My wife and I have been looking at this as a replacement for our Honda Fit. Near perfect urban car that's fun to drive and uncomplicated. It seems this is the popular segment globally.
Why not get another Honda Fit?
Well our 2010 scrapes the front plastic lip when I dont notice the horrendous potholes at the mall at night.
Also increased ground clearance helps during winter snow in eastern Canada and also on 5km dirt road to the cottage.
I like the Honda HRV too, but cant get past the CVT.
There is a rumored Toyota competitor (other than CHR)
but that is vaporware at the moment.
I heard talks from Hyundai about a possible Kona N model. 6MT, 250hp+ CUV with that trick suspension and crackles and pops. That would be pretty great for me. Not sure about the cargo volume on this one, I'll check the vid after work to see if they mention it.
The crackles and pops are the worst part of the new Ns for me. It's fun if it's a random result of overruns like in a Fiat 500 Abarth, but in the case of the N's they do it on every fucking downshift and even sounds the same. It's artificial and gets really old really quick.
CarPhreakD wrote: The crackles and pops are the worst part of the new Ns for me. It's fun if it's a random result of overruns like in a Fiat 500 Abarth, but in the case of the N's they do it on every fucking downshift and even sounds the same. It's artificial and gets really old really quick.
Fair enough, to each their own. It's a hilarious prospect for me in a CUV. But, I definitely want to hear it in person before I pass judgement. I might be just as annoyed. Also, thankfully the exhaust is valved/adjustable so you can dial back the pops if they keep that feature in.
I passed one on the road the other day, here in Canada. My first thought was Nifty! (OK so that dates me.) It looks well thought out and taught in the 10 seconds I had to pass. My thoughts went back to the base Santa Fe Sport we rented in March - not bad and improving from other Hyundais I have driven before. This one is probably better still. This would make an excellent commuter car in the congested Greater Toronto Area where inexpensive, economical, and agile are key features. Positive vibes.