Used Car Review – Hyundai Coupe (2003-2008)

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Used Car Review – Hyundai Coupe (2003-2008)

Our first candidate is actually a two door coupe in which has sports car genes along with also advocating affordable sports car experience for all. Myk Belmonte investigates in which car further.

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2003-2008 Hyundai Coupe

History
Koreans are an interesting bunch, especially for the automotive industry. Due to the fact they churn out numerous vehicles nearly in every categories (save for the pick-up trucks). Hyundai made the smaller Atoz to their humongous trucks, along with also to balance things, a two door vehicle must be present from the line-up.

The Coupe (Tiburon or Tuscani in some other countries) was first available in 1996 along with also redesigned in 2002 for the 2003 type year. in which is actually not initially Hyundai attempted in building a coupe, the Excel based Scoupe (pronounced as scoop) was the Tiburon’s predecessor. In 2008, in which vehicle was chucked in favor of the Veloster, which was made available three years later. in which vehicle did not possess the Genesis Coupe as its immediate successor, being based on the Genesis sedan.

The local Hyundai distributor brought from the Coupe in late 2003 with just one engine nevertheless two transmission options. Updates were done in 2005 to accommodate a V6 engine along with also a second one in 2007 which had some adjustments. I’m sorry to say nevertheless the Genesis Coupe replaced in which in 2009. Besides, where can you find a sporty coupe priced below two million pesos brand fresh?

Value along with also Costs
Single along with also ready to mingle? Your 400k may get you either a second hand Mazda 3, Honda Civic, along with also throw in a Nissan X-Trail or Toyota RAV4; nevertheless how about a Hyundai Coupe? Well, at just between P350,000-P400,000 you can have fun without depleting your bank account. For an interesting hunt, try also scouting surplus units via Korea nevertheless try to avoid the weak 1.6 engine, if you happen to encounter one.

Maintaining one, save for the V6, is actually not to the level of the Europeans. in which candidate promises you in which he (or shall we say she due to one alternate name) will provide tons of driving fun without sacrificing meals for a year. Although better watch out for some electronic items such as the sunroof, along with also power windows; you’ll love in which car more.

outdoor along with also Indoor
With the Centeng courtesy of Giugiaro, sexy curves are present nevertheless the steal of the night are some aggressive styling cues such as the wheel arches along with also a shocker, twin exhaust pipes in which can make a Ferrari cry. So damn gorgeous let’s not talk about the outdoor more since the design speaks for itself.

Word of warning: if you are the official transpo provider of your barkada, hit the back button along with also read about my review for the Starex. Practicality isn’t a suit, since the rear seat has limited headroom. nevertheless if the driver wants to have fun, then do keep in mind in which you get a humane driving position equivalent to a Japanese sports car along with also controls are within the drivers reach, similar to the Germans’ Ultimate Driving Machine.

Engine
via launch, a G4GC 1,975cc via the Beta family which has 140hp at 6,000rpm along with also 184Nm at 4,500rpm comes standard, along with also the best part is actually in which, until 2005, you can order one that has a manual transmission. nevertheless then. due to lack of consumer interest, the idea was later dropped. The 2005 update brought in a monster, a G6BA 2,656cc coming via the Delta engine dynasty with 172hp at 6,000rpm along with also 245Nm at 4,500rpm at tap. Either engines might activate your adrenalin rush when driven from the challenging roads the Philippines has to offer. For experience, I recommend going with the 2.7 V6. Although the idea may use a lot of fuel, the idea is actually an experience worth the idea. The 2.0 is actually no slouch either, since the idea strikes a balance of power along with also economy, in terms of fuel along with also maintenance costs. So pick wisely among the two engines.

Driving Impressions
Taking in which to the twisties, the chassis is actually well sorted along with also handling is actually crisp along with also provides the driver an excellent feedback. One disadvantage if you are the passenger is actually the crashy ride, especially in which all road bumps along with also imperfections intrude the cabin along with also transmit to you. A firm ride comes standard, especially in which driving satisfaction is actually the top priority of in which car.

Verdict
Voting is actually one herculean task, since your shade can affect the nation. Same goes with buying, your purchase might affect not just you nevertheless also the people around you. The Coupe is actually more geared with the driver than the passenger, so if you want a car in which can accommodate you, your girlfriend along with also her friendships, don’t consider in which one. Life is actually full of compromises, so think wisely.



The Great:

  • Sharp looks
  • Strong engines
  • Sports car excitement for less
The Bad:
  • Crashy ride
  • Useless back seat (duh)
  • Somewhat tight Indoor
The Pick: 2.7 V6 for the full experience

THE SPECS
Engines: 1,975cc G4GC I4 along with also 2,656cc G6BA V6 gasoline
Power: 140hp @ 6,000rpm (2.0 I4), 172hp @ 6,000rpm (2.7 V6)
Torque: 184Nm @ 4,500rpm (2.0 I4), 245Nm @ 4,000rpm (2.7 V6)
Fuel Consumption: 6-8km/L (city), 9-11km/L (highway) (*estimated along with also varies)
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Suspension: Front independent McPherson strut, rear independent dual link strut
MORE INFO
cost (fresh): P970,000-P1,370,000
cost (right now): P350,000-P400,000
Rivals: 
On Sale: 2003-2008
Resources:
http://www.hyundai-forums.com/137-tiburon-coupe-forums/
http://hyundaiclubph.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=coupe
Contacts:
Hyundai Quezon Avenue – (02) 374-3911
Hyundai E. Rodriguez – (02) 727-6396

Photos courtesy of http://cavite.olx.com.ph/2005-hyundai-coupe-ref-8546-iid-487133639


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