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Hyundai trials seven-year warranty, could become permanent

For a limited time, Hyundai is offering a seven-year warranty on most new models, following a movement by many mainstream brands that have extended warranties. And it could become a permanent addition.

HYUNDAI AUSTRALIA IS increasing its standard five-year warranty to seven years, unlimited kilometres on most of its model lineup.

For now, Hyundai says it is only for a limited time, applied to new petrol or diesel passenger, SUV and iMax vehicles ordered and delivered between October 1 to December 31 this year. Hyundai told Practical Motoring that the seven-year warranty could become standard, though for now it is limited time only. 

“We’ve introduced it to drive consideration and conversion across the final quarter of the year – we think the addition of a 7 Year Warranty gives potential buyers a fantastic extra push to choose Hyundai, on top of an already industry-leading iCare package which includes great value servicing and extras,” a spokesperson said.

“At the moment it’s for the final three months of the year only. We’re not ruling out extending it but currently no plans to do so.”

The temporary seven-year warranty program applies to models including the new Venue, Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe, i30, new Veloster, Elantra,  Sonata, iLoad, and iMax. However, according to Hyundai, the “7 year warranty does not apply to electric or hybrid vehicles,” such as the Ioniq and Kona EV.

There are also some provisos on commercial use that limit the coverage to seven-years/175,000km.

Hyundai says: “For vehicles (ordered and delivered in the offer period) which are or have been used at any time for “commercial application” as defined in the vehicle warranty policy or iLoad vehicles (regardless of usage), a 7 year/175,000km (whichever occurs first) warranty applies.”

The offer also excludes government, fleet and rental buyers.

Hyundai was the first carmaker in Australia to offer a five-year warranty but not the first to go to seven years. South Korean sibling Kia has offered a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty in Australia for five years and new arrivals into the market such as Chinese-owned MG and South Korean brand SsangYong also offer seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranties. Mitsubishi suggested to Practical Motoring it might extend its seven-year offer on Tritons to cover all models in the brand’s lineup.

Full details on Hyundai’s limited warranty offer are here.

 


Alex Rae

Alex Rae