Used Hyundai

Hyundai is a South Korean car manufacturer, founded in Seoul in 1967.

Hyundai’s rise has been meteoric and in just a few short years, the company has been transformed from a lacklustre also-ran, struggling to compete with the European competition, into a credible player. Hyundai produces some genuinely good cars, and because they’re cheap, they are often terrific buys on the used car market. Plus, because all new models get a five-year transferrable warranty, even second-hand buyers can benefit.

The Hyundai i10 city car was launched in 2008 to replace the ageing Amica (which replaced the old Atoz in 2000). The i10 is an excellent little car thanks to its low prices, low running costs, practicality and low CO2 emissions, making it a good choice for first-time buyers and anyone looking for a bargain on the used car market.

The Hyundai i20 supermini replaced the Hyundai Getz in 2008. Both models are still popular choices on the used car market thanks to their cheapness, reliability, ease of ownership and good build quality.

The Hyundai i30 arrived on the market in 2007 to replace the Hyundai Accent, and a second-generation model was launched in 2012. The i30 represents a good second-hand buy thanks to its high quality interior, good ride, good looks and impressive reliability.

The Hyundai i40 is Hyundai’s Mondeo rival, released in 2012 to replace the Hyundai Sonata. It’s a good used buy thanks to its low prices, premium feel and excellent reliability.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the more long-lasting models in the Hyundai range, which means there are plenty of second-hand models to choose from. Launched in 2001, with the second-gen model appearing in 2006 and the third-gen model in 2012, the Santa Fe is a cheap, practical and reliable off-roader. It’s also available with a good selection of diesel engines, making it a good used buy.

The Hyundai Veloster was launched in 2012 to replace the Hyundai Coupe. The Coupe was an excellent car thanks to its good looks and fine handling and the Veloster carries on in its predecessor’s tradition. The final-generation Coupe (2002-2009) in particular is an excellent used buy.

To find a great deal on a used Hyundai near you, simply search UsedCarsNearMe.co.uk.

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Online cars by 2014

Cars with online capabilities are set to be the next big thing on our roads, some are all ready available, and it will inevitably become common place in the coming years.

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Ever find yourself sat in traffic wondering what an old friend from school who you no longer talk to is having for dinner? Well it seems that you will not have to wonder much longer, for analysts have predicted that major manufacturers will begin producing their cars with internet capabilities as standard.

There are already a number of online cars available, including the BMW 3 Series. The online world through the car is much different to that of your smart phone or desktop to help ensure that safety is not compromised. This means that most of your cars online experience will come through apps, whereby latest statuses are read out to you and you can choose to reply by voice recognition technology or steering wheel buttons.

To be quite honest though we are not interested in the ‘social network’ side of things at all, our lives are already awash with facebook and twitter updates, without having them built into our cars. But there could be some very useful apps which come as a result of the online cars such as apps which can find an empty parking space in a car park or locate the cheapest fuel price in your area.

If my experience with smart devices is anything to go by, they will probably cause more frustration than anything, what with apps not functioning properly, screens freezing at crucial moments and stupid games getting the better of you, it will also probably be a cause for higher service charges.

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Alfa Romeo 4C

Photos of a fair few cars that are scheduled to be introduced at next month’s Geneva Motor Show have been surfacing on the internet over the last few days, and one of them that we are particularly excited about is the Alfa Romeo 4C. It is a sports car which marks the start of Alfa’s new growth strategy and it marks the brand’s return to the American market.

Thankfully it has stayed pretty true to its concept counterpart (which debuted in 2011) and it is looking good. It will feature a mid-mounted 1.7-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which will supply the lightweight vehicle with 275bhp allowing the car to do 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds.

It is set to go on sale soon after the Geneva Motor Show as a rival of the Porsche Cayman, with its price starting around the £40,000 mark. With that in mind a used Alfa Romeo may sound more attractive, as £40,000 is pretty expensive, and as it’s an Alfa, you will probably have to shell out on servicing costs as well.

 

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