Road Test: 2014 Hyundai Centennial | The National

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There’s no that South Korean Kia and Hyundai have managed most of us thought impossible. turned around their images with ranges of that mix exciting styling, build quality and unbeatable for money, with the result if you drive one, you’re no looked upon with by other motorists. Toyota, Nissan and other Far East have been left – it’s almost

But here’s an unexpected curveball Hyundai. Just when we getting our heads around the new on offer from this and its Kia stablemate, along comes a new that shows there’s some way to go before the two can rightly to have re-energised every of the marketplace. Because the Centennial is definitely cursed with the but a Hyundai deal-breaking image and identity crisis.

If you’re in the market, as many in region are, for a large, luxurious saloon, a number of will be on your potential list. BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Maserati dripping with desirability, one and But Hyundai?

Is someone out there a laugh? Apparently not, and the Koreans see this model in other countries as the Equus) as short of a status symbol.

a car that easily impresses, if you put to one its rather anonymous looks and the bonnet mascot that has all the of a junior executive’s paperweight. For the Centennial is absolutely rammed kit and, at least on the inside, attractively and intuitively designed. a toy and, chances are, it come as standard equipment.

This is the one aggressive marketing that might swing business customers in the direction of the big But if you were to stick with the brands, are you simply paying for and name prestige?

No. Because, the Centennial, which has been for a couple of years now and has just given a midlife facelift, and cushions its occupants with luxury and near-silent propulsion, it its weaknesses once you try to wring performance from it.

The model I’m testing is the which means it has a 430hp, V8 engine under its bonnet, the rear wheels via an eight-speed gearbox with some of torque. Those figures are impressive, but what’s not so mind-blowing is the way it all together. At no point does the feel sprightly, despite its zero-to-100kph time of 5.8 seconds. It cumbersome, soft and wallowy, a distinct lack of dynamism.

it at speed into a corner and it about like an ocean rear tyres screeching as they struggle for purchase on the surface. A big Merc or BMW would mincemeat out of roads that have Hyundai’s flagship to flip itself over, and more than anything is what lets it down.

Its transmission doesn’t help either, seeming to take an age shifting down for overtaking This, to be fair, might be a issue as new cars take to adapt to a driver’s particular but it really should feel rapid than it does.

matters aside, the Centennial make a good case for if not as a rival for the Germans, at least as an to the Lexus LS, and its cabin is actually appealing than the Japanese Granted, this is a press car so it with every conceivable fitted, but the rear quarters are a wonderful place in which to journey time.

Where the Lexus has a ridiculous television screen for rear the Hyundai has one in the rear of each seat, along with a integrated refrigerated cubby box the two rears. Hyundai’s choice of is excellent and the whole ambience of quality and refined, subtle

If this is all you want out of a car – and plush interior appointments then the big Korean may tempt you from the BMW showroom where you heading to check out the latest 7 But in this part of the world, or wrongly, the badge makes a Even Honda couldn’t off the luxury thing with the very good Legend as for the Volkswagen Phaeton, the less the better (although if you want a Bentley you could do worse).

More than road or value for money, the prestige here with the right especially in the luxury car segment, we’re unlikely to see many on our roads. But dismiss this car at peril as it offers staggering for money.

Hyundai Centennial

Price, base / as Dh257,000 / Dh270,000

Engine V8

Gearbox eight-speed automatic

430hp @ 6,400rpm

Torque @ 5,000rpm

Fuel economy, 13.0L / 100km

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