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2012 Hyundai Veloster 015


I was wondering how it would be testing the 2012 Hyundai Veloster with having to squeeze two children and their car seats, one rear facing, into the back seat. Being a coupe I was expecting the usual useless back seat where for any human to be seated they would have to be legless, and by legless I don’t mean out on a bender in town legless. I needn’t have worried, for the Veloster has ample room in the rear and easily accommodated the little rug rats and their seating requirements as easily as most larger family transportation devises, headroom could be an issue though for taller bipeds. Then there is the boot space. Once I had the seats in and saw how well they fitted I assumed all this space would have to be created at a loss to luggage capacity in the hatch area, incorrect. We managed to fit in our largest pushchair for our youngest ankle biter with room still for a couple of shopping bags and other bits and bobs.



After a week driving the Hyundai i40 wagon it was easy to see why it has been winning awards around the world knocking other rep-mobile station wagons off the top of their class lists. Cars that were once the best are now second best to this stunning offering from Korea. And what has the i40 knocked off the perch in the UK for the best wagon, or estate as they call it? The Skoda Octavia Estate, Volvo V50 and amazingly one the most popular cars for years for fleet buyers, the Ford Mondeo Wagon.


Honey, I Shrunk The i45.

Posted: September 11, 2011 in All, Hyundai, New Car Reviews

Hyundai’s Elantra was introduced in 1990, initially called the Lantra in this part of the world due to the confusion caused with the Australian built Mitsubishi Magna Elante. The second generation Lantra was launched locally in the mid 1990’s with a 1.6, 1.8 and later a 2.0 litre engine that proved to be a very popular car with fleet suppliers due to its reasonable price, cheap maintenance costs and reliability. Good examples of the Lantra can be bought at very affordable prices although they don’t quite tickle everyone’s fancy. I have been known to laugh at them myself and wonder how someone could bring themselves to buy one. In reality they aren’t all that bad.

The '90's Lantra. Not everyones cup of tea.


One For The Lifestyler

Posted: April 19, 2011 in All, Hyundai, New Car Reviews

Waiting at the Hyundai head office for the ix35 to be made ready for my week of testing I couldn’t help thinking ‘I’m going to look like an iPod carrying, iPhone yapping, iPad tapping Ponsonby ponce driving around in a four by four that will, no doubt, only go as far off road as driving over a curb, accidentally. 90% of these ‘off road’ vehicles sold will only ever see tarmac and the only gravel they might see will be one of the numerous, unnecessary, patches of road the NZTA sees fit to repair during rush hour.


Proof Of Evolution

Posted: February 15, 2011 in All, Hyundai, New Car Reviews

It all started in 1985 when Hyundai released the Sonata. It was a revamped version of the Stellar that actually wasn’t all that stellar. The Sonata was certainly nothing to write home about either, also pretty much every Sonata after that. Not to mention other models in the Hyundai range: Pony, Excel, Accent, Elantra and so on. Not that they were ever unreliable in fact they appear to be very reliable indeed hence you still see many of them on our roads daily, unexcitingly meandering along taking their occupants from point A to point B. These ‘80’s and ‘90’s Hyundai’s were bland, boring and very unsafe should their occupants be unfortunate enough to have an altercation with one of the many drivers on our roads that can’t, um, drive.