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Hyundai EON

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

Editor’s word interior:The Eon has amazing interiors, especially when you consider the cost of the product. Being a tall boy-ish design, there is sufficient head room. It is the kneeroom which is a bit tight, though better than the Alto.

Step inside the Eon and you will be surprised by the quality of the interiors. Not only go they look up market, but also their feel is good. The price tag of the car seems to be a great value for money for the overall package. The packaging seems to be more of a B segment car, than an A segment.

The space in the Eon is decent, but is much better than its biggest rival, the Alto. The seats of the Eon are comfortable and are of better quality when compared to its competition. The boot space is a bit smaller than what we would have expected. The brilliant ‘Toroidal’ tank in the new Hyundai Eon LPG variants endow with much bigger boot space instead of the archetypal and expected LPG-fitted models that are available in the market today.

D Lite: This is the base variant of the Hyundai Eon and it has no power steering, power windows and is a standard model with child lock, chrome radiator grille, engine immobilizer, rear seat belts, cup holder, remote tail gate release, low fuel indicator and 2-tone beige and brown interiors.

D Lite Plus: This is the improved base model of Hyundai EON and has the same engine specifications and same features as D-Lite but has an AC and full wheel cover.

Era Plus: This version gets tinted glass, body color bumpers are found in this model of Hyundai EON. Other specs are same as predecessor but a metallic finish centre console and electric power steering are introduced in this.

Magna Plus: It gets utility options like rear parcel tray, 2 DIN Radio+CD+MP3 Audio with 2 speakers in front, USB Port, Aux-in Port and a digital clock, Hyundai EON Magna is the best option for you.

Sportz: Hyundai EON Sportz is the suitable choice for those looking for added safety and convenience features. This is the high end variant with all the features offered in other models along with front fog, lamps, driver side airbag, keyless entry, body color outside mirror and door handles, metallic finish 3 spoke steering wheel unlike other variants which have 2 spoke steering. It also adorns metallic finished inside door handles which enhance the sporty style on EON.

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

Editor’s word on Engine:The Eon has a three-pot engine that is derived from Hyundai’s own Santro mill. This motor is shy of one cylinder and the drivability is decent. We wish that this engine had some more power or it also came with the 1.1-litre Santro engine also.

The Hyundai EON comes with 814 cc three cylinder SOHC petrol engine that exhibits a decent power of 55bhp at 5500rpm and a torque of 76 Nm at 4000rpm. This engine is Hyundai Santro’s four pot minus one. The NVH levels are low and the Korean automotive giant has done a decent job of reducing the idling for a three-pot motor, though it has some amount of rough idling.

One needs to downshift for overtaking. This isn’t because the gearing is incorrect, it is just that the engine is smaller than most of the cars on the road. The five-speed manual transmission has slick shifts and the box is easy to shift as well. The ARAI certified mileage of the petrol version of this car is exceptionally good at 21.1 kmpl.

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

Editor’s word on RnH: The Eon has a pliant ride quality as the suspension absorbs all the jounces and rebounds when even driven on rough roads. The handling is decent for the car, though nothing spectacular or bad.

The ride of the Eon is quite pliant as it glides over potholes. The suspension irons out all the jolts on uneven surfaces and does a good job without causing any jittering to the occupants.

It’s not as sharp or even as planted, but the body roll isn’t excessive, and unless you do something really stupid, it will not get out of hand. Quick direction changes are also managed very well. The steering wheel is light and even the turning radius is small. This makes maneuverability easy in small streets and lane.

Maruti Alto 800

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

The interiors of the new Alto800 are leaps and bounds ahead of the previous Alto, and have more space also. However, it is still basic when compared to competition and even the space isn’t sufficient.

The interiors on the Alto800 are definitely better than that on the older Alto. Plastic quality, fit and finish and even the feel of the materials is better, however some competition has even better quality. The Alto800 gets a new three-spoke steering wheel and also an all-new instrument binnacle as well. The new instrument panel looks better, but it could have been much better.

Even though most of the interior bits are a direct pick from other Maruti Suzuki cars, the interiors look better and even the seats are better than before. Still they aren’t very comfortable when compared to competition, as the knee room is a bit tight and headroom just ok. There isn’t enough of thigh support on the back seat and boot space is also decent. However, the access to the boot is poor.

Standard : The standard Alto800 is the base model and just like plain vanilla ice cream. It gets nothing, not even power steering or air conditioning, even the bumpers are black in colour.

LX : LX gets air conditioning, fabric seats and remote opening boot lid. Other than that it doesn’t even get coloured bumpers even on the LX model.

LXI : It is the LXI model that gets some of the frills, as it is the top of the line model. It gets power steering, body coloured bumpers, power windows. There is also an option to have airbag at an added cost, however passenger side ORVM is not available even on the top model.

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

This is the same three-pot Suzuki engine that is being used for over 25 years and is one of the most tried and tested mills in the country. Improvements are made to it and even the carbon footprint has seen a reduction.

The same Maruti 800 engine is used on the Alto800 – three-cylinder 796cc petrol mill— that produces 48bhp and 96Nm of torque. Maruti Suzuki engineers have worked upon the engine to meet the Bharat Stage IV emission norms and also improve the performance. NVH levels of the engine are decent, but there is some amount of vibrations at idling speed. There isn’t much grunt in the engine and you will have to work your work through to extract performance out of it. On redlining, the engine does sound coarse. One can easily coast on the highway at a speed of 80-90km/hr in the top cog.

The five-speed manual transmission on the Alto800 is decent and the shifts are less rubbery than the previous Alto. However, there is still scope for improvement.

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

The ride on the Alto800 has been improved over the previous Alto, but the 12 inch tyres do not help much. The handling isn’t something to boast about as the Alto800 is now more of a tall boy design.

The engineers at Maruti Suzuki have worked on the suspension set-up and improved the ride quality of the Alto800. The improvement is vast, but the difference can be felt. The 12 inch tyres and the 80 profile rubber is very less and doesn’t aid the suspension to iron out most of the bumps and one needs to avoid these bumps.

Being a tall boy and not so powerful engine, this hatchback isn’t built to drive around a track. Hence, one cannot expect great handling. But the characteristics and adaptive nature of the suspension makes it a decent handler. The Alto800 isn’t bad for the sort of ride it offers. The brakes are also decent and they bite progressively.

    • Overview
    • Fuel Type
    • Petrol
    • CNG
    • Petrol
    • Mileage-City(kmpl)
    • 17.0
    • 28.29
    • 17.0
    • Mileage-Highway(kmpl)
    • 21.1
    • 30.46
    • 20.63
    • Available Colors
    • Fuel Tank Capacity(litres)
    • 32
    • 35
    • 35
    • Seating Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Transmission Type
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Engine Description
    • 0.8-litre 55.2bhp 6V Petrol Engine
    • 0.8-litre 47.3bhp 9V F8D Engine
    • 1.2-litre 67.07bhp 12V Petrol Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 814
    • 796
    • 1198
    • Maximum Power
    • 55.2bhp@5500rpm
    • 47.3bhp@6000rpm
    • 67.07bhp@5000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 74.5Nm@4000rpm
    • 69Nm@3500rpm
    • 104Nm@4000rpm
    • Standard Features
    • Air Conditioner
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    • CD Player
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    • AntiLock Braking System
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    • Power Steering
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    • Power Windows
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    • Leather Seats
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    • Central Locking
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    • Engine
    • Engine Type
    • Petrol Engine
    • F8D Engine
    • Petrol Engine
    • Engine Description
    • 0.8-litre 55.2bhp 6V Petrol Engine
    • 0.8-litre 47.3bhp 9V F8D Engine
    • 1.2-litre 67.07bhp 12V Petrol Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 814
    • 796
    • 1198
    • No. of Cylinders
    • 3
    • 3
    • 3
    • Maximum Power
    • 55.2bhp@5500rpm
    • 47.3bhp@6000rpm
    • 67.07bhp@5000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 74.5Nm@4000rpm
    • 69Nm@3500rpm
    • 104Nm@4000rpm
    • Valves Per Cylinder
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • Valve Configuration
    • SOHC
    • -
    • DOHC
    • Fuel Supply System
    • MPFI
    • MPFI
    • Electronic Injection System
    • Bore x Stroke
    • -
    • -
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    • Compression Ratio
    • -
    • -
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    • Turbo Charger
    • No
    • No
    • No
    • Super Charger
    • No
    • No
    • No
    • Transmission
    • Transmission Type
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Gear box
    • 5 Speed
    • 5 Speed
    • 5 Speed
    • Drive Type
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • Overdrive
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    • Synchronizers
    • -
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    • Clutch Type
    • -
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    • Suspension System
    • Front Suspension
    • Mcpherson Strut With Coil Spring & Anti Roll Bar
    • Gas Filled McPherson Strut , Torsion Roll Control Device
    • McPherson Strut With Suspension Member & Double Pivot Lower Arm
    • Rear Suspension
    • Torsion Beam Axle With Coil Spring
    • Coil Spring , Gas Filled Shock Absorbers With Three Link Rigid Axle Isolated Trailing Arm
    • H-Type Torsion Beam With High Performance Linear Damper
    • ShockAbsorbers Type
    • Gas Type
    • -
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    • Steering
    • Steering Type
    • Power
    • Power
    • Power
    • Steering Column
    • Tilt Steering
    • Collapsible Steering
    • -
    • Steering Gear Type
    • -
    • Rack & Pinion
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    • Turning Radius
    • -
    • 4.6metres
    • 4.6metres
    • Brake System
    • Front Brake Type
    • Disc
    • Disc
    • Ventilated Disc
    • Rear Brake Type
    • Drum
    • Drum
    • Drum
    • Performance
    • Top Speed
    • 135km/hr
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    • Acceleration (0-100 kmph)
    • 19 Seconds
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    • Drag Coefficient
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • BrakingTime
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Fuel
    • Mileage-City (kmpl)
    • 17.0
    • 28.29
    • 17.0
    • Mileage-Highway (kmpl)
    • 21.1
    • 30.46
    • 20.63
    • Fuel Type
    • Petrol
    • CNG
    • Petrol
    • Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)
    • 32
    • 35
    • 35
    • Emission Norm Compliance
    • BSIV
    • BS IV
    • BSIV
    • Emission Control System
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Tyres
    • Tyre Size
    • 155/70 R13
    • 145/80 R12
    • 155/70 R13
    • Tyre Type
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Wheel Size
    • R13
    • R12
    • R13
    • Alloy Wheel Size
    • -
    • -
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    • Other Specifications
    • Seating Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • No of Doors
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • No of Floors
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Payload & Towing
    • Cargo Volume
    • 215-litre
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    • 265-litres
    • General Car Details
    • Country of Assembly
    • India
    • India
    • Country of Manufacture
    • India
    • India
    • Discontinuation Date
    • 01/01/2025
    • 2025-01-01
    • Introduction Date
    • 13/10/2011
    • 2012-10-16
    • Warranty Time
    • -
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    • Warranty Distance
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    • Comfort & Convenience
    • Power Steering
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    • Power Windows-Front
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    • Power Windows-Rear
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    • Automatic Climate Control
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    • Air Quality Control
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    • Remote Trunk Opener
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    • Remote Fuel Lid Opener
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    • Low Fuel Warning Light
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    • Accessory Power Outlet
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    • Trunk Light
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    • Vanity Mirror
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    • Rear Reading Lamp
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    • Rear Seat Headrest
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    • Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest
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    • Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts
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    • Cup Holders-Front
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    • Cup Holders-Rear
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    • Rear A/C Vents
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    • Heated Seats - Front
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    • Heated Seats - Rear
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    • Seat Lumbar Support
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    • Multi-function Steering
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    • Cruise Control
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    • Parking Sensors
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    • Navigation System
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    • Foldable Rear Seat
    • Bench Folding
    • Bench Folding
    • Bench Folding
    • Smart Access Card Entry
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    • Engine Start/Stop Button
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    • Glove Box Cooling
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    • Bottle Holder
    • Front Door
    • Front Door
    • Front Door
    • Voice Control
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    • Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddles
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    • Interior
    • Air Conditioner
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    • Heater
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    • Adjustable Steering Column
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    • Tachometer
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    • Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
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    • Leather Seats
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    • Fabric Upholstery
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    • Leather Steering Wheel
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    • Glove Compartment
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    • Digital Clock
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    • Outside Temperature Display
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    • Cigarette Lighter
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    • Digital Odometer
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    • Electric Adjustable Seats
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    • Folding Table in The Rear
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    • Driving Experience Control Eco
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    • Height Adjustable Driving Seat
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    • Exterior
    • Adjustable Headlights
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    • Fog Lights - Front
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    • Fog Lights - Rear
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    • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
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    • Manually Adjustable Ext. Rear View Mirror
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    • Electric Folding Rear View Mirror
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    • Rain Sensing Wiper
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    • Rear Window Wiper
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    • Rear Window Washer
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    • Rear Window Defogger
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    • Wheel Covers
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    • Alloy Wheels
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    • Power Antenna
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    • Tinted Glass
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    • Rear Spoiler
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    • Removable/Convertible Top
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    • Roof Carrier
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    • Sun Roof
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    • Moon Roof
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    • Side Stepper
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    • Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators
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    • Intergrated Antenna
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    • Chrome Grille
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    • Chrome Garnish
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    • Smoke Headlamps
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    • Roof Rail
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    • Entertainment
    • Cassette Player
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    • CD Player
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    • CD Changer
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    • DVD Player
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    • Radio
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    • Audio System Remote Control
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    • Speakers Front
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    • Speakers Rear
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    • Exterior Dimensions
    • Length
    • 3495mm
    • 3395mm
    • 3785mm
    • Width
    • 1550mm
    • 1490mm
    • 1635mm
    • Height
    • 1500mm
    • 1475mm
    • 1485mm
    • Ground Clearance
    • 170mm
    • 160mm
    • 170mm
    • Wheel Base
    • 2380mm
    • 2360mm
    • 2450mm
    • Front Tread
    • 1386mm
    • 1295mm
    • 1440mm
    • Rear Tread
    • 1368mm
    • 1290mm
    • 1445mm
    • Kerb Weight
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    • 720kgs
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    • Gross Weight
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    • 1185kg
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    • Interior Dimensions
    • Front Headroom
    • -
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    • Front Legroom
    • -
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    • Rear Headroom
    • -
    • -
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    • Rear Legroom
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Safety-Info
    • Anti-Lock Braking
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Brake Assist
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Central Locking
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Anti-Theft Alarm
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Driver Airbag
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • Not Available
    • Passenger Airbag
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Side Airbag-Front
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Side Airbag-Rear
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Night Rear View Mirror
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Passenger Side Rear ViewMirror
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Xenon Headlamps
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Halogen Headlamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Seat Belts
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Seat Belt Warning
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
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    • Door Ajar Warning
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Front Impact Beams
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Traction Control
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Adjustable Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Tyre Pressure Monitor
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Vehicle Stability Control System
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Crash Sensor
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Check Warning
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Automatic Headlamps
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Clutch Lock
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
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