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2020 Hyundai Kona - Driven

2020 Hyundai Kona - Driven

It really is the baby Hyundai that could - as long as you have the turbo engine

The Hyundai Kona is a strong competitor in the subcompact SUV market, and it’s made itself known in the two short years it’s been on the market. The Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V both claim their own fame as being top contenders, so we decided to see just how well the Kona can hold up now that it has actually established itself on the market. So, we decided to ask for a test car, and next thing we knew, the Kona was rolling up to Topspeed HQ with its gray paint finish and silver highlights. This is our experience and thoughts after spending a whole week with the Hyundai Kona.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rally Edition Review

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rally Edition Review

Tuner-car looks for Hyundai’s funky hatchback

There’s a secret recipe to creating a successful sporty compact coupe. It’s all about striking just the right balance, between attitude, style, practicality, performance and economy. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo aims to hit that perfect balance, while still remaining affordable enough for the average entry-level buyer.

Of course, the bar for "entry-level" has been moved up in recent years, thanks to dramatic improvements in quality and materials for price-leading cars. The Veloster has risen with the tide as well; it’s rolling with a high-efficiency, high-output engine, excellent interior materials and even high-fashion matte paint jobs, in certain models. The Veloster Turbo Rally Edition adds a level of exclusivity to the scheme, with a production run of 1200, improved handling and high-visibility styling. That’s not a bad deal for just over $20,000.

Affordable, sporty compacts that aren’t just hot-hatched versions of existing economy cars are surprisingly thin on the ground; the Veloster and Scion tC are just about the only ones in this price bracket. With so little competition, does the Veloster Turbo have to work that hard?

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Hyundai Plans To Add Subcompact Hybrid EVs in 2016

Hyundai Plans To Add Subcompact Hybrid EVs in 2016

Hyundai is on a mission to go green and is slated to release a number of hybrid, electric, and fuel-cell cars by the end of the decade. The next step in its quest is to release a new hybrid model in 2016. The new model is being developed under the name AE, and will be a subcompact, five-door hatchback. It will use a 1.6-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor to deliver improved fuel economy over its current models. Kia, the smaller affiliate of Hyundai, is slated to release the same platform under the name DE.

Following the launch of the Hyundai AE and Kia DE, the South Korean automakers expect to develop a plug-in hybrid line-up as well. The fist model will be the 2016 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid. It should go on sale sometime before the end of 2015, according to Hyundai’s U.S. website. The Sonata has come in hybrid form since the 2011 model year, but it has been the only hybrid model from Hyundai.

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2016 Hyundai i20 Active

2016 Hyundai i20 Active

Crossover-inspired hatchback

Having launched a redesigned 2015 Hyundai i20 in 2014, Hyundai needed less than a year to expand the nameplate’s lineup to no fewer than four models. After the 2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe, unveiled in late 2014, it introduced the i20 Active in India in March 2015 and the race-spec 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Korean firm also used the show to present the i20 Active to European enthusiasts as an alternative to the Volkswagen CrossPolo.

Basically a raised, more rugged-looking version of the subcompact hatchback, the i20 Active is aimed at customers with active lifestyles and drivers who need a small car that’s also useful on poor-quality roads outside the city. It’s also part of the Hyundai aggressive campaign to expand into as many niches as possible. “With the introduction of New i20 Active we further diversify our offering in the B-segment with an attractive crossover model,” said Thomas A. Schmid, COO at Hyundai Motor Europe. “In 2015 our entire crossover and SUV line-up has been renewed, as part of our youngest ever model range in Europe. And with the introduction of our 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, we further enhance our customer proposition in the European B-Segment.” As you might have already guessed, the i20 Active won’t be offered in North America. Keep reading to find out what you’re missing.

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Hyundai Develops Subcompact Crossover; Creta Not Coming To The U.S.

Hyundai Develops Subcompact Crossover; Creta Not Coming To The U.S.

Hyundai entered the subcompact crossover segment on October 10, 2014, when they released the Hyundai IX25 to the Chinese market. On July 21, 2015, the IX25 — rebadged as the Creta – hit the Indian market. Based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design, the Creta looks strikingly similar to the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, only it’s a little bit smaller all the way around. It would have competed with the 2015 Chevy Trax, 2016 Honda HR-V and 2015 Nissan Juke, except it never came to the U.S. market. You’ll have to cross international waters if you want to take a ride in this new subcompact.

When the Creta was offered to Hyundai Motor America, they turned it down because they wanted to wait for the right vehicle – one they hope will compete better with the subcompacts already available in the U.S. market. This could prove to be a strategically smart move for Hyundai Motor America, but so far the model has seen decent success in the Indian and Chinese markets. Hyundai received more than 10,000 pre-launch requests for it from the Indian market and China sold more than 70,000 between September of 2014 and June of 2015.

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Hyundai Releases Sketches Of Future Creta Global SUV

Hyundai Releases Sketches Of Future Creta Global SUV

Hyundai’s crossover lineup is pretty solid these days, with the Tucson, Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe, but it has a gaping hole when it comes to the exceedingly popular subcompact crossover segment. That will soon change, though, when the new Hyundai Creta launches, and Hyundai has released the first sketches of this small CUV.

Currently, the smallest crossover-like vehicle in Hyundai’s global lineup is Europe’s ix20, which is officially considered a mini MPV. The sketch shows a heavy dose of Hyundai’s latest Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language with a familiar shape to the grille and headlights. Like most recent Hyundai introductions, the cabin design of the Hyundai Creta will have a modern look with a premium feel.

Aside from the concept-like design that has big wheels and lacks door handles, it isn’t too hard to draw comparisons between the Creta and the ix25 Concept that Hyundai debuted last year at the Beijing Motor Show. Hyundai promises that the Creta will be a “global SUV,” but it has yet to say where the new model will be sold. Judging by how popular the subcompact crossover segment has gotten in the last year, it’s not hard to imagine this new model being added to the lineup here.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

In 2012, Hyundai officially entered the hot-hatch segment in the U.S. with the release of the Veloster. Unfortunately, its performance was lackluster to say the least, but the release of the Turbo model in 2014 made up for some of that. The Turbo got a lighter, cheaper, and more track-tuned sibling in the form of the Turbo R-Spec. For the 2016 model year, the entire Veloster lineup receives a light refresh, including the R-Spec model.

This refresh is by no means one that I would call comprehensive, but it does give the R-Spec a little more character. What the public is really craving from the Veloster lineup is a sub-seven-second model that can compete with the likes of the Fiesta ST and Volkswagen GTI. But you can keep on dreaming though, as the 2016 Veloster R-Spec continues on with all the same greasy bits.

That said, does the Hyundai hot-hatch have a place in the market?

Click past the jump to read my full review and find out.
Updated 02/13/2015: We’ve added a series of images taken during the R-Spec’s official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe

2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe

When Hyundai first showcased the heavily redesigned 2015 Hyundai i20 in August 2014, little did we know the hatchback was slated to receive to additional versions (not counting the 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC rally car). In only 12 months, Hyundai expanded the i20 lineup to include two new body styles — a perched, crossover-like model and a three-door. But while a three-door version is far from surprising given the first-gen car had one two, the new model is actually more of a coupe than a traditional three-door hatch. It’s probably why Hyundai launched it as a separate model and named it the i20 Coupe.

Although the i20 doesn’t benefit from the notoriety of its main European rivals, the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta, it’s quite astonishing that it has evolved into a full lineup of cars in only seven years on the market. Not to mention that it’s also the base of a race car with increasingly better results in the World Rally Championship.

The fact that the i20 Coupe was developed as a smaller proposition to the 2016 Hyundai Veloster rather than a three-door hatch is also surprising, but it seems Hyundai isn’t kidding when it comes to tackling more and more car niches. But is the i20 Coupe good enough to give the three-door Volkswagen Polo a run for its money? Come find out in my review below.

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