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Hyundai launches eight-seater people carrier

Hyundai has introduced an eight-seat model to its range which will go on sale on June 20 for £19,495.

The new i800 features a pair seats in front and two benches behind, each accommodating three adults.

Both rear benches feature a 60:40 split-fold and recline while the centre row also slides forwards or backwards. All of the rear seats are accessed by a pair of sliding door.

Standard specification includes a two-tone interior trim, privacy glass, a six-speaker audio system, ducted air conditioning, alloys, ESP, dual airbags and three point seatbelts.

The i800 is powered by a 168bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder CRDi diesel engine which Hyundai says will do 33.2mpg.

Hyundai said the i800 would be joined later in the year by a lowered powered version, with a lower specification which would be priced below the launch model.

Tony Whitehorn, managing director of Hyundai UK, said: "Anyone wanting to carry eight people in car-like comfort currently has to take two cars – or spend a lot more than £20,000. We think the i800 will prove massively popular with families and businesses who need to move people in style."

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