Hyundai’s iMax factor
The price is low, the roof is high and this new people mover is really big news, writes DAVID FITZSIMONS
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.