Hyundai vehicles scoop three Gold Star Value Awards

  • Hyundai tops three key categories in Wheels Magazine’s comprehensive 2016 Gold Star Value Awards
  • i30 Active CRDI is Australia’s best value-for-money Small Car over $24K
  • Santa Fe Active CRDI dominates the Large SUV/4WD category
  • Genesis is the standout best value-for-money Large Car $45K-$65K

Hyundai vehicles have topped three important categories in Wheels Magazine's 2016 Gold Star Value Awards



16th November 2016 – Hyundai vehicles have topped three important categories in Wheels Magazine’s 2016 Gold Star Value Awards, appearing in the December 2016 edition of Australia’s oldest and most respected motoring magazine.

Hyundai’s i30 Active CRDI, Santa Fe CRDI and luxurious Genesis each dominated their categories, while the Tucson Highlander and i30 Active petrol were close runners-up in their respective categories.

Wheels’ annual Gold Star Value Awards are unique in Australia for their exhaustive number-crunching assessment of the real-world costs of new-car ownership.

Awards criteria this year weighed the purchase price and warranties of more than 2,000 new cars on-sale in Australia against the often-hidden ownership costs of depreciation, insurance, annual fuel bills and service costs.

Hyundai’s i30 Active CRDI was the Gold Star Value Awards winner in the hotly-contested Over-$24K Small Car category.

The i30 Active CRDI’s 1.6-litre frugal yet powerful turbo-diesel engine helped it dominate both the Fuel Economy (just 4.9L/100km) and Annual Fuel Costs ($765/year) categories in its class.

Other standout i30 Active CRDI results against the Wheels’ Gold Star Value Awards criteria included its impressive resale value (56 percent after three years), benchmark 5-year/Unlimited kilometre new-car warranty and lowest overall three-year ownership cost against the category second- and third-placed runners-up.

Indeed, in its overview of the i30 Active CRDI’s exemplary category performance, Wheels’ judges described it as “the equivalent of bringing a sawn-off to a knife fight”.

Similarly, Hyundai’s Santa Fe Active CRDI included class-winning fuel economy (just 6.3L/100km) and low Annual Fuel Cost ($984/year) in its dominant Large SUV/4WD Gold Star Value Award-winning performance.

Santa Fe Active CRDI also scored runaway best-in-class results in terms of Resale Value (56 percent), annual insurance rate, and three-year cost of ownership tally. Again, Hyundai’s benchmark 5-year/Unlimited kilometre warranty scored highly towards Santa Fe Active CRDI’s award win.

Luxurious Hyundai Genesis topped the coveted Gold Star Value Awards $45K-$65K Large Car class thanks partly to its 52 percent Resale Value – outstanding in the notoriously high-depreciation Large-Car category. 

Genesis also scored highly for its surprisingly affordable annual insurance cost and easily best-in-class 5-year/Unlimited kilometre new-car warranty (a full two years longer than that offered by its second- and third-placed category runners-up).

Hyundai’s other outstanding results in this year’s Gold Star Value Awards included runners-up positions for the Tucson Highlander, in the hotly contested Medium SUV $45K-$60K category, and i30 Active petrol in the Small Car under $25K category.

“I’m proud to say that our cars have again achieved outstanding results in Wheels Magazine’s coveted Gold Star Value Awards,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Operating Officer, Scott Grant.

“Wheels’ experts do an incredible job of calculating the real-world ownership costs of a mind-boggling array of new-cars available in Australia.

“These awards offer an invaluable guide to consumers – the fact our cars have again come out on top of some of the most important new-car categories in Wheels’ exhaustive annual assessment process is a huge vote of confidence in our products, and one we value greatly.”