I’ve just had a spin in a car that makes Ferraris and Bentleys look positively commonplace, a car so rare that – unless you’ve been to South Korea recently – you’ve probably never seen.
Just 28 of these leviathans have been registered in the UK in the last two years, making it a considerably rarer sight than the Ferrari 612 or Bentley Azure, and for that reason alone it was an experience to be cherished.
The Grandeur’s £27,395 pricetag has been keeping punters away in droves, and spending your own money on a new one would probably be proof enough to get you sectioned for your own protection. But, money aside, I have to report that it’s not actually a bad old bus.
I confess to having fond memories of Hyundai’s previous take on a pseudo-exec, the XG, which combined almost comical dynamic ineptitude with compellingly strange mid-Pacific styling, half way between a Sonata and a 1980s Cadillac.
The Grandeur loses the XG’s so-bad-it’s-almost-good character, but objectively it’s also a far better car, especially inside, where the cabin wouldn’t look out of place in a mid-ranking Lexus.
But the old-school driving experience is still in place, from finger-light steering to a throttle pedal set-up with rat trap-sudden responses.
The dynamic miasma also makes it fairly obvious that attempts at enthusiastic cornering are going to end in roll and squeal.
My love of clunkers and oddballs meant I did feel a sneaking regard for the Grandeur – for its almost-deliberate obscurity if nothing else. In ten years time, and after £26,000 of depreciation, I might even be tempted.