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Hyundai Terracan


by Giles (13 June 2003)

manufacturers have at times now, how shall I put this a rather quaint approach to car . Remember the SsangYong (latterly Korando, which stood for Can Do? Yes, exactly.

Now, it Hyundai has got in on the act with its new full-size Scheduled to be launched over on July 1, it is badged Terracan: for land and can derived from meaning King. So, the Hyundai of the Land then?

Well, see.

Hyundai already has a record in the off-roader world, to its Freelander-sized Santa Fé sports vehicle which, despite fussy styling, has proved a seller in the UK – 1800 so far this year, which is 300 target. And not just on price or the that Hyundai offers an five-year/unlimited mileage/fully transferable The Santa Fé is a genuinely accomplished

Hyundai intends to repeat success story with the new I say new but, in fact, the vehicle has available in some European since last year, and has well in countries like and Italy which collectively 4400 during 2002.

In the UK, has the likes of the Vauxhall Frontera, Cherokee and Mitsubishi Shogun in its sights. The average price in segment, say Hyundai’s bean is £23,000. The Terracan will at just £18,495 for the five-speed CRTD or £19,345 for the four-speed

Just a single engine is – a thumping 2.9-litre diesel four.

Kia, is part of the Hyundai empire, plaudits for the styling of its recently-unveiled SUV rather Lexus RX 300-ish. In the Terracan is ultra-conservative, even a old-fashioned. But Hyundai is convinced the no-nonsense looks and very body will find with the target audience, like farmers, rural and vets.

Just one specification will be on and that boasts selectable drive with a low ratio a rear limited slip alloy wheels, front fog neat side steps, control, remote central a CD sound system, powered front and back, and an anti-theft and alarm. Just four – leather seats, navigation, privacy glass and paint – appear as such is the depth of the Terracan’s equipment list.

It has exclusive use of 2902cc 16-valve common-rail which delivers 148bhp and torque of 246lb/ft at a lowly

The manual gearbox has a light but long-winded shift. In normal the Hyundai runs in rear-wheel But a system called Electrical Transfer (EST) allows the to select high-ratio 4×4 by a knob situated aft of the gearlever.

That facility is available at up to 50mph. Dropping down to for serious off-roading demands the Terracan be stopped.

Tarmac is brisk enough. The 0-62mph is reeled off in 13.7 seconds, and top speed is close to 104mph. The is willing, free-revving and commendably especially when it settles the cruise.

Off-road, that muscle delivers impressive covering performance, and the engine’s to climb side-of-a-house slopes at speed, with the driver’s foot off the accelerator (the management black boxery the wagon keeps rollin’) is impressive.

Prior to taking to the I had feared that the Terracan’s stance might be the limiting In fact, ground clearance is to the Freelander, and the Korean motor through some pretty terrain.

And hats off to Hyundai for introducing a little different at the press by way of a towing exercise. A twin-axle box and a heavily-laden contractor’s trailer the Terracan’s ability to haul up to its limit.

Truth to tell, you looked in the rear-view mirror was nothing in the vehicle’s behaviour to it was hitched up to a heavy load. It with real gusto.

fits ball-and-nut steering to kick-back over rough and an excellent turning circle is a bonus in tight situations. On the the almost four turns can prove a touch tiresome, but isn’t too bad.

As I said in the introduction, Terracan traditional 4×4 construction than the monocoque approach, is increasingly finding favour in SUV So you do get the odd structural shudder when a drops in a pothole. That the quiver is less pronounced in some rivals I could

The cabin is hugely roomy comfortable seats. Getting in and out the is helped by its standard side and by a profusion of grab handles. The seats proved comfortable a long day in the saddle – the which fold 60:40 to the size of the already generous area, are mounted several higher, improving the view out for

The dash design is logical, the controls and instruments well placed. But, oh dear, why did you not take a leaf out of Kia’s and give the elbow to the truly fake wood on the centre and door trims?

Hyundai has fairly modest targets for the Terracan. It’s for its dealers to register 350 this and 500 next. That should be achievable.

King of the Land may be over-egging the pudding, but there’s no the Hyundai is a highly competent new to the large 4×4 segment.

I can see it down extremely well the agricultural community in particular, who appreciate its no-nonsense design, low tag and, especially, that warranty. Yet another Hyundai underlines just how far the Korean industry has advanced in recent

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