Hyundai Atos

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Hyundai Atos
Hyundai Atos front 20080328.jpg
2004 Hyundai Atos facelift
Manufacturer Hyundai
Also called Hyundai Amica / Atoz (UK)
Hyundai Atoz (Indonesia)
Hyundai Santro Xing (India)
Dodge Atos (Mexico)
Inokom Atos (Malaysia)
Inokom Atos Prima (Malaysia)
Kia Visto (South Korea)


Production was discontinued in India in late 2014.
Assembly Ulsan, South Korea
Chennai, India (Hyundai India)
Kulim, Malaysia (Inokom)
Campeche, Mexico (Bering Company)
Cairo, Egypt (Ghabbour Group)
Sujawal, Pakistan
Bekasi, Indonesia
Body and chassis
Class City car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Related Kia Picanto[1]
Hyundai Getz[1]
Transmission 5-speed manual[2]
4-speed automatic[3]
Wheelbase 2,380 mm (93.7 in)
Length 3,495 mm (137.6 in) (1998–2004)[4]
3,565 mm (140.4 in) (1998–2007)[5]
Width 1,495 mm (58.9 in) (1998–2004)[4]
1,525 mm (60.0 in) (1998–2007)[5]
Height 1,615 mm (63.6 in) (1998–2004)[4]
1,570 mm (61.8 in) (1998–2007)[5]
Curb weight 845 kg (1,862.9 lb)
Successor Hyundai i10

The Hyundai Atos was a city car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 1997. It was also marketed under the Atoz, Amica and Santro Xing model names. It was facelifted in 1999, from when it marketed as the Atos Prime, and in 2003. It has been available only with a five-door hatchback body style. It was replaced in most markets by the Hyundai i10 in 2007, but production continued in India till late 2014, when it was finally phased out.[6]


The first Atos was introduced in 1997. It is fitted with a 999cc engine and has a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h). It was succeeded by a facelift version by 2000 and in 2003 another one. It was discontinued in Europe in 2007, in favour of the Indian assembled i10 and in other markets in 2011.

Other names[edit]

The Atos Prime is marketed as the:

The original Atos was sold under the Hyundai brand but rebadged as the Atoz (or "AtoZ") in some markets, including the United Kingdom. The Hyundai Santro is a rebadged version of the city car Hyundai Atos sold in some Asian markets.

Kia Visto is a re-badged Hyundai Atos Prime, although there is no Kia Visto by the name Hyundai Atos Prime in Indonesia or South Korea.


2004 Hyundai Atos facelift, rear view

Hyundai entered the Indian market in 1997 with the Atos, marketed under the name Santro and various variants as Zip Drive,Zip Plus etc. Produced at Hyundai's factory in Chennai, its primary competitor at that time was the popular Maruti Suzuki Zen. The distinctive styling of the first generation had mixed reviews, but the car was a success primarily due to its power steering feature and price.

In the years since, the Indian version has undergone a number of upgrades in styling and technology to respond to consumer preferences. In 2003, the first generation (Zip) was replaced with the second generation Atos Prime, marketed in India as the Santro Xing, which enjoyed great sales success. The car was also exported from India in large volumes to the Asia and Oceania region.

In its final few years, Santro had become a popular option as a hatchback taxi, and the car was still selling close to 30,000 units per year when Hyundai made the decision to discontinue production.[7]


A 2009 model Pakistani Santro.

The Santro was launched in Pakistan in 2000. As of December 2009, Pakistan is the only country where the first generation Atos is still being sold and the model has received no upgrades.

Malaysian Market[edit]

In Malaysia, Hyundai Atos is locally assembled by Inokom carrying the badge Inokom Atos. The Inokom Atos Prima was later introduced in 2006 which has the new Atos Prime front while maintaining the original Atos rear.


Figures as listed for the 2000-2003, 5 door, 1.0i model with GSi trim as sold in the UK (as the Amica), with standard options.

  • Length: 3,495 mm (137.6 in)
  • Width: 1,495 mm (58.9 in)
  • Height: 1,580 mm (62.2 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2,380 mm (93.7 in)
  • Unladen weight: 847 kg (1,867 lb)
Technical data
  • Fuel Delivery: Multi-Point Injection
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Engine size & layout: 996 cc, I4, 12 valves
  • Peak Power: 40 kW (54.4 PS; 53.6 bhp)
  • Peak Torque: 82 N·m (60 lb·ft)
  • 0-60 mph (96 km/h): 14.6 s
  • Top Speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)
  • Fuel economy: 6.4 L/100 km (44 mpg-imp; 37 mpg-US)
  • Emissions: 151 g CO2/km, other emissions below Euro III standard.[2]

Atos EV[edit]

Hyundai unveiled at the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show an electric vehicle based on the Atos, the Atos EV. The Atos EV weights 2,585 lb (1,173 kg), including the battery pack, which holds 24 nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries. An on-board 6.6 kW conductive charger can fully recharge the Ni-MH batteries in seven hours. The Atos EV can travel more than 120 miles (193 km) in stop and go city driving and can reach a top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h).[8]



1997–00 Hyundai Atos 
1997–00 Hyundai Atos 
2000–03 Hyundai Atos Prime 
2000–03 Hyundai Atos Prime 
Hyundai Santro Xing (India) 


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