chery looks liek they have their own trademark in the steering wheel.
Good review from a real user, unlike car reviewers in Singapore who just want to find excuses to bash it.m14 said:Little China car surprises big man JACOBUS RAJ, who discovers hidden pleasures in flicking stick and tight car parks
I'M a large guy by Malaysian standards (over 180cm and 95kg). The made-in-China Chery QQ is a compact car, by any standard. But, when it comes to comfort and ease of use, the QQ was a pleasant surprise.
I have problems driving some compacts because of my height but, with some fiddling with the seat, I discovered that the car accommodated me very well although those behind me would find the accommodation a bit cramped. Initially, I was a bit apprehensive when asked to try out the car, but once behind the driver's seat, my perception quickly changed and I soon began to enjoy the ride.
With its plush seats and surprisingly roomy interior, the 800cc vehicle is easy to get around in and almost perfect for urban use.
The AMT stands for automated manual transmission, something that's familiar to those driving the similarly designated Proton Savvy.
The Chery QQ
To recap, the AMT is a manual transmission but it does not require the driver to depress the clutch pedal. Actually, there isn't one since actuators are used to release and engage the clutch and change gears automatically.
There is an auto mode but for more control, just flick the shifter to manual mode and push the stick to “+” to shift up and “-” for a lower or higher gear ratio.
The AMT transmission was a surprise find as it is not usually found in cars below 1.0-litre but Chery's engineers have done a good job of tuning the gears.
Gear shifting is relatively smooth. There is the odd jerk now and then but, for the most part, there were no issues with the transmission throughout the two days I had the car.
The three-cylinder DOHC engine is more than capable of meeting the needs of urban driving and, while the QQ may not win many races, it is still zippy enough to satisfy most.
The three-cylinder engine is good enough for zipping around town.
The car rides through corners well and its small turning radius does make it easy to handle in cramped car parks.
Even with a full load of passengers, there is little roll when entering a corner, and this helps give the driver confidence.
The QQ comes adorned with various security features but of special note are the power windows.
Should the windows be inadvertently left open when the car is switched off and the doors locked – after picking up a parking ticket, for example – the security system automatically closes the window.
Taking the QQ onto the streets of Petaling Jaya, the sleek rounded lines of the car and its bright apple green hue attracted a fair number of second glances.
As an urban runabout, the QQ performs admirably and, to be honest, one of the first things I did when I got the car was to go grocery shopping.
Seating is plush and the interior is surprisingly spacious.
It was here that another feature of the car came in particularly handy. At first glance, there does not seem to be much boot space, compared to other compact hatchbacks. However, with a few easy and quick movements, the rear seats are out of place and leaning against the front seats while the seat rests recline fully to create a flat space for storage, increasing the boot space threefold.
This feature is particularly useful as it allows transportation of a lot of items. Also, one can choose which side of the rear seat to drop, enabling passengers to still enjoy a ride in the back.
The fit and finish of this China made car is quite acceptable. Engine noise does penetrate the cabin but this is easily overcome by cranking up the stereo.
During some night drives, I found that the large lights did not merely look good but lit up the roads perfectly.
The Chery QQ AMT's sleek looks and bright colours (aside from Apple Green, the car will be available in Fallen Red, Lemon Yellow, Ocean Blue and Pink) make it a sight to behold on the roads.
I had a lot of fun trying out this car and, in my opinion, while it may not be the best of choices for long distance driving, it functions very well as a means of getting around the city.
The price? RM42,888, on the road, and it comes with a two-year or 50,000km (whichever comes first) free service package.
They can't even accept Japanese cars made in Thailand. But then I have to say that despite all the snide remarks by reviewers, these cars (including QQ) are still selling well in Singapore.hello said:why do u think malays are more accepting the Chery QQ, compared the non-accepting Sinaporeans for the CHery qq?