Hyundai re-launched its
flagship luxury model recently,
signalling a challenge to other,
more established manufacturers.
Although minimally re-designed on the
outside, the Centennial has received some
major upgrades to the interior and under the
The introduction of two high performance GDi
engines and quality features such as a Head-Up
display and a clock designed by luxury lifestyle
design firm, Innes & Lister, have brought the car
firmly into contention within the market segment.
Available in the Middle East with the choice of
a 3.8 V6 or 5.0 V8 GDi, the Centennial certainly
doesn’t want for power and this was proven on
the track at Yas Island where Auto Trader had the
opportunity to really put the car through its paces.
While an unusual location to test a luxury
model, Hyundai are determined to prove that the
car can and will compete against the likes of the
Lexus 460 and the Audi A6, but be slightly easier
on your pocket.
Though the car didn’t feel completely comfortable
booting around hairpin bends, it did have a
satisfying amount of acceleration on the straight,
with more of a conservative whoosh than whaling
as it sped past.
Inside the car is where the majority of
changes have taken place, rear seats have been
completely re-designed as that is where Hyundai
expects the owner, in all likelihood, to be. The dual
9.2inch LCD rear monitor entertainment screens
can be manipulated via a new Driver Information
System which covers all media and climate
control functions putting the passenger firmly in
control of the travel experience.
The Centennial is available now with a guaranteed
buy-back value, free maintenance for five
years or 100,000km and a five-year/unlimited
kilometre manufacturer provided warranty. Prices
start from 223,000/-Dhs.