Hyundai’s iMax fac­tor

The price is low, the roof is high and this new peo­ple mover is re­ally big news, writes DAVID FITZSI­MONS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

NOT all peo­ple movers are the same. You may think they can be lumped to­gether as fam­ily buses or vans that peo­ple with a lot of kids need to buy, but that type of ve­hi­cle that would never be any­one’s first choice.

Well, I can tell you they’re not all the same. They fall into roughly four cat­e­gories.

First are the small passenger-car­based ve­hi­cles, such as the Kia Rondo, Toy­ota Aven­sis, Re­nault Grand Scenic and Citroen C4 Grand Pi­casso.

Th­ese should be con­sid­ered fiveseaters given the lack of rear legroom and small cargo ar­eas.

Next are the mid-rangers. Ad­ver­tise­ments for th­ese ve­hi­cles try to add sex ap­peal to what es­sen­tially are just peo­ple movers. They start at $40,000 and in­clude the Honda Odyssey, Mit­subishi Gran­dis, Dodge Jour­ney and the pop­u­lar Kia Grand Car­ni­val.

Then come the re­ally big ones, the lux­ury ma­chines such as the up-to$77,990 Chrysler Grand Voy­ager 2.8 CRD and the $75,500 Toy­ota Tarago Ul­tima V6.

But there are also the peo­ple movers that be­gan life as vans, such as the Mul­ti­van and Viano from Volk­swa­gen and Mercedes-Benz re­spec­tively.

Then there’s the Hyundai iMax, one of the new­est peo­ple movers on the mar­ket.

At $39,990 it costs about the same as smaller peo­ple movers and the van-like larger movers.

And this one is big — so big the aerial smacks the roof of un­der­ground car parks, the driver sits high enough to al­most eye­ball bus driv­ers, the huge rear door is a wrench to open and shut, you can al­most walk through it and it has heaps of lug­gage space in the rear, even when the third-row seats are in use.

That’s some­thing very few peo­ple movers, and ba­si­cally no SUV with third-row seat­ing, can pro­vide.

The iMax as tested is a ba­sic ma­chine, es­sen­tially a com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle likely to be used as a com­pany shut­tle or by bas­ket­ball teams need­ing head­room.

But as a fam­ily van used for long­week­end es­capes, it lacks many the fea­tures seen in com­par­a­tively priced cars.

the Hyundai iMax costs the same as a small peo­ple mover but con­verts to a much larger ca­pac­ity.

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