The Korean landscape is home to one of the largest automobile industries in the world in terms of unit production and export volume. When compared with other top car manufacturing countries, the automotive industry in Korea is still young, as it was only birthed in the 1950s/1960s. It all started with a few companies partnering with foreign carmakers who supplied them with parts which were then assembled in Korea.
Hyundai made a name for itself in 1975 when it built the first Korean-developed automobile, the Hyundai Pony, which later became the first Korean-developed car to be exported. Little wonder that today, Hyundai, together with its subsidiaries, is the leading name among the top Korean carmakers. Apart from industry-leading warranty coverages, these cars offer levels of luxury and sophistication that are found in much more expensive brands from Europe and America. Below is a list of the 10 most expensive Korean cars you can find on the market today.
10 2022 Kia Telluride ($33,090)
The 2022 Kia Telluride comes with roomy seating for 8 passengers, an excellently-built cabin, and ample storage space. In standard format, 291 hp is sent to the front wheels by a naturally aspirated V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, while AWD is optional.
Thanks to 8 inches of ground clearance, a skid plate, and a maximum towing capacity of 5000 pounds, you can embark on family adventures. Furthermore, Kia doesn't skimp on the standard and available driver-assist/safety, infotainment, and convenience features on offer. With all of these features and more, there are claims that the Kia Telluride is the best 2022 SUV for the money.
9 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid ($33,900)
Apart from a below-expectations fuel economy, the 2022 Santa Fe Hybrid is a solid compact SUV that boasts an attractive and well-insulated cabin. Built for adventures, it comes with standard AWD and provides comfortable seating for 5 passengers and enough space, 36.4 cubic feet, for their luggage.
With 226 hp from the conventional hybrid and 261 hp from the plug-in hybrid, the Santa Fe Hybrid accelerates briskly and changes from electric to gasoline power smoothly. Outstanding among the offered driving aids is the remote smart parking that allows you to stand outside and pull the car in or out of a parking spot.
8 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid ($34,090)
The 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid is a solid and handsome SUV that impresses with a storage capacity that bests most class rivals. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine pairs with an electric motor to provide spry acceleration, whether moving from a stop or passing at high speeds.
In the upscale cabin, it provides seating for up to 6 passengers and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation and wireless smartphone connectivity. For safety, it comes with forward/reverse automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring, speed limit recognition, and safe exit assist.
7 2022 Kia Stinger ($36,290)
For 2022, the Kia Stinger, aerodynamically optimized for performance, is offered with two potent turbocharged engines and standard RWD with available AWD. While it is not as agile as rivals from BMW, you won't complain about the responsive steering, corner-carving ability, or the comfortable ride.
Kia Drive Wise supplies a suite of advanced driving aids that creates a safer driving experience while parking, reversing out of parking spots, or just cruising around. For its price, the 2022 Stinger is a well-rounded luxury small car backed by the class's longest powertrain warranty.
6 2022 Genesis G70 ($37,775)
The 2022 Genesis G70 is an entry-luxury sedan that delivers a pure exhilarating driving experience thanks to a sport-tuned suspension, sharp steering, and strong brakes. For motivation, there is a base 252 hp turbo-4 engine and a 365 hp 3.3-liter V6; both mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Top on the list of tech features are adaptive cruise control with stop and go, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver drowsiness monitor, and a head-up display. It also shines with a J.D. Power predicted reliability rating of 84 and class-topping warranty coverage with complimentary maintenance and valet service.
5 2022 Genesis GV70 ($41,500)
The all-new GV70, based on the G70 sports sedan, is a luxury compact SUV that Genesis is adding to its lineup for 2022. Under the hood, it sports either a 2.5-liter turbo-4 engine rated 300 hp or a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with an output of 375 hp.
Inside the stunning cAbin, you come face to face with a 14.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, a fingerprint reader, and a 16-speaker Lexicon audio system. A head-up display, intersection assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are some of the driving aids on offer.
4 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 ($43,650)
The 2022 Ioniq 5 is an all-new, all-electric compact crossover that impresses with futuristic styling, cutting-edge technology, and polite road manners. Rear-wheel-drive models have a maximum driving range of 303 miles on a full charge, while the all-wheel-drive models have a range of 256 miles.
You can add 68 miles in just 5 minutes using a fast charger while charging from 10 to 80% takes about 18 minutes. A responsive 12.3-inch touchscreen gives you access to infotainment features, including navigation, smartphone integration, and advanced voice recognition technology.
3 2022 Genesis GV80 ($50,200)
As the flagship of the Genesis SUV lineup, the 2022 GV80 beats many rivals with a luxurious interior tastefully finished with high-quality materials. Even the base model comes equipped with features like a 14.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, satellite radio, navigation, power/heated front seats, and hands-free power liftgate.
Opting for the higher trims unlocks a head-up display, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 21-speaker Lexicon stereo system, and the latest driving aids. The 2022 GV80 can tow 6000 pounds of your favorite toy with the proper gear while hauling up to seven passengers in total comfort.
2 2022 Hyundai Nexo ($60,680)
The 2022 Hyundai Nexo is a hydrogen-powered SUV offered in two trims and is available only in California. One electric motor driving the front wheels with 161 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque through a single-speed transmission system takes the Nexo to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.
Standard on both trims is a 12.3-inch infotainment system that includes features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and wireless device charging. Also standard are driving aids like adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and a mouth-watering warranty package.
1 2022 Genesis G90 ($74,950)
The Genesis G90 comes into 2022 oozing luxury, packed with technology, boasting silky smooth engines, and offered at a competitive price tag. Powered by either the base 365 hp twin-turbo V6 engine or the optional 420 hp V8 mill, it devours miles smoothly, thanks to a refined suspension.
With the G90, you get all the juicy driving aids in addition to a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 17-speaker Lexicon stereo system. Apart from a reliability rating of 91 by J.D. Power, the 2022 G90 boasts a class-leading warranty package that includes 3 years of complimentary maintenance.