Best people mover

The Hyundai iMax continues to tick all the right boxes as an affordable, family-friendly people mover.

There is no denying the iMax is a big van with commercial origins, but the massive interior has been put to excellent use, while subtle mechanical refinements transform it from a solid workhorse into affordable family transport that’s ideal for everyday use.

The practical approach starts with large sliding doors on either side providing easier access to the second and third rows than most others. Not only can adults sit in the third row without having their legs cramped or hitting their head every time the vehicle goes over a bump, there is still plenty of luggage space – a rarity in most people movers or SUVs.

The iMax has enough width to fit three child seats across the middle row seat – a major plus for parents, while the cavernous interior makes getting kids in and out much easier than most vehicles. The seats, however, lack the clever folding functions of some people movers, while the interior trimming has a durable, rather than opulent, appearance.

Complementing its strong design and function, iMax also does well in the value-for-money stakes with affordable pricing, low servicing costs and a reassuring five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

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Manufacturer’s List Price: $42,490

Criteria out of 10 – Hyundai iMax

 Value for Money   Rating 
 Pricing  7C
 Depreciation  7M
 Running Costs  9H
 Fuel Consumption  3H
 Warranty and dealer access   8M
 Insurance  6L
 Standard Features  3H

 Design and Function   Rating 
 Safety  9C
 Environment  5C
 Comfort  9C
 Space  10C
 Practicality  8C
 Ergonomics  9C
 Build and Finish  7M

 On the Road   Rating 
 Performance  7M
 Ride  8H
 Handling  6M
 Braking  7H
 Smoothness and Quietness   7L

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.