Moving up: Geely Azkarra vs. MG RX5

Moving up: Geely Azkarra vs. MG RX5

Carmakers Geely and MG offer more than the Coolray and ZS, respectively.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the highlights of the Geely Azkarra?

    The Geely Azkarra is equipped with all-wheel drive, which can be handy in slippery conditions, and a mild-hybrid system to lower fuel consumption.
  • What are the special features of the MG RX5?

    The MG RX5 is fitted with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, both of which promise to deliver fuel efficiency and sporty performance.
  • If you somehow overlooked the Azkarra and RX5 in the carmakers' lineup, then we can't fault you for that. Buyers were naturally drawn to the combination of reasonable prices, long equipment list, and compact sizes of the Azkarra and RX5's siblings. 

    Moving up to the Azkarra and RX5 could also mean getting more for your cash. Aside from their larger dimensions, these two compact crossovers each possess advantages that justify their price premiums. 

    In the Azkarra, real-time all-wheel drive (AWD) is one advantage over the front-wheel drive Coolray.  When the SUV encounters slippery and rough terrain, this AWD system is helped by gadgets such as hill start assist and hill hold control. 

    Geely AzkarraThe upgrade continues to the engine, as the Azkarra features a 48-volt Electric Motor Synergy (EMS) system that's mated to its 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. The goal of the EMS and the entire hybrid system is to save fuel.

    To make that possible, the gasoline engine feeds power to the EMS at cruising speeds, or when the vehicles' brakes are applied. Once the EMS is fully charged, it returns the favor to the engine by providing it additional power. The engine shuts off if it senses that it's only on idle, another fuel-saving measure. 

    Geely Azkarra cockpitThe Azkarra is as tech-rich as other Geely vehicles, too. Panoramic sunroof, 360-degree exterior camera, touchscreen infotainment, and electric tailgate are among this car's tech highlights. 

    Moving on to the RX5, its entire range is motivated by a turbocharged mill, something only available in the ZS T. The RX5 engine has a displacement of 1.5 liters, which is matched to a seven-speed twin-clutch Sportronic transmission that promises smooth and efficient power delivery. 

    MG RX5In terms of the engine and gearbox, the RX5 packs 200cc and one clutch more than the ZS T. 

    In keeping with its upscale theme, the RX5 carries an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay connectivity and MG iLink software, electronic parking brake with autohold function, cruise control, push/start/stop, and passive keyless entry. 

    MG RX5 interiorIf you wish to choose these crossovers over their entry-level stablemates, why not go all out and pick their top-spec versions? Allow the spec sheets of the Azkarra Luxury and RX5 Alpha help you make an informed decision. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Geely Azkarra Luxury

    MG RX5 7TST Alpha

    Length (mm)

    4,544

    4,545

    Width (mm)

    1,831

    1,855

    Height (mm)

    1,713

    1,719

    Displacement (cc)

    1,477

    1,499 

    Engine type

    1.5TD Turbocharged 3-cylinder DOHC with Electric Motor Synergy System (EMS)

    1.5-liter inline-4 DOHC 16V, turbocharged, intercooled direct injection

    Transmission type

    7-speed dual wet dual-clutch

    7-speed wet-type dual-clutch 

    Maximum power output (hp)

    190

    167

    Maximum torque (Nm)

    300 

    250

    Fuel Type

    Gasoline RON 95

    Gasoline RON 95

    Drive Type

    4WD

    Front Wheel Drive

    Suspension

    (Front) MacPherson Strut and Coil Suspension


    (Rear) Multi-link

    (Front) MacPherson Strut




    (Rear) Multi-link

    Brakes

    (Front) Ventilated Disc

     

    (Rear) Solid Disc

    (Front) Ventilated Disc

     

    (Rear) Solid Disc

    Headlamps

    Full LED

    Full LED

    Daytime running lights (DRLs)

    LED

    LED

    Wheels

    18-inch alloy wheels

    18-inch alloy wheels 

    Seating capacity (number of persons)

    5

    5

    Seats

    (Driver) 6-Way Power Adjust 


    (Passenger Seat) 4-Way Manual Adjust


    (Rear Seats)- 60:40 Folding with Two Position Recline

     

    Driver) 6-Way Power Adjust 


    (Passenger Seat) 4-Way Power Adjust


    (Rear Seats)- 60:40 Folding 


     

    Seating material

    Nappa Leather

    Leather

    Steering type

    Electric Power Steering with 3 modes

    Power steering

    CN95 cabin filter 

    Without

    With

    Air conditioning system

    Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control

    Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control

    Heater

    With

    With

    Drive Mode Selector

    With

    With

    Burglar Alarm

    With

    With

    Infotainment system

    12.3-inch with Phone Mirroring

    8-inch Touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, MG iLink

    Speakers

    With (8)

    With (6)

    Electronic Parking Brake

    With

    With

    Smart Electric Tailgate with Angle Memory

    With

    Without

    Tire Pressure Monitoring System

    Without

    With

    360-degree camera

    With

    With

    SRS Airbags

    With

    With (6)

    Traction Control System

    With

    With

    Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    With

    With

    Auto Brake Hold

    With

    With

    Hill Hold Control

    With

    With

    Hill Start Assist

    With

    With

    Hill Descent Control

    With

    With

    Available Colors

    White, Blue, Silver, Red, Black

    Sol Blue, Ruby Red, Elegant White, Knight Silver, Pearl Black

    Price

    P1.598 million

    P1.299 million

     

    Photos from Sojitz G Auto Philippines and MG Philippines

     

     

    Geely Azkarra vs MG RX5 Comparison

    Geely Azkarra
    • ₱1.438 - ₱1.598 Million
    MG RX5
    • ₱1.059 - ₱1.299 Million
    Azkarra vs RX5

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