...This car will definitely get you noticed, but not for blazing performance. This is a car for stylin', dude. Inside is a snug but attractive interior that borrows design cues from several popular sport coupes, past and present. Dual airbags are standard, while ABS is optional only on the upper-level FX. Tiburon is a belated replacement for the Scoupe, which disappeared last year. Improved all-around, Hyundai's sport coupe is much better, but will it sell? Obviously, the target market is the same young, style-conscious, and financially impaired bunch that buy the Toyota Paseo, Volkswagen GTI...
...Rather than cloth seat trim, an accentuating coordinated seat fabric insert is used. Also, an optional two-tone leather package that includes seats, steering wheel and gearshift knob is available. Putting all this in motion is a 120-cubic-inch-4 that puts out 140-horsepower. This is Hyundai's Beta engine - the latest series of Hyundai-developed motors. Getting 140 horses out of 120 inches shows that the company is going in the right direction. However, this is a high-speed engine that gets its peak power at 6,000 rpm, and that generally denotes that it's no stump-puller in the torque...
...Some of the controls on the dash can be difficult to reach, such as the switches for the cruise control, rear windshield wiper and fog lights. And it's impossible to adjust the radio when the pop-out cup holder is being used. But those are about the only faults I can find in this car. The seats are attractive, comfortable and supportive. Rear leg room is tight -- but no more so than in any of the Tiburon's main competitors, such as the Saturn SC and Ford Escort ZX2. When the rear seats are folded forward, the Tiburon has ample cargo room for groceries, golf bags or whatever. This may be the...
...So what's not to like here? Not much. Leaving Excel behind Hyundai still has a little way to go on the fit-and-finish front -- the ZX2 is probably the best of the bunch on that score. But the Tiburon indicates Hyundai has come a long, long way from the bad old days of the primitive little Excel. The seams on my test car were reasonably uniform, and the body panels matched up well -- not an easy feat, considering all the character creases in the doors and fenders. Paint quality was only average. And how well the car holds up in terms of squeaks and rattles is something owners will have to...
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