Hyundai Promises More N Performance Models, And I’m Not Sure It’s a Good Thing
Let’s face it, Performance vehicles as we know them like the BMW M4, Hyundai Veloster, – and by that, I mean cars with raw internal combustion power – aren’t exactly staring down the barrel of a bright future. By 2030 or 2040 at the latest, there’s a good chance that you’ll only be able to buy electric vehicles and, while they can offer some great performance as we’ve learned from cars like the Porsche Taycan, the basis behind performance vehicles is changing. That’s probably why automakers are offering so many performance vehicles that, well, probably shouldn’t even exist.
The Hyundai Kona N, as cool as it is, is one such model. The world doesn’t need a high-performance Kona, but here we are with one. Other automakers are doing the same thing, and it’s only because we’re willing to snatch them up as quickly as they can produce them simply based on the fact that this is probably our last chance. And that’s probably a big reason as to why Hyundai has just promised a whole bunch of N Performance models….
The 2022 Hyundai Kona N IS Basically A Bigger Veloster N
The “hot SUV” market might be slowly but continually growing with more and more manufactuers starting to offer performance SUVs, but most of them fall outside the affordable category. The Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, for example, starts at $54,500 while something larger like the BMW X6 M commands six-figures. And, that’s where the Hyundai Kona N comes into play – you can have decent performance, sporty styling, and a price tag that probably won’t go much higher than the $35,000 mark. So what does the Kona N bring to the table?
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz was one of the most anticipated vehicles from Hyundai for the better part of the last decade. The company unveiled it as a concept back in 2015 at the Detroit Motor Show and there were a lot of eyes on it since it was the automaker’s first pickup truck. Fast forward to 2021, the Santa Cruz is finally unveiled and the automaker has taken a different approach to it. Hyundai is referring to the Santa Cruz as a Sport Adventure Vehicle and not a pickup truck. We don’t know what the reason for this is, but the Korean automaker is coming across as a little defensive here and not as a niche-maker.
That said, the truck, err., SAV, does look pretty fancy and seems to be quite rugged and tough. The truck will be available from the summer of 2021. Also, doesn’t BMW also call the X7 an SAV? The ‘A’ there stands for ‘Activity’, I believe.
No, The Hyundai Veloster Isn’t Dying Just Yet
2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line - Driven
Outside of the likes of BMW, Mercedes, and a few others, the concept of sporty and quick sedans is slowly dying off as people look to either bigger, similarly quick, vehicles or smaller two-door sports cars. Then you’ve got brands like Hyundai that seems to either not care or wants to keep the thrill of driving alive, and this is where the Hyundai Sonata N-Line comes in. It’s based on your typical midsized family sedan but is injected with enough sporty DNA that it stands out both visually and in terms of performance. Of course, we’re not talking Porsche Panamera or Dodge Challenger levels of performance, but affordable performance – something that, arguably, gives you a bigger bang for your buck. Here’s what you need to know about the Sonata N-Line and why you should consider it for your next daily driver.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup - Everything You Need to Know
Great Alternatives to the Volkswagen Golf GTI
The Volkswagen Golf GTI is considered the forefather of the hot hatch segment. The first Golf GTI was introduced in June 1976 and has been going strong ever since. Nowadays, the Golf GTI is in its eighth generation and is still one of the best all-around performers in the segment. It’s also sold both in Europe and North America, which is not something that can be said for all the cars on the list. With that being said, the modern hot hatch scene is as dynamic as ever and many new contenders for the best hot hatch title. Here are some of the best alternatives that aim to de-throne the GTI.
The HCD-1 Should Have Been Hyundai’s First American Car
108,549 cars. That’s how many Hyundai was able to sell Stateside in the year 1992 when it was offering just three cars for sale with the Elantra being the new kid on the block. Something was needed to boost sales and fix the company’s dimming public image. That something was a swooping speedster named HCD-1 that stole the headlines at the Detroit Auto Show. It was the breath of fresh air that the Korean maker dearly needed.
2021 Hyundai Bayon
If it is not broke, do not fix it. The world’s appetite for crossovers and SUVs is still going strong and as long as people will buy these high-riding people carriers, carmakers will do everything in their power to milk the trend.
Hyundai is one of those carmakers and the milking will now be done via its new Europe-headed crossover, the Bayon. This is everything you need to know about the car that is supposed to poach customers from the likes of Ford Puma and Nissan Juke.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
The current-gen Santa Fe is just a couple of years old, but Hyundai has made significant changes to the 2021 model. It comes with a bold new design on the outside including new wheel designs, refreshed interior with a bigger touchscreen system on the inside, and three new engine options, including a hybrid powertrain that replace the set of four-pot mills from the 2020 model. A suite of driver-assistance features is now offered as standard. To top it all off, the 2021 Santa Fe comes with a new top-trim, too. Did the Santa Fe become the forerunner for the top spot in the mid-size SUV category?
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai has had the Ioniq moniker in its arsenal for quite some time. In fact, it has jumped shipped within the portfolio many times. It was first launched as a hybrid car, then as an electric one, and finally as a plug-in hybrid. Last year, however, it received a promotion and became the South Korean automaker’s electric sub-brand. Hyundai plans to have 23 EVs by 2025 and the journey commences with the Ioniq 5.
The Ioniq 5 comes with futuristic looks, a couple of battery pack options, and an insanely spacious cabin that makes it one of the best crossover utility EVs in the market today. Will it set the tone for Ioniq’s bright electric future?
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
Hyundai has a fairly long lineup of sedans and SUVs. With that covered, the company now plans to enter the pickup truck market, too. Back in 2015, Hyundai revealed the Santa Cruz truck concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Not a lot is known about the production model yet, but it will be based on the new Tucson SUV and will have a unibody construction. The truck has been spotted a few times over the years during its test runs, but we’re yet to see it without camouflage. The production is set to begin this year, and Hyundai could debut it sometime next year with deliveries starting soon after.
What is the Cheapest Hyundai?
The cheapest Hyundai in the U.S. is the 2019 Accent compact sedan, which starts at $13,995. In Europe, however, where people have an acquired taste for small hatchbacks, Hyundai’s cheapest model on offer is the i10, which in Germany wears a starting sticker of €9,990
What is the Sportiest Hyundai?
The sportiest Hyundai is the 2019 Veloster N,a car that benefit from the brand’s motorsport know-how. The 2019 Veloster is available in two guises - Standard Package ($26,900) and Performance Package ($29,000). Standard Package uses a four-cylinder turbo engine with 250 horsepower on top, while Performance sees the same engine tuned to produce 275 horsepower. The Veloster N is available with a manual gearbox with rev-matching tech and a limited-slip differential with electronic control as well as torque vectoring for the front axle and Michelin Pilot super sport tires.
What is the Most Popular Hyundai?
The most popular Hyundai is - no surprises here - the Santa Fe SUV. In the U.S alone, Hyundai pushed 117,038 units of the Santa Fe in 2018, after in 2017 the company managed to sell 133,171 units. June 2019 was a particularly prolific month for the Santa Fe, with 13,807 vehicles delivered in the U.S. In Europe, the Hyundai sold just 8,591 Santa Fe units in 2018, after delivering 11,728 units in 2017.
What is the Most Expensive Hyundai?
The most expensive Hyundai is the 2019 Nexo Fuel Cell. It starts at $58,300 in Blue trim and is marketed as the world’s first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV. The Nexo Fuel Cell sports an EPA-estimated range of 380 miles. However, if you’re the more demanding type, you can opt for the Limited trim, but that will leave you without at least $61,800.
What is the Fastest Hyundai?
The fastest Hyundai is the Veloster N. In its most potent version (275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque), the Veloster N can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 mph, according to MotorTrend, although Hyundai’s specs say top speed is 150 mph.
Are Hyundai Cars Reliable?
Hyundai’s cars are very reliable. In fact, a study carried out by U.S. News revealed that Hyundais are even more reliable than Hondas after bagging 3.5 out of five predicted reliability points (Honda managed to get three points out of five). In addition, Hyundai has made a name for itself by offering generous warranty packages, including a five-year/60,000-mile basic scheme that can be further extended to 10 years and 100,000 miles powertrain warty across the board. Moreover, the Ioniq comes with a lifetime warranty scheme for the battery packs. Moreover, back in 2015, CNN named Hyundai the ninth most reliable car brand. On the other hand, in 2017, The Telegraph’s survey for car reliability placed Hyundai on the 18th place. ReliabilityIndex places Hyundai on the 16th spot, with a score of 100, just a tad above the industry’s average.