Alloy

    Tires

     205/50R15

    195/65 R15

    Steering Type

     

    Rack and Pinion with Electric Power Steering (EPS)

     

    Rack and Pinion with Electric Power Steering (EPS)

    Minimum Turning Radius (m)

     5.2

    5.2

    Steering Adjustment

     

    Tilt and Telescopic

     

    Tilt and Telescopic

    Steering Wheel Material

     Leather

    Urethane

    Steering Switches

     Audio, Instrument Display,

    Audio, Hands-free Phone, TFT Meter and Drive-Assist Display, and Voice Recognition

    Headlamps

     Projector LED

    LED Reflector

    Daytime Running Lamps

     LED

    LED Signature

    Front Fog Lamps

     Without

    Without

    Tail Lamps

     LED

    LED

    Front Grille

     Chrome

    Chrome V-Motion

    Door Handle

     Body Color 

    Body Color with i-Key Switch

    Outside Door Mirror

     Body Color, Power Adjustable, Power Folding, and Defrost

    Body Color, Power Adjustable, and Power Folding with AVM Camera

    Turn Signal

     Door Mirror Mounted

    Door Mirror Mounted

    Wiper

     Variable Intermittent

    Variable Intermittent

    Rear Window Defroster with Timer

     With 

    With

    Seats

     

    Driver: 6-Way Power

    Front Passenger: 4-Way Manual 

    Rear: 60:40 Split Trunk Pass Through with ISOFIX Tethers 

     

    Driver: Manual Slide, Recline, and Height Adjust

    Front Passenger: Manual Slide and Recline with Seatback Pocket

    Rear: Standard Bench with Integrated Headrest

    Seat Material

     White and Blue Leatherette and Suede

    Black Fabric with Gray Trim

    Meter

     12.3-inch Digital

    Seven-inch TFT Meter with Integrated Drive-Assist Display

    Drive Computer Display in Meter

     Digital

    TFT Meter Integrated

    Power Outlet

     12V (x1) and USB (x1)

    12V (x1) and USB (x3)

    Door Trim

     With

    With

    Dashboard Trim Soft Touch Panel

    Soft Touch 

    Ivory with Stitching

    Rear View Mirror

    Manual Day and Night

    Manual Day and Night

    Sun Visor

     

    Driver: With Mirror and Ticket Holder

    Front Passenger: With Mirror

     

    Driver: With Mirror and Ticket Holder

    Front Passenger: With Mirror

    Interior Color

     White and Blue

    Black

    Lamps

     

    Map Lamp, Room Lamp, and Trunk Lamp

     

    Map Lamp, Room Lamp, and Trunk Lamp

    Keyless Entry System

     Smart Entry

    Intelligent Key

    Engine Push Start-Stop System

     With

    With

    Power Windows

     

    One-Touch Auto-Up/Down for Driver Side

     

    One-Touch Auto-Up/Down for Driver Side

    Power Door Locks

     

    Driver Side Lock/Unlock Switch

     

    Driver Side Lock/Unlock Switch

    Air-Conditioning System

    Electronic with Intelligent Interactive System

    Single Zone Automatic Type

    Audio Type

     8-inch Touchscreen Display 

    Nissan 8-inch Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio

    Connectivity

     Wireless Screen Mirroring via EasyConnection

    Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth (Hands-free Call and Audio Streaming), USB, Aux, and Tuner

    Speakers

     Six

    Six

    Antenna

     Fin-Type

    In-Glass Type

    Intelligent Around View Monitor (AVM)

     Without

    With Moving Object Detection (MOD)

    Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (IFCW)

     Without

    With

    Intelligent Emergency Braking (IEB)

     Without

    With

    Blind Spot Warning (BSW)

     Without

    Without

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

     WIthout

    Without

    Hill Start Assist (HSA)

     With

    With

    SRS Airbags

     

    Driver and Front Passenger, Side Curtain

     

    Driver and Front Passenger

    Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS)

     

    With Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

     

    With Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

     With

    With

    High Mount Stop Lamp

     LED 

    LED

    Seatbelts

     

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner, Load Limited, and Height Adjustment (x2)

    Rear: Three-point ELR

     

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner, Load Limited, and Height Adjustment (x2)

    Rear: Three-point ELR

    Isofix and Tether Anchors

     With

    With

    Alarm and Immobilizer

     With

    With

     

    Proud Teal, Dark Blue, Gold, Gray, Red, White 

    Cayenne Red, Premium Corona Orange, Pearl White, Gun Metallic, Brilliant Silver, and Galaxy Black

    PRICE

     P908,000

    P998,000

     

    Photos from Sojitz Auto G Philippines (SGAP), Nissan Philippines, and Roy Robles

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