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Hyundai Atos


Author: John Oxley

has come out with a more body style for its latest – this is the third – and it should result in sales of the Korean-designed (and built) mini car – since pricing is highly

Although based on the same and drive train as sister Kia#39;s Picanto, the Hyundai comes over as a more vehicle, with slightly interior space thanks to a upright rear window, and a standard of fit and finish.

At the same styling follows much on the theme, enabling a family that has to have a carry-over to the smaller car.

Stanley Hyundai SA#39;s general marketing, says the Atos be targeted at both ends of the from first-time buyers to those looking for an economical car to see through their retirement.

High specification

At the same the car has not been skimped in terms of its with air conditioning, power front electric windows, a split fold and tumble seat arrangement, boot complete with high brake light, and central all standard.

What#39;s more a four-speed automatic version to the standard 5-speed manual as well as a cheaper auto without air conditioning.

Styling is traditional than the outgoing with three box styling and a front end.

The Getz-like is a fixed item separate the bumper and its front riser, so in the of an accident the bumper can move damaging the grille.

The bumpers are to re-form at impact speeds of up to 4 without showing any damage, their rubber inserts are and can easily be replaced if nicks and are encountered.

There#39;s a rear window and wiper, and mud flaps all round.

Big polycarbonate lights are featured at the with jewel-like taillights at the

The rear tailgate is big and opens high – but not quite enough for a normal male, who have to bend slightly to the car.

But loading is made by those flop-forward and tumble – the latter without the adjustable rear head

With the seats folded the new Atos offers an impressive 989 of cargo carrying space.

The is still high and relatively like all Atos before it, but the are such that this appear as pronounced as before.

You do when you get inside the car, – two broad-shouldered men will sit in intimate comfort, although won#39;t have any problems headroom, or legroom if the seats are back.

At that point, however, the seat legroom diminishes

Commuter car

But then, this was designed as a commuter car for rugby forwards – instead it is likely to carry one mother and her or an older couple set for a visit to grand-children.

In that role it superb. The power-assisted steering the car light to park but gives on-road feel, while the styling assists parking no end you can see all the car all the time.

On the road the 43.3 kW engine impresses with its and flexibility, and is much livelier the 1-litre engine it replaces, on the open road it is well to conquer the national speed

However, the engine is a trifle at full tilt – that may well be a feature of the total lack of wind exceptional in a vehicle of this and spoiled only by a whisper a howl at high speeds) the mirrors.

Handling, again not a vitally issue for this market offers a safe and reliable that sees mild at highish speeds, and an element of roll that will be enough to deter its target from doing anything

Ride quality

Ride is good, and the brakes, with discs up front and self-adjusting at the back, well up to the job, to MacPherson strut front and a torsion beam rear

The car comes standard with 5J x 13 wheels, shod with R13 tyres.

Hyundai Atos

Inside the car one is impressed by the styling. The dashboard is well-finished and with the instrument panel in front of the driver, and containing a speedo flanked by fuel and gauges, plus the requisite warning lights.

There#39;s a digital clock, and the two mirrors can be adjusted from the car, albeit manually.

a proper flop-down glovebox, map pockets in both doors and both front seats, as as cupholders front and rear.

The seats are comfortable and quite with fore-aft and recline

Big squabs

Those in the back find the rear seat are quite deep, giving thigh support, and all seats are to protect passengers from forward (provided they#39;re their seatbelts) in an accident.

seat belts are fitted in the and two in front, the latter with adjustment.

The new Atos comes the latest in safety features, side impact beams, and zones in the front which force the engine under the car and from the passengers in a serious

For those who like detail the has a 12-valve 1 086 cc four cylinder power plant which 43.3 kW at 5 500 r/min and 89.1 Nm of at 3 000 r/min.

The engine management (EMS) includes a self-diagnostic for simplified repair and maintenance. tank capacity is 35 litres.

The is introduced with a standard 3 000 km manufacturer warranty. Service are 15 000 km, and a maintenance plan is optional.

A radio/front loader CD costs R1 750 while alloy wheels are R2


1.1 GLS Manual (aircon R69 900.

1.1 GLS Auto – R74 900

1.1 GLS (aircon) – R79 900.

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