The Omoda C5 GT going for gold!

Well, it is official. I am a gold wheel lover. That’s right. This somewhat vanilla Tannie actually loves gold wheels on a car. Who would have thought it? Certainly not I! It started with the Mini Clubman JCW, then the Audi RS6 Avant Performance, and now the new Omoda C5 GT has got me in all the feels.

You might be familiar with the Omoda C5, but this limited edition GT model not only adds some cool gold kit, it has a more powerful engine to boot. But first, let me talk you through the Gold Standard. It boasts a gold logo and rear gold GT badge. The gold sports rims are optional but why wouldn’t you choose gold? If you like black rims that is. Either way, they are both 18-inches. The GT is a sportier version of the standard GT and offers up to eight different exterior customisations. It’s a good looking car and is certainly going to turn heads with its futuristic looks.

On to the engine. The standard C5 hosts a 1.5-litre turbopetrol engine that delivers 115 kW and 230 Nm. The C5 GT, however, boasts a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It produces 145 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission as opposed to the standard C5’s CVT. One can feel just how much more responsive this engine/transmission set up is. Even in Eco mode, the GT feels rather sprightly. But if it is more oomph you want, pop it into Sport mode and away you go. Fuel consumption is claimed at 6.8l/100 km, but I suspect you will see a much higher reading. You might want to wait for the hybrid Omoda models to trickle into the country if fuel-saving is a factor.

From a tech point of view, there is no denying just how fully specced these Chinese-brand cars are. And the Omoda GT is no different. The standard C5 model already boasts electric front seats, a sunroof – that can be operated by voice, mind you – ambient lighting in the rear, a 360-degree panoramic camera system, powered tailgate, and an eight-speaker SONY sound system. The GT adds a wireless charging pad, dual 10.25-inch instrument cluster and infotainment screens, and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

I hate to admit it, but we had a few issues with some of the features. Not only did our Android Auto struggle to connect – with the screen turning black for a number of minutes before magically reappearing, but the wireless charger was not up to scratch. Not only did it almost fry my phone, but it only charged about 1% after a long drive. There are a few quirks here and there that we have become accustomed to with these cars, such as the musical jingle that welcomes you when you enterthe car, but these connectivity and tech issues are just unacceptable and need to be addressed.

With that said, no one can deny the extraordinary appeal these cars have, if only for their value for money proposition. This Omoda GT is striking in every way. The engine and drive is refined, smooth and very comfortable. If we can just sort out the tech issues, there is no reason these cars can’t take on the best-sellers in the segment.

PRICING OF THE OMODA C5 GT

R589 000

It comes with a standard five-year/150 000 km warranty, a five-year/70 000 km service plan and a first-owner-only 10-year/1 million km engine warranty.

I’m Julz, South African motoring journalist with a passion for cars and a questionable sense of humour. I am not your average motoring journalist, and this is not your average motoring website.

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