There’s a new B-segment crossover in town, and it’s out to get the likes of the MG ZS and GAC GS3. After testing it out late last year in its home market, it has officially made its way to the Philippines.
This is the 2020 S4, JAC Motors' stab at the lucrative mini crossover market, and they claim the 2020 S4 has all the necessary features in a B-segment crossover at budget-friendly prices.
The S4 features a sleek exterior that is dominated by sharp lines and shapely curves. The front fascia is dominated by a large chrome grille, sharp headlights, and a pair of foglights. Halogen projectors come as standard although higher-grade variants will come with LED lighting. The rear gets wraparound LED taillights, a chrome tailgate trim, a spoiler, and rear foglights. Regardless of variant, the S4 rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/50 tires.
Size-wise, the S4 measures 4410mm long, 1800mm wide, and 1660mm tall. It also has a generous 2620mm wheelbase, and 150mm of ground clearance.
Inside, the S4 greets its occupants with a stylish cabin. High-grade variants will come with leather upholstery, contrast stitching, and a soft-padded instrument dash panel. Manually adjustable seats come as standard, with power-adjustable front seats only being available on the Intelligent and Ultimate models.
A 10.25-inch touchscreen media display is available and comes with the usual features such as AM/FM radio, USB, Bluetooth, smartphone link, and video playback. It is then complemented by either a four- or six-speaker sound system, depending on the model.
Other available amenities on the S4 are electric tailgate, power sunroof, USB charging sockets for the rear passengers, 10.25-inch instrument panel, automatic climate control, rear A/C vents, and automatic folding side mirrors.
Under the hood, the S4 is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It puts out 147 PS with 210 Nm of torque and can be mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or continuously variable transmission (CVT).
As far as safety features are concerned, the S4 comes standard with the following: electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, hill-start assist, rear parking sensors, dual front airbags, and a brake override system. Higher-grade models, on the other hand, come with several extras like a reverse camera, 360-degree around-view monitor, smart keyless entry, cruise control, and additional front side/side curtain airbags.
Only available for the top-of-the-line Ultimate version is the suite of intelligent driver aids. With it, features such as lane departure warning, front collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and intelligent light are all standard equipment.
Pricing of the 2020 JAC S4 is as follows:
S4 Luxury MT - PhP 878,000
S4 Luxury CVT - PhP 928,000
S4 Intelligent CVT - PhP 998,000
S4 Ultimate CVT - PhP 1,098,000