The Haima FStar is a vehicle manufactured by a Chinese company that is based in Beijing, China. The official distributor in the country operates under the name Haima Automobiles Philippines that is partnered with Laus Auto Group. Since multi-purpose vehicles (MPV) are becoming popular in the country, the brand has tried to enter it with its Haima Fstar. However, the Haima FStar is more of a utility vehicle that is designed for hauling equipment rather than for passengers. Although it can accommodate passengers, the vehicle is not simply capable of providing a comfortable ride. The design is very basic and is not one of those that will feel safe and comfortable.
This boxed-type of a car has a seating capacity good for ten. So, if you convert that into cargo space, it is pretty decent. Even though this vehicle looks like it can be made for a school service or an ambulance – it is a bit sketchy when it comes to safety. It does not have any safety feature asides from the car's brake system. And when it comes to body build, this boxed car is a bit on the soft side as it did not pass any crash tests. This is the drawback of buying a cheap car. You tend to lose the important qualities to be able to drive it safely on the road.
The Haima brand is one that offers a low market price. However, if you consider it for long-term use – it may be more costly. This is due to the maintenance costs that surround it. The brand is not yet widely known in the country and there are not many service centers that can help you there. So, despite the bargain price, you might want to consider finding an alternative that can provide better value for your money. There are certainly other brands that can compete with Haima FStar for the quality and cost when it comes to long-term use.
If you look at the mechanics in this vehicle, the Haima FStar is equipped with a 1.2-liter turbocharged inline engine that is matched with only a manual transmission. There are no other variants that come with this. So, if you are not used to manual gears, this may not be it for you. The Haima FStar can produce about 91 horsepower and 121 Nm of torque. And although there are MacPherson suspensions on the front and rear, it is still not sufficient to provide a comfortable ride.
The handling of the Haima FStar is satisfactory but it takes a couple more strength and patience to maneuver this vehicle. It is not as dynamic when compared to other brand rivals in the market. At a full load, this vehicle could feel challenged. It may be able to survive, but you will be able to feel the struggle. In terms of mileage consumption, the average performance of this vehicle is 13 km/L. And the full tank capacity has 48-liters.
The interior of this vehicle is basic and could be a bit cramped despite the wide setup. Without many passengers, the interior is pretty spacious. But at full occupant, knees would bump across one another. At the front of the vehicle, there is a storage compartment and it just the glove box. There is nothing special about the car as it is bred with simplicity.
In terms of the instrument gauge, the digital display has a three-dial meter. It can have some blue lighting so that it is visible at night drives. The air conditioning system is decent if you happen to be seated in front. At the rear, there is also airflow but may not be enough to feel comfortable especially when fully loaded. Windows can also be manually opened if you prefer to bring in some air. The style of the flooring is spray painted since the pricing is cheap. And when it comes to the entertainment system, it is almost as not having any. It simply has a radio on the front that can be controlled by the driver and front passenger. Do not expect a surrounding speaker as well throughout the cabin as you will just be disappointed.
The style of the Haima FStar is intensely basic. There is nothing special about the design since it was meant to be shipped out of the market as a boxed vehicle. There are two doors in the front for the cockpit and one at the rear. A ladder can also be seen at the rear to help you come aboard. However, when you are in – you may need to duck since the headroom is pretty low. You can expect that there are four sliding windows if you happen to be on the rear cabin that you can feel free to open manually.
On the front, the Haima FStar has a bonnet-style and a black grille made of plastic. The headlights have indicators but they are not necessarily the most powerful at night. The bumpers are also made with plastic while the taillights have small guard covering to protect it. The overall dimension of this city vehicle stands at 4333 mm x 1620 mm x 2060 mm (LxWxH). The tires are to be equipped with 14-inches.
When it comes to safety features, it is unfortunate to say that this has none. It does not have airbags – even front airbags, no anti-lock braking system (ABS), no electronic brake distribution (EBD), no parking assist, no driver-assist features, and no alarm systems. And again, this is the trade-off for wanting to market a cheap and affordable car in the market. These significant features that keep the vehicle and passengers safe on the road had been cut out.
Perhaps, the only thing that the Haima FStar has in terms of safety feature are the braking system. Disc brakes are located on the front and rear. Again, there is not much that you can expect with this car given its reputation. It is simply made to become a moving box that wishes to penetrate the market. With all of these in mind, perhaps you may want to consider other brands in the market that can provide better value for money. It should even save you the cost in the long-term and bring you more benefits rather than a headache to own.
Haima FStar Pros and Cons
- Very low market price, highly affordable
- Built ruggedly, ideal for equipment hauling
- Not a safe vehicle to be operated on the road
- Lack of maintenance service centers in the country