Hyundai

Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) is a South Korean company founded in 1967. HMC owns 33.88 percent of Kia Corporation, and also fully owns two marques including its luxury cars subsidiary, Genesis Motor, and an electric vehicle sub-brand, Ioniq. Hyundai operates the world’s largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea which has an annual production capacity of 1.6 million units. The company employs about 75,000 people worldwide. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through 5,000 dealerships and showrooms.

 

 

Hyundai i20

The i20 is a Ford Fiesta sized 5 door hatchback, it is an excellent, affordable package paired to a 48v mild hybrid 1.0 litre petrol engine with 99 brake horse power in SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate trim and 118 bhp in sporty N-Line trim. Both engines are available with a 6 speed manual or dual clutch Automatic. All cars have a 10.25 digital cluster, cruise control rear view camera and a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Premium trim adds heated seats and steering wheel, climate control, privacy glass and satellite navigation, Ultimate trim adds blind spot collision warning and forward collision avoidance, a premium BOSE sound system, wireless phone charging and a two tone black roof. N-line trim looses the heated steering wheel but adds N-Line styling and seats. The 48v battery is housed in the boot where the spare wheel would have been in the days before inflation kits which leaves a 351 litre rear cargo space. Prices are competitive starting at £66 per week, you keep £5 per week of your award, for the manual or £67 per week as an automatic in SE Connect trim, N-Line is £Nil AP as a manual and £199 as an Automatic, Premium trim is £149 AP manual or £249 as an automatic. The Ultimate is £149 manual and £249 auto.

 

 

Hyundai Bayon

The Bayon is a small SUV based on the i20 platform, similar in size to the Skoda Kamiq.  The Bayon has a surprisingly low driving position, if you prefer a higher siting position look to the Citroën C3 Aircross or Volkswagen T-Roc. The sole engine is a 1.0 petrol three cylinder 48v mild hybrid with 99 brake horse power or an option to upgrade to 118bhp in upper trims, both are available as a 6 speed manual or dual clutch automatic, for everyday driving the 99bhp version is more than adequate. Trim lines to the Scheme are SE Connect; 16 inch alloys, air-conditioning, cruise control, dusk-sensing headlights, rear parking sensors, reversing camera and an 8 inch touchscreen. Premium; rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, heated front seats, 10.25 inch touchscreen and 17 inch Alloys and Ultimate; keyless entry and start, blindspot monitoring and a Bose sound system.  Prices range from £69.50 per week (you keep £1.50 per week of your award) to £399 AP. The sweet spot is the Premium trim with both engines and gearboxes at £Nil Advance Payment.

 

 

Hyundai Kona

The Kona is not a large car, similar in size to a Renault Captur of Ford Puma. The Kona is on the Scheme in three powertrains; petrol, petrol hybrid and full electric. The 1.0 petrol is Manual gearbox only and has a 48v Mild hybrid attachment which serves very little only a slight boost to acceleration and is charged by regeneration methods alone. It’s a willing engine, 118 bhp and 172nm of torque is more than enough to pull a mid sized car around, the economy is a claimed 47.1 miles per gallon.  The 1.6 litre petrol self charging hybrid is automatic gearbox only and adds a 43bhp electric motor (total 139 brake horse power) paired to a small 1.56kWh battery pack resulting in an impressive fuel economy figure of 57.6mpg. The Electric Hyundai Kona has a 64kWh battery,(a 39kWh is available but we would always go for the larger battery)  a range of 300 miles and fast charging from 10% – 80% in as little as 47 minutes on a 100kW DC rapid charger, charging from empty to full on a standard 7kW charger takes 9 hours 15 minutes. Progress is quick, 0-62 mph in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 104 mph. The Kona comes in three standard trim lines, SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate, even the base trim is well presented with cruise control, manual air conditioning, rear parking sensors, 17 inch alloys, 8 inch touchscreen with android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Premium adds an electric hand brake with hill start assist, heated front sets and steering wheel, 18 inch alloy wheels, climate control, privacy glass, front parking sensors, 10.25 inch touchscreen, wireless phone charging and an eight speaker premium audio.  Ultimate adds a heads up display, front centre armrest, electric opening sunroof, LED headlights, leather seats,  ventilated and electrically controlled front seats. The petrol manual is also available in the Sporty N-Line trim which has a ventilated bonnet, 18inch alloy wheels body kit and red stitching to the seats and steering wheel, it mirrors the Premium spec without the heated seats, steering wheel, smart key and front parking sensors but it does have a manual handbrake. Prices for the manual petrol are £299 Advance Payment in Premium or N-Line trim, The hybrid is £749 AP Premium and £1249 AP Ultimate, The 64kWh electric is £1599 AP Premium and £2099 AP Ultimate.

 

 

Hyundai i30 

The i30 is a Ford Focus sized hatchback, an estate is available on the Scheme but only from existing stock as this been discontinued. The 1.0 litre 118bhp 48v mild hybrid petrol (claimed 53.3 miles per gallon) is avaialble as a manual or dual clutch automatic in SE Connect and Premium trim, a 1.5 litre 159 bhp 48v mild hybrid is paired to the sporty N-Line trim which can reach 62 mph in 8.9 seconds. Prices this quarter, Q2 2023, are not competitive as they start from £1999 Advance Payment and rise to £3399 AP for the 1.0 litre petrol car. The 1.5 litre N-Line, which would be an interesting option, is vastly overpriced at £3099 manual and £3499 automatic.

 

 

Hyundai Tucson

The Tucson has caused a bit of a stir, it’s a great looker and is full of useful features. The pick of the engines is the 227 brake horse power full hybrid 1.6 litre petrol which is available in Premium and N-Line trim, sadly the Advance Payment of £3999 for both cars makes it an unrealistic choice. The entry engine is the 148bhp 1.6 petrol also available as a 148bhp 48v mild hybrid, both offer questionable fuel economy, 41.5 mpg for the petrol manual and a small boost of 42.8 for the 48v hybrid, reality on the road is mid 30’s.  There is an all wheel drive option that comes with a boost in power to 178 bhp and a dip in economy to 39.8 mpg. The Plugin Hybrid combines the 1.6-litre T-GDi engine and pairs it to a 66.9 kW electric motor, powered by a 13.8 kWh lithium polymer battery. Together they deliver 261 brake horse power and 304 Nm maximum torque. (0-62 mph in 8.6 seconds) and the advantage of being able to run on electric power alone for a claimed 33 miles. Prices are high, £5249 Advance Payment in Premium trim or £5749 in Ultimate trim.  The only Tucson we can recommend based on price is the 1.6 litre petrol in SE Connect trim at £999 Advance Payment. The Mild hybrid starts at £2499 AP in SE connect trim and the 4 wheel drive at £3599 AP in Ultimate trim.

 

 

Hyundai Ioniq 5

There is no doubting the electric ioniq 5 is a head turner, the squared off lines and sharp angles give it a real presence on the street, internally the futuristic theme continues, two large high resolution screens lead to a minimalist look.  Two options; a 58kWh battery paired to a 125kW motor, rear wheel driven with a claimed range of 239 miles a 0-62 mph time of 8.5 seconds and fast charging at 175kW DC. The larger 77kWh battery is paired to a larger 178kW motor (rear wheel driven) that offers an increased claimed range of 315 miles and a quicker 0-62mph sprint time of 7.3 seconds, charging rate is also increased to an astonishimg 233kW DC. The sole trim on the Scheme is Premium which is well equipped with a 527 litre boot, part leather, ambient lighting, tinted windows, 19-inch alloys, body-coloured door mirrors, flush manual door handles, chrome side mouldings and a rear-view camera. Two price points £6999 Advance Payment for the 58kWh batter and £7999 for the 77kWh version.