After a short visit to our Nation’s Capital on Monday, I turned the little burnt orange car westward to return it to its temporary home in the Star’s parking lot at Once Yonge Street.
Instead of the back road route I took on the way up to Ottawa last Wednesday, I decided to see how the littlest Hyundai was at dodging 18-wheelers and keeping up with traffic upon my return. That meant Hwy 416 from Ottawa to Prescott, then a straight shot on the 401 to the DVP.
I have to admit: a trip to a racetrack may have been helpful to drop the ‘Cent’s fuel consumption numbers a titch.
Try as I might, after nearly 1,000 km I couldn’t get worse than 7.4 L/100 km.
So the ‘Cent is a sipper. Not much a surprise there, eh?
What else, then, stood out about the Hyundai besides it’s miserly fuel economy and lowball cash price?
Forget about the obligatory “for under $10k” qualifier. The ‘Cent’s cloth driver’s seat—with the ability to adjust your thighs AND bum—was more supportive and adjustable than some vehicles I’ve driven costing five times as much.
Then there’s Hyundai five-year warranty. Not insignificant if you want to stretch payments to 60 months.
You already know I think the steering wheel and shift knob could use some cowhide. But at least the tiller was of the proper three-spoke kind.
Before sounding like too much like a whinger (its only $9,9995! It’s only $9,995!) I had a long each to the left side of the centre stack controls, especially the audio volume control.
That shouldn’t be the case in such a small car.
And you could lock the car’s driver door from inside before exiting.
“Honey! I locked the cars in the Hyundai again!”
Plus, there’s no ABS, or stability control available. That, for someone who’s embedded in the industry, would make the Hyundai a “no sale” for me.
But for you?
If you are looking for a new car that was cheap to buy and run, and you can live with only two/three doors, the ‘Cent should be at least be on your short list.