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2017 Hyundai Elantra SR Turbo review

About every three or so years, the yearning starts for a sportier looking car, some sleek coupe befitting my receding hair and growing flabbiness. I pitch an initial budget somewhere between a mid-range Audi, Jag or two-year old BMW with low mileage, and commence the test drives. The A5, XE and 428is are all fun, but somewhat underwhelming, then the frugal little angel over my shoulder starts in on me...

2002 Hyundai Sonata GL review

The year is 2002. Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears had just called it off, Kath and Kim aired, the VY Commodore and BA Falcon were introduced, and Hyundai was regarded as cheap and unexciting ‘Junk’. Now while that may have been the case back then, it didn’t stop the Sonata from being our first brand-new car...

2015 Hyundai Sonata Active review

I have driven Alfa Romeos for at least the last 10 years and I love them. There is a magical quality about them but they are also flawed in some ways. Recently, my wife had an operation and spent a week in hospital. The journey home was excruciating for her when I picked her up in my pride and joy with 19-inch low profile wheels and rock hard suspension...

2016 Hyundai Tucson Highlander R-Series (AWD) review

In short, this is a fantastic car. We've only had it one week, but we absolutely love it. We did consider a Mazda CX-5 but it would have been over $8000 more than the Tucson while also lacking some of the features. And a small sunroof as opposed to the moonroof in the Tucson and no powered tailgate. The diesel engine is powerful and the styling and look of the car is great...

2001 Hyundai Accent GL review

Back in the mid-noughties, after a slew of interesting but expensive daily drivers, I needed something cheap and dependable to get through a lean patch. At the price point there wasn't much available, and so this little blue cockroach became mine. What power it had was derived through a Mitsubishi sourced 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual gearbox...

2016 Hyundai Tucson Highlander (AWD) review

I honestly thought I would never see the day I would buy a Hyundai. This isn't to say I didn't think the brand had come a long way since the era of the Excel and Accent. I must also say that I am/was a station wagon man prior to having a family. I know debate rages about SUVs not being a driver's car and I get that...

2014 Hyundai Veloster Sr Turbo Review

Going from driving a BMW 525i to driving a SR Veloster Turbo over the last two years - which do prefer - The Veloster Turbo without question! Surprised? Well my Veloster is a heck a lot more fun to drive, it handles beautifully, and is more practical for my lifestyle...

2008 Hyundai Getz 1.6 Sxi Review

A Getz SXI. Who knew they made a “sporty” model. Don’t be jealous now. I recently handed it over to my sister as a runabout, the little Getz was a great idea at the time, but in reality didn’t work out. It was purchased about 12 months ago at 180,000kms to provide cheap transport for my 100km daily work commute while the other vehicle I owned (HSV Avalanche XUV) stayed home waiting for the weekend...

2001 Hyundai Grandeur XG review

Bought this car for NZD$2000 two years ago instead of the taxi fare from Auckland to my home. It had 180K on the clock and I've added another 30K. I had intended selling it but hey, sold my old Mercedes S Class instead. Great features on the Hyundai – memory driver's seat, electric seat adjustment, fantastic sounding stereo, dual zone climate control works as well as any can, auto dipping mirror...

2015 Hyundai i30 Active X Review

Fuel economy in urban areas is disappointing, and it is always more than 10 litres per 100km. However other features far outweigh the disappointment of the real world economy not matching the numbers on the windscreen decal. For comparison, our 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5, returns around 8.0-Litres per 100Kms for urban driving...

1999 Hyundai Excel Sprint Review

In Hungary, the 1999 Hyundai Excel was known as the Pony, and wow did you want to have a ride in it. The way the sunlight cast over its sinuous, dark blue jelly bean 90's curves, those sultry headlights, and most of all, that proud 'Twin Cam' sticker that announced to the other exotica you'd just blitzed by that this, Sir, was the updated, 75kW version of Hyundai's magnificent and storied 1...