Hyundai - used car research
Top^From 2010 to Now
Released: Oct 2017
AFTER several years absent from the small SUV segment it helped create with the original Tucson and later its iX35 replacement, Hyundai returned with all guns blazing in the form of the Kona.
Designed in America and built in South Korea, the compact crossover launched in late 2017 with two basic formats – a naturally aspirated 110kW/180Nm 2.0-litre with six-speed torque-converter auto front-drive and a more expensive 130kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto AWD. No manual or diesel were made available.
Aimed at the Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi ASX and Honda HR-V set, the Kona was based on the company’s GB light car/supermini platform also underpinning the Kia Rio among others, but shared many hardware features with the PD-series i30 small car.
The 2WD versions were fitted with a torsion beam while AWD variants featured a multi-link arrangement. Some degree of local tuning went into the Konda’s chassis, for the sake of compliance and control.
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Released: Nov 2014
Hyundai’s large-sized Genesis sedan arrived in Australia in November 2014, and brought with it value-packed luxury.
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Released: Feb 2012
Part sports coupe, part small hatch, the Hyundai Veloster created its own segment and soon became a hit with buyers.
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Released: Oct 2011
KOREAN CARMAKER Hyundai added a second mid-sized vehicle to its burgeoning new-model line-up in the shape of the i40 Tourer wagon.
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Released: Jul 2011
BASED on the Toyota HiAce-competing iLoad van, the iMAX offered eight seats and was available from launch with a 2.4-litre petrol engine and automatic gearbox or 2.5-litre turbo diesel with manual transmission.
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Released: Jul 2010
Discontinued: Jul 2015
In July 2010 Hyundai launched arguably its most important new vehicle – the Indian-built i20 – which would eventually become one of its biggest-selling models
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Released: May 2010
Discontinued: Jan 2013
The i45 became fastest-selling car ever sold in South Korea and was also a sell-out success in the United States before Hyundai’s striking new Sonata arrived in Australia
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Released: Feb 2010
Discontinued: Sep 2015
Hyundai pushed its representative in the busy compact SUV segment more upmarket with a dramatic new design, advanced powertrains, a new name and a price increase
read more about the Hyundai ix35
Top^From 2000 to 2009
Released: Feb 2008
In 2008 Hyundai released a new light commercial vehicle (LCV) van range in Australia to compete against Toyota's Hiace models.
read more about the Hyundai iLoad
Released: Oct 2007
BASED on the HD Elantra sedan, the FD five-door hatchback is Hyundai’s European-devised C-segment combatant against the established Volkswagen Golf, Holden Astra and Ford Focus.
read more about the Hyundai i30
Released: Aug 2004
HYUNDAI’S original compact SUV – the Tucson – has returned in almost all-new third-generation TL guise in August 2015, replacing the popular ix35, and brandishing a bigger and roomier body, vastly improved dynamics, better ergonomics, and a big uplift in safety, technology, and refinement.
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Released: Sep 2002
Discontinued: Aug 2011
Hyundai's first quality light car aimed at Europeans like the Holden Barina and Renault Clio, the Getz impressed with its keen pricing, pleasant dynamics and clean overall design inside and out.
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Released: Mar 2002
Discontinued: Oct 2010
Spanish for 'shark', the angular Tiburon shocked critics with its Toyota Celica-rivalling dynamics (hard ride excepted) lurking underneath an appealing and comfortable three-door hatchback coupe.
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Released: Dec 2001
Discontinued: Jul 2008
Terracan is Hyundai's heavily reworked 1990s Mitsubishi Pajero, so it boasts impressive rough and off-road capabilities, seven seats and - from early 2005 - a great turbo-diesel engine option.
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Released: Oct 2001
Discontinued: Jun 2004
The LaVita was an oddball tall-boy five-door hatchback aimed at the likes of the Mazda Premacy and Renault Scenic. Based on the XD Elantra small car, it failed to make an impact here despite keen pricing.
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Model: Santa Fe
Released: Nov 2000
Hyundai's first 4WD wagon had reasonable space and a gutsy V6 engine on its side with its battle against the all-conquering Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
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Released: Oct 2000
The original Elantra, which debuted in Australia in 2000 featured Hyundai's first in-house engine design, front-wheel drive and pleasant styling. Since then it has evolved into a competitive small-car contender.
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Released: Jul 2000
Discontinued: May 2009
The Trajet is a Sonata based seven-seater people mover in the size and mould of the unrelated Kia Carnival, featuring front-wheel drive, three rows of seating and a V6 powerplant.
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Released: Jun 2000
Hyundai's LC Accent replacement for the popular but sub-standard X3 Excel didn't quite have the visual or dirt-cheap appeal of its predecessor, but was a much better car. Things only got better as time went on and the Accent eventually became a real contender in the Australian market.
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Top^From 1990 to 1999
Released: Sep 1999
Discontinued: Jun 2012
Based on the 1998 EF Sonata platform, the Grandeur was a large and luxurious luxury car contender with plenty of toys but dire dynamics and heavy handed styling.
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Released: Jul 1996
Discontinued: Apr 2002
The generically named Hyundai Coupe was the replacement for the X2 Excel-based S Coupe. Now sitting on the larger and stronger Lantra chassis, the front-drive Coupe succeeded with its sound pricing and head-turning styling.
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Released: May 1991
Discontinued: Oct 2000
Hyundai was forced to drop the 'E' from its Elantra small car when Mitsubishi complained that it sounded too similar to its now-forgotten Elante Magna model. The subsequent Lantra is remembered for debuting Hyundai's first in-house designed engines.
read more about the Hyundai Lantra
Model: S Coupe
Released: Jul 1990
Discontinued: Mar 1996
Using the undernourished X2 Excel platform is no recipe for a sports car, and the resulting S Coupe's soft dynamics confirmed this, but the little Hyundai coupe did find an audience thanks to pleasant styling and low prices.
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Top^From 1980 to 1989
Released: Mar 1989
The oldest Hyundai brand in Australia, the Sonata has evolved from a cheap and nasty mid-sized sedan to an inexpensive and well-engineered alternative to the Toyota Camry.
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Released: Feb 1986
Discontinued: Jun 2000
The first South Korean car to be sold in Australia, the Giugiaro-styled Excel's clean and uncluttered lines hid a front-wheel drive small-car of little quality or dynamic aptitude.
read more about the Hyundai Excel