Saturday, 15 May 2021

 Hybrid engines and bold looks aim to propel the Hyundai i30 to centre stage in the family car market abroad. 

The freshly facelifted Hyundai i30 has followed the modern family hatchback playbook to the letter. First off, it has a funky new look that's designed to make it stand out on the road, and in new N-Line trim especially, with its mean front and rear bumpers, it does just that. Second, it features a mild-hybrid engine in the range, which should lower your running costs and add a bit more zip, to increase the size of your smile as you drive. And thirdly, its interior is now more digital than the space shuttle – i.e, you’re constantly connected to the internet, with a larger infotainment screen to see all of the information presented to you.

All this is intended to push the i30 upmarket, to escape the chasing pack of family cars that includes the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, to zoom past the class-leading Skoda Scala and Seat Leon, and to challenge the Volkswagen Golf at the pricier end of this market. Has Hyundai done enough, though? Well, although you won’t be able to buy this updated Hyundai i30 in South Africa, we’re sharing this review for all the i30 lovers in SA.

2020 Hyundai i30 on the road

The 1.5-litre petrol engine mild-hybrid setup of this early prototype car is likely to be the exclusive preserve of sporty N-Line trim, which is designed to have the look of a toned-down i30N hot hatchback, but not the sky-high running costs. It’s certainly peppy enough, and, thanks to the small amounts of electrical assistance you receive from the get-go, has no trouble in getting you up to speed. Indeed, while a 0-62mph sprint time of 8.4sec might not sound overly quick, it is on par with the equivalent mild-hybrid Golf 1.5 eTSI 150, and makes this the fastest of the regular i30s at Group 1 Hyundai use to stock, by some margin. 

Peak pulling power arrives fairly low down in the rev range, so there’s rarely any need to explore the rev counter’s upper reaches. That is a good thing because although it’s fairly hushed at lower revs, it’s noisier than the Golf 1.5 eTSI as the revs rise. That being said, noise and vibration suppression is something that’s very much still being worked on, so we’ll reserve final judgements for now.

Changes to the i30’s ride and handling aren’t major; as is the case with the current car, it offers a supple ride over most surfaces, but major scars and potholes can send a thud through the car.

This i30 feels a little more tied down through corners and more predictable than the current car; and, while the steering weight is a little hefty at times, it gives you a good idea of what the front wheels are up to. A Focus or Leon are still better choices for drivers seeking engagement, though.

You’ll be able to order an i30 with either a seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox, and the latter offers smooth shifts with a satisfying action as you slot the lever into place.

And what of those reduced running costs? Well, on a mixed route, which included both town driving and faster roads, and a liberal approach to the i30’s accelerator pedal, we managed 40mpg – similar to what we’ve seen from the Golf 1.5-litre eTSI 150 in the past.

2020 Hyundai i30 interior

Some of the i30’s interior is still being finalised, but what we’ve seen so far represents a big upgrade over the current car. For a start, while the instrument cluster still uses traditional analogue dials, they flank a new 7.0in digital display that provides a wealth of information just below your eye-line. The i30’s infotainment screen has grown to 10.25in, too, and it’s more responsive to use than the older system plus has more online features. And, while all touchscreens can be distracting to use while you’re driving, at least this i30’s doesn’t control everything; unlike the latest Golf and Leon, the i30 gives you physical buttons and knobs for its climate controls.

Interior space hasn’t changed, which means there's plenty of room for those in the front, but a six-foot passenger in the back will be quite cramped in for both head and legroom when sitting behind a similarly lanky driver. It doesn’t help that the front seatbacks, which their knees will make contact with, are made from hard plastic, but this may change on the final production model. Meanwhile, you can still fit slightly more shopping into the i30’s boot than you could in the Golf’s, although the cavernous Skoda Octavia remains the go-to choice for families with lots of luggage to carry around.

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Friday, 19 March 2021

Hyundai Really Wants to Build Their Weird Walking Cars

We’ve seen many great Hyundai specials over the years, but THIS Hyundai is really special…

Hyundai announced the formation of its new New Horizons Studio on Monday dedicated to hyper-capable "Ultimate Mobility Vehicles." These vehicles combine wheeled travel and robotics to travel over even the harshest off-road terrain. So far, the concepts also look like giant human-carrying Boston Dynamics dogs.

It's the stuff of science fiction, and Hyundai Vice President Dr. John Suh, who's leading the New Horizons Studio, knows it.

“We aim to create the world’s first transformer-class vehicle, also known as the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle,” notes Dr. Suh.

TRANSFORMER-CLASS. Will this fold back down into an i20 WRC? Should I be looking to Hyundai instead to finally deliver on that life-size Gundam I've always dreamed of? Why am I asking you these things instead of Hyundai?

They're not to giant laser-shooting battle suits just yet, sadly. New Horizons Studio's first project is to further develop the Hyundai Elevate concept from the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. The Elevate has wheels on its four legs, meaning that it can pick up those legs to get to otherwise unreachable locations.

Hyundai believes that the Elevate could be useful as a first responder vehicle in natural disasters, or as a vehicle that can pick up wheelchair users who may not be able to travel down a ramp to get into a car. Back the Elevate directly up to the door, and let them skip the stairs.

While the Elevate will most likely not be a consumer vehicle - you can still get a great special on a Hyundai car at Group 1 Hyundai.


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Hyundai Works On Hydrogen Cars In Australia With Fuel Companies

We’re a long way from getting hydrogen-powered cars in South Africa, but it’s great to know progress is being made with replacing polluting fossil fuel-powered cars… with Hyundai hydrogen cars?!


Gas companies will partner with Hyundai to supply refuelling infrastructure for hydrogen-powered cars in Australia next year in a bid to accelerate the take-up of the zero-emissions fuel technology.

Energy infrastructure giant Jemena and Wesfarmers-owned Coregas have been in talks with carmaker Hyundai to supply "green hydrogen" – generated from wind and energy power – for a re-filling station in Sydney's Macquarie Park.

The Hyundai Nexo is the first hydrogen-fuelled vehicle to be certified by the Australian government for use on the road.

There is little doubt among the world's largest energy companies and automakers that fossil fuel-guzzling cars will be increasingly shunned by consumers and even banned in some jurisdictions.

Fuel-cell vehicles that use hydrogen – and emit only water and heat – have been overshadowed by the vastly greater and ever-increasing mainstream success of electric battery-powered cars like Teslas. Hydrogen vehicles account for less than 0.1 per cent of vehicles produced each year.

Jemena chief executive Frank Tudor said the lack of critical refuelling infrastructure was regularly cited as a "handbrake to hydrogen vehicle sales".

"Our agreement with Hyundai and Coregas releases some of that pressure and is an opportunity to demonstrate that renewably generated hydrogen gas can be made directly available to the vehicle and transport sectors," Mr Tudor said.

Although the fuel-cell vehicles are yet to reach large-scale production, supporters of the technology say hydrogen cars boast advantages over electric cars, including longer range and quicker refuelling times, and believe they could gain ground as more refuelling infrastructure becomes available. China, Japan and South Korea have been setting ambitious targets to put millions of hydrogen-powered vehicles on their roads by the end of the next decade, investing heavily in refuelling stations.

Hyundai's Macquarie Park facility is the country's only permanent refuelling station. Construction projects in Brisbane, Melbourne and the ACT have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the memorandum of understanding between the Australian gas companies and Hyundai, the hydrogen will be produced and delivered from Jemena's $15 million Western Sydney Green Gas project, which has been 50 per cent funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

"Hydrogen is going to play a fairly significant role in industrial-heating areas, power generation, transportation," Mr Tudor said. "It's going to be one of the fuels that help countries decarbonise."

Hydrogen is touted as a growth industry in the energy sector, as an alternative fuel source and for its ability to store the energy generated by renewable sources such as wind and solar. It is also being explored as a top diversification strategy for traditional oil and gas producers determined to stay relevant in a decarbonised future.

Hyundai's Nexo SUV is the first fuel-cell vehicle certified for use on Australia's roads. A fleet of 20 of the cars has been leased by the ACT government and is expected to be deployed later this year.

Energy Networks Australia, representing power and gas infrastructure companies, said hydrogen would play a significant role in decarbonising the energy system. "Australia is punching above its weight on hydrogen research and development," chief executive Andrew Dillon said.

While we wait for the inevitable switch to eco-friendly vehicles - we still need to get around in an affordable car that’s available at South African dealerships like Group 1 Hyundai. Luckily there is a range of vehicles available and honestly, Hyundai prices are really decent for what you’ll be buying.

That begs another question - will the Hyundai prices be as affordable for hydrogen car, as they are currently?

Friday, 12 February 2021

2021 Hyundai Tucson Review

What you want to know

Does the 2021 Hyundai Tucson have all-wheel drive?

The 2021 Tucson usually sends drive to its front wheels, although all-wheel drive (AWD) can be ordered on any trim at an additional cost. The Tucson’s AWD system is an on-demand type, meaning the car remains pulled by its front wheels until traction is needed, at which point all four wheels are driven. However, it can be locked into a 50/50 front-to-rear power split for better grip in slippery conditions.

Which is bigger, the Hyundai Santa Fe or the Hyundai Tucson?

The Santa Fe is larger. The Hyundai Tucson is considered a compact crossover/SUV and competes against the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue, while the midsize Santa Fe is more like a Chevrolet Blazer, Nissan Murano or Ford Edge.

Is the 2021 Hyundai Tucson safe?

Undoubtedly. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Tucson its highest rating of Good in every category and named it a Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Hyundai Tucson its maximum score of five stars overall.


The 2021 Hyundai Tucson from Group 1 Hyundai has an unbeatable 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. It could also be said that the Tucson offers a more muscular engine and all-wheel drive.

The 2021 Tucson still represents good value for money, and owners won’t lose their shirts on it when the time comes to sell.

Driving the 2021 Hyundai Tucson

There are no big surprises or troublesome learning curves with the 2021 Tucson. It’s comfortable and quiet, and the suspension has been tuned to take corners with confidence, despite the vague steering feel. Sport trim’s 19-inch wheels tend to reduce ride quality and increase sound levels, so test-drive a few versions to find the ideal choice.
Favourite Features


No need to wave a foot under the bumper, simply approach the rear of the Tucson with the key fob in your pocket, wait a few seconds, and the tailgate opens automatically.


The Tucson’s Yes Essentials seat fabric is a brilliant addition to an already nice cabin. Beyond repelling stains, the material also helps to reduce the build-up of odours and static electricity.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Interior

A sensible dashboard houses simple controls for the climate and audio systems. At night, those controls have soft blue back-lighting. The digital display doesn’t overload the driver with too much information. A 7-inch infotainment touchscreen (measured diagonally) is also standard, going up to an 8-inch unit in the Ultimate. Limited and Ultimate trims have leather seating surfaces.

The rear seats are comfortable enough, even if passenger space back there is not class-leading. And the luggage area’s adjustable floor also includes storage for the cargo cover. With the rear seats in place, cargo space is 31 cubic feet. When folded, it’s 61.9 cubic feet.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Exterior

The clean look of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is arguably easy on the eye, especially for fans of Audi’s styling approach. There’s nothing wrong with a mainstream marque paying homage to something upscale and successful. It makes the commute more bearable and lets the owner feel good.

Beneath the styling is a chassis made up of more than 50 percent high-strength steel, contributing to the Tucson’s excellent safety credentials. SE and Value models ride on 17-inch wheels, while the SEL, Limited and Ultimate move up to 18s. The Sport trim rolls on 19-inch wheels.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Notable Standard Equipment

A lavish amount of standard equipment for the money has long been a hallmark for Hyundai. In ascending order, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson’s trim levels are SE, Value, SEL, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate.

SE starts off with a 164-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated/power-folding side mirrors, 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth, and smartphone integration.

The obviously but aptly named Value trim adds blind-spot monitoring, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, satellite radio, and keyless entry/ignition.

LED headlights and an Infinity audio system come in at the Sport level, while the Limited trim has leather seating surfaces, a heated steering wheel, and a 360-degree camera system. The Ultimate comes with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, navigation, adaptive cruise control, and a panoramic sunroof.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Notable Optional Equipment

All-wheel drive is optional in every trim level. The bigger 181-horsepower engine goes into the SEL trim and above.

To acquire other desirable extras — like pedestrian detection for the forward collision mitigation system, rain-sensing wipers, powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, wireless device charging, and heated rear seats — buyers must look to the higher trim levels.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Engine

The base SE and Value Edition employ a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 164 horsepower. It does its job, but not in any noticeably refined manner. The rest of the range is propelled by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 181 horsepower. Both engines connect to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

All-wheel drive (AWD) is available with either engine, replacing the standard front-wheel-drive (FWD) setup.

2.0-liter inline-4

161 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm

150 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 mpg (FWD), 22/25 mpg (AWD)

2.4-liter inline-4

181 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg (FWD), 21/26 mpg (AWD)

Which 2021 Hyundai Tucson Model is Right for Me?

2021 Hyundai Tucson SE

17-inch alloy wheels

7-inch infotainment touchscreen

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Blind spot-compensating driver’ s-side mirror

Stain-resistant cloth upholstery

Driver attention monitoring

2021 Hyundai Tucson Value Edition

Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat (inc. 2-way lumbar adjustment)

Keyless entry/ignition

Heated front seats/side mirrors

Roof rails

Satellite radio

Blue Link Connected Car system

2021 Hyundai Tucson SEL

2.4-liter engine

18-inch alloy wheels

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Rear-seat vents

Second-row USB outlet

2021 Hyundai Tucson Sport

19-inch alloy wheels

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Infinity 315-watt/8-speaker premium audio

Wireless charging

LED exterior lighting

Hands-free smart tailgate

2021 Hyundai Tucson Limited

18-inch alloy wheels

360-degree camera system

Leather seating surfaces

Heated steering wheel

Power-adjustable front passenger seat

2021 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate

Panoramic sunroof

8-inch touchscreen

Automatic high beams

Adaptive cruise control with stop/go

Ventilated front seats

Heated rear seats

2021 Hyundai Tucson Safety Technology

Forward-collision mitigation

This system warns the driver of an impending collision with the vehicle immediately ahead. Should the driver not respond, it will apply the brakes automatically and bring the car to a full stop. On the Ultimate trim, pedestrian detection technology is also included.

Blind-spot monitoring

Standard in the Value and higher trims, it detects vehicles in the driver’s blind spots and creates a visual alert in the relevant side mirror. If the driver doesn’t take corrective action, an audio warning will sound.

Automatic high beams

Offered only on the Ultimate trim, this feature automatically switches between low and high beams whenever it detects oncoming nighttime traffic.

Driver attention warning

Monitors the driver continuously. When it detects drowsiness or inattention, an audio alert is the first warning, followed by an alert message in the instrument cluster. Standard in every 2021 Tucson.

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Monday, 7 December 2020

Hyundai Grand i10 Range Rejuvenated

Hyundai has rejuvenated its Grand i10 range in South Africa with new features and added a new entry derivative to give this popular entry-level model a fresh appeal in the local automotive market.

The Grand i10 hatchback, which is the smallest new car on Group 1 Hyundai’s showroom floor, has taken over the role of the entry-level model after the i10 was discontinued.

“We had a relook at the Grand i10 range, change the specification levels and added a new entry derivative with a 1-litre engine and the Motion specification level. The end result is a hatchback model with a variety of derivatives that offer exceptional value,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

“There is a choice in the Grand i10 range for many different buyers – from the young first-time owner or student who wants an affordable car, to the buyer of a second family car with generous luxury features or someone who want to downscale to a smaller, yet comfortable vehicle later in life.”

The Grand i10 is remarkably spacious inside, yet small in overall diameters, and is filled with standard features that have made it an entry-level top-seller in the Hyundai arsenal in South Africa.

The revised line-up of this smallest hatchback in the Hyundai range consists of six derivatives –three powered by the new 1-litre 3-cylinder engine delivering 48 kW at 5 500 r/min and 94 Nm maximum torque at 3 500 r/min.; and the other three using the 1.25-litre 4-cylinder engine which delivers 64 kW at 6 000 r/min. and 120 Nm maximum torque at 4 000 r/min.

The 1-litre derivatives are the 1.0 Grand i10 Motion (5-speed manual); 1.0 Grand i10 Motion (4-speed auto); and the 1.0 Grand i10 Fluid, also with the 5-speed automatic gearbox.

The derivatives with the more powerful engine are the the flagship 1.25 Grand i10 Fluid (5-speed manual) and 1.25 Grand i10 Fluid (4-speed auto).

A passenger airbag has now been added in all the derivatives to the driver’s airbag, and steering wheel remote controls, including buttons for the Bluetooth connectivity for cell-phones and an integrated microphone also forms part of the upgraded features across the range.

The Grand i10 Fluid derivative boasts standard convenience features such as electrically heated side mirrors that can also fold in at the touch of a button, and an “infotainment” centre with a large full-colour touch-screen where, among a variety of features, one’s telephone Bluetooth pairing can be done.

Customers also have the option to buy an SD memory card for R2 500 to activate the navigation system on the infotainment system in the derivatives with the Fluid specification level.

With a 2-year/30 000 km service plan thrown in as part of the standard package of the Fluid derivative, the Grand i10 presents great value.

Design and styling

Influenced by Hyundai Motor Company’s design philosophy, “fluidic sculpture”, the Hyundai Grand i10 features sleek and substantial lines that make the hatchback look dynamic and somewhat larger than its actual dimensions.

The body shell of the Grand i10 yields one of the roomiest occupant cabins on the market, as well as an impressive 256 litres of trunk capacity. Up to 1 202 litres become available when the rear seats are folded – also one of the best in its class. New levels of craftsmanship can be found in the spacious interior, together with levels of comfort and safety equipment commonly only found in segments above.

The sleek exterior design of the Grand i10 ensures a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0,35, which is aided by detailed improvements such as windscreen sealing that does not protrude into the airstream. The aerodynamic shape reduces wind noise as well as fuel consumption, contributing to very low noise levels.

The Grand i10 incorporates the hexagonal grille, the signature front end for Hyundai Motor’s cars, which clearly showing its family DNA and providing a link to its larger siblings. Grand i10 Fluid derivative boast a chrome grille in front, as well as alloy wheels. The Motion derivatives are equipped with steel wheels with an attractive cover.

Colour-coded door handles and side mirrors, with turn indicators built into them, combine with the attractive alloy wheels (in the Fluid specification level) to create a very good-looking small hatchback.

At the rear, a combination lamp with a spoiler and built-in LED lamp gives the Grand i10 attractive looks seen from behind.

Interior styling and trim for the Motion and Fluid derivatives black cloth.

The Grand i10 is available in 8 exterior colours, including Star Dust, Phantom Black and Polar White to a lovely Flame Orange, Fiery Red and Wine Red. Marina Blue and Sleek Silver complete the choice of colours.

A long list of standard features
Among the many features of the revised Grand i10 are luxury items such as the infotainment centre with Bluetooth connectivity to the sound system, keyless entry and electrically heated and folding side mirrors for the Fluid derivative; and for all the derivatives USB and AUX ports for the sound system; an air conditioner and central locking for all the derivatives.

All derivatives are also equipped with front fog lamps, a full-size spare wheel, attractive 14-inch alloy wheels, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, and remote controls for the sound system and driver’s information on the steering wheel.

Under the front passenger seat is a handy storage tray, while the driver’s seat belt’s shoulder mounting point is height-adjustable. Front, as well as rear passengers, have height-adjustable headrests.

A handy trip computer displays inter alia fuel consumption and range left with the fuel in the tank.

Spirited Kappa engine delivers excellent fuel economy
The Grand i10’s 1,25-litre engine belongs to Hyundai Motor’s popular “Kappa” engine family and incorporates a range of advanced technical features that raise power and torque and enhance smoothness and driveability.

Outstanding features of the Kappa’s modern architecture include: A dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), a very stiff cast aluminium block with cast-iron liners, aluminium cylinder head, light connecting rods and maintenance-free long-life timing chain.

The 1 248 cc engine delivers 64 kW peak power at 6 000 r/min., and reaches its maximum torque delivery of 120 Nm at 4 000 r/min. The power is delivered in a spirited fashion and the small, yet perky engine never gives the impression that it is labouring.

Fuel consumption can be as low as a measured 5,9 litres/100 km, and 6,9 litres/100 km for the 1.25-litre derivatives with the four-speed automatic gearbox.

The fuel-consumption of the 1-litre engine is 5,4 litres/100 km for the manual gearbox derivatives and 5,9 litres/100 km for the automatic version.

Suspension and road manners
The McPherson strut front suspension of the Grand i10 and it’s electric motor-assisted steering system provides accurate positioning on the road and good handling characteristics.

At the rear, a coupled torsion beam suspension ensures comfortable driving with a stable and firm grip on the road. Improvements to the trailing arm geometry and rear coil springs of the rear suspension have contributed to the secure handling and comfortable ride of the Grand i10.

The body shell of the Grand i10 has exceptional torsional rigidity, due to the use of high-tensile steel that forms 29% of the body structure of the car.

The firm underpinnings not only improve the car’s impact-resistance but also yield low levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The Grand i10’s noise levels are recorded as low as 38 decibels (dB) at idle and 65 dB at highway speed.

Dual airbags – one for the front passenger and the other for the driver – and an Advances Brake System (ABS) takes care of safety in the Grand i10, and are now standard safety features in all derivatives.

At a price range from R191 900 to R256 900 – with Hyundai’s 5 year/150 000 km manufacturers’ warranty, additional 2 years/50 000 km powertrain warranty, and 5-year/150 000 km roadside assistance thrown in – the Grand i10 offers exceptional value.

The Grand i10 range with their standard recommended retail prices is:

Grand i10 1.0 Motion manual R191 900

Grand i10 1.0 Motion automatic R216 900

Grand i10 1.0 Fluid manual R216 900

Grand i10 1.25 Fluid manual R230 900

Grand i10 1.25 Fluid automatic R256 900

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Hyundai Venue: Hyundai’s Compact SUV

2019 was quite the year in the compact SUV market for 1.0-litre turbocharged engines, the Ford Kuga (which has been here for quite a while already) was joined by VW’s T-Cross and the Hyundai Venue.

Hyundai launched the Venue in South Africa early in December 2019 for the African, Indian and Middle-Eastern market. We hadn’t heard much about the vehicle before besides the reveal at New York International Auto Show, and that was that. No campaigns promising of what to look forward to or bits ‘n bobs of info teased. Well, except for that episode where Hyundai SA caused enough chatter with one well-parked trailer.

We were fortunate enough to have key people from South Korean HQ at the event, giving us insight as into what Hyundai plans to do next. The plan is to welcome new trends and customer demands, which will see their product shifting towards smarter-mobility innovations, shifting their business model from a mobility brand to a smart-mobility brand. Enough about brand Hyundai though, let’s get into what we came for, the Venue.

It’s Not Pronounced With A Fancy Accent

You pronounce it like you think you do, Venue, there’s no fancy French accent to accompany it. This is part of Hyundai’s new global strategy, one global name for one model. The name is a reflection on the realisation of achievement; a venue can be a special place, the car’s ability to take you to that place, and seeing the potential in an action.
What Is It?

We already have the Kona and the Creta, so where does the Venue fit into the mix? The Kona is the baby of the group; less compact SUV more hatch on stilts with bigger bumpers. The Creta is sold in India, South Africa and a few other markets, slotting in there above the Kona. The Venue fits in below both of these as a true compact SUV.

Built in Chennai, India and made for the global market, this entry-level A-segment (according to Hyundai) offers a taste of urban adventure to those who need to consider their budget. Styling cues are on-trend – boxy shape, raised ride height, LED rear light clusters, and the two-tone roof and body combo on the top-spec Glide. The Motion gets 15-inch steelies, while the Fluid and Glide get 16-inch alloys wheels.

Winner One Litre

Powered by the 1.0-litre TGDI three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that we’ve sampled previously in the Kona, producing 88 kW and 172 Nm of torque. While the Venue is the last compact SUV to launch locally it has something in its favour; manual or auto gearbox options across the entry-level Motion and mid-spec Fluid. This engine in the Kona was a winner; in the Venue, we have no immediate qualms.

At launch, the 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission) shifted seamlessly, well ratioed between the gears, you can catch it out by anchoring your foot into the throttle, lag will occur as it takes a second or two to catch-up to your immediate wants. Though that is being unfair, it’s not designed to be a high-performance SUV, it’s built for Adventuring-Lite, where you want to go on the dirt road but don’t want anything technical or involving opposing wheels in the air. Pick of the gearboxes in my opinion is the six-speed manual. Not relying on set gear ratios, as per the DCT, means you can wrangle the most out of the Venue; or the least, depending on your driving needs.

Claimed fuel consumption is 6.5 l/100 km on the manual and 6. 9 l/100 km on the DCT. The Venue competed in the 2019 WesBank Fuel Economy Tour before its official launch, returning an average fuel consumption of 5.8 l/100 km over the five day, 2 500 km event. And having been on the event myself, I can say that 5.8 l/100 is a realistic and achievable number.

Safety In Numbers

Standard across the Venue range at Group 1 Hyundai is anti-lock braking, electronic stability control and electronic brakeforce distribution, all of which keep you on the road in a time of need. The entry-level Motion only gets driver and passenger airbags, while the Fluid and Glide get six airbags. All the models get Hill Start Assist and a multifunction steering wheel.

The interior is what Hyundai has become known for in the last few years, essential technology, mid-to-premium finishes (depending on spec line) and no feeling of being ripped off when you look around. The Fluid and Glide lines get a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control function, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, the screen doubles as a reverse camera display. The glove box with cooling function and something not many compact SUVs possess – rear seats have dedicated air vents.

As first impressions go it’s not going to have the gilt-paved path ahead, pricing will be a challenge against the competitors. The EcoSport is cheaper but, it’s old and dynamically challenged. The T-Cross is a smidgen cheaper and suffers awful lag from the DSG gearbox. The Venue does what it says on the box without the need to tick the options list and I like that, what you see is what you get.

Hyundai Venue Pricing

  • Venue 1.0 Motion (manual) R 291 500
  • Venue 1.0 Motion (DCT) R 325 500
  • Venue 1.0 Fluid (manual) R 330 900
  • Venue 1.0 Fluid (DCT) R 335 500
  • Venue 1.0 Glide (DCT) R393 500

Included in the prices are Hyundai’s groundbreaking 7-year / 200 000 km warranty, 7-year / 150 000 km roadside assistance, and a 3-year / 45 000 km service plan. Service intervals are at 15 000 km, or annually when applicable.

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Hyundai i20: 2020 Interior Examined

 The Korean automaker, Hyundai, has now revealed a more high-tech ambience compared to the previous-generation Hyundai i20 model.

As with most new cars nowadays, the dashboard is dominated by two large digital screens. There’s a 10.25-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a 10.25-inch center touchscreen positioned atop the center console.

The digital instrument panel changes colour based on the selected drive mode: blue for Normal, green for Eco, and orange for Sport. Further to the right, the AVN (audio/video/navigation) touchscreen integrates a range of new connectivity features never before seen in the Hyundai  i20, including Hyundai Bluelink Telematics.

Hyundai LIVE services are among these and include real-time traffic and weather data, information about nearby fuel stations (including fuel prices) and parking spaces, and online voice recognition. Other Bluelink services offered by the new i20 include Find My Car, remote lock services, navigation to local points of interest, vehicle alarm information, and maintenance reports.

The infotainment system is fully compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, the latter available wirelessly in combination with the 8-inch Display Audio. A wireless charging pad and eight-speaker Bose sound system are available as well.

Design-wise, the all-new Hyundai i20’s cabin is available, at Group 1 Hyundai, with three different interior trims: Black, Mono and Black & Grey. Ambient lighting technology is also present and the air vents are connected with horizontal blades stretching across the whole dashboard. We can also spot a new multifunction steering wheel very similar to the one in the new Sonata and door cards “inspired by shapes found in nature.”

The all-new Hyundai i20 had  its official debut on March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show.

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