Hyundai Road Tests

Santa Fe Elite good-looking, family friendly, and pricey

Santa Fe Elite good-looking, family friendly, and pricey

When going on holiday, it pays to pack a Santa Fe, Catherine Pattison reports.

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Hyundai Santa Fe offers more, for more

Hyundai Santa Fe offers more, for more

Before arrowing straight in on the bottom line, Hyundai hopes potential Santa Fe customers will give the new rig a careful once-over to gain an appreciation of what they are getting, and why some models are so much more expensive than those they replace.

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Hyundai adopts a confident approach with i30

Hyundai adopts a confident approach with i30

Now firmly entrenched as the fourth most popular new-car brand in New Zealand, Hyundai is a company whose confidence - both locally and globally - is growing in leaps and bounds.

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Hyundai's updated i20 a pleasing little package

Hyundai's updated i20 a pleasing little package

Price is not the same thing as value: that's what Hyundai is counting on customers understanding as it launches a facelifted version of its i20 supermini.

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Elantra up to standard for Hyundai

Elantra up to standard for Hyundai

You could be forgiven for feeling confused by the current naming protocols for Hyundai's burgeoning product line: a couple of years back, names started to give way to an alphanumerical naming system that clearly defined each model's place in the company's hierarchy.

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Hyundai i45 worth a serious look

Hyundai i45 worth a serious look

David Thomson has been out and about in Hyundai's new i45 saloon, and answering questions along the way.

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Hyundai iX35 a stylish 4WD contender

Hyundai iX35 a stylish 4WD contender

A wintry blast from the Deep South gave David Thomson an ideal opportunity to put the new Hyundai iX35 through its paces.

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Hyundai i45 eyes fleet market

Hyundai i45 eyes fleet  market

Fresh start, fresh sales target. That seems to be a given when Korean No 1, Hyundai, releases a new product, and the i45 is no different.

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i30: Hyundai's little diesel delight

i30: Hyundai's little diesel delight

Hyundai's drive for improvement continues to bear rich fruit with the new i30 hatchback, David Thomson explains, in this test of the turbo-diesel model.

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Hyundai i30: Snatched as they hatch

Hyundai i30: Snatched as they hatch

A new Hyundai hatchback heralded as a breakthrough for the brand is proving too successful overseas for the New Zealand distributor's liking.

Heavy demand in Europe and South Korea in particular means the new i30 will be in short supply for at least a year after going on sale here in February.

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Hyundai Accent: New diesels narrow performance gap

New Zealand motorists are only just starting to realise the advantages of diesel-fuelled cars as more and more of this type of passenger vehicle slips on to our market.

The uptake of diesel passenger vehicles here has been slow compared with Europe and Great Britain.

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Hyundai Elantra: Giant strides for bread-and-butter car

Hyundai Elantra: Giant strides for bread-and-butter car

The Hyundai Elantra was the bread-and-butter model for Hyundai, competent rather than outstanding.
But, like other recent product from the Korean company, including the Sonata and Santa Fe, the latest model, launched at the end of last year, is a big step forward.

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Hyundai facelift Getz going

Hyundai facelift Getz going

Having the latest Hyundai Getz diesel on test was rather like a reunion with an old friend: two years ago, you see, I drove a Getz diesel on the Energywise economy rally, and finished runner-up to Chris Amon's Toyota Prius Hybrid for overall fuel consumption.

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Hyundai Santa Fe bursting out of the shadows

Hyundai Santa Fe bursting out of the shadows

HYUNDAI'S determined drive from the fringes to mainstream has continued apace with the latest Santa Fe. The quirky styling of the original model has been cleverly shaken off without losing a sense of connection between generations.

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Hyundai getz the job done

Hyundai getz the job done

"It gets you from point A to B" may have been a description for Korean cars a decade ago.

But the Hyundai Getz shows that has changed.

I've now driven both of the Getz in the two-engine range. First, the 1.4-litre, which starts at $19,990, and, the latest, the more expensive and higher specified 1.6-litre, available only as a four-speed automatic.

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Hyundai Grandeur has that something extra — more space

Hyundai Grandeur has that something extra — more space

AS SUCCESSOR to the awkwardly styled and dynamically dull XG, the new Grandeur represents another solid step forward for ambitious Korean car company Hyundai.

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Hyundai's New Sonata a convincing performer

Hyundai's New Sonata a convincing performer

"Hyundai skips a generation," was fellow Otago Daily Times motoring writer David Bruce's verdict after testing the latest Hyundai Sonata a couple of months ago.

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Hyundai Sonata skips a generation

Hyundai Sonata skips a generation

IT IS HARD to believe a car company can make such huge advances between one model and the next, but Hyundai has done it with the new Sonata.

In every respect, the fifth-generation Sonata is so far ahead of the model it replaces that you would think it had come from a different family. Talk about the generation gap - in the case of the new Sonata, it has skipped one.

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Hyundai hits right note with Sonata

Hyundai hits right note with Sonata

Neatly styled, keenly priced and dynamically competent, the new Hyundai Sonata is set to become the robber-baron of the most important segment of the New Zealand new car market, stealing sales from established players while further lifting the image of the Korean brand.

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Hyundai Tucson offers top value

Hyundai Tucson offers top value

WHEN it comes to dollars spent, Hyundai's new "soft-roader", the Tucson, is hard to go past.

Which is why the company's outlook in New Zealand and worldwide is positively bullish.

Hyundai sales in New Zealand are charging ahead - last year its sales here jumped 72% - and that was even before the Tucson could have an impact.

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