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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Specs and Details (KDM)

While we are waiting for the international version of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe to be released, let’s get acclimated with the basic features of the car by having a close look at the Korean version. This is the Santa Fe you will be getting elsewhere, save for the engines and maybe some market-specific options. 

Whereas the previous version of this mid-size SUV used the “Fluidic Sculpture” design philosophy with the machine at its center, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe puts the human at the center of things. The new philosophy is called “Calm-Tech” which is about exactly what it says in the tin. The new Santa is a technologically-advanced cars designed for calm and comfort and well-being of its occupants. 

The humanist tendencies of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is best shown in its ‘Human Machine Interface (HMI)’. Through many layers of sophisticated technology the HMI results in enhanced intuitiveness and ultimately safety in interaction with the vehicle. It begins with the design, such as the floating navigation screen and the placement of buttons, and continues with the features themselves, the use of space, and little touches such as the placement of armrest, or the opening for the third-row seats entry. You don’t usually get this level of attention to details in this class. 

As for powertrains, the Korean version of 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe launches with three engines including Diesel R2.0 e-VGT, Diesel R2.2 e-VGT, and Gasoline Seta II 2.0 Turbo GDi. The car also get a new 8-speed automatic transmission, SCR (Selective Reduction Catalytic Reduction), electric power steering (R-MDPS), and for the first time, HTRAC all-electric four-wheel drive system with four types of driving modes (ECO / COMPORT / SPORT / SMART). As mentioned before, apart form the diesel engines you can expect to see rest of these features in the European and American version of the new Santa Fe. 






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PostHeaderIcon Rendered: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe N – Will Hyundai Go All In?

The next-generation Hyundai Santa Fe is knocking at the door. It’s scheduled to make its world debut on February 21, but that hasn’t stopped rendering artist extraordinaire X-Tomi Design from reinventing the next-gen Santa Fe and giving it the full-spec N experience. To be clear, Hyundai has given no indication of the likelihood of developing a performance-bred version of the Santa Fe. This is all speculation, but still, you can’t blame us for letting our imaginations go crazy. The thought of a Hyundai Santa Fe N sounds incredible.


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“The renderings Hyundai released last month show a completely new Santa Fe that’s far more aggressive than anything we’ve ever seen from its previous iterations”

The idea of a Hyundai Santa Fe N is awesome on paper, but until we get confirmation from Hyundai that it’s actually doing it, we’re not getting caught up on the potential of one happening. The good news is that even without an N version, the all-new Santa Fe looks to be headed for big things. The renderings Hyundai released last month show a completely new Santa Fe that’s far more aggressive than anything we’ve ever seen from its previous iterations. You can tell that the automaker’s designers did their homework in making the crossover stand out. We still don’t know what the interior looks like, but there are rumors that Hyundai is going to be generous in giving the new Santa Fe a string of new technologies.

What’s clear is that new Santa Fe is generating a lot of buzz. That’s great for Hyundai. Sales of the crossover in the U.S. reached record-setting numbers — 133, 171 units — in 2017. Imagine what an all-new Santa Fe is going to do once it hits the market. Who knows, if the next-gen crossover proves to be a hot ticket item, Hyundai might consider turning it over to the people over at the N Division.

We can dream, right?

References

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The Sonata is one of those nameplates that just seems to stick around no matter what. First introduced in 1985 as a replacement for the Hyundai Stellar, the first generation only lasted two years before it got the axe. However, the second generation, which was introduced in 1988, fared far better, finding success in a variety of export markets, including North America and Australia. A third generation arrived in 1993, followed by the fourth in 1999, the fifth in 2004, and the sixth in 2010. The latest seventh generation arrived in New York just last year for the 2018 model year, but the hybridized variant was left conspicuously out of the lineup. Now, the new seventh-gen hybrid has arrived following a debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. While still framed as Hyundai’s near-premium mid-size four-door, this latest generational update brings improvements in the chassis and handling department, plus new exterior and interior bits, new safety features, and new features for connectivity and infotainment. All told, Hyundai is looking to take a more premium approach with the Sonata Hybrid, enhancing it with an upscale appearance, a nicer ride, and better equipment throughout.

Of course, with demand shifted primarily towards the crossover and SUV segment, competition among the sedans is ruthless right now, especially in the near-premium slot. The question is – where will the Sonata excel? Well, the hybrid gear is certainly a tempting proposition, but how good is it really? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Exterior

  • New styling looks great
  • Germanic vibes throughout
  • LED lighting elements with optional high-tech headlights
  • New “eco-spoke” wheels, 16 to 17 inches
  • Reduced Cd improves efficiency

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“The seventh-gen Sonata hybrid brings with it a new exterior styling that definitely sets it apart from the outgoing model. The latest aesthetic is more rounded and sleek than before, almost gaining an Audi-esque vibe overall.”

As you might expect with any major generational changeover, the seventh-gen Sonata hybrid brings with it a new exterior styling that definitely sets it apart from the outgoing model. The latest aesthetic is more rounded and sleek than before, almost gaining an Audi-esque vibe overall. Not that it’s a ripoff of the German make by any means – rather, the new Sonata looks as though it has its own take on an aesthetic we’ve seen elsewhere, namely the German-sourced premium sedans.

Contributing to the cause is a new fascia in front, where the hood, the grille, the fenders, and the headlights are all redesigned for 2018. The hood gains numerous muscle lines that lead the eye rearward, adding a sort of streamlined look to the front end. The reshaped grille is the bit that reminds us the most of an Audi, although on the South Korean vehicle, it’s a whole lot smaller. The trapezoidal shape, though, is unmistakable.

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Note: 2018 Hyundai Sonata pictured on the left, Audi’s Singleframe grille pictured on the right.

The front fenders also get an update, although the character line started in the headlight housings is retained, stretching back into the car’s flanks to become part of the window surround. Speaking of the headlights, the housings are now slimmer in their appearance, ditching the older blocky, almost Mercedes-esque housings of the outgoing model and adopting a drawn-back appearance that reminds us a bit of one of the Sonata’s competitors, the Ford Fusion.

The headlights are clever too, and offer extra tech like a Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) feature when going for the optional LED lighting elements. DBL will actively turn the headlights as go through a bend, illuminating the road ahead in the process. Meanwhile, the LED taillights and LED daytime running lights come as standard.

In the sides, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets some handsome proportions, with a longer hood line, a short rear end, and a gently curving roofline that emphasizes the four-door’s almost coupe-like profile. Here we again find lots of high-end trim bits, including shiny polished trim around the windows and a complimentary character line closer to the ground as well. The door handles also get a brushed metal look to them. New for 2018 are the wheel designs, which get an “eco-spoke” layout that looks to reduce turbulence thanks to wider slabs of alloy. Wheel sizing ranges between 16 and 17 inches in diameter.


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“Step around the rear of the vehicle, and you'll find a new rear fascia and a new rear deck. The tail is rounded in its appearance, while the trailing edge of the trunk is turned upwards in a flick to help it appear a bit sportier.”

Step around the rear of the vehicle, and you’ll find a new rear fascia and a new rear deck. The tail is rounded in its appearance, while the trailing edge of the trunk is turned upwards in a flick to help it appear a bit sportier. A glossy black insert near the pavement visually tightens the rear end, while the taillights wrap around from the rear fenders, looking fancy with their clear inserts offsetting the LED lighting elements.

While the new look is definitely an improvement over the old, it’s surprisingly functional as well. All told, Hyundai managed to reduce the coefficient of drag down to 0.24, which is actually better than the 0.25 Cd you get in the Toyota Prius, all of which should do well the maximize the car’s overall efficiency – definitely the sort of thing you want in a hybrid.

Interior

  • New design for the center stack
  • More traditional three-spoke steering wheel design
  • Optional 8.0-inch color screen
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity, Qi wireless phone charging
  • Rear sunshade feature
  • Substantial amount of cargo room
  • Loads of advanced safety technology features

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“To coincide with the fresh exterior updates, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also gets a slew of updates to the interior spec and layout as well”

To coincide with the fresh exterior updates, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also gets a slew of updates to the interior spec and layout as well. These include a new instrument panel center stack design, and although the previous model’s three-tier approach is retained (HVAC inputs on the bottom, infotainment buttons in the middle, and infotainment screen above between two air vents), the surrounds and trim bits are updated in a meaningful way. The same is true for the steering wheel, which now gets a more traditional three-spoke layout for the 2018 model year. The steering wheel is also offered with an available heating feature, if desired.

Moving past the layout updates, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes with a solid selection of infotainment features, both new and updated. For example, the audio and navigation system now include a Bird’s Eye View map perspective, and buyers can get theirs with an optional 8.0-inch color touchscreen. As a compliment to the navigation system, the Sonata comes with loads of modern smartphone support, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as auxiliary inputs for your iPod and USB connected devices.

There’s also SiriusXM satellite radio for extra entertainment, and Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition and phone book transfer for added utility. If you decide to get the navigation-equipped 8.0-inch screen, it’ll come with a split-screen operation feature that’ll keep both the map and the music on screen at once – great for multitasking, if you’re a passenger. It’ll also let you record and rewind up to 22 minutes of a given broadcast, just in case you want to relive an important sportscast moment or catch some important news. Or if you just want to hear that one song again.

Further infotainment features include SiriusXM Travel Link, which provides traffic info, sports news, weather forecasts, and fuel prices, among other things. The Sonata is also optionally available with a nine-speaker stereo from Infinity, which includes an external amp and a sub-woofer to really bump the tunes.


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“The Sonata is also optionally available with a nine-speaker stereo from Infinity, which includes an external amp and a sub-woofer to really bump the tunes.”

Speaking of traffic, the Sonata also gets the HERE HD Traffic feature with real-time updates as part of a no-pay subscription service. There’s also a three-year complimentary subscription to Blue Link, which offers a variety of Connected Car features for both remote control and extra guidance. A list of the services includes Remote Start with climate control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. The app can be accessed from your smartphone or your smartwatch.

A Qi wireless phone charging system comes with models equipped with navigation. There’s also now an extra USB charge port in the rear. An electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold comes as part of the package, and there’s an Integrated Memory System for the driver’s seat and side mirrors. The rear windows get a sunshade feature, and the front seats are ventilated, complemented by power adjusting settings that include electric settings for the lumbar support.

Hyundai also says the hybrid model’s battery is mounted under the trunk floor, which provides a flat trunk floor as a result. That means the Sonata Hybrid still has a good amount of utility, and you can still load up and unload without too much trouble. Space in the rear is rated at 13.3 cubic feet of cargo room, while the whole package gets a segment-best total interior volume of 106.1 cubic feet. To enhance the car’s interior space, the rear bench gets a 60/40 split, and there’s an available Hands-free Smart Trunk feature as well.


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“The Sonata Hybrid has a good amount of utility, and the flat load floor means you can carry lots of stuff without too much trouble.”

In terms of safety and convenience, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid starts with a standard rear-view camera, as well as a standard blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert and Lane Change Assist. That’s all important stuff too, as technology and equipment in this segment can often determine the front-runners from the back markers.

The blind-spot monitor uses warning lights in the side-view mirrors to indicate a possible hazard. The system can also determine the closing speed of traffic coming up in an adjacent lane, and if a speeding car is detected, it issues an auditory warning. The lane-change assist uses forward-facing camera to do its duties. According to Hyundai, “If the system detects the vehicle is headed outside the lane markers, a warning on the instrument cluster illuminates and an audible sound alerts the driver.”

“Space in the rear is rated at 13.3 cubic feet of cargo room, while the whole package gets a segment-best total interior volume of 106.1 cubic feet.”

There’s also an optional Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist system, and an automatic high-beam assist as well. A Smart Cruise Control with start/stop feature keeps it all as efficient as possible, all of which is well appreciated in the segment. Finally, as a means of rounding out the safety gear, the Sonata gets seven standard airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS, and a TPMS. All pretty standard stuff, really.

Drivetrain

  • Both standard Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models available
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder ICE burns the gas
  • Electric motor is mounted inside the six-speed automatic transmission
  • Upwards of 202 horsepower in net output
  • Plug-in offers 27 miles of all-electric range
  • Standard Hybrid offers 650 miles of range (including gas)
  • Not exactly fast, but still provides solid low-speed shove

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“Of course, while sleek exterior styling and a healthy amount of tech in the cabin are all well and good, the thing that really set the Sonata Hybrid apart it what it's got going on under the hood.”

Of course, while sleek exterior styling and a healthy amount of tech in the cabin are all well and good, the thing that really set the Sonata Hybrid apart it what it’s got going on under the hood. This include the option between both a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Let’s start with the hybrid, which burns the dino juice through a 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine. Mated to the ’four is a six-speed automatic transmission, but this isn’t just any normal slush box. Mounted inside the gearbox is a 38-kW electric motor and clutch rather than a traditional torque converter. Hyundai calls this the Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device, or TMED, and it’s intended to provide crisp power delivery, as well as lots of mpg at the pump. The transmission also uses an electric oil pump for even better efficiency. Put it into all-electric mode, and the Sonata Hybrid will decouple the gas engine from the drivetrain, enabling it to go as fast as 75 mph on electrons alone.

Specs include 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque for the Nu four-cylinder’s output levels, while the electric motor makes 38 kW, 51 horsepower, and 151 pound-feet of torque all by itself. Total output for the entire hybrid system comes to 193 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Hyundai also estimates it’ll return as much as 39 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, which comes to 42 mpg combined – not too shabby, if you ask us. Providing the all-electric juice is a lithium-ion battery pack rated at 1.76 kWh. With a primed battery pack and a topped-off gas tank, the Sonata will go 650 miles before requiring a refill.


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“Hyundai estimates the Hybrid will return as much as 39 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, which comes to 42 mpg combined – not too shabby, if you ask us.”

Now lets check out the plug-in hybrid model, which offers more all-electric range than the standard Hybrid model. Hyundai says the Plug-in will provide upwards of 27 miles in local emissions-free driving on a full battery, which, again, is pretty solid, and could definitely fulfill the daily commute needs of many a buyer. Helping it accomplish that EV range is a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which happens to be five times larger than the battery in the non-plug-in Sonata Hybrid.

When plugging the Sonata into a level-two charging point, the sedan can top off its battery in just three hours. Hyundai says “It offers the best of both worlds by providing the power delivery of a hybrid gasoline engine, perfect for long trips, with the additional benefit of environmentally-friendly all-electric range for commuting.”

We agree. Total range for the plug-in, which includes burning of the fossil fuels comes to 590 miles. The discrepancy here between the Plug-in and standard Hybrid is most likely due to the Plug’s smaller fuel tank, which sees a downsizing to make up for the extra space taken up by the larger battery pack. For reference, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in gets a 14.5-gallon tank, while the standard Hybrid model gets a 15.9-gallon tank.


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“Like the standard Hybrid, the Plug-in also uses a six-speed automatic transmission, which once again comes equipped with that previously mentioned TMED device for electric motivation.”

Like the standard Hybrid, the Plug-in also uses a six-speed automatic transmission, which once again comes equipped with that previously mentioned TMED device for electric motivation. This time around, though, the plug-in’s electric motor is rated at 50 kW and offers 32 percent more power than the standard Hybrid model, which “allows EV operation at higher engine load and speed.” On the internal combustion side of the equation is a 2.0-liter Nu gas burning engine, which produces 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. Total system output is rated at 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, which is a modest increase over the standard Hybrid. However, we’re willing to bet the larger battery pack and more powerful motor will help the plug-in feel much more powerful thanks to oodles of low-end shove.

Chassis And Handling

  • Stiffer rear components improve the ride quality
  • Better steering feel livens up the experience a bit

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When it comes to premium appearances, the way a sedan rides is crucial. To that end, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata gets a few tweaks to the suspension to give it that smooth sailing feel on the road. This includes a stiffer front anti-roll bar and a more rigid rear trailing arm design. The bushings were also tuned for better response and the steering assistance was re-calibrated for more feel. And although the Sonata isn’t exactly our first choice when it comes to any activity one could consider “sporty,” these enhancements should do well to make the Sonata slightly more interesting to drive.

Of course, it bears mentioning that if extra performance is what you really want from your Sonata, Hyundai is offering a sport-tuned suspension on the ICE-only, 245-horsepower Sport and Limited trim levels. Just sayin’.

Prices


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The 2018 Hyundai Sonata will roll off the production line in Asan, South Korea. The hybrid will be available by the first quarter of 2018, followed by the plug-in hybrid in the second quarter of 2018.

Exact pricing is not yet available, but expect figures close to those seen with the outgoing model. For reference, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid goes for $26,000, while the Plug-in is priced at a much more expensive $34,600.

Competition

Ford Fusion Hybrid


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Right off the bat, the Ford Fusion Hybrid looks to be a solid competitor for the Sonata, down to the exterior aesthetic similarities. The same goes for the equipment, with LEDs used for the Fusion’s exterior lighting bits, plus optional equipment that includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen in the dash, leather upholstery, and a few safety techs that come as standard on the Sonata (lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, etc.). Power is derived from a 2.0-liter four-banger making 141 horses and an electric motor making 118 horses. Pricing starts at $25,295.

Read our full review on the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Toyota Camry Hybrid


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If Hyundai is gonna do well in this segment, it’s gonna need to take on one of the best-selling cars of all time – the Camry. Toyota sells these things in droves, and its even got a hybrid iteration to boot. While we think the Hyundai looks better than the grille-tastic Toyota, the Camry still gets loads of equipment, a nice interior, and 208 horsepower from a hybrid 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder powerplant. A continuously variable transmission ekes out every last mpg. Pricing starts at $27,800.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Camry.

Conclusion


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“This is one Hyundai that's definitely worth checking out.”

Overall, this latest from Hyundai looks to be quite the nice package. We like the new styling, and feel it strikes a balance between unique aesthetic and crowd-pleasing generalities. The tweaks inside are also well-appreciated, and the equipment line-up is generous for the segment. Throw in the very usable storage space and solid engine line-up, and this is one Hyundai that’s definitely worth checking out.

Of course, rival products from Ford and Toyota are also strong contenders, offering their own benefits and advantages over the Sonata. That said, we feel the Hyundai is focused on all the right areas, and it’s a good bargain, which is important in the growing hybrid segment. The plug-in might be a bit on the pricey side, but it’s right in line with what we expect to pay to eke out extra miles. Overall, the Sonata Hybrid feels and acts like a normal sedan, even with the extra tech on board, and that makes it quite attractive.

  • Leave it
    • * Plug-in model is just a little pricey
    • * Strong rivals from other major makes
    • * Sedans not as popular these days

References

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Kona EV Promises Better Range than Chevy Bolt and base Tesla Model 3

Unveiled in June 2017 as the company first subcompact crossover, the Hyundai Kona will get an all-electric drivetrain later this month. The news comes straight from the Korean automaker, which revealed that that the mini SUV based on the i30 platform will be unveiled on February 2018, ahead of a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Kona Electric joins the already available Ioniq Electric and the hydrogen-powered Nexo in the company’s all-electric lineup. The big news is that it will have a range of almost 300 miles on a single charge.

The Company’s First Electric SUV


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“The Kona is smaller than the Kia Niro, so they won't compete against each other”

Combining two of the fastest growing trends in the automotive industry, SUV body styles, and electrification, the Kona doesn’t share underpinnings with a similar vehicle from Kia. This is a rare feat, as the two brands offer a large number of sister models. The Kia Niro, for instance, is closely related to the Ioniq, despite the fact that the two compete in different segments. The Kona is also smaller than the Kia Niro, so they won’t compete against each other.

Already available with an internal combustion engine, the Kona is a sporty, modern-looking crossover aimed at younger crowds. Although the Kona Electric has yet to be unveiled, the teaser suggests that it will be almost identical. I can spot a different mesh for the front grille, but other than that and the badges, it should boast the same exterior design.

Hyundai says that the all-electric SUV will come with a “wide range of convenience and connectivity features as well as active safety and driving assistance technologies,” but it’s safe to say that it will get the same features as the standard model.

Better than the Chevy Bolt?


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“An EPA range is difficult to estimate at this point, but it should be rated at more than 240 miles”

Hyundai didn’t have much to say about the Kona Electric’s drivetrain, but it did mention that the crossover will get two powertrain options. The range-topping model will have “one of the most powerful electric motors on the market” and a “class leading range of almost 470 km.” This converts to 292 miles on the new European World Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). If this figure turns out to be accurate, the Kona will surpass the Opel Ampera-e by a full 90 km (60 miles). Impressive!

An EPA range is difficult to estimate at this point, but it should be rated at more than 240 miles. This means that Hyundai’s EV will return a tad more miles than the U.S.-spec Chevrolet Bolt, which is rated by the EPA at 238 miles. It will also sit atop the base version of the Tesla Model 3, rated at 220 miles.

When Can You Buy It?

Hyundai says that the Kona Electric will become available in the summer of 2018. There’s no word on pricing yet, but we should find out more at the official unveiling. So stay tuned for updates.

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Revealed in First Commercial

While we are waiting for the first official images and details of the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, the Korean car maker has dropped a commercial revealing in it the SUV in its full glory. The new Santa, we have to say, looks better in the flesh than what we saw in the official sketches and preview photos. 

In fact, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe seems to have migrated from the average, affordable SUV category to the high-end, luxury class. The lines that make the the serious face of the new Santa Fe, the slim headlights, the sophisticated grille and the whole profile of the car which is entirety new and a lot less ‘generic’ than the previous models, they all point to the fact that with the new model Hyundai is after a different class of customers.

And it’s not just the looks, either. As this rather funny commercial clearly shows, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is also packed with up-to-the-minute technologies. Some of this, like the system that monitors the rear traffic and locks the door if your child suddenly decided he or she has to jump onto the street, are not seen before, at least in the price range to which the Santa Fe belongs. You will also get the latest connectivity features known to man and a range of new, efficient engines. In short then, this new model seems to be an uncompromising product.

Stay tuned for the official material on the 2019 Santa Fe over the coming days.






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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Hyundai Elantra Gets Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2018 Hyundai Elantra with their highest safety honor. The affordable family sedan has been named a Top Safety Pick+, meaning it is about as safe as cars get in this class. This is a huge feather in Elantra’s cap, considering its price range. 

Mind you, the Top Safety Pick+ is awarded to 2018 Hyundai Elantra only when it’s equipped with optional Automatic Emergency Braking and High Beam Assist. So keep that in mind when you are checking boxes on the specs sheet. You also want a model built after December 2017, since that was what IIHS tested and names a top safety pick.

At any rate, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra joins a total of eight models by Hyundai having the Top Safety Pick+ rating. The wide range of safety features that enables the Elantra to be so safe include such items as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist System, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, and a rearview camera, now with dynamic guidance. Again, be careful with the trim and options you choose so that you get the important stuff.






About IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ Rating:

To qualify for the Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must have good ratings in five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating. For the Top Safety Pick+ designation, vehicles must also gain an acceptable or good rating in passenger-side small overlap front tests and improved headlight rating. Features which helped these vehicles garner these recognitions included (but were not limited to) optional front-crash prevention, specific headlights and excellent performances in IIHS track tests at various speeds.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Hyundai Elantra Gets Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2018 Hyundai Elantra with their highest safety honor. The affordable family sedan has been named a Top Safety Pick+, meaning it is about as safe as cars get in this class. This is a huge feather in Elantra’s cap, considering its price range. 

Mind you, the Top Safety Pick+ is awarded to 2018 Hyundai Elantra only when it’s equipped with optional Automatic Emergency Braking and High Beam Assist. So keep that in mind when you are checking boxes on the specs sheet. You also want a model built after December 2017, since that was what IIHS tested and names a top safety pick.

At any rate, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra joins a total of eight models by Hyundai having the Top Safety Pick+ rating. The wide range of safety features that enables the Elantra to be so safe include such items as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist System, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, and a rearview camera, now with dynamic guidance. Again, be careful with the trim and options you choose so that you get the important stuff.






About IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ Rating:

To qualify for the Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must have good ratings in five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating. For the Top Safety Pick+ designation, vehicles must also gain an acceptable or good rating in passenger-side small overlap front tests and improved headlight rating. Features which helped these vehicles garner these recognitions included (but were not limited to) optional front-crash prevention, specific headlights and excellent performances in IIHS track tests at various speeds.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Goes Official in Chicago

Visitors to this year’s Chicago Auto Show got their first glimpse at the new 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models. The latest version of the green Sonata offers a hard to beat blend of performance and efficiency, enough to cement the car’s position in the market as one of the top players. 

Powering the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is a 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission that houses a powerful 38 kW electric motor. The combined output of this system is a very respectable 193 horsepower, corresponding to an average fuel consumption of 39 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway and 42 mpg combined. What’s more, this system offers 27 miles of electric driving (plug-in version) during which you can reach speeds up to 75 mph. Total range of the vehicle is 650 miles for hybrid and 590 miles for the plug-in.

As for what sets the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid family apart from the previous model, the main highlights include revised front/rear fascia design, grille, hood, front fenders, rear deck lid, headlights/taillights, new 16 and 17 inch wheels, LED headlights with cornering Dynamic Bending Light (DBL), and instrument panel center stack, steering wheel and available heated steering wheel. In terms of features, too, the new model best the old one with items such as (depending on the trim) Qi wireless phone charging, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), upgraded navigation, Blind-spot detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.









“Our new 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in models add appeal in every area, from exterior to interior design, handling, steering, ride comfort, safety and infotainment,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning at Hyundai Motor America. “When combined with Hyundai’s outstanding value and efficiency, the new Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in are sure to attract even more eco-focused buyers.”

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets More Power, Better Mileage in Chicago

Introduced in 2015, the current-generation Sonata replaced a model that was around for only five years. Unlike its predecessor, the current sedan is set to hang around a bit longer, having received a consistent facelift in 2017. With the almost redesigned Sonata in dealerships, Hyundai is rolling out similar updates for the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. Both were unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, exterior updates are similar to the regular model. The front fascia now sports larger, more aggressive headlamps, a bigger grille with a new mesh, and a reshaped engine hood. The new headlamps features LED technology with dynamic cornering function. A new decklid and taillights round off the rear section, while the sides get new 16- and 17-inch “eco-spoke” wheel designs.

The cabin boasts a new center stack and steering wheel, the latter available with heating. The upgraded navigation system includes new Bird’s Eye View map perspective. Models equipped with navigation get wireless phone charging, while a rear USB charging port is available for all trims. Blind-spot detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist are standard, while Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Keep Assist are available as options for the first time.

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What About Power?


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“Total range for the Hybrid model is estimated at "more than 650 miles"”

The Sonata Hybrid gets its juice from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission that houses a 38-kW electric motor and clutch. The gas engine cranks out 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque, while the motor adds 51 horses and 151 pound-feet. Hybrid net system power is rated at 193 horsepower. EPA estimates aren’t yet available, but internal testing returned estimates of 39 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, and 42 mpg combined. Total range is estimated at “more than 650 miles,” a 50-mile improvement over the outgoing model. The hybrid can be operated on electric power only at speeds of up to 75 mph.


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“The 9.8-kWh lithium-ion battery is more than five times larger than the Hybrid's battery and gives the sedan an all-electric range of up to 27 miles”

The Plug-in Hybrid model gets the same gas engine, but a different electric motor and extended range. The 9.8-kWh lithium-ion battery is more than five times larger than the Hybrid’s battery and gives the sedan an all-electric range of up to 27 miles. Recharging the batter takes only three hours with a level-two charger. The total range is slightly lower than the Hybrid, however, being estimated at 590 miles. The 50-kW electric motor is 32 percent more powerful than the motor used in the Hybrid, which increases total system output to 202 horsepower.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Kona Electric Announced – Set for Geneva Debut

Well, things seem to be moving quite rapidly at Hyundai. While the standard version of the new Kona crossover is still getting its feet grounded in the market the company announced the launch of Hyundai Kona Electric at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The Kona EV will then launch in the summer of 2018. 

So next year you will be able to buy an all-electric Kona, and based on Hyundai’s description of it you would be a fool to spend money on the regular version right now.  I mean, they call the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric a “no-compromise” car that is practical and fun to drive, and more important than that they promise a range of 470 kilometres (~300 miles) for it. That is astonishing for an EV in this size and class.

The performance of an electric drivetrain, as everyone knows, blows anything a comparable gasoline system has to throw at it clean out of the water. So Hyundai Kona Electric will be faster and more fun than the regular model. Then there is the range which is pretty satisfactory even by gasoline standards. If they give it a convenient fast charging system then there really would be no reason to buy a petrol version, or indeed any other crossover or SUV.

Hyundai Motor is at the forefront of eco mobility, already offering the broadest range of powertrains. Hyundai marketed the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle, the ix35, and recently introduced its successor, the All-New Nexo. Furthermore, the successful IONIQ is the only car available with three different electrified powertrains in one body type. The IONIQ Electric has just been ranked first in the prestigious ADAC EcoTest 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Raveled – First Look

The slow reveal of the new Santa Fe continues as we wait for the SUV’s debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. This time we have the our first look at the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe interior, which we are glad to report is just as premium as the exterior. The new Santa is shaping up to be a real high-quality product. 

As we have already mentioned when discussing the exterior design of this SUV, the new model has matured in style compared with the old model. There is none of that “generic” styling elements, telltales of a car designed on a shoestring to be affordable. The new model looks as if it were a Genesis SUV. That’s interesting, because Genesis sub-brand is indeed working on a new SUV and we are looking forward to see how luxurious that is going to be. At any rate, the same goes for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe interior design and material.

You find traces of Genesis DNA in the cabin as well. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe interior has lost some of its angles and sharp edges which were a characteristic of the outgoing model in favor of more streamlined surfaces. That might not sit well with some of the customers who liked the “spaceship” imitation of that look, but the new design will attract a lot more people to the Santa Fe. We also like how Hyundai has a two-tone dashboard now on pretty much all their models, and how they are limiting their use of tacky, shiny plastic bits.


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PostHeaderIcon Superbowl LII Throwback: All of the Car Commercials From the Big Game

Maybe your team lost, or maybe you sided with the Patriots before they started to make that massive comeback. One thing that was sure to make you happy either way was the various car commercials that debuted during the game. There was certainly something for everyone, like the Lamborghini Monster ad for supercar freaks or, if you’re into Offroad, the Jeep commercials. Hell, the Ram commercials hit us right in the feels on a number of levels. Needless to say, if you didn’t watch the game, you should probably catch up on all of the car commercials. They didn’t all have the pizzazz that we’ve come to love from the past, but they are all worth their weight, that’s for sure. So, with that said, we’ve compiled them all down below. If you haven’t watched them, take a half hour or so out of your day to enjoy each one. You might be happy that you did.

Hyundai Hope Detector


Hyundai: Ref to the Rescue


Jeep: The Road


Jeep: Anti-Manifesto


Jeep: Jeep Jurassic


Kia: Feel Something Again


Lexus: Long Live the King


Lamborghini\Monster: Monster


Ram: Built to Serve


Ram: We will Rock You


Toyota: Good Odds


Toyota Mobility Anthem:


Toyota: One Team


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PostHeaderIcon Superbowl LII Throwback: All of the Car Commercials From the Big Game

Maybe your team lost, or maybe you sided with the Patriots before they started to make that massive comeback. One thing that was sure to make you happy either way was the various car commercials that debuted during the game. There was certainly something for everyone, like the Lamborghini Monster ad for supercar freaks or, if you’re into Offroad, the Jeep commercials. Hell, the Ram commercials hit us right in the feels on a number of levels. Needless to say, if you didn’t watch the game, you should probably catch up on all of the car commercials. They didn’t all have the pizzazz that we’ve come to love from the past, but they are all worth their weight, that’s for sure. So, with that said, we’ve compiled them all down below. If you haven’t watched them, take a half hour or so out of your day to enjoy each one. You might be happy that you did.

Hyundai Hope Detector


Hyundai: Ref to the Rescue


Jeep: The Road


Jeep: Anti-Manifesto


Jeep: Jeep Jurassic


Kia: Feel Something Again


Lexus: Long Live the King


Lamborghini\Monster: Monster


Ram: Built to Serve


Ram: We will Rock You


Toyota: Good Odds


Toyota Mobility Anthem:


Toyota: One Team


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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Go! SE Range Celebrates FIFA World Cup 2018

Hyundai is one of the main sponsors of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, and so they have come up with a range of special edition models to make use of the hype. The celebratory models launch under the name Hyundai Go! SE range across four models: i10, i20, i30 Hatchback and Tourer, and Tucson.

What Hyundai Go! SE models have in common (in the UK) is a high level of standard equipment and an all-new colour called Champion Blue. But each also ha its own little touches. To quickly go over the details, the i10 Go! SE (1.0 66PS 5 speed manual) is only around 500 quid dearer than the regular SE and comes in at £11,285. But it offers 14” alloy wheels, gloss black door mirrors, privacy glass and black side body moulding, as well as 7 inch satellite screen, leather steering wheel and gear knob, black headlining and Go! SE cloth upholstery.

The i20 Go! SE (1.2 84PS 5 speed manual) starts at £14,355 and boasts 15” alloy wheel, gloss black door mirrors, privacy glass, black side body mouldings, projection headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and a special radiator grille. Inside you get 7” touchscreen navigation, black headlining, Go! SE cloth upholstery and centre console armrest.


Next we have the i30 (1.0 T-GDi 120PS 6 speed manual) in both hatchback and tourer with price tags of £20,100 and £20,600 respectively. Special features include 17” alloy wheels and front bumper from i30 Fastback, gloss black door mirrors and privacy glass, plus black headlining, Go! SE cloth upholstery and climate control with dual zone operation inside.

As for the Hyundai Tucson Go! SE, the SUV starts at £24,300 and gives you new design 19” alloy wheel, gloss black door mirrors and privacy glass, in addition to black headlining, Go! SE cloth upholstery and dark silver interior facia accents. Tucson Go! SE also features automatic rain sensing windscreen wipers and an auto dimming rear view mirror. You can have this one with the following powertrains: 1.6 T-GDi 177PS 6 speed manual 2WD, 1.6 T-GDi 177PS 7 speed DCT 2WD, 1.7 CRDi 116PS 6 speed manual 2WD or 1.7 CRDi 141PS 7 speed DCT 2WD.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Hyundai Kona MSRP Confirmed – Priced from $19,500

The official U.S. pricing for the all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona crossover has been announced, and as you would expect the value-for-money element is strong. This quirky little sport utility starts at just $19,500 for the base model, rising up to $28,700 for the fully-loaded model. 

In America the 2018 Hyundai Kona is available with two engines and transmission choices. There is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo (Limited and Ultimate trims only) with a seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission offering 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines can be had with all-wheel-drive system. A well-chosen trim will also get you such advanced safety systems as Lane-Keeping Assist system, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Lane Change Assist, Parking Distance Warning and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

2018 Hyundai Kona MSRP & Trims:

Model Engine Transmission Drivetrain MSRP
SE 2.0L 4-cyl. 6-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC® FWD $19,500
SE 2.0L 4-cyl. 6-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC® AWD $20,800
SEL 2.0L 4-cyl. 6-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC® FWD $21,150
SEL 2.0L 4-cyl. 6-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC® AWD $22,450
SEL w/ Contrast Roof 2.0L 4-cyl. 6-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC® FWD $21,300
SEL w/ Contrast Roof 2.0L 4-cyl. 6-Speed Automatic SHIFTRONIC® AWD $22,600
Limited 1.6L Turbo 4-cyl. 7-Speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission FWD $24,700
Limited 1.6L Turbo 4-cyl. 7-Speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission AWD $26,000
Ultimate 1.6L Turbo 4-cyl. 7-Speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission FWD $27,400
Ultimate 1.6L Turbo 4-cyl. 7-Speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission AWD $28,700

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Previewed in Official Renderings

One good thing about Hyundai, and Korean car makers in general, is that they don’t mes around with pointless, endless teasers. They often get right to the point, as is the case with the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. After showing us the first teaser last week they have now revealed the looks of the SUV in official drawings.

So this is what the new Santa Fe looks like, and this is enough to help you make you mind if you want to wait for it, get the current version, or just choose something else. We have to say we are pleasantly surprised by the design of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. We were expecting a fairly mild revise of the current form, but this is almost new from the ground up. The family SUV looks cool and sporty and aggressive. Granted, the renderings are a little exaggerated compared to the real thing. But still, this is one good looking car.

The highlights of 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe design include a large Cascading Grille,narrower headlights than its predecessor, and divided daytime running lights (DRLs) in a separate section which gives the vehicle a premium look. Unique taillights, dual mufflers, and a voluminous bumper design are the main features of the rear, and together these styling elements result in a futuristic appearance not often seen in cars of this segment and price range. This is probably enough to keep the fans amused until the Geneva Motor Show when the new Santa Fe will be revealed in the flesh.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Teases Next-Generation Santa Fe

The fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe is well on its way, and Hyundai is building anticipation with the release of a new teaser image showing the SUV’s profile obscured in shadow. From what we can gather, the look includes a tight window line and reshaped designs for the headlights and taillights, both of which appear to be slimmer this time around. We also see a prominent lower character crease, roof rails up top, larger fender flares in the corners, a trailing edge roof spoiler, and shiny window trim.

The South Korean brand also revealed that the Santa Fe would come with the latest in safety stuff from its Smart Sense suite of technology, including features like rear cross-traffic alert, automatic braking, and for the first time, Rear Occupant Alert, which “monitors the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the car,” presumably to keep from leaving little ones behind on a hot day.

The Santa Fe was Hyundai’s very-first SUV model, and considering the popularity of the body style these days, it’s imperative the automaker keeps it feeling as fresh as possible.
Customers will be offered a three-row interior, but we’re also expecting the lineup to include a two-row Santa Fe Sport. Look for an in-depth look at the model in March at the Geneva Motor Show, plus a debut in February in its native South Korea.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai is readying its first mid-cycle refresh for the third-generation Tucson crossover. Introduced for the 2015 model year, the two-row SUV has proven extremely lucrative for the South Korean automaker, with sales blasting northward like Elon Musk’s Falcon 9 rocket. Hyundai managed to sell 114,735 examples of the Tucson in 2017 – 2.4 times the number it sold in 2014. Slow claps.

Yet; the current Tucson can’t be left to stagnate. Hyundai is wisely working on a refreshed version that is likely due for the 2019 model. If we’re lucky, we’ll see it debut sometime in 2018.

Our spy photographers captured a couple heavily camouflaged Tucson test mules running about in Germany. Both extreme winter testing and regular driving can be seen in the photos, showing just how much work automakers put into evaluating pre-production models.

Continue reading for more on the upcoming Hyundai Tucson.

Exterior

  • Updated appearance
  • More active safety technology
  • New wheel design and color choices expected

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“Yet through camo, we can see an updated mesh grille and reshaped lower fascia, both similar to other modern Hyundais”

At this point, it’s hard to say for sure what Hyundai has planned for exterior updates. Yet through camo, we can see an updated mesh grille and reshaped lower fascia, both similar to other modern Hyundais like the new 2018 Elantra GT/i30 hatchback and 2018 Sonata sedan. We’re betting on a reshaped hood, too, considering the amount of camo seen in the photos.

Around to the sides, the roof, windows, side mirrors, and upper beltline appear to be unchanged. Things might be different with the door handles and lower character lines, however, Hyundai has those covered fairly well.

Out back, we can actually see some changes. The reflectors have moved from the bumper to midway up the tailgate – or at least we can see where they would go. Hyundai apparently didn’t have the plastic reflectors ready for the test mules. Updated taillights are also present. They look more intricate than before, likely thanks to them making the transition to LED bulbs.

Interior

  • Updated infotainment system
  • Improved smartphone connectivity
  • Hopefully wireless phone charging
  • Improved fit and finish

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Note: 2017 Hyundai Tucson pictured here.

“We’re betting on a higher-resolution 8.0-inch infotainment screen with a simplified array of buttons along the bottom”

Unfortunately, photos of the 2019 Tucson’s interior weren’t captured, so we don’t know what Hyundai has planned. Still, it’s not too hard to speculate.

We’re betting on a higher-resolution 8.0-inch infotainment screen with a simplified array of buttons along the bottom. Design inspiration could easily come from the updated 2017 Elantra and 2018 Sonata sedans. Included in the new design is likely a reshaped dashboard that trails away from Hyundai’s previous swoopy design language.

Count on the refreshed Tucson to have more technology, too, like active safety features and more smartphone connectivity. Of course, the Tucson will continue offering room for five people and their cargo. Currently, the Tucson offers 31 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 61.9 cubic feet with the 60/40-split bench folded flat. Hyundai could potentially increase these measurements by a slight wheelbase increase or reshaping of the cargo space.

Drivetrain

  • Expected powertrain updates for power increase
  • Improved fuel economy very likely
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch might become standard

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“As the 2019 model rolls out, we can expect to see some slight changes to the drivetrain”

The Hyundai Tucson currently has two engine options. The SE, SEL, and SEL Plus trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The upper trims, the Value and Limited, come with Hyundai’s impressive 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
With 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, the smaller engine actually offers more power and better fuel economy.

The 2.0-liter paired with the standard front-wheel drive is EPA-estimated to get 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined. Moving to the 1.6-liter turbo bumps those numbers to 25,/30/27 in each category. AWD is optional with both engines. Fuel economy drops to 21/26/23 with the 2.0-liter and 24/28/25 with the 1.6-liter turbo.

Part of the 1.6-liter turbo’s fuel-sipping secret is its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s tuned for fuel savings and has an extra gear compared to the conventional six-speed automatic paired with the 2.0-liter.

As the 2019 model rolls out, we can expect to see some slight changes to the drivetrain. Both engines will likely be recalibrated for slightly more fuel economy and power.

Suspension


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The spy shots afford a good look under the refreshed Tucson’s rear bumper. It’s easy to see Hyundai is sticking with its independent multi-link rear suspension found on the current version. The rear suspension includes long lower control arms with a coil spring and outboard-mounted shock absorber. A trailing arm mounted to the subframe under the second-row floorboard extends to the upper part of the knuckle, locating it into place. Up front, MacPherson struts keep the wheels bouncing while upper and lower control arms locate the wheels.

Pricing


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Naturally, it’s far too early to bet on exact pricing for the updated 2019 Tucson. That information won’t likely be available until a few weeks before it’s on-sale date sometime in mid- to late-2018. Still, it’s never too early to speculate.

The current 2018 Tucson starts at $22,050. Five trim levels are offered, yet starting pricing doesn’t swing as wildly as you might expect. The range-topping Limited has an MSPR of $28,950. That means there is only $6,902 difference in price from the rental-grade SE to the leather-lined Limited. That’s impressive and speaks to Hyundai’s value proposition.

We’d expect prices to rise by a few hundred on each trim level to compensate for inflation and to cover costs associated with the mid-cycle update.

Trim Level Pricing for 2018 model
SE $22,050
SEL $23,300
SEL Plus $26,200
Value $26,050
Limited $28,925

The Competition

2018 Ford Escape


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Ford’s compact crossover, the Escape, offers some respectable attributes in a highly competitive package. Sold by the truckloads (and at nearly three times the rate of the Tucson’s record year in 2017), the Escape comes with room for five, 67.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume, and three engines to choose from. The SYNC 3 Infotainment system boasts handy features like the new FordPass Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and GPS navigation.

The three available engines are the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 165 horsepower, the mid-level 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 179 horsepower, or the mightily 2.0-liter EcoBoost with an impressive 245 horsepower. Both EcoBoost engines come with Auto Start/Stop. A six-speed automatic transmission is the standard gearbox regardless of engine choice.

Pricing for the 2018 Ford Escape starts at $23,850 for the rental-grade S trim, $25,605 for the SE, $28,005 for the SEL, and $32,045 for the range-topping Titanium.

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Escape.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox


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The Chevy Equinox has been around a while, but for the 2017 model year, it underwent a complete transformation. Now riding on a new platform and powered by new engines, the Equinox offers more space for people, cargo, and technology. The 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system offers all the conventional stuff like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Equinox also offers the widest range of engines in modern crossovers. The base is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 170 horsepower, a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 252 horsepower, and a class-exclusive 1.6-liter turbodiesel making 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Both gasoline engines use GM’s new nine-speed automatic to power either the front or all four wheels, while the turbodiesel relies on a six-speed automatic to power the front wheels only.
Fuel economy in the turbodiesel is extremely impressive, scoring an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 32 mpg combined.

Pricing for the 2018 Equinox starts at $23,580. Several trim and engine combinations give customers plenty of choices to mix á la Carte if they so choose. Check every option box and the Equinox will top out in the low $40,000. Ouch!

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

Conclusion


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The Hyundai Tucson represents a great value for the money in terms of people-moving, fuel economy, warranty, and purchase price. Of course, Hyundai is obviously hoping to improve on that with the upcoming 2019 model.

We’d bet on changes that center creature comforts, smartphone connectivity and changing, improved appeal, and increased power and efficiency. That will be a tall order, but Hyundai is already is a great starting place with the current Tucson. It’s not that old, anyway, having been released for the 2015 model year. A 2019 refresh would have the current iteration lasting for four years. Tack another four years onto 2019, and we can predict Hyundai will be introducing a new, fourth-generation Tucson in 2023.

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    • * Waiting until 2019
    • * Pricing likely to increase

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PostHeaderIcon New Hyundai Santa Fe (2019) Confirmed for Geneva Debut

The fourth generation of the popular Korean SUV Hyundai Santa Fe, which has a huge presence in pretty much every market in the world, will make its debut later this year at the Geneva Motor Show. The car maker has confirmed this, releasing a teaser image that shows the part of the silhouette of the new model. 

While it is hard to infer anything worth noting from this image, we notice the shape of the head and tail lights have been modified. They seem to be slimmer and smarter than the current version, and brings to our mind at least the design of the latest generation Toyota RAV4. The current model is a bit too round and chubby to be honest and it is a welcome change if the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is sharper and more angular.

Size-wise, there does not appear to be any significant change in the new Hyundai Santa Fe. You will get five and later on a seven-seater version, and two and four-wheel-drive drivertrains. As for the engines, chances are the current lineup of 2.4-liter four-cylinder direct-injected engine with 185 horsepower and the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower to carry over to the new model. But whether the 290 horsepower 3.3-liter Lambda II V6 engine will make the cut remains to be seen.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster

First introduced in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show, the Hyundai Veloster initially hit the scene as a replacement for the Hyundai Tiburon, the FWD 2+2 coupe built between 1996 and 2008. By contrast, the Veloster changed it up with a funky hatchback profile and 2+1 door layout (one on the driver’s side, two on the passenger’s side). In a segment filled to the brim with hard-hitting, well-established competition, the Veloster is a bit of an upstart, shaking things up with a unique attitude that still manages to make fun-behind-the-wheel a top priority. Throughout its life cycle, we’ve seen a wide variety of custom takes on the Veloster, but now, Hyundai is offering up a whole new second generation. Once again making its debuts at the Detroit Auto Show, the latest 2019 model year brings with it a variety of models and trim levels, including the base model, and the mid-grade Turbo and R-Spec models. There’s even a go-faster N version if that happens to be more your speed (check out our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N). Just as it was before, the new Veloster once again aims at catching the eye of enthusiasts, with a focus on making the whole package more engaging, both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of the driving experience. The latest model year also comes with a good bit upgraded infotainment stuff as well.

But will the Veloster’s sophomore effort be enough to topple equally enticing offerings from the likes of Mazda, Honda, or Ford? Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster.

Exterior

  • Sharper exterior styling
  • 2+1 body style
  • Functional air curtains and aero enhancements
  • LED lighting
  • 7 paint options
  • Available two-tone scheme with black roof

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“Hyundai decided to pen up a new design, employing a joint effort between Hyundai's designers in Irvine, California, and its designers in Seoul, South Korea. The end result is more aggressive and head-turning than the first-gen model.”

While the 2019 Hyundai Veloster looks newer and sharper than the model that came before it, the styling basics are more or less unchanged. For example, it still offers an asymmetric two-door hatchback body style with a subtle third door added to the passenger’s side. Think of it kinda like a 2+1 body style, with a 2+2 interior.

However, to help it look and feel like the second generation that it is, Hyundai decided to pen up a new design, employing a joint effort between Hyundai’s designers in Irvine, California, and its designers in Seoul, South Korea. The end result is more aggressive and head-turning than the first-gen model, so let’s dive into the specifics.

Up front, we find a larger hexagonal grille, with sharper creases and an expanded upper section. The grille comes with a cool 3D aesthetic, and uses a black diamond-patterned insert to ward off any wayward pieces of the terrain. The lower bits incorporate functional air curtains, which not only help to increase the front-end aero efficiency, but also look great, with multiple layers stacked on one another in a manner that reminds us of a race-spec splitter. The lowest section is finished in a matte black color.


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“The lower bits incorporate functional air curtains, which not only help to increase the front-end aero efficiency, but also look great, with multiple layers stacked on one another in a manner that reminds us of a race-spec splitter.”

A little higher up we have the headlights, which get LEDs for the primary lighting element and the daytime running lights. The housings also look simpler in their shape, with down-turned creases rather than the check-mark shape of the older generation. The older fog lights are gone this time around, replaced with black block-off plates in the corners. Even the hood looks meaner, now arriving with a set of character lines that help increase the car’s sense of forward motion.

Moving around into the 2019 Veloster’s profile, and you’ll notice that the fender flares are now larger than before, with the increased dimensions adding a little extra visual beefiness to the car’s stance. The cowl point and A-pillar were also moved towards the rear, connecting with the hood line and belt line to create a more cohesive look. While subtle, those profile character lines look good on the hatch, especially with the lowered roof line. The side skirts lead the eye rearwards and into the rear fenders, enhancing the taut appearance even more. In the corners, customers can get theirs with optional 18-inch alloy wheels.

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“The first-generation Hyundai Veloster (pictured on the left) is simpler and rounder in its design, where as the second-generation (pictured right) is more aggressive and sharper. And we like that – it's a move that works well for the segment.”

Step around to the rear of the Veloster, and you’ll find a more technical, detail-heavy design than the first generation. The
first thing that jumps out is the integrated diffuser, which sits prominently at the lower edge of the bumper, complementing the front bumper well. In the middle of the diffuser is the exhaust, with a single outlet used for the base model 2.0-liter and a dual set-up for the Turbo and R-Spec models. Chrome plating is used to add extra bling factor. The taillights wrap around from the rear fenders and get a sweeping set of Y-shaped graphics, plus the option for LED lighting.

Topping it off is a solid selection of exterior paint options, including Ultra Black, Chalk White, Sonic Silver, Thunder Gray, Sunset Orange, Racing Red, and Space Gray. You can also option in a black roof treatment for that two-tone appearance, if desired (we definitely recommend it!).

Interior

  • 2+2 seating arrangement
  • Horizontal dash layout replaces older vertical set-up
  • Checkered background for the gauge cluster
  • Contrasting stitching elements in the upholstery
  • Cloth, cloth and leather, or all-leather options
  • Intake and exhaust sound enhancement feature

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“With the exterior of the Veloster looking a good deal sharper this time around, the interior also gets a redesign that makes it a lot more desirable.”

With the exterior of the Veloster looking a good deal sharper this time around, the interior also gets a redesign that makes it a lot more desirable. While the older model’s 2+2 seating layout is retained, the dash now employs a complementary asymmetric design that emphasizes the driver’s position by placing additional buttons closer to that side of the cockpit. The steering wheel was updated, and now looks smaller and a bit oblong thanks to a much shorter center spoke and lower center line. There’s still nice hand bolsters at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions, and the air vents are horizontal, rather than vertical like the first gen.

The center console is also more horizontal now, and no longer set in a “vee” shape like the outgoing model. There’s a two-tier button scheme, with the lower half employed for the climate control and upper portion used for infotainment. The infotainment screen is placed in an upright position on the top of the dash. The gauges look new as well, with a slick checkered background enhancing the car’s sporting intentions.

Go for the the Turbo Ultimate model, and you’ll get a contrasting color scheme that helps to isolate the driver’s position. Further unique colors, materials, and other interior features can be had depending on the trim level picked. In particular we like the red offset against the black in the Turbo model – definitely understated, but effective nonetheless.


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“All models also get Active Sound Design, which supposedly enhances intake and ehxust noises for a more engaging experience. It's a bit like cheating, but don't worry Hyundai – we won't tell anyone.”

Interior materials include either cloth, cloth and leather, or all leather, depending on the trim and options picked. All models also get Active Sound Design, which “enhances intake and exhaust powertrain sound character inside the cabin for a more visceral driving experience, especially during spirited driving.” It’s a bit like cheating, but don’t worry Hyundai – we won’t tell anyone.

Heading the list of updates for the 2019 model year is a wide selection of fresh infotainment and greater connectivity features. Standard spec tosses in the usual goodies, such as AM, FM, and MP3 support, plus a host of auxiliary inputs. Controlling it all is a standard 7.0-inch LCD infotainment screen, but buyers can opt into the 8.0-inch “floating screen” for a little extra outlay. These come with a multi-touch screen plus menu swipe function for easier operation, and offer a good deal of smartphone support as well. There’s Apple Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users, plus the full Apple CarPlay system and Android Auto as well. SiriusXM radio and HD Radio are also part of the package, as is the next-gen Blue Link with LTE connectivity. This comes with three years of complimentary service, offering up features like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door lock and unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link also integrates with your smartwatch for those ultimate James Bond vibes.

The 2019 Veloster is also offered with an optional navigation screen and real-time traffic info, an optional Infinity audio system with eight speakers (including a subwoofer and Clari-Fi sound processing), and an optional Qi wireless charging. That last bit will even send you a notice when your phone is fully charged, plus it’ll remind you to grab it before exiting the vehicle.


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“One of the coolest extras has to be the optional heads-up display, which pops out of the dash as soon as you push a button next the steering wheel. The HUD displays the current road speed, navigation directions, assist system status, and audio system info.”

One of the coolest extras has to be the optional heads-up display, which
pops out of the dash as soon as you push a button next the steering wheel. The HUD displays the current road speed, navigation directions, assist system status (more on the assists in a second), and audio system info. It’ll also adapt to whatever your chosen drive mode may be, with Sport mode offering a focus on performance stuff like engine rpm, road speed, and current transmission gear. Once you’re done with the HUD, push a button, and it’ll recede back into the dash and out of view.

As is tradition for all new cars, the 2019 Veloster comes with a broad selection of safety systems, with features like standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which utilizes a forward-facing camera that can detect a collision before it happens and automatically apply the brakes to lessen the impact, or avoid the collision all together. The camera also provides the Veloster with features like lane-keep assist, high-beam assist, and driver attention warning.

Hyundai also equipped it with a radar system, which enables further safety and convenience features like a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Finally, all models get a standard rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines, and a six-airbag protection system in case you really bin it.

Drivetrain

  • Base model gets 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Higher trims get 201-horsepower turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • 1.6-liter comes with overboost function
  • Transmission options include six-speed manual, six-speed auto, and seven-speed DCT
  • Multiple drive modes

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“Delve into the reshaped nose on the 2019 Veloster, and you'll find a few tweaked engine bits to help it perform, both in terms of speed and in terms of efficiency”

Delve into the reshaped nose on the 2019 Veloster, and you’ll find a few tweaked engine bits to help it perform, both in terms of speed and in terms of efficiency. The base model tosses the old model’s 1.6-liter four-banger with a new a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with Atkinson-cycle. Dubbed the Nu 2.0-liter, this unit produces a maximum of 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm, besting the outgoing model’s rather paltry 132 ponies. Standout features for the Nu 2.0-liter include Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, an electronic throttle, variable induction, and a new anti-friction cylinder coating material. Go for this powerplant, and you can pair it with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic.

If a little less than 150 horses just won’t cut the mustard for ya, you can option up to the much more exciting Gamma 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Thanks to direct injection and extra atmosphere stuffed into its cylinders, this zippy little ’four makes as much as 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (matching the old turbo’s peak power level) and 195 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. And despite its forced induction aspiration, it also takes regular fuel, prompting Hyundai to claim a best-in-class specific output (125.6 horsepower per liter). There’s even an overboost function that adds a smidgen of extra twist, pumping it up to 202 pound-feet. That’s not a lot, but hey – overboost is always a pretty cool function, don’tcha think?


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“If less than 150 horses doesn't do it for ya, you can option up to the 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Thanks to direct injection and extra atmosphere stuffed into its cylinders, this zippy little 'four makes as much as 201 horsepower.”

If you decide to go for the turbo, the transmission options include either a six-speed manual with three pedals, or a seven-speed dual-clutch unit with steering wheel paddle shifters. It should be noted that the dual-clutch transmission option offers a “direct connection” for greater efficiency and “uninterrupted torque transfer” while upshifting, plus a Hillstart Assist Control for easier driving on steep inclines. No more handbrake trick for you.

To make the most of what its got, the Veloster offers pilots a variety of driving modes. These include such self-explanatory titles as Normal, Sport, and Smart, and the different software affects settings for the engine, transmission, and steering.

Finally, if you’re looking for the fastest Veloster on the block, you’ll wanna go with the 275-horsepower N model. Check out our full review here.

Chassis And Handling

  • Four-wheel independent suspension set-up
  • Torque Vector Control as standard
  • Manual transmission will get you 18-inch alloys wrapped in summer rubber
  • Motor-drive electric power steering
  • Quicker steering ratio higher in the line

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“While having a solid amount of go under the hood is always welcome in a sporty little hatchback, it's far more important to have the proper suspension bits in the corners to make the most of it.”

While having a solid amount of go under the hood is always welcome in a sporty little hatchback, it’s far more important to have the proper suspension bits in the corners to make the most of it. To that end, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo model gets a MacPherson strut suspension in front, which includes coils springs, gas shocks, and a stabilizer bar sized at 24 mm. Meanwhile, the rear gets an independent multi-link with a 19 mm stabilizer bar, plus gas shocks.

All models get Torque Vectoring Control, which is an active electronic assistance program that detects wheel slippage via an array of individual wheel sensors. After slippage is detected, the system then applies braking force as needed to the inside front wheel, while also increasing power to the outside wheel, thus enhancing cornering prowess in the process.


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“Go for the Turbo model, and you'll get revised calibration and a faster ratio for extra response when wheeling around in the bends.”

Further turn assist is made by the motor-driven electric power steering system, which gets adjustable electric assist depending on the “driving conditions.” Go for the Turbo model, and you’ll get revised calibration and a faster ratio for extra response when wheeling around in the bends. Opt into the manual transmission, and Hyundai will mount 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires.

Rounding it off is the usual lineup of safety systems, such as Vehicle Stability Management and Electronic Stability Control. There’s also four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution.

Prices


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Production for the 2019 Hyundai Veloster kicks off in March of this year, with the latest models slated to roll off the line at Hyundai’s plant in Ulsan, South Korea. Look for availability in the U.S. market by the second quarter of 2018.

As for pricing, Hyundai has yet to divulge exact numbers, but we expect a starting figure a little under $20,000, given the current model starts at $18,100.

Competition

Honda Civic Coupe


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While slightly less aggressive than the race-tastic Hyundai Veloster, the Civic still manages to bring the goods in the fun department. The suspension tuning finds a sweet spot between comfort and corner-carving, while myriad engine choices offer up to 180 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque in the 1.5-liter Sport model. FWD is standard, while transmission options include both a manual and a CVT. You can also get yours in a variety of different body styles, including a coupe, sedan, or hatchback. Pricing starts at a Hyundai-matching $18,840.

Read our full review on the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe.

Mazda3


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Matching FWD agility with an affordable price tag and hatchback practicality is a specialty of the Mazda3, and it shows as soon as you start giving it a little extra gusto in the corners. It all starts with that zoom-zoom-style independent suspension, while engine options include 155 horses from a 2.0-liter ’four in the base model, or 184 horses from a 2.5-liter ’four in the higher trims. Outside is the head-turning good looks of Mazda’s Kodo design language, while the interior is composed of a variety of top-shelf materials. Pricing starts at $18,095.

Read our full review on the 2016-2018 Mazda3.

Conclusion


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Truth be told, we here at TopSpeed love a good hot hatchback, and it would appear as though the 2019 Hyundai Veloster ticks all the important boxes in our list of requirements. We think the new design looks great, offering an aggressive, super-sharp style that’s just right for the segment. We also really like the three-door body style, and the large wheel options as well. The interior equipment is nice, and although the layout is a little too subtle and the 2+2 passenger seating is a bit cramped, it gets the job done all the same. Performance-wise, the Veloster makes it happen with solid suspension bits and the available 200-horsepower powertrain spec.

That said, there are more practical and more refined options on the table, and the Veloster still has some proving to do in the long-run. This is a segment filled with well-established nameplates, and up against the likes of Honda or Mazda, Hyundai is still cementing its position.

Not that it’s a bad choice – quite the opposite, actually. If you’re in the market for a fun, attractive, sporty hatchback, then this is definitely one worthy of checking out.

  • Leave it
    • * More refinement offered elsewhere in the segment
    • * Interior might get a bit cramped with more than 2 passengers
    • * Wouldn’t you rather spring for the go-faster N model?

References

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Read our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N.


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Read our full review on the 2016 Hyundai Veloster.


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