Similar cars tried:
Avante, Cerato Forte, Civic, City, SX4, Lancer GLX, Vios, Altis
80% City, 20% Highway
Engine is still running in, and I am still using mineral oil, hope that the FC will improve after my 1K servicing next weekend.
Duration of car driven:
Just got this car recently due to the Tan Chong promotion. I must admit that I made quite a hasty decision as I signed on the dotted line and paid for the deposit after the 1st test drive. Good thing is that the car is a good fit for a small family with my baby boy, my wife and me.
My wife likes to sit in the back with our baby boy in the rear passenger seat while we put most of our baby miscellaneous stuffs including the stroller and groceries in the boot.
I would say that the Latio Sedan is great for a small family sedan, but it is not a performance car and should not be driven as such. Due to the tall height of the car, you should also slow down before cornering.
1) Alcantara Leather Seats (very comfortable)
2) Sports Rim
3) Keyless Entry System
4) Plasma Cluster Air-Conditioning
5) Decent FC
6) Excellent Legspace
7) Big Boot
8) 6 Built-In Speakers
9) High OMV!
10) Good service from Tan Chong
1) Exterior design looks dated...
2) Slow Pickup (Probably due to CVT)
3) Height for car is quite tall so must remember to slow down when cornering
195/60R15 tyres pressure at 230 front and 220 rear
Using Caltex Silver petrol
Travelling pattern 70% highway
RPM seldon exceed 2.4K
Duration of car driven:
This car is worth the money considering that it has auto headlights, lighting in the glove compartment, Ion aircon, etc... Its a lovely car and no regrets for dumping my Altis after 2 years.
One of the main concerns is that the car in not very responsive. When accelerating upslope, need to keep the RPM at 2.4K inorder to feel the pull. Might not have the response to overtake so potential owners please take note.
1) Very quiet engine.
Big glove compartment with light - Think its one of the biggest in its class.
2) Big leg room for rear passenger - Think one of the biggest in its class.
3) Able to assess boot from inside car - Incomparison with the Altis (2005) I owned.
4) Good FC. approx 14km/L 70%HW.
5) Alcantara Leather seat. Your backside dont feel burnt after seating in the car left in the sun for a few hours.
1) Slow acceleration, not very responsive.
2) Cheap Looking 2din HU from JVC that stick out like a sore thumb.
3) Brakes could be more effective.
The car feels very stable , yes, suspension is a tad harder than others, but this makes the car feel more stable at speeds. Not much body roll when cornering. Steering is also well weighted.
Quiet engine, together with the hushed interior , makes me want to take this car on long drives. Can hardly hear the road roar, wind or engine (except if RPM above 2600) .
CVT is responsive, i suspect the accelerator pedal is "drive by wire" and this little bit of electronics plus CVT makes the car responsive to accelerator "kick down". No need to feel the usual auto cars' lag to shift a gear down, the CVT does the job quicker and smoother.
Good sound insulation , good NVH .
Appreciate the intelligent key system
Alcantra leather feels good
CVT gives smooth shifting at any RPM.
Interior design looks smart and sleek.
FC - just below (within 5%) Corolla.
Very Spacious (leg room)
Boot Space .
HUGE glove box.
Interior width a little bit narrower (approx 4cm) than corolla.
A lot of people do not like the exterior look , but to me its ok, of course, i'd like the look of the civic, but it costs more than 10K more.