Sunday, 26 May 2013


Hyundai South Africa has announced a couple of updates to its Accent and Santa Fe SUV. The Accent already has over a year in the market, while the Santa Fe is barely 4 months old here. The upgrades are a new 6-speed gearbox and Bluetooth connectivity for the two respectively.

The Accent gains a new 6-speed manual gearbox in the 1.6 Motion and Fluid. Previously the cars used a 5-speed manual, which was a little old school, even for the segment. With its direct rivals sporting 6 cogs it was only appropriate. If only now it would migrate to turbo engines and complete the transformation.

As for the Santa Fe, the big boy gains a Bluetooth connection which alloys not only phone calls to be made through the car’s speaker system, but also music stored in the phone can be played and controlled via the steering wheel. While both these “improvements” might seem minor, considering that some rivals already have them, it’s important to note how Hyundai adds all this stuff at minimal costs or none at all.

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