Hyundai i45 2.0 GLS Review: Stellar Performance

Hyundai i45 2.0 GLS Review: Stellar Performance

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
30 Apr 2010
What we like:
pros
Sleek profile
pros
adequate performance
pros
plenty of car for the money
pros
six-speed gearbox
pros
well-spec and tightly screwed interior
What we dislike:
cons
Fussy detailing on the outside
cons
body roll
cons
lifeless steering

The i45 is once again testament that the build quality and perceived luxury levels of Korean models are now right up there with the Japanese cars. Other than the surfaces on the lower part of the dashboard and the instrument cluster top, the surfaces and materials in the cabin feel soft to the touch while the doors close with a reassuring thunk.

Standard equipment on the 2.0 GLS tested here include a factory fitted stereo with steering mounted controls, electrical adjustments for both front seats, trip computer, dealer fitted reversing camera, leather and so on.

The base model i45 undercuts a base Toyota Camry by about $20k but yet it is better equipped and offers better specifications - this is a significant point especially when the Hyundai doesn't feel or drive like its $20k cheaper. The styling is questionable - you either like it or loathe it but in many other aspects, there's many to like about the i45 as a large family saloon.

Credits: Story and Photos by Raymond Lai

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