2010 Hyundai Centennial | new car review

Posted on May 5, 2010 by









The Centennial is the flagship model for and uses the excellent Genesis sedan as its base. It’s new to the Middle East market in 2010 and is designed to be the Korean manufacturer’s alternative to the likes of a Lexus LS460h, BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class or Audi A8. It’s quite a heady claim, but if the Genesis is anything to go by, we wouldn’t put it past succeeding with the Centennial.

The styling is fairly unadventurous considering some of the designs within the Hyundai family at the moment, and there’s definitely some hints of rival cars in some of the angles – the rear in particular is very similar to the Lexus LS’s. However, when you’re target buyer is looking for something to cosset them around as they sit in the back or prove relaxing on the long drive they don’t want to stand out from the crowd so blending in is a good thing.

Power is provided by a 4.6-litre V8 with 375bhp and 451Nm of torque. Though the engine is rather potent, it’s been tuned to deliver its power in a smooth and controlled fashion to ensure swift by unruffled progress by the big sedan. Having the ability to overtake other road users with the merest flexing of the accelerator pedal is an added bonus.

Given its target audience, the Centennial has to major on two things – high levels of equipment and exemplary comfort. Thankfully, Hyundai has designed to deliver just that with luxury car features fitted as standard. The Lexicon audio system is shared with the top-end Genesis in some markets, and one extremely high-end luxury car indeed – the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Therefore, you can be in no doubt that the audio quality on the move it second to none.

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