Hyundai Blue Drive technology could save you a fortune.
Hyundai Blue Drive technology could save you a fortune. But what is it? ‘Blue Drive’ incorporates various systems which reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. This, of course, minimises financial expenditure. Low rolling resistance tyres, for example, can be moved with less force than traditional rubber. That saves fuel. And have you seen the Intelligent Stop & Go system? This switches-off the engine when the vehicle is stationary, say in traffic. It then re-starts it when the clutch is pressed.
This complements the electric power steering system that, Hyundai says, requires less energy than traditional hydraulics. Blue Drive also incorporates a visual display that advises motorists when to change gear for the best fuel efficiency, and an optimised alternator for re-charging the battery. These ?Blue? features are not fitted as a ?job lot? – Hyundai installs the parts that suit each vehicle.
But what does that mean in real terms? The Hyundai i10 Blue averages 67.3mpg, returns 74.3mpg on the extra-urban cycle, and manages 56.5mpg in town. Not bad for a low-cost city car. Emissions are less than 100g/km, so this i10 can be taxed for free too. Also, the most efficient i20 supermini averages 76.4mpg, and the i30 ? a Focus rival – averages up to 76.3mpg. Both can be taxed for free. Even the i40 averages up to 65.7mpg, and can be taxed annually from ?30. That is cheap for a Mondeo rival, and proves that despite being considered a budget brand Hyundai produces highly efficient cars. The cherry on the cake is that every vehicle has a five-year warranty that could save you even more cash. Hurray!
By Stephen Turvil, motoring.co.uk…More at Hyundai Blue Drive Technology – motoring.co.uk