Would you know what a Hyundai Grandeur was if, for example, you fell over one on a stand at the London motor show? No; neither would I. Nonetheless it exists, and there's even one here at ExCel this week.

It happens to be the Korean brand's flagship saloon. It's just had a bit of a facelift, which is why Hyundai's making a fuss over it at the moment. And I've even taken a picture of one, just in case you think I'm making it up.


Hyundai has been selling this car for the last two years. It's the successor to the little-known XG30, and a popular car with high-powered Korean executives working in the UK. Unfortunately for Hyundai, high-powered Korean executives working in the UK are a bit thin on the ground, which is why they've only registered 20 of them so far. Most Italian exotics are considerably less rare.

The story of its life is a pretty unlikely one. Hyundai UK said yes to distributing it on condition that Hyundai Korea could build diesel-engined ones in right-hand drive. Later in the car's development, once the deal had been done, it emerged that Korea couldn't, in fact, make diesels in right-hand drive. So Hyundai UK got stuck with a £27,000, 3.3-litre, petrol-powered Mercedes E-class competitor that would shed its residual value fast enough to frighten most multi-millionaires.