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
Rear legroom is very much on the cramped side, and the Hyundai
acceptable, without being outstanding, and not at Toyota or
The Hyundaiís tiny single-overhead cam engine displaces less
than 1100 ccís, but develops 45 kiloWatts for brisk
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
Four-cylinder petrol, 1 086 cc
- Power: 45 kW @ 5
- Torque: 87 Nm@ 3
Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
- 0-100 km/h: 15,0
- Top speed: 145 km/h
- Fuel consumption:
7,5 litres/100 km
- Price: R69 900