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I have used and owned two Atoz both with the atix+ trim which basicly meant you had alloy wheels and fog lights both were good little city cars they could pull off reasonably fast and didnt handle too badly considering the overall "weird" shape of them. i had more than enough room to drive comfortably at 6'6. Teh fuel ecconemy left alittle to the imagination though using almost as much fuel for normal driving as a much larger 1.8 car that my family had at the time. The ride was abit choppy the smallest bump could feel like a mountain and if you had more than two people in the car the engine would struggle alot on flat ground let alone if you were going up a hill. the spec was not the best but for its age coming with fog lights, radio/cassette, power streering, lumbar support and a couple of extra little features it wasnt bad considering the price to purchase. overall the car was a good first car and i would recomend it if you havent driven anything bigger or more powerfull before as once you have you will notice the lack in power and space. both cars had to be scrapped after not much over a year of driving as the first one's transmition case cracked and it would cost more than a new car to repair and the seccond the head gasket blew again too expensive to repair. one other small problem was the wiring for the rear lights was hit and miss after about 6 months both cars reversing lights would no longer function so reversing or parking at night was very hard. As i said before i would only recomend this car as a first car for someone who doesnt plan on keeping it for too long either.
I purchased a Hyundai Atoz + last week, and so far have thoroughly enjoyed driving it, although have already had a few niggly problems (which to a degree is to be expected for a 12 year car!). One of the back doors won't open, I had a flat tyre within a couple of days which needed the valve changing, and the passenger electric window wound down but would not then wind back up!
However, despite these slightly annoying experiences, the car itself has run fine and is in very good condition for an S Reg (it has done around 64,000 miles). It was bigger than I expected it to be on viewing (and particularly taller) - I have had a Seicento in the past and wasn't expecting it to be much bigger than this, but it is quite substantially bigger, with plenty of room in the front and back, plus a decent sized boot with it being a hatchback.
It is really easy to drive as well - I hadn't driven for 3 years when I picked it up, but I got back into it quick enough - it is very easy to find the biting point and you can change gears very smoothly. The one thing that confused me at first is that the indicators are on the right hand side of the steering wheel as opposed to the left, needless to say on the couple of journeys the windscreen wipers were being put on far too often! It doesn't take long to get used to this though.
I would definitely recommend this car to anyone looking for a cheap to buy, cheap to insure and cheap to run vehicle. It's just a 1.0L engine so it isn't too steep to fill it up, and it is right at the bottom end for the insurance group. Overall, it's a good little car that will get you from A to B.
I was given my mum's atoz shortly after passing my driving test back in June 2008. After being promised a car for years, it was not what I had had in mind, and although grateful, I was somewhat disappointed. Being 18, it is not considered fasionable or cool, and the taunts I've had from my peers are huge! 'Mini-bus', 'shed on wheels' and 'space ship' are all terms that have bene sued to describe it. My friends even duck down when we drive past people we know, for fear of embarassment. I as the driver however, cannot avoid this, especially with the height of the atoz (which although at times is quie useful, it does make you stick out like a sore thumb).
I do find the car quite easy to drive. The pedals are not stiff at all and the gear stick is generally easy to move into gear (though pushing it into 2 can sometimes be tricky as it sticks). The one thing that tends to niggle me, is that the atoz takes forever to speed up. Traffic on certain lanes round where I live mean that I have to stay on the outside lane, but of course, the car takes about 30 seconds to get anywhere near 60 which is 10mph less than the speed most cars go (this is all legal by the way!). Other motorists are not always best pleased by this, so I tend to keep it in gear 3 on such roads for longer than I'd like!
Suspension is also very little. Bumps are a nightmare and you can feel the car jumping into the air! It's lack of power means that going up heels, especially ones with bumps on them is a nightmare! The atoz can take 30mph at gear 5, but I have to keep her in 3 and at 30mph to stand a chance of egtting up such heels and over bumps on them.
The inside is quite plasticy. A lot of it looks cheap and quite tacky. Though I do find the seats comfortable and find that driving does not get uncomfortable.
A positive about the atoz is it's ability to turn exrtemely tight. I've never had problems with turning in small spaces and it does so like a dream. Reversing is also relatively simple, and although it is cosmetically a flaw, it's flat back means I know EXACTLY how far back I am, which is always nice!
It does have it's advantages, but overall I think this car is more suited to an elderly person as it's appearance, height and drivability I believe (and so do ALL my friends) would suit them more than a teenager. I am embarassed it! And although I enjoy driving my atoz, I'd rather it looked a lot more like a Clio or Ka!
i have owned my hyundai atoz for more than 2 years now - purchased it new and 'touch wood' it has not given me one problem. ok it is cheap and cheerful - but for the short distances i use it for it has proven to be very economical - it is a shame that hyundai stopped making this model. they have replaced it with an amica - which looks similar - not so boxy. it is the only car i have owned in which a person over 6' tall does not bump their head when entering/exiting. i am also pleased that we purchased the semi-automatic version - no clutch but we get the same mpg as with a manual transmission. if you are looking for an economical - roomy car (when the back seats fold down) then i believe the hyundais are definitely worth a second look. i could never go back to a ford/vauxhall/rover now (sorry to those companies) but i had nothing but problems with their cars - hyundais seem to be a different class - as in reliable!
What a great little car. My fiance's parents keep a Hyundai Atoz at their villa in Spain and it is a great little car. The seats are very high up, much higher than in a normal car so the view out of the windows is much better than usual. I have only used the Spanish version of the car but the controls are really light and it is so easy to drive. It is also quite roomy inside the car for how big the car is. The only problem is that the boot of the car is quite small - we couldn't fit one standard size suitcase into it very easily. They are also not too expensive. I recently spotted a second hand, 1999 model for about £4,000. They'd make fantastic first car and I'd love to own one in this country.