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Review: Hyundai Equus

September 27, 2013

If you want a sedan vehicle without paying a premium price, then the latest Equus by Hyundai may be the car for you. Just don’t expect too much change from the 2012 model from the Korean firm though – the Equus underwent a new engine and transmission system only last year. It’s available in two new colour schemes and in two different models, but in twelve months, there is little variation in quality and corresponding price.

There is, however, a huge difference between the Hyundai Equus and the executive sedans on offer from Mercedes and BMW, which explains why the Equus Signature comes in at a relatively affordable £37,000, with even the more upmarket Ultimate at £41,000. Firstly, though, let’s take a look at the car:

The Signature model comes with a three passenger rear bench, 19” wheels, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive Xenon headlamps, rearview camera, 8” LCD display and a 17 speaker audio system. The Ultimate substitutes the three passenger rear bench with a two passenger rear and side seat with massage function and adjustable leg support. The rear seats are also cooled, whilst the rear itself in the Ultimate also contains a DVD player with 8” LCD screen and a refrigerator. Whilst the Very Important Passenger in the back is busy DVD watching and being massaged whilst emptying the fridge, the driver can enjoy the benefits of a forward view cornering camera.

However, the Equus is most certainly a passenger-first experience. Yes, the technology may be high, if not outstanding, in quality, and the gauges and the dash clean and functional rather than fancy – but the overall quality of this supposed executive car pales in comparison to, say, the 7 series. The leather interior feels passable rather than plush, the drive steady rather than stately. The five link rear suspension geometry and continuous damping control (CDC) ensure that the wheels stay in firm contact with the road – it’s just that you never get the impression that you’ll take off and actually be able to fly.

So, the five litre V8 engine in the Equus is definitely geared more towards comfort than staggering performance. Having said that, the 429 horsepower ‘Tau’ engine enjoys continuously variable valve timing and tuned induction – plus it incorporates a high pressure direct injection, so both you and your passengers can experience an extremely quiet, comfortable ride – they’ll probably just enjoy it a little more than you do. Driving a sedan car should imbue in the driver a sense of prestige from vehicle performance. Compared to its luxury sedan competitors, the Equus falls short in this department.

If you want a function-over-fashion executive sedan vehicle at a fraction of the cost – particularly if your passengers are a priority – then by all means opt for an Equus. If, however, you want all round luxury and performance and have more cash to spend, then look elsewhere. Whatever your decision, contact Car Loan Warehouse if you are looking for affordable Hyundai finance for your next vehicle, or any other model; our rates are extremely competitive and decisions can be made within one hour of application.

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About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.