The BYD New F3R is the Chinese automaker’s answer for those needing a five-door hatchback with more car-like characteristics. Fitting into the compact class, the New F3R offers tidy exterior dimension for city dwellers while still offering a decent amount of room inside.
While BYD offers some rather surprising technology in a few of its cars, the New F3R is left out in the cold. A push-button start, a power sunroof, dual front occupant airbags, brakes that include ABS and electronic brake distribution, and an alarm system seem to be the only real features. Of course, that leaves room for a budget-friendly price tag at the end of the day.
BYD does offer the New F3R with its standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT. Both transmissions are bolted to the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Those equipped with the CVT do get 14 extra horsepower, totaling 120. The manual-equipped cars make do with 106 horses.
Though BYD is pushing to enter the U.S. market, it’s unlikely the New F3R will make the jump. Crash test and emissions standards, along with a dull design, are its limiting factors. Now that’s not to say BYD couldn’t heavily revise the New F3R to become sellable in the U.S., but all the needed changes would basically constitute an all new vehicle.
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The BYD F0 is a member of the A-segment of five-door family cars, a popular class of cars in many parts of the world. However, unfortunately for the Chinese automaker’s legal standings, the F0 is a near carbon copy of the Toyota Aygo. While we’ll steer clear of the legalese, its important to note the F0 won’t likely make a jump into the U.S. market.
Besides the troubles above, the F0 is a decent little five-door hatch. Its tidy dimensions make it a good option for close-quarters city driving and its spacious interior is plenty big for four passengers; five if they’re small.
Speaking of small, its three-cylinder engine is better measured in cubic centimeters rather than liters, coming in at only 998 cc. A five-speed manual transmission sends all 67 horsepower to the front tires. With such a compact engine in a compact car, the F0 is estimated to get roughly 56 mpg on the highway.
While it may be a direct copy of the Aygo, the car still offers a decent package for Chinese buyers looking for an inexpensive hatch.
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