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2019 Baojun 510 Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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The Sports-Utility-Vehicles were once a fine resource for the off-road driving. But with time they started gaining their fame for the on-road driving. While time to time they shrunk in size and weight. And today the SUVs are a badge of passion and style. Every other guy owning an SUV might not be much interested in taking that off-road. But he would certainly admire showing it off to his friends and gaining some so-called respect.

Well, General Motors contributed a lot to tame the SUVs for the daily ride. And all their effort appeared fruitful. They started off from North America, moved to Europe and finally took over some Asian and Australian brands. And SAIC Motors is among its latest partners from Asia.

Ahead of that, in 2016 the SAIC Motors launched the Baojun 510. It is a small crossover SUV, serving as an entry-level variant from the company. While above it there are two more models. Well, the Baojun 510 was introduced at the Guangzhou Auto Show of 2016. And in the very next year, it was launched into the Chinese market.

Later, the Baojun 510 found space in the Russian, Far East Asian and some other markets, including South Asia. Further, the Baojun 510 is a fine SUV with a reasonable interior appointment but its exterior resembles the Range Rover Velar and Evoque. Ahead of that, its price would certainly keep you amazed for a while. It is incredibly available for as low as $8,180. And the finest edition or the upper trim model could be acquired for $11,460. In a way, it is one of the cheapest SUVs on the planet.

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1.5 L6 – speed manual 5 – automatic114 hp106 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
14.3s103 mphSUV22 city/ 27 highway


The drivetrain is composed using a 4-cylinder engine borrowed from Daewoo. It is the S-TEC engine, labeled L2B with a total displacement of 1.5 L. Further, the engine is capable of producing 114 hp of power with 106 lb-ft of torque.

Ahead of that, the Baojun 510 comes equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission as standard. While a 5-speed automatic is optionally available. And with the automatic transmission, the power goes down to 112 hp. Certainly, it is a weak caliber transmission system.

Well, you can expect some good fuel mileage from this SUV. In a way, it won’t behave like a common SUV, instead, it would help you cut down your driving expenses. And that could all be attained through low maintenance cost and cheaper fuel expenses. While the Baojun 510 is capable of doing that.

But you cannot expect too much performance or touring abilities from this car. It is just another city car shaped like an SUV. And inside its hood, there sits a polite and decent engine that has never ever tried going rough.

Further, the Baojun 510 comes with the front-wheel-drive configuration only. Which means, there is no off-road ability available in this SUV. Additionally, it gets the McPherson Struts in the front suspension and the Torsion Beam in the rear. Certainly, it offers a good combination for the city driving.

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Its shape gives a complete hint that the SAIC Motors got impressed by the Range Rovers. The front fascia slightly differs from Velar. While the differences include the hexagon grille, oddly configured fenders, and the badge. Further, the sides and the rear design resembles the Evoque. Certainly, SAIC had to use two different concepts to build the Baojun 510. Ahead of that, the cosmetics include alloy rims, LED headlamps, side mirrors with turn indicators and a shark fin antenna.

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The interior appointment is not so neat and even not bad at all. The interior setup also carries some resemblance with the European counterparts, especially Peugeot. Well, the Baojun 510 is spacious inside with seats available for 5. While it offers very less space for the cargo. Ahead of that, the interior ingredient includes leather heated and ventilated seats, armrest and the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Further, the upper trim models include a sunroof and the rear privacy window as well.

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The Baojun 510 comes with an incredible touchscreen infotainment system, available only in Chinese. Well, if it even supported English, it would have been a tremendous system. Further, the system features navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB ports. Ahead of that, the Baojun 510 comes with the central locking and keyless entry system. Additionally, it includes keyless ignition as well.

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Safety is the most impressive column you could find in this car. As everything available comes standard on every model. Well, the safety equipment includes frontal and side airbags, ISOFIX and child door lock. Ahead of that, the Baojun 510 comes with parking assistant, tire pressure monitoring system, braking assistant, cruise control and the hill start climbing assist. While the active safety features include the antilock brakes, electric brake force distribution, traction and stability control. But this SUV only achieved 4-Stars in its safety test.

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The pricing is definitely a fine reason to buy the Baojun 510. But if the price is not an issue for you, then the Honda BR-V is a fine option available. It is a certain competitor for the Baojun 510, based on its performance ability. But inside it is comfortable and full of pleasure. While, the Baojun 510 is not a bad car at all, but it is not even something that could leave a long lasting impression.

And that is for sure, to buy a comfortable car, you would have to spend some money. Else, the Baojun 510 is not a bad option at all.




About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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