Hyundai i45 Active

With its swoopy new lines and interesting details, Hyundai is hoping that the i45 will catch the eyes of family sedan buyers.


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In brief

In Australia the Sonata nameplate has now suffered the same fate as the Tasmanian Tiger and Kangaroo Island Emu. In its place is the i45, which, with its swoopy looks, is ready to take on the likes of the Mazda 6, Honda Accord Euro, Suzuki Kizashi and Subaru Liberty.

Opt for the Active model and you'll get six airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, stability control, auto headlights, fog lamps, LED tail-lights, cruise control, rear-seat air vents and a six-speaker sound system, with an iPod-compatible USB port and steering wheel controls. The Elite model gains full leather upholstery, 17-inch alloys, climate control, rear-parking sensors and rain-sensing wipers.

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The top-of-the-range Premium version comes with a panorama sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, and an up-specced audio system with a subwoofer, six-stack CD player and multi-line audio display. Bluetooth hands-free is a dealer-fitted accessory throughout the range, but satellite navigation isn't available at any price.

Initially, all Australian-bound i45s will feature a 2.4-litre petrol engine sending 148kW of power and 250Nm of torque to the front wheels. A six-speed automatic is present throughout the i45 range, with a six-speed manual available to buyers of the entry-level Active model.

At this year's New York Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled hybrid and turbo versions of the i45 — still badged as a Sonata in North America. These may or may not make it down under, with rumours indicating that a turbo-diesel may also be offered in the future.

Outlook

The i45 range is on sale now with the Active model retailing for AU$29,490 (manual) and AU$30,990 (automatic). The automatic-only Elite is priced at AU$34,490, while the AU$37,990 Premium rounds out the range. All quoted prices include GST, but exclude dealer and statutory charges.



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nicola
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nicola posted a review   

The Good:style, value for money, fuel economy

The Bad:it does not have a bmw or mercedes badge on it

it is really beautiful, refined and elegant. it has plenty of class, it is a pleasure to drive. it is quiet and very confortable at low speed. the only down side the engine is a bit noisy if pushed hard but i guess all direct engines are, according to the experts. i do not understand why it did get bad reviews regarding steering, handling and suspension by some of the motoring public. maybe there is still badge snobbery out there.

 

Cliffo posted a comment   

The Good:Style & Classy feel

The Bad:No GPS

I've had my new i45 Elite now for just over a week and couldn't be happier. After having had an absolutely trouble free Sonata for the previous 9 years, I was always going to give Hyundai another chance. Like most people, I was a little concerned that a V6 wasn't on offer, but,to my surprise, the i45 has more grunt anyway. I had a good look at the Accord and The Mazda 6 before deciding on the i45 - and I'm glad I did. It is superior to both of those in all the areas that matter to me.

 

dave posted a comment   

We have a 2001 kia and a 97 hyundai sx coupe and they are both wonderful cars we will never buy a japenese car they are overpriced and overrated move over toyota here comes hyundai!!!

 

hyundai fan posted a comment   

I currently own four hyundais, an old excel, a 2 yr old elantra, a 5 yr old getz and a 5 yr old sonata elite and I have to say ive never had one day's issues or problems with any of them. Im about to trade in the sonata on the i45 and while i certainly like the looks and features of the i45, its a pity it doesnt come standard with front parking sensors (like other new comparably priced vehicles (read kizashi, mazda 6, toyota prodigy)) and likewise heated seats and nav system. its also a pity hyundai has done away with the cantilever boot hinges in favour of the solid protruding arms, and it doesnt come with the option of a turbo diesel or V6, but still, it is a great package for the price and certainly looks fantastic. If it is as high a build quality as Ive come to expect from hyundai, it will be a terrific vehicle, just a pity there is no option for a more powerful motor, but then I guess thats the way of the world these days, more reliance of powerful four cylinders to promote greener credentials,,,,not a bad thing i guess, just a mind shift to get used to. overall, a great package for the price and very competitive.

 

azguy posted a comment   

Looks like a great new car! The quality has really went up over the past few years and the car is still affordable.

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celticlas
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celticlas posted a review   

The Good:feels like luxury

The Bad:couple of tweeks

took delivery of my I45 today and couldn't be happier, looks, features, value, who cares how it handles on a race track i wont be driving on one,,, luv it luv it x have had a 98 exel for 10 years, just won't die x

Snapper
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Snapper posted a review   

The Good:The best value in its range.

The Bad:Its past its 5yr warranty

Ive got a 2005 elantra hatch. Its been a very reliable and great car to own. The Hyundai service department never seems to fault the car. Now its gone past the 5yr warranty im looking at the I45 or the Elantra sedan, either way we will be purchasing a Hyundai.They honestly are a cut above the rest for value and reliability.

 

Ricky Rich posted a comment   

The Good:honest

The Bad:hard to think of

I have got 4cyl. 1997 Sonata gle from 4 yrs, 180,000 kms on the clock, lack energy climbing up the hills but its understandable acc. to its age:))..no major issues with it.....its going well.....gud value 4 money..fair go..in few mnths I'll upgrade to another 4cyl Hyundai....cheers

totoaus
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totoaus posted a review   

The Good:It's Hyundai

The Bad:I'd prefer diesel's torque & mileage

I've spent some time in a Santa Fe about 5 years ago, and it's one of the best cars I've driven. Even in petrol it coped very well, accelerating up steep hills (Hobart's Southern outlet challenges many vehicles) with 5 adults plus luggage for two. I'd have no hesitation in considering this car, but HOW DID THEY MAKE THE WATER DROPS IN THE TV ad?

Bentleyonabudget
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Bentleyonabudget posted a review   

The Good:All the bells & whistles

The Bad:No GPS!!

I have had a Sonata Elite for 4 years. It is easy to see why Hyundai Aust have had a 65% growth. Reliability and value for money - like Toyota in the 70s.

Only motoring journalists who like to prance around racetracks will knock this car.


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  • nicola

    nicola

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    "it is really beautiful, refined and elegant. it has plenty of class, it is a pleasure to drive. it is quiet and very confortable at low speed. the only down side the engine is a bit noisy if pushed..."

  • Cliffo

    Cliffo

    "I've had my new i45 Elite now for just over a week and couldn't be happier. After having had an absolutely trouble free Sonata for the previous 9 years, I was always going to give Hyundai another ..."

  • dave

    dave

    "We have a 2001 kia and a 97 hyundai sx coupe and they are both wonderful cars we will never buy a japenese car they are overpriced and overrated move over toyota here comes hyundai!!!"

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