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Toyota New Vios, Nissan Sunshine and Hyundai Rena are among the few joint venture brands with a price of 70,000-110,000 yuan, which are aimed at young consumers who buy cars for the first time. Although this comparative test drive is in Toyota.

This contrast test is quite special. The event was organized by Toyota at the test site of Toyota's R&D center in Changshu. It is not new for us to test drive a new car in the manufacturer's test site, but this time Toyota also found two competing products for the media to test drive, which can be said to be a challenge in its own compound. The purpose of this activity arrangement is very clear: to clearly show the positioning of their own products and the main competing products, and hope that the media can personally feel the advantages of their own products after the test drive.

It is very representative to choose Toyota New Vios, Nissan Sunshine and Hyundai Rena. They are one of the few models of 70,000-110,000 yuan in the joint venture brand, and they are all aimed at young consumers who buy cars for the first time. Although this comparative test drive is held at Toyota's home, we will never have a "home whistle", and we will know which car will become the protagonist here after the test drive.

We didn't initiate the comparison ourselves, and the road conditions of Changshu test track open to us for test drive were limited, and the day mainly focused on driving experience, without in-depth exploration of the functionality of each car. Therefore, this comparison can only partially reflect the characteristics of each car and provide limited reference for car buyers.

Let's enter the theme of contrast.

Signing Toyota New Vios Nissan Sunshine Hyundai Rena Comparative Test Drive

Toyota new VIOS

Toyota VIOS is a product specially made by Toyota according to China's national conditions. This test drive of the new VIOS was only launched in November last year, and the average monthly sales volume has exceeded 10,000 vehicles since the change. There are two power options: 1.3L and 1.5L. The price range is 69.88-112.800 yuan, and the price of the new Vios 1.3L manual premium version is 69.800 yuan, which is the only one of the three cars priced within 70,000 yuan today.

The change of the new VIOS really makes people feel refreshed. It adopts the latest design elements of Toyota, such as the new air intake grille and taillights, bold and rich color choices, especially an orange body, which is very bright and can definitely attract the attention of young people. At the same time, the design of the interior has changed the rigidity and dullness of the old VIOS, and the style design reminds people of the new RAV4. Many pseudo-cable designs are used. These cables are actually formed integrally with the plastic panel, but they look a little confusing, and you may not find them without careful exploration. The overall design style of the new VIOS has changed the old style and become young and energetic, especially in the interior design and exquisite sense, which is obviously more advantageous than the other two cars.

Nissan sunny

Nissan Sunshine is a global product created by Nissan V platform, which is not unique to China. It has been three years since it was listed in 2011, and its sales volume is still good, with an average monthly sales level of nearly 10,000 vehicles. It has only one power option of 1.5, and it is equipped with 5-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission, and the price is 79,800 yuan-112,800 yuan. Plus the discount of dealers, the terminal price of Sunshine is almost the same as that of the new VIOS.

Sunshine's appearance style tends to be round, and it also belongs to home and fashion style, which seems to be slightly larger than VIOS's size. While the interior design is fashionable and concise, the round air-conditioning buttons and air outlets are even more lovely, and the overall exquisiteness is quite good. It should attract many young people, especially women.

Modern rena

Hyundai Rena has been on the market for the longest time among the three cars. It was listed as early as August 2010, and it is also the best-selling model, with an average monthly sales volume of more than 15,000 vehicles. In January 2014, it was even possible to buy 25,000 vehicles in a single month. It can be said that the limelight has not diminished and its strength remains the same. Rena is equipped with 1.4L and 1.6L power, and the price is 73,900-106,900 yuan. With the discount, Hyundai Rena should be the lowest transaction price among the three cars.

At first glance, Rena's body design feels sharp, exaggerated and very young. It still looks very attractive after four years. Compared with the new VIOS and Sunshine, Rena's design is relatively mediocre, and the visual impact on young consumers is slightly lacking.

Although the positioning and pricing of these three cars are similar, they are all in the range of 70,000-110,000 yuan. They are made for young consumers, but their ages are different. It seems unfair to compare them. At least the new VIOS is a newly redesigned model, while Sunshine and Rena have been sold for several years. But in terms of market performance and design level, they are not outdated, and they still have very strong competitiveness. It is not easy for new VIOS to shake these two big brothers. Next, I will get on the bus for a test drive and feel their advantages and disadvantages with the actual driving experience.

This comparative test drive experience was arranged on the small runway in the Toyota R&D center, and linear acceleration and small track lap were set up. We will drive three cars separately, take the same route and do the same project, and intuitively feel the difference between them. The models we test drive are 1.5L Toyota New Vios, 1.5L Nissan Sunlight and 1.4L Hyundai Rena, all of which have similar displacement for comparison.

The new VIOS went into battle first, and started directly with floor oil. The power response of the new VIOS was very rapid. The power output of the i-SuperAT gearbox was smooth, the power did not feel any interruption, and there was no abnormal sound inside the car body. When driving at high speed, the isolation of road noise and wind noise inside the carriage is not bad, which is worthy of Toyota's consistent mute level. The only thing exposed is the noise when the engine is running at high speed, which is a little rough compared with the other two models.

Then, the sun started, and the same floor oil started. Although the new sun used CVT gearbox, the feeling of speeding up did not fall in the wind, and the power output was smooth and full of energy. It's just that the center console of the sun will make a "beep" sound when accelerating, which may also be due to the poor condition of the test drive. At the same time, at high speed, the road noise and wind noise of the sun will obviously flood into the carriage from the position of the trunk, and the high-speed noise is the biggest among the three cars.

Finally, Rena went on stage. Although the engine displacement was 0.1L less than that of the other two opponents, there was no obvious gap between the initial acceleration and the other two opponents, and the power was also sufficient. It was only in the latter stage that Rena's power was squeezed faster. When driving at a high speed, the noise level is still degraded, but the wind noise coming from the A-pillar is particularly obvious. Modern and recent products seem to have this small flaw in sound insulation.

In the experience of linear acceleration, these three cars are more carefree than the power. The new Vios and Sunshine are equal, and Rena's sense of power is a little weaker. In terms of mute level, Rena's sound insulation is the most balanced. When the engine of the new VIOS rotates at high speed, the sound is unabashedly transmitted into the carriage, which still feels a bit disturbing, while the chassis of Sunshine is soundproofed in general, and the noise is relatively large.

In the test drive of the small track, although people who buy these three cars should not take them to drive fiercely or even get off the track, the test drive of the relative limit of the track, the perfection of the power matching of each car and the adjustment level of the chassis will be displayed immediately without reservation.

The new VIOS takes the lead. In various corners of the small track, the smoothness of the gearbox of the new VIOS is excellent, and the action of downshifting is crisp and neat. When turning into a corner, the power will not fail, and the overall power matching is very perfect. The driving comfort created by Toyota, the i-Super 4AT gearbox jointly developed by Toyota and Aisin, is indeed better than some 5AT, 6AT or even 9AT I have tried, and the power transmission effect is better. The driving feeling on the track, the steering direction is not accurate, but the strength is natural, and the driving feeling is still very relaxed. The limit of the chassis is relatively high, the roll in the corner is the smallest among the three cars, and the overall driving feeling is very calm and easy to control.

Running on the track in the sunshine, CVT's speed change is smooth, and the power output is not delayed. The feeling of power connection is no less than that of new VIOS. The mechanical quality of the whole vehicle is high, the power coordination is very pleasing, the steering time is kept soft, and it is very easy to drive. The problem is that the chassis of sunshine is weak, pushing the head seriously when cornering, the roll of the vehicle is relatively large, and the stability at high speed or cornering is slightly insufficient. The limit and handling level of sunshine are slightly weaker than those of new VIOS and Rena.

Rena can clearly experience that the logic of shifting gears is not smart enough as soon as she enters and exits the track. There will be a blank period when she speeds up in the corner, which feels like she has no power to connect, and the sense of frustration is obvious. Rena's smoothness of shifting gears is immediately revealed on this small track. The limit of the chassis when cornering is equivalent to that of the new VIOS, and the tilt is not big, but the steering feedback is not natural enough, and there is a light and heavy feeling, which also affects the pointing accuracy to a certain extent.

The performance on the small track, the power matching between the new VIOS and Sunshine are very perfect, but the matching of Rena gearbox is still a little unfinished. When it comes to handling feeling and stability, the chassis performance of the new VIOS and Rena is not bad, but the new VIOS is more flattering and wins with a slight advantage. The chassis limit of sunshine is weak, which can't give people good driving confidence.

After a comparative test drive of Toyota's new VIOS, Nissan's Sunshine and Hyundai Rena, how to choose a car as the first car in life for young consumers?

The gap between the three cars is actually not big, and each has its own characteristics. The strength of the new VIOS lies in the very textured interior design, mature and perfect power system and the preservation of Toyota models. The advantage of sunshine lies in excellent power matching, surpassing the back row space of the same level. Rena's strength is handsome appearance, and the cost performance is very high.

If you have to choose one, the new VIOS still has a slight advantage by virtue of Toyota's golden mean and balanced performance in all aspects. But don't forget, besides Sunshine and Rena, the new VIOS rivals also include Honda Fengfan, Volkswagen New Jetta, Citroen New Elysee and other models. There are many powerful competitors waiting for the new VIOS to face in this market segment.

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