Changan Benni

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The first-gen Benni is a supermini developed jointly by Changan Auto and the Turin-based I.DE.A, with Justyn Norek supervising the styling. It was the first sedan/hatchback to bear the Changan logo, rolling off the production line on September 20, 2009, and hitting the market on November 18 the same year.

At the 2009 Guangzhou motor show, Changann launched a restyled, enlarged version of the small car, called Benni Love. It gains 10mm in wheelbase (reaching 2375mm) and 130mm in overall length (reaching 3655mm). In March 2010, a smaller variant was released, named Benni Mini, which sits on a 2345mm wheelbase. The Mini employs a 51kW 1.0L engine paired to either a 5-speed manual or semi-automatic transmission.

The next-gen Benni was unwrapped in November 2013 at the Guangzhou motor show and expected to go on sale in the first half of 2014. With a 2410mm wheelbase, the revamped Benni is 3730mm long and is powered by a 74kW 1.4 liter. The styling was said to have been done by Changan’s office in Yokohama, Japan.

In 2013, a total of 51,462 units of Benni Mini were sold. Main rivals of the Benni include Geely Panda, Chery QQ, and BYD F0.

2014 Changan Benni 1.4L MT Luxury 1.4L MT Premium 1.4L IMT Luxury 1.4L MT Sunroof 1.4L IMT Premium
MSRP (Chinese Yuan) 47,900 51,900 52,900 54,900 56,900
Data of Market Launch
March 25, 2014
Powertrain
Engine
Petrol 1.4L (1370cc) L4 VVT
Engine Peak Power (kW/rpm)
74/6000
Engine Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
135/4000-4500
5-speed Manual Transmission
S
S
N
S
N
5-speed Semi-automatic Transmission
N
N
S
N
S
Suspension Front
MacPherson independent
Suspension Rear
Torsion beam non-independent
Drivetrain
Front engine, front-wheel drive
Top Speed (km/h)
175
Brakes (front/rear)
Vented disc/drum
Steering
EPS
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km)
5.3
Tank Capacity (L)
38
Emission Standard
Euro IV, V
Dimensions
Length (mm)
3730
Width (mm)
1650
Height (mm)
1530
Wheelbase (mm)
2410
Track (front/rear, mm)
1420/1430
Ground Clearance (mm)
Curb Weight (kg)
1020
Max Weight (kg)
Number of Doors
5
Seating Capacity
5
Exterior
Tires
175/60 R15
Alloy Wheels S S S S S
Front Fog Lights N S N S S
Power Exterior Mirrors S S S S S
Heated Exterior Mirrors N S N S S
Rear Wiper N S N S S
Sunroof N N N S O
Interior  
Power Windows S S S S S
Power Door Locks S S S S S
Remote Key S S S S S
Steering Wheel Multi-controls N S N S S
Paddle Shifter N N S N S
Number of Speakers 4 4 4 6 4
Radio, AUX-in, USB, MP3 S S S S S
Color Display, GPS N S N S S
Manual Air Conditioner S S S S S
Safety  
Dual Front Airbags S S S S S
ABS, EBD, BA S S S S S
Rearview Camera N S N S S
Backup Radar N S N S S

S=Standard, O=Optional, N=Not available