If you want a van or a vehicle for your family and business, chances are you will need to spend more than P500,000 for you to be able buy one. However, that’s not the case with the BAIC MZ40 WeVan – a 7-seater minivan that has a price tag that ranges from P468,000 to P488,000.
You might ask the question – what will I get with this minivan from BAIC? We looked at the spec sheet of its range-topping variant, the MZ40 Luxury, as it has most of the goodies. Here’s what we found out.
Award winning quality
The Baic MZ40 has already got recognitions and awards here and abroad. By the year it was introduced to our country, Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) named the MZ40 as the 2014-2015 Best Subcompact Van. The annual tests that CAGI conducts involve quantitative and qualitative testing, where the former checks on the car’s performance and the latter is more of evaluating it from a consumer’s point of view.
From its roots in China, the MZ40 (dubbed as Weiwang 306) got the highest rank in the 2014 China Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. This report is commissioned by J.D. Power Asia Pacific and showed the expectations of customers when it comes to design, features, and technology.
The WeVan is a 7-seater by default but it can be maximized to 8 by tweaking its seating configuration. This is essential especially for a large family who’s looking to have a vehicle that can accommodate most of its members.
Moreover, the MZ40 can also be a vehicle for your business. Whether you’ll use it for deliveries or transporting employees from one place to another, it’s one of your best options especially with its interior space, seating capacity, and price.
BAIC’s standard and quality is basically European. It has its design center situated in Turin, Italy and their Chief Designer Leonardo Fioravanti was formerly from Ferrari. The MZ40 is one of his creations that are truly noteworthy.
Considering its price, it has an abundance of features such as dual sliding doors, dual air conditioners, fog lights, automatic side view mirror with turn signal, chrome handles, magnesium wheels, and rear view wiper.
Euro 4 Compliant and fuel efficient
The power plant under the hood of the WeVan is Euro 4-compliant. Additionally, the MZ40’s combined city and highway driving fuel consumption is rated at 14 km/l – figures that are favorable for those who are looking for cars that can go farther with less fuel.
Powerful in its class
The MZ40’s power is driven to the rear wheels by its 1.2L CVVT engine. It can put out a maximum output of 86 hp and 108 Nm of torque. To put things in perspective, these numbers are within the average in its class.
Moreover, through a series of test drives by BAIC, they were able to go to places like Baguio and Batangas even with a full load capacity of 750 kg. This is perfect for long family road trips and outings with peers.
Service and spare parts
Bayan Automotive Industries Corporation (BAIC), the local distributor of BAIC vehicles, makes sure that their patrons won’t fall short of parts and services when they need one. Aside from the standard 3-year warranty (100,000 km), they also have professional service advisors and maintenance parts. These could be availed at their main showroom located in Don Chino Roces Avenue in Makati City.
With a price range that’s relatively affordable, the BAIC MZ40 is one tough contender in its segment. Its interior space and versatility, combined with its fuel efficiency, makes it perfect for car buyers who are looking for a simple vehicle that doesn’t lack the essential features of a minivan.