2003 Inokom Atoz 1.0 from Malaysia
Reliable, cheap maintenance, but get the manual version
In my second year of driving this car, I found the engine's pick-up greatly decreasing in performance. However, credits to Malaysia's Hyundai as when I brought it to them (car was still under warranty), they humbly admitted there was a manufacturing default in the engine and had it replaced free of charge, warranty extended as well. They also provided me with a replacement car, f.o.c.
I drive a manual 1.0 Inokom Atoz and I have to say that it is not the guzzler the automatic version is. I had the unfortunate experience of driving the A/T version when Hyundai provided me with a replacement car after sending mine in to be repaired for the manufacturing defect mentioned above. For the size and weight of the car, you'd be better off driving such vehicle if it had a DOHC.
However, the manual version has served me well in the past four years. In 2003, I am able to travel from KL to Penang with RM30 worth of petrol. Of course, in 2007, the cost has increased to RM50 due to the rise in petrol prices. Maintenance cost is very low compared to other cars, and the car has got good pick up. With the right momentum, the car is able to tackle hills effortlessly at 4th gear, something only cars with stronger horsepower or lighter weight can achieve. Its default sound system (Pioneer CD players, speakers and tweeters) perform quite well too.
The Inokom Atoz might not come with all the bells and whistles of luxury cars, but it would get you through massive KL jams without burning a hole in your pocket.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st November, 2007