|Reviewed By||Jeff Stites|
|Price as Tested||$27,170: 1.6-L 175-hp turbocharged I4, 7-sp EcoShift dual-clutch automatic transmission|
The exterior styling was pleasing to the eye with its 17-inch alloy wheels, high-hip body lines and Coliseum Gray paint. I quickly found comfort in the driver’s seat and interior space with dash and center console controls being well laid out. Fit and finish was excellent inside and out. Engine was adequate for the daily grind but a bit underpowered for me — even with a turbo and in Sport mode. Shifts were quick and solid, and the braking system offered ample stopping power.
My gripes are few. Performance was fair, if not about underwhelming for the small 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. While the base SE model has a larger, 2.0-liter engine, it offers 11 fewer horsepower than the other three models (ECO, Sport and Limited). The hands-free smart liftgate opens automatically when standing within three feet of the back end for more than three seconds with the key fob in your pocket. It also opened twice on its own while I was walking past and not expecting it. While useful, the 5-inch infotainment screen with backup camera is tiny. An optional 8-inch touchscreen system is available and highly recommended.
While not the low-price leader in its class, it does offer great features and styling, along with Hyundai’s excellent warranty for the price. I didn’t get to drive it with a full load of passengers, but I’d be curious how well it performs on hilly terrain with five adults, their luggage and only 175 horsepower. It has ample room inside with 61.9 cubic feet of cargo space. A strong choice for the money and one I’d push into daily commuter service.
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|EPA Mileage||25 city/30 hwy|
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