New derivative boasts a notable list of new features for the extra 10 grand - R109 995 compared to the base model at R99 995.
New derivative boasts a notable list of new features for the extra 10 grand - R109 995 compared to the base model at R99 995.
V2 slots in at the bigger end of the B segment, with seating for four real-world adults and 320 litres of boot space.
V2 slots in at the bigger end of the B segment, with seating for four real-world adults and 320 litres of boot space.
The Like comes in your choice of black or grey interior trim.
The Like comes in your choice of black or grey interior trim.
Limited-edition kit includes touchscreen-operated i G08 satellite navigation.
Limited-edition kit includes touchscreen-operated i G08 satellite navigation.

 

By: Dave Abrahams

Johannesburg - Chinese carmaker FAW has added an upscale variant to its V2 hatch range, the limited-edition #Like.

The name, it says is a combination of social media cues - the Twitter hashtag and Facebook's 'Like' function. And if you think that sounds pretentious, you're not alone.

Be that as it may, the new derivative boasts a notable list of new features for the extra 10 grand - R109 995 compared to the base model's R99 995, which FAW Auto says is the most affordable 1.3-litre car on the SA market.

It starts with 15" alloy rims, and includes touchscreen-operated i G08 satellite navigation and an upgraded DVD/MP3/CD player with 5-inch Sony speakers and Bluetooth connectivity.

The #Like comes in your choice of black or grey interior trim and four paint colours - silver, white, black and the distinctive blue of the car in the gallery - with a three-year or 100 000km warranty, a three-year or 45 000km service plan and a year's roadside assistance.

HIGH-SPEC SUSPENSION

The rest of it is standard V2, which puts it at the bigger end of the B segment, with seating for four real-world adults and 320 litres of boot space. Standard kit includes dual front airbags, ABS, LED tail-lights, front and rear foglights, aircon, power windows on all four doors, radio/CD/MP3 player, power-adjustable side mirrors with indicator repeaters, remote central locking, dual glove compartments and door pockets with cup-holder recesses.

Motorvation is courtesy of a 1.3-litre petrol four rated for 67kW at 6000 revs and 120Nm at 4400rpm, driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox and slurping a nominal 6.5 litres per 100km.

Suspension is independent all round, with MacPherson struts in fort and double wishbones at the rear, rather than the industry-standard torsion beam setup.