Fast-forward to 2008, and the launch of the i30 gave us an entry-level hatch with connectivity for the Apple iPod, USB memory sticks, and of course ol' faithful; the MP3.
Though you might think it would, It doesn't stop there.
Starting with the Getz and the Tucson, Hyundai is now launching its integrated Bluetooth audio system. Along with hands-free mobile phone operation, Hyundai's Bluetooth setup also allows you to load up tunes on your phone and stream them directly to your car's stereo.
So that you don't need to dig out your phone to see who's actually calling before you tap the green handset button on the stereo, there's an inbuilt phone-book with storage for up to 78 phone numbers and names, allowing for on-screen display of the person calling you. Call screening has never been so easy.
To view Hyundai's list of key features, click the link below.
Key features of Hyundai's new Bluetooth?? wireless audio system:
Wireless Bluetooth?? Media Streaming: Connect (pair) any media player (iPod??, MP3 player, mobile phone, etc.) with Bluetooth?? capabilities to the audio unit. In this mode, the audio unit (and steering wheel audio controls where fitted) will control volume and tone.
Wireless Bluetooth?? Phone Connectivity: Connect (pair) a Bluetooth?? compatible mobile phone to the car's audio unit and speak hands-free. Up to 78 phone numbers can be stored in the audio unit's on-board phonebook. For incoming calls, numbers are displayed on the screen.
USB input: Connect most data storage devices (USB memory sticks and media players) and play MP3 or WMA media files with the supplied USB connector cable. In this mode, the audio unit (and steering wheel audio controls where fitted) controls volume, tone and folder navigation.
Auxiliary Audio Input: Connect any media player (walkman??, iPod??, MP3 player, etc.) with the supplied 3.5mm audio jack connector cable. In this mode, the car's audio head unit (and steering wheel audio controls where fitted) controls volume and tone only.
CD Player: As per outgoing models, the CD player is compatible with MP3 and WMA files.
Other features of Hyundai's new Bluetooth?? wireless audio system includes:
Advanced digital noise and echo suppressor: The new audio features an advanced technology that minimises background 'noise' and echoes commonly experienced during hands-free telephone use.
Operates using Bluetooth?? Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRC): A2DP allows streaming of high quality stereo audio signals. AVRC allows the Hyundai audio head unit to control certain features of the connected Bluetooth?? phone or MP3 player wirelessly. For example the steering wheel controls (where fitted) can track up or down to select songs wirelessly.
Compatibility with iPod?? Bluetooth?? Accessories: When an iPod?? is fitted with a Bluetooth?? accessory device (e.g. Motorola D650 or Jabra A125S), music can be streamed wirelessly to the Hyundai audio system and tracks can be controlled from the steering wheel audio controls (where fitted) or the Hyundai audio system.
Voice recognition dialing: If supported by the user's mobile phone.
Audio muting: Automatically mutes the car audio when a call is active.
Last number redial: If supported by the users' mobile phone.
Call Answer/Disconnect: Via audio head unit.
Call Reject: Via audio head unit.
Call Redial: Via audio head unit.
Automatic connection: To the car's audio system upon entry.
Simultaneous connection: A Bluetooth?? compatible phone and Bluetooth?? compatible music player can be connected at the same time (phone calls can be set to take priority).
Pairing with up to six devices: Must be Bluetooth?? compatible.
Offers firmware (software) update feature: Via the USB input.