Imagine being able to buy a copy of the Lamborghini Urus for a (European) price lower than that of a Dacia Sandero. This is the case in China with the Jetour Dasheng, a compact-sized sports SUV that was launched two years ago. 

At that time, its price range was between 99,900 and 169,900 yuan, which is £11,000 and almost £19,000 at today's exchange rate. The entry-level version is front-wheel drive, but the range includes 4WD variants. 

Gallery: Jetour Dasheng

Sporty line-up

The Chinese SUV, owned by Chery Automobile (owner of the Jetour brand), is 4.59 metres long and has a wheelbase of 2.72 metres. Of course, its sporty styling is beyond question, thanks to many eye-catching elements.

For example, the huge frameless grille with scale-like pattern, the large alloy wheels up to 20 inches, the door handles flush with the bodywork or the voluminous side 'shoulders'.  

Jetour Dasheng

Up to 326 hp

The interior, meanwhile, adopts a minimalist design, with a large 15.6-inch central screen and no conventional buttons. The steering wheel is flattened at the top and bottom and the car is packed with technology: head-up display, voice assistant, wireless charging base and Level 2 semi-autonomous driving. 

The Jetour Dasheng's mechanical range comprises two turbocharged petrol engines and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Among the pure combustion options, there is a 1.5-litre 156 PS engine, linked to either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

For those who need more performance, there is a 1.6-litre 197 PS engine, linked exclusively to an automatic transmission, also dual clutch, but with seven gears. 

The flagship model has the PHEV system with a combined power output of 326 PS and an electric range of 62 miles. It should be noted that the CLTC type-approval cycle is more 'optimistic' than our WLTP. 

After seeing the attached photos, you will have already seen that the Chinese Urus is far from being a 'low cost' product. In the hypothetical case of it arriving in the UK, how much would you pay for it? To give you an idea, the Omoda 5 starts at £24,000.