South Korea’s biggest car maker might be known as a budget brand, but it’s a credible name too. Along with stablemate Kia, Hyundai forms the Hyundai Motor Group – the world’s fourth biggest selling car manufacturer. The Hyundai Pony was Korea’s first mass-production car back in 1975. Now Hyundai’s best known for its zippy supermini the i20, the sporty Veloster and the i80 people carrier.
Hyundai is behind the biggest car plant on the planet, turning out an incredible 1.5 million cars a year – that’s one every 20 seconds. The cars themselves are just as efficient – so if you care about keeping the costs of owning a car down, you won’t go wrong with a Hyundai.
If you don’t fancy paying road tax, go for a car that emits less than 100g/km of CO2 and you won’t have to. Carbuyer.co.uk has put the Hyundai i10 hatchback – its 2014 Car of the Year – on its list of the best road-tax-free cars. Choose the tax-exempt Blue Drive model, which releases just 98g/km of CO2 and is comfortable, practical and fun to drive too. The other models aren’t bad either, at just £30 in annual road tax.