Some buy cheap because that is all they can afford, others buy cheaper because that is all they need. The low end of the car market has become crowded, the carmakers adding extra features while keeping prices low. Up to now, the Datsun Go has been the best value for money on the market. Now the newly re-released Hyundai Atos is seriously challenging that position.
Entry-level should be a description of the price, not the car. The newly-relaunched Hyundai Atos is plenty of car at a very good price. A welcome return after its lamented 2012 departure.
There are many good reasons why some drivers prefer a small entry-level car over a hulking SUV. They are cheaper to buy and cheaper to run if your budget is tight or you simply prefer to spend your money on other things. Whether you are looking at fuel consumption or new tyres or anything in between, smaller costs less.
The i-series put Hyundai on the map, a dealer in Paarden Eiland told me a couple of years ago. The i30, -20 and of course the i10 formed a formidable series of nice-to-drive, good-to-look-at, well-priced, full-feature passenger cars. Bigger, middle and smaller.
September 2018 saw Hyundai Automotive South Africa announce their plans to revive the popular Hyundai Atos in South Africa. Reports suggest that the new version budget hatchback is scheduled to arrive early in 2019. To whet the appetite even further, they have now hinted at local pricing.
According to the exciting news that was unveiled in September of this year, the Hyundai Atos nameplate is poised to be revived in South Africa in the first quarter of 2019. The new iteration of everyone’s favourite Korean budget hatchback made its way onto Indian roads in October wearing the Santro badge and is currently being adapted for the needs of SA motorists.