Hyundai Terracan CRDi – AutoWeb New & Used Cars

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Hyundai Terracan

Flexible 7 seater cabin technology turbo diesel school’ 4WD on-road feel price

The Hyundai Terracan certainly has a big wow factor.

For under $40 you get a smooth and sophisticated turbo engine, comfortable 7 seater excellent fuel economy and newly upgraded suspension the to tow a trailer up to 2500kg. Kinda the high 40s/low-50s ask for the comparable Prado and Mitsubishi Pajero like daylight robbery.

The Terracan has a revised suspension that addresses the widespread of the original model’s handling and A locally developed Trek’n’Tow upgrade (comprising Eibach coils, Edelbrock dampers and bump-stops) apparently gives the improved on-road behaviour but it still suffers from body roll and limited suspension travel. Part of the is the Terracan uses antiquated bar front springs together a 5-link live axle

This is not a 4WD that can be driven an everyday sedan a sticker on the sun visor says it all. a picture of an overturning vehicle and the “Avoid abrupt manoeuvres and speed”.

If you’re content to drive at moderate pace and not push the the Terracan is very much in its – smooth, effortless, and comfortable riding (though an obviously high unsprung

But the biggest news is the release of the turbo diesel engine a for Hyundai.

Using current technology common rail direct injection the 2.9 litre 4 runs a DOHC, 16-valve and a 19.3:1 static compression boosted by a turbocharger with a air-to-air intercooler. It’s a engine easy to start, and smooth when cold and relatively low smoke emissions. But it have a distinct diesel

Throttle response is soft but a generous 345Nm wave of to ride from 1750 to rpm. At part-throttle, the Terracan wafts along without a of stress. All-out performance is than we’d imagined a 2197kg vehicle with a 120kW.

With some converter stall applied off the the automatic CDRi can leap to 100 in under 12 seconds.

The fuel economy of the CRDi is impressive. Hyundai claims litres of diesel per 100km consumption (ADR 81/01) a third less than the V6 variant. We achieved 11.2 per 100km in mainly start-stop

Interestingly, the tall-geared auto is said to give superior fuel economy to the manual

A 5-speed manual gearbox is as standard equipment but our test was equipped with Hyundai’s optional 4-speed automatic. The trans is well adapted to the characteristics of the turbo diesel but we would like to see a sequential mechanism. Switching out overdrive help when you’re with a heavy load on the back but proper gear is preferable.

Interestingly, depending on the Terracan is available with 4WD systems.

The top-line Highlander comes with an electronically-controlled demand’ type 4WD system. On the hand, the conventional Terracan (as uses a manually engaged 4WD with electronic shift a centre console wheel enables you to easily select RWD, 4WD high-range and 4WD low-range.

Unfortunately, you’re forced to use RWD for the majority of conditions high and 4WD modes lock the driveline at front-to-rear and so cannot be used on surfaces. Note that 4WD can be at speeds up to 80 km/h.

In any case, the off-road ability is compromised by its Hankook 255/65 16 tyres, achieve relatively low on-road levels. A full-size alloy wheel is held in a cradle the rear.

With a separate and its new Trek’n’Tow suspension, the Terracan has a towing capacity of 2500kg We employed the Terracan for a home and found that it tows a 8 x 5 cage trailer with ease. Oh, and note that the sliding roof cross-bars can an evenly distributed 34kg we didn’t try these, but we imagine would exacerbate the vehicle’s to lean.

Braking these are 303mm ventilated front and ventilated rear discs EBD and ABS. We found the brake too soft but there were no with braking performance our test.

The steering system uses an old ball and nut design with assistance. Steering feel and at the straight-ahead position are poor a that are magnified when a heavy load tugging on the Given the category of vehicle, the circle is surprisingly compact.

Hyundai Terracan

On the Terracan is big on flexibility.

For people-moving it can accommodate 7 people in three of seats buckets at the front, a bench in the middle and dual at the rear. There’s ample leg and room in the front and second but the adjustable second row backrest is too back for our tastes (even adjusted to be as upright as possible). The row rear seats are obviously for children only a knees-up position is essential and access is

On the upside, all seating positions adjustable height head and there are 3 child seat points.

In 7-seater configuration, the maintains excellent rear space easily enough to do the shopping. For larger loads, the row seats can be individually folded up the side of the vehicle. This much improved cargo even though the folded eat partially into the cargo

For bulk carrying, the 60/40 second row seat can have its folded forward. If desired, the second row seat assembly can be tumbled forward against the of the front seats. This an impressive 1.56 metre length to the lift-up hatch.

the resulting cargo floor is and the tumble action of the seat a very firm hand. The restraints must also be prior to tumbling.

Interior are as you’d expect in a budget-oriented There are the usual power dual airbags, air and cruise (with the main switch a stretch away and the steering controls unilluminated). A MP3/CD unit is tied to 6 speakers to sound quality best as “adequate” bass is not a strong

Leather and woodgrain look can be found in the up-spec Highlander

Notable absentees from the are a compass, altimeter, sun visor a driver’s vanity mirror and control (as fitted in the Highlander

And the styling? Well, it’s

From some angles, the CRDi looks very its projector headlights and bonnet give a much bolder than you’d expect for a modestly priced vehicle. the passenger’s side rear arch flare has an ugly for the fuel filler flap and are various fussy detail It’s certainly quirky.

So, purely on its on-road merit, the CRDi is a mixed bag its dynamics are flawed and the steering lacks to give the driver absolute But the big motivators are that wonderful diesel engine and its low price there’s simply no other 7 seater 4WD in the ballpark. Add Hyundai’s 5 year/130,000km warranty and you have a with real strength.

The CDRi automatic was provided for test by Hyundai Australia.

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