2014 Hyundai iMax Road Test, Review
Once upon a time, before vehicles like the Hyundai iMax came along, Australian families had a pretty easy choice to make – Falcon or Kingswood/Commodore station wagon.
In 2014 the market is more sophisticated and the choice much more diverse. Many families are also opting for SUV’s of different sizes, configurations and off-road ability.
But, if you are genuinely looking for a vehicle that will make your family duties a breeze, then a people mover is the only way to go and the Hyundai iMax is the daddy of them all.
Priced from a very reasonable $38,290, the iMax is available with a choice of 2.4 litre petrol engine delivering 129kW/228Nm and 10.6L/100km combined and a 2.5 litre turbo diesel that offers 125kW and 441Nm while using a combined 9.0L/100km.
The diesel figures are impressive, but the upfront price is a more substantial $40,990 for the manual and $43,490 for the diesel Hyundai iMax with a five-speed auto.
I had this diesel/auto configuration for a couple of weeks over the Christmas period and this gave me a great opportunity to really get to know what the iMax offers and, with a couple of young daughters of my own, the chance to test it out in its natural environment.
Once again, for hauling kids the Hyundai iMax can’t be beaten. With eight seats, a very roomy cabin and a huge cargo area, the Hyundai people-mover offers all the versatility that you will likely ever need.
The rear seats don’t just keep the kids accommodated; I also had adults on-board for a long journey or two and they all gave the comfort and ride delivered by the iMax two thumbs up.
Four good-sized air-conditioning vents in the roof, as well as floor level vents help keep comfort levels up as well.
One thing that did disappoint just a little – the pop-out windows located in the rear sliding doors did tend to vibrate and rattle just a little when open.
From the driver’s seat visibility is excellent, the iMax sits up nice and high and despite the front corners being impossible to see the big people-mover is not a hard vehicle to drive.
With a stack of power and torque it also easily handles any hills you will confront and you’ll be surprised at just how well the iMax moves off from a standing start.
Steering, ride and brakes all get a pass mark too.
Probably the biggest disappointment with the iMax is a lack of a reversing camera – in a vehicle aimed at families with little children it really should be available, at least as an option.
Satellite-navigation would also be a handy feature for families, while the iMax also only features a four-star ANCAP rating.
Summing it up though the 2014 Hyundai iMax is a quality vehicle, it offers unsurpassed space and adaptability, drives well, is comfortable, the diesel is economical and it offers very good value for money.
If I were buying a family vehicle I couldn’t think of a better choice than the bug Hyundai van.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2014 Hyundai iMax
- Engine: 2.5 litre turbo-diesel producing 125kW and 441Nm
- Transmission: Five-speed auto or six-speed manual
- Safety: Four stars
- Warranty: Five years
- Origin: South Korea
- Price: Diesel from $40,990