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3 out of 5 stars

For The Trajet is big, well equipped and comparatively cheap to buy and run

Against Interior quality disappoints and the ride and refinement are rather crude

Verdict There are better MPVs, but it gives you a lot of space and kit for the money

Go for… 2.0 GSI

Avoid… Costly diesel

Hyundai Trajet MPV
  • 1. There's a good-sized boot, even with all the seats in place
  • 2. Trajets have been known to suffer from sticking gearboxes, so check it thoroughly on a test drive
  • 3. Cars we've driven have had too many rattles and squeaks, suggesting cabin quality could be better
  • 4. Power steering pumps have been known to fail, so check this before you buy
  • 5. The driving position could be better - the steering wheel adjusts for height only
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Hyundai Trajet MPV full review with expert trade views

The Trajet is bigger than many of its rivals, so it can seat seven adults in comfort. Both leg- and headroom are generous, and there's a good-sized boot, even with all the seats in place. The five rearmost seats can be removed when you need maximum load space, but they're heavy to lift.

The driving position could also be better. The seat can be adjusted for height, but the steering wheel has no reach adjustment. Still, there are lots of cubby-holes, and most of the buttons are chunky and easy to use.

Unfortunately, the Trajet's drive falls short of the best European and Japanese MPVs. Its ride is overly firm around town and becomes bouncy at speed. The steering is light, but doesn't offer enough feedback, and there's a lot of body lean around corners.

Refinement is also disappointing. The engines are noisy under acceleration and, although they're quieter at speed, they're still not what you'd call quiet.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

People-carrying without the image. Values low. 2.0 CRTD the only one to go for

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

There are two engines - a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre turbodiesel, which is badged CRTD. The diesel has 111bhp, and the petrol 139bhp, but the diesel is stronger in everyday driving thanks to an extra 54lb ft of pulling power.

You'll need to work the petrol engine hard to get the Trajet up to speed and keep it there, whereas the diesel offers decent mid-range acceleration and is quieter.

That said, this is essentially a budget family car, so the petrol still makes most sense. It cost £1000 less than the 2.0 CRTD when new and a used example will save you a similar amount. The petrol is also reasonably fuel-efficient, if not quite a match for the diesel.

Two trims are available, with even the entry GSI cars (our favourites) getting air-con, a CD player, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors and four airbags. The higher SX cars also come with sat-nav, but security provisions could be better on both.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Broad appeal but the 2.7 V6 struggles, so 2.0TD GSi the better option

James Ruppert
Used car guru

The Trajet was one of the cheapest large MPVs when new, and its weak resale values mean used buyers can pick up a tasty bargain.

Hyundai also offered all of its models with a five-year warranty from September 2002, while rivals typically only come with three years' protection. This extra period of cover is a big plus if you're looking to buy a large MPV that's only a few years old.

Repair costs are low and most running costs competitive. The diesel averages 39.2mpg and the petrol 32.5mpg, while both cars fall into a fairly low group 10 insurance bracket.

In fact, only servicing may be a problem for those on a tight budget. The Trajet is relatively pricey to maintain, setting owners back several hundred pounds more than many rival MPVs over a three year ownership period.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

People-carrying without the image. Values low. 2.0 CRTD the only one to go for

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

Hyundai's recent reliability record has been good, with solid performances in the annual JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey and good scores in our reliability surveys.

Trajets have been known to suffer from sticking gearboxes, immobiliser faults and power steering pump problems, however, and cars we've driven have had too many rattles and squeaks, suggesting cabin quality could be better.

There have also been three recalls on the Trajet during its life. The first two, issued in 2003 and 2004, were to do with fuel leaks in diesel models. The third, issued later in 2004, affected petrols as well and was due to the handbrake cable wearing prematurely. As ever, if you're looking at an affected car, check the work was done.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Broad appeal but the 2.7 V6 struggles, so 2.0TD GSi the better option

James Ruppert
Used car guru
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