What is Hyundai planning for its future?

In one of the recent articles, we informed you that Hyundai was planning to launch a new, specific, battery-powered version vehicle called IONIQ. It seems that IONIQ Compact sedan is only a beginning of a huge plan that has been created and re-created by Hyundai.

What is the plan all about?

In 2018, Hyundai wants to launch its IONIQ Compact, but this time with a driving range of at least 200 miles per charge. This is not only a nice boost of performance but it also means a little more competition for IONIQ.

It seems that Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 will be the biggest competitors for Hyundai in 2018. Nissan has reportedly been working on its own electric vehicle but so far, no one really knows when will it go on sale.

Why do we say all of this?

With its IONIQ Compact model, Hyundai would like to enter the eco-vehicle market and establish itself as one of the leaders of the whole market.

This, is of course, a very smart move. Tesla has proven that electro mobiles do have a bright future and that the consumers are willing to buy them. Hyundai seems to be working step-by-step which is probably good news since the market (and the vehicles) are mostly a big unknown for some automakers.

Being in the eco-vehicle market also means a different type of competition. Toyota and BMW are also working on other electro mobiles and could easily be a big threat for Hyundai. A threat that could damage the company’s future plans.

So, how is Hyundai planning to create an impact on the market? Ahn Byung-Ki, the director of Hyunda’s eco-vehicle performance group made the company’s priorities clear. ”124 miles is not enough. We have a plan to extend that to more than 200 by 2018.”

It seems that the impact will be created by the new model, IONIQ Compact. At least, that’s what Hyundai is hoping for. And we are eager to see the results.

IONIQ Compact will be available in three models. All eco-vehicles. Namely – Hybrid version, Plug-in Hybrid and Battery Electric.

We definitely like the new efforts and the expansion of the model variety. What do you think? Will Hyundai be successful in its future plans and visions?

Hyundai Tucson – Why is it the best compact SUV on the market?

Do you know what was the year when Hyundai finally realized its Tucson model needed some serious redefining?

Not surprisingly, come 2014, Hyundai realized that its Tucson model. A mode the brand was so proud of, starts to fall back behind its competitors. Let’s say, Hyundai Tucson was feeling its age.

How exactly?

Compared to the new model, the old Tucson provided a worse ride quality, noise, cabin quality, handling and of course, fuel economy.

That is something that changed drastically.

The change in technology

After Hyundai realized that not only the numbers were falling, but also that the car lacks crucial technology (which was a standard back then), the car-maker decided to make a huge change. A change that would make Hyundai Tucson a premium car in its class.

While Tucson 2014 didn’t have any breathtaking technology, since 2015, Tucson has driver assists, automatic braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot detection with lane change assist and also rear cross traffic alert. And there’s more!

It’s safe to say that Hyundai really focused on getting the best out of its technology. Of course, we would be blind if we didn’t compliment the new design (2015+) but its the technology that really sells Hyundai. The price-value relationship is simply reasonable.

Where did the noise and poor quality go?

The first thing you realize when you sit down in the new Tucson is that all of the materials really climbed the ladder of quality. Especially the higher trim lines deserved it.

Thanks to the change in materials, a quit ride, even during highway speeds, is a standard. Those of you that had pre-2014 Tucson know what we are writing about.

Handling also took a long jump from bad to really good. The car is crisp and sporty while it maintains a high level of comfort.

What does it make so good?

We know. You expected an article full of numbers and clever, technical words. Hyundai Tucson is all about that. No doubt about it.

But the leap of faith that was done by Hyundai is great. And Hyundai did one thing better than anyone.

Thanks to listening to its customers and to the market, Hyundai has successfully created a car that has everything what a regular person needs, while keeping the person’s wallet together.

What car accessories come in really handy?

There are a couple of things that can be extremely useful in your car. Some accessories can make your car look more spacious. Some might make it more comfortable and some, well, aren’t useful at all.

Let’s have a look at some top picks that should definitely be in your Tucson model!

Hyundai Tucson All Weather Mats

Seriously, these are must have! All weather mats not only keep your car clean. They…keep…it…clean!

If you love your car, you also enjoy the precious moments when there is no dirt in or outside of it. And all weather mats can definitely do their job. Especially in winter months. And here we are in December. I hope you either buy these for your Hyundai or you get them as a present.

What car accessories come in really handy?
Source: hyundaishop.com

Hyundai Tucson Cross Rails

If you are an adventurer or have a family, you know how these thingies can be useful. Although Tucson is a very spacious car, when you are going into the mountains and you are taking skis and snowboards, you will beg for these (literally).

Not only do cross rails make the cars more useful but in some colour combinations, they can make some cars look even more stylish.

What car accessories come in really handy?
Source: automotiverhytms.com

Hyundai Tucson Door Sill Plates

Keeping it safe and sound. That’s the main mission of any door sill plates. Doors of a car are opened dozens of time per day and throughout the years and seasons, some serious damaged can be done.

But with the sill places, you can be really calm when you are thinking where to put your feet when you are getting in the car.

What car accessories come in really handy?
Source: hyundaishop.com

Hyundai Tucson Auto Dimming Mirror

Everyone should have an auto dimming mirror. Not only a sun can be an enemy on the road. But in the right angle and with the right strength, any type of bright light, especially lights from the car behind you, can literally make you blind when looking back.

Don’t underestimate this dangerous thing and if you have the chance, invest in a good auto dimming mirror.

What are the numbers for Hyundai in Europe?
Source: handaaccessories.com

What are the numbers for Hyundai in Europe?

Historically the best six months for Hyundai. Yes, that’s it.

No, wait. We need more numbers right?

Hyundai has really been having a great year. Compared to the previous year, the car-maker has grown in each and every sector. In several sectors, you could say it grew exponentially. In others, not so much but the numbers are still green.

So let’s have a look at the facts. How is Hyundai doing in Europe?

Numbers don’t lie!

In July, Hyundai’s sales grew over 10% when compared to the previous year. But it doesn’t end there. Nowhere near!

Although the sales have grown (and are still growing) Europe seems to be a great place for Hyundai. Why? Mainly because the whole automobile industry has also grown. To be concrete, the growth is 9,1% and just like Hyundai’s sales, this trend still continues.

According to ACEA, which is an Association of Car Manufacturers, more than 261 586 people have bought NEW Hyundai cars. That means a quarter of a million people that never had a Hyundai. And now, they have one.

Just as in 2015, June was a strong month. The growth this year scaled up to 12,7% in comparison with 2015 which is unlike anything Hyundai has ever seen in Europe. It seems that the changes Hyundai has made to its cars had (and are having) a very positive impact on the consumers.

Change brought growth

It’s fair enough to say that thanks to Hyundai changing more than 80% of its models, it can now generate more sales. Hyundai has the youngest model program among other car manufacturers in Europe.

These changes are probably able to attract different audiences and the attractiveness of the new models seems to pay off.

The rest of 2016

Remaining months of 2016 will be also very interesting. Mostly because of the new model called Hyundai IONIQ, which is going to be a very special vehicle. It’s going to have 3 different types of electric systems that can, with its new concept, attract a completely new target audience.

Hyundai is definitely having a great year. Have you also bought your first Hyundai recently?

Are you satisfied with your decision?

What performance to expect from Tucson engines?

We all know that Tucson is not a sportscar. It’s not going to rip off the asphalt of your nearest highway. But on the other hand, not-so-much-demanding-people will probably find what they are looking for. Even if they are looking for a wilder car.

But if you are a family person then you still don’t have to be worried. There is something for you also.

Let’s have a look at the numbers!

Firstly, take a look at these table and see the specs.

What performance to expect from Tucson engines?
Source: hyundai.com.au

As you can see, Tucson offers a nice variety of engines. From the ”slower ones” to the R-Series AWD that can bring a good amount of satisfaction even to a more daring driver.

Okay, now we know what engines we can get. We know that Tucson can be a family car but it can also transform into a highway beast.

But there’ a cath! Isn’t there always? And in this case. It might be the fuel consumption. Let’s have a quick look.

What performance to expect from Tucson engines?
Source: hyundai.com.au

After a quick look at the numbers, you will understand that it’s really not so bad. With the more sophisticated and less aggresive versions, it’s A-OK. But also, the R-Series AWD comes in with a more-than-okay fuel consumption.

That means, you can still have fun and push the pedal without seeing your the inside of your wallet floating away.

Gas money can be tricky. Of course, if you are a pure sportscar fan, you probably won’t stumble upon Hyundai Tucson. But if you set your requirements to middle-standard, we think you should be satisfied with any engines Tucson comes with.

Maintanance of Hyundai Tucson

Thankfully, most of the drivers do realize how important it is to take care of your car. Well, as far as care goes, your car will thank you for it once it is on the round. And what’s better than knowing that your vehicle won’t let you down and get you safely where you need to?

When to service your Tucson?

If you don’t have a special warranty or service bought right from Hyundai, there are several service checks your Tucson has to undergo.

The first service is after 12.000km or 6 months. During the service, these are the items that will be checked:

  • Rotating tires
  • Inspect air cleaner filter
  • Inspect vacuum hose
  • Replace engine oil and filter (7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 12 months)
  • Add fuel additive *1 (7,500 miles (12,000 km) or 12 months)

Another service will be after 24.000km or 12 months. Basically, there is a service after each 12.000km or 6 months. Notice, that the only thing that changes is the number of items that are checked. In this case, the list goes something like this:

  • Rotating tires
  • Inspect air cleaner filter
  • Inspect vacuum hose
  • Inspect air conditioning refrigerant
  • Inspect brake hoses and lines
  • Inspect drive shafts and boots
  • Inspect exhaust pipe and muffler
  • Inspect front brake disc/pads, calipers
  • Inspect propeller shaft (AWD)
  • Inspect rear brake disc/pads
  • Inspect steering gear box, linkage & boots/lower arm ball joint, upper arm ball joint
  • Inspect suspension mounting bolts
  • Replace climate control air filter (for evaporator and blower unit)
  • Replace engine oil and filter (15,000 miles (24,000 km) or 24 months)
  • Add fuel additive *1 (15,000 miles (24,000 km) or 24 months)

The list goes shorter and longer as the time passses by. Just out of curiosity, let’s have a look what will the employees in the service centre check after 240.000km or 120 months.

This is the list:

  • Rotating tires
  • Inspect vacuum hose
  • Inspect air conditioning refrigerant
  • Inspect brake hoses and lines
  • Inspect drive shafts and boots
  • Inspect exhaust pipe and muffler
  • Inspect front brake disc/pads, calipers
  • Inspect propeller shaft (AWD)
  • Inspect rear brake disc/pads
  • Inspect steering gear box, linkage & boots/lower arm ball joint, upper arm ball joint
  • Inspect suspension mounting bolts
  • Inspect brake fluid
  • Inspect fuel filter *2
  • Inspect fuel lines, fuel hoses and connections
  • Inspect fuel tank air filter *2
  • Inspect parking brake
  • Inspect vapor hose and fuel filler cap, fuel tank
  • Inspect rear axle oil (AWD) *3
  • Inspect transfer case oil (AWD) *3
  • Inspect drive belts (First, 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 72 months after every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or 24 months) *5
  • Replace climate control air filter (for evaporator and blower unit)
  • Replace air cleaner filter
  • Replace engine oil and filter (150,000 miles (240,000 km) or 240 months)
  • Replace coolant (First, 120,000 miles (192,000 km) or 120 months after every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 24 months)
  • Add fuel additive *1 (150,000 miles (240,000 km) or 240 months)

Wooh! The list is really long. But what does it say about the service? Well, it seems to me that Hyundai is really paying attention to maintaining your car’s sustainability and the safety of passangers.

What about Oil?

We chose to give space to different oils used in Tucson models. This is a very common questions and it looks like no one can answer it correctly.

Let’s have a look.

Hyundai 2.0 – Helix Diesel Ultra AB-L 5W-30 Capacity – 5.9L – 8,6L

Tucson 2.0i – Helix HX7 10W-40  Capacity – 4.1L

Tucson 2.7 – Helix Ultra 5W-30 Capacity – 4.5L

It’s absolutely obvious, that these are all premium oils. Usually, they should be changed after 12 months or 150.000km, at least that’s what most of the Internet says.

After all, it’s only up to you to take care of your Tucson. The better job you do, the better driving experience will you get.

Do you take care of your Tucson regularly?

Hyundai Tucson is officially one of the best cars for families!

If you read our previous articles, then you know that Tucson is an ideal car for families. It can satisfy even the highest requirements and still keep your family safe and comfortable.

As for ourselves, we have always known that Tucson is a great car for family people. But as of a couple of weeks ago, it’s official.

Are you a family person?

Parens Magazine has been teaming up with Edmunds.com for nine years in a row to find out the best family cars. There are couple of factors according to which the experts choose: safety, comfort and capacity, fuel efficiency, kid-friendly features, price and value, realiability or interior and exterior workmanship. Of course, there is more to it. Overall, all of the requirements a car must have to be chosen, are very hard to meet.

What does Hyundai think about family cars?

You could say that this was Hyundai’s overall intention. To build a family car was one of the main goals. Just as vice president for corporate and product planning Mike O’Brien said: “We understand parents look for vehicles that provide the top safety for their families and we took that seriously with the redesigned Tucson.”

The recognition from both of the magazines are seen by Hyundai as a motivation to work even better to satisfy more families in the future. Currently, Hyundai is working on better safety, quality and design features which are exactly what set Hyundai apart from its competitors.

Why did Hyundai won?

If you ask this question also, let me give you a quick answer.

Hyundai Tucson 2016 comes with advanced safety features such as Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Aler, Lang Change Assist and we are far from the end of the list.

What’s more, 2016 Tucson also earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2016 Top Safety Pick.

That sounds just like an ideal car for your family!

Hyundai expands its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto services!

Hyundai is obviously sticking to its big promises towards technological innovation in its cars! Speaking about innovation. Hyundai is, as of recently, adding more smartphone integrations to more existing models. The new integrations can be seen across the newest model lineup. The best thing? It’s do-it-yourself and it’s free!

Compatible Systems

Year Model Eligible Multimedia System(s)
2016 Sonata Hybrid Navigation
Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
2015 Azera

Source: hyundainews.com

Newest models such as 2017 Santa Fe and its Sport variant are being built with full integration of CarPlay and Android Auto. If you are wondering: ”What about other models?” You don’t have to worry. Other models with Display Audio or Navigation system will include both integration solution from launch.

Hyundai seems to be very pleased that the company was able to extend the availability of this feature since it can surely drag more attention to it cars. What’s more, Hyundai is delivering the update through MyHyundai.com website which surely drags more and more attention to Hyundai vehicles.

To upgrade the software, you only need your VIN number and the SD card from the Navigation system. That’s all! Enjoy your favourite music in your Hyundai.

Let’s see how efficient is Tucson with its gas consumption

A couple of years ago, Hyundai started to pay a lot of attention to the attribute of efficiency in its models. Tucson has especially managed to maintain very high efficiency standards. Today, we are going to have a look at several Tucson engines and analyze their gas consumption.

Three petrol engines, one diesel

That’s corrent, Tucson comes in with three petrol engines and one diesel engine. We’re going to start of with 2.0 MPi which arrived in 2015. This engine mathces with Elite models and is paired to 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine has a fuel consumption of around 7.6L/100km with manual transmission. The consumption gets a little bit higher with the automatic transmission.

Next, we have 2.0 GDi producing 121kW/203Nm. This beauty is availabe in ActiveX, 2WD. As usual, you can get it with 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption with this one is at 7.8L/100km with manual transmission and 7.9L/100km with automatic.

The differences between the transmissions are really small although the price of the car is the main differentiator when it comes to buying Tucson.

Let's see how efficient is Tucson with its gas consumption
Source: carshowroom.com

The upcoming engines are produced in the Czech Republic. The first is 1.6T GDi which produces 130kw/265Nm. This one comes with AWD Elite and Highlander variants. The engine is matched with 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission. Surprisingly, it maintains a very good consumption of 7.7L/100km.

And finally, we have the 2.0 R-Series CRDi which produces 136KW/400Nm. If you buy AWD Elite or Highlander models you get it with this exact engine matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The fuel consumption in this case is dependent on the wheel size. Normally it should be around 6.4L/100km with 17-inch wheels and 6.8L/100km (19-inch wheels).

All the way around, we could say that Hyundai Tucson does a very good job being efficient and friendly to your wallet. Normal driver finds everything in Tucson plus it is all wrapped in a way that won’t damage your budget.

When to choose Hyundai Tucson?

While we know that Hyundai Tucson 2015+ is a great car for a family, can it satisfy also a different type of driver? Hyundai has really put emphasis on its Tucson model and is doing a great job providing people with the ideal car for them.

Let’s have a look at different Tucson models and see to which driver they fit the best.

Hyundai Tucson S – Driver who wants to save money

Tucson S model might not be the most luxurious alternative when you are picking a Tucson. But on the other hand, some people just need a safe vehicle to get them from one point to another. And that’s exactly when Tucson S comes in as the ideal solution. In other words, it’s a great compromise if you need to save some hard-earned cash!

While the exterior of Tucson S has several touches which are similiar to more luxurious models, once you step inside you understand that it’s only a standar model. Speaking of technology, it also falls down to one of those things that are not surprisingly good but still, Tucson S can maintain a high standard for people who are not so demanding.

Hyundai Tucson SE Nav – Driver with a budget

Some people reffer to Tucson SE Nav as ”the smart choice”. Why? Because Hyundai has done a tremendous job with SE Nav, especially in providing top level upgrades to the model without putting a high price tag on it. It’s an ideal relationship between performance and price. Simply put, you get a premium look and you still maintain your budget.

The exterior comes in with richer style than Tucson S. It has larger wheels, comes with roof rails and of course LED rear lights.

The inside is also much vivid than Tucson S. You get cloth-trimmed seats with heating, air conditioning system with dual-zone climate. Also, the SE Nav comes with an integrated satellite navigation system which is quite surprising for its lower specification.

Considering what you get an what you pay, SE Nav is a good decision.

Hyundai Tucson Premium SE – Driver who enjoys technology

If you are lucky enough to not to be limited with a budget, you can drive a premium top-spec Premium SE model. It comes with everything you wished from a family cross-over.

Outside, you get 19-inch alloy wheels, lashings of chrome effect (very nice) such as the ones on door handles.

From the inside, you can see that there is no cloth trim but instead, a good quality leather with seats fitted with electric adjustment. Premium SE also has a heated steering wheel covered in leather and rear passangers have heated seats also.

As for the technology. Premium SE has automatic dimming rear view mirror, rain sensors, automating windscreen wipers and LED headlights. It’s an absolute technical top-notch in Tucson category. If this is not enough, you also get autonomous safety features, smart park assist and autonomous emergency braking. How cool is that?

Of course, you need to pay a little more for this top-spec car.

We hope that we’ve covered all your expectations with this article. If you are looking for the right Tucson Model, make sure to read it twice!