The imminent launch of the i30 brings Hyundai’s range count up to nine.
The imminent launch of the i30 brings Hyundai’s range count up to nine. Most people would be hard pushed to name them all but there is one that always comes to mind.
Actually, I think the term, ‘in your face’, would be a better description of the Coupe - that was until the arrival of the Coupe SIII. The original, 1996, Coupe was designed in the USA and it showed. In 2000, the ostentatious curves were slimmed down for a sleeker look, while a further facelift in 2005 saw more cosmetic changes, mainly to the lights and bumpers.
Now we have the Hyundai Coupe SIII, with the SIII suffix signifying that this is the third generation. In terms of looks, it remains faithful to the previous incarnations but with plenty of modern detailing.
The curve of the rear hip, drawn-in sill and slanting design-line are all echoes of the previous Coupes. However, the grinning grille and headlight clusters are new, as is the rear end, which is much sportier than before and gains an integrated brake light in the spoiler.
Inside, there have been a few changes to the centre console, bringing it up to date. A point proven by the inclusion of an iPod connection in the front centre armrest, which plays through the standard radio/CD player and SmartNav, including a year’s subscription is available for £495.
Hyundai Coupe Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Hyundai Coupe SIII 2.7 V6 Auto|
|Colour||Stone Black Mica|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||135 mph|
|Transmission||4-Speed H-matic Automatic Transmission with a sequential shift|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||35.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 03/07/07)||£20,597|