Hyundai is a consistently popular car brand in South Africa, regularly appearing in the top five automotive brands in monthly sales figures.
Among its most popular models are the Atos and Venue – two entry-level vehicles in their respective categories.
We therefore had a look to see what Hyundai’s five most affordable cars have to offer to the local market.
Hyundai Atos 1.1 Motion – R183,500
The cheapest car you can currently buy from Hyundai is the Atos hatchback.
This small car has a small engine to match at 1.1 litres, which produces 50kW and 99Nm.
Both the manual and automatic spec use a five-speed transmission with fuel consumption averaged at 5.7l/100km and 5.9l/100km respectively.
Riding on 14-inch wheels, this modest hatch can manage a top speed of 155km/h, while 0-100km/h takes 14.4 seconds.
The Atos has a 235-litre boot, too, as well as manual air conditioning (AC), four speakers, a 6.2-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, electric front windows, a multifunction steering wheel, and upholstery that is a mix of cloth and vinyl.
The Hyundai Atos comes with a 5-year/150,000km warranty with an additional 2-year/50,000km powertrain warranty, a 7-year/150,000km roadside assistance plan, and a 1-year/15,000km service plan.
Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion – R204,900
Next up is the brand’s other entry-level hatch, the Grand i10.
The i10’s engine is even smaller than the Atos at 1.0 litres, which means its power is also slightly less at 49kW and 94Nm.
The trade-off is that the manual spec – also with five gears – has a better fuel consumption of 5.4l/100km.
Performance is also similar to the Atos, with a top speed of 153km/h and a 0-100km time of 14.9 seconds.
This larger hatch is then fitted with 14-inch wheels, manual AC, electric side mirrors, all-electric windows, a multifunction steering wheel, a 6.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, four speakers, and cloth and vinyl seats.
It’s boot is also substantially larger than the Atos’ at 360 litres.
The Hyundai Grand i10 is offered with a 5-year/150,000km warranty with an additional 2-year/50,000km powertrain warranty, a 7-year/150,000km roadside assistance plan, and a 1-year/15,000km service plan.
Hyundai Venue 1.2 Motion – R266,500
Hyundai’s entry-level crossover, the Venue sports a 1.2-litre engine that averages 6.5l/100km.
This engine produces 61kW and 115Nm, and a five-speed manual gearbox delivers this power to the front wheels.
Performance-wise, the Venue is capable of doing 0-100km/h in 14.2 seconds, and its top speed is listed at 159km/h.
Moving up in terms of features, this crossover offers keyless entry, a rear camera with park assist, six speakers, manual air conditioning, a multifunction steering wheel, and the same CarPlay-ready infotainment system found on the Atos and i10.
Furthermore, it has 15-inch wheels, folding side mirrors, electric windows, cloth seats, and 350-litres of storage.
The Hyundai Venue includes a 5-year/150,000km warranty with an additional 2-year/50,000km powertrain warranty, a 7-year/150,000km roadside assistance plan, and a longer 3-year/45,000km service plan.
Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion – R285,900
A step up from the brand’s entry-level hatches, the i20 uses the same 1.2-litre engine as the Venue.
This gives it identical power figures of 61kW and 115Nm, however, likely due to its hatch proportions it has a better fuel consumption of 5.9l/100km.
This power is then delivered to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.
At 140kg lighter than the Venue, the i20 also boasts improved performance, with a higher top speed of 169km/h and a faster acceleration time of 12.9 seconds.
Outside, the base-model hatch is fitted with fog lights, daytime running lights, electric side mirrors, and 15-inch steel wheels.
Moving to the interior, buyers can expect to find cloth seats, manual air conditioning, park assist, a rear camera, four speakers, a 311-litre boot, and an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Hyundai i20 is sold with a 5-year/150,000km warranty with an additional 2-year/50,000km powertrain warranty and a 7-year/150,000km roadside assistance plan.
Hyundai Creta 1.5 Premium – R395,500
Finally, we have the Creta, a mid-range crossover offering from the South Korean automaker.
It has the largest drivetrain of the cars on this list at 1.5 litres, generating a total of 84kW and 143Nm.
With a six-speed manual gearbox, the Creta achieves a consumption figure of 6.5l/100km, and its 0-100km/h time and top speed is listed at 12.2 seconds and 170km/h, respectively.
All versions of the Creta come standard with alloy wheels, too, measuring 16-inches on this base model.
Other standard features include cruise control, automatic headlights, daytime running lights, a multifunction steering wheel, keyless entry, front and rear air conditioning, 433-litres of storage space, and a rear camera with guidelines.
Additionally, the crossover is fitted with six speakers and an 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone mirroring and voice commands.
The Hyundai Creta includes the manufacturer’s standard 5-year/150,000km warranty with an additional 2-year/50,000km powertrain warranty, and a 7-year/150,000km roadside assistance plan, as well as a 4-year/60,000km service plan.