Hyundai Terracan
Hyundai Terracan

How It Drove - Performance

A new 2.9 litre common rail turbo charged diesel engine powers the Hyundai Terracan CRTD. It produces 160 bhp at 3800 rpm and has 254lbs of torque at 2000 rpm. It accelerates from 0-62 mph in a respectable 13 seconds and will reach a top speed of 104 mph.

We were impressed with the Terracan's fuel economy, which was not far from the manufacturers quoted figures of 32.4 mpg combined - not too bad for this type of vehicle. You can elect to have a four speed automatic gearbox for an extra £850 - we tested the five-speed manual.

The Terracan features a part-time four-wheel drive system called Electrical Shift Transfer (EST) with the ability to switch between high ratio four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive whilst on the move at speeds of up to 50 mph. There is also a low ratio four-wheel drive setting, for more demanding off road situations or when you need more traction, such as towing a boat up a wet slipway.

You do need to be stationery to shift between four-wheel drive low ratio and high ratio but this is easy and is controlled by a dial which is positioned next to the handbrake.

We found the Terracan surprising lively for such a large diesel powered 4x4; progress was fairly rapid to 60 mph (0-62 mph 13 seconds). The engine was not particularly noisy and the gearbox was easy to use. Our test crew comprises of both a male and female co-writer and both drivers found the gearbox light and easy to operate and were pleased not to have to shift levers to switch between two and four-wheel drive.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

On the road the Terracan could not really be considered a 'state of the art' 4x4 but neither was it that bad. There is the inevitable body roll and the power-assisted steering was a little vague, but you soon get used to it. We faced bad weather conditions for most of our time with the Terracan and we did notice that in two-wheel drive it suffered with the tendency to spin the rear wheels on pulling out of road junctions in the wet, this characteristic is reduced in four-wheel drive. Regrettably, the Terracan does not benefit from traction control or ESP although it is equipped with a limited slip differential, which can vary the amount of torque between the rear wheels, to improve traction, should one wheel lose grip.

In our opinion the Terracan drives and handles better in four-wheel drive than two, but obviously fuel consumption and wear and tear on the transmission and tyres increases.

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