Spec-sheet brawl: Geely Emgrand vs. Honda City vs. Toyota Vios vs. MG 5

See how the new Emgrand stacks up against its subcompact-sedan rivals
by Leandre Grecia | Feb 25, 2022
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There’s a new Geely in town, and this time, it’s no budget-friendly crossover or SUV. No, the new Geely Emgrand is a sedan. A subcompact sedan.

This means Geely is now competing in a segment that’s been long lorded over by the Toyota Vios and the Honda City. How does it stack up against these two established nameplates? Is there reason to worry for these Japanese sedans? In order to find out, we go straight to a spec-sheet comparo.

For this bout, we picked the top-spec Geely Emgrand 1.5 Premium CVT and pitted it against the Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT and the Honda City 1.5 S CVT. For even better comparison, we also added the top-of-the-line MG 5 1.5 Alpha CVT to the mix.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice just how similar these four models are. All four are powered by 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines mated to CVTs. Output is fairly similar across the board, with the City having a slight advantage in horsepower and the 5 in terms of torque.

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All four come with a push-to-start ignition, but the City lacks the smart keyless entry system to go along with it. The Emgrand has the most premium interior with leather- and suede-stitched seats. The Geely and the MG both also get sunroofs and electronic parking brakes (with auto-hold function). The Emgrand, however, lacks the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity that the rest of the sedans have.

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As far as pricing goes, the most affordable among the bunch is the City at P888,000, though it lacks a lot of the amenities and safety features that you get with the other cars. The Emgrand follows at P908,000, then the 5 at P938,888. The most expensive is the king of subcompact sedans with a P970,000 price tag.

If you had to pick among these, which car would you opt for? You can check out more specs below. Don’t forget to answer the poll afterwards as well.

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Geely Emgrand 1.5 Premium CVT

Toyota Vios 1.5 G CVT

Honda City 1.5 S CVT

MG 5 1.5 Alpha CVT

Price (Philippine Peso) P908,000 P970,000 P888,000 P938,888
Drive FWD FWD FWD FWD
Seating capacity 5 5 5 5
Engine setup 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline
Power (hp) 102 106 119 112
Torque (Nm) 142 140 145 150
Transmission CVT CVT CVT CVT
Fuel tank capacity (L) 50 42 40 45
Brakes (front/rear) ventilated discs/solid discs ventilated discs/solid discs ventilated discs/drum ventilated discs/solid discs
Wheels 17-inch aluminum alloys 16-inch alloys 15-inch alloys 16-inch alloys
Tires 205/50 R17 195/50 R16 185/60 R15 205/55 R16
Front suspension MacPherson struts MacPherson strut MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Rear suspension torsion beam twist beam torsion beam torsion beam
Seat material leather and suede leather fabric leather
Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment -- yes/no yes/no yes/no
Infotainment system 8-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker setup 6.75-inch, 6-speaker setup 8-inch touchscreen, 4-speaker setup 10-inch infotainment, 6-speaker setup
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto no/no yes/yes yes/yes yes/yes
Smart keyless entry yes yes no yes
Push-to-start ignition yes yes yes yes
Remote start no no no no
Power trunk release yes no no no
Parking brake electronic w/ auto hold mechanical mechanical electronic w/ auto hold
Automatic climate control no yes no no
Sunroof yes no no yes
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution yes yes yes yes
Hill-start assist yes yes no no
Tire-pressure monitoring yes no no yes
Electronic stability control yes yes yes yes
Traction control yes no no no
Cruise control yes no no yes
Parking assist reversing camera with rear parking sensors reversing camera none 360-degree monitor with reversing camera and rear parking sensors
Airbags 6 7 6 4
Dimensions (mm) 4,638 x 1,822 x 1,460 4,425 x 1,730 x 1,475 4,553 x 1,748 x 1,467 4,601 x 1,818 x 1,489
Wheelbase (mm) 2,560 2,550 2,600 2,600

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