Spec-sheet brawl: MG ZS vs. Geely Coolray

The battle of two affordable Chinese crossovers
by Leandre Grecia | Oct 6, 2020
ILLUSTRATION: Echo Antonio
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The stigma surrounding Chinese cars is slowly fading. Well, at least that’s the case for vehicles like the MG ZS—its sales figures from 2019 can attest to that.

It’s arguably one of the most compelling value-for-money propositions in the market right now, and it no doubt stacks up well against its competitors on paper, especially against crossovers from the likes of Toyota, Suzuki, and Ford. When it comes to a certain Chinese brand, however, we can’t easily say the same.

We’re talking about the Geely Coolray. It’s another relatively new entry in the local automotive industry and yet another bang-for-the-buck offering from The People's Republic. It certainly looks like it can give the ZS a run for its money—or any other vehicle in the segment, for that matter.

In order to find out, we’re pitting the spec sheets of these two China-made cars against each other to see which vehicle is actually the better offering. For this comparo, we’ll be looking specifically at the ZS Alpha and the Coolray Comfort (note that the Coolray shown in the photo above is the top-spec Sport variant). Let’s get right to it. 

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The two are far from identical, as the ZS is taller, has a shorter wheelbase, and is 253kg heavier (gross vehicle weight) than the Coolray. Moreover, in terms of power output, the ZS pales in comparison with the Coolray. The former packs a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline mill that generates 112hp and 150Nm of torque, while the latter is propelled by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbopetrol that’s capable of 177hp and 255Nm. The ZS comes with a four-speed automatic gearbox with manual tiptronic function, and the Coolray is fitted with a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

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When it comes to added niceties, however, the ZS gets a few extras that the Coolray doesn’t. MG’s crossover gets features such as a panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay connectivity, and leather seats. Then again, we have to take note that this is a top-spec ZS being put side-by-side with a base Coolray variant.

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As for pricing, the ZS Alpha carries a P998,888 price tag, which is only slightly more expensive than the Coolray Comfort that’s priced at P978,000. Now, we leave it up to you to decide which of these two is the better package. You can check out the rest of the specs of both vehicles below and tell us your pick afterwards.

2020 MG ZS 1.5 Alpha AT

2020 Geely Coolray Comfort DCT

Price (Philippine Peso) 998,888 978,000
Drive FWD FWD
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine setup 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline 1.5-liter in-line-three turbocharged gasoline
Power (hp) 112 177
Torque (Nm) 150 255
Transmission 4-speed automatic with manual tiptronic 7-speed wet DCT
Fuel tank capacity (L) 48 45
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/disc Disc/disc
Wheels 17-inch alloy 17-inch alloy
Tires 215/50 R17 215/60 R17
Front suspension Independent MacPherson strut Independent MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Torsion beam Torsion beam
Seat material Leather Fabric
Infotainment system 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay 10.25-inch touchscreen with QD link
Smart keyless entry No No
Push-start ignition Yes Yes
Remote start No Yes
Parking brake Mechanical Electronic, with autohold function
Automatic climate control Yes Yes
Automatic headlamps No, with adjustable beam height No
Rain-sensing wipers No No
Panoramic sunroof Yes No
Tire pressure monitoring system Yes Yes
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution Yes Yes
Traction Control Yes Yes
Electronic Stability Control Yes Yes
Hill-start assist Yes No
Cruise control Yes Yes
Blind Spot Monitor No Yes
Parking assist Reversing camera with rear parking sensors 360-degree view monitor
Airbags 6 6
Dimensions (mm) 4,314 x 1,809 x 1,648 4,330 x 1,795 x 1,609
Wheelbase (mm) 2,585 2,600
Ground Clearance (mm) -- 196


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