Hyundai i30N launched

Hyundai’s i30 N performance hatchback has been developed with the the theme “Fun to Drive”: Cornering, Race-track Capability and Everyday Sports Car.

Hyundai i30N

Based on the i30 five-door, the i30 N is a very different beast with i’ts own unique design.

The ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global Research and Development Centre in Korea, and for the world-famous Nürburgring motor racing complex in Germany, home to Hyundai’s European Test Centre where the manufacturer’s models built on the European continent are developed and tested.

The i30 N underwent 10 000 km of driving on the Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring to test its durability.

“We aren’t afraid to do things differently here. Our N cars balance performance and practicality so that they are fun to drive every day. Every N car loves cornering, hence the nickname we have given to their character: ‘Corner Rascal.’ Whether it’s urban commuting or track driving, N handles it beautifully,” says Albert Biermann president and head of the Vehicle Performance Division.

The South African version is equipped with a Performance Package that – apart from the other N-features – include the high-output 202 kW turbocharged engine, an Electronically Controlled Limited Slip Differential, a variable exhaust valve system and 19-inch alloy wheels with 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tyres.

Buttons on the steering wheel alternate the i30 N’s five drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom. Each mode changes the car’s character, adjusting the high-performance parameters of the vehicle, including its engine and rev matching.

To help performance the n is equipped with electronically controlled suspension (ECS) and an electronically controlled limited slip differential
Hyundai claim a top speed of 250 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds. That is all thanks to the powerful T-GDi engine, generating 353 Nm torque from 1 500-4 700 rpm, reaching a maximum of 378 Nm for a brief period when in overboost.

The South African i30 N dealerships are: Belville, Somerset West, Port Elizabeth, Durban South, Pinetown, Umhlanga, Richard’s Bay, East Rand, The Glen, Sandton, Roodepoort, Centurion, Wonderboom and Polokwane.

The i30 N can be serviced at all Hyundai dealerships in South Africa, Botswana Namibia and Eswatini.

The Hyundai i30 N goes on sale at a suggested retail price of R 679 900, which includes a 7-year/200 000 km warranty, roadside assistance for 7-years or 150 000 km, and 5-year/75 000 km service plan. Service intervals are 15 000 km or once a year.

Hyundai Accent Hatch 1.6 Fluid Manual review

Hyundai Accent 1.6

Hyundai Accent 1.6

Accent Hatch 1.6 Fluid Manual

There is a very small gap between the i20 and the i30 models in the Hyundai hatch range. Hyundai says so. Its called the Accent Hatch. No t to be confused with the Accent sedan, which feels a different car.

The Accent Hatch is an economical, value for money model which stands apart from the normal range, aimed at the company car niche.

The hatch looks quite modern on the outside and is plain but pleasant on the inside. It is a no frills but not a stripped down offering from the Korean value car brand. It is a car you would not buy based on an emotional response. Its practical, affordable transport. Its bland enough that your bookkeeper would buy one, much like she would have bought an old Corolla 15 or 20 years ago. In a way the Acccent Hatch replaces the Toyota Conquest niche in the market. That is not a bad thing.

The interior is much like the sedan with which it shares many components. Instrumentation is very complete as is the list of comfort equipment.

The seats remain comfortable even after 30 minutes and seem to have a durable cloth covering, leather is a R8 000 option. The fit and finish is good and materials although not luxurious are fine.

Equipment includes steering wheel-mounted audio controls, USB/aux ports for multimedia, integrated Bluetooth for phone calls and music streaming, height adjustable steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat, four-speed air conditioner, and park distance control.

Hyundai Accent 1.6 Fluid

Hyundai Accent 1.6 Fluid

On the road the Accent performs acceptably. Steering is a little light for my liking, but effective. It is not a peppy drive, but rather steady and sedate, a result of being set up for economy. Hyundai claims 6.4l/100km in general use. In reality it is more like 7.4, which is still good.

I found the road noise to be more than expected. On the open road it has a bit of a whine or drone which I found irritating.

The six speed manual gearbox is good but the rather ancient four speed automatic should be treated with circumspection.

Don’t get me wrong. This is not a shabby offering, it’s just not exciting. It is a practical car solution for somebody who just wants reliable wheels. It is worth a look.Accent-Hatch-108

The car as tested costs R234 900, which I feel is a little expensive. I would rather go for a Suzuki Swift at R188 900.

Also look at the Ford Figo, VW Vivo, Kia Rio, Hyundai i20, Toyota Yaris, Suzuki Swift or Renault Sandero.

The manufacturer’s warranty is for a good  5 Year / 150 000 km and the service plan for 5 years or 90 000 km.



Hyundai Veloster lands

Hyundai brought the famous 3D  pavement artist,Kurt Wenner,  to SA to launch the Veloster.

Veloster in 3D art form

Veloster in 3D art form

The Veloster has joined the local model line-up of Hyundai – bringing a mixture of fun, innovation and attractive, sporty styling to the Korean carmaker’s range in South Africa.

veloster_artPacked with features and with interestingl looks  it represents a motoring package that offers great value. With a new 1,6-litre direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine mated to Hyundai’s first EcoShift™ dual-clutch transmission – brings to a younger customer group a “2+1 door” coupé design with the functionality of a hatchback and a passenger-side forward-hinged rear door for easy rear-seat access.

The Veloster with its perky 1.6-litre GDI Gamma engine adds even more variety to Hyundai’s comprehensive range of models.

The 4,22 m sports-coupé Veloster is destined to give young, progressive buyers a sleek and distinctive design in an innovative three-door coupé form that provides practicality as well as driving pleasure.


Hyundai Accent 1.6 GLS Automatic review

Hyundai Accent 1.6 GLS automatic

Hyundai have been continuously improving their cars by leaps and bounds. The present Accent not only looks so much better than it’s predecessor but it is much better.

I think VW, Toyota and Ford must be looking over their shoulders with some trepidation. This Accent is the equal of the Polo, Yaris and Fiesta. It is by no means perfect, but it is up there right with the rest. It makes up in higher specs what it arguably does not have in name or technological prowess.


The Accent looks like a quality car, with flowing lines and an interesting wing-like crease at door handle height rising up to the boot. The nose is better looking in the flesh than in pictures. It has intelligent looking headlights, the traditional Hyundai grill and fog lights recessed in flared pods. The rear seems rounded off. Almost as good looking as the Elantra.


The car is as pleasant inside as it is to look at outside. The materials used are designed to be pleasing to the eye and pleasant to touch. It does not look cheap. The hard bits have either been cleverly textured or are finished in a smart glossy piano black.

The seats are comfortable, and the driver’s is fairly adjustable. You can get a comfortable driving position. Instruments are clear and easy to read.  The switches are well placed and are intuitive to use.

The sound system has Bluetooth, Aux / iPod / USB Connections, 4 speakers and two tweeters.


The Accent’s accelerator steering are both very sharp and take a bit of getting used to. The car is well behaved on the road and is easy to park, especially as it has rear park sensors.

General roadholding is good and predictable. Brake action feels right.


The steering action is a little weird. It is almost too light, but you will get used to it. The other aspect is a little nasty. At speed it wants to be centred so if you are driving round a long gentle bend it works against you. Once again it it is something one will get used too quickly.

There is no vanity light. The multi display in the centre console has a distracting glare at night.


Everything appears to be well put together. There were no rattles or squeaks in the test car. The warranty is  an excellent 5 years. That tells you Hyundai are pretty confident about the build quality.


The Accent is very good value for money motoring for the smaller family.


Power 91kW / 6 300       Torque 156Nm / 4 200          0 to 100km/h 11.4 seconds

Fuel consumption  Hyundai claims 6.4 litres/100km. I got 7.1 litres/100km.

Warranty 5 years or 150 000km


Prices start from R156 900. Price of ACCENT 1.6 GLS AUTOMATIC as tested is R178 900.

New Hyundai Santa Fe coming in 2013

The new Santa Fe will be launched in April, but will only reach SA in 2013.

The all-new Santa Fe, which is entering its third generation, has reached worldwide cumulative sales of about 2,56 million units since its debut in 2000.

Based on Hyundai’s design philosophy, Fluidic Sculpture, the new Santa Fe adopts its own design concept called “Storm Edge,” which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm.

The third-generation Santa Fe features sophisticated and refined lines, completing a more aggressive and classic look than its predecessor.

The design adopts the hexagonal grille – a key design cue of the Hyundai family look – a two-tone voluminous bottom car body and wider front and rear bumpers, creating a futuristic and urban-style SUV image. Dynamic side character lines give a more aerodynamic feeling, while emotional details expressed on the exterior design deliver a premium image, suggesting a new design direction for Hyundai’s next-generation SUVs.

The all-new Santa Fe, whose core product concepts are “Refinement,” ”Smartness” and “Practicality, ” is expected to be a hit in the global SUV market, offering the best value to customers in every aspect, with its differentiated design, cutting-edge technologies, good fuel economy and practical use of space.

South African Car of the Year 2012

The South African car of the year (COTY) for 2012 is the Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS.

Once again South Africa’s most prestigious and anticipated motoring event of the year, the WesBank / South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Car of the Year competition provided for some ground breaking news.

Hyundai’s Eltantra 1.8 GLS handing the Korean car manufacturer their first victory on local soil.

Hyundai  had been knocking hard at the door. In the 2011 competition Hyundai had two finalists – the ix35 and Sonata – and the i20 was a finalist in the 2010 Car of the Year competition.

This has turned out to be a golden year for the Elantra: In January, at the Detroit Motor Show, the Elantra was also announced as the North American Car of the Year, and it also won the overall prize in the Canadian Car of the Year competition.

South Africa’s CAR Magazine named the Elantra as the Best Compact Saloon in their Top 12 Best Buys for 2012, and in their latest edition the topCar magazine chose the Elantra as their Best Compact Sedan in their Best Buy edition for 2012.

Hyundai H1 Multicab 2.5 VGTi 6 Seater Diesel 5-spd automatic van review

Hyundai H1 Multicab 2.5 TDi

As Hyundai says: Big on Space. Big on comfort. Big on features.

All the H1 models drive and handle like a car. My wife raves about driving them. She says they are so very easy to drive. Not intimidating at all. The Multicab is a kind of blend of a van and a minibus. Almost a doublecab, on steroids.

There is a solid firmly mounted bulkhead with a large window between the cargo area and the passenger area. The front, or passenger area will seat 5 adults in comfort although the front row can theoretically seat a sixth passenger.

The step and grab handles make it easy to get into and to exit. It has sliding doors on both sides for the rear seats.

The cargo area of 2.5m² has a robust rubbery finish on most surfaces with burglar bars on the windows for added security. Dimensions are 1 585(l) x 1620(w) x 1350(h). Four bicycles fit in the back with ease.

The H1 has airbags upfront, ventilated disc brakes with ABS, EBD and ESC, together with the solid bulkhead ensures  safety is looked after.

I can see why the H1 is enjoying very good sales, and why the Multicab should also do so.

The good

As with all the H1’s we have tested the build quality is excellent. No rattles or squeaks and doors close with a satisfying solid sounding klunk.

The interior has a variety of cup holders, two glove boxes, electric windows, excellent air-conditioner with under seat vents, courtesy lights for the doors and at the back, a good sound system and an easy to use effective sound system which is MP3/USB/Aux/iPod compatible.

Visibility is especially good. The seats are comfortable and the drivers position is highly adjustable. Not only is their a lot of space but there is a feeling of space too. The H1 will be a very good touring vehicle.

The switchgear and controls feel solid and work well, being very intuitive.

The exterior styling is very clean and pleasing to the eye. The H1 looks solidly planted on the road.

The bad

Some interior finishes are a little hard.

The bulkhead cannot be removed quickly to accommodate longer loads so the longest effective length that can be put into the cargo area is about 1.8m.

Driving impression

The H1 drives like a big car. It is easy to park because you can see all 4 corners and the steering is light. The 2.5 diesel engine is both frugal and responsive with 125kW of power and 392Nm of torque at 2 000 giving  a top speed of 180km/h and easy cruising at the legal limit. Hyundai claims a 0 to 100 time of 14.9 seconds and 60 to 100km/h of 8.7 seconds, which is quite nippy. Fuel consumption is around 9.8litre/km in general use, but drops on the open road to 8.

Their is relatively little body roll for a car of this size and height. The brakes work well and are predictable.

Both my wife and I enjoyed driving the H1. Although it is a big vehicle, it is urban friendly.


The H1 Multicab is a winner, waiting to be discovered. It is one of the most practical pleasant cars I have tested. I recommend the diesel version.

The H1 comes with a 5 Year / 150 000 km Manufacturer’s Warranty, 5 year / 90 000 km service plan and 5 Year / 150 000 km roadside assistance.


The automatic diesel model as tested costs R 339 900.00. The petrol model is cheaper at R 279 900.00 and is a manual only.

Hyundai H1 review

Hyundai H1 CRDi bus

Both the Hyundai H1 bus and van take Hyundai to the front in the standard or medium size van and kombi segment. The Koreans have got it just right. A willing engine, good road holding, space and excellent build quality. It is also good looking and a pleasure to drive. I was impressed.

With the recent addition of the 2.5 TDi diesel engine to the package which has a cavernous interior, excellent cabin, superb equipment levels and good road manners I predict the H1 will dominate the medium van and bus segment. There is not a better buy.

The H1 bus comes with aircon which has temperature and speed control for the back vents, sound system with aux input, alloy wheels, leather upholstery and ABS.

What’s good  

The H1 has sliding doors on both sides making for very easy access. Seats are comfortable, especially the front seats.

The driving position is excellent with all round visibility and all controls in easy reach. The cabin is well designed with a myriad storage spaces and a good feel to it. The quality of interior finishes and materials is excellent as is the switchgear. It is a pleasant place to be.

The H1 is easy to manoeuvre and to drive. Steering requires only a light touch and the breaks are excellent. The automatic gearbox has been very well matched to the CRDi engine which gives good consumption figures of around 10 litres/100km. The H1 has plenty of usable power and torque and never strains to carry its load. Acceleration (especially when overtaking) and top speed are both good for this type of vehicle. It almost feels nippy.

It’s like driving a large powerful car, even around corners.

The park distance control system makes parking a breeze, as it is quite a wide vehicle and 5m long.

What’s bad

The petrol engines do this vehicle a disservice. They are underpowered and feel anaemic. The bus does not have a lot of space in the back if you need luggage space for all 7 or especially 9 passengers. The volume control for the radio is a little far away from the steering wheel. To some the looks are a little too conservative and commercial.

It could be argued that it is a little small compared to the Toyota Quantum or Mercedes Vito but to many that may be a plus.


I recommend you get the diesels. Forget about the petrol models. Drive the Hyundai and you will probably choose it above the competition, especially when you factor in the price and service plan.

The Hyundai CRDi panel van costs R264 900 and the bus R373 900. Competitors include the VW T5 Kombi at R449 000 ( thats R90k more!), Mercedes Vito  R392 616, FIAT Scudo R396 900, Nissan Primastar/ Opel Vivaro R329 000 (a bit smaller).

Included in the price are the very good 5 year / 150 000 km warranty, 5 year / 100 000 service plan and roadside assistance.