2014 BYD F3 | new car review

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 by
2014 BYD F3
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 38,000 - 42,000
  • 5/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • 2 Reviews

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  • Last modified: December 11, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
    User: 84%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
    User: 81%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
    User: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 65%
    User: 78%
  • Performance
    Editor: 65%
    User: 76%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%
    User: 85%

Review Summary:

Fascinated with the Function keys on a keyboard, the Chinese automotive brand follows a naming regiment that sees models receiving names based on numbers, followed by the letter F. The 2014 F3 is China’s Compact Car that falls into the C-segment and faces competition from the Japanese Mitsubishi Lancer and the Korean Kia Cerato.

Pros

For someone who's on a tight budget, it's difficult to find better value for money than the BYD F3.

Cons

Connotations with Chinese automobiles prevent people from even considering them when purchasing a new vehicle.

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While the first generation model of the F3  was a visual merger between the Toyota Corolla and Honda City, the second generation model is a little more creative. A prominent chrome grille and stretched headlamps make up the visage of the Japanese sedan, and as you walk around the 4,568mm long vehicle, you’ll notice a wrinkle running the length of the vehicle and almond shaped tail lamps adorning the rear end. While it is subjective if the 2014 BYD F3 is better looking than its rivals, it is definitive that it is a lot nicer than its own first-generation self.

2014 BYD F3 front

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While the cabin comprises of hard plastics for the most part, a two-tone dashboard adds a certain flare to an otherwise humdrum interior. Impressive for a car that costs AED 42,000 , the F3 welcomes a multi-function steering wheel, push button ignition, and GPS guidance with a DVD entertainment system.

2014 BYD F3 interior

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Safety in the 2014 BYD F3 comes in many forms, ranging from airbags and ABS, to VMP and Anti Theft systems. Equipped with twin airbags and two side airbags, all round protection is available in the unfortunate event of a collision. Furthermore, the Variable Multiple Power Steering (VMP) is a neat feature that alters the strength needed to make corrections to the steering wheel as vehicle speed increases or decreases.

2014 BYD F3 rear

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Two engine choices are up on offer; a 1.5 litre 4-cylinder, and a slightly beefier 1.8 litre 4 pot. Producing 80 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and 145 Nm of torque at 4,800 RPM, the 1.5 litre engine gets mated to a five speed manual transmission and packs a top whack of 170 km/h. Generating marginally better performance, the 1.8 litre unit coughs up 90 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 160 Nm of torque at 4,200 RPM, while being mated to a CVT transmission.

2014 BYD F3 interior

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For AED 38,000 – AED 42,000 the 2014 BYD F3 isn’t a bad car at all. In fact, for someone on a tight budget, it makes a ton of sense, as its Japanese and Korean rivals command a price tag that is AED 12,000 and AED 17,000 higher respectively.

2014 BYD F3 front

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5 Responses to 2014 BYD F3 | new car review

  1. Eliot Reply

    April 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Please tell me about Routine Servicing and Spare Parts availability in nigeria

  2. shamn Reply

    March 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    spare parts available Saudi everywhere

  3. Hakeem Reply

    September 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    • Exterior
      88%
    • Interior
      86%
    • Quality
      85%
    • Features
      85%
    • Performance
      76%
    • Value for money
      88%
    • Rated 5 stars

    Over all Good and it has good future.
    This inspired too many people after I bought the car, as they could see a true car and not in a website.

    People fear for its 2nd resale value only.Sale value is determined by 2 parties only always for anything. A person, understood the fact (Not a type of hearing and acting) will evaluate it well and make a good resale value.

    Connotation hides braves.

    • Sabarish Reply

      December 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Hello,

      May i know more about the car.. I mean like performance, service, and spare parts availability and prices..

  4. Osama Reply

    September 8, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    • Exterior
      80%
    • Interior
      75%
    • Quality
      75%
    • Features
      71%
    • Performance
      75%
    • Value for money
      82%
    • Rated 5 stars

    Simply good. No doubt it has a very good near future.
    Only connotation prevents people from buying not Chinese cars but also any Chinese products, is reasonable.

    But any costly goods of Chinese will have a hesitation at customers’ side while buying for the first time. For example, Gheely Cars are also Chinese Cars but it has established its market steadily now in Saudi Arabia. Definitely this Gheely also would have the connotation at beginning like BYD. As Gheely has passed its some certain periods/years, customers have understood that it is a quality car. Like this, the demand and the good will for BYD also will arrive but a little late.

    All the Best for BYD. Happy Sure Future for You as you have a pioneer possessiveness in good designs.

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