2017 Hyundai iMax road test and review…
A few weeks ago we reviewed the easy to drive and practical Hyundai iLoad great for any commercial purpose.
Throw a few seats in the back and it transforms in the Hyundai iMax an 8-seater people mover.
This bumps the price up by five and a half thousand dollars to $47,290 for the five-speed auto transmission.
Powering it is the same 2.5 litre turbo diesel motor which can be a little loud but is mostly forgivable when you consider its ability.
For more on the drive experience you can read the Hyundai iLoad review, though it’s worth noting there was no noticeable power loss with full capacity vehicle compared with an empty one.
Again, there was oddly no meter of fuel economy on the instrument cluster, or maybe I just couldn’t find it.
Also absent was an audible signal noise. Flick the indicator and the tick-tock is so muted it’s like it’s not even there.
The real winner here though is the large occupancy and 8 seat capacity.
Able to fit two in the front, three in the middle and three in the back there is plenty of space for everyone with wide floor space between driver and passenger and copious legroom for all.
Even in the permanent back seat row which is smaller and narrower than the 2nd row, passengers still have enough elbow room thanks to the straight sides and square body shape of the van.
And unlike a 7-seater SUV, you have don’t have to sacrifice boot storage.
Even with the third row, you can easily fit in two or three large suitcases with room to spare for smaller items of luggage.
No fancy electric doors or special folding seats here, the 2nd row just slides forward like a normal seat to allow passengers in the back and with the generally high and open cabin, makes it easy egress, carry stuff or get the kids in and out of.
Simple, practical and convenient.
Included in the vehicle I had was a rear seat entertainment system with retractable roof-mounted screen, remote and four wireless headphones.
Handy for long trips, the system can play all manner of digital media via HDMI or USB on a sizeable 13.3 inch HD LCD screen.
Sound can be played direct or can be isolated with the use of four wireless headphones keeping all six kids (hopefully not all yours!) occupied for hours.
Unfortunately the system isn’t available for purchase as a separate accessory but is really worth if you can get your hands on one.
While it doesn’t have the refinement, style or tech of its very few competitors, the Hyundai iMax is an uncomplicated people mover and does the job it needs to do.
NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Hyundai iMax
Engine: 2.5L diesel producing 125kW and 441Nm
Transmission: Five-speed auto or six-speed manual
Warranty: 5 Year/Unlimited km
Safety: Not tested
Origin: South Korea
Price: From $47,290