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Hyundai Atos Prime

Broadcast dates : 20th March 2005
24th March 2005


The Hyundai Atos is a cheap car, and it does have some fairly rudimentary trim items. But virtually no-one praised the Atos for its looks during our time with Hyundaiís new baby.

The wheels look too small for the car, and in fact they are small, using 155-70 tyres on thirteen-inch rims.

The small-engined Atos is rather skimpily specced at just under R70 000, lacking a driverís airbag and a rev counter. Even the audio system is optional.

It does, however, have air-conditioning and electric front windows, and Hendrik was pleased about the cup-holders, front and rear.

Rear legroom is very much on the cramped side, and the Hyundai acceptable, without being outstanding, and not at Toyota or Volkswagen levels.

The Hyundaiís tiny single-overhead cam engine displaces less than 1100 ccís, but develops 45 kiloWatts for brisk performance.

The power peak is at 5500 rpm, but it spins way beyond 6000 when pushed.

The Hyundai is quite the surprise package. Despite a sloppy gear change, it has a certain zest to it that gets you grinning.

Thereís a fair amount of drive-line shunt, indicating that the engine and gearbox mountings could do with some stiffening up. But the choice of gear ratios is good, the Atos accelerating well in first and second gears. The steering is also light around town.

Hyundai Atos Prime 1.1 GLS

  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol, 1 086 cc
  • Power: 45 kW @ 5 500 rpm
  • Torque: 87 Nm@ 3 000 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 15,0 seconds (estimated)
  • Top speed: 145 km/h (estimated)
  • Fuel consumption: 7,5 litres/100 km
  • Price: R69 900

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