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Hyundai Motor Company is a South Korean automaker. Founded in 1967, Hyundai, its wholely-owned subsidiary Genesis Motor, and its 32.8%-owned subsidiary Kia Motors comprise the Hyundai Motor Group.
While Hyundai used to be compete primarily on affordability, in recent years its models have gone up-market in terms of design, technology, and comfort, while retaining the edge on price.

History

The company's first car, the Cortina, was released in cooperation with Ford in 1968. In the 1970s, Hyundai hired the former MD of Austin Morris at British Leyland and top British car engineers. This led to the first South Korean car, the Pony. Hyundai also started exporting its vehicles.
In the 1980s, Hyundai began selling cars in the British and North American markets. In 1991, Hundai developed its first proprietary gasoline entry, the four-cylinder Alpha, and its own transmission.
Since the end of the 1990s, Hyundai began to overhaul its image and invested heavily in the quality, design, manufacturing, and long-term research of its vehicles.

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4.5Very Good1 reviews
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“Can't be the Koreans on reliability and price”
—holy.water on 30 Jun 2020

Products

Thumbnail of product Hyundai Santa Cruz Compact Pickup (2022)

Hyundai Santa Cruz Compact Pickup (2022)

Hyundai Santa Cruz is a new "Sport Adventure Vehicle" that combines a crossover with the utility of a pickup truck. It is based on the Hyundai Tucson and therefore uses a unibody construction.Powering the Santa Cruz is a choice of two 2.5L direct-injec...
NEX score 50%
Thumbnail of product Hyundai KONA N Subcompact Crossover (2021)

Hyundai KONA N Subcompact Crossover (2021)

Hyundai KONA N is the first crossover to join the Hyundai N family. Brining the marque's high-performance tech to the "hot SUV" concept, the KONA N comes with a range of tricks under its sleeves for an otherwise practical, family vehicle.The KONA N use...
NEX score 66%
Thumbnail of product Hyundai IONIQ 5 Compact Electric Crossover

Hyundai IONIQ 5 Compact Electric Crossover

Hyundai IONIQ 5 is a sleek electric crossover that is the first model in Hyundai's new IONIQ sub-brand. Thanks to its new pure-electric Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the IONIQ 5 delivers interior space unexpected for a vehicle of its si...
NEX score 76%
Thumbnail of product Hyundai Tucson Crossover (4th-gen, NX4)

Hyundai Tucson Crossover (4th-gen, NX4)

The 4th-generation Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover that comes in two wheelbases. It offers a variety of hybrid options and comes with up-to-date technologies and creature comforts.Available with either 1.6L or 2.5L power plants, the new Tucson ca...
NEX score 74%
Thumbnail of product Hyundai Palisade Crossover (OL)

Hyundai Palisade Crossover (OL)

The Hyundai Palisade is a mid-size crossover that sits atop Hyundai's global lineup. It seats up to eight with power third-row seats and one-touch second-row folding. Naturally, the most advanced of technologies from Hyundai have found their ways i...
NEX score 76%
Thumbnail of product Hyundai i30, i30 N Fastback Sedan (aka Elantra GT, 3th-gen, PD, 2020 Facelift)

Hyundai i30, i30 N Fastback Sedan (aka Elantra GT, 3th-gen, PD, 2020 Facelift)

The facelifted 3rd-generation Hyundai i30 features a new sleek design and is available with a 48-volt mild hybrid system.On the outside, the updated i30 enjoys a wider, more modern stance with accentuated 3D pattern. New, slimmer headlights complete th...
NEX score 60%

Articles

Thumbnail for article Hyundai KONA N Review Rundown

Hyundai KONA N Review Rundown

The new Hyundai Kona N is the first crossover that Hyundai has made for the European market. In its Eco and Normal drive modes it's little different to drive than the regular Kona.
20 Aug 2021
Thumbnail for article Hyundai IONIQ 5 Review Rundown

Hyundai IONIQ 5 Review Rundown

The all new Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the first car that will showcase the Korean brand's second generation EV tech. At 4,635mm long and 1,890mm wide, the car is longer and wider than Hyundai's Tucson mid-size SUV. The seats are squishy yet supportive, while ...
06 Jul 2021
Thumbnail for article Hyundai Tucson (4th, NX4) Review Rundown

Hyundai Tucson (4th, NX4) Review Rundown

The 4th-generation Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover that comes in two wheelbases. It sits between the compact Kona and full-sized Santa Fe in Hyundai's range. Most variants are two-wheel drive, and there are basic petrol and diesel powertrains, lo...
21 Mar 2021
Thumbnail for article Hyundai Palisade Review Rundown

Hyundai Palisade Review Rundown

In full-boat Limited trim, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is luxurious enough to turn Hyundai's Genesis dealers green with envy. Power comes exclusively from a 3.8-liter naturally aspirated V6 paired to an eight-speed automatic. It's no heavy-duty rig, but ...
21 Mar 2021

Reviews

holy.water · 30 Jun 2020
4.5
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Can't be the Koreans on reliability and price
I was driving an old Elantra for years. Sorry to say it, but it wasn't well maintained. That thing just kept going without any mechanical problem. The Japanese used to be the leader in reliability and price. I feel like the Koreans have taken over.
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