It's actually based on a van which delivers a stable driving experience when travelling at speed on motorways and is helped by a powerful 2.5 litre diesel engine which produces 168bhp and also enables the i800 to tow caravans or trailers up to 2,300kg. It should be noted too that despite the vehicle’s size, the i800 is easy to handle and the steering offers good feedback and there's minimum body roll. The driver's position is particularly good and the seats are comfortable.
However, the rear visibility is limited and its size makes it difficult to park in tight spaces and the fuel economy is a disappointing 33 mpg.
The i800 makes for a good family vehicle since the middle bench will slide backwards and forwards to create more space though it cannot be removed easily, unlike some rivals. The boot is a useful 842litres while the i800 is 5125mm in length. There is plenty of headroom for everyone on board with passengers having their own lighting and ventilation controls.
Standard equipment includes electronic stability control which is a necessity for a vehicle of this size, particularly on winding country roads. There's also a heated driver's seat and a leather steering wheel. The cabin itself is well constructed with quality materials and is hard to fault.
Essentially, the Hyundai i800 offers a roomy eight seat people carrier with lots of room for passengers and luggage with an excellent and powerful 2.5 litre engine delivering good levels of performance though some potential buyers may be put off by the badge, the five-year manufacturer's warranty is a strong offering and brings peace of mind.