Guide to Hyundai in South Africa

Hyundai is a relatively new automotive organisation with a unique history that highlights their enormous growth and rapid success.

Boasting a range of cars in South Africa, from passenger to light commercial vehicles, Hyundai SA is well known in the country for offering high-quality yet affordable automobiles.

Hyundai also recently gained a racing reputation for its performance in the World Rally Championship (WRC) stage, with several races under their belt. The Hyundai WRC team competed with, and challenged, their more established counterparts such as Citroen, Volkswagen, and Ford.


A Brief History of Hyundai

Interestingly, Hyundai didn’t start out as an automotive manufacturer. The brand was founded in 1947 by Chung Ju-yung as a construction organisation. 20 years later, the Hyundai Motor Group was founded, and in 1998, Hyundai acquired rival manufacturer Kia Motors.

Both brands faced a tough time building a reputation in the South African market, which deemed Korean-built cars as lower quality. This perception was changed with the introduction of models such as the Getz, which cemented Hyundai as a vehicle manufacturer that could offer reliable, well-equipped, and affordable cars.

The Hyundai Motor Group is ranked among the top five automotive manufacturers in the world. It operates one of the world’s largest integrated automobile manufacturing facilities in Ulsan, South Korea, capable of producing a vehicle every 12 seconds.

A Brief History of Hyundai
Buying a Hyundai

Buying a Hyundai

Hyundai South Africa currently has 12 models in its range in the passenger and light commercial segments. As a brand, it’s had to work hard to gain a good reputation in South Africa but has done so exceedingly well. Following a series of reliable and affordable passenger vehicles, Hyundai has slowly but surely gained the trust of South African consumers.

Hyundai South Africa is often found in the top 10 best-selling brands in South Africa, according to Naamsa Reports, with their smaller budget hatchback models spearheading vehicle sales.

Currently, their best-selling model is the sought-after Hyundai Grand i10.

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Hyundai Car Insurance

Among the factors you will have to consider when looking for car insurance for your Hyundai is the brand’s reputation and sustainability. Luckily, Hyundai has an extensive customer service network.

With heavy local investment in partnership with the Kia Motor Group, Hyundai can confidently offer their customers a range of service outlets, dealership support, and parts availability.

This is great news for those looking for Hyundai car insurance, as it’s important to factor in the cost of car cover and maintenance into your monthly vehicle budget.

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Hyundai Car Insurance
Travelling with Hyundai

Travelling with Hyundai

Hyundai’s models offer a range of specs that provide comfort and enjoyment for drivers and passengers, making for some unforgettable road trips.

Their cars are somewhat popular in the car rental industry, particularly in the budget segment, with models like the i10, which offers excellent fuel economy, reliability, good build quality, and a low service cost. Car rental agencies frequently hire out models such as the i10 in their budget categories.

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Hyundai Models

The popular Grand i10 offers a 1.25 Kappa engine with a dual CVVT. The 16-valve DOHC engine delivers 64kW @ 6 000 r/min and 120Nm of torque @ 4 000 r/min.

Hyundai updated the Grand i10 with a premium feel interior. The comfortable and spacious interior features a black dashboard and quality presentation with added specs, such as Bluetooth.

The Hyundai Grand i10 retails from R162 900

Read more about these Hyundai models: Hyundai Grand i10 and Hyundai i20

Hyundai Models

Prices quoted correct at the time of publishing this article. The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial, legal or medical advice.