Hyundai Cars

A relative newcomer to the American marketplace, Hyundai is a Korean automaker with a product line that has improved considerably over the past few years. Hyundai cars and SUVs provide a high level of content for an affordable price, and are currently backed by one of the industry's longest warranties.

Hyundai Trajet Overview

Hyundai Trajet FrontIt is difficult to get excited about an MPV. They are large, boring to drive and pretty limited in their styling. They can carry lots of people lots of miles, and that's about it. But one people carrier does get me excited, the Hyundai Trajet - not because it is the best people carrier you can buy, but because it is one of the cheapest. Cheap in the same way that products in the Tesco "value" range are cheap - they may not taste quite as good as the finest range and the packaging isn't something to inspire poetry but they still fill a hole when you are hungry. It came with a long list of standard equipment and an unexciting 2 litre petrol engine producing 133bhp. Within 12 months diesel power was added, again a 2 litre unit, this time with 111bhp.

The Hyundai Trajet (pronounced as tra-jay, derived from the French word, meaning "travel in comfort") is a 7-seater multi-purpose vehicle that is manufactured by Hyundai Motor Company. The series was launched in 1999 with the 2.0 GSI models and a choice of gasoline, diesel or LPG power, followed by the limited edition SE 2.7 V6 in 2001. The Trajet models have three rows of seats. With a number of ingenious seating configurations, they allow for extra luggage space, and with easily removable seating, can accommodate larger items.

Hyundai Trajet RearThe front seats can rotate through 180 degrees to face the passengers at the back when the car is stationary, and the back seats can also be turned into tables, making a virtual office space or picnic area.Standard equipment for the 2.0 GSI and 2.0 CRTD GSI (diesel version) comprise driver, passenger and side airbags, ABS with EBD, power steering, seat belt pre-tensioners, front and rear air conditioning, electric front and rear windows, stereo RDS radio/CD unit, double folding second and third row seats (second and third row seats are removable), and sliding outer seats on second row.

The Trajet price range starts at ?15,495 for the 2.0 GSI manual, rising to ?18,345 for the 2.0 CRTD SE Automatic. With around ?2,400 worth of extra equipment for only ?1,000 more than the cost of the 2.0 GSI, however, the Trajet SE comes with a DVD player, privacy glass, SmartNav satellite navigation, and reversing sensors as standard. It is available with gasoline or diesel engines, and manual or automatic transmissions, prices starting at ?16,495.

Hyundai Trajet ReviewWith the launch of the SE 2.7 V6, all previous Trajet models have been upgraded. The gasoline 2.0 GSI now benefits from the CVVT engine previously seen in the Coupe, increasing power from 133 to 139 bhp (99 to 104 kW), while CO2 emissions fall from 223 g/km to 208 g/km. Fuel consumption is also improved - the combined figure (average consumption on town and highway driving) rises from 30.4 mpg to 32.5 mpg, imperial gallons (9.3 to 8.7 L/100 km). All Hyundai Accessories now feature a third three point seat belt in the rear, which means all passengers have the protection of a full seat belt.

The three rows of seats give endless configurations but while the middle row seats three the centre passenger has to make do with a lap belt. Front and rearmost passengers are treated to large "captain" chairs. There is also plenty of storage space with under-seat trays, large door bins and numerous can holders. The boot space is larger than in most MPVs. The Trajet offers a reasonable drive and ride comfort improves the more laden it is: this is an MPV that likes its job. In short, the Trajet has everything you could ask of an MPV except, perhaps, the right image - but then people carriers never had a decent one anyway.