Hyundai iMax MPV

Price range

$37,290 – $42,490


Good: You will struggle elsewhere to beat the Space Offered vs. Dollar Paid equation. The new Turbo Diesel matched to the five-speed automatic transmission works well, resulting in relatively low fuel bills… If you need 8 seats and $$$ matter, then this is a winner.

Not so Good: Non-folding rear seats make it difficult to carry long/large loads. No curtain or side airbags. It’s better on smooth, rather than rough, roads.

Design and Engineering

Good : Everyone will love the space offered inside – and access is made easy with dual side-sliding rear doors.

Not so good:  It sure ain’t sexy (that probably doesn’t matter). Rear seats that don’t fold means the inside’s not fit for carrying bicycles and other big and bulky outdoor ‘stuff’. You can’t have your cake and eat it too – with the amount of space on offer inside it has to be shaped like a brick from the front doors back.

Interior and Styling

Good : Plenty of storage options up front. The iMax seats eight in relative comfort & still has space for luggage PLUS head restraints and three-point seatbelts for everyone! The sliding second row seat provides a huge amount of room – perfect for cramming the entire soccer team inside should the weather turn sour. Handy having air conditioning controls in the rear!

Not so good : Seats don’t fold flat into the floor, or even swing to one side for carrying long flat loads. No rear airbags.


Good : Powerful yet economical Turbo Diesel engine – especially for a vehicle with such a blunt and tall front-end.

Not so good : Petrol engine lacks torque – meaning it’ll struggle on inclines with a full load. The Diesel is a little noisy.

Ride and Handling

Good : Surprisingly easy to drive with light steering and excellent visibility; rides fine on normal suburban and highway roads – thanks in part to the coil springs in the rear (the iLoad commercial van has rear leaf springs). The surprisingly tight 11.2M turning circle and rear parking sensors help in shopping centre land.

Not so good : Doesn’t like the rough stuff – we drove over corrugated dirt roads to a camping ground in far Eastern Victoria and the rear occupants we’re bouncing around a bit.

Buying and Owning

Good : Although it shares its design with a commercial van, the refinement is generally up to scratch for a people carrier – you can’t get this much space in an SUV. It’s much cheaper than similar-sized German people movers PLUS the generous five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty AND the Hyundai brand’s improved quality and reliability.

Not so good : No side or curtain airbags for any of the occupants. Lacking cruise control, considering how often you may end up on long trips?

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