The hotly contested small SUV segment got even more crammed full when Korean car maker, Hyundai, threw off the covers off Kona. We spoke with Kevin Kang, USA car designer, about the reasoning and inspiration for the interiors... https://youtu.be/SirfBJi3KVw The small SUV was driven in hideous Canberra traffic, delightful dirt roads, and stunning country lanes, where dust was kicked [...]
Car design is alchemy. It is a cauldron into which a master sorcerer puts a pinch of this, and a spoon of that. Mix the right ingredients, and you get an explosion. The i30’s cauldron has brand new ingredients cleverly blended with a touch of old. They’ve even tweaked the recipe racing-style, and called it “N”, as if it sits [...]
Yes we like: ergonomic design, well finished interior, feature packed, auto rear tailgate Not so much: no CarPlay, no DAB, no auto-parking in SR (only in Highlander) Facts, figures and the interior: I had to search my soul to find something I didn’t like about Santa Fe. It looks the business, especially the SR with its bright red Brembos showing [...]
Yes we like: looks, classy interior, features, great ride/handling Not so much: no CarPlay, jerky DCT at low speed, Hyundai packed their i40 chockers full of features with a simple drivetrain and trim level choice. You get a wagon (tourer) with 6 speed auto ”variable induction” petrol, or sedan/wagon 7 speed DCT(dual clutch transmission) turbo diesel all in either an [...]
Yes we like: zippy engines, excellent equipment level, great ride and handling No we don’t: no car play in top models, no auto braking on bottom models I’m puzzled by the continued growth of SUVs which now outnumber passenger cars. The buyer profile is: anyone who wants lots of space. Most of you probably won’t need 7 seats but if [...]
15 march 2017 Yes yes yes oh YES: classy exterior, quality interior, well equipped Oh dear me no: some cheap plastics, no CarPlay, feels heavy Hyundai outsells Holden. Who would have thought that would ever happen? Hyundai now makes premium vehicles. Who would have thought that would happen? Hyundai, who spent so many years nurturing the “cheap and cheerful” tag, [...]
Hyundai Reveals First Rendering of Next-Generation i30, but will it be any better than the current car?
Hyundai has been trying for years to get away from the “cheap and cheerful” reputation. There are those who have heaped praise on the I30. It’s true that it was a quantum leap, but look at what it was leaping from. It should be added that the current car doesn’t have all of the safety features standard in its competitors [...]