Road Tests / Car Reviews: Hyundai Accent Elite 2014 second review

April 21st, 2014 by Robert Barry

DSC_0005 Car manufacturers often find that a popular model will often become the victim of its own success, as each new generation of a car line becomes bigger and more expensive.

To a certain degree this applies to several Hyundai models, notably the new generation i30 which has matured into a competitor for the VW Golf and Toyota Corolla with specification and price tags to match. Continue reading “Road Tests / Car Reviews: Hyundai Accent Elite 2014 second review” »

Hyundai ix35 2.4 Elite AWD Series II 2014 Review

December 28th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

The time to update the ix35 arrived a little before this new model. We last had an ix35 back in 2010 and since then the crossover challengers upped their game and the ix35 slipped down the rankings in terms of its competitiveness. We noted the strong engine, sharp styling, economy and equipment levels in the review (which you can read here), so how does this update treat the ix35?

hyundai-ix35-2.4-elite-awd-rear-quarterThe styling hasn’t changed significantly – headlights and alloys, both with more modern detailing, plus new colour options and roof rails – so you won’t notice much difference. Hyundai is working on colours that are branding statements themselves and you can have yours in Atomic Orange, Remington Red and a few other more muted tones.

The ix35’s styling has aged well in its short lifetime, and all that was needed was a freshen up. And so we have this model which is essentially a facelift.

hyundai-ix35-2.4-elite-awd-front-interiorOn the inside there’s a slightly larger LCD between the rev counter and speedometer which shows the trip computer. The steering wheel features a couple of buttons for answering a Bluetooth-connected phone, plus a button to change the steering feeling to one of three modes (Flexsteer) – something that helps fix the vague steering we noted in the previous review. The rest of the interior is virtually identical.

The new audio system will stream audio via Bluetooth, and you can plug your phone in as well as use more conventional audio sources. Continue reading “Hyundai ix35 2.4 Elite AWD Series II 2014 Review” »

Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3 V6 Elite – Review

June 16th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

Comfort in our vehicles is an incrementally improving thing. Every year the bar that measures what equipment should come as standard is raised, and that leads to heavier and heavier vehicles that are more and more complex.

Hyundai Santa Fe Elite V6 2013 rqHyundai’s effort to raise the bar is to put heated rear seats and three rows of air conditioning in its Santa Fe SUV, a vehicle that’s less than seventy grand, but punching above its weight in the plushness stakes. Sure, this is a long way from the vibrating Continue reading “Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3 V6 Elite – Review” »

Hyundai i40 CRDi Elite 2013 vs Hyundai i45 Elite Ltd 2013 – Review

May 29th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

As New Zealand is the only country in the world still selling the i45 (which is a rebadged Sonata), let’s have a look at whether you’d get one of those or the i40.

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i45 side view

We took an (almost) back-to-back test of the two cars. First, you would expect because the i45 has 5 more of Hyundai’s ‘i’ points over the i40, that it would be more expensive, like a Mazda6 is more expensive than a Mazda3, but it’s not. The four-model i45 range starts at Continue reading “Hyundai i40 CRDi Elite 2013 vs Hyundai i45 Elite Ltd 2013 – Review” »

Hyundai i20 GLS 2012 Review

December 12th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

Two months ago I spent an excellent couple of weeks driving around Northern Queensland in Hyundai’s previous incarnation of the i20, the Getz. 2800km of budget motoring ranging from the tropical Napier-like town that is Cairns through to the dusty and rutted outback roads of Chillagoe got me intimately familiar with Hyundai’s smallest car. And it made me realise how far it’s come in six years. Continue reading “Hyundai i20 GLS 2012 Review” »

Hyundai i30 Elite 2012 Review

December 10th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

Hyundai is a brand in transition. Aiming for the Euro market, it has smartened itself up considerably in the past few years and is setting vehicles from VW group as its target. The obvious competitor to the i30 Elite is the 103kW Volkswagen Golf TDI. There’s only a couple of grand in the price difference, and the specifications are comparable.

On the outside, Hyundai’s new ‘Fluidic sculpture’ design language can be seen in a multitude of visual lines that begin at the nose and head towards a strongly creased flank with its prominent wheel arches right around to a very strong boot crease that integrates beautifully with the flow of the rear lights. The designers (housed in a studio in Russelsheim, Germany) packed in a lot of detail, to the point of risking a busy mish-mash, but they’ve pulled it off with only the Continue reading “Hyundai i30 Elite 2012 Review” »

Hyundai Veloster Turbo Elite 2012 Review

November 21st, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

We took a look at the naturally aspirated Veloster Elite a few months ago. If you read the article you’ll see that I said that the turbo version will be awesome. Let’s find out whether it is.

My history is with four-wheel drive rally cars of the 90s. I liked the stiff suspension, the four-cylinder turbo sound and the agile feeling that you get when you don’t have a Continue reading “Hyundai Veloster Turbo Elite 2012 Review” »

New Hyundai i30 Coming to New Zealand

July 20th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

Hyundai Motors New Zealand has launched the new-generation i30; a vehicle the company expects will build on the success of the original model thanks to an all new European design.

Hyundai General Manager Andy Sinclair says the i30 is the company’s best-selling and most awarded model globally and the new-generation i30 really ups the ante against its Europeans rivals.

“The i30 is designed and engineered at Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Design Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, and built at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Namyang, South Korea,” he says.

“This car changes the game in value in the small car market. It’s going to be a hit with Kiwis. It really pushes the envelope on design, technology and efficient performance.

Every new i30 comes standard with the Flex Steer system, one-touch triple turn indicators, iPod/USB connectivity and Bluetooth hands free phone system with steering wheel controls, and cruise control. The Elite model adds front heated seats, electric folding outside mirrors, stop/start button, 17” alloy wheels, reversing camera and reversing sensors.

“Once you take account of all these additional features, the value of every model is market leading,” says Mr Sinclair.

The new i30 has also been named as ‘one of the safest choices within the small car category’ by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), receiving the maximum five-star safety rating.

“It is further testament to Hyundai’s continued commitment to bringing industry-leading occupant and pedestrian safety within reach of all New Zealanders,” says Mr Sinclair.

As well as achieving the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating, the new generation i30 comes with a comprehensive suite of active and passive safety technologies as standard.

Active safety systems include Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), ABS with EBD and Brake Assist System (BAS), whilst advanced passive safety features include the use of ultra-high tensile steel within the body shell and seven airbags standard, including driver knee airbag.

In New Zealand, there is a choice of fuel-saving petrol and diesel engines with combined fuel efficiency as low as 4.5 litres* per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions as low as 119 g/km*.

There is also the choice between a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, with both units providing a refined driving experience and enhanced fuel efficiency.

The entry model i30 manual petrol starts at $34,490 and the Elite auto petrol from $39,990.

The new i30 is on sale now and available for test drives from one of Hyundai’s 23 dealerships nationwide.

*Applies to the 1.6 CRDi M6 model

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