Dorcen G70S Review
This is the Dorcen G70S, a Chinese SUV that costs 89,000 Dirhams, and today I am going to try and prove why you should buy one of these over something else in the same price range. So sit back, relax, and let us get started.
Those of you, who follow our reviews closely, will remember us reviewing the Dorcen Domy X7 (watch Domy X7 review here)a little over a year ago and this G70S is a replacement for that very model. Competitors come in the form of the Changan CS35 and the Haval H6 (watch our Haval H6 review here), but this car does have a few special things about it.
For starters, the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that powers this car is sourced from Mitsubishi and it’s a great engine with 188 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. The 8-speed automatic transmission that pushes power to the front wheels is also worthy of special mention as the G70S is the first Chinese car to be built with an 8-speed gearbox.
But that’s not all, because the chassis on this G70S has been calibrated by MIRA – a British company that calibrates chassis for brands like Bentley, Ferrari, McLaren, and Mercedes-Benz. But keeping all of that aside, what does the G70S feel like to drive?
The steering is light, meaning it’s very easy to control. The suspension is soft, meaning it’s very comfortable. And since maximum torque is available from just 2,400RPM, it never feels slow or underpowered. Averaging 8.8-liters for every 100 kilometers, it’s also quite efficient.
When it comes to the interior, there’s a lot of brushed metal and piano black trim giving you the impression of a premium SUV. The sense of premium-ness is further heightened with leather on the seats and steering wheel, and a rotary gear selector that rises out of the center console.
In the back, there is plenty of both headroom and legroom, and because the seats do recline, you can easily carry three adults in absolute comfort. There are also two USB ports and AC vents with individual temperature settings from those seated in the front.
Being a Chinese SUV, you’d expect the G70S to be packed with features and it most certainly is. It has a full-length panoramic roof, a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat, cruise control, a fully digital instrument cluster display, and a 10.2-inch infotainment screen.
On the safety side of things, it has also got parking sensors in the front and back, 360-degree cameras, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring, but by far its most unique feature is the night vision assist. Yes, you read that right; this 89,000 Dirham SUV is fitted with night vision helping you avoid accidents in dimly lit areas!
Having taken a little bit of inspiration from here and a little bit of inspiration from there, the G70S is a very good-looking car. Sure the grille bears some resemblance to a Lexus, the LED headlights bear some resemblance to a Toyota, and the overall design does bear some resemblance to an Audi, but it all does look very good in the end.
Those of you, who aren’t a fan of the white exterior, can have it in blue, black, or grey as well and in addition to the 19-inch alloys that do a great job of filling the wheel arches, there are plenty more interesting lines and curves in the back. Boot space measures in at 600 liters with all seats in use but fold the second row down and you have a much larger 1,650 liters to play with.
The Dorcen G70S is an SUV that looks good, is built well, and has a lot of features. With a retail price of 89,000 Dirhams including VAT and a 5-year / 150,000-kilometer manufacturer warranty, it offers great value for money, but are you willing to buy one of these over its more traditional rivals? Let me know in the comments down below.