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The seven-seater Lifan X80 — exclusive test ZR

The biggest crossover Lifan will appear on the market not earlier than in the second half of this year, but we have experienced it our roads.

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Lifan X80 2.0 TSI

Length/width/height/base 4820/1934/1760/2790 mmweight/total weight 1885/n / a kgEngine diesel, R4, 16 valves, 1984 cm3; 141 kW/192 BHP at 5000 rpm; 286 N·m at 1600-3600 rpmFuel/fuel AI‑95/72 lTransmission front-wheel drive; the A6

The seven-seater Lifan X80 brought to Russia only for a few days at the dealer conference in honor of the decades of work of companies in our market. We picked it up literally for a few hours. As X80 imported on a temporary basis, without customs clearance, access to public roads it was closed and we set up a meeting at the Dmitrov avtopoligone.

Illusion

When the truck with the Lifan came around on the territory of the site, I did not even pay attention to him — Highlander or something, never seen? And only having got accustomed, has understood: it is not Toyota!

The Chinese do not deny that in the development of “vosmidesyatki” focused on Highlander, and not only in terms of design. Size X80, only a little less: 4820 mm long, 1934 mm wide and 1760 mm in height (vs 4890/1925/1770 mm). Wheelbase is a hair’s-breadth: 2790 mm.

Of course, in the form of the X80 can uglyadet and other machines — at least the same Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. But, despite all the borrowing, the crossover turned out harmonious, even cute.

Design of interior items clearly borrowed from other manufacturers. But they combined quite naturally. A six-speed automatic isn’t the most “rapid-fire”, but you can spur using the manual mode. Alas, the lever is not very clearly recorded in the respective grooves, and around the plastic “breathes”. Multimediasystem can be controlled with touch 8-inch screen. Declared support for Apple CarPlay, but I have to connect my phone and failed.Design of interior items clearly borrowed from other manufacturers. But they combined quite naturally. A six-speed automatic isn’t the most “rapid-fire”, but you can spur using the manual mode. Alas, the lever is not very clearly recorded in the respective grooves, and around the plastic “breathes”. Multimediasystem can be controlled with touch 8-inch screen. Declared support for Apple CarPlay, but I have to connect my phone and failed.

Completely virtual instrument panel looks impressive, however, read information from it’s hard — speedometer does not digitised, and the current speed is displayed only in a small window inside it. Protective screen shamelessly glare.Completely virtual instrument panel looks impressive, however, read information from it’s hard — speedometer does not digitised, and the current speed is displayed only in a small window inside it. Protective screen shamelessly glare.

Climate control single-zone, but second-row passengers have the opportunity to change the “weather” from your remote. Provided and a separate ceiling air vents.Climate control single-zone, but second-row passengers have the opportunity to change the “weather” from your remote. Provided and a separate ceiling air vents.

In the top configuration X80 equipped with cameras, images from which are combined at the Central monitor. The view from the top much easier Parking.In the top configuration X80 equipped with cameras, images from which are combined at the Central monitor. The view from the top much easier Parking.

Body parts fit well, the gaps almost everywhere smooth. Only the lid is fitted with a small warp. The cracks that you can stick your finger, no — production is increasing. I hope this is not a feature of the “exhibition” of an instance.

Open the driver’s door, and the nose has a phenolic smell. Meanwhile, other models of the company such a long time is not noticed. Maybe they ventilate for several days before selling or results to the test?

Front panel — patchwork. The designers were not particularly wise, and “borrowed” elements with the world on a string: the drive — from DS 4, the middle part from Acura’s TLX, the Central tunnel — a collective image of different Infiniti. It looks good, but hard plastic everywhere. On the center tunnel plastic “chrome” in the scratches. In General, there is no feeling of quality and good quality. Tacky pads under the tree, the situation does not save but rather, on the move, they creaked, but the mileage just 18 km away.

The driver seat cushion, as in many “Chinese” is a bit short. The angle of tilt cannot be adjusted, despite the presence of multiple actuators, so the legs are constantly on weight.The driver seat cushion, as in many “Chinese” is a bit short. The angle of tilt cannot be adjusted, despite the presence of multiple actuators, so the legs are constantly on weight.

The rear couch is cut in the ratio of 60:40, the range of longitudinal adjustment impressive. Surprised by the armrest, which in the normal position of the backrest was lowered to horizontal level. Beverages in open containers will not put all rasplakalsya.The rear couch is cut in the ratio of 60:40, the range of longitudinal adjustment impressive. Surprised by the armrest, which in the normal position of the backrest was lowered to horizontal level. Beverages in open containers will not put all rasplakalsya.

Back can get only very flexible passengers, as the seats of the second row do not recline fully. If someone from adults succeed, they have to sit in the pose of a grasshopper, propping his head with his knees. Escape from the gallery is even more difficult.Back can get only very flexible passengers, as the seats of the second row do not recline fully. If someone from adults succeed, they have to sit in the pose of a grasshopper, propping his head with his knees. Escape from the gallery is even more difficult.

Steering wheel adjustable for height and angle. Tall drivers may not be enough space above the head: the part of useful volume eats up the hatch. As in many other Chinese cars, pillows and seat backs are short. Leatherette upholstery is slippery and lateral support is almost there, so in the turns you have to hold tight to the wheel.

Passengers for lack of space I can’t complain. The floor is smooth, no transmission tunnel, the back three can sit quite comfortably, especially as the range of longitudinal adjustment of the seats made an impressive — largely in order to clear the way to the third row. But anyway to get to the gallery is inconvenient, because the second row seats to fold only the back. And places of Kamchatka — just for kids.

With seven-seat layout Luggage to put almost nowhere. But if you fold the second and third rows of seats in the cabin, although the fridge move. Big machine.

The speed of delivery

In Russia X80 arrive in a single version with 2-liter gasoline turbo engine of its own design, which produces 192 HP and 286 N·m. In China there are other versions — licensing atmospherically Mitsubishi 1,8 and 2.4 liters, but we, most likely, will not see. The Lifan in the basic version transmission — manual six-speed and this car, in top versions – a classic automatic with the same number of steps.

I confess, from the power unit I expected more swagger. If the city speeds stock enough traction when overtaking on country 80-110 km/h maneuvers have to be calculated in advance.

The suspension design borrowed from the Highlander: McPherson strut front, independent rear dvorachek. But the settings and the smoothness of the copy failed. All-wheel drive is not in the near future is not expected.The suspension design borrowed from the Highlander: McPherson strut front, independent rear dvorachek. But the settings and the smoothness of the copy failed. All-wheel drive is not in the near future is not expected.

Other driving habits is also not easy. The suspension copes with large pits and potholes, but broadcasts in great detail all the imperfections of the road, which is a tremor run through the steering wheel, seats and other interior parts. The steering is electric power steering in Chinese too lightweight. Moreover, the steering force does not increase even with increasing speed, and you want informative feedback.

About brakes will tell you next time: the machine is new, the pads have not really used. But from the beginning of the stroke of the brake pedal such a backlash? I hope at least some of the problems will solve when adapting the car to our conditions: X80 will be produced by SKD method in Cherkessk plant “Derways”.

Seat second and third rows fold to form a flat floor. In this configuration, Luggage compartment affects the size.Seat second and third rows fold to form a flat floor. In this configuration, Luggage compartment affects the size.

Underground — only shallow organizer with tools and a couple of small side niches. Spare wheel is suspended below the bumper.Underground — only shallow organizer with tools and a couple of small side niches. Spare wheel is suspended below the bumper.

The main drawback of Lifan — the lack of all-wheel drive. The Chinese have plans to have the transmission connected to the rear axle, but its prospects are unclear. Off-road Arsenal is limited to 180 mm ground clearance, assistant descent from the mountain and disable the stabilization system.

For all the flaws involuntarily close my eyes, when you know the price. Lifan generally known for its aggressive pricing, but this time the manufacturer has managed to surprise even the Chinese are accustomed to inexpensive machines for the home market. At home for the X80 in the Midwest, in terms of our, from 950 000 to 1 300 000, and this level, the Chinese plan to save us. Million for a large seven-seat crossover, which is easily confused with the Toyota — where else will you find such? Only if on Aliexpress.

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The seven-seater Lifan X80 — exclusive test Preministry Lifan X80 — exclusive test, Photo: Alexander Kulnev

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