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Hyundai Australia is offering owners of the new-generation Hyundai i30 and Hyundai i40 sedan three years of free satellite navigation map updates.

The company is claiming this is a first for the Australian car industry, though in March Hyundai’s sister-brand Kia introduced a similar sat-nav package for the first time on its cars, providing owners with free map updates for the first two years after purchase.

Under Hyundai’s Navteq MapCare Plan, owners of Elite and Premium model i30s and i40s with in-dash satellite navigation will receive no-cost map updates annually at the completion of Hyundai scheduled services for the first three years of ownership, provided vehicles are serviced at participating authorised Hyundai service centres.

2012 Hyundai i40

The system features mapping guidance for over one million kilometres of roads and highways, motorway junction views, lane guidance, speed limits and warnings, and multi-route planning. A point of interest database containing ATMs, landmarks, petrol stations, restaurants, shops, parking stations and accommodation facilities is also included.

Further to this, the system takes advantage of SUNA live traffic update software that utilises live information about any on-road incidents and offers alternative routes to assist in avoiding roadwork or traffic congestion.

Hyundai Navteq MapCare Plan

Hyundai says a maximum of two updates may be delivered per year and all must be used within three years of the vehicle’s initial purchase.

Pricing for the Elite and Premium models starts at $24,590 and $29,990 respectively for the i30 and $36,990 and $41,990 respectively for the i40.

  • Jim

    Nice move Hyundai.

  • Chest Rockwell

    I wonder what the nav updates cost outside of the 3 years? I assume the nav unit is SD card based?

  • Tell It As It Is

    WTF …. buy a $190 Navman satnav get 3 years free map upgrades …. buy a $190 Garmin satnav get lifetime map upgrades.

  • MisterZed

    I wish my i45 had sat. nav… :(

    • Tell It As It Is

      There is always a solution. Trade it in and get a car with satnav.

  • Adelaide_john

    how about the good old street directory…you actually use your brain to map out where you need to go, memorise the route and away you go.  If you forget, pull over and re check the map.  Do we need to be spoon fed like this ?

    • Habit16c

      Good point Adelaide_john. Let’s go back to reading all our news in the morning & afternoon papers. And responding to news items and other readers feed-back by writing a good old fashioned letter, slotted in a post box that gets cleared once a day. Progress doesn’t necessarily mean spoon feeding Brother.

      • Adelaide_john

        dont mind progress and sat nav is a great invention, altho seems to have lost a bit of its lustre from a few years ago, plus there’s sat nav on phones, tablets and then there’s google maps, not as interactive but does the job

    • Turbo123

      Tell the aircraft pilots to go back to paper maps …

      • Adelaide_john

        a little different when you are in the sky, often with no points of refernce to help direct, especially over the sea or at night

        • Habit16c

          Not too different in the sky Aj. When you’re flying, your brain should be as dedicated as possible to keeping a safe buffer of distance between your aircraft, other aircraft and of course the ground (until you need to land. Anything that aids the pilot by relieving the mental burden of considering where he/she is vs where he/she is going is a good thing. Likewise in a motorcar. It takes more mental power than some road users posses, just to prevent sharing their duco with others. Similar to aeronautical maps and very much unlike google maps and other open sourced maps, proper automotive grade maps are stringently verified, tested and validated before they are allowed to become part of your car. They’re worth the few extra dollars because they do a much better job of keeping you out of harms way. A good map/navigation system should alway help and never hinder. I trust an integrated automotive nav systm over a portable or phone becaue I know the regs and due diligence that the auto makers are bound by and a a consequense, the quality of the engineers that do the validation testing……just sayin’.

    • Amlohac

      How did you write this comment? Was it hard for you to travel from the 1950’s and use the internet to troll round?

      May i borrow your time machine? Come to think of it, why do you have a time machine if you are a tech hater?

      Your a walking contradiction

      • Amlohac


      • Numanthepostman

        Hahaha. That’s the funniest thing I read today.

    • Jimmy T

      sure. spoon fed. yes stop on the freeway and check the exit ramp is the right one… no worries how many billions will that cost us all each year

  • jekyl & hyde

    the bubble’s about to burst for sat nav’s.there’s free app’s on smart phones now,so why pay 2-3k for the same thing in a car.expect them to be standard shortly…

  • PeterT

    well done hyudnai finally a car company gets it. Free map updates. Not $500 for the map update only available once every three years. Nokia’s experience in updating phone maps frequently for free has clearly helped Hyundai get the model right. Well done. Tell Holden and Ford the same

  • Don Quay

    This isn’t really free from my understanding. It seem to say that you must have the car serviced at the dealer according to the service schedule. Does this mean that if you have the car serviced elsewhere, then you don’t get the upgrade? If so, then you pay the usual excessive dealer service costs to get an unneccesary upgrade for your SatNav. I have had my NavMan for 4-1/2 years and use it all over the country and NZ and only once has it not had the place I needed to go. Then I used the free app on my phone to get me there. One other thing, we have here another example of Car Advice reprinting a Hyundai press release and presenting it as news.

  • w – sydney

    If only Hyundai would off a GPS upgrade to current Velosters instead of dealers ripping you off with a 2k after market add on and not the genuine Hyundai product.

    I cant understand why the Veloster never came with it in the first place ??.

    Good on Hyundai for the new i30/i40 owners though. Its good to see someone lead the pack and not follow with these kind of services to owners.

  • Gottaliv

    I have a question – how does anybody see where the front of this car ends?  I have my head almost up to the roof and still can’t see the end of the bonnet.  Also, why has the dashboard have to be so wide???

  • Jhollett

    So much for the free upgrades in the Hyundai I30. The existing ones are twelve months old and free updated at each service will amount to may be one or if you are very very lucky you might get two  in the three year period
    John I30 owner

  • James

    What the company claims & what it delivers are entirely different