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Hyundai i800 2.5 CRDi Auto Review

Hyundai i800 2.5 CRDi Auto Seats And Boot Space

The Hyundai i800 2.5 CRDi Auto is one of “those” cars. It is one that has countless strengths but far less recognition than it deserves. That is a shame. Why? Because this large multi-purpose vehicle seats eight people in comfort and there are very few vehicles - not counting cruise ships - which can make that claim. And “comfort” is the key word here. After all, lots of cars carry seven people but the rear seats often have to be pulled-up from the floor of the boot. This is inconvenient, particularly as some of these seats are less comfortable than a ferry in a storm. In contrast the i800 has eight full-size, permanent, reclining chairs. Furthermore, the middle row slides forwards and backwards and the middle and rear seats – which can be accessed via van-style sliding doors – split sixty/forty and fold flat to create a vast cargo area. Even with eight people aboard, the capacity is eight-hundred and fifty-one litres which far exceeds the seat-up volume of most estate cars. The only downside is that this ensures the car is more than five metres long and nearly two wide. As such, driving in town can be tricky and it needs a parking bay the size of an ocean liner. At least there is no need to secure it to the dock with rope.

Hyundai i800 2.5 CRDi Auto Handling And Equipment Specification

The Hyundai i800 2.5 CRDi Auto is surprisingly nice to drive for a van-based concept. As such the steering is reasonably weighted/precise, the ride is supportive throughout the cabin, and when driven sensibly it corners with confidence. No boat-like handling here, then. Power comes from a 168bhp diesel engine that sends 324lb ft of torque – via smooth five-speed auto transmission – to the rear wheels. The result is 0-62mph in 14.4 seconds which is modest but adequate (for the class). This power plant also averages 32.1mpg which is impressive for a large, heavy, eight-seated workhorse. Furthermore, this set-up is far preferable to the 2.5-litre 134bhp manual version that takes 17.6 seconds to hit 62mph. That really is slow. Standard toys include: sixteen-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning (with second row controls), privacy glass, reversing sensors, and traction control so the specification – although unexciting – incorporates a few nice touches. Great car for big families to skint to own a cruise ship. Prices start from £24,620.