2015 Hyundai Centennial | new car review

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by
2015 Hyundai Centennial
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding
AEDAED 273,900 - 279,900
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  • Interior
    Editor: 90%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 95%
  • Quality
    Editor: 90%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 85%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 95%

Review Summary:

The Centennial is a full size luxury sedan and is the largest and most expensive in the company's line-up. After the introduction of the rear wheel drive platform in 2009, the Centennial competes with flagship models from other brands such as the Lexus LS, Cadillac XTS, and Volkswagen Phaeton.

Pros

* Exterior design
* Interior quality
* Features
* Price

Cons

* Quite surprising to find Hyundai hasn't equipped it with a full length panoramic roof.

Looks

From the exterior, the 2015 Hyundai Centennial is nothing short of stunning. Be it from the front, side, or the back, Hyundai’s flagship model radiates a sense of royalty. To avoid the negative preconceived notions associated with the brand, Hyundai have gone the extra mile in replacing the logo upfront with their take on the Spirit of Ecstasy. Based solely on the rarity of the Centennial, it scores a lot more points than its competitors in terms of road presence.

2015 Hyundai Centennial font

Feels

Unlike nearly every other model built by the company, the Centennial does not utilize an abundance of hard plastics and low-cost materials within the cabin. Keeping up with the industry’s norm of a high-end luxury vehicle, the Centennial packs in an analogue clock, a suede roof liner, ample amounts of soft leather, a combination of real and artificial wood, and three TV screens larger than what you’d find in most airlines. Available as a 4 or 5 seat configuration, the Centennial offers absolute comfort with its soft and well bolstered seats, along with a seat cooling and heating function for all passengers in the vehicle.

2015 Hyundai Centennial interior

Engineering

Filled to the brim with features, the Centennial is equipped with a Head up Display, 17 speaker Lexicon sound system, air suspension, 360 degree view monitor and a fridge to keep your favourite beverage cool irrespective of the temperature outside.

2015 Hyundai Centennial side

What’s on offer?

The Centennial doesn’t offer numerous engine variants, but there’s no reason to complain. Fitted with a 5.0 litre V8 engine that produces 424 horsepower and 510 Nm of torque, the 8 speed automatic transmission propels this luxury sedan from a standstill to 100 km/h in a mere 7.0 seconds.

2015 Hyundai Centennial rear

Summing it…

With a price tag of AED 273,900 the Centennial is significantly cheaper than all of its rivals, and still manages to be so even if you opt for the reclining rear seat AED 6,000 option. Filled to the brim with features and an interior on a par with the others, the Centennial is  definitely worth a look when shopping for a large premium luxury sedan.

2015 Hyundai Centennial rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Hyundai Centennial
Engine/ Cylinders5.0 litre / V8
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
424 hp @ 6,400 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
510 Nm @ 5,000 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic
DriveRear Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h7.0 secs
Top speed240 km/h
PriceAED 273,900 - 279,900

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