8 best Korean cars

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

When it comes to buying a car, many people want he was beautiful, maneuverable, roomy and reliable. In that the plan is led by a number of European brands, which “breathe in the back of the head” Japanese premium models. But if the purchase of such auto funds lacking, it’s better to pay attention to Korean cars, characterized by a more affordable price tag and an adequate level quality. They are better than Chinese or Russian cars, and service and repairs are relatively inexpensive. We have selected a number of models Korean auto industry, collecting the largest number of positive reviews and having good characteristics. Maybe after of this review, you’ll better understand which car to look for purchases.

Rating of the best Korean cars

Nomination a place Name of product price
Best Korean sedans 1 Kia optima 1 264 900 rub.
2 Hyundai Elantra 1 084 000 rub.
3 Kia rio 757 900 rub.
The best Korean SUVs and crossovers 1 Hyundai Santa Fe 2 164 000 rub.
2 Kia sportage 1 269 900 rub.
3 Hyundai Tucson 1 284 000 rub.
4 Hyundai creta 972 000 rub.
5 Kia soul 974 000 rub.

Best Korean sedans

Sedans are small, medium and large class, from which the convenience of parking in a limited space, capacity cabin and trunk, as well as engine power and feature set. Here some of the best Korean sedans from all categories to get from what to choose.

Kia optima

Rating: 5.0

Kia Optima

Korean sedan belongs to the middle class and has dimensions 4855x1860x1485 mm and a huge trunk for 510 liters, which I like owners in the reviews. In Russia, the Korean model has been on sale since 2010. and already managed to pass the test of our roads, lubricants materials and fuel. You can buy a car with gasoline 2.0 liter engine per 150 hp, or with a volume of 2.4 liters, issuing 188 h.p. Korean manufacturer has released another turbocharged version 2.0 l with a return of 245 hp With a wheelbase of 2805 mm, the sedan is confident keeps on the road and enters turns at a speed of 60 km / h.

The advantage of the car is the presence of 9 trim levels, which even representatives of popular Toyota and Lexus models. Such a variety allows you to choose the cost of the car in the range of 1.5-2.1 million rubles. In addition to the “classic” equipment increases (R17 wheels, leather upholstery, heated seats, climate control in several zones, etc.), in Korean cars have special configurations GT and GT Line, allowing to surprise on track its power and maneuverability.

Advantages

  • there are mechanical and automatic transmissions;
  • large selection of engine power;
  • huge trunk 510 l;
  • 5 year warranty or 150 thousand km.

disadvantages

  • only gasoline ICE;
  • in the city “eats” up to 14 liters of fuel;
  • when loaded, it weighs 2 tons.

Hyundai Elantra

Rating: 4.9

Hyundai Elantra

The Korean model has been produced since 1990, but is supplied to Russia only since 2003. According to the characteristics, the car also belongs to middle European class, but its dimensions are slightly inferior the above and are 4620x1800x1450 mm. Buy brainchild Korean concern is available in 4 trim levels. All modifications delivered on R16 discs, so the ground clearance here is 150 mm versus 155, like KIA Optima. Among the gasoline engine of a car, you can choose 1.6 l, generating 128 hp, or 2.0 l with a return of 150 hp Both versions of the power plant are sold both with manual transmission and automatic transmission. Even in the simplest version there are rain sensors, heating mirrors and pressure drop indicator.

Judging by the reviews, the owners like the fuel consumption in the country at a car with an engine of 1.6 liters, comprising 6.3-6.6 liters per 100 km. Wherein drivers keep a speed of 120-150, and in some places 180 km / h. If you go 80-110 km / h, then the consumption decreases to 5.5 liters. Agree, for this a large Korean car with a gasoline engine is a decent index.

Advantages

  • stability during sharp maneuvers thanks to the 2700 wheelbase mm;
  • the cost is lower than that of Optima;
  • trunk volume 458 l;
  • electric power steering.

disadvantages

  • clearance of 150 mm is not always enough to not cling to the bottom – motor protection is required;
  • halogen headlights;
  • no airbags for the driver’s knees.

Kia rio

Rating: 4.8

Kia Rio

Korean sedan belongs to the small class and has dimensions 4400x1740x1470 mm. A car can be bought with a 1.4 engine outstanding 100 hp, or 1.6, with a return of 123 hp All Korean modifications available with automatic and manual gearbox. Even with an engine 1.4 the car accelerates to “hundreds” in 12.2 s, which is like drivers in reviews. Korean manufacturer gives him 5 year warranty. For a small sedan, the wheelbase is 2600 mm provides stability in cornering. To turn around 180º, the car will need a radius of only 5.2 m. Korean car is well suited for our roads thanks to the back torsion beam providing soft overcoming of roughnesses and minimum maintenance (only replace a couple silent blocks).

We selected the car as the best due to the size ratio body and spaciousness of the trunk. With a small class the car volume the luggage compartment is 480 liters. For comparison, the sedan “Lada Kalina “this figure is 400 liters. On a Korean car you can take with an extra bag on a trip, while parking on it in cramped conditions are much easier than on average cars and a big class.

Advantages

  • ground clearance 160 mm;
  • several options for internal combustion engine power;
  • there are mechanics and automatic transmission;
  • 5 year warranty.

disadvantages

  • some in the reviews do not like the Russian assembly;
  • even in the latest version of halogen headlights;
  • there is no factory tinting at the top of the windshield.

The best Korean SUVs and crossovers

Cars from South Korean manufacturers in SUV bodies suitable not only for urban use and travel on the highway, but they allow you to call on light and complete off-road. It could be coastal area, forest, fields or rugged terrain. On such “iron horse” you become more accessible to hunting, fishing, or rest in places rarely visited by people. Here are some of the best models with excellent cross-country performance and roomy salons.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Rating: 5.0

Hyundai Santa Fe

In first place in the SUV category is Hyundai Santa Fe, manufactured since 2000. Korean manufacturer at the same time he began selling jeeps in his homeland, in the USA and Russia, therefore, the car has been repeatedly tested in various conditions operation. Mid-size crossover presented in 6 trim levels costing from 2.2 to 3 million rubles. Diesel lovers Korean concern offers one option 2.2 l with a return 200 h.p. Connoisseurs of dynamics are given two options for gasoline installations on 2.4 and 3.5 liters, issuing 188 and 249 hp All korean modifications are equipped with all-wheel drive and automatic transmission. Ground clearance crossover is 185 mm.

We recommend Korean cars as the best for a large family. IN depending on the number of people, you can choose a car version for 5 or 7 places. In the first case, you get a spacious lounge and trunk volume of 1036 l, which can be expanded if necessary until 2019 l, folding the second row of seats. A 7-seater Korean jeep even with full occupancy of the cabin, there is still room for luggage in the volume 328 liters, like a regular small class sedan. Folding back its seats can also be turned into a huge rest area or transportation of bulky cargo.

Advantages

  • there are diesel and gasoline engines;
  • power 188-249 hp;
  • ground clearance 185 mm;
  • There are models for 5 and 7 places.

disadvantages

  • high price;
  • fuel consumption in the city of 12-15 liters for a gasoline ICE 2.4;
  • for some, the on-board computer shows incorrect data while you will not reboot;
  • weighs 2 tons

Kia sportage

Rating: 4.9

Kia Sportage

The Korean concern has been producing crossover since 1993. Car has dimensions of 4485x1855x1645 mm and relates to small off-road class. Among the trim levels there are only 5-seater version. A choice of models with a diesel engine 2.0 on 185 h.p. or with petrol 2.0 generating 150 hp For lovers increased power there is a 2.4 engine at 184 hp Korean crossover can be both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Transmission here also happens mechanical and automatic. For the price of this the car wins the Santa Fe because it costs 1.7-2.2. million rub. And on the cross, with a clearance of 182 mm and four-wheel drive provides off-road equality. Of course in size trunk, in the Kia Sportage space is much less – after 5 seats 491 liters remain, which is good for a crossover, but cannot compete with the previous jeep.

Experts consider the car the best in softness of suspension. Here independent MacPherson struts, front stabilizer are provided and multi-link rear suspension. This provides a comfortable ride. irregularities. Judging by the reviews, even on ledges of asphalt with a height 5-7 cm, shock absorbers do not “break through”.

Advantages

  • ground clearance 182 mm;
  • trunk volume 491 l;
  • 5 years warranty;
  • U-turn with a radius of 5.3 m.

disadvantages

  • not everyone likes the extraordinary design of the car;
  • weighs 2 tons;
  • halogen headlights;
  • sophisticated multi-link suspension that is expensive to repair.

Hyundai Tucson

Rating: 4.8

Hyundai Tucson

A worthy competitor of Sportage is the Korean compact Hyundai Tucson crossover with dimensions of 4480x1850x1655 mm. In the second generation, not everyone liked the “frog” headlights, but in the third generation car has become similar to the Volkswagen Tiguan or “Mazda CX5”, which greatly increased its popularity. Korean small class SUV sold with 1.6 l gasoline engines (177 HP), 2.0 L (150 HP) and 2.4 L (184 HP), as well as diesel installation of 2.0 l (185 hp). There are automatic and mechanical transmission, front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Ground clearance here similar to the above vehicle and is 182 mm. Volume luggage compartment 488 liters can be increased to 1478 liters by folding the backs second row.

Although the parameters of “Sportage” and “Tucson” are very similar, the second the Korean model still stands out with a lot of electronics, if you compare the same configuration. For example, in Hyundai Tucson there is a push-button engine start and keyless entry system, automatically unlocking the car door when you approach him.

Advantages

  • trunk volume 488 l;
  • ground clearance 182 mm;
  • LED headlights;
  • a wide selection of transmission, drive and engine;
  • electric power steering.

disadvantages

  • some in the reviews find the seats uncomfortable;
  • There are many counterfeit spare parts for this vehicle on the market.

Hyundai creta

Rating: 4.7

Hyundai Creta

This car of the Korean automobile industry belongs to the category mini crossovers. Its dimensions are 4270x1780x1630 mm, therefore, very little space is allocated for the luggage compartment – 402 liters. The car is available in 7 trim levels. ICE can only be gasoline, but with a volume of 1.6 or 2.0 liters, where the power varies from 121 to 149 h.p. The drive is available 2WD and 4WD. Manage small Korean crossover is extremely comfortable thanks to electric power steering wheel. The torsion beam rear suspension is easy to maintain and provides comfortable travel irregularities. Car supplied on alloy R16 and equipped with disc brakes “in a circle.” IN reviews owners like affordable service and repair prices this model.

Compact mini SUV leads Korean cars ride height. Its figure is 190 mm, which higher than the huge Santa Fe. In combination with all-wheel drive, it’s the best car for picnic, hunting or fishing trips, which takes you out of sand, soft soil or tall grass.

Advantages

  • 5 years warranty;
  • mechanical or automatic transmission to choose from;
  • relatively affordable consumables and repairs;
  • liquidity in the secondary market.

disadvantages

  • small trunk 402 l;
  • seats are not designed for tall people;
  • small steering adjustment for reach and angle;
  • abruptly moves away.

Kia soul

Rating: 4.6

Kia Soul

Completes the review of another Korean mini-SUV, but from KIA Motors. The model is produced since 2008. The car is different unusual design with a flat window line, a slightly sloping roof and vertical rear overhang, resembling an “armored car”. Korean the concern offers a crossover with gasoline engines 1.6 and 2.0 liters, whose power range is 123-150 hp But all modifications are only front-wheel drive, so with asphalt on it better not to move out.

A car has several distinctive advantages at once, making him the best among the likes. Firstly, it is the most compact crossover that is convenient to park on a limited space. The length of the body is only 4195 mm, which is 7.5 cm shorter than the competitor described above. But the cab width is here 1800 mm exceeds the dimensions of the Hyundai Creta by 2 cm, therefore there will be more passengers. Secondly, among the trim levels the crossover is present GT Line, with a capacity of 200 hp FROM with such a potential, one can “make” any more “older” model on traffic light.

Advantages

  • thresholds are covered with plastic pads that protect against sandblasting;
  • ride height 170-180 mm;
  • smooth running on the highway;
  • excellent review;
  • average consumption of 6-7 liters.

disadvantages

  • body design for an amateur;
  • luggage compartment 364 l;
  • on mechanics, short gears – often switch;
  • the huge air intake “catches” stones well;
  • front-wheel drive only.


Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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