A good looking average car
No problem yet.
Rear seats can be fold in several ways to create a very good space.
Cabin is spacious.
Very good leg room for rear seats.
Poor leg room for taller driver. The pedals are not located "deep" enough. after driving long distance, I feel strained in my thigh.
A pillar is thick and may obstruct view.
Rear head rests obstruct mirror view.
Poor ride comfort. Suspension is too stiff. Ride comfort is much poorer compared to Corolla/Sunny which are popular here. Some would say the firm suspension is tuned for better handling, I would say this is pointless, the low power/torque figure of this car doesn't demand performance-oriented suspension.
When driving on expressway, we can feel a lot of little bumps. We never feel this in other cars. (Note: the road condition is very good in Singapore).
Odd electrical powered steering. In general it is OK, except at low speed. When driving around at low speed in car park, the steering wheel doesn't straighten back after making a turn, I have to manually turn it back to straight. Very odd experience.
Need to adapt to CVT gear box. At low speed there is more engine braking than conventional auto gearbox.
Poor equipment list by local distributor here. No central console, no cassette player, no mud guard, etc., very basic equipment.
The inner side of doors are covered with cloth material, very strange design. It get soaked once I open door in a rain. A bad design indeed.
The dashboard meters here are in white background and orange color digits, hard to read during evening time, when the sky is not totally dark yet.
Amazingly good fuel consumption on paper, 24L/km at 10-15 mode. In real life it is only marginally better than other cars. Mine is 13.5km/L (urban), while my Corolla 1.5AT is 12km/L (urban).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th March, 2005