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- 1.8 engine coupled with the conventional 6 speed auto transmission is similar to that of an Elantra. Max torque comes slightly above 4,500rpm and it has 150 hp when pushed to 6000rpm+. From the Import Cert, it states the kerb weight to be 1,240kg. In my opinion, the power is good enough. Pickup is smooth, the is no sudden surge in power.
- Ride and handling is tuned to be more on the stiffer side rather than comfort. Able to take corners confidently and steering response is sharper than the Elantra 1.8 (maybe due to its a hatchback)
- Fuel efficiency is around 9.3 litre / 100km on urban driving (10% highway and 90% city roads) as I'm mostly traveling within Ipoh. I did a clocking for the highway stretch, it is only around 6.5-7.0 litre/100km at 100-110kmh. The speedometer shows slightly above 2000rpm when cruising at 100kmh. The F/C is obtained with ECO mode activated most of the time. When ECO mode is triggered, the gear shifts in between 2000-2500rpm most of the time. When ECO mode is switched off, the engine will rev a bit more to around 2500-3000rpm or even more depending on how hard you step on the accelerator.
- Exterior design-wise: Maintains the fluidic sculpture from the Elantra but overall length reduced as this is a sporty hatchback.
- Dual shades R17 sport rims (chrome and matte finish) with 225/45 Hankook tyres
- Dual panel Panaromic Sunroof (compared to Elantra which has only a single panel)
- Projector headlights (halogen though, not HID) compared to the Elantra's multi-reflector headlights
- Electric folding mirror unfolds, puddle lights and handles lights up when the person with the keyless remote approaches the car.
- Pleasing to eyes layout of the meter (blue backlight and white fonts with a colour LCD info-display)
- 6 airbags (compared to Elantra 1.8 Premium with 2 airbags only)
- Hill start assist and flex-steer mode for steering (Comfort, Normal. Sport)
- Wind noise is very minimal at 110kmh. Engine sound is kept to the bare minimal at idle. The road noise is more of the culprit.
- Spacious and comfortable, can sit 3 adults behind comfortably. Boot size is sufficient for day to day use.
Executive trim did not come with the Touchscreen and Reverse camera.
No leather seats despite being a RM100k over car!
No electric adjustable driver seat unlike the Elantra
No DRL and rear lights is not LED combination lights.
Tyre noise is a bit loud (Problem with Hankook tyres?)
Should give DRL, leather seats and touchscreen with reverse camera. Tyre is the high grip type thus causing excessive road noise. If possible, rear air conditioning unit too. After the huge rebates, the car is priced slightly more expensive than the Elantra 1.8, so why not be a bit unique and try this sexy CBU hot hatch instead :)
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