Hyundai Atoz Review from Indonesia

1999 Hyundai Atoz GLS 1.0

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 kilometres
Most recent distance60600 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Very reliable engine, low running cost. Satisfied..

Faults:

Electricity connections, e.g. lamp relays

Power window

Battery ran out in about 58000 km, but I guess it's the age

Rear shock absorbers changed in 60000 km

Left CV joint 'ticking' when turned right since 57000 km, not yet changed, just being careful when turning.

Squeaky belts, especially on breezy mornings.

General Comments:

It's a very reliable car, especially the engine. Never let me down. It always starts the first time without pushing the gas pedal.

Small problems in electricity connection are not that annoying. Perhaps due to humidity and rain in our place, since the car is outside uncover.

Comfort? Well, it's not a Mercedes and it can never be. It's wrong to expect more from this budget car. This is not what you're looking for from this sort of car. But, it's not that bad after all. Around town, it drives quite well, the power steering just right. With a smooth road surface, I think I wouldn't complain. The power-to-weight ratio is just right, making it's sufficiently responsive to drive around town.

Though, it's no problem around town on flat road, but it struggles on uphill, the air-con must be switched-off to add some more horse power :-)

On the highway, driving more than 100km/h? well, it's adrenalin rush, as it is not safe, unstable. The suspension is a torture. But what can I say, it's a city car...

The economy is not as I expected. I think it;s due to the engine size. Approx. 11 km/liter around hilly town and 16km/liter on highway. Bear in mind in Indonesia, I use premium gasoline with octane-88. It should affect the economy...

Combining with the very low tax and cheap spare parts, it is really a low running-cost car...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2008

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review