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All-new Hyundai Reina: Ride and drive with a queen

Hyundai is looking to rule the subcompact sedan segment with the introduction of the all-new Hyundai Reina, and what better way to showcase its newest heir than with a ride and drive that tests the car’s efficiency, economy, comfort, and mobility.

Last February 12, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) took the media to an exciting journey to Pililla Rizal to answer this question: why is the Hyundai the right one to help you rule your journey? Here are the answers we got.

 

It can drive a queen

Thanks to its 1.4-liter gasoline engine with 94hp power and 132Nm torque, the Reina was able to maneuver through the uphill climbs, sharp curves, and road constructions we encountered during our drive to Pililla. The Reina has independent MacPherson struts up front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the back.

You get two options for this subcompact sedan–a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox.–so you can have a comfortable driving experience even if you’re a first time or city driver.

 

It has royal looks

Based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the Reina’s exterior flaunts hexagonal grille, aggressive headlights, body-color side mirrors, and flowing body lines. It’s also compact at 4300mm length, 1705mm width, and 1460mm height. Aside from the Blue Passion and Oriental Brown variants we used during the drive, this Hyundai sedan is also available in Polar White, Glowing Silver, and Fiery Red.

Inside, a 2.8-inch mono LCD cluster, 1-DIN stereo system, and USB connectivity. The power window controls are easily accessible at the front from the center console.

 

It fits the needs of a queen

You get a stress-free ride with its comfortable seats and huge legroom. It can also fit five adults inside and has ample wheelbase of 2,570mm. Planning for a road trip? Bring everything you need and more and pack them in the spacious trunk that can carry up to 475L cargo.

For safety needs, the Hyundai Reina provides protection to both driver and passenger with its dual airbags. The anti-locking braking system gives better control even when driving on slippery roads–a feature greatly tested during the Hyundai drive since we plied a few kilometers of wet roads going to Pililla. Another safety feature is its speed-sensing auto door lock, which activates when the vehicle hits 20kph speed.

How much do you need to spend to get this royal experience in your daily drive? The Hyundai Reina is priced at a P598,000 for the Reina 1.4 GL 5MT variant and P648,000 for the Reina 1.4 GL 4AT one.

Words and photos Pat Calica

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