People mover

Hyundai iMax

No winner has been named in the People Mover category in 2013. The iMax topped the score sheet, but is unable to be crowned the winner because its safety rating is below what’s expected from Australia’s Best Cars.

The Hyundai has won the class five times before, but it only has a four-star ANCAP safety rating, preventing it being awarded a trophy in 2013 due to new, more stringent criteria that requires a five-star rating.

The iMax meets the objectives of functional and practical transport for the larger family and at an affordable price.

It makes easy work of seating all eight occupants, yet is still able to swallow plenty of luggage while maintaining good head and leg room. Three child restraint anchor points are provided in the middle row of seats, but none for row three.

The 2.5-litre turbo-diesel with five-speed auto is the best choice, offering extra torque and better fuel economy (9.0 litres/100km) over the petrol version. On-road, the iMax’s physical size starts to count against it, mustering only an average score for handling and the bulk will also be noted when it comes to parking.

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Indicative Drive Away Price: $47,614

Criteria out of 10 – Hyundai iMax

Value for Money   Rating 
Pricing  5H
Depreciation  6M
Running Costs  8H
Fuel Consumption  3H
Warranty and dealer access   9H
Insurance  6L
Standard Features  2H

Design and Function   Rating 
Safety  5C
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.