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Solid like a ROC

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2010 12:34AM
Reviewed by: edwinski
Fuel consumption: 13.5 km/litre
Duration of car driven: Less than 1 month
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Greatest charm is the way it handles! It is tight and responsive. You don't have to be Vettel to control the car as you want it. It rides smoothly but a bit on the hard side for comfort but is acceptable. The comfort level in the interior is very high too. Cruising with supple leather and all the solid feeling plastics is really enjoyable. 200 Hp is plenty for singapore roads. Enough to have fun but not enough for the police or racers on the road to look at you to challenge for a race.


Honey, I've shrunk
the Miata!

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2010 12:54PM
Reviewed by: edwinski
Fuel consumption: 14 km/litre
Duration of car driven: Test Drove Once Only
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My first impression of the car was, like most ppl's reaction, "That's the car? So small. Accident how?" Apparently it has a comprehensive safety assurance design and stuff. Since it's a friend's car, I wasn't intending to crash it so I wasn't worried abt safety. Safety aside, the car's bloody good fun to drive. Yes, it has a puny engine but it has a puny body to begin with. The FF layout of the car and the short wheelbase makes it a really fun car to chuck into the bends. Though it will understeer, that's not the main bugbear. The main bugbear is that though you'd be tempted to just hammer the car into the corner, the lack of grunt leads to slow exits out of corners if you are harsh with the steering. I found that the trick as to be smooth. Try to carve your way around corners instead of cutting them. It kinda reminds us all of our first car. Underpowered. FF layout. The sort that won't kill us even if we overcook things. It has a semi-decent interior but the biggest plus point (depending on who you talk to) is that it's a convertible! Who's ever heard of a convertible in THIS price range? Think of it as a shrunk down MX-5 Miata. As much as I'd love to have it with a bigger engine and a RWD layout, the short wheelbase of the Copen might make that design too twitchy and dangerous to drive. Overall, it's still a bit pricey for a car of this size. But if you fancy open tops, saving fuel and are a proper DRIVER, you'd get round to loving this little gem that Daihatsu has on offer.




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edlaz
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Responded on: 1 Jul 2010 1:01PM

I saw one modified to look like a baby 911. With a Turbo badge at the rear. NAISE asdzds

Walk quietly and
carry a big stick

Reviewed on 20 May 2010 5:59PM
Reviewed by: edwinski
Fuel consumption: 13 km/litre
Drive pattern: 13
Duration of car driven: Test Drove Once Only
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When I first heard of Skoda, I wonder to myself, where are they from? They’re Czech, said my friend. Okay, where’s that? Czech Republic. Right. Then I heard the name of the car – Superb. Gosh I nearly choked on my coffee. Have these car companies no shame? Self praise is international disgrace, you know? The last nail in the coffin was when I saw Skoda models being used as cabs. Case closed, I’d never even consider the make, much less buy a car from them. Then awhile back my colleague and close friend bought one. I was flabbergasted. I questioned his logic, his sanity, even his sexuality. Okay, I was joking about the last part. I was frankly quite befuddled as to how anyone would desire a taxi cab supplying, self praising car company’s car. My friend rolled his eyes and just threw me the keys. Exterior wise, it has a mean looking grille and headlamps; a nice touch. It also has BMW-esque hood creases. So far, it looks not too bad, I find myself admitting albeit grudgingly. The rear lights look like they were modelled after the Mondeo’s but with the cute factor removed. And that I liked. It was the interior that really caught me off guard. I knew it was supposed to be a continental car but I was expecting a half hearted engineering effort in the interior but boy was I wrong. The entire interior looks impressive to say the least. Cleanly laid out dials and buttons are wrapped in soft plastics and seats lined with Alcantara. Once I sat into the driver’s seat, the amount of space within the cabin just blew all of my preconceptions of the car clean out of my mind. I turned the key and woke the engine. 160bhp and 250Nm at 1,500rpm made the car an easy ride. Couple that with a 7 speed DSG gearbox, power is available at any speed. If you want to do sedate cruising, it’s got that covered. If you want to be frisky, it’s got that covered too. Nifty. After coming back from a run around, I found out that the car has a parking assist function. What? A parking assist function in this segment? I am really impressed now. After getting out of the car and letting my excitement bleed out, I could only come up with 3 reasons why I wouldn’t consider buying this car. One, resale value. Two, brand snobbery. Three, higher price than an Accord (but I got 13km/l on the car, which is higher than an Accord). I am humbled by this Czech-made car. I realised I shouldn’t judge a car by its badge. This car is simply Superb!


Slow but reliable

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2010 5:29PM
Reviewed by: edwinski
Similar cars tried: Honda Civic EG6
Fuel consumption: >15 km/litre
Drive pattern: 50% street
50% highway
Duration of car driven: 1 year
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So like every other young adult who wants to get their own car after getting their lisence, i begged my parents for 1 too. On my 21th birthday i received a car key, hoping for the best.. i instead got this. A second-hand 1 year old Getz. Sure it is no Honda Civic EG6, certainly not in looks or its engine but hey i have a car now!!! Then came the my first drive. I was going "Oh dear god! why is this so SLOW!!!". At 65bhp you cant really expect much out of this. I mean I dont think it will even be fast enough to hit anything at all. The clutch is really high for a manuel car and having taken my TP test in a Mit Lancer, this was really underpowered. My first thoughts were to tune it. but my parents werent going to pay for that.. in fact it wasnt worth doing anything to the car other than using it to get to my destination. Sure, it really sucks on the performance part. But it totally makes up in fuel consumption. My dad has to pump gas for his car every week. Well for me, i do it once every fortnight. Besides that, if people see a Getz on the road, they wont even bother to horn me for traveling so slowly. I really cant go that much faster. They will just avoid me. Compared to the other cars i've rode in, this one is truly a basic car. The interior provides just enough comfort and legroom for both driver and passenger. The stereo belts out decent music. But the suspension i must say really does well in providing a smooth journey. Engine noise is relatively low too. One other thing I can say is that though it is slow, it is reliable. It has not broken down once since i got it and i've since grew attached to it. Having to pump once in 2 weeks is a huge plus on the financial side. To wrap things up, Parents, if you ever want to get your spoilt begging kid a car, get this and ask him/her to deal with it. You can be absolutely sure your kid wont cause an accident. However it will be hard to catch your kid sneaking home late at night as this is one silent ninja.

Strengths

Spacious headroom
Good layout
Good handling
Comfortable ride

Weaknesses

Slow acceleration
Super high clutch
Not very handsome looking exterior
Interior slightly cheapo