First impressions of the exterior the Stream: Handsome lines. What could be better would probably be an upsized set of rims (say 16") from the original 15". Apparently the ones that come with Kah Motors comes with original japanese made Modulo rims. Seriously no complains on the looks department for the Stream.
The interior finishing looks and feels good. Dials and controls feel tactile and has a quality feel to it. The footbrake is tucked nicely away from the brake pedal. Seats are comfortable and assumes a commanding position when driving. Legroom in the 2nd and 3rd row is surprisingly spacious, unlike the Carens. But with this extra legroom, the "boot" space is severly compromise. Seats fold and adjusts easily. But not recommended for carrying 6 people with full lugguage say for a road trip to malaysia unfortunately. My only grip with the interior is perhaps the beige coloured felt-like material attached to the back of the seats. It looks as if it might peel easily. There is also no option to switch those out to an all black trim.
The steering is well weighted, handling is firm and does not exhibit much body roll. The engine is torquey during pick up, even with 5 people on board. When revved hard, the engine gets noisy (but who doesn't love the sound of the Vtec?) Full-discs equipped allows good braking ability. Overall, good, pliant and comfortable ride.
This Kah Motor offering doesn't come with paddle-shifters (RSZ ones come with it) but it shouldn't bother folks looking for a MPV to serve family needs.
Quality feel to interior
Small boot space
Loud engine noise when revved hard
This is a priliminary review of the Swift Sports (from Champion Motors).
Driving impressions: The steering feels well weighted. Not too light nor heavy. The swift sports takes corners well with minimal body roll. Suspension damping is also decent. Stock tyres (Dunlop sports maxx) seems to perform well at this point.
Acceleration is quick and gets really heady when RPM reaches 6000 and above. There's however a strange occurance of a smell in the cabin when the car is wacked hard. There are also similar reports by other swift owners. I'll continue to monitor this. Apparently the smell comes from the catalytic converter.
The Swift really shines in the corners, easy to steer and maneuver. Just point and shoot!
Seats are decently upholstered with exciting red trims, integrated console looks neat and for once, easy to operate. The gear shifter knob and hand brake handle remains too plasticky for my liking, but can be solved easily by swapping out to momo or equivalent ones.
I get 11.7 during the 1000km break-in period, and it seems the FC will get better after the synthetic oil change. Will make updates soon on this!
Overall an excellent package and recommended for someone looking for an affordable, sporty (and fun) ride.
Above average upholstery
Great Handling and Maneuverablity
Hi Jason, I tried the getz, jazz, ignis, ignis sports, most of the hatches actually. But when I saw the Swift sports on the japanese website before it reached our shores, I was sold. pricepoint and performance.
Stuart, for me the FC gets better. 70% highway gives me 13.5km/l But it'll drop drastically when travelling on the NS highway at 140-150km and above due to the 5th gear ratio. asdzds
well ! I get the 11.7 KM/litre too in my break in with two full tank in this period, and just did the oil change yesterday.but mine is an auto transmission.
put in the full synthetic,will try to look forward for some good FC&#65281; asdzds
The swift has good looks and curves that resembles vaguely the continental counterparts (Megane?). Doors and the rear hatch door opens and closes firmly. The cockpit is sufficiently spacious, dials are easy to read, aircon knobs simple to figure out.
The swift handles well without too much body roll. The suspension feels sufficiently firm but compromises on a comfortable ride. Steering is light and responsive. The small turning radius is a plus too. The test track I was on didn't provide much room to push the car, but during fast corners, there was minimal understeer. good tires maybe?
The manual shifting is a pleasure because of its "short-throw" feel. The Swift is quick to engage and go. Braking is ok.
The Swift however could improve upon the stick-shift and handbrake materials. They look and feel rather plastic (but not as bad as the Getz ones). The rear seats head support could do with better placement. Possible blockage of the rear view mirror there.
Overall I feel the Swift is an excellent car for its class, with many areas shining thru, you could easily overlook its minor flaws (you could change your stick shift knob to your regular momo ones). Recommended.
The Sunny is a great family car if you don't drive too much in it around. Other than it having amazing fuel guzzling capability, it's easy to drive and handle when driven around town.
Acceleration is leisurely and leaves much to be desired. I wonder how does the 1.5l does. Switching on to the overdrive mode makes the Sunny shift gears on higher RPMs. Pretty standard affair. But have taken this baby up 160km/h with no problems with overdrive on or instability problems.
The braking experience is rather good considering the heavy chasis and having 2 rear drum brakes. Suspension is neither too firm nor soft (bumps and holes will be felt) and gives plenty of body roll.
The interior finishings are above average but dated. The handbrake at least doesn't have a plasticky feel. The leather finish starts off looking inferior but starts to shine over 6 months of use. The seats however, are not as comfortable as I expected. The contours are not particularly ergonomically shaped. Other cars do better here.
Overall an average car. Recommended for not too frequent family use if expenses is something you worry about. Target crowd: Retired folks and Families
Easy to Drive.
Goes fast without feeling wobbly.