The fitment of a smaller 1-litre engine and the deletion of airbags brings the price of this Geely down to just R89 900.
The fitment of a smaller 1-litre engine and the deletion of airbags brings the price of this Geely down to just R89 900.

There isn't much to choose from when you're shopping for a new car below the R100 000 threshold, but Geely has a just added a new and well-equipped option for just R89 900 - making it the country's second cheapest car after the R84 900 Chery QQ3 0.8 TE.

The new CG2 is basically Geely LC hatchback with a smaller engine.

For a ten-grand saving, you'll be downgrading from the LC's 63kW/110Nm 1.3-litre engine to a new 1-litre three-cylinder motor that's good for 50kW at 6000rpm and 88Nm at 3600Nm and which is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

COMFORT VALUE

Yet the GC2 still holds the claim of being the best-equipped entry-level car in its class, with standard features including air conditioning, a four-speaker USB/Aux sound system, remote central locking, a full-sized spare wheel as well as electric front windows and mirrors.

It even comes with an on-board fire extinguisher like many of its Chinese counterparts do.

However, its lack of airbags and ABS brakes could count against the GC2, especially given that it's aimed at students and youngsters starting out in life and that many second-hand cars at this price point do offer the necessary safety items.

On the peace-of-mind front, the Geely's R89 900 price tag includes a three-year/100 000km warranty and buyers can also choose between a range of optional service plans.