Hyundai Reina PROS and CONS
- Quiet ride
- Handles well in high speeds
- Very light steering
- Interior isn't spacious enough
- Lack of interior features
Largely based on the Hyundai-Kia PB platform, the Hyundai Reina conveniently sits below the Hyundai Accent. The variant is a front wheel drive, four door B-segment sedan that is manufactured by the Beijing Hyundai Motor Co., Ltd.
Debuting at the 2017 Chongquing Motor Show, the Hyundai Reina only reached the Philippine shores two years after. It is noted for its subcompact size and is generally sought-after by most for its relatively affordable price.
Among its highlights include its fluidic sculpture 2.0 design which is front-lined by its hexagonal grille and continuous body lines. It is also powered by the class-leading 1.4-liter petrol engine which produces at a ground-breaking 95 PS for quicker maneuverability. In the same vein, the entrant also boasts of 5MT and 4AT gearbox choices, providing a greater driving convenience.
The Hyundai Reina is also noted for its provisions of dual airbags which provide significant protection for the driver and the passenger; an anti-lock braking system is likewise thrown into the mix – giving its users better control during tough road conditions.
The 2019 Hyundai Reina is powered by the Hyundai's usual 1.4-liter Kappa MPI Inline-4 gasoline engine that is mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. That allows the Reina to come at a vantage point as it shares the same engine with many other variants under the PB Hyundai-Kia platform.
The Philippine market, however, is at a disadvantage as it doesn't currently offer the 2019 Hyudnai Reina's turbocharged version, which could possibly give it a bit more power than its standard offering. As for its local variant, the vehicle produces about 94 HP and 132 Nm of torque, placing it a bit inferior than that of the Accent's. Nevertheless, the latest-generation Reina still runs considerably quieter than its older sibling variant and is more economical, thanks to its optional use of lower octane fuel.
In terms of handling, the 2019 Hyundai Reina has a quiet manner in it and features a little body roll. Meanwhile, its steering is notably responsive, one that won't drag you down even in tight turns. Its drawback, however, can be found in this segment, with its oftentimes stiffened suspension. Unless you're after a car's sportiness, this one could still make a dent with the comfort that you're seeking in a vehicle's overall performance.
Another disadvantage in this segment is the Reina's relatively sluggish automatic gearbox. Accordingly, it takes a second or two before it finally delivers power and is also noted for its "sleeps" from its first gear which could render stress to the vehicle especially when one navigating a busy city.
Its AT's fourth gear, however, is noted to perform well enough right on the highway. Comparatively, its 5-speed manual is likewise great to use, akin to how the older Hyundai Accent performs.
From the get-go, the 2019 Hyundai Reina's overall exterior styling reminds us of Hyundai's current and typical design. Some of its parts are a resemblance of the Hyundai Accent which it shares the PB platform with. But if there is one thing that sets it apart from its compatriots, it is its decidedly flowing quality in it. This can all be seen in its character lines flowing through the length of its sides right down to its front fascia, making its grille even more prominent.
If you're into chrome, however, the entry-level Hyundai Reina isn't the one for you. Still, there are appreciable features in this regard that are worth mentioning for, specifically the presence of its patterned intake situated on its lower lip.
The 2019 Hyundai Reina also borrows the recent trend of most modern cars that feature fake vents in its front, as opposed to the placement of fog lights. Ultimately, the front of the car is more than decent-looking that it deserves to be in the platform in which it belongs despite its barebones look.
From its sides, the 2019 Hyundai Reina exudes a terrific Spartan feel, one that continues to its basic door handles. The car is also equipped with 14-inch steel wheels which come with a standard-looking cover. Right in its rear, the vehicle deviates from its usual Hyundai design aspirations which contrast that of its front aesthetics. In terms of one-piece trunk's functionality, the variant gets its job done, besides the complementing tail-lights.
The 2019 Hyundai Reina's interior design cues aspire to be both essential and modern. These expertly mixed qualities can be found right from the dash, the steering wheel, down to its center console to the seats.
But despite of these, the Hyundai Reina is still adamantly plastic-made. There's no need to fret on it, however, as the brand managed to texture its interior panels in a way that it doesn't feel like cheap at all. The chrome that surrounds the car's a/c vents and the steering wheel also complements its overall modern feel. The steering wheel in itself may be chunky but is generally comfortable enough to endure long drives.
Also comfortable is Hyundai's placement of its controls as they are all easy to reach and use. The same couldn't be said with the placement of its front window controls which are situated right under the a/c controls – a location that could prove to be difficult for some users. One of the interior highlights of the 2019 Hyundai Reina is storage space in its trunk, which features a huge 475 liters. For a car in this class, such an offering is next to rare.
The 2019 Hyundai Reina's legroom and headspace are adequate enough to accommodate the typical Filipino consumers. But if you're from a taller family, Reina's interior can be on the tighter side.
Such discomforts can be forgiven when we throw the Hyundai Reina's technology into equation. For instance, the car features a 2.8-inch LCD trip meter and an automatic door lock which can sense how far a driver is going. Also included are an array of driving modes, besides a handy little device which tells drivers when to shift.