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Hyundai i800 MPV 2008‑2014(4 reviews)
FamilyGuy2 | 21st October '17
Had this a few weeks now and so so happy, the biggest gripes first, no cruise control (yet in europe its standard or an option) no arm rests for front two seats, lack of airbags in rear, lack of 12v sockets in rear a must in a modern car and middle seats need another notch or two forward giving a better balance of room , that it the rest is all good, ive always liked tall large cars but this car leaves the others standing, the view is fantastic, the boot space is the largest ive ever had (even bigger than my rodius and granvia imports) the rear wheel drive lets you have a fantastic turning circle, for a 2.5 auto fuel consumprion is better than i expected (not as good as book but only about 15% below what they say) happy people in the back (allowing for my above comment) and the more weight on the car the better the handling - would i buy again, without a doubt , its not the best car ive had (that was a 4x4) but its the best MPV ive had and when it says 8 seats thats 8 adults so kids are no problem ... go buy one today you wont be dissapointed
snowie | 27th August '17
I'm about to sell my i800 and will miss it more than any vehicle I've owned before (64 actually). It's been the longest ownership I've had, appointment 3 years. The vehicle is a hidden gem that Hyundai are missing a trick on pushing more. The passenger comfort and space is unrivalled. Everyone I have given a lift to whether its one or seven people have always commentated on this. Fully laden with eight people the boot is around twice the size of any other people carrier. It's extremely easy and comfortable to drive, more like a car and I've found getting over 30 mpg around town amazing for a car of this size with a 2.5 engine. Running cost no more than a family saloon and insurance the same. I could go on all day singing it's praises but you've probably got my point. This is one great car if you want a multi person carrier, comfortable, economical and cheap to buy in the first place.
ikorodu | 22nd August '14
We are a family of 7, that's mum, dad and 5 kids. The kids are aged 10, 8, 5 and twins of 1 year. As you can see we had a fairly specific list of things we needed from a car:
Must seat 7
Must allow for 3 booster seats and 2 baby carriers
Must fit all the above in at the same time and have space for a double buggy and shopping.
The short list of cars was that would work was a VERY short list. All of the 'normal' seven seat mpvs had no space for the baby gear when using all the seats. This left van derived mpvs. The hyundai was the best value of these and we found a 2011 example close by for thirteen k
Its massive, it will carry 8 adults with ease, and fits our brood perfectly. The boot space is huge and easily holds the baby twins gear. You can get the double buggy in the boot without folding it up!
Drives surprisingly car like. Rides well with the family in, can be a bit bumpy with just the driver.
I think Hyundai are missing a trick. As its so much cheaper than its rivals from VW and Merc, it would sell more if they offered more mods and extras. Eg allowing the same seating options and are available in its home market, search for Hyundai Starex and see what is possible with this car!
Best car I've ever had.
Team_Smith | 17th February '13
We have four children under four, so needed a car that could not only accommodate 6 passengers in comfort, but the cargo associated with little people... two double buggy's etc. In short there were very few options on the market!
The review below has covered off all the usual topics... and they have given a very fair assessment of the i800. My wife loves driving the "beast" and feels very safe in it ,she got over the "is it too big?" issue very quickly. Loading the kids in and out is straight forward because the seats are at waist height. When it is raining (which it does very occasionally...ahem) you can all climb in and pretty much walk about!... no more wet back syndrome as you struggle to strap your little darlings into their car seats.
The boot is huge, so if you enjoy weekends away you wont struggle to fit in the essentials and more. When open, the boot door makes an excellent canopy for transferring the kids into prams!
Unlike most MPV's, which look a little naff and generic, the i800 resembles the A-Team Van which does make it quite cool to drive, if you are a bloke of a certain age! You will dwarf most other cars/4x4's on the road including Range Rovers! The tinted windows as standard only add to the kerb appeal in my opinion.
In short this is a MANly MPV, that the wife will enjoy driving. You won't find a more practical vehicle on the road for the money... and yes you feel like "BA Baracus" driving it... what more could you want! ... "I ain't gettin in no plane"... (Que the music...)
RoboGaz | 19th January '12
As a family, with the kids getting to adult size, we needed to get something larger than the Zafira's we had been running. I had seen the i800 at the Motor show so I was aware it existed and knew it was big. We viewed a Kia Sedona, Ford S-Max and the Galaxy but they didn’t offer a lot more than we had in the Zafira. The big Merc's & VW’s were out of our price range so we headed over to the Hyundai garage to look at a second hand i800.
Yes it's a van with 8 seats, but I love it. It wasn't an instant love, I like big cars and it had all the room we wanted. The test drive did not put me off the car at all, the price was excellent, so it was a quick buy.
It can get a little noisy at 70mph and above, but you can still talk normally to each other so it is not excessive. It doesn't have many toys (air con and some fog lamps is about it) and I only get around 30mpg out of it, but actually given its size I didn't expect anything more.
The high driving position is fantastic, the engine has a lot of power, the car pulls readily and the gearbox is smooth. The car has an amazing turning circle easily getting you out of tight spots in car parks and the sliding rear doors make for easy access. You get a second set of heating controls for the rear passengers and these work well. There is also a nice lot of lighting in the car including ‘mood’ lighting which is basically multi-coloured LED’s and you can choose the colour you wish. The middle seats are a 33/66 split and they slide back and forth, in the normal position everyone have more than enough leg room. The rear seats are fixed in place which is ok as there is still a huge boot area.
We took the car to France and drove over 1000 miles in a week and that really sealed my love for the car. The high seating meant driving on the right was no issue. We cruised along the motorway for 5 hours and the kids all had so much room it was bliss not to hear any arguing about elbows touching. We got all of our luggage and bedding and a weeks shopping in the boot with plenty of room to spare.
So in conclusion, both my wife and I love driving the car around, it gives us everything we wanted in a big family car and for the money I can’t see anything out there to beat it.
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