2002 Hyundai Coupe 2.7 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland
If the car handled better and the materials were better, I'd recommend it; as it is, be careful
Rusting in arches.
Rusted components needed replacement.
Alarm and central locking has a mind of its own.
The car has charisma and pulls well from low revs.
It sounds excellent - the 2.7 V6 has charisma.
The handling is poor/unpredictable: occasionally these cars spin for absolutely no reason and the rear will lose traction when braking, even gently, on wet corners. It doesn't like rain or leaves, let alone snow etc. Snap oversteer for no apparent reason, and severe understeer due to the front engine and FWD are also found. The Hyundai owners' club people will deny this, but look at the number of reports on CarSurvey and other sites. The handling is fine most of the time, but it will bite you eventually, often without reason.
The ride is woeful, despite the mediocre handling, and it rolls a fair bit. It's basically a Hyundai Accent with a cuter body. Don't forget this.
It generally doesn't break down. It is reliable, even if build quality and materials aren't great.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th February, 2014
I had a problem with handling in the wet; easy fix, don't save on tyres, make sure they are A rated for wet. The other thing is that we tend to corner faster due to the engaging handling.
Getting good 'wet' tyres might help, but it shouldn't be necessary. This car has serious deficiencies in grip in the wet, and especially under braking. This makes it dangerous IMHO.
It's quite a dangerous car if you push on at all, and in the wet it's dangerous at normal speeds well below the limit. Braking if you see a pedestrian on the road might just make it spin.
The easiest solution is to get snow tires, which are basically the same as rain tires anyway. Also, feathering the clutch when cornering hard and fast should help with control in wet weather.