Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hyundai i800 Car Review

Since its inception in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company (SEO: 005385) has been continuously working on producing world class cars. Situated at Seoul in South Korea, the company is the largest car manufacturer in South Korea and the fifth largest in the world. The company is also the proud owner of the largest integrated car manufacturing plant; enable to produce 1.6 million vehicles per year. “Hyundai” means modernity in Korean language. Earlier, in USA and other western countries, Korean cars were considered as cheap cars. They were not famous for their performance. Now, things have changed a lot. Korean companies like Hyundai, Kia, are producing quality cars that not only look great but have high performance as well. Hyundai Motor Company is famous for its multi purpose vehicles (MPV) or mini vans. The company is going to launch a new MPV Hyundai i800 in Europe from June. Known as H-1/Starex in Korea, Hyundai i800 will be released in South Africa in 2009. A rear wheel drive, Hyundai i800 is the third model in Hyundai’s i-series cars. It is the European version of “Starex.” The company also announced to launch a lower price version of the i800 later this year. Here is a review of the Hyundai i800.

So what is so special about Hyundai i800? Well, it is big and spacious. The car can carry eight people and still be left with lots of cargo space.Currently in England, it would take two cars to carry eight people and you would have to spend more than £20,000. This is why, the Hyundai i800 will be a big hit in England. Organizations and large families will love this car.

Length: 5,125 mm
Width: 1,920 mm
Height: 1,925 mm

At first look, the Hyundai i800 looks big but it can be easily parked into tight spaces. It has a turning circle of 5.61m. The car also has electronic reversing sensors. says:

It features two captain's chairs in front of two benches that each seat three passengers. The rear seats are accessed by a pair of sliding doors intended to facilitate entering and exiting for people of all sizes.

Power comes from a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder CRDi diesel engine that is intercooled and equipped with a variable-geometry turbo and mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The engine makes 170 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque.

Easier Motoring says:

Bringing power to the people carrier is a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder CRDi diesel engine, which is intercooled and features a variable-geometry turbo. Peak power output is 170PS with a massive 392Nm of torque; enough to ensure that the i800 never feels sluggish even with a full load. Balancer shafts also mean that the engine remains smooth and refined at all times.

Fully loaded with passengers, the Hyundai i800 has 851liters of boot space, which makes it a very spacious car. Easier Motoring further says:

The Hyundai i800 features a pair seats in front and two benches behind, each accommodating three adults in comfort with uncompromised head and legroom.

Both rear benches feature a 60:40 split-fold and recline while the centre row also slides forwards or backwards to tailor space as required. All of the rear seats are accessed by pair of sliding doors, making access easy wherever the i800 is parked.

The Hyundai i800 comes with two-tone exterior and standard alloy wheels. says:

The i800 has two front passenger seats as normal, with two further rows of three seats each behind them. Not all of them look as if they will carry a full-sized adult in much comfort, but even the narrowest (in the middle of the back row) should be suitable for children.


  • The interior of the Hyundai i800 would give you a more car like feeling. It has two-tone interior trim, privacy glass, six speaker audio system, ducted air conditioning. The individually controllable rear overhead vents make sure that all the passengers inside remain cool.
  • The most unique feature of the Hyundai i800 is that it has “car-like drive.” Instead of using traditional chassis, Hyundai i800 comes with a purpose-made coil sprung rear suspension system.
  • The Hyundai i800 comes with 2.5-litre diesel engine that has 178bhp and 289lb/ft of pulling power.
  • From late 2010, the Hyundai i800 will have voice-activated Bluetooth communications system.

Fuel efficiency:
The new Hyundai i800 has a fuel efficiency of 33.2 mpg. The fully filled 75 litre tank will give 560 miles drive. (England standard)

Safety features:
The Hyundai i800 comes with rear-wheel-drive handling backed up by ESP and traction control systems. There are dual airbags and three point seat belts

On 20th June, The Hyundai i800 will be launched in England and the price tag is £19,495. For the i800, Hyundai will give five year coverage plus unlimited mileage warranty.

The autobloggreen blog has published the press release from Hyundai containing detail specifications of the Hyundai i800. For more information you can check it out.

In conclusion, if you have a big family and you want a car that is spacious and fuel efficient then this is your ideal ride. If you own mid-size business firm and looking for a car that will carry your employees then Hyundai i800 is the perfect car for you.

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