The Hyundai Reina is a practical, reliable, and stylish subcompact sedan meant for first-time drivers, young professionals, and small families. Its exterior is designed with contemporary details everyone will adore. Stepping inside, the B-segment sedan offers a sensible cabin that promises comfort, convenience, and safety. In the Philippines, it is the Korean car brand's entry-level vehicle, sitting below the Hyundai Accent in the lineup.
The Hyundai Reina was unveiled at the Chongqing Motor Show in 2017. In September of the same year, this China-manufactured car was made available in the market. In Latin America, it is known as the Hyundai Verna.
Hyundai Asia Resource Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country, launched the model in the Philippines in February 2019 to answer the demand for an affordable and efficient vehicle with practical and standard features. It is offered with two variants only, namely the base GL 1.4 MT and the top-trim GL 1.4 AT. The Korean car brand also offers an option to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for both the variants.
The Reina is an affordable and practical car that's great for daily driving
This reliable car follows the Fluidic Sculpture design language set by the Hyundai Motor Company. Its body, measuring 4,300mm long, 1,705mm wide, and 1,460mm tall, is designed with subtle curves and lines that exude a classy charm. The front bears a cascading, hexagonal grille highlighted by a dark plastic outline, matched with a pair of trapezoidal headlamps, a faux air vent, and nicely angled bumpers.
The Hyundai Reina subcompact sedan
The rear features a one-piece trunk lid and an efficient set of tail lights. Supporting this four-door sedan is a set of 14-inch steel wheels with wheel caps. HARI offers the Hyundai Reina in the Philippines with various body color options including polar white, blue passion, oriental brown, glowing silver, and fiery red.
Inside, the cabin is dominated with high-quality plastic with a textured finish, fabric-covered seats, chrome highlights, and the color beige with black accents. These are installed for cost-cutting measures and keep the sedan within its respective category. Drivers will enjoy the sturdy polyurethane steering wheel with motor-driven power steering capability and the 2.8-inches legible LCD instrument cluster.
Not much but it gets the job done
The rear seats can comfortably accommodate three fully grown passengers. Storing items inside the Hyundai Reina is never a problem as it is built with a good number of storage spaces at the front and back. In terms of truck capacity, it can carry an impressive 475 liters making this sedan an ideal car for out-of-town trips in the Philippines.
Technology & Safety Features
Providing entertainment inside its cabin as standard is a 3.5-inch SEG LCD 1-DIN Radio audio system that can be connected using a USB port. An optional 7-inch infotainment screen is also offered which comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The said system is surrounded by a piano black finish which improves the look of the center console.
An ideal vehicle for daily driving
In terms of safety, the Hyundai Reina doesn't come with a lot of features considering it is a budget car. It is equipped with dual airbags at the front seats, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic door locks, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Platform & Chassis
This front-wheel-drive vehicle is built using the PB Platform of Hyundai. It utilizes a McPherson Strut suspension with a stabilizer at the front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the rear. Braking comes from disc brakes installed at the front and drums in the rear.
Practicality is its middle name
Engine & Drivetrain
Powering the Hyundai Reina is a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine for both the GL variants. It is tested to produce a maximum horsepower of 94 with a torque of 132Nm. The engine is paired to either a five-speed manual transmission for the entry-level variant or a four-speed automatic transmission for the top-of-the-line variant.
A good car for first time owners