With the increasing number of safety and high-technology features coming out every day, car brands have been trying to keep up with the pace. Chinese cars are among those that are in line with the current standards and these cars have been doing so without increasing their price tags.
As I’ve found out in my general review, the 2018 JAC S3 isn’t an exemption to these Chinese cars. At P940,000, the subcompact crossover is filled with features that should make it an attractive choice among car buyers who are into high-tech and convenient stuff inside their cars. Let’s take a closer look at the S3’s technology and safety features to see the quality of these features match its abundance.
For the Techie-Romantics
You wouldn’t think that a sub-million-peso car would have cornering lights, do you? Well, the S3 has, and with it comes automatic headlights, speed-sensing door locks, auto up and down windows on all four doors, cruise control, and automatic climate control. I must say, however, that the latter could really freeze everyone inside the car even at high noon. You might want to bring your hoodie to keep yourself warm inside the S3.
The car is also equipped with rear parking cameras that employ a clear display via the head unit. The rear sensors, however, are a bit too sensitive. It will go off even just during bumper-to-bumper situations.
With all these features present, the S3 lacks an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry, and rain-sensing wipers, but that’s fine since you can't have them all. My only gripe, though, is the displays on the air-conditioning system and multi-information display between the gauges. The multi-information display could use a different font, while the A/C display is an unknowing victim of sun glare.
What I sincerely love and one that literally stands out inside the JAC S3 is its floating touchscreen infotainment system. It’s easy to familiarize with and easy to pair up with your smartphone via Bluetooth. It doesn’t have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though, but Apple users would be delighted with its iPod connectivity. Sourcing your music from your iPhone is possible in a snap and the sound the speakers produce get two thumbs up from audiophiles like me. Handsfree calls are also loud and clear.
Above average safety
The S3 didn’t skimp out too much on safety features even with the numerous high-tech equipment added to the car. Of course, the standard dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and ABS with EBD are there, while extra stuff like stability control and hydraulic brake assist also come standard with this trim.
As a bonus, the JAC S3 has tire-pressure monitor, as well, which is pretty handy especially on long drives. It can be accessed via the infotainment system within two taps.
Performance116 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Name JAC S3 1.6 Intelligent CVT Body Type Crossover Price ₱940,000 Transmission Category CVT
Engine Size 1.6 L Displacement 1,590 cc Number of Cylinders 4 Number of Valves 16 Transmission Type Continuously Variable Transmission
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Max Output (HP) 116 hp @ 6,000 rpm Max Torque (nm) 155 Nm @ 4,000 rpm *Acceleration Rate (0-100 km/h) n/a Top Speed 180 km/h *estimated
Economy & Environment
Fuel Type Gasoline CO2 Emission n/a Fuel Capacity 45 L *Fuel Consumption n/a *Range n/a *estimated
Length 4,345 mm Width 1,765 mm Height 1,640 mm Wheelbase 2,560 mm Turning Circle 11.0 m Ground Clearance 200 mm Wading Depth n/a Trunk Capacity 600 L Max Cargo 1,100 L Number of Doors 5 Number of Seats 5
Safety & Security
Driver's Airbag Front Passenger's Airbag Side Airbags Curtain Airbags Knee Airbag Auto Brake System Electronic Brake Distribution Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Hydraulic Brake Assist
Immobilizer Security Alarm Stability Control Electronic Door Locks Speed Sensing Door Locks ISOFIX Lane Departure Warning System Blind-Spot Detection System
Cruise Control Front Parking Sensors Rear Parking Sensors Leather Upholstery Push Start Button Wheel Size 16 in Wheels Metal Type Alloy Airconditioning System Automatic Climate Control Entertainment System Radio with MP5 via 6 speakers Connectivity Bluetooth, iPod, and USB Navigation Ready Warranty 5 Years Keyless Entry Roof Rack Sunroof Electric Adjustable Seats Power Steering Power Windows Power Outlet Steering Wheel Audio Control
Active Park Assist Hill Start Assist AWD Modes n/a Tire Pressure Monitoring Heads-up Display Power Liftgate Start-stop System
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