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New HYUNDAI GRANDEUR review at a glance:

Advantages: Exceedingly good value for money (in light of what you’re getting), powerful engine, massive spec, cavernous interior and boot space, good build quality

Disadvantages: Not very good value for money (as it costs Ј4K more than a top-ranging Ford Mondeo), thirsty engine, high CO2 output reflected in VED Band, faster depreciation than Northern Rock, special order only model

Summary: The Hyundai Grandeur is a special order only model, and due to its girth, crippling running costs and scary residuals will find it sells in larger numbers on the other side of the Atlantic. Still, if those failings don’t faze you too much and you’re after a whole lot of big family saloon extras – including enormous boot and cat-swing-able interior – that will last the course, then the Grandeur will undoubtedly deliver the goods.


The Hyundai Grandeur is so much more than a four-door, five-speed family saloon with a Korean badge; hence it taking a lot of car buyers by surprise when weighing it up for the first time. It houses the right amount of discerning style and is shrouded in just enough mystery to have the neighbour’s chintz curtains twitching for the best part of a week as they try to ascertain exactly what they’re nosing at.

Yet although it’s perfectly at home on the middle-class driveways of leafy suburbia, it’s hardly out of its comfort zone on the outside lane of the M1 either. The Hyundai Grandeur’s power plant ensures that it keeps up appearances in all motoring circles.

A 3.3-litre V6 multi-point fuel injection system exorcises 236bhp from directly beneath the Hyundai Grandeur’s hood that enables the hulking great family saloon to clock 62mph in just 7.6 seconds and continue its head-spinning performance all the way up to 147mph.

To the untrained automotive eye the Grandeur appears to pay tribute to the Volvo S60 – specifically from its front-most elevation – given the sweep and reach of its grille and bonnet, whilst there’s also a dash of VW Phaeton in profile. Either way the big Hyundai seems to have paid a lot more than a casual glance to European styling houses as it’s determined its future, and more luxurious saloon car shape.

A five-speed automatic gearbox transfers all that power to the road surface in a reliable and composed fashion, yet thanks to its tail chasing outbursts the Grandeur returns a unspectacular 27mpg on the average cycle. What’s more galling is the VED Band you’ll find yourself stumping up for annually to counter the Grandeur’s brutally honest 245g/km CO2 emission guilt.

The Grandeur handles itself with distinction, perhaps thanks to the length of the wheelbase, not that we’re implying this results from chance as opposed to well researched design. It helps to imply a modernity that it’s fair to point out has been a moot point in hitherto family-pitched Hyundais.

Because of the stretched exterior detailing – the Grandeur measures some 4,895mm from bumper to bumper – the cabin space provides more than enough leg room to satisfy the most gangly of builds, while you could misplace a smaller family member in furthest, darkest reaches of the 469-litre boot.

Naturally it wouldn’t be Hyundai if the Grandeur didn’t expose some interior material misgivings, yet despite manifesting itself in the dashboard on this occasion there are equally guilty Saabs and Volvos out there; costing considerably more than the Grandeur.

And on the subject of name dropping, the Hyundai Grandeur proves a larger draw than either the BMW 5-Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class in terms of dimensional appeal, although bearing in mind it only comes in the one engine, trim and transmission model line-up any other sentence sharing attributes begin and end here. That said, the would-be Grandeur buyer is spoilt with the choice of optional metallic of mica paintwork.

The Hyundai Grandeur is loaded to bursting point with more affordable goodies than a Woolworth’s closing down sale, and receives 17-inch alloy wheels, climate, reversing sensors, eight-speaker Infinity stereo with six-disc CD changer and MP3 capability, electrically adjustable leather finished seats, ESP stability control, electric sunroof, five-stage heated seats, xenon headlights, and an electric rear screen blind as standard.

But that’s not the end of the story as it also grabs Smartnav satellite navigation that guides you around traffic snarl ups, a trip computer, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, auto dimming rear view mirrors, electric headlight beam levelling, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, twin front, side and curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution.

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