Divided opinions

The i45 certainly looks distinctive and striking but the mix mash of lines and surfaces doesn't give the styling a cohesive feel - it looks like the designers were trying just too hard to make the i45 stand out from its staid looking rivals. Thankfully, the messy lines and surfaces along the sides tend to be not so apparent on cars with lighter hues like the white one here. Despite, the slight messy look, the i45's styling will still win plenty of fans especially those who think that Camrys and Accords look too conservative.

Behind the caricature nose of this base 2.0 GLS model sits the familiar 2-litre 16-valve engine that makes a competitive 165bhp. The Theta II four-cylinder motor can also be found in the Tucson. Avante as well as the Kia Cerato Forte and Koup. The motor is a willing performer, offering a reasonable level of go on the road. With up to 197Nm of torque available at 4600rpm, there's a good spread of mid-range torque for on-the-move acceleration. Hyundai quotes a 0-100km/h time of 10.9 seconds as well as a top speed of 202km/h.

It's not all smooth sailing for the motor though. A major set back is the engine's lack of refinement at high revs - dial in anything higher than 3500rpm and the motor will sound strained and gruff. Despite Hyundai's best efforts to lower NVH levels, a Camry is still slightly ahead when it comes to overall engine refinement.

While the Camry offers four forward gears and the Accord five, the i45 goes one further than the latter with a six-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox is similar to the one in the Tucson and just like in the latter, it delivers crisp and smooth gear changes that are tailored to the engine's power band and torque characteristics. It also responds well to throttle inputs.

There's a good spread of ratios with shorter low gears and tall high gears to maximize performance and fuel economy. In fact, the six-speed automatic is key to Hyundai's claims that the i45 drinks less fuel than all of its competitors. In addition, the box offers a ‘+/-‘ manual mode for boy racer wannabes, but there are no steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and the gearbox is slow to respond in manual mode, so it is still best to leave it to its own devices.


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Engine Capacity 1998cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 165bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 198Nm @ 4600rpm
Power to Weight 110.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 202 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4,820 x 1,835 x 1,470) mm
Wheelbase 2795 mm
Kerb Weight 1497 kg


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs