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HYUNDAI i30 N SEDAN

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Hot hatch shapes up as sporty sedan

HYUNDAI i30 N SEDAN

By DEREK OGDEN

 

Hot hatch shapes up as sporty sedan

Hyundai i30 N Sedan

Hyundai more than catered for the bare-arsed would-be racetrack tyros with the i30 N hot hatch; now the South Korean automobile manufacturer has turned its attention to the ‘driver of a certain age’ with a sedan version.

Hyundai’s first dip in the sports sedan segment, the latest tech and creature comforts go hand in glove in the i30 Sedan N with surprising alacrity, without losing the hot hatch experience. And, by all accounts, Hyundai’s debutant is on the way to becoming a segment icon. Not to be confused with the i30 Sedan N-Line, the N is an out-and-out sports sedan to be compared with similar European ‘hotties’ unlike the i30 N-line whose additions are basically cosmetic.

The N-Line manual sedan comes to market starting at less than $30k, plus on-roads, the top-of-the range i30 Sedan N Premium auto tips the scales at a little over $50,000. The latter was on test.

STYLING
While undeniably sculpted with an N sports body kit to earmark its high-performance pedigree from all angles, the i30 Sedan N shows its most exciting view from behind, that most likely being other road users’ first glimpse of the car as it accelerates past ‘mere mortal’ vehicles.

Not that the rest of the design elements don’t stand out from the crowd with a bold front bumper and N diffuser, triangular rear fog lamp, full-width tail-light strip and boot-mounted spoiler, plus bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels with N-branded calipers peeking out from behind dark matt-ish spokes. There’s plenty there to please the performance car fan.

It has a selection of creases and curves, while side sills reduce drag and improve air flow. The rear wing and diffuser manage downforce at high speed and on the track, front air intakes cool the brakes during repeated hard use. Nothing is surplus to requirements.

INTERIOR

Hot hatch shapes up as sporty sedan

Hyundai i30 N Sedan

A driver-focused cabin continues the N(ness) with race-inspired seats, wrapped in black leather topped off by stitched N logos, firmly offering lateral support to front occupants during enthusiastic cornering. The driver’s seat is height and 10-way power adjustable, which includes two-way lumbar support.

There are heated steering wheel and front seats for comfort and convenience.

Storage is good in the centre console area, as well as door pockets, cup and bottle slots. The boot has up to 464 litres of practical space compared to 381 litres in the hatch. It’s hands-free opening with the key fob. The spare is a space-saver.

INFOTAINMENT
The all-new i30 Sedan N comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s access to music, podcasts and connectivity apps. Wireless smartphone charging comes standard.

Sound comes from seven high-fidelity speakers, plus a separate subwoofer and a Bose audio for a rich sound.

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
While the i30 Sedan N-Line makes do with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the N jumps up to a 2.0-litre turbo ‘six’. On offer are either a six-speed manual or eight-speed DCT automatic transmission.

SAFETY

Hot hatch shapes up as sporty sedan

Hot hatch shapes up as sporty sedan

The i30 Sedan N has the Hyundai SmartSense Advanced Drivers Assistance System developed to help avoid imminent danger on the road.

Included are blind spot rear and forward collision avoidance, lane keeping and following assist, and high beam assist. It has driver attention warning, safe exit assist, rear-seat occupation alert and rear cross-traffic avoidance.

DRIVING
With the four-cylinder engine stumping up 392 Nm maximum torque between 2100 and 4700 rpm, plus 206 kW of peak power of 5500 from 4500 to 6000 revs, there’s plenty for the enthusiastic driver to play with.

An eight-speed wet double-clutch automatic N transmission sends the power package to the front wheels. There is the option of a six-speed manual.

Fuel consumption of 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres is claimed in the combined urban / highway cycle. The test vehicle with eight-speed DCT recorded 8.7 litres per 100 kilometres in mixed driving conditions.

Ride and handling are under the direction of an integrated drive axle (a first for Hyundai) that is made up of drive shaft, wheel hub and bearing, with a weight saving of 1.7 kg. The result is added lateral g-force exhilaration during swift cornering.

With drive modes it becomes a choice between Normal, Eco, Sport and Smart, the last determining driving habits by the position of the brake pedal and the operation of the steering wheel, then tailoring such elements as shift pattern and engine torque to suit.

Special to the ‘N’ is an aptly named N Grin Control System, N Performance Driving Data System and various track maps with lap timer. Just set to the track, cross the start line and lap times are automatically recorded as you go.
Hyundai’s five-year / unlimited-kilometre warranty is part of the Sedan N package, along with capped-price servicing at $1005 for the first three years and $1675 for the first five years.

SUMMARY
For those turning their back on the Hyundai i30 hot hatch in search of something more in keeping with becoming ‘grown up’, the i30 Sedan N is equally at home on city streets as it is on the race circuit and, for good measure, it has a ‘proper boot’.

RATINGS
Looks: 8/10
Performance: 8/10
Safety: 7/10
Thirst: 7/10
Practicality: 8/10
Comfort: 6/10
Tech: 8/10
Value: 7/10

AT A GLANCE

MODEL LINE-UP
Hyundai i30 Sedan N: $53,403
Sunroof: $2000
Premium paint: $495
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Hyundai dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Hyundai i30 Sedan N 2.0L T-GDI Turbo 6-cylinder petrol, 8sp DCT, FWD)
ENGINE:
Capacity: 1.998 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders inline
Maximum Power: 206 kW @ 2100-4700 rpm
Maximum Torque: 392 Nm @ 5500-6000 rpm
Fuel Type: Regular unleaded petrol
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 6.8 L/100km

DRIVELINE: Seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic, front-wheel drive

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4675 mm
Wheelbase: 2720 mm
Width: 1825 mm
Height: 1430 mm
Turning Circle: 11.7metres
Kerb Mass: 1480 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 47 litres

BRAKES:
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:
Five years / unlimited kilometres

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FORD MUSTANG 2015 – 2021

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FORD MUSTANG 2015 – 2021

By EWAN KENNEDY

Ford Mustang has been a big success on the Australian market and I see them pretty well every time I’m on the road.

We will cover the Mustang from December 2015 when a new model was introduced in this Used Car Checkout.

FORD MUSTANG 2015 - 2021

2020 Ford Mustang Mach 1

It comes in two versions, coupe and convertible, powered by either a 5.0-litre V8 or four-cylinder 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, the former is typical 20th century gas guzzling muscle machines, the latter Ford’s provides environmentally conscious modern motoring.

The 5.0-litre V8 featured lessons learned in developing the special-edition 2012 Mustang Boss 302. The result is a boost in power to 306 kW and 530 Nm of torque.

The addition of the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine introduced turbocharging to the Mustang powertrain line-up. The geometry of the EcoBoost intake manifold and turbocharger housing being optimised to provide higher output – 233 kW and 432 Nm of torque.

Six-speed manual transmission provides smoother shifting than previous Mustangs, while the automatic has steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and downshift rev-matching.

Steering feel is nicely weighted with just the right heft for keen drivers of high-performance machines. The four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is short and sits well back under the long bonnet. It pretty well straddles the front axle area so provides excellent balance.

FORD MUSTANG 2015 - 2021

2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt

The front seats are laterally supportive but lack of rear legroom puts the Mustang into 2+2 territory. The front seat passenger can share leg space with someone behind them, but unless the driver is short whoever sits behind them may feel a bit cramped.

A selection of driving modes can be called up by flicking a switch on the central console. Normal offers a balance between comfort and performance; Sport+ provides more responsive steering and throttle response; Track allows the engine to respond directly to the driver’s input, while reinforcing the sporty engine note; and Snow / Wet keeps the car in touch with adverse road conditions.

Convertible cabin wind turbulence was isn’t too intrusive with the top down, with the body strength coping well with lateral and twisting forces.

January 2018 saw Ford Australia launch what it called, ‘The Fastest Mustang Ever.’ The 5.0-litre V8 engine was thoroughly reworked to develops 450 horsepower (339 kW). This was achieved with the first application of Ford’s dual-fuel, high-pressure direct-injection and low-pressure port fuel injection. The result is solid low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency. Peak torque is now 556 Nm.

At the same time the mildly revised 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit developed 300 horsepower (224 kW). It had nine Nm more torque, now 441 Nm.

The biggest news for 2018 is that there’s a new 10-speed automatic, which is available with both Mustang engines. It has a wide-ratio span between first and tenth, faster shifts and optimised gear spacing to keep it at peak torque, and fast response. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles give drivers manual control.

FORD MUSTANG 2015 - 2021

2016 Ford Mustang

The six-speed manual gearboxes were upgraded to handle the added torque on both engines.
Mustang’s engine note could be adjusted. An active valve exhaust system is standard on all GT models. Four modes are available: Normal, Quiet, Track and Sport.

Visually, there’s a lower, remodeled bonnet with air intakes in new positions and revised upper and lower front grilles. But it still looks very much like a Mustang.

Revised shock absorbers make for better ride control, while a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness. The stabiliser bars have also been revised.

For the first time, MagneRide damper technology was an option for Mustang, designed to optimise ride and handling in all situations. Previously exclusive to the Mustang Shelby GT350, the system allows automatic adjustment of each corner, up to 1000 times per second, for even better responsiveness and lateral performance.

The 2018 Mustangs have a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster that offers three separate views – Normal, Sport and Track modes – and the ability to change colours and gauge layout.

The centre console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminium.

Standard seats feature new patterns, six-way leather-trimmed Recaro sports are a factory-fitted option.

There are plenty of Ford dealers Australia wide, even in very remote areas. Spares for Mustangs may not be held in smaller dealerships, but can usually be shipped to them within a few working days.

Insurance is surprisingly moderate in cost – if you have a good driving record and minimal previous claims. As always, shop around but be aware that a long-standing record with one company can be to your benefit.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

A professional inspection really is a must of a car like the Ford Mustang. As is a full service history, preferably at a Ford dealer.

A Mustang that has been thrashed may have serious rear tyre wear and lots of brake dust. Perhaps you’re best to steer clear of that car.

Check the fluid on the automatic’s dipstick. If it smells burnt and looks dark, that’s another sign of hard driving. The 10-speed auto seems to stand up better than the six-speed.

Convertibles are generally water tight, but it still pays to look and feel for dampness in the carpets as on open-top Mustang may have been caught with its top down in the rain.

Look for signs of previous crash repairs, wrinkles in the panels when viewed end on, mismatched paint colours and overspray on unpainted parts.

If there’s too much turbo lag on the 2.3 EcoBoost there could be electronic tuning problems.

HOW MUCH?
Expect to pay from $22,000 to $31,000 for a 2016 Ford Mustang 2.3 coupe; $25,000 to $34,000 for a 2015 convertible; $32,000 to $43,000 for a 2016 GT coupe or a 2018 coupe; $35,000 to $47,000 for a $38,000 to $51,000 for 2018 GT coupe; $41,000 to $55,000 for a 2019 GT coupe; $48,00 to $65,000 for a 2019 GT convertible; $52,000 to $70,000 for a 2020 GT convertible; and $59,000 to $78,000 for a 2021 Mach 1 coupe.

CAR BUYING TIP
Much as we love open top cars the lower rigidity of their bodies and the chances of the interior being sun and/or deliberately damaged can make them depreciate faster.

RECALLS: To browse recalls on all vehicles go to the ACCC at: www.productsafety.gov.au/products/transport/cars/

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SOFTWARE UPDATES FOR PORSCHE TAYCAN

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SOFTWARE UPDATES FOR PORSCHE TAYCAN

By EWAN KENNEDY

Porsche Taycan is offered in many variants.

Worldwide, more than 75,000 examples of the Taycan have been delivered since Porsche introduced its first all-electric sports car at the end of 2019. Since its Australian launch in 2021, 838 Taycan have been delivered (as of June 2022 – source: VFACTS).

Regardless of vehicle age, motor, and body, the software of all model variants can be updated to the status of the 2023 model year. The update will be implemented on a market-specific basis.

SOFTWARE UPDATES FOR PORSCHE TAYCAN

Porsche Taycan is offered in many variants.

Depending on when their vehicle was delivered, customers will benefit from, among other things, an increase in powertrain efficiency as well as new functions and improvements in the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), Porsche Connect and assistance systems. The update will also enhance the over-the-air (OTA) update capability of all Taycan models.

The update is complimentary for customers, will be offered worldwide and can be carried out during a Porsche Centre workshop visit.

“This campaign will allow all customers to benefit from the continuous further development of the Taycan. We have extensively optimised the model series in almost every respect since 2019,” said Kevin Giek, Vice President Model Line Taycan, Porsche AG.

“New functions have been added and others have been revised or tweaked to further enhance the customer experience.”

The precise scope of the update, and the duration of the necessary workshop visit, depend on the specific software status of the Taycan in question. The older the car is, the more improvements and innovations will be installed.

We’ll be road testing the Taycan shortly and will be publishing a full report.

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HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

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HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

By CHRIS RILEY

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV has extra range and faster charging.

With an elongated, futuristic design, Hyundai’s latest electric vehicle, the Ioniq 6 Electrified Streamliner cuts a dramatic profile. At an impressive 4.8 metres in length, Ioniq 6 is available with a range of drive motors and battery packs to fit the needs of every customer.

HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV has extra range and faster charging

It delivers an estimated driving range of 610km (WLTP) as well as ultra-fast, 400-V/800-V multi-charging capability.

The long-range 77.4kWh battery is available with either rear- or all-wheel-drive.

The top-of-the-line dual motor all-wheel drive model produces a combined power output of 239kW and 605Nm of torque, with a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds.

The single motor, rear-wheel drive motor version has a 53kWh battery uses 14kWh/100km (WLTP), which Hyundai says makes it one of the most energy-efficient vehicles on the market.

The electrified streamliner takes advantage of Hyundai’s dedicated battery-electric E-GMP platform to provide a long, 2950mm wheelbase, supported by a choice of 20-inch or 18-inch wheels.

Features include Dual Colour Ambient Lighting, Speed Sync Lighting, EV Performance Tune-up and Electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD).

The latter enhances the drive experience by producing an artificial sound to replace the noise normally generated by an internal combustion engine.

HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV has extra range and faster charging

Speed Sync Lighting mode adds emotion to the driving experience by changing the brightness of the interior lighting in the first row based on the vehicle’s speed.

Remote Smart Parking Assist 2 (RSPA 2) helps remotely park by Remote Parking or it helps remotely exit a parking spot from outside the vehicle by Remote Operation. This feature works for parallel, perpendicular, and even diagonal parking.

The E-GMP architecture can support both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures, with 800-V charging as standard. It can accommodate 400-V charging without the need for additional components or adapters.

With a 350kW charger, Ioniq 6 can get from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

HYUNDAI’S IONIQ 6 STREAMLINES THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV has extra range and faster charging

Hyundai Ioniq 6, like Ioniq 5 before it, provides vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality that allows customers to charge any electric devices – ideal for powering necessities during a power outage, camping or outdoor projects.

The V2L is enabled using an available accessory adaptor and goes into the outside charging port. In addition to the outside power outlet, there is a second outlet underneath the back row seat for charging laptops, phones and other devices.

It’s also the first vehicle within the Hyundai group to offer Over-the-Air (OTA) software updates.

Production is set to start soon.

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