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Expert: ‘There is no gap between Korean cars and Japanese cars’

The durability, cost of use, price and performance of Korean and Japanese cars are getting closer and closer.

Guests participating in the discussion:

Technical expert: Mr. Hoang Kien Dinh, nearly 20 years of experience.
Sales expert: Mr. Le Quang Trung, more than 10 years of experience.
Korean car lover: journalist, editor Truong Anh Ngoc, uses Korean cars from small to large.
Japanese car lover: Mr. Nguyen Manh Thai, using 4 Japanese cars at the same time.

Experts discuss 4 issues that are often compared between Korean cars and Japanese cars, based on the results of a survey of 5,000 readers. VnExpress:


Experts believe that Japanese cars will be more durable than Korean cars, in terms of technical factors, repair, and wear and tear because Korean cars have more equipment and lower material durability. Users think that the durability between the two cars is also due to the way they are used, the distance traveled and the number of kilometers rolling after the same period of time.

Usage cost

Regarding fuel, Users said that most Korean cars in the same segment if using diesel engines, turbo will have lower fuel consumption, Japanese cars are higher. However, Japanese cars have more stable fuel consumption after many years of use due to the more stable natural aspirator.

With repair costs, technical experts said, Korean cars or Japanese cars if many technologies are equally difficult to repair, but Japanese cars are a bit easier because the details are simpler to assemble than Korean cars. Experts say that Korean cars often have a higher failure rate because of many electronic components, so it may cost more, but the replacement cost of Korean cars is cheaper.

Price, liquidity

Previously, Korean cars always set a lower selling price, but now there is almost no gap, depending on the purpose of the distributor. Used car experts said that Korean cars have slower liquidity and lower prices than Japanese cars, but in the last 3 years, that gap has not been too much. When buying old Korean or Japanese, you need to pay attention to the maintenance, check the details of wear and tear and errors on the car.

Operating style

Users said that Korean cars have a lighter steering wheel, but overall more compact. Japanese cars are heavier but clearly distinguish each model, if the family drive is boring but smooth and soundproof, in contrast to sports cars, which are fun to drive but often noisy.

Chassis, body: Japanese cars are slightly better, but Korean cars in recent years have also been of very good quality, but durability still needs to be improved.

In general, experts advise, Korean cars and Japanese cars now do not have much distance. Car buyers need to clearly determine what their needs are, and find a car line that suits those needs, it is not necessary to distinguish between Korean cars or Japanese cars.

Doan Dung – Thanh Nhan


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