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      01.09.2010 11:46
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      Amazing car for the price

      I am the proud, recent owner of a 2.0 ltr Auto Hyundai Coupe. I have to start by saying it is an amazing car for its price. I have the new look 06 plate which is what I will be basing this review on.

      Looks
      The main issue which first attracted me to this car was its looks and style. I was not a huge fan on the early shape i.1 before 2002, however the 2006 looks beautiful. The sleek shape of the car reminds me to some extent of a Mustang.

      Interior
      The interior of the car is small but amazing. The gadgets you get as standard are brilliant especially considering the price (I paid just over £6500). The 2.0ltr has leather as standard, AC, CD player, electric sun roof etc. There are 3 dials on the front of the dash which tell you MPG and other things which are a bit pointless but look very cool.

      Cost
      The car is very cheap to buy, one of the cheapest coupes around. The insurance on the 2.0 is group 10. MPG is not amazing but that's expected for a large engine and sporty car.

      The drive
      The car handles very well and is very nice to drive. I believe the top speed of the 2.0 ltr auto is around 125mph. The acceleration is good.

      Visibility
      Initially I had a problem with the visibility the car offered. The long bonnet makes it difficult when manoeuvring tight locations. However after a few weeks I soon got used to.

      This car is amazing for the price. It looks great and is brilliant to drive. If you want a coupe but don't want to spend a fortune this is the car for you. On top of this the car comes with a 5 year warranty (or 100,000 miles) so you can have some peace of mind.

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      27.08.2010 11:50

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      Attractive and powerful, but not quite as sharp as I would like.

      I recently bought this car second hand.
      I have had nothing but problems with it - although it needs to be pointed out that the salesman was less than great, and probably aware of lots of these problems before they sold it. I have had to have the handbrake replaced, all of the belts replaced (though this is the case with any car over certain mileage), the battery replaced, and all the tires replaced. It is only fair to say that most of my problems are down to wear and tear, and I have had no problems with the mechanics or electronics of the car.

      It is an absolute stunner and turns heads wherever you go - not bad considering the price. The handling is fair though not as good as some cars I have driven. It is however a very powerful feeling car and has good accelleration.

      It is also far more spacious than it looks - and there is plenty of room in the bonnet.

      A good car if you want to 'show off' a bit but not as high performance as you might expect.

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      03.04.2010 02:57

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      Good choice for the young driver, other ages need not apply.

      I have owned a Hyundai Coupe for two years, only recently trading it in. When I originally bought the car, it had 50k on the clock. When I parted ways with it, it had 75k. The car proved reliable (my repair bills were under £400) and I cannot deny, looked stunning. I would recommend this car to drivers under the age of 21, as being Group 10 it offers an attractive insurance premium. The Hyundai was my second car, a VW golf being my first. For the Golf I paid insurance of £800, for the Hyundai £1200.

      However, in the performance department the car is a catastrophic let down. Firstly, just looking at the car evokes images of a racing thoroughbred, its sleek, angled Italian inspired curves basically scream "I am quick!". But it's anything but. The weak 2.0l engine stutters in at 141BHP, producing a feeble 133 ft-lb of torque. It has a raspy and uninspiring note, and a pathetic 0-60 time of 9.2 seconds. This basically means that just about every hot hatch, including even the conservative Fiesta ST, will beat you out of the lights. Do you really want this in a car that looks so fast?

      My second reason is the fuel economy: its simply terrible. I worked out that I would average 26mpg. My new car is a 3.0l which manages 27mpg. Talk about inefficient. I wouldn't mind my car drinking petrol if it provided me with a ravenous motoring experience, but the Hyundai seldom made me raise an eyebrow, let alone smile. Of course, many are not interested in driving, and see it simply as a case of A to B. That's fine, and the cars they choose reflect this: small hothaches typically returning 45+MPG. But with the Hyundai you get the worst of both worlds: the fuel bill of a sports car and the performance of a granny car. Anyone who says that this car is fast, has not driven a fast car. And I say that not to be imposing, as I know other motoring enthusiasts will agree 100%.

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      09.01.2010 20:50
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      Reliable, sexy and cheap. What more could you ask for?

      Prior to this car I was driving a Ford Escort. After the fourth time in a row of it failing its MOT due to severe rust, I decided enough was enough and started shopping around for a reliable used car. I was immediately drawn to the Hyundai Coupe. Now, I'm not one to purchase a product based solely on aesthetic design, but when I first saw the coupe my heart skipped a beat. This is one gorgeous looking car!

      For me, reliability is a major factor when it comes to purchasing a car. At the end of the day a car is there to get you from A to B, not to act as a fashion accessory. Fortunately, I live close to a garage who specialise in servicing Hyundais so I paid them a visit to discuss the car. They informed me that most days they are sat twiddling their thumbs as the cars are just so darn reliable that they have nothing to do! Having owned my coupe for a year now, I have to say I agree. The only thing that has gone wrong with it so far is a new battery was needed a week after I bought it but this is a risk you take with any used car which hasn't been driven for a while.

      So it's reliable, but just as important is how does it drive? The answer to this depends on your previous car. Going from a 1.6 Ford Escort to a 2.0 Coupe I found my driving experience to be vastly improved. However, if you are downgrading from a more expensive sports car then you might not get as smooth a ride as you are used to. On rough surfaces you do tend to feel every bump, although they are somewhat cushioned by the extremely comfy leather seats. Acceleration is great, as you'd expect from a 2 litre engine. One thing I don't like is that the top of the steering wheel covers part of the accelerometer, which is a nuisance if you want to check your speed as you have to bob down in your seat so you can look through the middle of the steering wheel.

      Another slight disappointment is that although every effort seems to have been made to make the exterior of the car look as stylish as possible, the interior doesn't look anywhere near as good, with the dashboard consisting mainly of cheap looking plastic. And while the leather seats look very nice, they tend to get very very cold during the winter months!

      Depending on your driving style, you should be able to get around 35 miles to the gallon, which is roughly what I was getting with the Escort. The car has ample boot space so large shopping excursions to the local supermarket aren't a problem. One thing to consider is this really isn't the right car if you are thinking of starting a family as there is no way you'll easily get a baby seat in the back.

      Overall if you're thinking of upgrading your car to something a bit more sporty then the coupe is the way to go. It's stylish, reliable and best of all, fairly cheap. My 2002 reg coupe cost me £4000 and I firmly believe it was money well spent.

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        22.05.2009 21:57
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        Nice little Coupe, cheap to run

        Very nice looking car. Still fits in nicely considering it's 11 years old. Very reliable, quite fast when you need the speed. The level of equipment inside, being Japanese is more than adequate. This includes cruise control, leather seats and air con, as standard, where with the average car, you'd be paying out extra for these essentials. Quite cheap to maintain, and very reasonable in terms of insurance - perfect for someone's first car. Having owned mine for over a year now, I would definetly consider buying another, as the new models are even better. Good boot space, good rear leg room - those essential golf clubs can fit in with ease. Quite a practical car even if you have kids, as it will easily seat three in the back, comfortably. In terms of speed, not the fastest car i have driven, but the power is adequate for smooth overtaking.

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        15.11.2008 17:49
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        reliable nice looking car

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        Firstly I know nothing about cars and so all technical info will come from my husband who has maintained and repaired every car he's ever had and so therefore knows what he is talking about. I on the other hand only care that they get me safely from A to B and back again in some degree of comfort. I know what a mini and a lambourghini look like and must admit i'm rather partial to the latter so long as it's yellow.
        We purchased this car as part exchange for a Golf GTI. It was manufactured in 2002 and had 23.500 miles on the clock.

        When my husband told me he was getting another car I wasn't too fussed as I thought the Golf was fine.
        That said when my husband brought this car home I was impressed. It was silver and very sporty looking and quite sexy. So I thought I would give it the once over from a passengers point of view. I don't drive. I did try it but there was too much concentration involved and as I have the concentration span of a goldfish I thought it would be safer for the population at large to remain a passenger. Anyway my husband needs me to keep him informed of what shops are having sales as we drive past as he can't take his eyes off the road so that's my job.

        So back to the car I found it difficult to get in it as it's one of those low slung sporty affairs. I'm getting on a bit and found the only way to do it was just to let myself drop into it. Getting out is slightly harder but with one hand on the frame of the car and the other on the door I can manage to haul myself out. Not very graceful or ladylike but then I am never graceful or ladylike. It has nice leather seats which the grandson likes because he can swivel about on them and make splendid farty noises.
        It has electric windows and air conditioning and also an electric sunroof . Apparently you don't often get air conditioning and sunroof in a car usually one or the other being the norm.
        I checked to see if it had the all important light up mirror in the sunvisor and yes it did and the light actually worked. The sunvisor is quite a bit bigger than usual and therefore covers more of the windsceen helping to block out the sun much better.

        One thing that really won me over was the cup holder ( I am very easily pleased) now I had somewhere to put my bottle of fruitshoot instead of stuffing it down the side of the door. On the drivers side there is a sunglasses holder in the visor which pleased my husband as he collects sunglasses like I collect handbags.
        I was surprised at the size of the boot. I thought with it being a sporty car it would have a tiny boot but no I can get all my shopping in it with plenty of room to spare.
        Although not quite as comfortable a ride as the Golf ,being able to feel the bumps in the road a bit more,it is by no means uncomfortable.

        Techno Bit
        2 Litre 16 Valve Engine which does on average 35 miles to the gallon on unleaded petrol
        Top speed 135mph
        Very good responsive anti locking brakes
        Multiple airbags
        Good road holding and sturdy around corners not wobbling about like jelly!
        Central locking
        Tinted electric windows
        Electric sunroof and wing mirrors
        Tilt / lift steering wheel with power steering
        Central locking
        Split folding rear seats
        Insurance group 10
        Reliable it starts every time
        Comes with security A Category 1 or 2 alarm as standard
        No major faults after a year of being in daily use no problems
        Spares are not really found in the scrap yard as of yet but shop around for cheaper deals rather than go to the main dealers
        Keeps it's good looks and still looks smart even when older (wish i did)
        The fuel gauge tells you how much further you can travel with the amount of fuel left in the tank
        The ECU which is the energy control unit learns the way you drive and adjusts the timing to suit the way you drive.
        When pushed on any niggles he had with the car all he could come up with is the main beam is too bright and it is not adjustable.

        What you could pay for a cheap new car you could get a top quality older car such as this. Try and go for one with leather interior as it looks smarter and is easier to clean.
        The car has been used everyday for work and we have been on several long haul journeys with it with no problem.
        The only major work on it was when we were crashed into by a people carrier who was reversing out of a parking space as we were waiting to park up. She had obviously just used her rear view mirror and couldn't see our car as it is so low. If she had looked in the wing mirror she would have seen us. Nobody was hurt but the driver door and back panel were a write off and it cost her insurance £1.500 to put right. The garage did an excellent job and it looked as good as new.

        So there you have it. Seriously smart car with no major problems, reliable and, for a performance car ,fairly economical.
        Just in case you were wondering about the title of this review, Sylvia is what my husband calls this car he names them all bless him.

        Thank you for reading

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          22.12.2007 19:08
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          Save up and buy a Honda S-2000.

          , ordered his managers to make quality and reliability their number one focus when building cars.

          Today, Hyundai is winning awards for its reliability and is affectionately known as a "poor man's Toyota". They have announced plans to expand and become one of the 5 biggest car makers in the world. If they achieve this target, then, this will put them in the league of Ford, General Motors and Toyota. So Hyundai are aiming high! So Hyundai need some good cars on the market to achieve this ambition.

          The Hyundai Coupe is a sports coupe. It's in a market segement which is full of choice. Its main competitors are the Honda S-2000 and the Porsche Boxster. The Hyundai Coupe will need to stand out in order to carve a place in the market for itself.

          I drove the car long distance (250 miles). I was expecting a firm, powerful, pleasant drive. What I actually got was a floppy suspension! The ride was soft. I really would have thought Hyundai would have stiffened the suspension for this sports coupe. However, the Hyundai Coupe is reasonably powerful. When I needed to overtake, the car summoned power and speed without straining the engine and drive. On the whole, I felt neutral about the drive. What the Hyundai Coupe takes with one hand (soft ride) it gives with the other (power on command, without straining).

          Fuel consumption isn't too bad either. Official UK figures are around 35mpg, which I achieved on my drive even with my heavy foot!

          The exterior of the car looks good. There are certainly uglier cars out there (Renault Megane, anyone?). The interior is where it loses points. Now Hyundai cars all come with a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty, so I'm sure the plastics will last the life of the car, but it all feels cheap and the layout looks a like an after thought. But for the price, I can understand this.

          Price is where the Hyundai Coupe shines. Starting from £15772, it is a bargain from brand new, but I recommend that you look at a third party broker like www.autoebid.com or www.drivethedeal.co.uk. However, there is a caveat with this. I have a friend who bought a brand new Hyundai Coupe for £15000. 3 years later, he is struggling to sell it for £5000! This is one of the problems with Hyundai cars. Brand new, they are fantastic bargains. You get so much for your money. However, when it comes to selling it, the second hand market is already awash with American, Japanese and European cars at bargain prices. So laws of economics dictates that Hyundai cars need to fall a LONG way, in order to be attractive to a potential buyer. Buy a Hyundai car, by all means, but always bear in mind that once you get hold of it, it will start losing money and won't stop. It may be cheaper to have the car through to its death. Incidentally, my friend's Coupe is the 2004 model, but the principles still apply.

          Overall, the Hyundai Coupe is a good car, but I just don't think it will be enough to survive the sports car market. It doesn't have the brand strength of a Porsche or Mercedes-Benz, or the quality of a Honda. If one were in the market for a sports coupe, people are willing to pay extra for a decent product. It's just not the sort of car you buy on a budget. That aside, it's strong on the road, has a good warranty and looks good. So it has its strength. But personally, I'd rather save up buy the Honda S-2000.

          NB: The model I drove was the 2007 model. I don't know why the picture above is the first generation Hyundai Coupe!

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            26.02.2004 02:13
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            • "ugly rear styling (in my mind)"

            MMm, I wanted something a bit more zippy than the Mitsubishi Carisma i use to have and liked. (see previous review). I also wanted something which would come close to the rock solid reliability of the Mitsubishi. The Hyundai is affordable, has a nice engine.. and some nice creature comforts in the cabin and has enough styling (though I dont realllly like the shape of thing to be honest.. it is more wowwy than the Carisma (isnt anything??). It is always fun to drive.. keeping the revs high allows you to get away with a lot. VERYYY annoying is the light switch stalk. Chaning from main beam to dip.. i have on several occassions ended up also operating the light selector control (operated by a different indentation on the light stalk.). If you finger hits the stalk in a casual manner, you sometimes end up turning the lights from Main beam .. to side lights... NOT what you want in sports car on a country road in complete darkness. Is it just my CLUB fingers,, or do other people have this problem. The car itself .. does have the feel of something cheap. All the controls are there, air con,.. remote door mirrors, sun roof cruise control.. but the investment has not been made on a show case interior. All the plastic buttons work. (Annoying light switch though.. sorry) So far., it has been reliable. My car has a very strange and undetectable problem with the brakes. .. which two dealer garages have been unable to determine. ie: the car feels as though the brake peddle is digging into the road as I brake sometimes. .. Could this be the ABS? If it is, its a sensation unlike any other ABS sensation ive ever come across.!!! Not so much of a stutter as a grinding feeling. So far.. after 15000 miles in 6 months, id recommend getting one. if you want something which makes driving fun...and is affordable. Engine sounds revvy as well... just for that added effect! : )

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              13.02.2002 20:37
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              I bought my new "facelift" coupe in April 2001. The list price was £16,999 for the 2.0 l SE, but with a bit of haggling I managed to get the price down to £14,500 !. Why was so much able to come off the price?...my thought is from the time of year I bought the car as well as the market climate. I was in no rush to buy, so I was straight with the dealer and said "Do you want to end the year with a sale, or start the year with a sale?". As this was mid March at the time - with the new financial year about to bite, it seemed that the dealer was going to offer me £2,500 incentive to buy before April 1st. How could I lose. The dealer was aware that my options of going to other dealerships were good, and I made sure I used some names and prices offered. In order to clinch the deal, I was shown the mark-up on the cars and the margin allowed for discount. Being mid-March, there was little time left to close the deal before the new financial year kicked in, so they were quick to offer the higher incentive to sign on the line. It was made verbally clear that the price I was being offered could not be beaten elsewhere, which I checked. Few of the dealers were willing to shave the margin so fine. Due to this, the dealer not only ensured that I was going to sign with them, but the general openness and ?cards on the table? attitude made this a simple transaction. About one week after taking delivery of my new car, I noticed that the demonstrator (same spec) was in the local papers for sale for £14,999. I bought my car £500 cheaper than this ex-demo model. I took delivery of the car (looks great in red...a real head turner!) and no problems at all. The dealer at Ickleford (nr. Hitchin, Herts) took great time and detail in going over everything to do with the car. Impressive. With the car, you get a useful document "box" that is compartmentalised. Generally, I have used this to keep all things
              car in (a little organisation in my hectic life). Free RAC cover was also included for 1 year. There are maintenance options also, meaning you can ensure that the first 3 years maintenance and services are covered for a sum of money. Checking the costs of the services against the standard pricing, you can save around £100 over the first 3 years (cost me £350). The car itself, well, looks great and drives very well. It was the test drive in an identical model that swung it for me. The acceleration is more than sufficient (0-60 in 8.1 seconds) and the handling was nice and tight.People around 6ft tall may not be able to comfortably sit in the sunroof-specified cars. The one without the sunroof generally have a little more room. The seats are comfortable, but my one gripe is that the "bucket" effect is too soft with the leather and filling. You are not "held in place" when cornering and it could do with some support. The brakes are quite soft compared to other cars I have driven, but the ABS does work very well (as I found on a wet roundabout recently). Air-con is a dream. The air circulation vents that go through the car mean that you can bring the temperature down to near freezing within 3 minutes under normal running conditions. You also get an electric sunroof, which is quite a bonus on an air-con car these days. Driving position is adjustable to a good level. The tilt-able steering also helps to finish off the comfort. Rear seat passengers should be decapitated before boarding, as headroom is *very* minimal. I know this is a general problem with such cars. I bought it as it looked like the car I would buy. I wasn?t going to spend this much (was looking at second hand Celica?s), but in retrospect, I am very happy I did. Not a single fault has occurred in the first 10 months I have had it.

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                08.05.2001 21:21
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                Wanting a sporty car that had brilliant good looks, my partner and I chose to 'borrow' one of these for a week. It was standing in the sunshine on pickup and looked great, silver metallic with the new facelift a very good looking car. We wanted to love it..honestly! Sitting inside on very comfortable leather seats I was disappointed to notice how dark it was inside without a sunroof although later I loved the a/c. Starting up, the engine sounds great and the car goes like a rocket. The handling and braking, cornering at speed on country roads is excellent ...one the great features of the car. I didn't like the 'plasticky' look and feel of the door handles and other switchgear, it all felt very fragile and didn't fill one with confidence that it would last. I loved the music system and the car was great to drive on a motorway with low road noise. I thought that the petrol consumption could have been better although It is really hard not to drive the car fast. Overall though, we chose to buy an MGF, the likely resale values of the coupe couldn't really justify buying it even if the initial price is reasonable. Shame about the 'tacky' knobs and switches.

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                  29.03.2001 23:01

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                  I purchased my Coupe through an importer who shipped it over from Cyprus, it is full UK spec except for the stereo which was not a CD player, I had one fitted by the garage on purchase to bring it up to full spec. Total cost £13700, that's £3500 cheaper than the UK list price at the time and I am very pleased I chose this route to buy the car. The car itself has proved a joy to own and drive since purchase in Jan 2000. I have had no reliability problems at all its been back to the garage for two services which were very reasonable for a Dealer at under £200 for the two. The extras on the car are fantastic, electric windows, mirrors and sunroof, ABS, Air Con, and full leather amongst others. The best feature of all however, is the great looks. It never fails to draw admiring glances ( I own the prettier pre-face lift model ) and the metallic silver colour is one of the better shades offered by Hyundai. Interior space is not bad for a small/mid size coupe, with good boot space and an excellent split rear seat. I can recommend this car to anyone looking for a sub £20k coupe

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