FAW V2- One of best hatchback manufactured locally.
FAW V2- The underrated best locally produced hatchback in Pakistan
FAW is one of the newest automotive company that launched its operation in 2014. The company started with launching hatchback category car into the local market named as FAW V2. The V2 was initially imported as CBU unit from China. The CBU units imported by companies are pretty much normal in every part of world. Automotive manufacturers determine the potential of their vehicle subjected to local market via this. The FAW V2 was a direct competition to Suzuki WagonR and a little less than Suzuki Swift. However with its 1300cc engine it sure promised a good riding experience inside the city as well as on highway. Fast forward to 2017, August the FAW decided to assemble V2 locally in Pakistan since the vehicle gained somewhat popularity and has a future in automotive books. The 1300cc (1298cc) engine has CA4GAI water cool four stroke engine. Giving all of the workplaces that are accessible in exorbitant cars and generally not available in vehicles of a comparable expense. Eco-agreeableness is in like manner exceptional in perspective on Euro-IV engine.
ENGINE & Suspension:
1.3 Liter DOHC 16-Valve Engine that churns out an impressive 90 hp from the wheels. This enables the FAW V2 to spin out torque of 120 NM. The ride is comfortable enough while cursing on the highway or rough patches. Usually the locally produced car are subjected to poor suspension however not in the case of FAW V2. It carries MacPherson Independent suspension at the front paired with arm coil spring suspension for the rear. As for the braking the FAW has substantial amount of breaking to it carrying discs at front and drum brakes with hydraulic double pipe at back. The electronic throttle and controlling wheel are responsive. The brakes are successful attributable to the electronic brake-drive conveyance (EBD) and ABS.
Currently FAW V2 is mated to 5-speed manual transmission with fwd drive train. However according to the reports the company might launch Automatic transmission due to significant demand for automatic FAW V2 in the market. In addition to it the FAW V2 is gassed by 37 liters fuel tank, trunk capacity of 320 liters. The minimum turning radius for vehicle is 9.5m and it drives on 175/65 R 14 inches tires.
FAW V2 comes with notable features as compared to its rivals and competition in the market, although they are not the ideals as compared to international markets. The chilled Air Conditioner works really good without choking the engine or compromising the performance. In addition the dashboard is crafted with CD player, defogger, Tachometer and most importantly the infamous cup holders. AM/FM are present whereas the remote has boot and fuel lid opening function entitled to it.
The V2 doesn’t look that small once you step inside the car. There is an ample head and leg room for both the front and rear passengers. Rear seats also come equipped with adjustable head rests and seat belts. Overall the interior looks quite spacious and comfy. Design wise the dashboard is just okay and the controls are well within the reach, the barrel type meter cluster is well illuminated and the driving position is quite good too. What we don’t really like was the somewhat sticky gear change which wasn’t as soft and smooth as we expected it to be.
In spite of the fact that it’s nothing unique in relation to the imported V2 separated from the Black grille, still we trust the V2 regardless of not being the most attractive vehicles around still figures out how to knock some people’s socks off. It has a more extensive position and great street nearness and looks significantly superior to the unsavory looking JDM minis that you see on streets these days. FAW V2 is a decedent of Toyota family, With the 981 kg kerb weight, the FAW V2 has no problem in acceleration and absolutely doesn’t struggles on the long drive either.
12-13 km/l during the city ride with AC whereas on highway the fuel economy goes up to 16-17 km/l.
Okay so beginning with execution, it doesn’t give you that cantina vehicle feel that Liana gave us. Yet I wouldn’t be reluctant to say it is the most practical and suitable vehicle being manufactured locally. The FAW V2 has potential to grow in the market in the upcoming future.
Pricing and competitors:
FAW V2 is rivaled directly to Suzuki Wagon R although it is 1000 cc however costs as much as the V2. The V2 is better option in terms of reliability, safety and overall performance.