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May 9, 2008

UK: Hyundai launches eight-seat MPV

Hyundai's UK unit has launched a new diesel-powered eight-seat MPV (aka people carrier or minivan).

Hyundai’s UK unit has launched a new diesel-powered eight-seat MPV (aka people carrier or minivan).

The i800 has a 170PS, 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine and is rear-wheel-drive. UK sales start on 20 June at prices from GBP19,495

Hyundai said that, unlike most MPVs, which only have room for seven people, the i800 can comfortably accommodate eight, leaving 851 litres of luggage space – twice as much as some station wagons.

The i800 has a pair of seats in front and two benches behind.

Both rear benches have 60:40 split-fold and recline facilities while the centre row also slides forwards or backwards to adjust space as required. Rear seats are accessed by a pair of sliding doors, making access easy wherever the i800 is parked.

Standard features include privacy glass, six-speaker audio system and air conditioning with individually-controlled overhead vents in the rear.

The platform has purpose-designed coil sprung rear suspension system with five locating links for optimum ride quality and manoeuvrability. Alloy wheels are also standard.

Hyundai said the intercooled, variable-geometry turbocharger I4 engine can return . Peak power output is 170PS with a massive 392Nm of torque; enough to ensure that the i800 never feels sluggish even with a full load. Balancer shafts also mean that the engine remains smooth and refined at all times.

Despite the impressive performance, this engine is also capable of remarkable economy with a combined figure of 33.2 mpg mpg on the EU combined test cycle, giving it a potential range of 560 miles on the 75 litre tank.

ESP and traction control systems and dual front airbags are standard. All occupants have three-point seatbelts.

The i800 is 5,125 mm long, 1,920 wide and 1,925 tall with a turning circle of just 5.61m. Electronic reversing sensors are also standard.

Hyundai will add a version with lower power and specification later.

As with all Hyundai cars, the i800 will be covered by a five year, manufacturer backed, unlimited mileage warranty.

Hyundai UK managing director Tony Whitehorn said: “We think the i800 will prove massively popular with families and businesses who need to move people in style.”

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