Built for practicality and comfort, the eight-seater Hyundai
i800 will rise to any occasion. Stylish, spacious and with a raft of safety
equipment, it's a flexible and inventive car with huge possibilities for those
wanting to transport large groups in luxury.
The i800 stands apart due to its smart design - unlike most other cars in its class it comes with eight seats rather than seven, so there’s always plenty of room for passengers and luggage. The sliding doors allow easy access for passengers, while useful mud flaps keep the bodywork nice and clean.
Unlike most MPVs, which only have room for seven people, the i800 can comfortably accommodate eight. In addition the big Hyundai will still have room for all their luggage. In fact the i800 has 851 litres of space in the boot even when loaded with passengers; that’s twice as much as some estate cars.
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.
Once inside, the ambience is far more car-like than other ‘minibus’ style rivals, with two-tone interior trim, privacy glass, a six-speaker audio system and ducted air conditioning throughout. Individually-controllable overhead vents in the rear make sure all of the occupants can keep their cool.
|Combined Fuel Consumption|
mpg / (l100)km
|Combined CO2 Mass Emissions|
|Max Engine Power |
(KW/PS) @ RPM
|2.5 CRDi 136PS Diesel Manual||37.7 (7.5)||197||100/136 @ 3,600||6|
|2.5 CRDi 170PS Diesel Automatic||33.6 (8.4)||225||125/170@ 3,600||5|
The i800 takes good care of its passengers, but it’s just as comfortable in the driver’s seat. The elevated driving position gives you excellent visibility, and the seat is also heated and fully adjustable, enabling you to find the right position.
While some drivers might initially feel intimidated by the i800’s size – it measures 5,125 mm long, 1,920 wide and 1,925 tall – it is actually surprisingly easy to thread into tight spots thanks to a turning circle of just 5.61m. In addition, electronic reversing sensors are standard.
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.
Despite the impressive performance, this engine is also capable of remarkable economy with a combined figure of 33.2 mpg. Thanks to a 75 litre tank, it means the i800 driver could go more than 560 miles between fill ups.
When carrying passengers, safety will always be a prime concern. With this in mind the i800’s sure-footed rear-wheel-drive handling is backed up by ESP and traction control systems plus dual airbags. In addition, all occupants have three-point seatbelts on offer.
Like the rest of the Hyundai range, the i800 comes with a generous list of standard specification including front electric windows, automatically dimming rear-view mirror, steering wheel mounted controls, rear parking sensors and a CD player/radio with Bluetooth, and USB and AUX connections.
The second row of passengers will also be able to alter the air conditioning settings so they can find the ideal temperature. If there are fewer passengers in the car, you’ll still be able to put the space to good use. Both the second and third row of seats split 60/40 for extra storage — perfect for trips to a DIY store or garden centre. With an adaptable layout and the added boost of Bluetooth connectivity to keep you entertained, it's one of the leading cars in its class.
In terms of safety, Hyundai has incorporated Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti–lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Traction Control System (TCS), so you’ll enjoy a safe journey. And when you come to a stop, you’ll take advantage of the rear parking sensors to guide you into the tightest gaps. It’s a versatile vehicle that’s perfect for every occasion.
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