BYD has become a growing brand these days in China with its extensive model lineup which delivers comfort and technical innovation at affordable prices. One of its most popular models dubbed as BYD F3 is a compact sedan which was launched for the first time in China in the year 2005. This car bears a striking front resemblance to 9th generation Toyota Corolla and back resemblance to Honda Fit Aria. In China and many other foreign markets, it is also used as the basic transportation.
Engine, Mileage and Variants
In Philippines, it is rolled out in a single variant which is powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder SOHC engine. This engine is capable of churning out a maximum power of 107 hp at 5800 rpm along with a peak torque of 145 Nm at 4800 rpm. Further, it is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission which sends power to its front wheels. Its engine is further assisted with multi-point sequential fuel injection system which helps it to deliver an average fuel economy of 16 kmpl. Moreover, the top speed of this car is clocked at 170 kmph.
Towards the front fascia, it features a black horizontal grille along with some chrome accents on it. The illumination is provided by halogen headlamps along with front and rear fog lamps. Moving towards the side profile, you will find its chrome door handles, black door sills and body coloured wing mirrors. Dimension wise it measures 4533 mm x 1705 mm x 1490 mm (L X W X H) along with a wheelbase of 2600 mm. Moreover, this sedan rides on 15-inch alloy wheels which are further surrounded by 195/60 R15 tires. Additional exterior features include front sunproof windshield and power sunroof with dual mode.
In lines with the exterior, BYD F3 sedan's interior too reflects perfection. The car is built on international comfort standards, thus, ensuring an easy and unforgettable experience for the occupants. Designed for commercial purpose, the car is stuffed with all the necessary equipment that makes it a pro in the said field. This list includes in-dash taxi-meter, effective air-con system, four-spoke steering wheel and much more. BYD F3 is a spacious sedan, all thanks to its massive 2300 mm wheelbase that ensures passenger comfort and convenience. Adding to its look and feel are all black leather interiors that apart from looking premium in ideal for fleet service. the boot space offered in this drive counts to 430 litres which is decent enough for a sedan.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The Chinese automaker has blessed this car with an array of safety features. The front and rear passengers are protected by high strength side panels and impact beams which are capable of absorbing impact energy after a collision. Moreover, the front and rear side seats are appointed with 3 point seatbelts while the rear middle seat gets a 2 point seat belt. Its braking mechanism consist of front ventilated disc brake and rear solid disc brake which are further assisted with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). These features prevent the wheels from locking in case of an emergency braking.
The absence of automatic transmission and an unfinished feel make it less desirable. However, this sedan can be a perfect car for those with a tight budget.