However, there are two things that spoil this image of executive bliss. Firstly, there is the four-speed automatic ’box. Its lack of gears mean the engine sounds strained all too often, either when kick-down is engaged, or when overtaking and the chosen gear is held. It’s hard to buy into the car offering a refined business-like experience, when the revs climb to such jarring levels.
But the real bugbear, perhaps the car’s biggest single fault as far as living with it day-to-day is concerned, has to be the stereo interface. At first glance, it looks like an impressive touch-screen display, promising easy navigation and intuitive menus. Sadly, however, the truth is somewhat different.
It’s not touch-screen and it’s certainly not easy to use. The only way to access the functions is by a fiddly remote control, which is easily as distracting to use on the move as any mobile phone. And once you’ve made contact with the on-screen controls via the remote, things don’t get any better. The menu options are too involved and un-intuitive, and the whole process is, frankly, ridiculous.
Clearly Hyundai has gone for style over substance with this faux touch-screen, but it would have spent its money far better on a traditional head-unit, complete with old fashioned buttons. It may sound trivial, but flaws like this severely impact on the ownership experience.
Engines: 2.4-litre petrol, 160bhp
Performance: 0-62mph: 10.4sec; top speed, 126mph
Transmission: Four-speed automatic
Test period: June-September
Start mileage: 120
Mileage now: 2,804
Efficiency: 32.1mpg, 210g/km CO2
CAP RV 3yr/30k: £5,775 (33%)
CAP RV 3yr/60k: £4,850 (28%)
Likes: Easy, comfortable motoring
Dislikes: Ludicrous stereo controls