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Should I buy a Hyundai?

By Martin Pratt

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Has Hyundai done enough to shake off its budget image? Read our Hyundai overview to find out whether its cars are worth considering.

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Even 10 years ago, Hyundai was synonymous with low-budget, low-appeal machinery. What a turnaround the Korean company has had in recent years.  

Like its sister brand, Kia, it’s become the darling of the retail buyer, offering attractive five-year warranties, competitive prices and lots of equipment.

Its cars - spearheaded by strong-selling stars like the i10, i20, ix20 and i30 - can now challenge many European rival brands. Hyundai is even making headway with larger cars such as the i40 and Genesis.

It’s family-focused SUV 4x4 models, such as the Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe, that are leading the charge in recent times. Speaking of ‘charge’, Hyundai is embracing the electric car movement with models such as the Ioniq, which is available both as a hybrid and as a pure electric vehicle.

You can find out about the cars that have kick-started the Korean manufacturer's resurgence - see all our Hyundai car reviews.

How reliable are Hyundai cars?

Hyundai cars are reliable - or so the company's reputation would have you believe. But does the reality live up to the expectation?

Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Hyundai owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to three years old, and also cars aged between three and eight years old. 

Which? members can login and use the table below to find out just how reliable Hyundai cars really are. Not yet a Which? member? Join Which? to unlock all of our reliability ratings and our online reviews.

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Results from the 2018 Which? Car Survey (results gathered from 43,027 owners, about 51,172 cars, between December 2017 and February 2018).


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How much do Hyundai cars cost?

Hyundai has traditionally focused on value, but its range has definitely drifted upwards in price in recent years. Regardless, it’s still firmly in the mainstream of the car market.

Hyundai’s cheapest model, the Hyundai i10, starts at under £10,000. while the popular Hyundai i30 is cheaper than most Golf-sized rivals, starting at around the £16,000 mark. At the top end, meanwhile, the big Genesis is priced above £50,000.

Hyundai often has good deals on offer, including keen rates on PCPs (loan towards buying the car outright) and leasing packages.

All of our reviews include data on reliability information, so you can find out if you can trust Hyundai cars. All models come with a generous five-year warranty.

Hyundai i30 2017 slide

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Choosing the best Hyundai car

Hyundai’s heartland is practical, well-equipped, mainstream family cars such as the i10 city car, Hyundai i20 small car, i30 medium hatchback and estate Hyundai i30 Tourer. Its one lone MPV offering is the Hyundai ix20.

Hyundai’s SUV/4x4 range has also expanded in recent times. As well as the popular Hyundai Tucson, you can also now opt for the smaller Hyundai Kona, the larger Hyundai Santa Fe or the Hyundai Ioniq. The Ioniq is offered as a hybrid and as a pure electric car in the form of the Hyundai Ioniq EV.

Now you know all about Hyundai, use our new and used car reviews to find your perfect car.