Hyundai Grandeur Cats in the cradle, roadtests australia

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Hyundai Grandeur

MY old man occasionally makes mention of the old in the Cradle song, originally by Harry Chapin.

The lyrics a strong connection with any who does his best working to build a home for his kids, but by the he actually stops long to enjoy time with they are grown up and busy their own way in the world.

And so it was that at my third birthday last that we found ourselves in a from what should be couple of verses tacked the end of the song.

My parents, and my in-laws, tucking into about sixth bottle of vino, myself and two brothers, usually as the chief instigators of Saturday drinkfests, were watching on in sobriety as we had to drive our families Oh the humanity!

Within champagne popping distance was parked the new Grandeur. Its recent release a celebration of 20 years for the marque in

The press kit photos show sets of golf clubs in the I can tell you, with a or sister due for the three-year-old in a few short the only rounds we`ll be is laps of the kitchen at 3am.

But the fits perfectly into these oldies are all about days – few drinks, of golf, enjoying the fruits of labours and secretly enjoying us dig our own bloody fruit trees.

The offering from Hyundai is value: at $42,990, or with a premium added for the Limited, you get a amount of luxury and refinement.

The kit says: Grandeur exudes a crisp and confident new European-influenced and dynamism. Spot on.

The interior of the is first class. It has an ultra-modern to it but at the same time is sophisticated and

And there`s oodles of room for drunkard older generation and sodding golf clubs decide which ones go in the The rear seats fold, and the tyre is a full-size 17-inch

Nice touches like the stainless steel door plates, dark over dash and door trim with sparing redwood inlays really make car a standout.

There are two issues the interior though, which are the only two criticisms we found the whole car.

The first is there seem to be some with the gaps between of trim (commonly called fit the second is that there is a chunk of metallic-like shroud the gear shifter which my incredibly expensive Mako sunglasses (that I never get to wear fishing anymore) cut the glare on.

The car drives wonderfully. It is remarkably for such a large car, has good manners when hard and the 194kW engine is responsive.

It is about the size of a Berlina, but with 10% more and torque.

In fact, the engine push the car from rest to in 7.2 seconds – the most Hyundai released in fact. a shame to waste it on the older but anyway.

The styling of the car is far from you would expect from It has quite a wide stance, sculpted lines and lovely 17, alloy wheels that lift the overall on-road

I`m going to make a really statement here. Just every VW feels like a version of an Audi, the Grandeur like the budget version of a

Not that there`s much in standard inclusions.

All the normal things like everything, remote central climate control, Electronic Program (ESP) and Traction are standard, as are ABS, EBD, airbags including rear thorax bags and 17 alloys.

On top of V6s full feature list, Limited adds: a power sunroof; reactive solar an electric rear window blind which retracts reversing; heated front and door mirrors; electric of the steering wheel four-way auto-on/off xenon headlights washers and self-levelling rain-and-road wipers; two-setting IMS (Integrated System) for driver seat, mirrors and steering wheel positions, and an automatic day/night rear-view mirror.

But wait, more – remote of the door mirrors, anti-rattle lining and matting of all storage and recesses, auto-dipping door when reversing and windscreen

Both variants include a 24/7 Roadside Assistance for five years as well as five-year / 130,000km new car warranty.

The stereo is amazing with its contour-integrated Infinity audio MP3-capable six-disc in-dash augmented with a cassette for all those boomers tragic collections, eight high-output speakers including a sub-woofer and amplifier, steering wheel controls and an antenna set into the glass.

Please don`t my old man I prefer the Jazz equaliser on the stereo.

I`m going to rebel though. I`m off to to the car stereo in rock mode and yes, it will be Cats In The – but it will be Ugly Kid version from the early I think I have it on tape somewhere.


ENGINE: All-alloy 3.8 quad-cam, 24-valve HVVT V6

POWER: 194kW at 6000rpm

348Nm at 4500rpm

TRANSMISSION: Selectronic automatic transmission manual mode

KERB 1636kg

ACCELERATION: 0-100km/h 7.2

FUEL ECONOMY: 10.8l/100km

PROS: This has to be one of the most cars on the road; modern plenty of room including

CONS: Still some fit issues like inconsistent in interior trim; reflection metal-finish transmission console

$42,990; Limited $46,990; or mica exterior paint $350

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