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heycar review

      Launch year
      2008
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Diesel
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Big, practical, tricky to park

Best bits

  • Loads of space for people and luggage
  •  Diesel engine’s refinement
  •  Keen prices

Not so great

  • Sluggish lower-powered engine
  • Bouncy suspension
  • Feeling its age in every way

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Hyundai i800 is a big people carrier that majors on value and space. It also does something that most other people carriers can't because it can seat eight with a decent amount of room left over for luggage. On the downside, the i800 looks and feels like an old van, largely as this is what it’s based on, but on price and warranty few large MPVs come close to matching the Hyundai."

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The i800 is built on the iLoad van, which is obvious from its looks and is a major plus point if you're looking for loads of room inside. The strong 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine makes light work of motorways and means the i800 can tow up to 2300kg with a braked trailer and with a manual gearbox. However, that drops to 1500kg when you fit an auto 'box.


It's out on the road that some of the commercial vehicle origins start to surface. Although the interior is great for space and there's a decent driving position, it's awkward to park, has poor rear visibility and feels unwieldy in town. Even so, it's great for long-distance motorway trips and is a cost-effective option for larger families if you really need an eight-seater


The only engine available in the i800 at launch was the 2.5-litre CRDi diesel with 170PS. From November 2008 a 135PS unit was added. Where it impresses most its low-down pulling power. With 392Nm available at 2000-2500 rpm, it makes a decent tow car. On the motorway is where the i800 is happiest as its engine can turn over quietly and with just enough in reserve for overtaking.


Hyundai quickly added a 136PS version of the four-cylinder turbodiesel motor to broaden the range, but there was little advantage to this option. If you intended to make full use of the i800’s considerable capacity for people and cargo, the more powerful engine was always the one to choose.


Hyundai swapped the crude rear leaf springs of the H-1 panel van to coil suspension when it converted it into the i800. The ride is much less bouncy and better controlled as a result. It’s smooth on the motorway and adept at soaking up lumps and ruts on bumpier roads, but it’s not as composed as a Ford Galaxy or Volkswagen Sharan.


The i800 doesn't handle like its immense proportions suggest. It's more than five metres long and two metres wide, but it doesn't feel like it on A and B roads, where the steering is well-weighted, the body roll is contained and there's a good amount of grip. Don’t be fooled, it’s no hot hatch, but at least you won’t be causing a tailback by holding up other traffic. In town it's a bit of a handful as parking can be challenging and changing lanes or filtering into traffic can take some planning. Still, in its natural environment on the motorway, it's comfortable, refined and there's little in the way engine noise.


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Hyundai I800

2.5 CRDi [170] SE Nav 5dr Auto

  • 2019
  • 40,909 miles
  • Bristol Street Motors Hyundai Exeter
  • Devon, EX28QQ
Price:£16,845
PCP: £288.24/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £288.24, Customer Deposit: £2,526.00, Total Deposit: £2,526.75, Optional Final Payment: £7,346.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,116.15, Total Amount Payable: £19,961.15, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Hyundai I800

2.5 CRDi SE Nav 5dr

  • 2019
  • 31,186 miles
  • Bristol Street Motors Hyundai Exeter
  • Devon, EX28QQ
Price:£16,845
PCP: £285.37/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £285.37, Customer Deposit: £2,526.00, Total Deposit: £2,526.75, Optional Final Payment: £7,462.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,131.70, Total Amount Payable: £19,976.70, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

 Is the Hyundai i800 right for you?

Are you a family of eight? Or do you routinely carry seven passengers? If so, the Hyundai i800 is ideal for you because it’s one of a handful of people carriers able to seat eight in comfort and still have space left over for their luggage. Everyone gets plenty of room for heads, legs and shoulders, so even Grandma won’t complain on longer trips.


The i800 is at its happiest on longer motorway trips where it’s long-legged turbodiesel engine lopes along with surprisingly little noise from under the bonnet. An automatic gearbox is standard on the more powerful 170PS version of this engine and is well matched to the engine. Choose the less powerful 136PS version with its five-speed manual, or from May 2013 a six-speeder, and you’ll find any out of town trip a laborious chore.


In town, the engines are hushed and the suspension is squishy enough to soak up bumps, but don’t expect any great handling finesse. What hampers the i800 in the city is its size, which can make finding a parking spot a tough challenge.


What’s the best Hyundai i800 model/engine to choose?

There’s not a lot of choice when it comes to engine size with the Hyundai i800 as all are 2.5-litre turbodiesel units. What you can pick between is the engine’s power as it’s offered in 136- and 170PS versions. We’d head straight for the 170PS motor that comes with a five-speed automatic gearbox only. It suits the laid-back nature of this Hyundai while offering better acceleration and some overtaking ability compared to the less potent unit.


During its lengthy life, the i800 was only offered in three trims, comprising SE, SE Nav and Style. There’s not much to separate them other than the obvious addition of satellite navigation with the SE Nav. All have air conditioning with individual controls for the front and second rows, reversing sensors and electric windows. As a result, you can choose the i800 in a colour choice to suit your tastes safe in the knowledge it’s equipped to the same level as any other.


What other cars are similar to the Hyundai i800?

There are an eyebrow-raisingly large number of eight-seat MPV options out there, including the excellent Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle. It’s not cheap, but it’s very well made and comfortable.


You could also look at the Citroen SpaceTourer and Peugeot Traveller that are the same vehicle just with different badges. Like the Hyundai, they’re van-based but hide it well. The Toyota Proace Verso doesn’t mask its van origins quite as well, but it’s strong on quality and decent for comfort.


Other to consider are the classy but expensive Mercedes V-Class and the Ford Tourneo Custom that’s one of the best to drive in this sector. 


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On the inside

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Can you take the seats out of a Hyundai i800?

No. None of the i800’s two rear rows of seats can be folded flat into the floor nor can they be removed. Instead, you end up with seat backs that tip forwards to free up a lot of length for longer loads, but not nearly as much depth in the cargo bay as you might want. So, the i800 is very much a people carrier rather than a multi-purpose vehicle.

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Is the Hyundai i800 front or rear wheel drive?

The Hyundai i800 is rear-wheel drive. You also have two choices when it comes to the engine and the gearbox respectively in the Hyundai i800, though you cannot mix and match them.

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Does the Hyundai i800 have cruise control?

Yes. Look for cruise control on SE Nav models

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