Hyundai was founded in 1967 and owned by a South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Company. The cars they produce are getting more recognition and awards as years pass by, because of the reliability, fuel efficiency, and affordable price they offer. In this article, we will talk about the Top 10 Most Popular Hyundai Models in BE FORWARD.
Santa Fe (SUV)
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a five-door compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufactured by Hyundai and introduced from 2000 up to the present. It is currently in its fourth generation with a front-engine, front-wheel-drive / four-wheel-drive layout.
In its first generation, it is equipped with a standard engine 2.4L Sirius inline-4 delivering power of 142 PS / 5500rpm, and torque of 20.3kgm / 4000rpm paired either with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. The 2.7L Delta V6 with the power of 169 PS / 6000rpm, and torque of 25.0kgm / 4000rpm, available only in automatic transmission. The second generation was released in 2005 – 2012 fitted with petrol engines: a 2.7L Mu V6 mated to a manual transmission and a 3.3L Lambda V6 paired with a five-speed automatic.
It also offers some notable safety features including dual front airbags with active head restraints, side-curtain airbags for all seating rows, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), front seatbelt pretensioners, and an anti-lock braking system. The third generation was launched in 2012 – 2018 with five petrol engines: 2.0L Theta II T-GDi inline-4, 2.4L Theta II MPi inline-4, 2.4L Theta II GDi inline-4, 3.3L Lambda II MPi V6, 3.3L Lambda II GDi V6; and two diesel engines: 2.0L R II CRDi inline-4, 2.2L R II CRDi inline-4 paired with six-speed automatic.
The Hyundai Tucson is a five-door compact crossover SUV produced in 2004 with four generations and manufactured by Hyundai. The third generation was released in 2015 with outstanding reliability, stylish exterior, top-of-the-line interior, large cargo space, and better engine performance. It also offers a good number of safety features including six airbags, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, brake assist, active head restraints, and seatbelts with pretensioners.
The Tucson is equipped with five petrol engines: 1.6L Gamma GDi inline-4, 2.0L Theta II MPi inline-4, 2.0L Nu MPi inline-4, 2.4L Theta II MPi inline-4, 2.4L Theta II GDi inline-4; and three diesel engines: 1.6L U II CRDi inline-4, 1.7L U II CRDi inline-4, 2.0L R II CRDi inline-4, can be paired with a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, eight-speed automatic, and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Hyundai Porter is a cabover truck also known as the Hyundai H-100 and was produced in 1977 by a South Korean automaker Hyundai. The fourth generation is also called the Porter II was released in 2003 up to the present equipped with a 2.5L A2 CRDi inline-4 common rail turbo diesel engine generating a maximum power output of 30 PS (96 kW) at 3,800 rpm and torque of 26 kg⋅m (188 lb-ft) from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm, mated to a six-speed manual, and 2.6L T2 CRDi inline-4 common rail diesel engine with a maximum power output of 79 PS (58 kW) at 4,000 rpm and torque of 17 kg⋅m (123 lb-ft) at 2,200 rpm mated to a five-speed manual.
Grand Starex (Mini Van)
The Hyundai Grand Starex is the second generation of the Hyundai Starex produced in 2007 – 2021. It is a five-door minivan equipped with a 2.5L D4CB A II CRDI VGT inline-4 diesel engine generating a maximum power output of 168 hp (125 kW) at 3,800 rpm and torque of 392 Nm (289 lb-ft) at 2,000 – 2,500 rpm paired to a five-speed manual transmission.
It offers some features including central locks, power windows, power mirrors, multiple storages, adjustment front seats, audio system, air-conditioning, cup holders, tachometer, and alloy wheels. It also features
an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, driver and passenger airbags, parking sensors, and rear seatbelts.
The Hyundai Sonata is a four-door sedan manufactured by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 1985 with eight generations. The sixth-generation YF series is released in 2009 – 2014 equipped with 2.0L Nu MPi inline-4, 2.0L Theta II MPi inline-4, 2.0L Theta II Turbo GDi inline-4, 2.4L Theta II MPi inline-4, and 2.4L Theta II GDi inline-4 paired either with six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
It also offers some notable safety features including driver and passenger airbags, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, active head restraints, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability control, tire-pressure monitors, traction control, and brake assist. In 2011, the sales for the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid began in the U.S. fitted with a 2.4L engine with lightweight lithium polymer batteries generating a full gasoline-electric hybrid of 30 kW electric motor. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with 37 miles per US gallon in the city (6.4 L/100 km; 44 mpg) and 40 miles per US gallon on the highway (5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg).
The Hyundai Terracan is a five-door mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced from 2001 to 2007 by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. It is a front-engine, four-wheel-drive format, equipped with a 2.9L J-Series inline-4 diesel engine and a 3.5L Hyundai Sigma V6 petrol engine paired either with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.
The average fuel consumption for a diesel engine is approximately 8.7 – 9.1L / 100km and for the petrol engine, it is approximately 15.2L / 100km. It offers notable safety systems including driver and passenger airbags, side curtain airbags, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, power steering, seatbelt with limiter and pretensioners, remote central locking with anti-theft alarm, and side-impact bars. It also features power steering, electric windows, climate control, alloy wheels, front fog lights, six-speaker radio, CD player, and roof bars.
County (Mini Bus)
The Hyundai County is a two-door single-decker minibus introduced in 1998 up to the present by the South Korean automaker Hyundai. It is one of the best-selling and known vehicles of Hyundai because it is mostly used for commercial transportation.
It has three body variants: County short body with 16/25 passengers, County long body with 25/40 passengers, and County long body Limousine with 12/25 passengers. It offers features like an audio system, AM/FM radio with cassette player, air-conditioning, tachometer, auto-folding passenger door, engine bay, power steering, tilt steering wheel, sun visor, speakers, door switch, door, pockets, digital clock, large windshield wiper, and double locking system. It is equipped with a 3.9L, inline-4 diesel engine with a power of 120hp/3200 rpm mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Avante Elantra (Sedan)
The Hyundai Elantra is also known as the Hyundai Avante in South Korea, is a four-door compact car produced by Hyundai since 1990. The fifth-generation Avante was released in 2010 with codenamed MD is equipped with a 1.8L Nu MPi inline-4 producing a power output of 148 hp (145 hp-PZEV), a torque of 131 lb-ft (130 lb-ft-PZEV) mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
It offers a good deal of features including an audio system, Bluetooth/AM/FM, auxiliary jack, digital clock, tachometer, multiple storage areas, cup holders, plenty of head and legroom, power windows, power mirrors, adjustable seats, six airbags, and air-conditioning.
The Hyundai Starex is a four-door van built by Hyundai in 1997 with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive / four-wheel-drive format. It offers some notable features including keyless entry, high beam headlights, power windows, power locks, adjustable driver seats, 15-inch wheels, multiple storage areas, light indicator controls, wiper controls, air-conditioning, audio system, digital clock, and cup holders.
It is equipped with a 2.4L Sirius inline-4 petrol engine with a power output of 107 kW (143 hp) at 192 Nm (142 lb-ft) of torque, and a 2.5L inline-4 common rail direct injection turbo diesel engine generating power of 104 kW (141 PS), a torque of 360 Nm (270 lb-ft).
The Hyundai Accent is a four-door subcompact car produced by Hyundai in 1994 up to the present. It is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout with five generations. In 2010, the fourth generation RB series Accent was released, equipped with a 1.6L Gamma II GDi inline-4 petrol engine with a power output of 138 hp (103 kW) and torque 123 lb/ft mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Other petrol engines are 1.4L Gamma MPi inline-4, 1.4L Kappa MPi inline-4, 1.6L Gamma MPi inline-4, 1.6L Gamma II MPi inline-4; and diesel engines: 1.4L U II CRDi inline-4, 1.6L U II CRDi inline-4.
It offers great fuel economy, decent interior space, a modern-looking exterior, and at an affordable price. It offers features including power windows, power mirrors, tilt steering wheel, audio system, auxiliary port/USB/iPod, air-conditioning, airbags, and multiple storage areas.
Hyundai cars are really good to have and they are one of the top-selling brands these days. With their lines of cars being competitive in the automotive market, no wonder they are increasingly getting popular. They are reliable with great fuel efficiency, stylish-looking exterior, modernized interior, spacious cabin and cargo, high-quality features, and at a budget-friendly price. For more questions or inquiries, please visit our BE FORWARD store.
Written by: Esther Abranilla