The 2000 Daewoo Leganza is an attractive four-door sedan. The Leganza’s name comes from the Italian words ""elegante"" and ""forza,"" meaning elegant and power. This Korean-made car is marketed to those who want a lot of extras for a small price. However, since its debut last year, it is the most expensive model in the Daewoo car arsenal. While the Leganza may be an elegant vehicle, it certainly lacks power.
Body Styles: four-door sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter, four-cylinder, 131 hp at 5200 rpm and 148 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm
Transmissions: five-speed manual in the SE, four-speed automatic with overdrive in the SX and CDX
Models: Leganza SE, Leganza SX, Leganza CDX
The 2000 Daewoo Leganza boasts a newly-styled grille and larger stereo knobs. Ten-spoke aluminum wheels are standard on the CDW model and optional on the SX. SE models have new seat fabric, revised alloy wheels, and a more convenient remote keyless entry design. Consumers will enjoy new 24-hour roadside assistance and free scheduled maintenance throughout the basic warranty period. Buyers can also opt for a vibrant exterior with new color choices.
Even though new colors have been added, the color selection for the Leganza isn’t very vibrant. Buyers can choose from Brighton Gold Metallic, Deep Green Metallic, Galaxy White, Granada Black Metallic, Olive Silver Metallic, and Poly Silver Metallic.
Power windows, intermittent windshield wipers, a remote trunk release, an anti-theft alarm system, 15-inch wheels, power heated mirrors, and a rear window defroster all come standard. Step it up a notch with alloy wheels as an option.
The Leganza has a curb weight of 3086 pounds and a wheelbase of 105.1 inches. It measures in at 70 inches wide, 56.6 inches tall, and 183.9 inches long.
Enjoy base features such as cloth bucket seating, power steering, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, power locks, power windows, a tachometer, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system. Try out a CD changer and player as an upgrade. Five-passenger seating is standard, but the 60/40-split rear seatback folds, eliminating passenger space and adding cargo room. The interior colors follow suit with the drab outside, as beige and gray are the only color choices. Leather upholstery comes with the SX and CDX models, but is not available in the base SE.
This small vehicle only allows 39.3 inches of front headroom, 37.8 inches of rear headroom, 38.2 inches of rear legroom, and 55.9 inches of rear shoulder room.
Performance & Handling
British suspension-expert Lotus tuned Leganza's four-wheel independent underpinnings, and the ride is very smooth as a result. Weak tires howl around turns, and experts found the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) to be substandard in refinement and effectiveness. The suspension has been retuned to improve the bumpy ride. For a boost in handling, try the traction control on the SX and CDX models.
Base safety and security features include the minimal driver- and passenger-side front airbags, and an anti-theft alarm system.
An IIHS frontal-offset test rated ""poor,"" so safety may be an issue for this compact car. Also, overall, the Leganza SE rated ""poor,"" – the left leg/foot, restraints, and structure/safety cage all earned ""poor"" ratings. Only the head/neck and the right leg/foot rated ""acceptable."" Bumpers and head restraints came in at ""marginal"". Chest tests were the only crash ratings that received a ""good"" result.
NHTSA crash test ratings didn’t fare much better, as passenger, driver, and side-impact rear tests only earned three out of five stars. The side-impact front did slightly better, receiving four out of five stars.
EPA Fuel Economy
Daewoo Leganza 20/29 mpg city/highway
- Lots of features
- Low price
- Looks good
You Won't Like
- Not-so-great resale value
- Unproven reliability
- Weak engine
Goliath may prove to be too much for this David in the market.
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