Often Private Fleet reviews cover sedans, hatches sports cars and utes, but not often do we get to check out the trucks on offer. Hyundai is a big manufacturer of trucks and other important contracting machinery. If you are on the look out for a tough, versatile light truck, then do make sure that you check out the new Hyundai HD series.
Big load carrying ability ensures goods can be transported efficiently and with practicality across any part of Australia. The Hyundai HD trucks offer decks between 5.3 and 6.6 metres in length, depending on the model of Hyundai HD truck you’re looking at. And with load capacity ranging from 4.5 to 7.5 tonne GVM, the loads you carry can be substantially heavy. Don’t forget that you can have an open deck, canopy or boxed storage to carry those loads, as well.
All Hyundai HD trucks boast a modern diesel engine which has all the power you need to get any big job done. The new CRDi engines come in two forms: a 110 kW motor with an immense 579 Nm of grunt (HD65 and HD75 models), and the HD45 has the 103 kW/372 Nm engine. Long haulage, motorways and city streets can be tamed with effortless power, as the Hyundai HD F-series engines pack robust performance to tackle even the heaviest workload demands. If you’ve ever driven a Hyundai diesel, then you will already be aware of how smooth and efficient these motors really are. Linked to the Hyundai HD45 and HD65 engines is the smooth shifting five-speed manual transmission, while on the HD75 model, a six-speed manual transmission connects the engine power to the rear wheels. The triple cone synchronizers ensure that gear shifting is directional and smooth.
Similar to trucks of much larger dimensions, the Hyundai HD series has a cab that sits on a floating cab suspension. This design uses four oil cushioned rubber mounts to soften the bumps and road undulations and there effect on the driver and front seat passenger seated inside the cab. Comfort is superb, and long hours spent behind the steering wheel of a truck that embodies a floating cab ensures a working day becomes much less wearisome. Added to the floating cab design, the driver also has a seat on a suspension of its own – the result is superior comfort.
All the power in the world is pretty hopeless in a heavily laden truck if the chassis and brakes are not up to scratch. Every Hyundai HD truck comes with self adjusting large brake liners. Great stopping performance needs to be called upon every now and then – particularly if a cyclist strays out in front of the truck or a car forgets to give way. A heavily laden truck needs to have stopping power, as well as plenty of go-juice, so Hyundai have provided the HD series with ABS and EBD as standard safety features.
Inside the Hyundai HD trucks, the cabin is modern and tastefully designed. There is no feel of ruggedness about the interior; in fact the cabin area has a curved dash with a small central console that has essential switchgear, cooling controls and the all important sound system head unit. Seating fabric is both tactile and hardwearing, aiding the support and comfort of the well contoured seats. Easy on the eye speedometer and tachometer displays make for a more relaxed drive. And the gearshift lever is very comfortable to use. The driver’s seat is adjustable, and the steering wheel seems the perfect size and shape – in fact, the steering wheel is also tilt and telescopic adjusting, too. Handy cup holders are available for the early morning coffee, while the handbrake is a sensible pull up one – not one of these reach under the steering wheel and pull vaguely once, then pull hard a second time till you get it right ones. There is seating for three inside the cab of the Hyundai HD truck, and behind the central seat is a fold down storage compartment with cup holders – very dinky, indeed. I liked the addition of a 12V power socket – which is suitable for charging mobile, GPS or other electronic devices. An overhead console is also available for storing items safely away, and the glove box is a nice big storage space, as well. Solar controlled side glass is a very practical feature. This ingenious feature reduces heat and UV rays by up to 20 to 26% more than conventional glass.
Glance over the exterior design work on the cab, and the modern style found in the sharp headlight design leading nicely into the crimped, swooping indentation running along the cab doors is eye-catching. The large side turning indicator also adds to the detailing, while the Hyundai HD’s good looks will do your business the world of good, it deserves.
Buy a new Hyundai HD truck, and you have yourself Hyundai’s extremely competitive package which includes a three year / 200 000 km warranty and a three year national Road Side Assistance programme. Get your business on the road today, with the help of Private Fleet and Hyundai.
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For anymore information on the Hyundai HD trucks, or for that matter any other new car, truck or ute, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181. If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quotes requests out to our national network of Hyundai dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours. Private Fleet – car buying made easy!
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