Hyundai Kona

Static shot of Hyundai Kona parked alongside terraces with a glass-fronted building the background.

Just at the point where you might have thought the choice of compact SUVs had become more than wide enough to be getting on with, Hyundai has complicated matters further by introducing the Kona. Like its rivals, it’s what is known in the business as a B-SUV, which is to say a B-segment car (or supermini as you or I would call it) that’s tall enough to provide the high seating position so many customers crave, and to allow a certain amount of off-roading. Uniquely in the class, at least…

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Hyundai i30 1.0 T-GDI SE Nav

Red Hyundai i30 emerging from a narrow side street between whitewashed buildings.

The Hyundai i30 is not the car that would immediately spring to most people’s minds in a discussion about medium-sized family hatchbacks because the Ford Focus is. During my time with the 1.0 T-GDI SE Nav, however, it occurred to me that the i30 could be thought of (wrongly, I admit, but bear with me here) as the fundamental car in its class, the one that other manufacturers take as a starting point before adding their own ideas. It even looks like it. Yes, there’s that fancy grille, and those…

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Hyundai Ioniq

Blue Hyundai Ioniq Electric near a glass-fronted building.

Hyundai can hardly be faulted for its efforts to provide high-economy, low-CO2 products for its customers. It has already become the first manufacturer to put a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (a derivative of the ix35 SUV) on general sale, and by 2020 it intends to have nearly thirty alternative-fuel models available to the public. The latest to reach production is the Ioniq, which you’ll be able to buy in the UK from later this month. Not including various trim levels, the Ioniq comes in three basic forms. A plug-in hybrid…

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Hyundai i20 Active 1.0 T-GDI 100PS

Front static shot of red Hyundai i20 Active.

Introduced in the early months of 2016, the i20 Active brought the number of body styles in Hyundai’s supermini range to four, if you count the ix20 MPV derivative along with the more conventional hatchback and Coupe. This one is a sort of SUV, though Hyundai wisely prefers to use the term “crossover”. It has front- rather then four-wheel drive, so it won’t get as far up, say, Ben Nevis as a more serious SUV, but its greater ride height and extra body protection compared with other cars in the…

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