2014 BYD F7 | new car review

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 by
2014 BYD F7
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  • Rated 4 stars
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AEDAED 64,500 - 67,500
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  • Exterior
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  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 85%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

The 2014 F7 is a fine sedan from the Chinese brand, one that is pleasant to look at, and equally agreeable with the wallet too. Going up against the Korean Hyundai Sonata and American Chevrolet Malibu, the Chinese F7 is surprisingly a lot pricier than you’d initially expect.

Pros

The 2014 BYD F7 is filled with features that are sure to blow your mind away.

Cons

Since its price tag isn't far off from its Korean rivals, majority of the people would still feel safer with buying a Hyundai.

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Looking at the 2014 BYD F7, just one thought comes to mind, a quote by Herman Melville. When Melville said “It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation”, he probably wasn’t referring to the F7, but that doesn’t render the quote irrelevant. Because for a brand like BYD that has made its way through salvaging bits and pieces from other vehicles to come up with designs, originality clearly worked in their favour this time. The unification of eagle eyed headlamps, a prominent crease running the length of the vehicle, and LED rear light clusters, create a 4,860mm long Chinese sedan that is by far the prettiest in the brand’s line-up.

2014 BYD F7 front

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Aesthetically satisfying, the 2014 BYD F7 is home to a cabin that looks rather posh. The two-tone dashboard follows a neat and clutter-free design that sees the infotainment screen outlined in a matte-silver trim and the placement of sturdy buttons around it. To kick the glam up a notch, there’s also wood trim that runs along the dashboard and centre console, in a hue that closely resembles Blood Wood. Measuring in with a wheelbase of 2,745mm, the F7 is a comfortable sedan for all, driver’s and passengers’ alike.

2014 BYD F7 interior

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Frankly astonishing, the 2014 BYD F7 is equipped with a Driver Fatigue Warning System – a feature that is definitely not available from any other manufacturer in its price range. Constantly analysing if the driver is becoming drowsy by monitoring the eyelids, the F7 sounds an alarm to warn the driver should the system detect fatigue, in an attempt to promote safer driving.

2014 BYD F7 interior

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Following the turbocharged route leads you to a 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine, that when mated to an in-house built six speed dual clutch transmission, churns out 152 horsepower at 5,200 RPM and 240 Nm of torque at 3,500 RPM. Entering naturally aspirated territory, however, brings you a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder unit that whips out 138 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 186 Nm of torque at 4,500 RPM. If it were up to us, it’s the turbocharged 1.5 litre variant we’d opt for.

2014 BYD F7 front

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Chinese vehicles are thought to be cheap, and that they are. With a price tag that is AED 5,400 lower than the Hyundai Sonata and AED 19,000 less than the Chevrolet Malibu, the F7 is undoubtedly cheaper, but that isn’t why you should consider getting one. The fact that the 2014 BYD F7 is crammed with more technology than anything else in its price range, is why you should consider it…

2014 BYD F7 side

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One Response to 2014 BYD F7 | new car review

  1. rebaz ramadhan Reply

    September 7, 2015 at 1:47 am

    I have BYD F7 2014
    I have big problems in ball brearing
    it is no in Iraq

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