Southern European road trips with Hyundai Motor

- The company enlisted bloggers Sawyer Hartman, High On Life and Sam Kolder to travel to Italy, Spain and France, respectively. Here’s how they got on.

Sawyer Hartman’s trip to Italy with the IONIQ Hybrid

American travel blogger Sawyer Hartman was handed the keys to an IONIQ Hybrid to travel the length of Italy, where he stayed for seven nights in seven different cities, from the grand Italian lakes of Como and Garda to the historical centres of Florence and Rome.

On his first day, Sawyer used the SP583 country road to get to Bellagio from Lake Como, and experienced amazing views along the way. As part of his visit, he took a trip to Mountain Brunate, which can be reached by narrow but exciting roads. The next day he travelled to the Italian fashion capital that is Milan. One of the European cities with the highest number of car ownerships, Milan’s Zonal Traffic Limitato (ZTL) controls traffic and pollution in the city by charging cars based on pollution emission levels.

On Day 3, Sawyer drove through the E35 route from Milan towards the city of Florence, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, taking in trips to the Modena region, which is famous for its high-quality balsamic vinegars, and to the Parma region. After hours of driving, the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) ensured the IONIQ Hybrid didn’t drift out of lane through its camera and sensors, which actively correct the steering direction of the car.

The next day, he drove on winding roads through the mountains to Cinque Terre, an area on the Italian Riviera that connects five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The IONIQ Hybrid’s Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) was essential here, as it detected any risks to prevent a likely collision.

The following day involved a journey to Naples, the representative city of Southern Italy. Thanks to its population of one million people, it is one of the biggest cities in Europe. Road conditions there can be challenging. The IONIQ Hybrid’s Blind Spot Detection was on hand to inform and warn drivers of other vehicles that are speedily approaching from behind and side, while Smart Cruise Control helped Sawyer maintain a safe distance between vehicles.

On Day 6, Sawyer set off along the Amalfi Coast on the famous SS145 state road that lies right next to the high cliffs when driving from Naples to Positano. Boasting glorious views of the sea, it also features narrow and winding roads, making it an attractive driving route. As the saying goes, “all roads lead to Rome”. Finally, on Day 7, he set off on the winding SP1 road through the mountains towards his final stop in the Italian capital.


High On Life’s trip to Spain with the Hyundai Tucson

High On Life are a group of Canadian travel influencers consisting of Parker, Ryker, Rush and Kenzo. They spent a week travelling around Spain with a Hyundai Tucson, visiting seven different cities along the way, from cultural Catalonia to the searing heat of the country’s southern region.

The troupe began their trip in Barcelona in the north, experiencing the Catalonian capital’s dynamic streets with the Tucson, which delivered a powerful and smooth driving performance along the way. The car’s Blind Spot Detection was of great assistance when driving through the city’s busy streets. As time was limited, the High On Life group flew by aeroplane directly to Sevilla rather than drive, and it was here that they would begin their adventure in earnest.

The team spent Day 2 in Sevilla, the capital city of Andalusia in southern Spain, which features the third largest cathedral in the world. The team were blessed with perfect sunny weather, and from there made their way to Jerez de la Frontera via the AP4 road and witnessed an amazing view of endless sunflower fields. The Tucson’s Forward Collision Warning System allowed each driver to retain their focus by continuously giving signs to them every time the distance narrowed between the car and other vehicles.

Day Three was spent in Jerez de la Frontera and Vejer de la Frontera, the two main cities of Cádiz, which was the third largest province in Spain during the 12th century. The team travelled between the two cities using the A-381 and the A-396 routes. On the following day, the they took the N-340 to Tarifa, and this was one of the best routes to enjoy the Tucson’s driving performance, especially when moving through the seaside roads.

On Day 5 and 6, the High On Life crew took the AP7 toll road to the resort city of Marbella. Along the way they travelled through the mountains and took in a marvellous view of lake El Chorro, before taking the A357 moving towards Malaga. Although the group experienced unfamiliar road conditions that offered up a series of challenges, the Tucson’s advanced features raised the standards of safety for the team members. The Tucson’s Autonomous Emergency Brake detected any oncoming risks and work to prevent a likely collision. This was especially useful after long hours behind the wheel. The Lane Keeping Assist System was also helpful to the crew by aiding with steering direction on different kinds of roads.

On the final day, the team travelled from Malaga to the port city of Almeria via the A45 motorway, passing fields of green olive trees along the way, followed by the A92 to move from the east of Andalusia to its west. This area features stunning deserts that have been the setting for many Hollywood movies over the years.


Sam Kolder’s trip to France with the Hyundai i30

Travel influencer Sam Kolder, who also goes by the name of Kold, uses his Instagram account to showcase his love of travelling and passion for extreme sports. He was given a Hyundai i30 to drive around France for a week, beginning in Paris and taking in many of the city’s major sights, including the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame de Paris. Thanks to the i30’s Autonomous Emergency Brake and Blind Spot Detection, Kold was able to prevent a collision when a cyclist unexpectedly cut-in to the road.

On Day 2, Kold began his journey in the village of Les Baux-de-Provence, which is the largest producer of bauxite, a base material for aluminium. From there, he took the D90 and D974 to Mont Ventoux in southern France, taking in great scenery along the route from Beaumes de Venise to Suzette. He spent the next day in the port city of Marseilles and Cassis, which lies 20 kilometres east, before taking the D141 to La Ciotat, which features amazing views of cliffs and coastlines. Kold found this drive to be very long and quite tiring, and praised the i30’s Lane Keeping Assist System as it helped avert any possible accidents by offering warning sounds and correcting the steering direction of the vehicle.

Day 4 to Day 5 was spent travelling from Marseille to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, which was littered with pretty purple lavender fields. Kold considers this to be an ideal route to use the i30’s Advanced Smart Cruise Control function, which uses front radar sensors to keep a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking.

Kold spent Day 6 in the resort city of Antibes by the Mediterranean, which is believed to have been first formed in 400 BC by the Greeks. From here, he took the coastal road D6007 to Nice. He used the i30’s High Beam Assist, which detects both oncoming vehicles as well as vehicles in the same lane ahead at night and changes to low-beam and high-beam as appropriate for safe driving.

On the final day, Kold travelled from Nice to Èze via the straight road Moyenne Cornic (M60007). After that, he finished in Moanco, which is the second smallest and country in the world by area most densely populated. Along the way, he enjoyed using Apple CarPlay, which allowed him to play music from his library on his smartphone using the feature’s inbuilt display, voice recognition system and touchscreen.


Consumption Data

IONIQ Hybrid*

1.6 GDi / 1.56 kWh Battery: Fuel consumption combined: 3.9 - 3.4 l/100 km; urban: 3.9 - 3.4 l/100 km; extra-urban: 3.9 - 3.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 92 - 79 g/km


Gasoline Engines

1.6 GDi (132 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 6.3 l/100 km; urban: 7.9 l/100 km; extra-urban: 5.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 147 g/km

1.6 GDi (177 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 7.6 - 7.1 l/100 km; urban: 10.0 - 9.0 l/100 km; extra-urban: 6.5 - 5.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 177 - 165 g/km

Diesel Engines

1.7 CRDi (116 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 4.6 l/100 km; urban: 5.4 l/100 km; extra-urban: 4.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 119 g/km

1.7 CRDi (141 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 4.9 l/100 km; urban: 5.4 l/100 km; extra-urban: 4.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 129 g/km

2.0 CRDi (136 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 6.0 - 4.8 l/100 km; urban: 7.0 - 5.6 l/100 km; extra-urban: 5.3 - 4.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 156 - 127 g/km

2.0 CRDi (185 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 6.5 - 5.9 l/100 km; urban: 8.0 - 7.1 l/100 km; extra-urban: 5.6 - 5.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 170 - 154 g/km


Gasoline Engines

1.4 MPI (100 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 5.6 - 5.4 l/100 km; urban: 6.8 - 6.6 l/100 km; extra-urban: 4.9 - 4.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 130 - 126 g/km

1.0 T-GDi (120 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 5.0 - 4.5 l/100 km; urban: 5.8 - 5.4 l/100 km; extra-urban: 4.6 - 4.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 115 - 103 g/km

1.4 T-GDi (140 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 5.5 - 4.8 l/100 km; urban: 6.6 - 5.9 l/100 km; extra-urban: 5.0 - 4.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 125 - 109 g/km

Diesel Engines

1.6 CRDi (95 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 3.8 - 3.6 l/100 km; urban: 4.1 – 4.0 l/100 km; extra-urban: 3.6 - 3.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 98 - 95 g/km

1.6 CRDi (110 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 4.1 - 3.4 l/100 km; urban: 4.4 – 3.8 l/100 km; extra-urban: 3.9 - 3.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 109 - 89 g/km

1.6 CRDi (136 PS): Fuel consumption combined: 4.1 - 3.8 l/100 km; urban: 4.4 - 4.2 l/100 km; extra-urban: 3.9 - 3.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 109 - 99 g/km

*Depending on trim and tyre specifications.