We were disappointed when we received a telephone call from Hyundai, explaining that the Hyundai Coupe we had booked would not be arriving the following week due to a technical hitch. Instead, they offered to replace the Coupe with their new 4x4 offering, the Hyundai Terracan. After a few days with the Terracan we were pleased that the Coupe booking had been delayed because the weather had changed, from sunny (ideal Coupe weather) to severe flash floods (perfect Terracan weather).
Already on sale in mainland Europe, the Terracan arrived in the UK on the 1st of July 2003. The Terracan debuts with a new-to-the-UK 2.9 common-rail turbo-diesel engine - part of a family of three efficient modern diesel engines produced by Hyundai. The Terracan is Hyundai's second four-wheel-drive offering in the UK following in the footsteps of their highly successful SUV the Santa Fe. Unlike the Santa Fe, the Terracan has a body-on-frame construction and is designed for full off-road use. In addition, it is the only 4x4 outside the Hyundai range to offer a 5-Year unlimited mileage warranty.
The ‘can’ part of the name Terracan is derived from ‘khan’ meaning king, while the ‘terra’ means ‘of the land’ - so the Terracan is being promoted as the ‘king of the land’.
We liked the idea of living like Kings (even if it is only for one week) and wondered if the Terracan could live up to its name.
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