Geely Geometry C is easy on the road, but not on the eye
Chinese car brands are now ubiquitous on UAE roads. However, Geely was one of the early pioneers, setting up shop here in 2015.
Since then, the brand has achieved consistent successes in the local market, thanks to its well-built range of offerings.
Among the new additions is the Geometry C, an electrified compact crossover hatchback that combines a 201 PS/310 Nm synchronous electric motor with a 53 kWh battery pack in the base GS model, and a 70 kWh pack in the GF model. The former offers a touring range of up to 350 kilometers on a full charge, while the latter can cover 480 kilometres.
The Geometry C doesn’t look visually appealing – at least to my eyes – but the driving experience is much better than expected. It offers a level of refinement and composure that can easily make the car’s occupants feel as if they’re confined to a German show.
There’s real ease of operation, as passive entry and start means I can just open the door, kneel on the seat and put the Mercedes-style column shifter in ‘D’ or ‘R’ position if necessary, and I’m off.
It doesn’t take many kilometers to conclude that the Geometry C has a real sense of structural integrity about it. Road surface imperfections are dealt with comfortably, and very little ambient noise seeps into the cabin. There is only the slightest trace of wind noise at highway speeds.
What’s even more impressive is how clear the car is in all its responses. The steering has great weight and precision, while the brake and throttle pedals are also well-adjusted.
However, one aspect I don’t really like is the lane keep assist feature, which is aggressive to the point of being unnerving. My immediate response is to deactivate it, as the system reacts so aggressively (sometimes unnecessarily) that it is more of a hindrance than a help.
Although it’s not considered a sports car, the Geometry C isn’t averse to speed, and the fact that it weighs less than 1.7 tonnes (a decent weight for an electric car with a 480km range) means there’s no excess body mass to overwhelm.
The 201bhp and 310Nm electric powertrain punches above its weight, so the Geometry C engine elicits an involuntary smile the first time I press the throttle. The Geely accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than seven seconds, and it sure feels that fast from behind the wheel.
There is a sense of quality in the Geely’s cabin, with soft-touch materials used throughout the interior. Faux aluminum accents and gloss black trim on the center console contrast nicely with the black and cream upholstery. The quilted leather seats look good and are comfortable. Six-way power adjustment ensures I can conjure up an acceptable driving position.
Behind the flat steering wheel is the world’s smallest instrument panel, but it offers all the essential information – speed, battery charge level, remaining range and driving mode (Sport, Eco or Eco+).
The HD infotainment system is fairly straightforward, but it’s a bit annoying to have to swipe across two screens just to change the fan or air conditioning temperature settings. A wireless phone charging pad and USB port are useful features, as is the head-up display on the flagship model.
There’s enough space in the back seats for two adults, while the 417-litre boot capacity is adequate without being ideal.
Prices in the UAE start at AED 129,900 for the base GS model, with the fully loaded 70kWh GF model priced at AED 149,000. The range-topping Geometry C undercuts the entry-level Tesla Model 3 by around Dh30,000, although the US offering serves up a range of up to 513km in base specification and is a larger car in all key dimensions.
There’s a lot to like about the Geely Geometry C – it drives, stops and steers with a surprising level of precision and finesse, and its interior lives up to the mark. The only thing lacking is visual excitement, as other Chinese brands like Zeekr, HiPhi and Jetour have knocked it out of the park on the design front with their latest models.
Maybe Geely needs to poach a top designer from one of the premium European brands?
Updated: January 06, 2024 at 7:26 AM