Should I buy a Hyundai?
Hyundai used to be 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. And the innovative Tesla-rivalling Kona Electric.
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.
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We surveyed online 47,013 members of the general public covering 55,833 cars. Survey in field December 2019 to February 2020.
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 , starts at under £10,000. while the popular 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 models come with a generous five-year warranty.
Choosing the best Hyundai car
Hyundai’s SUV/4x4 range has also expanded in recent times. As well as the popular , you can also now opt for the smaller , the larger or the . The Ioniq is offered as a hybrid and as a pure electric car in the form of the .