- Caravan Club’s best towcar in £16,000 to £20,000 category
- Judges impressed with the eight seat capacity and luggage space
- Rear-wheel drive and strong engine give confident towing
Going out on the pull? The Hyundai i800 could be the perfect car for you according to expert judges - and you can bring eight friends in tow!
This type of pulling is more likely to take place on a campsite than in a disco though, as the i800 has won the The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year for the £16,000 to £20,000 category.
The judges put the i800 through its paces with tests of its ability at hill starts, braking, performance and acceleration. With a 2.5-litre four-cylinder CRDi diesel engine providing 170PS with a massive 392Nm of torque the i800 never feels sluggish even with a full load.
Talking of load, the i800 doesn’t make you choose between boot space and extra seats. It has 851 litres of space in the boot even when filled with eight passengers on board. That’s twice as much as some rivals’ estate cars.
As ride quality and manouverability are important to caravan enthusiasts the i800 doesn’t disappoint with a coil sprung rear suspension system, tight turning circle and excellent visibility.
The expert judges commented “the i800 is a cracking load carrier, shows a lovely attitude when hitched and good access to towing sockets. Hyundai enters the market for big people carriers with a much cheaper alternative to vehicles such as the VW Caravelle and Renault Espace”.Published 26 September 2008