2008 BYD F6 | new car review
The F6 is the first mid-high segment car from BYD. It is a mid-sized sedan slightly smaller that the current Camry or Altima. The new model went into production in July 2007 and has since been quite a hit in China’s domestic market. The car was introduced in the UAE recently and aims to challenge convention in the market.
The 2008 BYD F6 is 4,850mm long and has a generous 2,740mm wheelbase. The front end looks a bit heavy with its bold grill and Audi-inspired cluster headlamps. From the styling point, it’s one of the better looking and well-balanced Chinese-made cars. Flared mudguards, a short rear end and wide doors give it a sort of good looking impression – from a Chinese viewpoint!
Inside, the car is quite upmarket with an 8-way adjustable driver seat, sharp Optitron type instrumentation, tilt and telescope multi-function steering wheel, heat proof glass, power windows and cruise control. Leather interior with polished wood trims looks good with everything seemingly well put together.
Active and passive safety is supported by a crash energy absorbing structure, ABS with EBD, front dual airbags, seat side airbags, extra protective beams in doors.
Two Mitsubishi sourced powertrains are offered: 138hp 2.0-litre DOHC with multi-port sequential injection mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and 162hp 2.4-litre SOHC MIVEC also with multi-port sequential injection mated to an automatic gearbox with Tiptronic function. The MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system) offers strong torque performance at low revs.
Design wise, BYD is certainly trying to take the brand more upmarket and aim to a crowd who may be swayed from buying smaller cars for something bigger at similar or slightly more price levels.
|Engine||2.0-litre 4-Cyl||2.4-litre 4-Cyl|
Starts from UAE Dirhams N/A*
* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.