Potholes did upset the Terracan, but it has been set up for off road use, which it coped with admirably.
Potholes did upset the Terracan, but it has been set up for off road use, which it coped with admirably. Locally we use a number green lanes and our local farmer allows us across his land, so we were able to experience the Terracan off road. We were impressed and so was our farmer friend, we did not go mad but we crossed tracks that he could only manage in his trusty old Land Rover Defender. Our test car was fitted with BF Goodrich 255/65 R16 tyres, which are more suited to road use than serious off roading. When our friendly farmer enquired how much the Terracan cost, he was pleasantly surprised but commented that it was far too 'posh' to put his sheep in, and we certainly were not going to left him try.
The Hyundai Terracan is a perfectly good workhorse and it would be equally at home on the farm as it would be transporting a family and towing their caravan on holiday. The Terracan is able to tow weights of up to 2800kg's.
Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by the Terracan; it was very good to drive on and off-road - in some ways it was better than the Land Rover Discovery 2 Review that we tested earlier in the year. The Terracan was more car-like to drive whilst the Discovery was more agricultural although ultimately the Discovery 2 is a better package overall.
Ease of Use
The Terracan is easy to live with, is reasonably car like to drive and visibility is excellent all round.
We found it easy to get in and out of with the standard side steps. The seats were comfortable although not that supportive but could certainly absorb the impacts off and on road. The controls are logically laid out and easy to reach and we could slip between two and four-wheel drive at the turn of a switch, at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.
The 60/40 split rear seats fold down to accommodate vast amounts of luggage (1955 litres). With the seats up the Terracan can still house 1170 litres of luggage. The hinged tailgate requires damping down as on several occasions whilst opening it, it nearly chinned us.
The tailgate hinges upwards, this may prevent you from opening the boot in your garage or in an underground car park.
On a practical level the Terracan 2.9 CRTD is equipped with adjustable intermittent front wipers, auto lights off (including rear fog lights), automatic dimming rear view mirror, electric heated door mirrors, electric headlight beam levelling, heated rear window, mudflaps - front and rear, power outlets - 12v x 2, rear wash/wipe with intermittent facility, remote fuel filler flap release, roof rails - with cross over bars, gauges - speedometer, rev counter, fuel level, water temperature, LCD trip & odometer and aerial - integral glass element.
Safety and Security
The Terracan has not yet been awarded a Euro NCAP safety rating. Hyundai’s smaller Santa Fe four-wheel-drive model, achieved four stars in the Euro NCAP crash test survey and Hyundai are hoping for the same result for the Terracan.
Driver and front passenger airbags are standard, with seat belt pre-tensioners. We of course would like to see side airbags and curtains airbags as standard, regrettably Hyundai do not offer this even as an option.
The Terracan has a number of other features to enhance safe vehicle handling anti-lock brakes (ABS) combined with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) provide better stability and shortened braking distances through the large capacity two-port calliper front brake discs. This system provides the most effective distribution of brake force based on the vehicle’s weight.
Hyundai Terracan Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Hyundai Terracan 2.9 CRTD|
|Colour||Warm Silver Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13 Seconds|
|Top Speed||104 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||38.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||5-Year unlimited mileage warranty|
6 year anti-perforation warranty
3 years' Hyundai RAC assistance
|Price (when tested on the 25/04/05)||£ 18,995|