2014 BYD F6 | new car review

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 by
2014 BYD F6
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 66,500 - 69,900
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  • Last modified: December 11, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The 2014 F6 is slightly special; in addition to being the most expensive vehicle in the brand’s Middle Eastern line-up, it is also positioned as a luxury offering with fancy bits of trim around the cabin and an impressive load of tech.

Pros

The BYD F6 provides good value for money

Cons

The F6 is just so similar to the Honda Accord that in actuality, it should wear the Japanese brand's insignia on its grille.

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Look carefully and you’re bound to see some similarities, after all, the 2014 BYD F6 is stylistically the love child of a Lexus LS, fifth generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and seventh generation Honda Accord. Picking the best bits from each, some would say the Chinese manufacturer has a winner on its hands; others however, aren’t of the same opinion.

2014 BYD F6 side

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Clearly not very creative, the designers have created a cabin that is a blatant copy of the seventh generation Honda Accord. Everything from the steering wheel and centre console, to the door panels and dashboard, has been lifted out of the Japanese sedan and inserted into the F6. While Honda Accord customers clearly wouldn’t be very happy, Chinese automobile buyers rejoice, as they get a great design and fine materials, with the addition of some maple wood trim around the cabin.

2014 BYD F6 interior

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Technologically advanced for a car that wades in a price pool of AED 66,500 – AED 69,900, the 2014 BYD F6 packs in tech for the driver, as well as passengers to enjoy. While a compass gets integrated into the rear view mirror, the touch screen infotainment system is connected to six speakers around the cabin and allows for connectivity with USB and AUX ports as well. The Dual Zone Automatic A/C further ensures all members within the cabin are comfortable, even if it may be with two different temperatures blowing out of the A/C.

2014 BYD F6 front

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Under the hood of the 4,846mm long Chinese sedan, resides one of two engine options. There’s either a 2.0 litre unit that gets mated to a five speed manual transmission and puts out 138 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 186 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM, or something a little beefier. For the slightly more performance hungry crowd, there’s a 2.4 litre Mitsubishi derived MIVEC engine that is good for 158 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and 220 Nm of torque at 3,500 RPM. Propelling the car to a top speed of 200 km/h, it all sounds well and good, up until you realize the 2.4 litre engine gets mated to a CVT transmission…

2014 BYD F6 front

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 In terms of size and market pigeonholing, the 2014 BYD F6 goes up against the Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Impala. Seems about right, until you bring prices into the picture and realize that by opting for the F6, you’d save AED 32,500 over the Taurus, and AED 38,500 over the Impala. Now that’s a big enough chunk for you to consider visiting the showroom and checking it out for yourself.

2014 BYD F6

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