Changan Alsvin is a compact sedan car by Chinese manufacturer Changan Automobile that is introduced first in 2009. While the Alsvin is classified as in a segment of Hyundai Accent or Kia Cerato but it is also way cheaper than its international rivals.
The first generation were discontinued in 2013 and then Changan introduced the second generation which were called the Alsvin V5. Alsvin V5 was a cheap copy of the second generation Mazda 3 and many auto journalists and customers criticized its design. Now the third and last generation of Changan Alsvin is available for us.
The third generation Changan Alsvin introduced at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show with a fresh design and improved technology. Lets take a closer look to see what it has to offer.
The second-generation Alsvin was a very bad copy of Mazda 3 and we couldn’t call it nice by any standard. But for the latest model, Changan decided to give the Alsvin a little bit of character with new headlights and taillights and a big black grille that is connected to the headlights as well. The front facia is modern and represents a good economy car. The side view seems to be inspired by the Hyundai Accent and there is no complaint here. At the rear the design is simple and there is not much dynamic view but better than some other cars in the same class from other Chinese automakers. All in all the Alsvin has an acceptable design that can interest plenty of customers.
In terms of size, Changan Alsvin measures 4,390 mm long, 1,725 mm wide and 1,490 mm tall.
While stepping inside the cabin, you’ll find out the cabin is even better than the exterior. The overall design is modern and ergonomy is good. A multi-function steering wheel, an LCD screen on the top of the dash, and big air vents are the first elements that you will notice inside the cabin. Changan used lots of hard plastic inside the cabin which is not good but otherwise, we can mention leather seats, piano black accents, and a digital instrument cluster alongside an analog tachometer.
With a wheelbase of 2,535 mm, the interior space is not bad and there is enough headroom and legroom for the front and rear passengers.
A sunroof, and a seven-inch touchscreen display, LED daytime running lights, power windows, 14 and 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, two airbags, electric side mirrors, a rearview camera, hill-hold control, and electronic stability control are some of the equipment that you can find as standard on the Alsvin.
Changan Alsvin is available with two engine options. The first engine is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder unit with 99 hp and 135 nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The second engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 106 hp and 145 nm of torque that is connected to a 5-speed DCT transmission.
Both engines cover the Euro 6 emission standard. The average fuel economy for the 1.4-liter model is 5.4 l/100 km and 8.4 l/100 km for the 1.5-liter version. There is no detail about performance levels like the 0-100 acceleration of the top speed yet but these are not a priority for economy car buyers. Stopping power is also provided by a ventilated front disk and rear drum brakes alongside the ABS and EBD systems.
It has been two years that the Alsvin is in the Chinese market and Changan could manage to sell more than 20,000 units. The starting price for the Alsvin is about $7,340 and the most expensive version costs $9,980 which is very low for such a car with that list of standard and safety equipment. For comparison, the IKCO Dena which is more expensive suffers from a lack of stability control or leather interior. So the Alsvin is one of the most affordable cars that you can get in the market from Changan.
For 2021, Changan Alsvin is available in three different trims: the Alsvin 1.4L MT, the Alsvin 1.5L DCT and the Alsvin 1.5L DCT Platinium. Pakistan and probably Iran are two other markets that we expect to see Changan Alsvin.