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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 29th 2010
8--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 29, 2010 Hyundai's Hyundai is under a lot of pressure to deliver with the i45. Mark Hinchliffe reports GOOD LOOKER: The i45's styling will be divisive in the marketplace but will certainly make the vehicle stand out. GREAT expectations await the Hyun- dai i45 medium-sized sedan. It follows hot on the heels of the impressive ix35 and the i30, a former CarsGuide Car of the Year, so the expectations of this Sonata replacement are high. To a large extent it fulfils those expectations with aggressive pricing, a feature-stacked pack- age and impressive styling. However, the i45 doesn't quite live up to expectations on the road with spongy handling, vague steering, a flaring gearbox and intrusive tyre noise. Hyundai planned to launch the vehicle on the market next week with two trim levels. The Elite costs $34,990 and has a 2.4-litre, 148kW/250Nm petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The up-spec Premium has the same engine and transmission and costs $37,990. However, since placing its orders, Hyundai Motor Company Australia has been able to acquire extra production allowing the addition in July of a base model Active at $29,490 in six- speed manual and $30,990 for the automatic. This is up $1500 on the base model Sonata it replaces, but the standard equipment is im- pressive. HMCA marketing director Oliver Mann says they want to ''lead the class with the highest level of specifications in this segment''. Active comes with six airbags, stability control, a piano-black interior trim, hill-start assist, fog lamps, cloth/leather seats, cruise control, 16-inch alloys with a full-size spare and USB/iPod connectivity. The Elite adds full leather upholstery, 17-inch alloys, smart key start, rear parking sensors, climate control, paddle shifters and rain-sensing wipers. Premium includes an electric sunroof, 18-inch alloys, better suspension damping, an electroch- romatic rearview mirror, premium audio with woofer and electric front seats with two driver- position memories. It is styled in the US and features a lot of fussy panel creases with a bonnet reminiscent of the Chrysler Crossfire. There are a lot of details around the fog lamps and lights and plenty of chrome bling on the windows sills, handles and grille. The roofline swoops like a Mercedes CLS or Passat CC for a four-door coupe look, but the rear seats have been set down and back to preserve head and leg room. Andre Hudson, manager at Hyundai's design studio in southern California where the exterior was conceived, says he is proud that the coupe roof and small ''porthole'' window in the C pillar has been retained from his original drawings. However, it doesn't help with a lack of rear- three-quarters vision that is inherent in this coupe-like design strategy. The i45's styling will be divisive in the marketplace, but will certainly set the sedan small torque Hyundai i45 Prices: $29,490 (Active manual); $30,990 (Active auto.); $34,490 (Elite auto.); $37,990 (Premium auto.); $450 (metallic paint) Engine: 2.4-litre, transverse, 16-valve, DOHC 4-cylinder Power: 148kW @ 6300rpm Torque: 250Nm @ 4250rpm Transmission: Six-speed manual (Active only), six-speed auto. Brakes: 300/284mm ventilated discs Dimensions (mm): 4820 (l), 1835 (w), 1470 (h), 2795 (wheelbase), 140 (kerb clearance) Weight: 1506kg (man.), 1528kg (auto.) Suspension: MacPherson struts (front), multi-link (rear) Safety: Six airbags, active front headrests, stability control, ABS, hill start assist. Wheels: Sixteen-inch alloys (Active), 17 (Elite), 18 (Premium), full-size spare Economy: 8l/100km (man.), 7.9 (auto.) CO2: 191g/km (man.), 188 (auto.) Fuel tank: 70 litres HURRY INTO PERFORMANCE SUBARU. STOCK IS LIMITED. 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