Top Cars of China in 2017

While most Chinese automakers are guilty of stealing auto designs, some cars of China today are surprisingly high-quality. However, with the exception of one or two cars on this list, most of the automobiles reviewed below are likely beyond the reach of the middle-class Chinese household in cost.

To most people’s surprise, one of the more expensive Chinese cars is going for as much as $44,000–the BYD Tang (pictured above). Even though the base trim Great Wall Haval H1 is only $8,100 brand new and is the cheapest in this review, it is still likely to be too costly for the average Chinese family.

This is because the cost of car ownership in China is far higher than in Western countries. A driver’s license can cost in $1000’s for the training and administrative fees. In addition, auto loans are not a popular choice in China yet, so families are more likely to take the affordable option based on cash available.

These top cars of China for 2017 were selected based on number of defects, affordability, popularity, and overall offerings. Take a look at these cars and see if there are any you would personally be willing to consider. After all, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Chinese automakers eventually entering the North American and European markets someday soon.

Qoros 5

Copy of: Range Rover Evoque
Chinese Name: 观致5
Number of Defects: 161
MSRP: $20,600 – $28,700
Horsepower: 156
Engine: 1.6T
Weight (lbs): 3395

Since 2011, German designer Gert Hildebrand has been Head of Design at Chinese automaker Qoros. Since it’s debut in 2015, Gert’s latest SUV has taken roughly half the companies total sales. With the least amount of defects in all 2017 Chinese automobiles, the Qoros 5 is comparable in quality to its competitors like the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

The company is currently making a push to enter the European market and understands the high-demand in quality automaking to be successful outside of China.

Zotye SR9

Copy of: Porsche Macan
Chinese Name:
众泰SR9
Number of Defects: 176
MSRP: $16,000 – $25,000 
Horsepower: 190 
Engine: 2.0T 
Weight (lbs): 3671 

Most all of Zotye’s cars are ripoffs of popular Western models, and they are unashamed of that fact. Chinese buyers are all over the idea that they can buy luxury cars for a fraction of the cost. It’s no different with the Zotye SR9, a copycat of the Porsche Macan.

Although the exterior and interior are virtually the same as the Macan’s, the powertrain is completely different. The SR9 is powered by a Shenyang-Mitsubishi engine that is popularly used in most smaller Chinese cars.

Zotye T600

Copy of: VW Touareg
Chinese Name:
众泰T600 
Number of Defects: 179
MSRP: $11,800 – $22,100
Horsepower: 162 – 190 
Engine: 1.5T – 2.0T 
Weight (lbs): 3397

Although most resembling the VW Touareg, design cues were directly taken from Audi Q5 and the Range Rover Evoque. Although despised by many Chinese, Zotye has had undeniable success with its imitation lineup. They clearly are making a great profit off of this model.

Chery Tiggo 7

Copy of: May be original
Chinese Name:
瑞虎7
Number of Defects: 180 
MSRP: $14,400 – $22,700
Horsepower: 122 – 147
Engine: 1.5L – 2.0L 
Weight (lbs): 3064 

Out of all of Chery’s vehicles, Tiggo 7 is by far the most expensive they have developed to date. While not quite superior in any way, the Tiggo 7 is one of the best cars on the market this year. It’s design is subtle and unexciting, and young professionals are more likely to take interest in this car.

Part of the Tiggo 7 was designed with the assistance of Jaguar.

Qoros 3

Designed by: Gert Hildebrand
Chinese Name:
观致3
Number of Defects: 186
MSRP: $14,900 – $25,000
Horsepower: 126 – 156 
Engine: 1.6L – 1.6T 
Weight (lbs): 2910 

In 2013, Qoros started selling the Qoros 3 in Slovakia after achieving a five star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests, becoming the first Chinese automobile to do so. The Qoros 3 is considered by many to be a sleek sedan and even more elegant as a hatchback.

BYD Tang

Copy of: May be original
Chinese Name:

Number of Defects: 200
MSRP: $39,100 – $44,100
Horsepower: 205 + 300  = 505
Engine: 2.0T + Electric 
Weight (lbs): 4894 

The Tang is China’s number one plug-in hybrid electric car and is the world’s number ten in that category. Named after China’s golden period, the Tang Dynasty, the Tang is faster than a Corvette. A fully loaded model is more expensive than some Western luxury SUVs.

This is easily the most sophisticated SUV any Chinese automaker has built up-to-date and is likely to be so for some time.

Zotye Domy X5

Copy of: BMW X5/VW Tiguan
Chinese Name:
大迈X5
Number of Defects: 210
MSRP: $10,000 – $18,000
Horsepower: 116 – 150 
Engine: 1.6L – 1.5T 
Weight (lbs): 3175 

Although the Domy X5 has similar dimensions to the Zotye T600, the Domy X5 is slightly smaller. The fully loaded model comes with sporty interior, a backup camera, infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, and keyless entry.

Zotye SR7

Copy of: Audi Q3
Chinese Name:
众泰SR7
Number of Defects: 222
MSRP: $11,000 – $54000 
Horsepower: 150 
Engine: 1.5T 
Weight (lbs): 3175

Keeping with Zotye tradition, the company put its own front on an identical copy of the Audi Q3. One of the defining differences here is the 12-inch tablet-sized infotainment system they placed inside. This compact SUV is the first in the company’s new “S series” which is reportedly going to be its own new brand.

Great Wall Haval H1

Copy of: GMC Acadia
Chinese Name:
哈佛H1
Number of Defects: 244
MSRP: $8,100 – $11,600
Horsepower: 106
Engine: 1.5L 
Weight (lbs): 2438 

The Haval H1 is actually a re-brand of the company’s M4. The intent of the Haval H1 is to provide all necessities in a daily commuter and to provide it at a competitive price. For those that are familiar, this car would be similar in offering to the Jeep Renegade–small, but attractive.

With a 7-year manufacturer’s warranty with unlimited miles, this car is likely to see continued success in ASEAN countries it’s sold in.

Geely Boyue

Designed by: Peter Horbury
Chinese Name:
博越
Number of Defects: 250
MSRP: $14,500 – $23,200
Horsepower:  141 – 163
Engine: 2.0L – 1.8T 
Weight (lbs): 3638 

Geely is most known for being the Chinese company that bought Volvo back in 2010. Since then, the company has continued to see commercial success. There was a lot to gain from this deal, especially when looking at the Geely Boyue, which was designed by Volvo’s Peter Horbury.

Being the part Volvo, part Geely car that it is, the Boyue has some of the most sophisticated safety features of all Chinese automobiles. As a result, the car is likely to sell well in Asia.

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