Hyundai Atos Model Overview
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About the Hyundai Atos
This subcompact hatch, the smallest in Hyundai's arsenal, has yet to hit U.S. shores, but is a popular choice for city drivers in countries with narrow and congested streets. Marketed under different names around the world (Amica in the UK, Dodge Atos in Mexico, Atoz in South Asia, and Santro in India), the Hyundai Atos arrived on the scene in 1997.
At 349.5 cm long and 149.5 cm wide (140 inches by a mere 60 inches), the Atos is nimble enough to zip into small or awkward parking spaces. Initial reaction to the subcompact was mixed, especially to the design of a square box sitting on tiny toy-like 13-inch wheels. Originally outfitted with a 1.0-liter, 58-hp I4 engine, current models sport a 1.1-liter, 62-hp/43-kW I4. A 5-speed manual is standard, but a semi-automatic and regular automatic are available. The front-wheel drive Hyundai Atos averages 44 mpg. Its high boxy profile was built for narrow streets and maximum cargo capacity. Though the Atos seats four, the back seat is cramped and not really designed for families. This is a single person's commuter car.
Over the years, the Atos has received minor upgrades. An electric version, the Atos EV also came out in 1997, able to travel 120 miles on one seven-hour charge. The Atos Prime is the best-selling model. In the UK, the Amica disappeared briefly, but returned with a sleeker design, a less boxy roofline, and alloy wheels. There are rumors that the current Atos will be phased out after 2008, to be replaced by the Hyundai i10.