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I've been after a Hyundai Coupé for a few months. Ever since I saw it on the website I felt I just had to try it out. Now that I have test driven the 1.6 I really must have one.
For starters it looks sooo cool! I think it's one of the best looking sports coupes out there. Just look at its rippled bonnet and smooth lines, not to mention the curvy boot. And to be honest inside is just as good as the outside. The leather sports seats keep you in the optimum driving position without taking away any comfort.
The dials look great with silver background and red numbers, the big REV counter and speedometer gives it a really sporty look. The finish of the panels and buttons is stylish and has a solid build quality just like the rest of the car.
However there is one disadvantage (if you could call it as such), indicator switch is on the right hand side of the steering wheel, so the wipers are on the left, and I found that I was reaching for the wipers more often then not instead of the indicators, but it is easy to get used to.
The back seats have a lot more space then I thought they would, leg space is more then enough, headspace is a bit tight but you can fit a 5'11" person there with no problem.
To the boring bits: It has central locking, electric windows, electric sunroof, driver and passenger airbags and a spacious boot.
Now about the handling..... It's a smooth comfy ride for just driving around town and cruising down motorways, but when you get onto tight twisty country roads you can really get a feel of the car, its not just a sports car by name it is one by nature. The suspension keeps the car level through corners and allows you too feel what the car is doing underneath you. The steering is quick and responsive, it lets you feel connected to the front wheels as you turn so you know exactly how much grip you have through the corners.
The engine may only be a 1.6 but has plenty of power and thanks to a great gear ratio you get to use all that power effectively. The car that I tested was second hand for £5,995 on a 51 plate from Mazda Twickenham. The cheapest one that I found was £4,500.
At the end of the day this is a really great car (despite the small wheels, which could actually change for about £600 at Halfords nationwide) and I can't wait to get one.
I have a Hyundai Getz myself, Getz me from A to B....... Not overly keen on too much speed really, I have a Baby...... xx
Sam_Garland 13.08.2006 14:26
Very good first review - concisely and well-written (and you didn't waffle on about all the technical info, etc!) Car looks good too! Sam :-)
COOOEEE 13.08.2006 13:18
Bet you are saving those pennies hard to get one. You can add extra information to your reviews in the future if you want by using the edit link and you can upload photos into your reviews once you reach 1000 community points. Fionaxx
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