Reliable and cheap car, but prefer the gen 1 coupe!
New clutch and gearbox replaced under warranty at no charge to me within the first 18 months of purchase.
Clutch slave cylinder failed at 45,000 miles.
This was my first Hyundai I have had, and owned it from new. The car has been very reliable, only costs being tyres, a new battery, replacement of a couple of coil springs on the front, and the clutch slave cylinder failed. Not bad in 13 years!!!
The car went very well for a 1.5 engine, but the gearing made it noisy; at least it qualified for cheaper road tax due to the small engine size.
The turbo pulled strongly, and never gave any trouble to me over its ownership. The ECU was remapped and made a big difference to mid-range performance, along with a K&N induction air filter.
Interior space was okay, but the dashboard and seats could have used better quality finish, that the newer Gen 1 coupe had, and was overall a much better car, but cost over £7000 more than this model.
Suspension was lowered as standard on this SE model, and generally was too hard and uncomfortable for poor UK roads. The car always sailed through it's M.O.T. (UK road test) without any advisories.
Overall a reliable and cheaply priced fun car, but do check on the bodywork on these, as most had rust problems around the rear roof and wheel arches. Now also becoming rare, as were never that popular a model, as superseded by the more expensive coupe SE Gen 1.
Before you think about buying the Scoupe, check out the Gen 1 coupe F2 Evo or the 2.0SE, on the second hand market; it's a better equipped and safer car, and worth saving up the difference for!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd August, 2010