cup holders and door pockets among many useful items.
There was just the one model, in which controls were well placed for easy use,
high seating position gave a good view of road.
Importantly with a vehicle like the iMax, the mirrors gave
driver vision to sides and rear, and rear sensors aided parking.
Its 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 124kW admirable performance for such a large vehicle the 2.5-litre turbo diesel counterpart was economy pick.
The transmission with 2.4 four-speed auto but the turned a more useful five-speed auto. Diesel buyers could also order five-speed manual but few did.
On road the iMax was easy to drive, it handled and braked well — seemed to shrink more you drove it became accustomed its bulk.
Most iMax owners say they are happy with their vehicles. All we spoke to had large families, and they were unanimous in praise of the cabin space many surprised at performance handling of such a big vehicle.
It’s not all good news, however, as diesel engine is prone to problems with the turbocharger that can lead to an expensive meltdown.
There are also reports of intermittent electrical
plaguing some cars. They’re hard for mechanics track down and fix and can prove frustrating to owners affected vehicles.
Scheduled servicing is every 12 months/15,000km. Sticking to the schedule really important with diesels given potential turbo issues.
Changing oil as recommended is the most
thing you can do to keep your car in good health and it’s even more crucial with the diesel iMax.
If you find some services have been delayed or skipped altogether, walk away, it’s not worth risk of taking on a vehicle that has neglected.
Most people chose the automatic transmission, so you won’t find many manuals out there on market.
If you are considering a manual be aware that clutch life isn’t great and you
could be facing a replacement at 75,000km intervals.
Petrol examples were recalled in 2010 for problem with the throttle cable that could affect driveability.
Other faults have been cause rework are brake lights that stop working, excessive play in the steering and leaks from rear washer reservoir.
Check with a Hyundai dealer to see whether the vehicle is affected make sure the work has been done.
Richard Savage I love my iMax. It has excellent cabin space for eight plus luggage and feels like a car to drive. Eric Scott use iMax as a mobile office, mostly in city traffic, and it’s great. It drives well, is easy manoeuvre, comfortable cheap to run. I’ve had no problems with it. Sophie Ellis The space is great and it goes well. My only complaint is the driver’s seat, which I find uncomfortable. Renae Carrington Our iMax has given us service over five years. It’s done 150,000km and we’re very happy with it. I like the power the economy; our only problem has been a failed airconditioning compressor, which was replaced under warranty.
It’s big but it’s a beauty if you’ve got large family to shift.