2022 HYUNDAI SANTA FE UPGRADES

The Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seater SUV has been upgraded for 2022. Santa Fe Active variants have a new chrome exterior treatment which is unique in the range. A third row USB port is now standard. Santa Fe Elite has a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and heated front seats, as well as LED taillights on the exterior. Safety upgrades include a centre airbag and Multi-Collision Brake (MCB) standard across the range. The Multi-Collision Brake system operates to prevent or reduce the severity of a secondary collision. The system is activated after the… Read more

LATEST HYUNDAI TUCSON IS BIGGER AND BOLDER

Hyundai’s mid-sized SUV Tucson has been around since 2004. The current (fourth generation) was released here in February 2021. There are three variants: Tucson, Tucson Elite and Tucson Highlander with three powertrains: 2.0-litre petrol, 1.6-litre turbo-petrol and 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engines. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid are available overseas but are unlikely to come here in the near future due to RHD production constraints. Our test vehicle was the Highlander 1.6-litre turbo-petrol AWD priced at $50,000 plus on- road costs. STYLING We love the adventurous new styling route that Hyundai is taking… Read more

2022 HYUNDAI i20N

The i20 N is Hyundai’s first light hot hatch. We are assured it can run with its N stablemates, “delivering its speed and performance with a fun personality that turns every trip into a Special Stage” according to Hyundai. (Note that ‘light’ means ‘small’ in this category of vehicles.) At this stage the i20 N is offered in a single grade, we have queried the Australian importer about other grades, but were told that’s all they will divulge at this time. In any case the single grade is well specified… Read more

THE FUTURE’S IN THE STARIAS

If there were such a thing as automotive astrologers Hyundai would have claim to their effectiveness following wins for its Staria people mover, along with stablemate IONIQ 5 electric SUV, in the 2021 Good Design Awards. Winning features, the company claims, include a strikingly futuristic look to the Staria exterior, reminiscent of a spaceship, while a single line from front to back recreates the curve of light that illuminates the Earth’s horizon at sunrise when viewed from space. You’ve got to hand it to those South Koreans. A cruise ship-inspired… Read more

IONIQ 5 IS A FUTURISTIC ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Those cheeky chaps from Monty Python may well have had the new IONIQ 5 in mind when they coined their “And Now For Something Completely Different” catch-phrase. A futuristically-styled mid-sized SUV, the IONIQ 5 is Hyundai’s first-ever dedicated battery- electric vehicle as distinct from the Kona SUV and IONIQ hatchback models which also come with hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Although it carries Hyundai badging, the SUV IONIQ 5 is the first vehicle from the Korean company’s new sub-brand and joins the luxury Genesis marque but with EV only models…. Read more

HYUNDAI NEXO HYDROGEN FUEL-CELL VEHICLE TESTING

NEXO’s aim is to highlight Hyundai and the Queensland government’s commitment to hydrogen.¬†The Queensland government hydrogen station in Brisbane will provide the infrastructure to refuel NEXO, using hydrogen produced locally. The NEXO SUV takes the national fleet to 28, alongside the 20 NEXOs rolled out to the ACT government and emergency services in 2020.¬†Hyundai Motor Company Australia CEO, Jun Heo, said Hyundai is pleased to see its advanced hydrogen technology deployed by the Queensland Police Service as a further step towards a clean motoring future. “Deploying NEXO into the Queensland… Read more

PALISADE OFFERS CHANCE TO SIZE UP LIFESTYLE

Believe it or not, there are some people who wish to maximise vehicle seating capacity without being held hostage to the LCV-like people mover or rugged off-roader. These folk need look no farther than the Hyundai Palisade, a sports utility vehicle capable of carrying up to seven or eight people. Now, with a name in the origins of a paling fence or line of lofty cliffs, the Palisade, for 2022, is taking up more ground by the addition of a third variant – the Elite – dividing the entry-level Palisade… Read more

HYUNDAI i30 SEDAN N

The Hyundai i30 Sedan N has been launched in Australia. It’s the first time we have seen a sedan here, all previous models have been hatchbacks. It’s powered by a 206kW, 392Nm turbo-petrol 2.0-litre engine that has a sedan-specific flow-optimised intake air box. A motorsport-derived N automatic is standard, with a six-speed manual offered as a no-cost option. There are also 19-inch alloys and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. The N brake package has a new response-enhancing Brake Prefill function. The 10.25-inch N Supervision instrument cluster and 10.25-inch satellite navigation… Read more

HYUNDAI i20 N

The i20 N is Hyundai’s first light hot hatchback. Offered in a single feature-packed grade, i20 N is powered by a 150kW turbocharged 1.6 litre with overboost function driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual and mechanical LSD. Only a manual, yippee! It has been set up by Hyundai’s engineers in Namyang, Korea and honed at the famed Nurburgring road course to deliver a ‘corner rascal’ flavour. Hyundai Oz reckons it’s ready to hit the track straight from the showroom. It has a 10.25-inch colour Supervision digital cluster and… Read more

HYUNDAI SONATA N LINE

The Hyundai Sonata dates all the way back to 1989 in Australia. Now in its eighth generation, it started life as a medium-sized four door sedan that offered family-friendly motoring for a budget $19,990. More than 30 years later, the latest Sonata N Line, launched in December last year, has undergone a transformation — to emerge as a highly desirable turbocharged sports machine. There’s just the one fully equipped model priced from $50,990 plus on-roads (for a white one). At the moment you can grab one for $55,654 driveaway, which… Read more