After about 10 months after the first and sensational news about Docking (Doking) XD electric car, first ever Croatian car, we have a chance to have this car on a test and do a firsthand review. We have tested this baby several days after the end of this year’s Geneva Motor Show, where refined and polished Docking (Doking) XD concept car has appeared for the first time in public.
In our previous article about Docking (Doking) XD electric car, we have mentioned that it will have great autonomy according to the manufacturer, but we couldn’t be absolutely sure whether this will be true when the real car emerges. Together with the crew of the Croatian AutoKlub magazine, we had a chance to meet Docking (Doking) XD on a test stage near Micevac, because it is not yet ready to enter public roads, nor the homologation has been done.
It has been a real honor for us to test this beautifully designed car, no matter it is not yet completed with all the details. The dashboard and some other interior details were not yet completed, but this is understandable because many questions are still left unanswered in interior design area. On the other side, the exterior of the electric car is pretty much finished and completed; only minor and subtle changes are expected in the finishing stage.
Interior will have several different options, enabling accommodation of up to three passengers with king-size comfort and space inside. Even basketball players will be in their element in the Docking XD. You will be in a position to quickly change the interior, removing two rear seats and you get perfectly capable urban transport vehicle that despite its small dimensions will have huge capacity for its class. The front seat placed in the middle is also very pleasant for the body of the driver and enables total control of the situation. A lots of features are packed inside the 280cm of length and the docking (doking) XD looks and feels more comfortable and spacious that Smart and even Toyota IQ.
The suspension is not yet tuned and in its final phase, we have damaged it on the first sharp bend, but it was a small problem and we had it fixed very quickly. We couldn’t see any indicator that anything happened, because as we mentioned before, the cockpit is still not fully functional. Noises from the exterior are present inside the car, with a very little/none audio insulation. This environment friendly vehicle certainly has a chance to prove if it is worthy, but we can certainly be pleased with the real driving autonomy of 250km, exceeding (literally doubling) that of Smart Electric Drive (130km) and other similar cars.
The performance of this car is quite good, even if it weighs 1100kg. It catapults the driver and the inertia pulling him back is always present right from the start of the driving even when the accelerating pedal is not pressed to the end. The Docking (Doking) XD starts it journey without any sound and effortlessly. The performances of concept car we tested were limited to a certain extent, so we don’t damage the car when testing it to its limits. 360Nm of torque is present all the time, and the car feels like it flies. Electrical engine capable of producing 106 HP is propelling this car with ease. There was no servo-steering wheel no ABS yet, but at the current development stage, we can forgive the car!
At the end we can say, that Docking (Doking) XD car is quite a charmer and if we had a chance to take this baby to the streets, it wouldn’t pass unnoticed. Small thing to say is that everyone from the testing crew is impressed for the way it looks, it is a real beauty and world streets would be happy to serve this new sexy car if this concept ever comes to life. But at the current dynamics we are pretty confident that at some point, we will see the car in mass production and if the price is about 10,000 Euros as it was announced, the Doking company has a real winner.
At the end, we are bringing you some 3D renderings of a future project from the Doking company, named Sisak project. Even more interesting products are planned and will be released if everything goes according to plan.