Hyundai Amica - As Good As A Merc Or BMW!

The Hyundai Amica has proved itself to be in the top rank of satisfying cars to own, finishing seventh out of 209 cars evaluated – and top placed city car – in this year’s JD Power Survey.

With a score of 83.6 per cent, the Amica equalled the score achieved by the vastly more expensive BMW 3-Series and Mercedes E-Class, and finished streets ahead of such cars as the Jaguar S-TYPE, Audi TT, the entire Volvo and Audi ranges and the rest of the Mercedes-Benz line-up.

The survey said about the Amica: "The respectable Amica nestles proudly alongside some much more expensive and prestigious badges in the overall rankings. In its city car category, it performed extremely well.

"The packaging helped it to an excellent rating for the interior, matching the scores for the dealer service and ownership costs."

The JD Power organisation surveyed around 28,000 people, who collectively drive 209 different models of V and W registered cars (first registered between September 1999 and August 2000).

JD Power then gives different weightings to each category, to reflect how much each section impacts on overall customer satisfaction. They found vehicle quality and appeal are the most important factors, closely followed by ownership costs and dealer service.

Jonathan Spence, Hyundai UK Marketing Director, said: "The Amica is one of those cars that offers the budget buyer everything they demand; comfort, economy and reliability, in a fun and modern package."

In addition, the Amica came third in the city car category of the Environmental Transport Association’s Car Buyers’ Guide. The guide surveys more than 800 vehicles to test their environmental worthiness.

Don’t forget that only until the end of May Amica prices have been cut; to £5495 for the Amica Si and £6295 for the Amica GSi – both down an incredible £1,500.

Standard equipment across the range includes central locking, driver’s airbag, electric front windows, engine immobiliser, power steering and side impact bars.

All Hyundai cars come with full three year unlimited mileage warranty, as well as three years’ RAC Assistance.

Published 7 May 2002 Melanie Carter

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