Korean carmaker Hyundai is known for its philosophy of constant innovation and constantly reinventing itself to enhance driving experience for everyone via improved design and technology going beyond industry standards. It stands among the top valued brands globally and each of its vehicles is an example of craftsmanship, safety, performance and driving comfort.
Hyundai tops the AWD segment with a highly capable powertrain which is available at all times or on demand with the push of a button. Buyers planning to evaluate the best buying options in this segment would like to look at three of its best AWD offerings which catch our attention.
2018 Genesis G80 3.8
According to the Ontario Hyundai dealer, the G80 is an entry level rebadged model from Hyundai released under the premium Genesis brand. It’s a predecessor of the G90 model and was a flagship model for Hyundai in its earlier stages. The 2018 Genesis G80 sedan’s standard offering comes with a highly quipped but supple 3.8-Liter V6 engine that produces a massive 311 horsepower with 293 pounds per feet of torque. 2018 saw the launch its Sport trim that comes with a turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 engine. All this power is delivered through the 8-speed automatic transmission to an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system on demand. A host of safety features such as Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking are part of the standard dispatch on this vehicle.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4 Base
The Santa Fe from Hyundai is its most creative crossover mid-size SUV that is for the shoppers looking for a balance of space, performance and value. The base config sports a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter power packed engine that helps the Santa Fe Sport to live up to its name. The engine cranks up 185 horsepower with 178 pounds per feet of torque effortlessly with no lag delivered through an automatic transmission. This may seem short of expectations but jack it up with the optional all-wheel drive that employs an open differential that distributes power with the rear wheels on demand reinforced with torque vectoring control to assist in cornering. Inside the cabin, the well-bolstered seats padded with soft bottom cushions and well-shaped backrests provide a cozy and comfortable ride. On the safety front, you have hill-start control and downhill assist and its top rated by IIHS – need we say more?
2018 Hyundai Kona Limited
As revealed by the Ontario Hyundai dealer, the 2018 Hyundai Kona Limited is one of the best ranked Subcompact SUVs. Its highly cherished for its agile handling, intuitive infotainment system, best in comfort and user-friendly features. The available turbocharged four-cylinder 1.6-liter engine provides more power than any competition in its range. It nets 192 horsepower at 5500 RPM with an effective 195 pounds per feet of torque (@1500 net RPM) which is quite some power for a subcompact. This is delivered through a 7-speed automatic transmission. The cabin is ergonomically designed and sports a Nice standard 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and display for the rear-view camera as well. The limited-edition sports plush leather upholstery that looks upmarket.