I loved this car! It suited my life style (I spend a lot of time driving and I need a roomy boot), it felt safe but sporty and was a comfortable drive. Unfotunately it burst into flames in the 3rd lane of a very busy motorway!! The fire brigade arrived quickly and, although the engine and front end were unrecognisable, the contents of the cabin and boot were undamaged. I have contacted Hyundai as there is 3 more years left on the warranty. I would be interested to hear if there have been any other such incidents.
A very enjoyable car to drive - the handling is excellent. You have to push the revs to get the best out of the V6 engine, but there's just enough power there. Fuel economy isn't great, but other than that it's a fine car. I'm 6'2" and I'm fine in the driver's seat, although people any taller than me might find it tight for headroom. There is more boot space than is immediately apparent as well - put the back seats down and there's bags of room. Definitely recommended.
I've owned this car since late 2004 and it has only ever had 2 problems in that time. The passenger door lock siezed but was fixed under warranty and the alarm had a habbit of going off if it was cold outside and you had done much more than 20 miles. I was told that the heat set off the internal motion sensors but it seems to have sorted it self out over the last year.
The car is a great drive, handles very well for a front wheel drive car but will understeer if pushed hard in the wet, and I was once caught out by lift off over steer when I felt the back go at a roundabout in the wet and stupidly took my foot off the accelorater and spun 90 degrees.
The engine sounds great and is very torquey across the rev range. One let down is the fact that a 2.7 should deliver a lot more than 165 bhp, it's rather lazy. My only theory is that Hyundai could not offer a 5 year warranty if it were any more highly tuned as the engine would not last as long. At least if you push the engine it won't break on you.
1.6 is nippy but rather underpowered for its looks, but with modern driving restrictions so what. Cheap insurance,great to drive, miles to the gallon,looks the business. 2L might be a better option but with fuel over a £1.00 a litre at time of writing 1.6 model makes sense. Warranty is second to none and I got a three year free service deal. Had it for two years now absolutely no problems. Would buy again.
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