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Road test: 2002 Tacuma 2.0 CDX – January

The modern day consumer is a fussy He wants it all. In no other is this more obvious the car. We want performance and Practicality and style must go hand in hand.

This the manufacturers in somewhat of a quandary. the appearance of crossover concepts, are literally a blend of hitherto vehicle types. We now have cars that can go off road and that are capable on a track.

So does this leave the Tacuma and its ilk – the mid-sized

That’s right, I said, Until recently, I would been entitled to say mini-MPV, but now a whole new category epitomised by the Jazz. The Tacuma is in the same as the Renault Scenic.

Think of it as a tall, well thought out rather than an MPV in the same as the cavernous Renault Espace.

The Daewoo Tacuma is a good car let me say that to begin with. Not cars on sale in 2002 be labelled bad. Is it good though?

The test car was a striking colour best described as a mix of and gold. I liked it, though not at The Car Enthusiast shared my view!

the Tacuma is certainly interesting. it stands out a little in the crowd of now on our roads, though there are features reminiscent of its key rival the Renault Scenic. Pininfarina are for the exterior, and it shows in the slashes the sides, and the protruding rear At the front, it could not be mistaken for other, as the shiny Daewoo dominates.

Roof rails and a tow-bar on the car give the Tacuma a functional too.

Inside, it all looks enough, as it should with from Italdesign. Each has plenty of room, and there is an feel to the car. There are storage cubbyholes, though it a bit of an oversight not to have any form of between the front seats. The is versatile too, with the being capable of being turned or even removed.

the presentation is let down by the quality of of the plastics used. The dashboard feels like it is made of the plastic used to make dreadful ’80s cassette However, it does all feel as if it is to endure the trials of a family, is probably more to the point.

that, Mr. and Mrs. family would like some in their lives too.

Not that the kids would in the model we drove, as, hidden is a PlayStation and DVD player, which through a roof-mounted Sony screen. This is strictly for the passengers, and even comes cordless headphones, so Dad can still to his own music, or at least himself The installation is not very impressive, and it is a to change DVD or PlayStation game, but it would help keep the on those longer journeys, it is not cheap.

Daewoo Tacuma

The top-of-the range CDX is generously equipped, with two anti-lock brakes with EBD drums at the rear surprisingly), air electric everything, alloy and a Sony radio/cassette with wheel mounted controls. A 6 CD is an option at Ј170. All this including the entertainment centre) a piffling Ј12,995 on the road in the UK! is a bargain.

There isn’t really an Renault Scenic, though the 1.6 Expression Plus will set you Ј1000 more and that has equipment. Don’t forget, the also comes with servicing for three years (or miles), a three year/60,000 warranty and three years’ AA roadside recovery!

So, you have to where the money is being other than on interior Time spent with the car on the reveal a few shortcomings, though disastrous. Being more to a low car, it is amazing just how more you can see from an elevated position offered by MPVs. The has surprisingly little body and in the dry, even has plenty of On the motorway, the chassis proves to be a too stiff.

Initially I thought at least the body control be improved with a stiff set up, but on rebound, the chassis is easy to out, making for not so comfortable I was also shocked by how much correction was needed while in moderately strong crosswinds. The steering doesn’t help in way, though of course it is for parking rather than Which is a pity.

If you did push the car on, in the dry, it is fine, but in the terminal understeer stops early on. Safe and predictable, as you hope in this car.

The engine feels willing at low revs, with plenty of I wouldn’t bother revving it to the red or even to its power peak of rpm. Annoyingly, at the ‘accepted’ UK speed limit, the engine is a little louder than is At 10 mph slower, it is quiet though, so that should be the target. It certainly help the fuel which rises noticeably at speeds.

Daewoo claim 31.4 mpg on the cycle, but this would rise with a family and on board. Which is another the Daewoo has a huge boot! I didn’t expect it looking at the but a baby’s buggy/pram would not be a

So to the conclusion of the test. I asked the Tacuma sits in today’s needs. It carries people and but tries to give the driver to enjoy too.

I think it to do too much. A few small tweaks to the would sort out the rebound and I would also tune it towards comfort – not you will hear me say that too So, the 2002 Daewoo Tacuma is a family car, at a great

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