Hyundai iMax car
Hyundai sticks to the people’s formula for practicality and competitive pricing. Nice, not so much.
You may have trouble discovering the difference, but Hyundai has upgraded long-term iMax users.
It’s nothing fancy but the van is very popular in large families – it’s relatively cheap, has seating for up to eight people and plenty of luggage space.
There are options for petrol and turbo engines and manual and automatic transmissions. Diesel engine is the choice as it will cope with load better and will save much more fuel.
You will need to look closely to choose a new one from its predecessor, which was released in 2008. The grille is a bit different, it is color coded for the body to work and has a chrome outfit.
Larger fog lamps are placed below the front bumper while the aerial mounted roof has been moved from above the cabin to the rear.
Optional tailgate, or “rear lift”, has a chrome scratch plate on the lips.
There are new 16 inch alloys and electric folding mirrors.
It’s a big car and this can cause problems when navigating tight streets.
The essentials are there but it lacks the surroundings and is definitely the bell and whistles of a professional. Those who find the iMax a little handy for their tastes can check out the Honda Odyssey or Kia Carnival, although there was no diesel option before.
Seats are arranged 2-3-3, with individual front seats and 60-40 split second row seats. The second row of seats is narrower on the driver’s side, closer to the traffic – but it should be on the passenger side for easier access.
The fabric seats are reasonably comfortable with space between the seats for passing behind.
Entering is a step up and a grab handle is provided for the driver but not for passengers. The driver’s seat is adjustable in height, but the steering wheel lacks adjustable reach.
Pride in the center of the dashboard is the new seven-inch touchscreen. There is no satnav option.
Bluetooth allows voice control of various functions. You need to touch the screen to answer the call because there is no phone button on the steering wheel.
The previous model has four stars for safety. ANCAP has not yet evaluated the latest model.
Back to town
It’s a big car and this can cause problems when navigating tight streets. It is important to make it slow, check for traffic and obstacles before moving or reversing and using the accelerator cautiously.
Once you understand it well, it’s fun to drive.
The high driving position and the abundance of windows combine to provide a wide view to the outside, better than an SUV because of straight body lines.
A rear camera is now standard and in parallel with rear parking sensors helps with parking.
Based on the iLoad valve, the driver looks and feels commercial but it responds well to the throttle – there’s plenty of torque to get it out of the line and there’s no trouble keeping up with traffic.
There are no rear airbags and the noticeable absence of other high-tech items such as automatic brakes and blind spot alerts.
On the road
Once you understand it well, it’s fun to drive. Other drivers followed such a large vehicle and it flew easily with the engine ticking at about 1600 rpm.
Usually the suspension on such vehicles is difficult and unforgiving, without the full complement of passengers. Not so with iMax, take a trip, compose – even with just one tenant.
Rear-wheel drive means that the iMax has a great turning circle and sharper steering because the front wheels don’t have to do all the work, like in a forward-controlled vehicle.
In the absence of in-dash equipment to express their desires, the driver will have to make his money at the time of recharging.
Note that you also don’t sit directly on the wheels, which means you don’t have to compensate for their position in tight turns – but you need to know the length of the vehicle.
Road and tire noise tends to be amplified in the bulky passenger area but this is alleviated with a few seats used.
Fuel economy is rated at 9.0L / 100km. There is no real trip calculator, only A and B trip meters, so in the absence of an in-dash device to show its desires, the driver will have to make money. at the time of recharging.
Access to the engine to check for oil and water through a short, high-mounted bonnet – no more need to lift the front seats.