Dongfeng Sokon (DFSK), is a Chinese carmaker currently on assault on the Southeast Asian market. The company has officially entered Nepal with this, the Glory 580 SUV, a seven-seater SUV that looks to take on the Honda BR-V.
For a price range of Rs. 62.80 lakhs to 69.99 lakhs you get an inoffensively styled vehicle with hints of the Honda HR-V at the front and the Audi Q5 at the rear (especially the wraparound tailgate with integrated tail lights), as well as a clean, sober interior that is reminiscent of many Volkswagen’s products. It’s a unibody SUV with MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear setup, making it a closer competitor to the Honda BR-V than the Toyota Rush.
Power comes from a 1.5 litre turbo mill producing 150 PS and 220 Nm. There’s a standard six-speed manual transmission and a CVT option for both, and drive is sent exclusively to the front wheels. Standard kit includes LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, front and rear fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, leather upholstery, single-zone automatic climate control with a rear blower, an electronic parking brake, a navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen, six speakers, a reverse camera, a video recorder (i.e. dash cam) and, curiously, a sunroof.
The 1.5 turbo models add two-tone alloys, a black-and-brown two-tone interior, keyless entry, push-button start, six-way driver’s seat adjustment (still manual, mind), an auto up/down function for all windows with anti-pinch, heated door mirrors, a larger 10-inch touchscreen and third-row curtains. The CVT version also receives cruise control. Safety-wise, all models get dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, front seat belt reminders and ISOFIX second-row child seat anchors. The turbo models gain front side airbags (making it four airbags in total) as well as a tyre pressure monitoring system.