Geely Philippines has stayed true to its promise of launching a new vehicle every six months with its latest addition a mild-hybrid 7-seater MPV. Named after a great river in Africa, the Geely Okavango has a lot to offer interested buyers in terms of its affordable price point as well as the features that it carries. With only a few key features separating the two variants, we take a look at which one presents itself as the better value for money option.
Comfort - Off to a great start
The Geely Okavango Comfort offers interested buyers an affordable 7-seater midsize MPV that comes with great space and features, with a price tag of a little over P1.2M. As it is the entry-level model it comes with many standard features that are also present in its higher-grade model. It comes powered by a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that is mated to a 48-volt hybrid system. Together they produce 190hp and 300 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. It is important to note that this is the standard engine for the Geely Okavango.
On the outside the, Comfort variant shares in many of the same design elements of the higher trim models. It comes with a full suite of LEDs for its headlights and fog lights as well as its taillights at the rear. It also gets Geely’s signature expanding cosmos grille similar to that found in its other models. Power side mirrors with heating are also present on the vehicle along with body-color with chrome accents for the door handles. The Comfort variant also comes standard with 17-inch wheels wrapped in 215/60 series tires.
On the inside, the Geely Okavango comes with fabric seats that match the black and gray color scheme that is standard for the vehicle. Aside from that it also features a 10.25-inch infotainment system with QD Link that can also be found in the higher-end model. However, it is important to remember that the Comfort only comes available with a 4-speaker sound system as standard while the higher trim-level has more. Another key difference between the entry-level variant and its top of the line counterparts is in its seat adjustability. The Comfort only comes with manual 6- and 4-way manual adjustability for the driver and the front passenger.
In terms of safety, the Geely Okavango is well equipped as it comes standard with ABS with EBD, driver and front passenger airbags, rear parking sensors, a reverse camera for the comfort variant, hill descent control, hill start assist and engine immobilizer, and a tire pressure monitoring system. All in all the Comfort variant is off to a great start as it already packs a lot of features for an affordable price.
Urban - Ready for the City and then some
If you want to get all the bells and whistles then the Geely Okavango Urban is your go-to variant. Coming with a price tag of a little over P1,328,000 million you get a lot more features that add to its overall great package. It comes with all the exterior features of the Comfort with the added bonus of bigger 18-inch wheels and roof rails. It also comes with automatic headlights and auto fold side mirrors that help add more convenience to the 7-seater midsize MPV.
Just like its lower variant, the Urban is also powered by the same 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that is mated to a 48-volt hybrid system that produces 190hp and 300 Nm of torque. Power is also sent to the front wheels via a wet 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Moving on to the interior, and it is a similar story to that of the Comfort variant as many features have been standardized across the model lineup. The only difference between the two variants is that Urban comes with a leather seat material and an 8-speaker sound system along with 6- and 4-way power-adjustable front seats. The rest of the features such as the 10.25-inch infotainment system and the 3-zone climate control system remain present in the top of the line model.
While the safety features for the Urban variant are the same as the Comfort, the range-topping model does come with more airbags. The Urban model gains side airbags as well as curtain airbags for that extra layer of protection. Aside from that, the standard reverse camera has been upgraded to a 360-degree view camera. This allows the driver to get better viewing angles of the vehicle, a handy feature to have especially if you have to navigate through tight roads on a daily basis. With a little over P100,000 price difference over its entry-level model, the added features definitely justify the price increase as they complete the overall appeal of the vehicle.
Both variants equality present themselves as excellent value for money options as many of the features between the two models have been standardized, we have to give it to the Geely Okavango Urban variant. While it is more expensive than the Comfort model, the P100,000 added price difference is more than justified thanks to the additions of the 360-degree camera and the curtain and side airbags. If you are going to use it as a family vehicle, having that extra layer of safety and convenience is a great bonus to have especially at an already competitive and affordable price point.
If, however, your budget cannot afford the Urban model, then the Comfort is also a great option. It already comes with many of the standard features that are also present in the higher end model and as such is also a great value for money option when considering a 7-seater vehicle.
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