What is it?
The new eight-seat Hyundai i800. Those people who need big MPVs rarely care much about the mechanical niceties of their purchase. They’re much more preoccupied with coping with the continual problem of having to leave half the family at home on journeys, or else take two cars.
Their other challenge, usually, is feeding all the mouths when they reach a destination. Which makes them experts, more than anything else, on a car’s accommodation and price, so it’s here that the i800 needs to shine.
What’s it like?
For these buyers, Hyundai’s new i800 looks a winner. First it’s an eight-seater, which gives it a clear advantage over most MPVs, which have only seven.
Second, it has a vast boot even when fully loaded with people, where other people-carriers have small ones. Third, it’s cheap: the high-spec Style model we tried comes packed with gadgets like alloys, air-con, privacy glass, a trip computer, parking sensors and heated seats, yet it costs less than competition such as the VW Caravelle.
The Style also benefits from a hugely torquey 168bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder diesel (driven through a tall-geared five-speed gearbox) that gives truly surprising acceleration and 100mph performance.