Written by a Guest Blogger
Competing with many better-established cars in the same class, the Hyundai i45 brings a formidable cocktail of looks and luxury to the mid-size sedan class. Challenging carmakers like Toyota, Ford, Mazda, and Subaru (to name a few) isn’t for the faint of heart, but in the i45 Hyundai has put a formidable package of features together for a very competitive price.
Let’s talk about looks. Undeniably, this sedan has a swept-back appearance with a high, coupe-like roof and smart curves that lend the car an elegant yet racy look. It punches above its weight in terms of looks for a mid-size, family sedan.
Hop inside. Add a passenger or two. Add the kids, the luggage, the kitchen sink! With excellent legroom and a 523-litre boot, there’s plenty of space in addition to the comfort and convenience afforded by the leather seats and integrated centre console (with CD, MP3, aux-in, and iPod and USB connectivity).
The Stunning Standard Features
Hyundai makes standard several things that are generally considered extras on other cars: keyless entry, push-button start, automatic door locks, dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and speed sensing, to name a few. The real intelligence, however, comes from the Smart Drive features related to the six-speed transmission (automatic is standard on Premium and Elite models, while Active has a manual option). The transmission, for manual or automatic, can overrule some downshifts and will skip a gear for the driver on an over revved upshift to protect the engine and maintain its integrity.
The Power Under the Hood
Under the hood, things get more interesting. A 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder in-line engine produces 148kW of power and 250Nm of torque to deliver fuel efficiency of 7.9 litres per 100km. All this plus a compact drivetrain and front-wheel drive make the i45 easy to steer and generous to drive, with a surprisingly tight turning radius.
What else can be said about the Hyundai i45? On the safety front it has six airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), stability and traction control, and has earned the maximum five-star ANCAP rating. The cherry on the top is the five-year warranty.
What are you waiting for? Try the Hyundai i45 on for size. It feels comfortably luxurious for its price.