Thursday, 23 May 2019

Next-gen Hyundai ix25: We reminisce

Hyundai has begun road-testing its new ix25 SUV with the first pictures coming from Korea. This new SUV will be a replacement for the Hyundai Creta (sold as ix25 in some markets like China) and was first shown at the recent Shanghai Auto show 2018.

The model spotted in Korea seems to be a variant or two below the top-spec trim, thanks to the missing sunroof and contrast paint like the one seen on the show floor display.

The new Hyundai ix25 gets a more rounded look as opposed to an angular design on the previous gen SUV. Upfront, the new Hyundai ix25 gets a massive cascade grille, similar to the one seen on the Hyundai Venue compact SUV (launched May 21) and on the full-size Hyundai Palisade SUV that is sold abroad. It gets a split headlight design with slim LED lamps placed on the top of the main headlamps (with projector units and LED daytime running lamps) that are placed in a separate unit a bit lower on the front bumper. The front bumper gets a separate set of fog lamps on each corner that is divided by a faux skid plate that adds to its SUV look

On the side, the new Hyundai ix25 (Creta replacement for some markets) gets a rather plain look with almost no character lines except the one running from the rear fender across to the rear door. The wheel arches on the new ix25 are squared off and the model continues to come with subtle cladding running across its side along with some faux aluminum trim below the doors. The new ix25 gets similar diamond cut alloys like the Venue however the size could be a tad larger.

Just like the front styling, the new ix25 gets a split-setup for the taillamps as well. There is a strip of LED lights running across the width of the car with separate units for brake and turn signals placed below. The shape of the main taillamps do resemble the ones on the latest-gen Mahindra XUV500 that is sold in India.

On the inside, the ix25 shown in China was loaded with a much more premium interior than the outgoing SUV. A large touchscreen infotainment system, seamlessly flowing to the centre console making the dashboard almost devoid of buttons. This also confirms that most of the functions like HVAC will be managed via the touch screen. The model also gets a flat-bottom steering wheel with subtle does of faux brushed aluminum to give a sporty feel. Higher variants are also expected to come with paddle shifters and even cooled seats along with an electronic parking brake.

While the styling of the ix25 SUV which will replace the Creta in some markets does look a bit radical, the actual Creta replacement for India is expected to get slightly different (read toned down) styling when the model comes to India in future. Expect the India-spec Creta to be powered by BS-VI compliant 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines that will make debut first on the refreshed Hyundai Verna.

As reported by us last year, the next-gen Creta will come in not one but two seating configurations. The five-seat model will come first, sometime around next year and the seven-seat iteration will join a little later.

If you’re looking for an affordable SUV, like the used Hyundnai ix35, simply check out the range at Group 1 Hyundai.

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Refreshed Hyundai Creta is not just for squares

Refreshed Hyundai Creta is not just for squares

With buckets of torque, it will cruise at 130km/h all day.

Calling really, really old people, who still know what hippies were.

Remember anything that happened during 1986? Neither does this writer, but Google assures me that year saw a hit song from Huey Lewis and the News called Hip to Be Square.

The rock song, written by Bill Gibson, Sean Hopper and Huey Lewis, appeared on seven-inch vinyl, courtesy of Chrysalis Records and reached No 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

According to Huey Lewis, the song was hugely misconstrued by conservative people who flocked to buy it. “It was meant to be ironic and never intended as an anthem for square people.

They were unable to see the irony of them buying it, because they were square to begin with,” he said.

Apparently Lewis considered the widely misunderstood messages of the song one of the biggest regrets of his career.

We can offer Huey some solace. Certainly his masterpiece was misunderstood, but it did predict the launch of a car, many years later, in 2018.

We speak of the new Hyundai Creta SUV, which we drove two weeks ago. On seeing the vehicle, we immediately noticed “its hips do be square”.

Hyundai’s press release says the new Creta’s exterior makeover includes “a new cascade grille with a chrome bezel, a front bumper with dual-tone finish and skid plates, tweaked tail lamps with LED inserts, repositioned reflectors and redesigned rear skid plate”.

We know nothing about such sophisticated stuff, but we could tell “its hips do be square”.

Look at the photographs – surely, you come to the same conclusion? Which should not detract from the Hyundai Creta’s worth.

It is a solidly built, well appointed small Sports Utility Vehicle, ready to wage sales war in a tough South African market segment.

The test vehicle was the Creta 1.6 Executive Turbodiesel Automatic, powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine, married to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

It delivers 94kW of power at 4 000rpm, and 260Nm of torque at 2 750pm, all relayed to the front wheels. This does not make it a motorsport proposition in any way – acceleration is subdued, accompanied by a distinctive diesel clatter.

In traffic it felt as if the body was too heavy for the engine’s capabilities.

But the Creta does have buckets of torque and it will cruise at 130km/h all day, with just more than 2 300rpm on the clock.

The front suspension boasts a McPherson strut with gas dampers, with the rear depending on a torsion beam axle, all sitting on 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Creta is also equipped with ABS brakes and Electronic Braking Distribution.

We did not attempt to corner violently, but found it had slight understeer during sudden directional changes.

Inside, apart from plenty of room for five adults, standard features include leather seats, leather-cladded steering wheel, multi-function remote controls for Bluetooth connections, sound and radio system, plus an eight inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system.

Convenience features include rear air vents, a rear armrest with cup holders and cruise control, rear park assist sensors and a reverse camera.

Safety features include front and side airbags for driver and passenger plus curtain airbags for rear passengers. We were slightly disappointed when the test vehicle returned an overall fuel consumption figure of 8.6 l/100km.

On the other hand, we did not drive it in a fuel-efficient manner so a lighter right foot would probably return better figures.


A well appointed SUV ready for tough market segment.

To test drive the Hyundai Creta and come to your own verdict - simply book online at Group 1 Hyundai.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Is the Hyundai Elantra too Good to be True?

We’ve all heard it! The pros of every new vehicle on the market.
Advertisers bombard people with amazing features that just seem…
well, too good to be true! For example, let us introduce you to the
2018 Hyundai Elantra for your expeditions.

Of course by now, you’ve heard about the safety features of the
Hyundai Elantra; the vehicle features a rearview camera with blind
spot detection and rear cross traffic alert. Plus, a 7-inch display screen
with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility give you additional
infotainment solutions. The model's stunning 17-inch alloy wheels will
have you riding in style and noticed favorably at any event, too.

Surely, people have told you about the 26 city/39 highway MPG that
this car can get. Unbelievable to think that the
Does the Hyundai Elantra still seem too good to be true? Well, it’s not!
It’s back and better than ever! Visit Group 1 Hyundai to see for yourself
and to take a Elantra test drive!

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Hyundai Grand i10 1,25 Glide manual

Hyundai Grand i10 range has been updated … and we drove the popular city car at launch through the Cape Winelands.
Okay, so what am I looking at here? This looks a lot like the current Hyundai Grand i10…
Well, yes … it does. That’s because 99% of it is exactly that.
So that 1% is…?
On the outside, on this range-topping Glide derivative, it’d be daytime running lights. And on the inside … well, nothing’s new. Other than the fact that some equipment that was optional before is now standard. We’re talking more a model-year change than actual facelift here.
Got it. And this, you say, is the top-spec model. What do I get as standard now?
Yes, the Glide replaces the Fluid at the top of the Grand i10 line-up and you get such conveniences as height-adjustable seats and seatbelts (though the steering remains rake-adjust only), electric folding and heated side-mirrors, electric windows front and rear, rear parking assistance and Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel remote controls.
As standard, the Glide now also offers leather upholstery (although doubts remain as to how many cows were harmed in its making) and light-red inserts on the instrument, centre console and door panels, which I must say, do add a little welcome flair. There’s also an infotainment system with a full-colour touchscreen, the daytime running lights mentioned earlier, and a two-year/30 000 km service plan to go along with Hyundai’s five-year/150 000 km warranty (plus an additional two-year/50 000 km powertrain warranty). And you get all that for exactly the same price as the outgoing Fluid derivative.
And it ticks all the essential safety boxes as well?
Indeed it does. In fact, all derivatives in the range now features dual front airbags, along with ABS, although it still does not come equipped with Isofix child seat points on the rear bench. In terms of spec versus price, it must be said, this i10 Grand is tough to beat in its segment.
No changes to the drivetrain either, I take it?
Nope. Under that little bonnet is still Hyundai’s familiar 1,25-litre unit from the “Kappa” engine family. Its outputs remain the same, delivering 64 kW at 6 000 r/min, with a maximum torque delivery of 120 Nm at 4 000 r/min.
What’s it like to drive?
It’s reasonably perky. Look, a 12,2-second 0-100 km/h time isn’t exactly quick, but I had a passenger with me on the launch and, with the transmission’s five-speed manual allowing me to hook into the ideal rev range, it never felt sluggish. That said, up at altitude, and with a couple more people in the back, this naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit might struggle a little. Hyundai claims a fuel consumption of 5,9 L/100 km, but around 7,0 L/100 km is a more realistic everyday figure.
The ride is quite soft – as is appropriate for a car in this segment – but not wallowy. The Grand i10’s MacPherson strut front suspension, helped by the electrically assisted steering, provides accurate turn-in, while the rear torsion beam suspension set-up, bolstered by improvements to the trailing arm geometry and coil springs, provides predictable enough handling characteristics. But small, sharp road imperfections – often the nemesis of such a suspension system – are felt through the cabin … but again, at this price-point, that’s par for the course.
Seems like a decent little car then?
It is. And, as ever, South Africa's highly knowledgeable motorists know it, too. Last year, Hyundai sold a combined total of 8 342 basic i10s (this line-up has now effectively been scrapped) and Grand i10s in our market and, with this updated range and the addition of a well-priced 1,0 version, the local distributor hopes to push that figure close to the 12 000-mark in 2018.
New 1,0 version, you say? Tell me a little more…
The Grand i10 from Group 1 Hyundai 1,0 Motion manual replaces the old 1,1 Motion and it comes with the same naturally aspirated 1,0-litre found in the Kia Picanto. There’s also an auto version (according to Hyundai, around 30% of recent i10/Grand i10 sales have been autos).
The 1,0 is pretty well-specced for the price and, most importantly, comes with ABS and dual airbags. You also score electric front windows and steering wheel controls with Bluetooth and an integrated microphone. Plus, it’s R5 000 cheaper than the 1,1-litre model it replaces, and that had only a driver airbag and no fancy steering wheel. The 1,0 model seems to be flying off dealership floors, too, with around 630 units finding new owners in January alone.

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Hyundai Accent 2018 review

The current generation of Hyundai’s smallest hatchback, the Accent has been on sale since 2011 and despite facing stiff competition from newer models, it remains the best-seller in the light car segment.

How does a hatch that’s changed very little over the years continue to sell well in a market, which continues to get tougher? I set out to find what’s appealing about it.

A decent multimedia system is essential for keeping yourself and your passengers entertained during the journey.
In the Hyundai Accent for sale, you’ll find a small 5.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay. If you’re a Samsung user (like myself) you’re left wondering where the Android Auto is?
Android Auto is available, but needs to be requested at the dealer which will perform a 15-minute software upgrade to unlock this feature.

Rear parking sensors are an optional extra, whilst there are some great standard features such as the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels inside the car. During my trip very little road noise infiltrated the cabin and having driven several of the Accent's rivals, it’s one of the quietest of the bunch.
Another positive is the 1.6-litre engine. The four cylinder produces 103kW/167Nm, which in this class, feels like a Ferrari.

Unlike some small cars, the Accent doesn't feel out of its comfort zone on the highway, there’s enough power throughout the rev-range to make overtaking easy.
Connected to the engine is a six-speed (torque converter) automatic with manual shifting. Last year the base model Accent was fitted with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) auto, while the torque converter was reserved for the top-spec SR model.
As Hyundai has trimmed the range down to just the Sport, the CVT has been dropped in favour of the traditional auto while there’s also an optional six-speed manual.
There are four-wheel disc brakes compared to the usual combination of front discs and rear drum brakes of the competition.

The Accent’s small size allows it to fit into tight spots. The steering can feel heavy when switching from Reverse to Drive, but the rest of the time it’s light.
Walking back to the Accent with groceries in hand was a reminder that the exterior styling is splendid.

What is attractive about the Accent is a boot that makes objects disappear like a magician’s pocket.
There's 370 litres (VDA) of load space on offer in the Accent, enough to easily swallow my shopping and a massive bag of clothes ready for the charity collection bin.

As already mentioned, the Accent range consists of one car, the Sport, which is available as a hatch or sedan, at Group 1 Hyundai.

One plus for the Accent is the full-sized alloy spare tyre. The only other car in this class with a full-sized spare is the Volkswagen Polo, but that’s a steel wheel.

The official average fuel consumption for the Accent auto is 6.6L/100km.

Hyundai’s smallest hatch has a zippy engine, a comfortable interior and loads of boot space. These are the reasons the Accent Sport is still the best selling car in the light car segment.

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New Hyundai Creta: REAL reasons why everyone’s buying this compact SUV

The Hyundai Creta is India’s best selling SUV longer than 4 metres. Despite being around since 2015, people are still heading to Hyundai showrooms in droves to purchase the Creta. So why is it that everyone is still buying the Hyundai Creta? Here are seven reasons.

1. Design
Over the years, Hyundai has kept the design of the Creta as fresh as possible by launching special edition versions of the SUV from time to time.
The facelift launched in May 2018, refreshed the design, bringing the Creta more in line with Hyundai’s current design language with the signature cascade grille, new projector headlamps and revised bumpers. Also new are the Marina Blue and Passion Orange colour options along with the all-new Dual Tone Passion Orange and Black option.
Hyundai has ensured that Creta looks the part of an SUV and it sits right while not going overboard with the styling. This has really appealed to customers, who prefer its restrained yet likeable design.
2. Feature packed
The new Hyundai Creta comes packed with a host of spectacular features including a panoramic sunroof, 6-way electronically adjustable driver seat that also gets height adjustment, smart key band, wireless phone charge, speed sensing auto door lock, sliding front armrest and cruise control. The car also gets a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, apart from Hyundai’s own iBlue Audio Control App.
3. Premium interiors

The facelifted Creta offers revised interiors and a dual-tone interior theme option. The upholstery is made of premium materials, which is appealing to potential owners.
Another addition to the interior includes a new and larger 7-inch infotainment display on the centre console. Owners can opt for a new Tangerine Orange interior colour pack to make the cabin more attractive.
4. Powerful yet frugal engine options
The Hyundai Creta is offered with three engine options – one petrol and two diesels, all of which offer a mix of power and fuel efficiency. The single petrol is a four-cylinder 1.6-litre unit that cranks out 122 Bhp @ 6,400 rpm and 151 Nm @ 4,850 rpm. The engine comes paired to either a manual or an automatic gearbox both of which offer 6 speeds and returns a mileage of 15.29 km/l.
The smaller diesel engine is a 1.4-litre turbocharged unit that cranks out 89 Bhp @ 4,000 rpm and 220 Nm of torque @ 1,500 rpm while returning a mileage of 21.38 km/l. The 1.4-litre diesel is only offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The larger 1.6-litre turbo diesel unit comes paired with 6-speed manual or automatic transmission options and is the most powerful engine option on offer with the Creta. The engine churns out 126 Bhp @ 4,000 rpm and 260 Nm of torque @ 1,500 rpm. The Creta’s 1.6-litre diesel engine returns a mileage of 19.67 km/l with the manual gearbox option and 17.01km/l with the automatic transmission.
5. Safety
Hyundai packs the Creta with a host of safety features including multiple airbags (2 in the base variant that goes up to 6 in the top-spec variant). Other safety options found on the Creta include ABS, Hill-start assist control (HAC), Electronic stability control (ESC), Static bending lights (SBL) that bend light around a corner for better nighttime visibility, rear parking camera, anti-pinch power windows, and an electrochromic rear-view mirror that reduces the glare from trailing vehicles for safe nighttime driving.
6. Reliability
Over the years, Hyundai’s cars have proven to be extremely reliable and the Creta is no different. Also, Hyundai offers the Creta with a 3 years/unlimited kilometres warranty along with roadside assistance, which should take care of any unforeseen problems.
7. Good sales and service network
Hyundai has the second largest sales and service network in India among four-wheeler manufacturers after Maruti Suzuki. This means that potential Creta owners have a greater chance of looking at and test driving the Creta at Group 1 Hyundai.

Monday, 31 December 2018

How Hyundai Creta reinvented itself...

Creta’s metamorphosis was inevitable. If the SUV was a loner in its space when it made its debut in 2014, it faces tough challenges from a range of rivals. The Hyundai Cretahad to reinvent itself.
Creta is the largest-selling SUV in India. Creta has about 4 lakh customers worldwide. A large chunk of them are in India, while the other major markets are South America and Europe.
Creta, also known as IX25, is the latest SUV from the Hyundai stable. This is made for the younger generation. It is built on the i20 platform.

Though the vehicle is meant for city drives, it is also game for a bit of offroading. Hive structure. The design stands for light weight without compromising on the strength of the body. The approach ensures top notch security and other attractions including fuel efficiency.

The SUV is not a noise maker. It is a smooth drive. The Creta is a smaller version of Santa Fe, Hyundai’s noted off-roader. In fact, Creta could be mistaken for Santa Fe when viewed from the front because it swears by the Fluidic design that has come to represent all Hyundai cars.
It is a scaled-down Santa Fe. No wonder Creta carries the image of a big vehicle. The new look grill gives it a fresh look. The other changes centre on the projector head lamp, daytime running lamp, diamond cut alloy, skid plate, tail lamp, side cladding, shark fin antenna and sunroof.

European finish
The interiors have an elegant finish that resembles the European cars. Black dominates the colour scheme and the beige lines on the dashboard and the door trims give the car a special look.

The seats are designed in such a way that they are easy to get in to. The SUV has standard ABS, ESP, airbags, A/C and power windows. The new additions include the electronically adjustable driver seat, cruise control, smart key band and wireless phone charger.

Apart from the 1.6 gamma dual VT petrol engine with a capacity of 123 PS and the CRDI diesel engine with a capacity of 128 PS, Creta comes with a 1.4 CRDI diesel engine.
We took the models carrying the 1.6 engines for a test drive. Creta is a pleasant drive, thanks to the engines that run silently and without trembling.

The six-speed gearbox and power make Creta a driver’s car. The automatic model is remarkable. It is an easy drive. Creta did not waver on the Hyundai test drive track at top speed and while cornering. The SUV offers comfort too. The price tag has not gone up significantly with the new changes.
Find out more about the new Cretaand visit your nearest Group 1 Hyundai dealership.

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