Earlier on this year, I had the chance to drive the BAIC D20 Sedan (1.5 Auto Fashion). Thinking back to my time with Dawie Du Preez (knowledgeable sales Executive at Gindra Motors in Kempton Park) I am recalling the enjoyment of reviewing this vehicle.
Dawie, who is a passionate and dedicated member of the Gindra Motors family, notes that for him and his wife, a vehicle such as the D20 is ideal. He clarifies that his generation, which are verging on retirement, would greatly benefit from owning and driving an affordable, reliable – yet comfortable and modern – vehicle, and the D20 certainly ticks all these boxes. I am inclined to agree with him and note that my own experience with the vehicle was very pleasing on all fronts: driving the D20 felt smooth and light, and it handled with an elegant flair which I quite liked.
The D20 comes in hatchback and sedan models, and both are equally attractive designs. BAIC has done a superb job of styling the vehicle with fluid, languid lines and a bold grille design. The interior is equally lovely, with high-quality cloth-upholstered seats and a cock-pit reminiscent of luxury sedans and SUV’s. The variant I am driving has a comprehensive infotainment system, climate control and a sunroof (which is always a plus point for me). Standard features on all models are fantastic, and you get more bang for your buck with this vehicle than most other’s in its class: electric windows, rear-park assist, ABS with EBD, Isofix seat mountings, height-adjustable driver’s seat and auto headlights. Airbags are also standard safety features and the legroom (especially in the back) is extremely liberal – making this a great family vehicle.
The Sedan variant is released with a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated engine which provides a satisfying 85 kW and 149 Nm of torque, meaning his vehicle is capable of good power supply whilst still providing great fuel economy. Dawie notes the fuel consumption is tipped at 7.3 litres to 100 kilometres for this variant, with even better results on the 1.3 litre engine models. This is, of course, a massive benefit in the current economy and with fuel prices set to rise yet again this festive season.
The D20 is a vehicle designed for a family, and Dawie goes on to note that family is what Gindra Motors holds most dear. The ideals of providing great quality vehicles at affordable prices is what the Dealership strives to uphold, and Dawie notes that his time with Gindra motors has most certainly proved that car dealerships can and do prioritise the client. Dawie also notes that working under a passionate and team-oriented Dealer Principal such as Gina Giani at Gindra Motors Kempton Park, is what makes this team so good at caring for their customers.
Caring doesn’t end with the purchase of a vehicle at Gindra Motors. Extremely generous warranties and service plans (which include a first service free) are part of the Gindra Motors experience and it has become clear over the months that I have worked with this team, that ensuring your happiness as a client – and as part of the family – is their core business.
By Desh Bechan