Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

This Plain Jane Has a Few New Tricks

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

This Plain Jane Has a Few New Tricks

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WHEEL NUT

Vani Naidoo

NEED to transport the family, the in-laws, their luggage and the dog? Throw in grandma and her mobility scooter, the neighbours, the shopping and the camping gear. Still have room? Well, here comes that kitchen sinka[degrees]

I know, I know, a wee bit over the top, but you'd forgive me if your saw the cavernous interior of the Hyundai iMax.

Comfort

Stretch out, spread out, bring the duvet.

When Hyundai says eight-seater, they mean eight large adults with three fitting with oodles of room across each of the second and third rows.

Head and legroom isn't an issue and neither is cargo space, with the boot able to fit all the paraphernalia associated with large families or businesses looking to transport guests or employees. There are storage bins aplenty as well as two large gloveboxes and cup holders that extend from the dash for the front-seat occupants. Seats are specially moulded with the tricot suede upholstery adding a touch of class. You may be able to use the iMax as a commercial vehicle but it certainly doesn't feel like one, well not a whole lot anyway. The high driving position and super large windows make for excellent visibility.

On the road

The iMax may seem as big as a bus but it handles like a car. It is great to drive and easier than you would think to negotiate tight shopping centres and narrow twisty roads.

The iMax uses a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension which provides improved ride and rigidity while allowing additional room in the rear luggage space.

Our test vehicle was pretty quiet for a diesel with the 2.5-litre engine decidedly more gentle during highway driving. Stray off the beaten path, though, and passengers, especially those in the last row, will know all about it.

With a 125kW of power and 392Nm of torque available, the iMax does well in the power stakes and is great for towing.

What do you get?

Creature comforts set the iMax apart from more commercially focused people-movers, with Hyundai opting for a six-speaker MP3 compatible CD system with auxiliary jack, tinted windows, 17-inch alloys, dual zone air conditioner, Bluetooth compatibility and a DVD entertainment system. …

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