2014 JAC J5 | new car review

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by
2014 JAC J5
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 49,900
  • 4.25/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 4.25 stars
  • 4 Reviews

  • J5
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  • Last modified: April 13, 2015
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
    User: 91%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
    User: 67%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
    User: 64%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
    User: 78%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
    User: 71%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%
    User: 83%

Review Summary:

A significant step up from its entry-level sibling, the is the epitome of sophistication in sedan territory from the Chinese brand, and is keen to steal customers away from its Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic cousins.


Designed in conjunction with Pininfarina, the J5 is the best looking sedan in the brand's line-up.


Interior materials are bordering archaic.


Designed in collaboration with Pininfarina, the 2014 JAC J5 is more than just the prettiest model in the brand’s line-up. Awarded with a 5-star NCAP crash test rating, the J5 is as safe as it is good looking, with its honeycomb grille, wrap around headlamps, chrome around the fog lamp housings and discreet rear diffuser.

2014 JAC J5 front


Inside, the focus on sticking to the bare minimum and keeping costs low is more evident than ever before. While piano black trim runs along the dashboard, centre console and door panels, it isn’t enough to offset the aura of years long gone from the books of automotive design. Orange backlights for the displays and archaic knobs for the A/C controls probably would’ve cut it in 2004, but in 2014, I’m afraid not.

2014 JAC J5 interior


Fitted with rear A/C vents, parking sensors, motion sensitive door locking, leather seats and 6 speakers, the Chinese sedan offers a lot of features for a vehicle that costs a mere AED 49,900.

2014 JAC J5 rear

What’s on offer?

Under the hood of the 4,590mm long Chinese sedan resides a 1.8 litre 4-cylinder engine, which gets mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission – sourced from Mitsubishi – and sends 143 horsepower and 165 Nm of torque to the front wheels. Equipped with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), the J5 automatically adjusts the brake force applied to each wheel and can transfer braking pressure front-to-rear or side-to-side to help optimize the available traction.

2014 JAC J5 front

Summing it…

Up until this point, the Koreans (Hyundai, Kia, and SsangYong) were positioned as value propositions. They seemed to offer a lot of features, which translated to better value for money to the average Joe. However, with the sudden shift in importance towards Chinese automakers, it really is quite difficult even for the Koreans, to keep up with the amount of bang the Chinese offer for your bucks.

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32 Responses to 2014 JAC J5 | new car review

  1. Muahammad Reply

    August 17, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Tomorrow I will buy this car after I will tell u review

  2. kumar Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I have this car since nov 2015, had some troubles which could not be resolved by the service centers, I am very busy whole day so could not spare much time on it.

    Bought from Habtoor Motors in Dubai. A lot was promised but only dreams were delevered. And if using in UAE, do not expect anything friendly from this agency, not even from customer service department.

    The breaks are noisy in very low speeds… in traffic jams… slowing at signals.. still unresolved.

    The servicing cost in agency is 5 times more than justified cost.

    The parts are not available as nobody in the market seems to be aware of any such car – biggest issue

    No doubt that it is a very impressive car.
    There is no mileage issue.. just use the good fuel.
    Performance is better than expected in this price segment.
    There is cooling issue as well if the car condition is good.
    It can easily cross 200 kmph with ac on.
    No annoying engine sounds if serviced well.(good engine oil + good fuel)

    At present the compressor has failed and is still not available anywhere in local markets.

    There is no resale value.
    You may mail me and confirm the information on define81atgmail.

    • kumar Reply

      June 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      If anybody knows which ac compressor will fit this car, please let me know.

  3. Hayden Dunavant   Reply

    May 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

    thanks a lot

  4. Hishan Reply

    May 6, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I am having j5 1.8 its been more than a year there is no big complain but car have small complains like front seat hard plastic breaks often, body is big rather than engine. Engine make sound pick up not so good .

    Top speed checked by me is 180 kms/ hour
    Nice leather seats
    Comfortable and suspicious
    Have sensors on reverse

  5. kamal Reply

    February 24, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Hello to everibodi
    in advance ,hope ur fine. I wanna to buy this kind of car. but to tell the truth i’m in doubt. in which to me MWM550 is nice OR Jac j5.i’m relly will be very pleased if make ur suggestions for me .

  6. Mohammad Reply

    November 13, 2015 at 6:28 pm

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    • Rated 5 stars

    I have bought a 1.8 J5 9 month ago and everything is ok. Comparing to other cars in Iran, it is reasonable to buy a beautiful AT model while we have to pay 430 milyun Rials for Logan which there is nothing to stimulste us.


    November 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I will need a regular review of JAC J5

  8. Hayaty Reply

    October 28, 2015 at 11:49 am

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    • Rated 4 stars

    Good car, engine a bit noisy when on automatic choke as you start , this lasts a while then becomes silent.

  9. AZARAKHSH Reply

    October 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm


  10. mahdi Reply

    October 11, 2015 at 3:53 pm

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    • Rated 4 stars

    hi every body
    i bought j5 1500 this year
    every thing is ok but:
    engine power is not enough for this body, i.e the car`s body is heavy for engine so you can feel this problem on hills
    next one motor is some noisy and maybe after a while you fall into the habit and come to terms with.

  11. Iman Reply

    July 14, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    hi friends Im from I R A N
    i have this car already its 1.8 liter AUTOMATIC

    THIS car in pretty looking out side and inside


    2 — in a uphill engine lose the power not work well
    3 — the engine is so noisy specially when you push the gas pedal
    4 — the suspension system in not quick even sometimes when you push the gas its not make a reverse gear to speed you you have to do it manually

    *********************THE Engine noise is terrible***********************

    im suggest you all buy a Korean second hand cars and do not buy this car


    • Mohammad Reply

      September 30, 2015 at 10:35 am

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      • Rated 4 stars

      I’m from IRAN and I have one of this too.

      First of all, I have a question from you; Are you sure you have one of it? On contrary of you, the car has very quiet engine and it’s very quiet in the room indeed. It has good engine with adequate power, great suspension system and comfortable gear. Maybe it’s to some how retro design in the cabin, but it’s totally cozy. I myself love it and of course in compare to rest of domestic and Chinese products in 2015 automobile market in IRAN, I select JAC J5 and satisfied with my selection so far.

      Have a Nice Day,
      Good Luck.

      • Ehsan Reply

        September 6, 2016 at 6:34 pm

        I don’t have this car but i was in one as passenger in tehran, and the first thing i noticed was very bass sound of engine when accelerating.. It wasn’t tolerable for a long ride…

  12. SAMSUNG Reply

    July 10, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    See this video of JAC J5
    Really beautifull

  13. Madhav Sinha Reply

    July 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Hey I am getting a second hand JAC J5…Is it a good car and is this option good?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 5, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Madhav,

      Hope you’re well and that you had a good weekend.

      The JAC J5 isn’t a bad car at all for what it offers. It’s affordable and that’s what makes it so interesting. Whether that particular model is worth it though, we won’t be able to help out as we only cover reviews for new vehicles, not used.



  14. Mori Reply

    July 4, 2015 at 4:09 am

    I have this car in Iran and have ran it for 24000 km over 8 month of using it and i think this review will be helpful to those who want to buy this car anywhere around the world.
    At first the look seems really accepable for the price we are paying but material which is used in interior is terrible starting with steering wheel which is making noise on turning and also the leather on it is tearing apart little by little .

    The car is so noisy when driving and suspension system regard to feeling the obstacles on road is really poor and you can literally feel everything on the ground.
    On speeds above 100 there is also wind noise in the car.
    The gearbox is not smart enough on driving and it makes it not enjoyable to drive.

    I tried to be as honest as i possible so people who would buy this car can choose what is best for them regard to their situations.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 5, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Hi Mori,

      Thank you very much for your feedback, I’m sure it will help a lot of our readers.



  15. Mohamed Shakeel Reply

    June 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I am planning for buying JAC J6. Its in Ramadan offer of around 39,*** and monthly of 602.. Is the vehicle good, please give ur reviews.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      June 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Hi Shakeel,

      Unfortunately, the JAC J6 falls into a segment of the market that we don’t review on our website (Passenger Carriers / MPVs).

      While it looks like an absolute steal at AED 39,000 you may want to consider something along the lines of the Kia Carens as that could reduce your doubts of reliability in the long run.



  16. MP Reply

    June 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Hi. Iam looking to buy this car in ramadan offer. Pls any body has some issue with this car let us know. I am concerned about fuel consumption. Pls can somebody share their exp. Or can call me on this no. 0502745036.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      June 23, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Dear MP,

      While we haven’t heard of any issues with the JAC J5, the official website boasts of its 5-star safety rating and the likes. Statistics also reveal fuel economy in the range of 7.3 to 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

      Hope this helps you out and all the very best for the new car!



  17. saifshoo Reply

    May 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    petrol consumption is not good…
    consuming a lott of gas…
    full tank gives u normally a average of 500/550 km
    j5 = 280 to 300 km
    air conditioning is not upto the mark…
    and overall the day i got a car from showroom the next day i had to give it back to the service centre coz of the faults and defects in the car…

    • Sankar Reply

      May 29, 2015 at 2:15 pm


      I am planning to buy JAC J5. I would like to know your feedback on this. Kindly help me for this.

      Sankar 0502894793

      • Zaran Tarapore

        Zaran Tarapore Reply

        May 31, 2015 at 12:47 pm

        Hi Sankar,

        Our verdict of the vehicle has been mentioned on the very post that you’re commenting on.

  18. Ali Reply

    April 14, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Beutiful,powerful,spacious and aptional

  19. murugan Reply

    February 16, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Excellent for price

  20. ali daemi Reply

    January 25, 2015 at 10:20 am

    i love jac j5.it is best

  21. masoud salehi Reply

    November 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    İ have one of them but in iran i can not like the chinese buy german cars like vw or audi because of sanctions look the position of screws at the center of aluminium rings

  22. zaarour Reply

    September 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    motorisation et tenue de route egale ou superieure aux voitures allemandes .

  23. ali Reply

    July 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    This car is very very ok, i like.

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