|Reviewed By||Paul Duchene|
|Price as Tested||$36,000|
Genuine effort by Hyundai to move upmarket, shows attention to detail, elegant interior and dash, 290 hp V6, 6 speed auto, Lexicon (think R-R) stereo, XM, iPod and USB jacks, heated leather seats, multiple safety devices.
Proximity key fob is a nuisance, engine so quiet at idle it’s possible to walk away with it running. V6 power underwhelming, feels more like 230 hp. Absence of front badge feels like deception or shame.
Has an air of Stepford wives creepiness, in that it’s cloned from BMW and Lexus the way Russian clones of US bombers copied the patches for bullet holes in the donor planes. A 5-series BMW with a 3-series motor. Jaguar couldn’t go downmarket with the X-type, can Hyundai go up? All it’s really selling is price, and with no brand heritage to support it, the aftermarket hit could be brutal.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Feb 01, 2009