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Hyundai Elite i20 Hatchback First Look Review

Hyundai Elite I20 Test Drive in Chennai

Hyundai Elite i20 Overview

The next-generation Hyundai i20 have surfaced online, and this time around we get a glimpse of the car’s interior as well. While we do not get to see the entire cabin, one of the spy photos confirms that the new-gen i20 will come with a digital instrument cluster. Mind you, this particular test mule is the European-spec model, and right now there is no way to confirm whether the India-spec Hyundai i20 will also get this feature or not. Currently, Hyundai is also testing the car in India, which was spotted testing only last month.

The image of the cabin also reveals a new multi-functional steering wheel, along with a new touchscreen infotainment system. However, the car will not exactly get a button-less as we also get to see a couple of dials and multiple buttons for in-car controls.

As for the exterior, the new-gen Hyundai i20 is still heavily camouflaged, but we see a sleeker silhouette with sharper proportions. Upfront, we get a glimpse of the new cascading grille with mesh pattern, which is flanked by the new headlamps, which appears to get LED lights. The car also seems to get a new bumper. The car also comes with new ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, a sharp fin antenna, and new 5-spoke alloy wheels that look identical to the ones that come with the Verna. The rear section is completely disguised, giving us only a small glimpse of the LED taillamps.

The engine details are still unknown, however, the India-spec Hyundai i20 is expected to come with BS6 compliant 1.2-liter petrol engine at the time of its launch. Hyundai could replace the existing 1.4-litre CRDI engine with the BS6 compliant 1.5-liter diesel engine offered with the Kia Seltos, which is also set to be introduced in the Hyundai Venue.

Hyundai Elite i20 Appearance

Now, before we answer that, let’s talk styling. The Elite i20 might run on juicy looking 16in wheels, but as you can tell, it’s no SUV. It is, nonetheless, a good looking large hatchback, we will give it that.The Elite i20 now follows what Hyundai calls its Fluidic Sculpture 2 design, which to you and me means a car that’s less flamboyant and in-your-face, and more palatable than the likes of the Hyundai Verna and Elantra. It still has Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille and pulled back head lamps, but the mesh that integrates the fog lamps as part of the bumper is a new addition; and it looks good. The bonnet has more creases now and daytime running lights, interestingly, have been given a miss. Hyundai says customers weren’t willing to pay for it.In profile, the increase in wheelbase of the Hyundai Elite i20 is obvious. What isn’t as clear is the reduction in length.

The new i20 is 10mm shorter. But with its stronger shoulder line that runs from the front fender all the way into the tail lamps; the sloping down roofline; and the blackened C-pillar, the Elite i20 looks sportier and has a larger than class road presence. It is the rear where the Elite i20 looks very unlike the previous generation car. Its large LED tail lamps that run into the hatch dominate, and they look beautiful. But then on, it lacks the same styling flair the Elite i20 displays upfront and in profile. It has this ugly protrusion under the Hyundai badge (for the reversing camera) and the bumper though flowing in design, lacks character.View offers on Hyundai Elite i20 in Mumbai at Autozhop.

Hyundai Elite i20 Cabin

Hyundai Elite i20 has been liked by buyers a lot for its interiors and I’ve said it earlier as well that the Elite i20’s interiors are reminiscent of German luxury cars from a generation back. The new model doesn’t spoil the successful formula and simply builds on it. The infotainment system has a 17.77 cm touchscreen and comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Navigation is supported through SD card and there’s USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity as well.Adding to the comfort quotient is a fully-automatic climate control, which features a rear AC vent for faster and effective cooling. A sliding front armrest and a wide armrest at the rear seat make the cabin comfortable for occupants in both rows.

Space hasn’t changed but that isn’t an issue as the Elite i20 offers good legroom and headroom. The seats themselves are quite good at the front and the rear seat too is one of the better ones in the segment with impressive under-thigh support and a comfortable incline angle of the backrest. Material and fitment quality is impressive and easily the best in its segment.

Hyundai Elite i20 Engine

Being offered with petrol as well as diesel guises, the hatchback retains its engine options with requisite fuel trims. However, the heavier 1.4 L petrol motor, which used to come with the automatic variant in the previous generation i20, has been phased out from this latest version. The petrol variants house a 1.2 L Kappa dual VTVT engine.This 1197 cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve power train develops a power output of 81.8 bhp at 6000 rpm and torque performance of 114 Nm at 4000 rpm. It is paired with the company’s traditional 5-speed manual gearbox.For more details on Hyundai Elite i20 check Jsrr

On the other hand, the diesel variants come loaded with a 1.4 L U2 CRDi motor, which is also a 4-cylinder and 16-valve motor. This 1396 cc engine musters out a maximum power of 88.7 bhp at 4000 rpm in accordance with a peak torque of 220 Nm at 1500-2750 rpm. It is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission to maximize fuel efficiency and performance. So, this time, there is no place for an auto transmission, but the company is hinting at its launch at some later stage.

Despite being touted as a premium hatchback and an elite member of B+ segment of cars in India, the Elite i20’s legacy in this aspect is unmatched. The new Elite i20 offers best-in-class fuel economy with both the power trains. The petrol variants yield a promising fuel economy of 18.60 kmpl while the diesel variants deliver 22.54 kmpl; however, the aforementioned mileage figures are with base (Era) and mid (Magna) variants as the higher end variants offer 18.24 kmpl and 21.76 kmpl in petrol and diesel trims, respectively.All these mileage figures are ARAI Certified under normal conditions and mileage may go down by 4-5 kmpl while driving in heavy city traffic.

Hyundai Elite i20 Driving

Hyundai has worked towards improving the ride and handling on the Elite i20 and it shows on the move. Though the suspension has been carried over from the older car in theory, the geometry as well as the damping characterisers have been revised significantly. The setup is slightly firmer than the older i20. Surprisingly, it hasn’t affected the ride and the i20 rides quite well; it feels plaint, absorbent and well judged.The improvement in handling on the other hand is more than obvious. Te body roll, the pitch and the waywardness under quick direction changes have all been tied giving the i20 a more confident, stable and exploitable handling character. We would have liked a less artificial steering response though; the current setup fails to connect the driver with the happenings. Braking on the other hand, even though Hyundai has ditched rear disc brake in favour of a drum setup, stable and strong.

Hyundai Elite i20 Safety

Hyundai was the first carmaker in India to offer six airbags in a hatchback with the first i20. The company has maintained its focus on safety since then and the new Elite i20 continues to be one of the safest cars in its segment. Front-dual airbags with ABS are standard offering and one can opt for six airbags on top variants. ISOFIX mounts are a well-thought inclusion and along with reverse parking camera, the Elite i20 offers a safe and convenient experience to its occupants.Check car loan interest calculator for Hyundai Elite i20 at Fincarz.

Hyundai Elite i20 Price in Mumbai

Hyundai Elite i20 On Road Price is 6,35,433/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,42,900/- in Mumbai. Hyundai Elite i20 comes in 8 colours, namely Red Passion,Star Dust,Pristine Blue,Sleek Silver,Phantom Black,Polar White Dual Tone,Polar White,Red passion Dual Tone. Hyundai Elite i20 comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 13.2 seconds . Hyundai Elite i20 comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Elite i20 Verdict

Hyundai Elite i20 is quite high on style quotient due to the European touch in the exterior designing, which is definitely benefiting the company. It is said, “First impression is the last impression”; the same holds true in case of cars. What further justifies the association of this proverb with cars, especially with Elite i20, is the fact that it received a thumping response from the customers and registered around 5000 advance bookings in just a week prior to its launch. Under the hood are the same tried and tested engines, but Hyundai’s move on cutting down the safety features still remains an intriguing and mysterious one!

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Hyundai Xcent Hatchback First Drive Review

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Hyundai Xcent Overview

The 2017 Hyundai Xcent facelift enters a segment where change is the need of the hour as new entrants are constantly innovating may it be Volkswagen, with the feature-packed Ameo, or Tata with the Tigor; each one of them stands out, with unique cars, in a segment, where a few more entrants expected this year. The once booming subcompact sedan segment finds itself battling against some of the premium hatchbacks as also sedans and that’s why we see a bid across the board, to revive the subcompact sedan segment in India; and well, we’ve driven the latest in the segment, the facelift Hyundai.

Hyundai Xcent Style

The Hyundai Xcent is a compact sedan based on the Grand i10 which measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,660 in width, 1,520 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,425 mm. The fuel tank capacity of the Xcent is 43 litres for all variants and the boot space is 407 litres. All variants of the Hyundai Xcent are offered with body coloured bumpers and antenna while the higher trims also have body coloured door handles and body coloured ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) with turn indicators. The top end variant gets a 15 inch diamond cut alloy wheel while SX version comes with a 14 inch silver alloy wheel.Check for H.yundai Xcent price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive

Hyundai Xcent Space

The interior cabin of 2017 Hyundai Xcent is finished in dual-tone Black and Beige upholstery with Blue illumination. Though, most of the features seen on the pre-facelift model such as adjustable rear headrests, rear seat centre armrest with cup holders, leather wrapped steering wheel, fully automatic temperature control, tachometer, multi-information display with digital clock and tripmeter, electric power steering, front and rear power outlets, rear A/C vents, cooled glovebox, height adjustable driver’s seat and push button start/stop have been retained in the new model. However, the biggest update comes in form of the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Smart phone (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink), Bluetooth, Aux-in, USB connectivity and Voice Recognition feature.

Though, it is available on the range-topping variants as the mid variants get just a 2-DIN audio system with four speakers. Sadly, the base variant doesn’t get anything, even the 2-DIN music system misses out. The steering mounted audio and bluetooth controls feature is standard with E+ onward grades. A special mention goes to the Smart phone holder with Charging port, which is only available with the automatic variant.To know more information on Hyundai Xcent visit Tony-allen

Hyundai Xcent Gearbox

While the changes, in the design of the new Hyundai Xcent, will make you nod with appreciation, the cabin too will give you something to ponder over. While the changes inside are marginal, you get a new dual-tone dashboard. However, the most important feature addition is the new 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is only available in the higher variants. The new touchscreen is extremely intuitive and also does not allow you to pair your phone, via Bluetooth, when on the go (an extremely important feature, which minimises driver distraction).

You additionally get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity options, as also MirrorLink, which are a nice addition in the new Xcent. There’s driver’s seat height adjustment, new fabric upholstery, automatic climate control, glovebox cooling, electrically adjustable ORVMs and even steering mounted controls. While flipping through the dials, on the instrument cluster, you realise that they don’t show range/DTE (Distance to Empty) and this could have been an addition over the previous model. The cubby holes are ergonomically paced and there’s enough place to stuff your coffee mugs or a bottle of water. The rear AC vent on the Xcent makes life easier for the co-passengers and comes in handy, during summers like these.

Hyundai Xcent Riding

The 2017 Hyundai Xcent comes with improved handling as comapred to its precedessor. The company engineers have worked hard towards the light steering wheel. The power delivery in the diesel variants is smoother due to the new engine. The NVH levels are immensely controlled and one seldom hear a noise even at low speeds. It feels pretty decent behind the steering wheel.

Hyundai Xcent Safety

2017 Hyundai Xcent comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The company has offered dual front airbags as standard fitment across the entire variant line-up of the new sedan. In addition, several premium features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock, Keyless entry with Smart Key, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear Camera with display on audio, Central Locking, etc. are available with the top-end variants. Though, it looks bleaker than the preceding model, which had ABS as standard safety feature. Also, the other sedans in the segment come equipped with more safety features than Xcent.

Hyundai Xcent Cost in Bangalore

Hyundai Xcent On Road Price is 6,85,410/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,65,354/- in Bangalore. Hyundai Xcent comes in 5 colours, namely Wine Red,Marina Blue,Sleek Silver,Star Dust,Polar White. Hyundai Xcent comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 114 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Xcent comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Xcent Final Thought

The Hyundai Xcent marked the company’s entry into the compact sedan segment in India. Based on the Grand i10, the Hyundai Xcent became popular in its segment, partly due to features like steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls. Safety features such as ABS and driver airbag being standard across all variants make it an even better option for a small family.

The Hyundai Xcent is powered by two engine options, a 1.2 litre Kappa petrol and a 1.2 litre U2 CRDi diesel. The petrol engine generates 81.8 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm and the diesel produces 74 hp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm from 1,750 rpm to 2,500 rpm. Both engines, have the right balance between performance and fuel efficiency.

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Hyundai Verna Facelift Review & First Drive

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Hyundai Verna Overview

To say the new Hyundai Verna received a warm welcome in India would be an understatement. In its first full month of sales, Hyundai’s latest mid-size sedan managed to outsell chief rivals, the Maruti Ciaz and the Honda City, with over 6,000 cars going home to ‘early adopters’. Competitive pricing (Rs 7.99-12.62 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi) has helped the Verna’s case but Hyundai has also made sure that it has a Verna for every sort of mid-size sedan buyer. While the cheaper 1.4-litre versions haven’t made it to the new car, on offer are 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine options, each with the choice of manual and automatic gearboxes. We’ve tested all four versions of the car to see if it delivers the goods to sustain this initial hype.

Hyundai Verna Design

That’s possibly because although the Verna looks simpler, its basic stance is still plenty attractive. It retains the coupe-like profile and now that it is a bit bigger (longer overall by 65mm and has a longer wheelbase too, by 30mm), it looks all the more special. Hyundai hasn’t skimped out on kit. Flanking the now-signature cascading front grille are two large projector headlamps with daytime running lamps. There’s no LED lighting, but you do get a pair of projector fog lamps.Check Hyundai Verna  price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

The wheel wells are packed well; the 16-inch “diamond cut” alloy wheels make sure of that. The tail lamps are LED units, which I may add, look particularly good when they’re lit up in the dark. In their zest of not going overboard, the usage of chrome is minimalistic too. Compared to the outgoing version, the new Verna looks a bit mellow. But the design is cohesive, and you definitely won’t accuse it of trying too hard. Glass half empty, or half full? Depends on how you like your cars.

Hyundai Verna Cabin

The design of the cabin isn’t reminiscent of the Elantra though. It takes the Hyundai’s typical black and beige approach for the dashboard fascia and the upholstery, while the layout of the dashboard elements is quite similar to the other cars in the family like the Creta. I would have preferred an all-black theme for the cabin. That not only works better for our dusty conditions, but also ages gracefully compared to what we have seen on typical Hyundai cabins. The gloss black inserts are fingerprint magnets as expected, but the satin-finished bezels around the infotainment and AC vents look upmarket. The materials feel premium on all touch points and the cabin doesn’t feel too plasticky unlike some of its rivals.

The front seats of the new Verna are quite accommodating and now come with a ventilated function. The latter complements a well-tuned automatic air-conditioning system which worked flawlessly in the hot and humid weather of Kochi during our tests. Cooling at the rear is quite effective too. The rear bench offers decent space and under-thigh support, but doesn’t feel as roomy as the backseat of the Ciaz. Like the Ciaz though, the Verna too gets a rear windshield blind and it’s manually operated. The cushioning of the seats is slightly on the firmer side and that should work well for long journeys. The glass house is generously large and along with the sunroof, it gives the cabin an airy feel.

The top-spec trims come with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system similar to the Creta. It gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Mirror Link and satellite navigation. Hyundai has provided three USB ports in the cabin, one of which is mated to the infotainment’s audio interface, while the other two are meant for charging compatible USB devices.There are plenty of storage spaces inside the cabin too, comprising of the cooled glove box, two cupholders each in the tunnel console, and the rear armrest and 1l bottle holders in all door pockets. The storage spaces and all the switches fall easily at hand. At 480l, the Verna’s boot isn’t the best in class but is designed well and has easy accessibility. The bootlid has an automatic hands-free opening operation and needs you to simply walk close to it with the key in your pocket. I have used it extensively on the Elantra and it’s a good feature to have for shopaholics.

Hyundai Verna Performance

Hyundai has bid the smaller 1.4-litre engines goodbye for now. So you just have the 1.6-litre engines on offer now. These engines have been mildly updated in the interest of better drivability. These are paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Also, it’s got an all new chassis borrowed from its elder sibling – the Elantra. The K2 platform did help the Verna shed some weight. And, while the car is bigger and has gained quite a few features, it is said to weigh as much as the outgoing iteration. Exact figures aren’t available yet, but, for reference – the Verna 4S tipped the scales at approximately 1200kgs in its heaviest avatar.

Let’s start off with the 128PS (@4000rpm)/260Nm diesel. On paper, the power and torque figures remain unchanged, but the torque has been made more accessible. New pistons and piston rings have helped reduce friction while an improved turbo has helped improve the boost at low rpms. So, the torque is delivered earlier and is spread wider across the rev range (1500-3000rpm vs 1900-2750rpm). In fact, at as low as 1250rpm, the diesel motor is already dishing out 245Nm, instead of the 176Nm the older tune offered.To know more information on Hyundai Verna visit Pdagreen

Driving inside the city is a fuss-free affair. The diesel was easy to drive in its earlier guise and now the engine doesn’t require you to downshift frequently either to slow down for a speed breaker or pace up for a quick overtake. Steady pace is the name of the game with the diesel. It can build speed effortlessly and maintain them too, but it doesn’t feel eager to get there. Even on the highways, you can dance out of your lane, step on the gas and execute a clean overtake – as long as you aren’t in a hurry. That’s a trait the petrol motor shares with the diesel. It too doesn’t like being hustled, and prefers it if you take things steadily. If you absolutely need to get a move on, you will have to keep it in a lower gear and make sure the tacho is ticking around 3500-5000rpm, because that’s where the torque is. Push it any further and it runs out of steam. In other words, don’t bother redlining it.

While 123PS and 151Nm sound exciting on paper, the engine is evidently tuned more for everyday usability than outright performance. Hyundai has ensured there’s ample torque at the bottom end, and the engine now makes 9Nm more (130.5Nm vs 121.6Nm) at 1500rpm. The new 6-speed manual gearbox has taller ratios than the outgoing 5-speed unit, and it’s sublime in the way it goes about its business. For instance, you can drop down as low as 25kmph in sixth gear without hearing the engine cough and splutter. Sure, flat-footing it then won’t let you make swift progress, but the fact that it pulls without protest even from such low speeds is appreciable.

Both engines are smooth and refined, especially on start-up and idle. Get a move on, and the diesel sounds a bit gruff under 2000rpm. It does get gradually quieter as you make progress, though. The petrol, on the other hand, can only be heard if you’re wringing it. Otherwise, it’s happy maintaining its silence. The 6-speed automatic replaces the 4-speed unit that made the old Verna petrol a bit of a guzzler, and makes its way into the diesel variant for the first time as well. Irrespective of the engine it’s mated with, gearshifts are quick, smooth and more importantly, early. The gearbox complements the laidback nature of the engines nicely. The torque converter chooses the right gears at the right time, and doesn’t let you know you it did.

It feels “unpolished” only when you break out the heavy foot. There’s a whiff of lag before the gearbox sends the rev needle into the other half of the tacho, and when it shifts at the redline – it feels slightly jerky. There’s no Sports mode, and you get a manual mode instead (using the gear selector, no paddle-shifters). But, we’d rather leave it in Drive because it isn’t any quicker when you take charge. It also upshifts on its own if you hold the revs for too long. Finally, if the kitna deti hai question is bothering you, here are the ARAI-certified figures: 17.70kmpl (petrol-MT), 15.92kmpl (petrol-AT), 24.75kmpl (diesel-MT) and 21.02kmpl (diesel-AT). And, if number crunching is your jam check out our spec comparo.

Hyundai Verna Driving

You need to first have a go in the last-gen Verna to understand just how big a leap forward the new model has taken in terms of ride and handling. For starters, gone is the old car’s borderline scary, disconnected feel at highway speeds. What the stiff new Verna offers instead is a far more settled experience. It doesn’t move around half as much as the old car did and drives with a confidence and poise that was altogether missing then. There’s less vertical movement and even the odd bump taken at speed doesn’t ruffle the car as much. Further, the excellent road and wind noise insulation helps camouflage speeds; so on open roads you’ll have to keep an eye on the speedo to make sure you aren’t driving faster than you intended to.

That said, not all Vernas are alike. The heavier diesel models offer better body control than the lighter petrols. Our petrol manual test car felt the least sure-footed of the lot but was still a country mile better than its floppy predecessor. The new Verna also brakes better. The pedal feel is good, stability under braking is impressive and braking performance is among the best in the class. However, should you find yourself in a panic-braking scenario, don’t be alarmed by judders at the pedal, as it’s the ABS at work and it’s tuned to kick in very early.

On twisty roads, you’ll like the grip the Verna has to offer and the fact that it changes direction without much fuss. It’s just that the steering isn’t rich in feel and, on changing radius turns, the inconsistent way it weights up leaves you unsure of exactly how much lock to give. Sure, there’s less of that looseness in the steering and body even, but a Ford Fiesta (RIP) this is not. The lightness at the Verna’s steering does equate to less effort at parking speeds though. If not for its handling, you’ll like the Verna for the way it tackles our pockmarked roads at typical city speeds. Nothing comes jarring through to the cabin and the suspension always does its work quietly. The Verna can’t completely arrest small ripples on the road surface but it doesn’t unduly bob or pitch either.

Hyundai Verna Safety

Though there are no crash safety ratings out for this car yet, Hyundai promises that the Verna is now safer than before with more than 50 per cent of the chassis structure incorporating high-strength steel. The top-spec trims are being offered with up to six airbags, while two front airbags, anti-lock brakes and Isofix child seat anchorages are a standard fit across the range. The seats also get adjustable head restraints all around.

Hyundai Verna Cost in Mumbai

Hyundai Verna On Road Price is 13,89,381/- and Ex-showroom Price is 11,62,118/- in Mumbai. Hyundai Verna comes in 7 colours, namely Fiery Red,Phantom Black,Flame Orange,Star Dust,Polar White,Siena Brown,Sleek Silver. Hyundai Verna comes with FWD with 1591 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 121 bhp@6400 rpm and Peak Torque 151 Nm@4850 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Verna comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Verna Conclusion

Judged against the old Verna, the new model comes across as a far superior product. It’s better built, even more refined and comes packed with the latest of goodies, and then some. Hyundai has also done well to (largely) address the old Verna’s wayward handling, making the new car better to drive and, by extension, a more wholesome package. Also, petrol or diesel, manual or automatic, you won’t be left wanting for the way the Verna performs.

There isn’t much to complain about really, but if there’s an area where the Verna underwhelms, it’s the rear-seat experience. It is significantly down on space when compared to rivals like the City and the Ciaz, to the extent that it could be a deal-breaker for many, particularly chauffeur-driven buyers. Had Hyundai managed to eke out more room in the back, the Verna, seen as a whole, would have simply been hard to fault. As is, the new Verna makes for a great mid-size sedan but not a perfect one.