I would perfer hydraulic power steering as well. The Altis 2.0 that I tried last weekend was simply way to light in its steering for safe, fast driving. There was practically no weight at all. It is good if it is feather light at parking speeds but at about 70kph - 80kph, I expected it to load up a whole lot more but that was not the case. There was no feel and the whole driving experience was flawed because of the steering. But if one were to buy the car to just potter around town, then maybe the super light steering makes sense. But for b-roads, it leaves a lot to be desired.
All other stuff in the car is fine. Just the steering that was overly assisted that didn't do it for me.
Just my humble opinion after my test drive with it last weekend.
Looks like I'm not alone. From what I've found in EPS vs hydraulic power steering comparison when comes to maintenance and practicality. EPS has to worry about the electric motor and some cases in H (most famous) and also N brands, they tend to overheat and preventing driver from steering the car. Only good thing is that there is no need to buy power steering fluid but downside, the electric motor does not last longer than hydraulic actuator. Also, the electric motor is not cheap to replace if damaged.
I don't mind checking the power steering fluid container often. Hydraulic power steering if built well, it could still turn with ease and giving the light feel.
You are welcome. Perhaps you can got try out the 1.8E when they have test unit available later.