A brief history of the company
A Mr. Chung Ju-Yung founded the Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company in 1947, and the Hyundai Motor Company was formed a decade later. This South Korean company aligned with Ford to produce their first car, the Cortina, in 1968.
Canstar Blue sedans customer satisfaction survey results
When Hyundai wanted to build their very own car, they employed many of the world’s top engineers; and in 1975, the Pony was released. This was Korea’s first car, and it had influences from engineers and designers all over the world.
The Pony started being exported to Canada in 1984. Because of its popularity, Hyundai made it to a million cars produced by 1985 – that equates to 100,000 cars made in each year of the Pony’s first decade.
The following year, the Excel (still a common car on the roads today) was one of the top 10 best products in Fortune magazine, and Hyundai began selling in the U.S. The Sonata followed on in 1988, as the first of Hyundai’s own models.
By the 1990s, they had reached the four million mark, developed their own engine, their own transmission, and established themselves in India. In 1998, Hyundai tried an image overhaul to establish them as a world-class brand and also invested heavily into quality, design, manufacturing, and long-term research of their vehicles. They also added a 10 year (or 160,000km) warranty on their cars.
Since 2004, the quality of Hyundai cars has been ranked highly in research and surveys by external bodies, and is one of the top 100 most valuable brands worldwide. Today, they continue investing in manufacturing, research, and development, with seven hubs worldwide. Three are in Korea, one each in Germany, Japan, and India, as well as one in America that is specific for the U.S. market.
Hyundai offer fewer sedans than hatchbacks, with nine sedans as opposed to a whopping 15 hatchbacks. Their sedans are based from their main models of Elantra, Sonata, and i40.
Their full range includes:
- Elantra Active
- Elantra Elite
- Elantra Premium
- Sonata Active
- Sonata Elite
- Sonata Premium
- i40 Active (Series II)
- i40 Premium (Series II)
The newest sedan in the family is the genesis, and is Hyundai’s luxury car. All other models are standard, like any other Hyundai car.
Safety in every Hyundai is important, and these are the features that come as standard in every sedan:
|Anti-skid braking||Parking sensors|
|Anti-lock braking||Rear view camera|
|Brake assist||Minimum of 6 airbags|
|Brake force distribution||Dusk sensing headlights|
|Stability and traction control||Day/night rear view mirror|
A number of clever features are included in most models; these are things such as rain sensing wipers, cruise control with wheel-mounted controls, touch screen, satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, UBS and iPod compatibility, and wheel-mounted audio and phone controls.
Luxury features are also available in some models, so check the Hyundai website to see these, and compare their sedans.
How did they score?
Hyundai consistently achieved a modest three stars across the board in our cars survey; they even achieved a four star rating for point of sale service.
Other sedans we rated
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who had recently bought a sedan.
The other brands in the most recent survey are:
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