Like any country in the European segment, now Malaysia also sports a whole euphoria to choose cars, and is emerging as a big automobile economy. As a result of this, big foreign brands are taking huge interests in launching their vehicles in the country. Great Wall Motors Company Limited of China is one among them, exporting its automobiles in huge number every year to Malaysia. Great Wall cars sale success story in Malaysia is due to there efficacy to fill the gap of an expensive vehicle and desired demand level. M4 of Great Wall came in market as an affordable solution for the people who wanted to buy a robust, strong, big vehicle – a powerful SUV but at a limited price tag. Driving M4 despite all odds is a pleasurable experience, you will realize how much attention you can get on the road with this big vehicle.
Powered with 1.5-litre water cooled 4 stroke inlined 4-cylinder DOHC VVT engine, it is capable of producing maximum power output of 78 kW power at 6000 rpm and the high torque of 138 Nm at 4200 rpm. The exterior profile is designed with raised stance, large grille on the front bumper, headlamps and fog light and broadened rear profile. M4's high ground clearance and wide approach departure angles are designed to tackle significantly difficult obstacles over tough terrains.
Based on the interior features and facilities Great Wall M4 is offered in three trim levels – M4 Standard, M4 Luxury and M4 Premium. The common difference between the three variants include the tyre size, internal equipments, fabric, safety features embedded and entertainment segment. Navigation and around view camera system (AVM), automatic air conditioning is only available in top end variant of the class i.e. M4 Premium. All other standard features are available with the other trims. For better handling and safety of the vehicle, it is made laudable with features like dual SRS airbags, ABS (Antilock Braking Assist) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), BA (Brake Assist), battery alert sensor (BAS), rear door child lock and many more.
Mileage and Fuel economy:
Great Wall M4 brings to light pleasurable experience of driving dynamics and fuel control on consumption consuming just about 6-litres of fuel in covering distance of 100 km. This count of mileage can be maintained for the SUV driving under standard conditions on all drive ways.
As such, Great Wall M4 is powered with self-effacing 1.5-litre EEV (Energy Efficiency Vehicle), four cylinder VVT (Variable Valve Timing) DOHC gasoline engine that churns out total output power measuring 78 kW power at 6000 rpm alongside a peak torque measuring 138 Nm at 4200 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup:
The 1.5-litre engine equipped in M4 doesn't give outstanding acceleration results but it has a decent pull of 12.5 seconds to breach the speed limit of 0-100 km/hr. The top speed which you can tick drawing all the power from the engine to reach the horizon is 175 km/hr.
The robust exterior structure of Great Wall M4 affirms its strong and dynamic appeal. Its new front ends in black-finish honey-combed designed large grille which looks like the sniff nose of a fierce tiger. The company's insignia is embarked in the centre of sleek grille traveling from one electrically height adjustable headlamp to the other. The fog lights on the front makes the visibility clear in adverse climatic conditions. To protect against shock and easy passage through rough terrains, the ground clearance is kept high. Coming to its rear side, it is widened giving it enhanced look with extended rear bumper. The front and rear sides are in lined with mud flaps to protect it from body spray in rough or muddy terrains. The door handles are kept in chrome-finish to add touch of style and sportiness to the car. The 5-spoked wheels has got the special attention while designing its exteriors; the alloy made wheels accentuate its design and leaves strong impact on drive.
This compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) has a redefined exterior measurements with overall length 3961 mm, total height 1617 mm and overall width 1728 mm. The raised ground clearance for this SUV is 185 mm. The wheelbase for the same remains as 2383 mm, which is one of the biggest minus points inside the drive, owing to the constrained legroom.
M4 has got decent interiors with the newly designed dashboard, the centre console and the dark gray upholstery makes it easily adaptable for the occupants offering maximum comfort. Its new ergonomic controls and several mini compartments for objects makes it handy and spacious on-drive. The steering wheel in the centre is surrounded with chrome logo of company's insignia. The steering column can be adjusted to the drivers comfortable seating position so that it becomes handy to drive and is mounted with audio control switches in all the three trim levels. You need not to put hands off the wheel to adjust the volume up and down and change the tunes. The seats are provided with height adjustment and sliding technique to provide you maximum space needed in the cabins. Leather seats are available only in Premium variant. The other two trims offer seats made in a fabric or two-toned fabric lined inside.
With constrained wheelbase, Great Wall M4 isnt really the most comfortable SUV around, but still given the price tag, there are many features embedded inside Great Wall M4. The panoramic sunroof allows you to enjoy sunny winter shades, the open fields and colors. Luggage cabin curtain is given in Comfort and Premium trims to hide it from onlookers gaze. All the four door are powered with electric window switches. 12V power socket is given in the front cabin where you can charge your mobile phones and other accessories on board. Automatic air conditioning is extra add-on feature in M4 Premium, the other two variants are equipped with manual electric air conditioning switches.
Great Wall M4 offers boot space of 310-litres which is not good count for a SUV vehicle. Neither the seats are foldable like other cars in the class with rear folding sear capacity.
Engine and Performance:
Great Wall M4 is powered with 1.5-litre EEV (Energy Efficiency Vehicle), four cylinder VVT (Variable Valve Timing) DOHC petrol engine producing maximum power output of 78 kW power at 6000 rpm alongside decent torque measuring 138 Nm at 4200 rpm. This is coupled with 5-speed manual transmission and 6-speed automatic transmission giving you choice at the gear knob. You can go for manual transmission and increase the fuel economy results given by the respective engine.
Stereo and Accessories:
M4's stereo segment offers audio and video devices which will take charge of entertaining you throughout the rides. A 7-inch LCD display screen is employed on the dashboard which gives information about the playing tunes, album track, audio options and others. The sound output is all thanks to in-and-all 6 speakers fitted in; 2 high tone speakers and 4 low tone speakers. Moving on to the top variant, M4 Premium comes with around view camera system (AVM) that assists you for safe driving. You can also take help of navigation feature with this variant reaching the unknown location with easy approach using the technology.
The wheels are kept 5-spoked while designing this SUV. The alloy made wheels accentuate its design and leaves strong impact on drive. The size of the wheels remains 195/60 R15 for M4 Standard and 205/60 R16 for other two variants, Luxury and Premium.
Braking and Handling:
All the variants of M4 are provided with ventilated disc brakes in all the four wheels. For firm driving, the front suspension comes with McPherson type independent arrangement and the rear suspension is coupled with trail arm type torsion bar composite suspension. Along side, Anti Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) is provided for firm handling and progressive control over the vehicle and ensures driver's control over steering. The minimum turning radius for the vehicle is 5.3 meters giving you easy access taking steep and sharp turns.
Safety and Security:
All the three variants of M4 are equipped with standard safety features that includes dual SRS airbags, ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist). Alarm systems for seatbelt fastening of driver and front passenger, door ajar warning and key-in ignition are provided that sends signals immediately to the occupants for needed action. Reverse sensors and reverse camera is provided in variants for safe and easy parking. If you are carrying children's along with you on ride, child seat fixing device will ensure their safety along with the rear door child lock system.
Raised ground clearance offers easy handling over rugged surfaces
Robust exterior appearance
SUV made available in unbelievable prices
Dull interiors with very basic features
Very less volume available for luggage compartment
Cannot compete with mid-range SUVs