[YesAuto Test Drive] In recent years, mini-cars rely on low prices, and the functional advantages of both passenger and cargo have gradually been recognized by those small businessmen. More and more manufacturers have also devoted themselves to the brand-new market segment of mini-cars. Come. Recently, Dongfeng Xiaokang released its V series models, and we briefly experienced its main vehicle V27 at the first time.
For those of us who are accustomed to driving cars on weekdays, we don’t have many chances to get in touch with this model, and we cannot judge its quality according to the usual standards. All workmanship, configuration, power, and control should all be related to it. It doesn't matter, space, practicality and durability are the key points we need to investigate.
This experience vehicle is Dongfeng Xiaokang V27 two-wheel drive type, and this car also has a four-wheel drive version, so the focus of this article will be its space and the four-wheel drive version of the four-wheel drive structure.
● Sufficient ride space
Today’s minicars not only meet the needs of the load, but a comfortable ride is also essential. The riding space should not be difficult for the V27. A 178cm tall experiencer sits in the front row and the seat is adjusted. The head space is close to 3 punches at the right position, but because the engine is placed under the front seats, the front seats cannot be adjusted up and down, and the sitting posture is a bit high. This is also a common feature of all these models, and the vision is absolutely good.
The second row of seats adopts a split design that is not common in mini cars, and the seating space is sufficiently spacious. The seat and backrest can be adjusted back and forth, and passengers can adjust according to their own needs. The head space is also very large, and it may be difficult to measure with fists.
Compared with the first two rows, the comfort of the last row of seats will be relatively poor. The same experiencer sits in the back row, even if the second row of seats is adjusted to the front, there is basically no room left for the rear legs. It is measured, and the seat angle cannot be adjusted, so the sitting posture is a bit uncomfortable, but the headroom is still plenty spacious.
● Inflexible cargo space/less storage space is the biggest disadvantage
Regarding cargo, the flexible and changeable space combination is a feature that the microcar needs to have, but the V27 is a bit too simple in this regard. The second row of seats can’t be completely reclined. You can only change the shape of the space by adjusting the backrest angle. Although the third row of seats can be folded up, they cannot form a regular space with the second row of seats. This performance is severely restricted. It has the ability to load cargo.
Although the staff said that each seat is fixed on the floor with four screws, the seat can be disassembled at any time when needed, but it seems a bit cumbersome to disassemble the seat for some conventional goods. Even if it performs well in the riding space, it is a serious problem to ignore the flexibility of the storage space combination.
In addition, there seems to be a serious lack of humanized storage space. Except for the most basic storage compartments on the front door panel and the central control, there is no humanized storage space in the whole car, which is necessary for taking into account the passenger carrying function. For the microcar, it is indeed anxious to improve.
●The four-wheel drive version is the highlight
The four-wheel drive version of the V27 is undoubtedly one of its highlights. From the structural point of view, it is a time-sharing four-wheel drive structure, which is not complicated and requires manual operation.
In daily use, the V27 is a rear-wheel drive vehicle. When the road conditions are poor or the vehicle is trapped, the vehicle can be stopped and the drive mode gear lever set in front of the shift lever can be pushed to the four-wheel drive mode. It will lock up with the front axle and provide 50% of the power to the front wheels, but this does not make the V27 a four-wheel drive. At this time, you need to manually turn the locking knobs on the two front wheels to the locked position. At this time, there will be a gear-like component in the front wheel to fix the front wheel and the front axle to achieve a true four-wheel drive.
Such a design will be of great help when encountering bad road conditions daily, but considering the front wheel gear ratio and the load-bearing degree of the components, it is recommended that the four-wheel drive mode be switched for a short time when needed, and the speed should not be too fast during use. , Otherwise it will cause damage to the corresponding parts. Unfortunately, we failed to test drive and off-road experience on the four-wheel drive model.
● Power performance can only be considered basic enough
This short test drive is an ordinary two-wheel drive model. If you are used to driving a car, you will be a little uncomfortable with it. Because the engine is mid-mounted, the front of the machine cover only has simple parts such as the water tank, so the front of the car is very short. In addition, micro-cars generally do not have assist in the direction, and it will be extra laborious to turn on the spot or at low speeds, and the strength of the direction will be somewhat uneven.
The shifting feeling is general, the gears feel a little loose, and the situation of getting stuck and unable to enter the gear happens from time to time, which is not good enough for driving. The rear wheel adopts a non-independent suspension structure. In order to suppress the decrease in control caused by the high center of gravity, the suspension adjustment is a bit harder. Even so, it is more prone to shaking than ordinary cars, but this may already be very important for the mini car. Not bad.
The clutch is very shallow, and the throttle and brake response is still sensitive. Although the displacement of the 1.3L engine is not small for the microcar, the power provided can only be said to be average, and it will basically be enough, but if you consider it After storing and carrying passengers in the future, this kind of motivation can't be satisfied.
● Some simple comments on appearance and interior
The appearance design of Dongfeng Xiaokang V27 can be seen that it really took a little thought, but its front face shape resembling a Hummer can indeed leave some deep impressions. As for whether it looks good or not, it varies from person to person, but the front We have also said that we focus on space and practicality for the mini-car. We don't need to care about design and other things. Originally, it does not rely on appearance to attract customers.
The body size of the V27 is 3905mm*1635mm*1950mm in length, and the wheelbase has reached 2515mm. This data is not small in products of the same level, but it does not show obvious advantages in internal space, especially the lack of flexibility in space combination becomes fatal Shortcomings.
Generally speaking, microcars often work in poor road conditions, sometimes even mountain roads or dirt roads. The V27 uses off-road tires labeled 175/80 R14, and the ground clearance is increased. At this point, it can be seen that the manufacturer has a very targeted design for the characteristics of their own models.
● General materials for workmanship / configuration is based on practicality
There is nothing more to comment on the interior. The workmanship and materials meet its price of more than 40,000 yuan. More configurations and better craftsmanship don’t need it, and it can’t satisfy you. Simple and practical is good.
Summary of this article:
With the gradual opening of the mini-car market, manufacturers are now paying more and more attention to the mini-car market. To improve competitiveness, they seek product innovation. Dongfeng Xiaokang's appearance upgrade for the V series is relatively successful. In addition, the introduction of the four-wheel drive system is indeed a bold attempt. It can be regarded as an innovation in the same level of products, and the selection of off-road tires has greatly improved its adaptability on the road, and manufacturers can accurately grasp the positioning of their own models. And according to the vehicle's positioning and use environment to design and optimize, this is definitely affirmed by us. However, the key issue of space combination flexibility is also in urgent need of improvement. After all, the opportunity to pull cargo for passenger and cargo vehicles is far greater than that for people.