The Yamaha G16 is a popular cart, and for good reason. It comes with a Yamaha-built 4-stroke 301cc single cylinder engine making 10hp at 3600 rpm. Semi-independent rear suspension that includes coil over shocks, and some nifty features to make your day on the course more enjoyable, such as 4 cup holders (2 larger ones, 2 smaller ones), score card holder, easy to use bag straps and a cargo basket to hold any extras. The petrol model’s biggest downfall is definitely the slow uptake on acceleration, putting the pedal down while the cart is still a bit cold will leave you sitting there for a while as it wakes up. And once it’s warm there’s still a considerable delay between putting your foot down and actually moving anywhere. The ones we tested appeared old and a bit worn out. So our issues with acceleration may be attributed to that.
The ride was comfortable for a cart, the semi-independent rear suspension kept the large bumps on gravel paths under control and gliding down the fairways was very smooth. Top speed of the cart was good down the fairways, when new the carts are meant to cruise around 19kph, but it felt more like 15 to me. Going up hills was also easy, the 10hp engine powered up anything we wanted. Since the Yamaha golf cart uses self-adjusting drum brakes on the rear wheels a hard press on the pedal easily locked the rear wheels and brought you to a stop. There’s also a parking brake if you push the brake pedal down hard enough to lock it in place.
As for the negatives, well there weren’t really any, just the acceleration issues mentioned earlier. The roof was also a bit unstable over bumps and dips along the course, and you could see it moving around but it was nothing to be concerned about in terms of safety. Engine noise was also quite good, you could hear the engines as you were going but it wasn’t loud enough to cause annoyance.
Dan’s Rating: (8/10)
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